Welcome to Groton Bank Day on June 9

Come by land or by sea to explore art and history in the historic Groton Bank Neighborhood


Historic and cultural sites in the Groton Bank neighborhood will be collaborating to provide a special experience for visitors as we celebrate the statewide Connecticut Open House Day on June 9.  All events are free and family friendly. Free boat service will be available between Groton and New London on the Thames River Heritage Park Water Taxi, sponsored by Electric Boat and operating from 10:00 am to 10:00 pm.  Ample free parking is available on Groton Bank, and a free shuttle bus will operate all day to transport guests between participating sites.

Passports will be issued to all visitors, listing the neighborhood sites and providing directions.  Guests are encouraged to have their passports stamped at each location they visit; those collecting at least 5 stamps are eligible to enter a prize drawing.

Bill Memorial Library will be presenting the 11th annual Art on Groton Bank festival, featuring arts and crafts, food vendors, and music.  The Avery-Copp House will offer museum tours, children’s games, kitchen demonstrations, and a chance to visit with a Revolutionary War soldier.  Visitors to Fort Griswold Battlefield State Park will be able to enjoy guided tours of the fort, explore the Monument House Museum, and climb 166 steps to the top of the Groton Monument.

The Ebenezer Avery House on the grounds of Fort Griswold will be open for tours of the 18th century homestead, provide demonstrations of traditional sewing skills, and offer visitors a chance to try their hand at a needlework craft.  Friends of the Mother Bailey House will be offering a rare glimpse inside the historic structure, and will provide information about efforts that are underway to preserve this notable building.

The stone and slate Groton Congregational Church will open its doors to showcase beautiful stained glass windows.  The Thames River Heritage Park will launch four downloadable walking tours of Historic Groton Bank: Whaling, Revolution, Defense & Submarines, Development of Groton Bank, for those who would like to explore the neighborhood on foot.  The app platform for the walking tours is Izi. Many architectural styles can be seen in this area, spanning the past 200 years, and representing the tastes of the prosperous sea captains who once lived here.

All sites will be open from 10:00 to 4:00, passports can be picked up at any location, and transportation is available all day.  To learn more, visit https:/groton-bank-day7.webnode.com or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..



Leslie Evans, Museum Director, Avery-Copp House Museum

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Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center to Participate in Blue Star Museums 

Mystic, CT (May 22, 2017) - Today, Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center announced its participation in the ninth annual Blue Star Museums, a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 2,000 museums across America to offer free admission to the nation’s active duty military personnel and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day. A list of participating museums nationwide is available at arts.gov/bluestarmuseums. 

“We are pleased to be part of the Blue Star Museums program again this summer,” said DPNC Executive Director Maggie Jones. “Year round, the Nature Center offers a military discount, and we are glad to be able to give something more for active military during the summer season to say ‘thank you’ to our service members and their families for the sacrifices they make on our behalf, each and every day.” 

The Nature Center is located at 109 Pequotsepos Road, Mystic. It is open from 9 am to 5 pm Monday-Saturday and 10 am to 4 pm on Sunday. Admission includes the natural history museum, Night in the Museum theater, interactive exhibits and our live birds of prey, reptiles and amphibians. There are more than 10 miles of hiking trails at the center, which are open dawn to dusk. 

“Visiting a museum is a great way to get to know a community—whether it’s in your hometown or a stop on a road trip,” said NEA Chairman Jane Chu. “We appreciate the enthusiasm of museums all across the country who open their doors for military and their families to spend time together and have new arts experiences.” 

This year’s participating Blue Star Museums represent not just fine arts museums, but also science museums, history museums, zoos, nature centers, and children’s museums. Museums are welcome to sign up for Blue Star Museums throughout the summer by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. 

“As many military families spend the summer months moving from one duty station to another, or reconnecting with a parent who has returned from deployment, Blue Star Museums helps service members and their families create memories,” said Blue Star Families Chief Executive Officer Kathy Roth-Douquet. “Blue Star Families has great appreciation for the generosity of the museums across the country who roll out the red carpet for the families who serve alongside their service members. We are thrilled with the continued growth of the program and the unparalleled opportunities it offers.” 

About Blue Star Museums

Blue Star Museums is a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 2,000 museums across America. The program runs from the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend, May 26, 2018 through Labor Day, September 3, 2018. 

The free admission program is available for those currently serving in the United States Military - Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard as well as Active Duty and Reservists, National Guardsman (regardless of status), U.S. Public Health Commissioned Corps, NOAA Commissioned Corps, and up to five family members. Qualified members must show a Geneva Convention common access card (CAC), DD Form 1173 ID card (dependent ID), or a DD Form 1173-1 ID card for entrance into a participating Blue Star Museum.

Follow Blue Star Museums on Twitter @NEAarts and @BlueStarFamily, #bluestarmuseums. 

About the Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center:

Since 1946, the Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center in Mystic has provided visitors and the greater Mystic community the opportunity to experience nature first hand, whether it be on over 10 miles of trails, in the natural museum, Nature Store, or as part of one of their many programs. The addition of Coogan Farm in 2013 has added further layers of education, history, and ecology to DPNC’s offerings. Our mission is to inspire an understanding of the natural world and ourselves as part of it – past, present and future. It is our hope that through DPNC and Coogan Farm that we will help our visitors foster a personal environmental ethic. 

About the National Endowment for the Arts

Established by Congress in 1965, the NEA is the independent federal agency whose funding and support gives Americans the opportunity to participate in the arts, exercise their imaginations, and develop their creative capacities. Through partnerships with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies, and the philanthropic sector, the NEA supports arts learning, affirms and celebrates America’s rich and diverse cultural heritage, and extends its work to promote equal access to the arts in every community across America. Visit arts.gov to learn more about NEA.

About Blue Star Families

Blue Star Families builds communities that support military families by connecting research and data to programs and solutions, including career development tools, local community events for families, and caregiver support. Since its inception in 2009, Blue Star Families has engaged tens of thousands of volunteers and serves more than 1.5 million military family members. With Blue Star Families, military families can find answers to their challenges anywhere they are. For more information, visit bluestarfam.org 


Cassandra Meyer-Ogren

Director of Marketing and Communications

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Local Non-Profits Benefit From Credit Union’s Giving Program


Waterford, CT –May 21, 2018 – Charter Oak Federal Credit Union awarded $18,850 to 10 local non-profits as part of its quarterly giving grants disbursement.

Grant recipients included Always Home, Inc.; Cutler Middle School PTO; Groton Parks Foundation, Inc.; High Hopes Therapeutic Riding Inc.; Madonna Place, Inc.; Striving Towards Empowered Personal Success; Sails Up 4 Cancer; Salt Marsh Opera Company, Inc.; Southeastern Connecticut Enterprise Region; and the Children’s Museum of Southeastern Connecticut.

Charter Oak prides itself on giving back to the community via its Community Giving Program which includes a $90,000 College Scholarship Program, $100,000 Matching Gifts Program, monthly sponsorships and quarterly grants.

The credit union accepts grant requests on a quarterly basis. The next deadline is July 1st.

Charter Oak has awarded more than $2 million to community organizations since the inception of its Community Giving Program in 2009.

Charter Oak is eastern Connecticut’s largest credit union with assets of $1.08 billion as of March 31, 2018. Charter Oak has an expansive and convenient network of 16 branches serving New London and Windham counties, providing one of the largest and most convenient branch networks of any financial institution serving eastern Connecticut. For more information about Charter Oak’s broad range of products and services, please visit any of our convenient branches, or visit our website at CharterOak.org, or contact our Call Center at 860.446.8085 or 800.962.3237. Federally insured by NCUA. Equal Housing Lender.

Charter Oak Federal Credit Union is like a bank, just better! We've been proudly serving eastern Connecticut since 1939 and we offer great checking, deposit, lending, insurance and investment products. And because we're a credit union, we're owned by our members, not by shareholders. So we can offer lower rates on loans and higher rates on deposits. It's easy to become a Charter Oak member: simply live, work, worship, learn, or volunteer in New London or Windham counties. So join today and see why Members Bank Better at Charter Oak!


Shaun Formica, Community Relations Manager
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Invest in Your Community: Become a Groton Annual Fall Festival Sponsor


GROTON – You can invest in your community by becoming a sponsor for Groton’s Thirteenth 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 is time for you to discover Groton’s Annual Fall Festival.

The festival is scheduled for Saturday, October 6, 2018 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 grotonbiz.com 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 Tree Lighting Event, scheduled for December 1. 

Poquonnock Plains Park, centrally located in the middle of Groton, is the festival site.  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 the companies who sponsored last year’s event.  They are Groton Utilities and the Groton Parks and Recreation Department, Capstone Sponsors; Chelsea Groton Bank, Darrell Fox, Centurion Wealth Management; Grover Insurance, and The Light House, Fieldstone Sponsors.

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. 

Contact us at:
Frank E. Winkler
Public Relations Chair
Groton’s Thirteenth Annual Fall Festival
(860) 446-4095
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2018 Fall Festival Sponsorship Levels 

$2,500 Level

  • 10 x 10 Booth Space at Fall Festival
  • Business Logo included on advertising & promos
  • Business Logo on GrotonBiz.com
  • Three dedicated social media posts
  • Bridge Street Banner program
  • Booth/Table at Groton Holiday Event
  • Six Business After Hours passes
  • Opportunity to host one general meeting

$1,000 Level

  • 10 x 10 Booth Space at Fall Festival
  • Business Logo included on advertising & promos
  • Business Logo on GrotonBiz.com
  • Two dedicated social media posts
  • Four Business After Hours passes

$500 Level

  • Business Name included on advertising & promos
  • Business Name on GrotonBiz.com
  • One dedicated social media post
  • Two Business After Hours passes 





Mystic Seaport Museum Receives $103,703 National Maritime Heritage Grant

Funds Will Support Restoration of L.A. Dunton, the Museum’s 1921 Gloucester Fishing Schooner

Mystic, Conn. (May 17, 2018) — Mystic Seaport Museum announced today that it is the recipient of a National Maritime Heritage Grant. The $103,703 award will fund the survey and documentation of the fishing schooner L.A. Dunton in preparation for restoration at the Museum’s Henry B. duPont Preservation Shipyard.

Built in 1921 in Essex, Mass., the 123-foot long Dunton is one of the last surviving examples of the Grand Banks fishing schooners, once one of New England’s most common fishing vessels in the beginning of the twentieth century. The Dunton was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1994.

“We are very grateful to be the recipient of this grant to support our continued stewardship of the L.A. Dunton, which provides an irreplaceable connection to the fishing history of New England,” said Steve White, president of Mystic Seaport Museum. “The funding will enable us to move ahead with critical infrastructure improvements and necessary documentation.” 

The Dunton was acquired by Mystic Seaport Museum in 1963. Since that time the vessel underwent several restorations, the most significant in 1973-1977 when the vessel received new topside framing, planking, and deck. The below deck spaces were restored to the original fisherman configuration. Bottom portions of her hull have never received comprehensive restoration. The planned work will address the vessel’s bottom, topsides, deck, and rigging to maintain her historic and structural integrity.

This planning grant will address steps required in advance of the restoration including upgrades to the Museum’s shiplift; a complete structural survey of the vessel to determine materials needed, work flow, and staffing; and documentation of theDunton’s current condition using modern laser-scanning technology. The documentation work will allow the Museum to record the vessel’s present shape and detail, and recreate her original form and structural integrity.

The award is part of $2.6 million in maritime heritage grants given out by the National Park Service to assist funding 34 preservation and education projects in 14 states and the Northern Mariana Islands. In partnership with the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD), the National Park Service awarded grants for projects that teach about and preserve sites and objects related to our nation’s maritime history.

The National Maritime Heritage Program Grant awards are made possible through a partnership between the two federal agencies, which both share a commitment to maritime heritage preservation and education. They are funded through recycling of vessels from the MARAD’s National Defense Reserve Fleet. The grant program supports a broad range of maritime education and preservation projects, without expending tax dollars, while ensuring that the vessels are dismantled in an environmentally sound manner.

Other organizations receiving grants include the USS Constitution Museum, the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, New York’s South Street Seaport Museum, Lake Champlain Maritime Museum, and the Maritime Museum Association of San Diego.

About Mystic Seaport Museum

Mystic Seaport Museum, founded in 1929, is the nation’s leading maritime museum. In addition to providing a multitude of immersive experiences, the Museum also houses a collection of more than two million artifacts that include more than 500 historic vessels and one of the largest collections of maritime photography. The iconic Thompson Exhibition Building is a state-of-the-art gallery that will host The Vikings Begin: Treasures from Uppsala University, Sweden installation beginning on May 19, 2018. Mystic Seaport Museum is located one mile south of Exit 90 off I-95 in Mystic, CT. For more information, please visit www.mysticseaport.org  and follow Mystic Seaport Museum on FacebookTwitterYouTube, and Instagram.

Dan McFadden
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