Congratulations to our Member restaurants and stores that places in Connecticut Magazine's "Best Restaurants 2018"! 

Wow! We are SO proud of our Member restaurants/stores for placing in Connecticut Magazine's "Best Restaurants 2018: Readers' Choice"! CONGRATULATIONS to Sift Bake Shop Mystic for Best Bakery, Mystic Depot Roasters for Best Breakfast & Best Coffee Shop, RISE for 2nd place in both the Best Breakfast & Best Brunch categories, Grass & Bone for 2nd place Best Butcher, and Hilton Mystic mentioned in the Best Hotel Bar category, S&P Oyster Company for 3rd place Best Seaford Fine Dining, Cask'n Keg for 2nd Place for Best Wine Shop. Congratulations also go out to Costello's Clam Shack for mention in the Best Roadside category and Oyster Club CT and Red 36 for mentions in the Best Seafood category in the magazine's Experts' Picks! Check out the full list here...

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Be Wise! Analyze Before You Invest in Solar

GROTON – Thinking about solar, but not sure that you can afford the investment? Groton Utilities is offering its customers a free, unbiased, third party Solar Energy Financial Evaluation. Groton Utilities has arranged for an independent consultant to help you get all the right answers about your potential solar investment.

Most importantly, the evaluation results will be confidential.  The results will not be shared with Groton Utilities unless you, the customer, want to provide Groton Utilities with the results.

Groton Utilities wants you to make the best financial decision when it comes to investing in solar.  The investment in a solar system can be substantial – a nice way to say expensive - so it is important that you review all the information before making the right decision for you.

If you are ready to start an evaluation, visit our web site at  Point and click the “Happy Sun” icon, and you will be ready to start your free Solar Energy Financial Evaluation.  Please note that a proposal from a solar developer is required in order to complete the evaluation.

This evaluation is the best way for you to get the answers to all your solar investment questions.  Here are a few of the questions that the evaluation can help you answer:

  • Will you get a good return on your solar investment?
  • Are solar vendors overwhelming you with offers they claim are too good to pass up?
  • How do you compare one vendor’s proposal to another’s?
  • How do you balance the contractor’s proposal with Groton Utilities standard tariff?

Frank E. Winkler
Manager Economic Development
Groton Utilities Spokesperson
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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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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



Pumpkins Beware!

Stonington Community Center’s Annual Pumpkin Chunkin Returns

Stonington, CT: Pumpkins should consider this their fair warning. Come Sunday, Oct. 22 pumpkins will take flight as they are launched through the air, hopefully striking wooden targets, to the cheers of onlookers.

It’s the return of the Stonington Community Center (COMO)’s annual Pumpkin Chunkin event. An annual celebration of fall, this event brings together community, families and individuals young and young at heart for an afternoon of hurling pumpkins, tasty food and treats, music and other autumn diversions!

Participants will have their choice of launching pumpkins via a ballista, a catapult or a giant slingshot in order to hit the intended targets. Those who prefer to keep fall gourds on the ground and not flying through the air towards imminent destruction can enjoy other activities offering an array of autumn-themed amusement. Enjoy fair food, take a bounce in the moon bounce, or test your skill at some traditional fair games! 

“The Pumpkin Chunkin embodies the mission of the COMO – bringing people together and building community ties,” says Beth-Ann Stewart, COMO Executive Director. “People get caught up in the excitement, rooting each other on and cheering when they get a hit. We love that for over 70 years, we’re able to continue to provide unique experiences engage our community.”

The Pumpkin Chunkin is scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 22 from 12:00 to 2:00 p.m. at Owens Field, Stonington Borough. Entry is free. Tickets may be purchased to participate in the chunkin event and other activities. More details about the event can be found online at  

About the Stonington Community Center: The Stonington Community Center (COMO) is a non-profit organization dedicated to strengthening families and community. For over 70 years the COMO has offered a variety of recreational, educational, enrichment family and community programs throughout the year. Located in the Stonington Borough, the center has become an irreplaceable part of the community, serving children and families regardless of financial need. For more information, please visit

Media Contact:
Christina Moores
Stonington Community Center, Inc.
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