Congressman Joseph Courtney will be the featured speaker at the Annual Groton Business Update

Congressman Joe Courtney, who serves Connecticut’s Second District, will be the featured speaker at the Annual Groton Business Update on Thursday, May 31, from 7:30-9:30 a.m. at the Mystic Marriott in Groton. 

The Groton Business Association (GBA) of the Greater Mystic Chamber of Commerce (GMCC) hosts the Annual Groton Business Update.

The cost is $30 per person when you purchase the ticket in advance. The walk in price is $35 the day of the event.  Businesses may purchase 10-seat corporate tables for $270. Prospective attendees are encouraged to register in advance.  Register online here, or call the GMCC at 860-572-9578.

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

For more information or to register by phone, please contact Lauren Giliberto at 860-572-9578.


 Annual Southeastern CT Education Leaders Breakfast       

The Greater Mystic Chamber of Commerce with Groton Utilities, Peoples Bank and Perkins Murphy
is pleased to present the “Education Breakfast”

When: May 24, 2018 @ 7:30 am to 9:00 am

Where: Groton Inn & Suites

Who: 11 schools from Southeastern CT will pick their best and brightest to receive accolades and awards from the business community.

One Junior and One Senior are chosen, and attend the breakfast with their family and representatives from the school faculty. Approximately 130 people are in attendance. Seniors are given a topic and deliver a speech to the audience. Seniors are given a $100 scholarship from People’s United Bank, a certificate for consultation from Perkins Murphy, (college admission consultants), and a certificate of congratulations from the Greater Mystic Chamber of Commerce.

Seniors will speak on the “Importance of Community Interaction with Education Institutions". The Public is invited to attend at $15 per seat. RSVP here. Questions can be addressed to Kristin Hartnett @ This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 860-572-9578

Mystic Irish Parade Announces Grand Marshals, Clydesdales Coming to Town & More Events in Preparation of 2018 Parade Day!

The annual Mystic Irish Parade, on Sunday March 25th, celebrates its’ fifteenth year in 2018!  The festivities will begin at the Mystic Seaport at 1:00 p.m. sharp and journey downtown until concluding at the Mystic Arts Center. In attendance, there will be more than 30,000 guests from near and far celebrating the ‘Wearin’ of the Green’ together. 

“The 2018 Grand Marshals, father and son duo Bob & Rob Valenti of the Valenti dealerships, continuously give back to their local community year after year and it is an honor to have them lead this year’s parade,” says Neil Ryan, Vice President of the Mystic Irish Parade Foundation. 

The Grand Marshal is carefully selected each year by the Mystic Irish Parade Foundation’s Board of Directors. Regardless of their heritage, the primary prerequisite for leading the parade in this role is honoring, supporting and being a positive, contributing member in the Southeastern Connecticut community. 

Known for their exceptional customer service and catchy advertising campaigns, the Valenti family opened their first automobile dealership in the 1920’s. In 1973, Bob Valenti opened the second dealer location in Mystic, CT.  Bob’s son, Rob Valenti, joined the business in 1986, carrying on a tradition and company culture that began 65 years prior. They currently own and operate seven Valenti locations. 

Locally owned, the Valenti’s treat their clients the same way they treat their staff, like family! They are committed to providing an exceptional experience and operate their dealerships with integrity, honesty and are passionately dedicated to giving back to their community. The parade truly is honored to have them as the 2018 Grand Marshals. 

“Upwards of 30,000 people come to see the parade,” said Ryan. “All the favorites will participate, including nearly a dozen bagpipe bands, children’s groups, floats developed by local businesses, high school bands, dancing groups, Boy Scout and Girl Scout Clubs and much more.”

Arriving Tuesday, March 20th, and departing Monday, March 26th, the community welcomes the infamous Budweiser Clydesdales returning to Mystic this year as well! This remarkable team of ten horses  will be on display at Mystic Seaport during the week and visitors will be able to see the horses in person. On Sunday March 25th, they will also be spotlighted by marching in the annual parade for the entire Southeastern Connecticut community to see. 

“The Clydesdales are unforgettable. These are the horses that make appearances during the Super Bowl and they are in our local parade. It doesn’t get much better than bringing these classic animals to Mystic,” says Neil Ryan, Vice President of the Mystic Irish Parade Foundation. 

These horses stand approximately six feet tall and on average, weigh two thousand pounds. Chestnut, brown or black in color, the Clydesdales are most known for the long, white hair growing around their ankles called feathering. These gentle giants have docile personalities, making them extremely family friendly. 

Levine Distributing Co., a major sponsor of the parade, was able to secure the Clydesdales for the parade and the Mystic Irish Parade Foundation worked with Mystic Seaport to host the Clydesdales during their stay. “The Clydesdales last visit to Mystic was 10 years ago and Mystic Seaport Hosted them at that time as well. The Seaport had a fantastic turn out and it was the largest parade in our 15 year history,” says Ryan. 

The Clydesdales will be housed in a temporary stable constructed on the grounds of Mystic Seaport. The Clydesdales will be available for viewing during their stay both before and after the parade. Specific viewing times and details will be make available in future releases. (For information on viewing times at Mystic Seaport please visit

The parade is the biggest single day event in Mystic each year and it is just part of the Irish themed festivities that acknowledge St. Patrick’s Day! The countdown continues with an exciting lineup of fun events and activities, including a Meet & Greet with Grand Marshals on Friday, March 23rd, the Mystic Irish 5K on Saturday March 17th, and the Awards Party & Raffle Drawing on April 8th, after the parade. 

Please visit for a detailed list of events. 

This festive celebration, as well as many other annual area events, are planned and supported by the Mystic Irish Parade Foundation. The Mystic Irish Parade Foundation is 100% volunteer driven, supported by team members dedicated to promoting Irish heritage and organizing a spectacular parade for the community.  The MIPF is a registered 501c3 nonprofit organization and all donations are tax deductible and directly help fund local charities, as well as the annual parade. Excess funds raised are donated to local nonprofit organizations. Please mark your calendars and we look forward to seeing you at these local events!  

 Fields of Fire Announces New Team Building Program

Fields of Fire Adventure Park in Mystic is pleased to announce the addition of Time In The Forest Team Building.  Groups will enjoy three hours of unique Team Building activities in the forest.  Our Bridge Build and Scavenger Hunt will engage participants in creative thinking and strengthen communication skills all while enjoying 50 acres of pristine woodlands in Mystic, CT.  A perfect outing for companies and organizations looking to improve moral and workplace cooperation.

The core of our programs are guided by two philosophies.  We keep the teams between 3-5 participants so everyone has a meaningful roll.  Teams work to succeed in an overall group accomplishment. In typical Fields of Fire fashion we have developed these programs to be larger than life. The Bridge build will find up to 10 teams working to create a bridge
spanning up to 150 feet in length.  For our Scavenger Hunt teams will work together to find over 1,000 puzzle pieces hidden on over 20 acres of beautiful trails and put together a puzzle that measures 8 feet wide by 4 feet tall. Options are available for the puzzle have a custom image and or message.

We are now taking reservations for May 1st and beyond.  Groups can range in size from 10-90 people.  Combine your Time In The Forest Team Building with our Aerial Park Climbing for a full day outing and increased group size of up to 180 people.

For more information contact Mark Lombardi at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 860.415.3580.  You may also complete a group inquiry form found at the bottom of our groups page:

715 Noank-Ledyard Rd. Mystic, CT 06355



Mystic Museum of Art Presents Lisa Lyman Adams: kidArt and Young at Art

Young At Art 2018      Young At Art lolly pop

 Two exhibitions appropriate for all ages that will bring out the kid in everyone.

Mystic, CT - kidArt features the inherently whimsical fine art and illustration work of artist, illustrator, and MMoA faculty Lisa Lyman Adams. Adams combines super realism, collage, trompe l’oeil and handwriting, while blurring the line between fine art and commercial art. Adams's work has appeared in art galleries and juried exhibitions, as well as national publications, children’s books, and young adult novels. She also created the babyGap teddy bear.

Also on view is Young at Art, the region’s foremost youth art exhibition, which showcases creative work from hundreds of regional students ages eighteen and younger. Come see original artwork in a variety of media from oil, photography, and sculpture to mixed media. Art from all over New London County and Rhode Island is displayed, with many group projects from area schools. The exhibition is part of Mystic Museum of Art’s commitment to fostering creativity in the community. Young At Art brings families together in a community space and encourages the use of art to advance learning in our region’s schools.

Lisa Lyman Adams: kidArt and Young At Art will be on display from March 16 through April 14. There will be and opening reception for both shows and a Young at Arts awards presentation ceremony on Saturday, March 17, 1pm–3pm. Mystic Museum of Art is located at 9 Water Street, in Mystic Connecticut. To contact the Museum: 860.536.7601 or visit