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House an Actor, Make a Friend

The Colonial Theatre is looking for people who have a spare room this summer. You could be of invaluable service to the Shakespeare in the Park production by taking in an actor during the production. The dates are the night of July 10 (July 11 is also possible if the 10th is a problem) through the night of August 13.

The actor needs their own bedroom, and access to a kitchen and a bathroom. The host does not need to provide any services or do anything for the actor. There are no obligations other than providing them with a place to live while they are in Westerly for the production. We have both male and female actors who need housing.

The actors are all very nice people, and some of our previous hosts have formed ongoing friendships with the actors that have lasted for many years. If you would like to speak to someone who has hosted an actor in the past, we would be happy to arrange it for you. 

We need your help to put on this production, so please don't be shy. You'll have a great time meeting an interesting person, and you'll also get a fun backstage glimpse into the production.

For further information, contact Harland Meltzer, Producing Artistic Director, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 401596-7909.

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For Immediate Release

Contact:
Frank E. Winkler
Co-Chair, Concerts in the Park 2017
(860) 446-4095
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June 19, 2017

 
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Jay sailfest

Jay Dempsey Band Brings Up the Music Next At Concerts in the Park 2017

Come hear the music play!

GROTON – Concerts in the Park 2017 presents country music at its best, when the Jay Dempsey Band plays on Friday, June 23, at 6:30 p.m. in Washington Park in the City of Groton.

Jay's country band features some seasoned players from "Highway Call" & "High Times." Returning to the lineup are veterans Jim Pavelski on drums, Don Hemmer on pedal steel and guitar, Chuck Davis on bass & vocals and the jazz influenced Phred Mileski on vocals & keyboards.

Jay's 2017 show includes some well-known traditional country tunes, featuring the pedal steel guitar, Texas Country, Southern rock and some favorite country contemporary radio hits. The band just performed the Mohegan Sun 2017 BBQ Festival and the Taste of Mystic. A free and family fun City of Groton Concert not to be missed!

The concert series is free and is co-sponsored and co-produced by Groton Utilities and the City of Groton Parks and Recreation Department.

The remaining concerts are:  Friday, June 30, Coastline Swing Band; Friday, July 7, Rewind; Friday, July 14, Rock N’ Soul Revue; Friday, July 21, Mass-Conn Fusion; Friday, July 28, 9Teen; and Friday, August 11, The Cartells.

There will no concert on Friday, August 4, City of Groton Day.  The remaining rain date is Friday, August 18.

You can also check out the complete Concerts in the Park 2017 schedule during the season on Groton Utilities’ web site at grotonutilities.com and the City’s web site at cityofgroton.com.

For concert information or cancellation notices, call 860-446-4129, the concert hotline.

Food is available on site.  The City of Groton Little League sells food and drink as a fund raiser.

The concerts are designed to be especially appealing to families for a fun, inexpensive night out. Spectators are encouraged to bring their families and perhaps a picnic supper.  The concert site also has sufficient room on the basketball court for dancing.

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Chelsea Groton Bank To Match Heritage Park Season Pass Sales

19 May 2017

CONTACT
                                    

Amy Perry, Interim Executive Director                   

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Phone: 860.912-0950

New London, CT:  The Thames River Heritage Park water taxi season passes are now available for purchase at thamesriveheritagepark.org. For a limited time Chelsea Groton Bank will donate $20 to the Park for every season pass sold up to $1,000.  The season pass is an extraordinary deal. For $50, a season pass holder gets unlimited rides on the water taxi - all days, all season.

Now in its second season the water taxis will begin operation Friday, May 26, 2017.  The service connects Fort Trumbull in New London to the downtown New London Historic Waterfront District and Fort Griswold in Groton, and runs Friday through Sunday from 10 AM to 9 PM. until September 17, 2017.

The Thames River Heritage Park is a collection of national and historic sites along two shores of the Thames River that tell the stories that shaped our nation during the past 400 years. In 2016 almost 2,000 people rode the water taxi visiting sites, dining out or just enjoying time on the water.

Ticket prices remain the same as last year: Adults: $10, Children ages 4 -12 and Active Military: $5. Children 3 and under: free. It is a hop on-hop off ride in which visitors can board the boat at any of the three landings and can tour at their leisure.

Heritage sites within easy walking distance of the water taxi stops include, in Groton, the Avery-Copp House, the Ebenezer Avery Homestead, Fort Griswold Battlefield State Park and the Subvets World War II National Memorial East and, in New London, in addition to Fort Trumbull are the Nathan Hale Schoolhouse, the Custom House Maritime Museum, the Shaw Mansion and the Hempsted Houses. For more information on the park, visit www.thamesriverheritagepark.org.

Thames River Heritage Park 2017 sponsors include Yale New Haven Health/Lawrence & Memorial Hospital, Groton Utilities, The Day, Atlantic Broadband, WNLC 98.7, The Resident, and Crockers Boatyard, with additional support from The Cities of New London and Groton and the Town of Groton.

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For Immediate Release

Contact: Dan McFadden
860.572.5317
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Maritime Gallery Artists to Paint en Plein Air at Mystic Seaport
Public Invited to Exhibition and Sale Opening Reception June 24

 

Mystic, Conn. (June 15, 2017) — An exhibition of unique works created by the nation’s leading maritime artists, “The Plein Air Painters of the Maritime Gallery Exhibition and Sale,” will open at the Mystic Seaport Maritime Gallery Saturday, June 24.

The exhibition is a collection of the work of 26 of today’s leading maritime artists, who will take to their French easels on the Museum grounds and nearby locations beginning on Tuesday, June 20 to capture the timeless beauty of the Museum’s historic ships, shoreline vistas, and scenes along the Mystic River in the tradition of the plein air painters of the 19th and 20th centuries.

Featured artists include David Bareford, William Hanson, James Magner, Cean Youngs, Del-Bourree Bach, and Maris Platais. The event is a rare opportunity to observe and interact with artists at work along the Mystic River as they capture the beauty of Mystic Seaport and its environs.

“This annual exhibition and sale is a wonderful opportunity to see the work of many of the top maritime artists working today as they draw inspiration from Mystic Seaport and the surrounding area. The plein air process captures the life and vibrancy of Mystic in a powerful way,” said Monique Foster, director of the Maritime Gallery.  “These paintings, all at remarkably reasonable prices, evoke the feeling and experience of being transported into the landscapes and maritime scenes portrayed in the works, just as the French artists from the 19th and 20th centuries were able to do.”

The artists’ works will then be available for viewing and purchase in the “Plein Air Painters of the Maritime Gallery Exhibition and Sale” from June 24 through September 17.

An opening reception at the Gallery will be held Saturday, June 24, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Free and open to the public, attendees will have the opportunity to meet the participating artists, as well as purchase paintings fresh off the easels.

The gallery is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, call 860.572.5388 or visit the gallery’s website.

About the Maritime Gallery
The Maritime Gallery at Mystic Seaport is the nation's foremost gallery specializing in contemporary marine art and ship models. For more than 35 years, the Gallery has been privileged to exhibit the works of leading international maritime artists. Located at historic Mystic Seaport, the Gallery overlooks the beautiful Mystic River attracting art lovers and collectors from around the world. For more information, please visit www.mysticseaport.org/gallery.

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Volunteer Park Ambassadors Needed for the Park

May 22, 2017   

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Amy Perry, Interim Executive Director                   

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Phone: 860.912-0950

New London, CT:  The Thames River Heritage Park is looking for volunteers who want to create positive and memorable experiences for visitors and residences who ride the Water Taxi and who visit the local heritage sites within the Park. Volunteers are needed Friday – Sunday beginning Memorial Day weekend through mid-September in 2- and 4-hour shifts between 10 a.m. and  6 p.m.

Volunteers will be Park Ambassadors who will be stationed at the three Water Taxi landing sites in New London and Groton to provide visitors with information about the heritage sites within the Park, help with directions, take survey information, as well as pictures for visitors, all to provide an enjoyable experience. Volunteers will spend some time riding the water taxis, if desired, and are asked to commit to at least 16 hours in 2- or 4-hours shifts during the season.

If you like interacting with people, enjoy being outdoors and on the water, and have some knowledge of the New London and Groton area, get on board. Applicants must be at least 18 years old and must enjoy being active. An interest in American history is a plus. Training will be provided.

Those interested should contact Amy Perry at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Please include “Volunteer” in the subject.

Now in its second season the water taxis will begin operation Friday, May 26, 2017. The service connects Fort Trumbull in New London to the downtown New London Historic Waterfront District and Fort Griswold in Groton, and runs Friday through Sunday from 10 AM to 9 PM. until September 17, 2017.

The Thames River Heritage Park is a collection of national and historic sites along two shores of the Thames River that tell the stories that shaped our nation during the past 400 years. In 2016 almost 2,000 people rode the water taxi visiting sites, dining out or just enjoying time on the water.

Heritage sites within easy walking distance of the water taxi stops include, in Groton, the Avery-Copp House, the Ebenezer Avery Homestead, Fort Griswold Battlefield State Park and the Subvets World War II National Memorial East and, in New London, in addition to Fort Trumbull are the Nathan Hale Schoolhouse, the Custom House Maritime Museum, the Shaw Mansion and the Hempsted Houses. For more information on the park, visit www.thamesriverheritagepark.org.

Thames River Heritage Park 2017 sponsors include Yale New Haven Health/Lawrence & Memorial Hospital, Groton Utilities, The Day, Atlantic Broadband, WNLC 98.7, The Resident, and Crockers Boatyard, with additional support from The Cities of New London and Groton and the Town of Groton.

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