Mystic Seaport Captures Design Award

CENTERBROOK, Conn. (Nov. 16, 2017) – Mystic Seaport’s Thompson Exhibition Building continues to garner recognition for its design achievements.

Conceived by Centerbrook Architects & Planners, the Thompson Exhibition Building earned an Honor Award-With Distinction at the AIA QUAD 2017 Design Awards in Albany, New York. The annual QUAD (Quality Unites Architectural Design) Conference brings together the AIA chapters from Connecticut, New Jersey, New York State and Pennsylvania.

The AIA QUAD Awards jury commented: “Whimsical and joyful, this project has very strong imagery: the jury admired its resilience and its work with glulam structure to connect with traditional shipbuilding imagery.”

This marks the second award the Thompson Exhibition Building has received following a CREW CT Blue Ribbon Award for Best Specialty Project, bestowed earlier this year. The 21,000-square-foot facility was designed as a keynote building for the historic Mystic Seaport campus and features an exhibit hall, welcome center, retail shop, café and wraparound deck.

Centerbrook Architects & Planners is a firm conceived in 1975 as a community of architects working together to advance American place-making and the craft of building. A collaborative firm with an exceptional history of building, Centerbrook is known for inventive design solutions that are emblematic of its client and their traditions. Centerbrook’s designs have won 380 awards, including the Architecture Firm Award, a distinction held by only 37 active firms nationwide.

Jason Cunningham
Centerbrook Architects & Planners
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Last Chance to Register
for Groton Holiday Lights Parade

 GROTON - The deadline to register for the Eighteenth Annual Groton Holiday Lights Parade is Friday, November 17. The Groton Business Association (GBA) of the Greater Mystic Chamber of Commerce has scheduled the parade for Saturday, December 2 at 5 p.m. The line of march is from Poquonnock Road at South Road, along Long Hill Road in downtown Groton to the Groton Shopping Plaza.

A special call goes out to bands, fife and drum corps and choral groups who make that special holiday music that everyone knows and loves.

The GBA urges all businesses along the parade route to decorate their windows and store fronts in the spirit of the season.

The GBA welcomes floats from businesses, clubs, organizations and marchers from all groups in the community. While it is free to participate, all participants must complete an on-line application that can be found at For those without access to the web, please call 860-536-5680 for assistance.

Immediately after the parade, Santa Claus will have the honor of lighting the holiday tree on the green at the rear of the Groton Shopping Plaza. Parents, you are invited to take your child’s photograph with Santa. Entertainment will be provided. This post-parade celebration is sponsored by the Groton Rotary Club.

The GBA invites and encourages representatives from local small businesses to volunteer as elves. You can not only be part of the fun, but also advertise your business along the parade route.  Call the Chamber at 860-572-9578 for more information.

The GBA would like to recognize the companies who have committed to be a sponsor for this year’s event. They are: Groton Utilities and the Groton Parks and Recreation Department, Capstone Sponsors; Stonington Odd Fellows Lodge #26, a Keystone Sponsor; and Groton Shopping Plaza, a Sandstone Sponsor; and Chelsea Groton Bank, Darrell Fox, Centurion Wealth Management; Grover Insurance, Thames Valley Communications and the Light House, Fieldstone Sponsors.

Groton Holiday Parade Route

For further information contact:
Frank E. Winkler
Public Relations Chair
Groton Holiday Lights Parade 2017
(860) 446-4095
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National Hospice Month

November is National Hospice Month.  A month set aside to reflect on and increase awareness of the very special care that is available to anyone facing a life limiting illness.  Hospice cares for any age individual; from infants to those over 100, with any life limiting illness. Not just cancer but Alzheimer’s, ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease), heart disease, kidney disease and others as well.    

Center for Hospice Care is the premier community based, non-profit hospice care provider to the residents of Southeast Connecticut and we have been your neighbor since 1985. During National Hospice Month, we want to remind you that Center for Hospice Care assists patients and families to live life as fully as possible. We want to help you enjoy time with seriously ill loved ones by offering education on what to expect, helping everyone to understand their choices and asking what is important for them to achieve their goals. We strive to assure pain management and excellent symptom control, and help families with their duties as caregivers, assuring the dignity of every person.

This is also a time to remind you that you don’t have to face such difficult times alone:  Center for Hospice Care’s Interdisciplinary team of nurses, home hospice aides, social workers, trained volunteers, spiritual care providers and bereavement counselors work with our Medical Director and your primary physician to thoughtfully care for you and your family.  We care for you in your home, in area nursing facilities and in the area hospitals.  

At Center for Hospice Care, we like to say, “Sooner is Better” when it comes to hospice care.  You don’t need to be in the last days or weeks of life to qualify. Contacting hospice care sooner allows us to help you more.  Our care is about living – living well in the time you have left. 

Thank you to the hospice professionals and volunteers on our team, our Board and most importantly, thank you to our patients and families. We’re privileged to be allowed into your home to provide this special care, are proud to be your community hospice, and we are here for you.

Carol L. Mahier, RN, MSN
President & CEO
Center for Hospice Care Southeast Connecticut



Mystic Seaport Lantern Light Tours Begin November 24

Holiday Tradition Takes Visitors Back to Christmas Eve, 1876


Mystic, Conn. (November 2, 2017) — Mystic Seaport will open the 2017 season of its Lantern Light Tours Friday, November 24.

A New England holiday tradition, Lantern Light Tours is a 70-minute progressive play that is set on Christmas Eve in 1876. Featuring actors from Connecticut and neighboring states, the cast weaves a heart-warming holiday story in the setting of the historic buildings and vessels of the Museum.

The Lantern Light Tours plot is changed every year and the writing and production planning begins early in the spring. For 2017, the story is “The Spirit of the Holiday: A Christmas Ghost Story.” Set on Christmas Eve in the year 1876, the play unfolds through five scenes of historical hilarity showcasing some unexpected holiday traditions and a little help from a Victorian spiritualist.

Written by Rebecca Bayreuther Donohue, a local historian, author, and Mystic Seaport staff member, “The Spirit of the Holiday: A Christmas Ghost Story” seeks to uncover the true meaning of the season for everyone.

Visitors join a group of 16 to tour the Museum’s seaport village, stopping at designated points to take in the next chapter of the story. Along the way, they will enjoy a gentlemen’s athletic contest, a spirited circle dance, a visit with old St. Nick, a horse and carriage ride, and a scene on board one of the Museum’s historic vessels.

Performances are November 24-25, December 1-2, 8-9, 15-17, and 22-23. Tours begin at 5 p.m. and leave every 15 minutes. Tickets can be purchased online at, or by calling 860.572.5331. Tickets are $32 for adults ($26 for Mystic Seaport members) and $25 for children ages 5-17 ($19 for youth members). Lantern Light Tours are not recommended for children under the age of 4.

Media access is available during the dress rehearsal November 21.

About Mystic Seaport
Mystic Seaport is the nation’s leading maritime museum. Founded in 1929, the Museum is home to four National Historic Landmark vessels, including the Charles W. Morgan, America’s oldest commercial ship and the last wooden whaleship in the world. The Museum’s collection of more than two million artifacts includes more than 500 historic vessels and one of the largest collections of maritime photography in the country. The Thompson Exhibition Building provides a state-of-the-art gallery to host compelling, world-class exhibitions, including the upcoming Murmur: Arctic Realities opening January 20, 2018. The Collections Research Center at Mystic Seaport provides scholars and researchers from around the world access to the Museum’s renowned archives. Mystic Seaport is located one mile south of Exit 90 off I-95 in Mystic, CT. Admission is $28.95 for adults ages 15 and older and $18.95 for children ages 4-14. Museum members and children three and younger are admitted free. For more information, please visit  and follow Mystic Seaport on FacebookTwitterYouTube, and Instagram.



Dan McFadden
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