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Friday, Oct. 11


“The Sound of Music” will open Friday at 8 p.m. at the Granite Theatre, 1 Granite St., Westerly. The production will run Thursdays through Sundays through Nov. 17. The popular musical, the final collaboration of Rodgers and Hammerstein, tells the story of Maria, who is failing in her attempt to become a nun because she is too high-spirited for religious life. The convent dispatches her to serve as governess for the seven children of widowed naval captain Georg Von Trapp. Based on the true story of the Von Trapp family, the romantic musical takes place against the backdrop of early Nazi Germany. David Jepson directs the show with Stephen DeCesare as musical director and Lisa Clough as choreographer. The cast features Rochelle Weinrauch of Westerly as Maria, Bill Martuscello of Westerly as Captain von Trapp, and Dale Magnuson of North Scituate as Mother Abbess. The roles of the seven Von Trap children will be covered by two casts who will alternate performances. Tickets are $25 for adults, $22 for seniors, $15 for children. For information, call the box office at 401-596-2341 or visit

Friday, Oct. 11


Babcock Smith House, 124 Granite St., Westerly, serve a hearty lunch Friday from 11:30 to 1:30 p.m. at its annual fundraiser, Soup’s On: Veggie Style. The menu includes seven vegetarian soup and chili offerings and four different kinds of breads. The public is invited. Tickets are $10 at the door.

Saturday & Sunday, Oct. 11 - 12


Swamp Yankee Days will celebrate “the good old days” Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Washington County Fairgrounds in Richmond. The event will include antique farm and industrial displays, barrel train rides, hay rides, pumpkin painting, blacksmith demos, an antique tractor parade, a classic car show, cow chip bingo, and live music throughout both days, including the Old Time Fiddlers. mission is $5; children under 10 are admitted free. A special section about Swamp Yankee Days is included in today’s edition of The Sun.

Saturday, Oct. 12


The 16th annual Guy Fawkes bonfire night will be held at the Andrea Hotel, 89 Atlantic Ave., Misquamicut, on Saturday at 7 p.m. Featuring a “Monty Python-esque” performance by the Misquamicut Players and the music of the King Crimson’s Jesters, the event will include a large bonfire, the Westerly Morris Men and the Kentish Guards Fife and Drum as well as a reenactment of Guy Fawkes’ trial. Guy Fawkes attempted to blow up the king and the British Parliament in 1605. All are welcome; the event is free. Rain date is Sunday, Oct. 13. Reserved seating is available. For more information call 401-322-1026 or visit

Saturday, Oct. 12


Cottrell Brewery’s Oktoberfest open house will be held Saturday from 3 to 6 p.m. at the brewery, 100 Mechanic St., Pawcatuck. Patrons will be able to sample beers, listen to live music and enjoy bratwurst. The event is free and open to the public. For more information visit

Saturday, Oct 12


Mystic Ballet opens its new season with “Night of Inspiration” on Saturday. The evening will begin at 7 p.m. with a performance at the ballet company’s new home, Mystic Stage in Olde Mistick Village, 27 Coogan Blvd., Mystic. The ballet will be followed by a dessert and wine reception and silent auction at nearby Semolina Pasta Shop and Extra Virgin Olive Oil Store. The event benefits the Foundation for Retinal Research, dedicated to finding a cure for a genetic form of blindness which has afflicted Sofia, a Mystic Ballet Junior Company dancer. The original choreography will be performed by the Mystic Ballet Company and by Sofia and her Mystic Ballet School peers. Ticket prices range from $45 to $65 and may be purchased at or by calling 860-536-3671.

Saturday, Oct. 12


The Westerly Education Endowment Fund will hold its 11th annual golf tournament on Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Richmond Country Club, 74 Sandy Pond Road. Registration will begin at 8 a.m. with a 9 a.m. shotgun start. The event will include a 4-person scramble, continental breakfast, Texas barbecue lunch and awards reception following the golf. Cost is $135 per player. Visit to register or for more information.

Saturday - Monday, Oct. 12-14


Chowder Days at the Mystic Seaport will feature several kinds of chowders, along with clam cakes and assorted gourmet sandwiches, apple fritters and mulled cider, Saturday through Monday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The festivities will include live music (see the Nightlife listing for Latitude 41 Restaurant and Tavern) and family-friendly activities on the seaport’s village green, including croquet, scarecrow-making, ring and bean bag tosses, face painting, gourd painting, and tumbling towers. Museum admission is required to attend — $24 for adults, $22 for seniors and college students, $15 for youth ages 6-17, free for children 5 and under. Admission does not include food or beverages, which will be sold on an a la carte menu. Visit for more information.

Saturday, Oct. 12


The Wood Pawcatuck Watershed Association will sponsor a lower Wood River p a ddle on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. A 7-mile paddle begins at Switch Road put-in, ending at Alton Pond in Hopkinton. This is an intermediate level paddle, suitable for most levels. Paddlers must wear appropriate life jackets (no self-inflatables) and should bring lunch, bottled water and sun protection. Cost: members, $10; non-members, $20. A limited number of single person 9-foot kayaks are available for $10 rental (members) or $20 (non-members). For information contact Denise Poyer at or 401-539-9017. Advance registration required.

Sunday, Oct. 13


The Westerly-Pawcatuck Columbus Day Parade, begun in 1947, is one of New England’s oldest and largest Columbus Day parades. This year’s parade will kick off from the corner of Tower and Granite streets, Westerly, at 1:10 p.m. The grand marshal is the Most Rev. Paul S. Loverde, who grew up in Pawcatuck and is now the Roman Catholic bishop of Arlington, Va. For more information on the parade route, participating marching units and bands, and parking restrictions, check out The Sun’s special section about the parade in the Friday edition.

Sunday, Oct. 13


Barbara Zabel, professor emeritus of art history at Connecticut College, will speak about 19th century artist Alexander Calder, best known for inventing the mobile, on Sunday from 5 to 6 p.m. at the Stonington Free Library in Stonington Borough. This event is free and open to the public. For more information call 860-535-0658.

Tuesday, Oct. 15


Westerly Library, 44 Broad St., will host a flute recital featuring John Graham and John Curran, accompanied on the piano by Barbara Speer, on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. The program will consist of light classics with titles including the Valse Gracieuse composed by Popp, Bach’s Sonata in G Minor, a madrigal by Gaubert, a minuet by Bizet, Brun’s Romance op. 41, and Golliwogg’s Cakewalk by Debussy. Programs at the library are free, open to the public, and handicapped accessible. For more information call 401-596-2877, ext. 3.

Thursday, Oct. 17


Oct. 17 will mark the last chance this year to visit the Westerly Farmers’ Market, held at the end of Commerce Street on Westerly Land Trust property behind the Washington Trust Community Skating Rink. The market is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 17

WAR OF 1812

Fred Calabretta will provide an illustrated presentation at the La Grua Center in Stonington Borough on key artifacts from the War of 1812 and the stories they tell. The war exposed Connecticut to British attack, pulled thousands into military or sea service, and severely damaged the state’s economy. The free program, sponsored by the Stonington Historical Society, will take place on Oct. 17 at 6 p.m.

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