For Immediate Release 

Contact: Dan McFadden
Director of Communications
Mystic Seaport
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Mystic Seaport Celebrates Memorial Day Weekend with Salute to Summer

Museum Kicks off Season with Family Activities, Decoration Day Observance

Mystic, Conn. (May 8, 2017) — Mystic Seaport will kick off the start of the summer season over Memorial Day weekend with Salute to Summer, a celebration of the best New England has to offer when the weather turns warm.

The event runs Saturday and Sunday, May 27-28 and includes historic games and activities, boat rides, planetarium shows, and toy boat building. The weekend concludes Monday, May 29 with the Museum’s traditional Decoration Day observance.

The Museum’s historic interpretation staff has lined up a series of 19th-century activities for the entire family, where they can take part in vintage lawn games, run relay races, and try walking on stilts.  People can even take a turn at the oars of a whaleboat.

Visitors will have the opportunity to enjoy the water as the Museum’s boat rental dock will be open, where they can rent a rowboat or small sailboat to explore the Mystic River. In addition, a motor launch and the sailboat Breck Marshall will be operating a regular schedule of brief cruises.

On Monday, the Museum will hold its annual Decoration Day ceremony. Known today as Memorial Day, Decoration Day was formally instituted by the U.S. Government in 1868 as a day of national remembrance of those killed during the Civil War. Costumed role-players will reenact an 1876 tribute and procession to honor the fallen in the Civil War beginning at 10:30 a.m.

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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For further information contact:

Frank E. Winkler
Public Relations Chair
Groton Rotary Club
Telephone:  (860) 446-4095
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Groton Rotary Club Partnering with Groton Little League For Golf Tournament


GROTON – The Groton Rotary Club has announced that it is partnering with the Groton Little League for its annual golf tournament, scheduled for Friday, June 2, at the Shennecossett Golf Course, a historic Donald Ross designed 18-hole course, in Groton

“This relationship will allow the Groton Rotary Club to donate a share of the tournament’s profits to the Groton Little League’s lighting project at Calvin Burrows Field,” said John Silsby, Rotary Club President.  The Groton Little League is seeking local financial support for its proposed $80,000 field lights project, he explained.

Other profits from the tournament will benefit the Groton Rotary Club’s youth scholars and community grants program.

The tournament is open to the entire community.  The cost is $125 per player and $100 for players who are members of the Shennecossett Golf Club.  The fee includes 18 holes of golf, a golf cart, lunch, dinner and awards.

The Groton Rotary Club is seeking both corporate and hole sponsors.  Corporate sponsorships are priced at $1,000 and include a banner with the company’s logo, program recognition and a foursome.  Hole sponsorships are $100 and include signage with the company’s logo.  Military Sponsorships cost $500 and cover the greens fees for four (4) military service personnel, chosen by the Groton Rotary Club.  

For further details on the tournament, check the Groton Rotary Club website at Or contact John Silsby at 860-383-3265 or e-mail him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


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Amy Perry, Interim Executive Director                                                                           

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Phone: 860.912-0950

Thames River Heritage Park Prepares for Second Season of Operation

New London, CT:  The Thames River Heritage Park water taxi service on the Thames River will begin its second season of 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 water taxis are authentic Navy launches formerly used to transport servicemen and women from larger ships to shore. They are the central feature of the Thames River Heritage Park, which was designated a state park by the State of Connecticut in 1990. The Thames River Heritage Park is a collection of national and historic sites along both shores of the Thames River that tell the stories that shaped our nation during the past 400 year.

In 2016 almost 2,000 people rode the water taxi visiting sites, dining out or just enjoying time on the water.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. Ticket prices remain the same as last year: Adults: $10, Children ages 4 -12 and Active Military: $5. Children 3 and under: free. Season passes –unlimited rides, all days, all season are $50 and are available now at  

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

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

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Contact us at:

Frank E. Winkler
Public Relations Chair
Groton’s Twelfth Annual Fall Festival
(860) 446-4095
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Invest in Your Community and Become a Groton Annual Fall Festival Sponsor


GROTON – 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.

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 become a sponsor by going to the GBA web site at or calling the Greater Mystic Chamber of Commerce at (860) 572-9578.  Fall festival sponsors are also promoted and listed as sponsors for the annual Groton Holiday Lights Parade, scheduled for December 2, 2017.

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.

The GBA would like to recognize its 2016 major sponsors - Groton Utilities, Groton Parks and Recreation Department, and Stonington Odd Fellows Lodge #26.  Hall Communications, Inc. was the media sponsor.  Chelsea Groton Bank was a Friend of the Festival.

The GBA, a coalition of representatives from the local business community, the educational sector, the non-profit community and governmental units, is an affiliation of the Greater Mystic Chamber of Commerce.


WESTERLY, RHODE ISLAND Named Quarterfinalist for “America’s Main Streets” Contest
Support Westerly RI, New England’s only contender by Voting Today and every 24 Hours!


Westerly, Rhode Island–The national small business movement, Independent We Stand, announces the quarterfinalists, including Westerly, Rhode Island, in the 2017 “America’s Main Streets” contest. As the lifeblood of our cities and towns, Main Streets play an important role in the long-term success of communities and help build a sense of place. Independent We Stand invites the public to vote for their favorite quarterfinalist and move a deserving Main Street one step closer to the grand prize of $25,000. 
“Westerly is an incredible community with a beautiful, vibrant downtown that continues to make significant gains in its revitalization efforts.  With a great business mix, stellar community events, the ice skating rink, Wilcox Park, a rich and diverse arts district and the recent opening of the Westerly Education Center, we have never been better poised to provide a terrific experience for locals and visitors alike.  By rallying together, and working towards a positive goal as a community, we can win this contest and do even greater things!” said Lisa Konicki, President of the Ocean Community Chamber of Commerce, who nominated Westerly for the contest.  The Chamber has taken the lead but is collaborating with the Downtown Business Association to co-promote.
A sample of place making projects funded by the Ocean Community Chamber Foundation to enhance the downtown business district include flower pots on the street, flower boxes on the bridge, video cameras, bike racks, and wayfinding signs.  The Chamber Foundation has also donated $8,000 towards the upcoming Bricks & Murals art event this fall, the largest single donation received to date.  “We look forward to winning this contest and garnering the input of the Downtown Business Association to invest the grand prize into projects or marketing programs that further enhance the downtown,” added Konicki.
“There has been an incredible outpouring of love for hundreds of Main Streets and Main Street organizations across the country in this years’ “America’s Main Streets” contest and we couldn’t be more excited,” says Independent We Stand co-founder Bill Brunelle. “We are in our second year of the contest and are so happy to see the passion and pride these nominees have for their Main Streets and the local businesses that keep them alive. Now, it’s time for consumers to show their support and vote again for these amazing quarterfinalists.”
More than 156,000 votes were cast for 242 nominees during the nominations phase. The quarterfinalists in alphabetical order are:

Quarterfinalist voting begins May 1 at and runs through May 28
The top 10 semifinalists will be announced on May 29 and the winner of the 2017 “America’s Main Streets” contest will be announced June 5 followed by a “Main Streets Make Us Better” celebration on the Fourth of July, when the winner will announce how the prize money will be utilized.
Contest prizes include:

  • $25,000 grand prize
  • STIHL Equipment Certificate for $1,000 worth of STIHL equipment good at any STIHL dealer in the U.S.
  • Do it Best Corp. $500 shopping spree
  • PPG Pittsburgh Paints $500 shopping spree
  • SnapRetail $1,300 subscription package
  • Public relations and social media recognition
  • An Alignable small business social media “Neighborhood” on the site
  • Special plaque for winner to proudly display

For more information on Westerly, Rhode Island, visit: on the web and Ocean Community Chamber of Commerce on Facebook, and the Westerly Pawcatuck Downtown Business Association on Facebook.
You may also use the promotional video and b-roll at these links both online or in broadcasts.

To vote for “America’s Main Streets” quarterfinalists, visit where you can vote starting today, and then every 24 hours, from computers, cell phones and devices with individual ip addresses through May 28.  The winning town will be based on the number of votes received and you can vote once per day from any IP address.
Presenting Sponsor:
STIHL Inc., America’s number-one selling brand of gasoline-powered handheld outdoor power equipment, is the founding sponsor of Independent We Stand and the presenting sponsor of America’s Main Streets contest. The company follows a unique distribution strategy in the handheld outdoor power equipment industry, choosing never to sell products at big box stores, but instead remaining loyal to its 9,000+ independent servicing dealers nationwide.
Supporting Sponsors: