Support a Child in Need This August With Hair Cuttery’s Share-A-Haircut Program

For each haircut purchased, one free haircut certificate will be donated to a child in need prior to the start of the new school year  

Vienna, Va., July 5, 2017 – Hair Cuttery, the largest family-owned and operated chain of hair salons in the country, will be conducting its annual Share-A-Haircut program benefitting underprivileged children as they head back to school this year. From August 1-15, for every child up to age 18 who purchases a haircut at one of Hair Cuttery’s nearly 900 salons, one free haircut certificate will be donated to a disadvantaged child in the community.

“It is important for every child to begin the new school year with a sense of confidence and excitement,” said Dennis Ratner, Founder and CEO of Hair Cuttery. “While a back-to-school haircut may seem like a basic necessity to most, for some it’s a luxury. Our Share-A-Haircut program ensures that children, regardless of their financial circumstances, will look and feel good about themselves as they get ready to start the new school year.”

Within the first two weeks of August, Hair Cuttery is aiming to donate tens of thousands of free haircut certificates ahead of the new school year. Certificates will be distributed with the help of more than 100 local government and non-profit organizations in communities across the country.

Since 1999, the Share-A-Haircut program has donated more than 2.16 million free haircut certificates valued at nearly $35 million.

2017 marks the 18th year of Share-A-Haircut, with Hair Cuttery’s most recent campaign donating more than 81,000 haircuts to survivors of domestic violence this past spring. The company has an established history of charitable giving and has supported a range of local and national causes, including St. Baldrick’s Foundation, American Red Cross, The National Network to End Domestic Violence, American Cancer Society and Girls on the Run.

About Hair Cuttery

Hair Cuttery is the largest family-owned and operated chain of hair salons in the country, with nearly 900 company-owned locations on the East Coast, in New England and the Midwest. A full-service, value-priced salon, Hair Cuttery offers a full complement of cuts and styling, coloring, waxing and texturizing services with no appointment necessary, as well as a full line of professional hair care products. Hair Cuttery is committed to delivering a delightful client experience through WOW Service including a Smile Back Guarantee. Hair Cuttery is a division of Ratner Companies, based in Vienna, VA. For more information visit:



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                                   Mystic Seaport to Host Annual Antique & Classic Boat Rendezvous 

Event to Feature Sparkman & Stephens Vessels, Antique Boat Parade

Mystic, Conn. (July 11, 2017) —Mystic Seaport will hold its annual Antique & Classic Boat Rendezvous at Mystic Seaport Saturday and Sunday, July 22-23.

The event showcases high-quality antique vessels, including cruisers, sailboats, and runabouts. Approximately 50 classic vessels will create a colorful gathering 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 12:30 p.m. An award competition will recognize excellence in restoration, authenticity, and workmanship.

To celebrate the 85th anniversary of the launching of the museum’s schooner Brilliant, the event will highlight the designs of 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 aboard.

In addition, the museum will host a party, “Docktails & Dancing,” on Saturday from 7 to 10 p.m. Guests will enjoy drinks, desserts, and dancing to live music by the band Sugar. Tickets are $40 per person for members and $45 for non-members. A cash bar will be available. Tickets may be purchased by calling 860.572.5331.

The Rendezvous concludes Sunday at 12:30 p.m. with a parade of the classic boats down the Mystic River. Each will be announced on the shore at Mystic River Park as it passes through the iconic Mystic River Bascule Bridge. The boats then make their way down river to Fishers Island Sound in what has become a highlight of the Mystic summer season. 

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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.

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The Greater Mystic Chamber of Commerce is proud to have played a role in convincing the Federal Railroad Authority to drop its plan to construct a high speed rail bypass through Mystic. The federal government announced its decision Wednesday, saying it would instead concentrate on bringing the existing track into a state of good repair. 

Chamber President Peggy Roberts testified against the bypass before the Connecticut Legislative Transportation Committee earlier this year. The Chamber also staged a letter-writing campaign opposing the Kenyon Bypass and turned out for the “No to Tier One” Rally at Olde Mistick Village. 

We are so gratified that everyone’s time and effort to defeat this plan has been successful! It shows how effective we can be when we band together on issues of importance to us all.

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Register Now For Groton’s Fall Festival and Save

July 3, 2017 - Groton, CT - You can invest in your community by becoming a sponsor for Groton’s Twelfth Annual Fall Festival. Your sponsorship demonstrates your commitment to the Greater Groton community. Groton’s Annual Fall Festival is the local event of the year. Columbus discovered America. It’s time for you to discover Groton’s Annual Fall Festival.

Now is the time to act, if you want to save on the registration fee. If you register and pay by July 14, 2017, you can save $25.

The festival is scheduled for Saturday, October 7, 2017 and runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. This is a rain or shine event.

Groton’s Annual Fall Festival is a special community event created and sponsored by the Groton Business Association (GBA) of the Greater Mystic Chamber of Commerce (GMCC).

You can obtain full information on how to register for a booth by going to the GBA web site at or calling the Chamber at (860) 572-9578.

The festival is held at Poquonnock Plains Park, centrally located in the middle of Groton.  This will be the site of an arts and crafts show, business displays, exhibits, food vendors and entertainment. 

For businesses, this is an opportunity to connect with your current customers and attract new ones.  For artists and crafters, it gives you access to thousands of new customers.  For non-profit organizations, it is an opportunity to promote your message to thousands in person. Please contact us at for more information.


Further Contact Info:

Frank E. Winkler   
Public Relations Chair
Groton’s Twelfth Annual Fall Festival
(860) 446-4095
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