The two businesses will continue their partnership until late 2018

Mystic, CT: After much speculation surrounding future plans for downtown Mystic’s boutique hotel, The Whaler’s Inn, located at 20 East Main Street, is pleased to announce that Restaurant Bravo Bravo will remain at its current location through 2018.  Restaurant Bravo Bravo, which occupies the first floor of one five buildings of The Whaler’s Inn, opened in the fall of 1992 and remains a destination for upscale fare and warm hospitality.  Construction on a new space for the restaurant, directly across the street from The Whaler’s Inn at 19 East Main Street, will begin this month.  Restaurant Bravo Bravo will remain in its current location until the new space is completed.    

According to Amanda Arling, General Manager of The Whaler’s Inn, “We appreciate the many years shared together at The Whaler’s Inn and are very excited for the evolution of Restaurant Bravo Bravo.”  Currently, The Whaler’s Inn is undergoing a series of renovations and room updates, with additional plans in the works for a full-service restaurant to open in Spring of 2019.  Further details regarding this development are not available at this time.  

The Whaler’s Inn is located at 20 East Main Street in downtown Mystic, CT.  With 48 rooms over five buildings, the property is Mystic’s largest downtown lodging location.  For more details visit them online at




Proceeds Benefit Mystic Aquarium


Mystic, Conn. (November 20, 2017): Ocean Blue Catering, sister company of Mystic Aquarium, is proud to offer affordable holiday party options for local small businesses-all with the spirit of giving. Formal holiday parties may not be cost-effective for small businesses and organizations but the celebration of the season is no less important. With day and night time options, small organizations can celebrate the festivities of the season with decadent food and ambiance with the Big/Little Holiday Luncheon and the Holiday FantaSEA.  A portion of the proceeds from each ticket sold from both events will benefit Mystic Aquarium’s Mission Programs of conservation, education and research. 

The Big/Little Holiday Luncheon, set for Friday, December 8 from 1:00pm–4:00pm at the Mystic Yachting Center, allows smaller companies to celebrate the holiday season, together.  Small offices and organizations enjoy the holiday party atmosphere simply by purchasing individual seats.  Along with the gorgeous view of the Mystic River, lunch at the Big/Little will be catered by Ocean Blue Catering.  Tickets are available for $29.95 at Advanced registration required with ticket sales end 48 hours prior to event date. 

For those with a taste of the nightlife this holiday season, there is Ocean Blue Catering’s Holiday FantaSEA. This annual event is scheduled for Friday, December 15 from 6:30pm- 10:30pm at Mystic Aquarium.  Like the Big/Little, this event is also perfect for smaller companies.  A gourmet holiday buffet will be served in the festive ambiance of the Aquarium’s Main Gallery among spirited holiday décor and colorful fish, sharks and more.  A full cash bar, music by a professional DJ and dancing keeps the good cheer going throughout the evening. 

Tickets for the Holiday FantaSea are priced at $45.99 per person and must be purchased in advance by visiting or calling reservations at 860.572.5955 ext. 520. Full tables are also available. Guests must be at least 21 years of age.   

About Ocean Blue Catering

Ocean Blue Catering, a subsidiary of Mystic Aquarium, is a full-service catering and event planning company servicing Connecticut and Rhode Island.  The exclusive caterer of Mystic Aquarium and Mystic Yachting Center, Ocean Blue Catering provides off-site services as well to create flawless events. Custom menus from casual to decadent are carefully and expertly prepared to meet all tastes and budgets. Revenue generated through Ocean Blue Catering goes to support the important mission of Mystic Aquarium. 

About Mystic Aquarium

Mystic Aquarium, a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization, is counted among the nation’s leading aquariums with more than 300 species and an extensive collection of marine mammals, including New England’s only belugas. Mystic Aquarium has been a pioneer in offering guests a variety of up close encounters with a wide range of marine animals. The mission of Mystic Aquarium is to inspire people to care for and protect our ocean planet through conservation, education, and research. Mystic Aquarium receives major support from The Coca-Cola Company, Foxwoods Resort Casino, Resorts World Sentosa, and United Technologies Corporation. Learn more at

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 GBA logo holiday parade

Last Chance to Register
for Groton Holiday Lights Parade

 GROTON - The deadline to register for the Eighteenth Annual Groton Holiday Lights Parade is Friday, November 17. The Groton Business Association (GBA) of the Greater Mystic Chamber of Commerce has scheduled the parade for Saturday, December 2 at 5 p.m. The line of march is from Poquonnock Road at South Road, along Long Hill Road in downtown Groton to the Groton Shopping Plaza.

A special call goes out to bands, fife and drum corps and choral groups who make that special holiday music that everyone knows and loves.

The GBA urges all businesses along the parade route to decorate their windows and store fronts in the spirit of the season.

The GBA welcomes floats from businesses, clubs, organizations and marchers from all groups in the community. While it is free to participate, all participants must complete an on-line application that can be found at For those without access to the web, please call 860-536-5680 for assistance.

Immediately after the parade, Santa Claus will have the honor of lighting the holiday tree on the green at the rear of the Groton Shopping Plaza. Parents, you are invited to take your child’s photograph with Santa. Entertainment will be provided. This post-parade celebration is sponsored by the Groton Rotary Club.

The GBA invites and encourages representatives from local small businesses to volunteer as elves. You can not only be part of the fun, but also advertise your business along the parade route.  Call the Chamber at 860-572-9578 for more information.

The GBA would like to recognize the companies who have committed to be a sponsor for this year’s event. They are: Groton Utilities and the Groton Parks and Recreation Department, Capstone Sponsors; Stonington Odd Fellows Lodge #26, a Keystone Sponsor; and Groton Shopping Plaza, a Sandstone Sponsor; and Chelsea Groton Bank, Darrell Fox, Centurion Wealth Management; Grover Insurance, Thames Valley Communications and the Light House, Fieldstone Sponsors.

Groton Holiday Parade Route

For further information contact:
Frank E. Winkler
Public Relations Chair
Groton Holiday Lights Parade 2017
(860) 446-4095
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Mystic Seaport Captures Design Award


CENTERBROOK, Conn. (Nov. 16, 2017) – Mystic Seaport’s Thompson Exhibition Building continues to garner recognition for its design achievements.

Conceived by Centerbrook Architects & Planners, the Thompson Exhibition Building earned an Honor Award-With Distinction at the AIA QUAD 2017 Design Awards in Albany, New York. The annual QUAD (Quality Unites Architectural Design) Conference brings together the AIA chapters from Connecticut, New Jersey, New York State and Pennsylvania.

The AIA QUAD Awards jury commented: “Whimsical and joyful, this project has very strong imagery: the jury admired its resilience and its work with glulam structure to connect with traditional shipbuilding imagery.”

This marks the second award the Thompson Exhibition Building has received following a CREW CT Blue Ribbon Award for Best Specialty Project, bestowed earlier this year. The 21,000-square-foot facility was designed as a keynote building for the historic Mystic Seaport campus and features an exhibit hall, welcome center, retail shop, café and wraparound deck.

Centerbrook Architects & Planners is a firm conceived in 1975 as a community of architects working together to advance American place-making and the craft of building. A collaborative firm with an exceptional history of building, Centerbrook is known for inventive design solutions that are emblematic of its client and their traditions. Centerbrook’s designs have won 380 awards, including the Architecture Firm Award, a distinction held by only 37 active firms nationwide.

Jason Cunningham
Centerbrook Architects & Planners
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Mystic Seaport Lantern Light Tours Begin November 24

Holiday Tradition Takes Visitors Back to Christmas Eve, 1876


Mystic, Conn. (November 2, 2017) — Mystic Seaport will open the 2017 season of its Lantern Light Tours Friday, November 24.

A New England holiday tradition, Lantern Light Tours is a 70-minute progressive play that is set on Christmas Eve in 1876. Featuring actors from Connecticut and neighboring states, the cast weaves a heart-warming holiday story in the setting of the historic buildings and vessels of the Museum.

The Lantern Light Tours plot is changed every year and the writing and production planning begins early in the spring. For 2017, the story is “The Spirit of the Holiday: A Christmas Ghost Story.” Set on Christmas Eve in the year 1876, the play unfolds through five scenes of historical hilarity showcasing some unexpected holiday traditions and a little help from a Victorian spiritualist.

Written by Rebecca Bayreuther Donohue, a local historian, author, and Mystic Seaport staff member, “The Spirit of the Holiday: A Christmas Ghost Story” seeks to uncover the true meaning of the season for everyone.

Visitors join a group of 16 to tour the Museum’s seaport village, stopping at designated points to take in the next chapter of the story. Along the way, they will enjoy a gentlemen’s athletic contest, a spirited circle dance, a visit with old St. Nick, a horse and carriage ride, and a scene on board one of the Museum’s historic vessels.

Performances are November 24-25, December 1-2, 8-9, 15-17, and 22-23. Tours begin at 5 p.m. and leave every 15 minutes. Tickets can be purchased online at, or by calling 860.572.5331. Tickets are $32 for adults ($26 for Mystic Seaport members) and $25 for children ages 5-17 ($19 for youth members). Lantern Light Tours are not recommended for children under the age of 4.

Media access is available during the dress rehearsal November 21.

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 Thompson Exhibition Building provides a state-of-the-art gallery to host compelling, world-class exhibitions, including the upcoming Murmur: Arctic Realities opening January 20, 2018. 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
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