>Argia Mystic Cruises returns to Steamboat Wharf
For Immediate Release
Contact: Kristin Hartnett
Steamboat Wharf Co.
Argia Mystic Cruises returns to Steamboat Wharf
April 28, 2017 – Mystic, CT - Mystic’s favorite schooner Argia has returned to their original berth at Steamboat Wharf, south of the Bascule Drawbridge in Downtown Mystic. Sailing cruises begin .
From 1974 to 2001 the two-masted topsail schooner docked and launched from Steamboat Wharf, river-side of the Steamboat Inn.
Then Steamboat Wharf owners Paul Connor, John McGee and Wes Maxwell built the Valiant, a 98 passenger event yacht with state rooms for overnight accommodations, and had to ask Argia to relocate. They operated the Valiant for 5 years.
“There wasn’t enough of a crowd here for that type of venture,” says McGee. Valiant was sold to a charter company out of New York Harbor, and the inn used the dock for transient guests until now.
Amy Blumberg, Captain of the schooner and General Manager of Argia Mystic Cruises, saw an opportunity and made her proposal. “We are thrilled to be back in our original spot, south of the drawbridge, in the heart of downtown,” says Amy. “We are able to be under sail for 20 minutes longer, and we won’t have to stress about timing.”
McGee points to the oil painting by Dan Truth that still hangs in the Steamboat Inn office, depicting the schooner in its original home. “We’re happy to have the Argia back,” he says.
The schooner begins sailing again www.argiamystic.com or call 860-536-0416, or visit the offices at 12 Steamboat Wharf, in Peacock Alley through the town parking lot., but booking is open now. With the new berth, Mystic Argia Cruises now offers four public cruises a day. For more info visit
>Register Now for Groton's Fall Festival and Save!
March 3, 2017
Contact us at: www.grotonbiz.com
Frank E. Winkler
Public Relations Chair
Groton’s Twelfth Annual Fall Festival
Register Now For Groton’s Fall Festival and Save
March 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 grotonbiz.com 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.
In The News
June 13, 2017 -- Mystic, CT -- Hello Summer 2017! The Greater Mystic Chamber of Commerce Welcome Center is open and ready for business. The Chamber hosted more than 100 guests at the Open House, May 19, in celebration of the upcoming summer season and our new tourism information facility, located at 62 Greenmanville Avenue, just across from Mystic Seaport.
Among our special guests were Rodney Butler of Foxwoods, Chairman of Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation and Dr. Stephen Coan, President and CEO of Mystic Aquarium, our Gold Sponsors, and also key sponsors, Merrily and Michael Connery of M/Bar and Saltwater Farm Vineyard, and Sandra Chapman of Steamboat Inn.
Here at the Welcome Center, we are open 7 days offering hands on, concierge service for visitors in need of assistance to have the best Mystic area experience they can have. We recommend places to go, make restaurant and hotel reservations, and help visitors find places they haven’t been before or may not know even existed! This spring we’ve seen travelers from Rhode Island to Beijing, and so many points in between.
Many visitors are excited to see Mystic Aquarium, Mystic Seaport, Olde Mistick Village, Downtown Mystic and Foxwoods Resort Casino, the coolest places in New England! Often, these attractions are what brought them here and are top on their itineraries. After that, they want to know, what other entertainment is there? A husband may want to see a military attraction – the USS Nautilus. A wife may want to add a village stroll with a little more shopping – Stonington Borough. Maybe an afternoon at a winery, or more than one, is the ticket -- Saltwater Farm Vineyard, Jonathan Edwards Vineyard, Stonington Vineyards and Maugle Sierra Vineyards.
A family may want an afternoon of more physical activity – Fields of Fire Adventure Park or Paddle Mystic. Is it a rainy day? We have suggestions of what to do then too! Check out that list on our website, www.mysticchamber.org . We have so much to offer here in the Mystic area.
We could go on for days, and nights, as visitors spend their evenings at any of our great lodgings like Steamboat Inn or Hilton Mystic.
We interact with Mystic visitors even before they arrive here. The phone has been ringing for weeks with requests for packets of info on where stay, where to eat, what activities require advance planning and reservations. We send them the best recommendations we can – and our members are the best! We want visitors to come back to our area again and again, staying longer each time.
One experience like no other in New England is the Mystic Outdoor Art Festival, celebrating its 60th year this summer, August 12 and 13. This year, will be the best ever beginning with a stunning commemorative painting by Mystic artist Susan Noyes, to be unveiled at Luxury Hits the Road on June 22, at Import Auto in Stonington. This Business After Hours event is being sponsored by Simply Majestic, Import Auto, Epicure Brewing, Cove Ledge Package Store, Ocean Blue Catering, Mezza, and Bleu Squid Breakfast and Bakery Café. Everyone is welcome!
The Welcome Center and Art Festival are two of our major focuses this year, but that’s not all we do. We are in our 80th year of building bridges between our business members and the community. Stay tuned. We are looking forward to a busy, productive year!
June 22, 2017 -- Mystic, CT -- Celebrating our 80th year in business, the Greater Mystic Chamber of Commerce is making some dynamic changes in 2017. We moved our offices to 62 Greenmanville Avenue, directly across from Mystic Seaport, and opened our Welcome Center, in support of our goal to promote tourism in the Mystic area.
Here we will be able to serve the 15,000+ visitors expected to pass through our area in the months ahead. Already we are seeing families from throughout the Northeast, as well as international tourists. Come Memorial Day weekend, our Welcome Center will be open from 9 AM to 7 PM, seven days a week.
In April, we launched our pilot “Promote Yourself to Success”, a program designed to teach area high school students the necessary business skills to seek a job, techniques for interviewing, and professional customer service practices. The first sessions were conducted in classroom at Stonington High School and Ella T. Grasso Technical High School. Led by business leaders from the Mystic community, the program offered tips to guide the young people in their work lives, whether they be working seasonal jobs or embarking on their life’s career. In turn, The Chamber offered local employers an opportunity to identify prospective employees who have had job skills training. We want to sincerely thank our instructors and participating schools and students who’ve made this program such a wonderful success.
More exciting news this summer! The Chamber is preparing for the largest and oldest festival of its kind in the Northeast, the Mystic Outdoor Art Festival. Celebrating its 60th year as a leading arts event, the 2017 festival is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, August 12-13, 2017 in downtown Mystic. Our team has been commemorating the event in a variety of ways, including social media posts that show the extensive history of the event.
We can’t wait for the June 22, Business After Hours event that will serve as our kick-off party. “Where Luxury Meets the Road”, will be hosted by Import Autos and Simply Majestic Jewelers. The festivities will include prizes and giveaways, food from Pita Spot and Ocean Blue Catering, beer from Epicure Brewing, and a special jewelry presentation by Simply Majestic. A highlight of the evening will be the unveiling of a special, 60th anniversary, commemorative painting created by artist Susan Noyes. This celebration is not to be missed!
We would also like to congratulate R&B Apparel Plus of Groton, Connecticut for the winning artwork entry which will be added to our line of Mystic Outdoor Art Festival promotional gear, including t-shirts, hats, and canvas bags.
As we finalize our plans for the Mystic Outdoor Art Festival, we look forward to our other signature events later in the year, including Mystic Restaurant Week (Nov. 6-12) and the Holiday Boat Parade (Nov. 25). In addition, we will once again be working with Groton Business Association on the Groton Fall Festival and the Holiday Lights Parade. While we work hard at delivering quality events to the Mystic region, we rely on our community of dedicated volunteers to help us keep the events safe and fun.
If you’re as passionate and committed to Mystic as we are and would like to share that passion with visitors to the Mystic region, please consider becoming a volunteer for our Welcome Center and events. Visit our website at www.mysticchamber.org to apply, or contact us at 860-572-9578 with questions and further information.
GMCC Announces Mystic Outdoor Art Festival’s
Promotional Merchandise Artwork Winner for 2017
Mystic, CT - Each year, the Greater Mystic Chamber of Commerce seeks out talented graphic artists from around the region to submit their artwork to be used for all promotional merchandise associated with the Mystic Outdoor Art Festival. Artwork submissions must capture the essence of summertime in Mystic, while following the guidelines presented on the GMCC website. This year's event is extra-special, as we celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Mystic Outdoor Art Festival.
The Greater Mystic Chamber of Commerce is thrilled to announce that the Mystic Outdoor Art Festival Committee has chosen a winning design that will adorn our line of Mystic Outdoor Art Festival’s line of promotional merchandise including t-shirts, hats, and canvas bags to be sold during the event scheduled for August 12-13, 2017.
Congratulations to Rich Bernardo and his team at R&B Apparel Plus of Groton, Connecticut for the winning artwork entry. R&B Apparel Plus has over fifty years of combined experience in branded apparel. When clients visit their store, they’ll always have the opportunity to speak directly with one of the owners about their order, receiving personalized service.
About the mission of the Greater Mystic Chamber of Commerce: Our mission is to advocate for both business and tourism, promote business alliances, provide valuable benefits and services to our members, and to serve as a strong community partner in the economic development efforts in the the Greater Mystic area.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Kristin Hartnett
April 25, 2017- (Mystic, CT) - Greater Mystic Chamber of Commerce will hold a “Business After Hours” at Joshua’s Limousine, on . Located at 172 Stoddard’s Wharf Road in Ledyard, Joshua’s will be hosting a “fun in the sun” themed evening, and encourages guests to attend in “Caribbean” attire. Chamber of Commerce of Eastern CT, and Norwich Chamber of Commerce will also be in attendance. The event is $10 for GMCC Members, $20 for public and guests. Admission includes food, drink and business card give-aways. Guests are asked to park at United Way SECT or St. David's Episcopal Church, as parking will not be available at Joshua’s garage. Shuttles will be running to and from the church parking lot.
April 26, 2017- (Mystic, CT)The Greater Mystic Chamber of Commerce will hold their monthly networking event “Business Before Hours” on at the Mystic branch of Washington Trust, located in McQuade’s Market at 14 Clara Drive in Mystic. Washington Trust and McQuade’s are joint hosts. The event is free of charge and open to the public. Refreshments, announcements, and give-aways included. Businesses are encouraged to bring business cards, flyers and prizes for promotion. For more information visit www.mysticchamber.org/
Mystic Chamber to teach job skills to area teens
Mystic, CT -- Mystic area students looking to snag a summer job or who are thinking to their future careers will be participating in a Greater Mystic Chamber of Commerce pilot program in youth business skills training next week.
Promote Yourself to Success is being launched at Stonington High School and Ella Grasso Tech during three different sessions beginning April 18. Area experts in curriculum building and human resources, including Moira Deasy, executive director of Trainworldwide, Kateri Wheeler, director of human resources for Mystic Aquarium and Susan Evarts, catering sales manager for Foxwoods Resort Casino, have developed the program. Mystic area business owners and employers will teach each of the three-hour long sessions.
The course objectives are to promote understanding of what employers look for in new hires; to coach how to present a professional image and how to stand out among peers; and to teach customer service skills.
Each workshop will end with a panel discussion among area business people who expect to hire summer workers. They will be asked to share their individual perspectives and to answer questions the students may have.
At the close, the students will receive a certificate of completion and a list of Greater Mystic Chamber of Commerce members as job leads. In turn, the Chamber will provide interested members with information about the program and will urge businesses to take a second look at the participants who seek employment with them.
Many local business owners have expressed the desire for job candidates who are better prepared for jobs dealing with the public. This program will cut down the need for extra job training before the candidate seeks the job.
“Our mission is to advocate for our members, but also to advocate for the success of the greater Mystic community. This program does both, and we would love to see it grow in the future to include more students in more schools,” said Peggy Roberts, president of the Greater Mystic Chamber of Commerce. “This could be the most meaningful work we do.”
ONLY ONE MONTH LEFT TO APPLY FOR THE 2017
MYSTIC OUTDOOR ART FESTIVAL
March 8, 2017 (Mystic, CT) --- The oldest of its kind in the Northeast, the 60th Annual Mystic Outdoor Art Festival, hosted by the Greater Mystic Chamber of Commerce, is now accepting applications for its upcoming festival. The two day event will be held on Saturday, August 12 from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Sunday, August 13 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. along the streets of Historic Downtown Mystic, CT.
Applications for interested artists are available online at Zapplication.com or by visiting the link on the Mystic Chamber’s website. Applications must be received by April 15, 2017. Accepted fine art media categories include: Acrylics, Graphics, Illustration, Mixed Media, Oils, Pastels, Photography, Sculpture and Watercolors. Accepted fine craft media categories include: Ceramics, Fiber, Glass, Jewelry, Leather, Metal and Wood. All entrants must submit to jury.
The Mystic Outdoor Art Festival has evolved in many ways from its humble beginnings over fifty years ago and now stretches over two miles and attracts over 85,000 visitors to the region. It has grown to over 250 artists who come from all corners of the United States and bring more than 100,000 works of art.
GMCC Announces Open Artwork Search for 2017
Mystic Outdoor Art Festival Promotional Merchandise
Mystic, CT - The Greater Mystic Chamber of Commerce announces that the Mystic Outdoor Art Festival Committee is in search of artwork for the 60th Annual Mystic Outdoor Art Festival’s promotional merchandise to be sold during the event scheduled for August 12-13, 2017.
Each year, the GMCC seeks out talented graphic artists from around the region to submit their artwork to be used for all promotional merchandise associated with the Mystic Outdoor Art Festival. Artwork submissions must capture the essence of summertime in Mystic, and follow the guidelines presented on the GMCC website.
All artwork submitted to the MOAF Committee becomes the property of the Greater Mystic Chamber of Commerce. Artists should submit their designs to Stephanie Healy, Marketing Manager for the Greater Mystic Chamber of Commerce by March 1, 2017. The chosen design may also be utilized for other promotional material related to the Greater Mystic Chamber of Commerce Outdoor Art Festival.
The art festival committee will review all entries, and make its final decision by April 30, 2017. For more information about art submission, please call Stephanie Healy, Marketing Manager, ext. 305, Lauren Giliberto, Events Manager, ext. 302, or visit www.mysticchamber.org for submission guidelines.
About the mission of the Greater Mystic Chamber of Commerce: Our mission is to advocate for business and tourism, promote business alliances, provide valuable benefits and services to our members, and to serve as a strong community partner in the economic development efforts in the the Greater Mystic area.
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