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New Start Time for Mystic Seaport’s Antique & Classic Boat Parade July 23

Mystic, Conn. (July 19, 2017) —Mystic Seaport will hold its annual Antique & Classic Boat Parade on the Mystic River beginning at 11:45 a.m.Sunday, July 23. The boats should begin passing through the Mystic River bascule bridge in downtown Mystic at about noon.

The new start time is 30 minutes earlier than previously announced to accommodate the railroad bridge opening schedule for Amtrak.

The name and particulars of each boat will be announced at a public address station on the shore at Mystic River Park as it passes through the bascule bridge. The boats then make their way in a procession down river to the village of Noank.

The parade is the conclusion of the Museum’s Antique & Classic Boat Rendezvous  weekend, which showcases high-quality antique vessels, including cruisers, sailboats, and runabouts. Approximately 50 classic vessels will gather along the museum’s waterfront. Visitors are invited to see the displayed vessels Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 9 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. An awards competition will recognize excellence in restoration, authenticity, and workmanship.

To celebrate the 85th anniversary of the launching of the museum’s schooner Brilliant, the Rendezvous will highlight boats designed by the naval architecture firm Sparkman & Stephens. Brilliant was design #12, one of the earliest of co-founder Olin Stephen’s designs. She was launched in 1932 at the Henry B. Nevins, Inc. yard at City Island, N.Y. As one of the longest-running sail training programs in the country, she has carried more than 10,000 students on cruises throughout New England and beyond.

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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 newly opened Thompson Exhibition Building provides a state-of-the-art gallery to host compelling, world-class exhibitions, beginning with the current show SeaChange. 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, 860.572.5317
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Mass-Conn Fusion Featured 
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GROTON - The sounds of the band Mass-Conn Fusion will be featured this week at Concerts in the Park 2017 on Friday (July 21, 2017) at Washington Park in the City of Groton.

As its name suggests, Mass-Conn-Fusion draws its talent from both sides of the Massachusetts-Connecticut border. The group has an extensive repertoire featuring Motown, R&B, Jazz and Blues hits of the 60's right up to the present.

The band won the Hartford Advocate's Grand Slam Band R&B for seven years! Playing over 150 dates a year, Mass-Conn-Fusion is a pleasing professional act with musical credentials to match its charisma. Whether lending its talent to a nightclub, a wedding, a corporate banquet or an outdoor celebration, Mass-Conn-Fusion keeps the dance floor in motion.

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

The remaining concerts are: Friday, July 28, 9Teen; Friday, August 11, The Cartells; August 18, the Jay Dempsey Band; Friday, August 25, Rewind; and Sunday, September 3, Rock and Soul Revue.

Joe Presti provides sound production for all concerts.

There will no concert on Friday, August 4, City of Groton Day.

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

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.


Frank E. Winkler

Co-Chair, Concerts in the Park 2017

(860) 446-4095

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Maritime Gallery at Mystic Seaport to Open
‘The Art of Rowing’ July 29

Exhibition and Sale of Original Works Will Celebrate All Forms of Rowing

Mystic, Conn. (July 18, 2017) – The Maritime Gallery at Mystic Seaport is proud to present “The Art of Rowing,” an exhibition and sale of original works that opens July 29.

This year marks the 165th anniversary of Amer­ica’s oldest collegiate athletic competition: the Harvard-Yale Regatta, which took place for the first time in 1852 and is now rowed on the Thames River in New London, close to Mystic. The occasion became the inspiration for a show dedicated to rowing—not just competitive rowing, but to rowing in all its forms, whether for pleasure or for work.

“Given the large number of rowing devotees in New England, it was a natural decision to have a show at the Maritime Gallery devoted to rowing,” said Monique Foster, director of the Maritime Gallery. “In addition to exceptional art depicting competition, the show will offer artwork related to all types of rowing and we are excited to feature a broad range of media, artists, and subject matters.”

This show will offer new artworks for sale by, among others artists, Peter Arguimbau, Geoffrey Huband, Loretta Krupinski, David Bareford, Carolyn Hesse-Low, Neal Hughes, and Robert Lagasse.

The public is invited to an opening reception from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.Saturday, July 29. RSVPs are encouraged.

“The Art of Rowing” will be open through September 17, the day of the annual Coastweeks Regatta at the Museum.

The Maritime Gallery is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, please call the Gallery at 860.572.5388 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view

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


Dan McFadden
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Support Chief L. J. Fusaro and the 2017 Tour de Force

This September, Chief L. J Fusaro will be participating in the 2017 Tour de Force bicycle ride, and he needs your support! Here's his message to you:

"Hello Friends, Family and Fellow Police Officers.  I am partnering with the Tour de Force Bike Ride - cycling for those officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice - and I am raising money to participate in the 2017 Tour de Force Memorial Ride.  I sincerely appreciate your support for this fundraiser to reach my goal.  Please consider donating by hitting “Give Now” on the upper right corner of the "Group Rev" page (link above).  You can give with any major credit card and it only takes 30 seconds. Thank you for joining with me to support this cause and for never forgetting those who made the ultimate sacrifice!"

Chief L. J. Fusaro
Groton Town Police Department

About the Tour de Force

The Tour de Force was founded in 2002 as a memorial bicycle ride to honor the victims of 9/11. It has evolved into a four day, 275 mile ride, in which 300 law enforcement officers from across the U.S. and abroad, along with some family and friends, participate to raise funds for the families of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty. Each and every participant, support team member and staff, raise funds and put in a lot of work throughout the year to make this event a huge success.

Without the generous support of so many, this event would not be possible.  If you are interested in supporting Chief Fusaro, and would like to donate to this effort to help the families of slain police officers, please follow the link below.. Thank you for making a special gift that will enrich the lives of those left behind. Click here for more information and to donate.

There is also a fundraiser at Jonathan Edwards Winery on July 13th, featuring the band:  “Sugar Rush”.  Tickets are available for purchase here.

The TDF continues to remember our brothers and sisters that died that fateful day. In their honor, we have made it our mission to raise funds for families of Police Officers, killed in the line of duty, nationwide.