When prominent journalist Robin Lloyd began researching his ancestor Captain Elisha Ely Morgan by poring over family records and historical accounts of life in America following the War of 1812, he realized he had the makings of a rich seafaring story full of murder, an illicit slave-trading ring, and betrayal. Meet the author of “Rough Passage to London: A Sea Captain’s Tale” and hear the inside story of how his book came to be written at the Mystic Seaport’s Williams-Mystic Marine Science Center on Wednesday, Jan. 8 at 6 p.m. A copy of the author’s book will be raffled. Tickets are $20, with reduced rate for Seaport members. Call 860-572-5322 for more information.
Children will explore the Land of Enchantment with Sparky’s Puppets in the children’s room of the Westerly Library on Thursday, Jan. 2 at 4 p.m. Children never know who might pop up: an elf, a wise woman, or a goblin in the hilarious adventures, all from the magical world of children’s books. Programs at the library are free and open to the public. Visit westerlylibrary.org for more information.
Friday, Jan. 3
ADAM EZRA BAND
Boston’s Adam Ezra band will perform Friday at the Knickerbocker Café in Westerly. Voted “Band of the Year” at the 2013 New England Music Awards, the group’s performances have been compared to those of Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band. Jack Casey, General Manager of WERS radio in Boston has said of Ezra, “Not since Springsteen and Bono have I seen a lead singer with his talent and charisma. “The evening will open with “The Matching Shoes Trio,” Runnie Ronald Prince and Erik Krie. Doors open at 7 p.m. for dinner. Show starts at 8 p.m. $10 cover charge.
Friday, Jan. 3
Surfside 8 Square Dance Club brings square and round dancing to the Westerly Senior Center, 39 State St., on the first and third Fridays of the month from 8 to 10:30 p.m. Caller is Jim Schell and cuer is Kathy Bryant. The theme this Friday is funny birthday cards. Donation is $6 for dancers; observers are free. Those who are interested in learning how to square or round dance can contact Surfside 8 Square Dance Club or stop by the Westerly Senior Center on Monday nights between 7 and 9 p.m. For more information call 860-245-0164 or 401-596-1263, or visit surfside8sdc.freeservers.com
Friday, Jan. 3
Matunuck’s Ocean Mist restaurant and bar, 895 Matunuck Beach Road, will celebrate their 2nd annual ChristMist Spectacular on Friday, Jan. 3. It is billed as” the last and hopefully the most fun customer appreciation party of the year.” The party starts at 6 p.m. and goes all night with DJ Nook spinning at 9:30 p.m. Visit oceanmist.net for more information.
Friday, Jan. 3
The Westerly Library will screen the film “The Croods” in the children’s room on Friday at 4 p.m. The G-rated film is a computer-animated adventure comedy from DreamWorks Animation. It tells the story of a family in the fictional prehistoric Pliocene era known as The Croodaceous. Children are invited to bring pillows and blankets. Programs at the library are free and open to the public.
Through Saturday, Jan. 4
TREE OF NATIONS
Visitors are invited to look at the Tree of Nations in the Gathering Space at the Pequot Museum. More than 60 tribes from across the United States have given handcrafted ornaments to decorate the museum’s tree. The ornaments include hand-made dolls, baskets, and beadwork. Each one represents unique tribal stories and traditions. Free with the museum admission of $20 for adults, $15 for seniors, and $12 for children ages 6-18. Children under 6 are free. Visit pequotmuseum.org for more information.
Saturday, January 4
KIDS ARE FREE
Free kid’s admission from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. at the Mashantucket Pequot Museum, 110 Pequot Trail. Children 15 and younger are free on the first Saturday of every month. Make a craft ($5) and explore the discovery carts in the exhibits. Two children per adult; cannot be combined with any other offer for discounted adult admission rates. For more information visit pequotmuseum.org
Saturday, Jan. 4
James Merrill House, 107 Water St., Stonington, will present writers-in-residence Brittany Perham & Peter Kline reading from their work from 5 to 6 p.m. Peter Kline is an instructor of creative writing at the University of San Francisco and Stanford University’s Continuing Studies Program. His collection of poetry, “Deviants,” was published by Stephen F. Austin State University Press in 2013). Brittany Perham is a Jones Lecturer at Stanford University. She is the author of “The Curiosities” (Parlor Press, 2012). The event is free and open to the public. The James Merrill House is maintained by the Stonington Village Improvement Association in Stonington Borough in order to preserve an important literary landmark and to further the legacy of one of America’s great poets. Visit jamesmerrillhouse.org for more information.
Saturday, Jan 4
Sandy’s Lighthouse at 148 Atlantic Ave., Misquamicut Beach will host the official “Unleashed” CD Release Party for TMG recording artist Steve Daggett on Saturday, January 4. The party will begin at 6:30 and will also include The Smokehouse Band, Branded, Country that Rocks, and a special performance by Frankie Justin Lamprey & the Roughstock. $25 per person which includes buffet.
Saturday, Jan. 4
The Mashuntucket Pequot Museum will teach how to make a loom bead a bracelet in a workshop on Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m. The class will be led by Candyce Testa. The cost is $25 per person. Limited to 15 participants, ages 11 and older. Call 800-411-9671 or email email@example.com to register. For more information visit pequotmuseum.org.
Saturdays through April26
An indoor farmers’ market is also held every Saturday at the Velvet Mill, 22 Bayview Ave., Stonington. Locally grown and homemade foods, crafts and music, greenhouse and seasonal vegetables and fruits. Pasture-raised beef, pork, chicken, lamb, eggs, cheese, breads, baked goods. Gluten & wheat free offerings, organic and GMO free foods. Jams, jellies, honey, maple syrup, prepared foods, soups, pot pies, casseroles. Hours are 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Saturdays through April 19
An indoor farmers market is held every Saturday on the second floor of the Richmond Community Center, located at the police station at 1168 Main St., Wyoming. The market provides local items such as produce, meat, fish, coffee, baked goods, jam, soap and alpaca fiber products. The market will run through April 19. The hours are 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. There is an elevator in rear of the building. Entry is free.
Saturdays and Sundays through Jan. 5
Save The Bay and the Stonington Historical Society will offer 90-minute narrated nature cruises down the Pawcatuck River and into Little Narragansett Bay on Saturdays and Sundays. Due to popular demand the cruises have been extended through Jan. 5. Participants will look for visiting seals and winter wildlife and learn about the area’s fascinating history. Cruises leave from Viking Marina, 19 Margin St., Westerly. Tickets are $22 for adults and $17 for seniors and children ages 3-12. Call 401-315-2709 for more information or visit savebay.org/seal to purchase tickets.
Through Sunday, Jan. 5
This weekend marks the last opportunity to view “Miss Florence’s Artist Tree,” at Florence Griswold Museum, 96 Lyme St., Old Lyme. The 12-foot tree is decorated with artists’ palettes donated by one hundred and forty-five noted artists from across the country. The palette artists’ styles and subject matter are as varied as the individuals. The idea of contemporary artists painting palettes is a nod to the Museum’s history as the center for the Lyme Art Colony, and alludes to the door and wall panels the artists painted throughout Miss Florence’s boardinghouse over a century ago. Entrance to the museum and the historic boardinghouse is $10 adults or $9 seniors. Hours are Tuesday - Saturday, 10-5 p.m. and Sunday, 1-5 p.m. Visit florencegriswoldmuseum.org for more information and to view some of the palettes.
Sunday, Jan. 5
The Shoreline Ringers, an accomplished community handbell choir ringing Malmark handbells and handchimes will present a free holiday concert on Sunday, January 5 at the North Stonington Congregational Church at 89 Main St. at 3 p.m. Shoreline Ringers is a community handbell choir based in southeastern Connecticut and directed by Jane Nolan. This free holiday concert will feature an array of challenging and entertaining favorites to keep the holiday spirit alive a bit longer. For more information visit shorelineringers.org
Sunday, Monday, Jan. 5-6
The Granite Theatre of Westerly will be holding open auditions for the romantic comedy “Same Time, Next Year” by Bernard Slade and Norm Foster’s comedy “Old Love.” The auditions are Sunday, January 5 at 2 p.m. and Monday, January 6 at 7 p.m. Audtions will be held at the theatre, 1 Granite St., Westerly. The cast needed for “Same Time, Next Year” is one man and one woman able to play from late 20’s up to late 50’s. Cast requirements for “Old Love” is 2 men and 2 women ages 30’s to 40’s. This is an open audition – no appointments are necessary. Candidates are asked to bring a head shot and resume. Call 401-363-2452 or 401-348-0555 for more information. Directions to the theatre are available at granitetheatre.com or by calling the box office at 401-596-2341.
Sunday, Jan. 5
Lovers of G. F. Handel’s masterpiece are invited to the fifth annual benefit “Sing-It-Yourself” Messiah concert and supper at the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd in Kingston on Sunday, Jan. 5 at 3 p.m. to benefit local charities. The informal, audience-participation event will be held in the church sanctuary at 383 Old North Road, just east of the URI campus near Flagg Road. Admission is free but donations of at least eight dollars are encouraged. A soup supper will be served following the event and all are invited to stay.
Monday, Jan. 6
Cross Mills Library, 4417 Old Post Road, Charlestown, screens a free movie every Monday at 5:30 p.m.This week’s feature is the 2012 film “Cloud Atlas” rated R and starring Tom Hanks and Halle Berry. “Cloud Atlas” follows the stories of six people across time from the 1800’s into the future. It shows how peoples’ lives are connected with and influence each other. Visit crossmills.org for more information.
Tuesday, Jan. 7
The Westerly Library screens a free movie every Tuesday at 1 p.m. This week’s film will be the Tim Burton production, “Big Fish.” Rated PG-13, the film stars Ewan McGregor, Albert Finney, Jessica Lange. It tells the story of a young man listening as his dying father recollects elaborate memories of his youth. Doubting the legends and folklore, William makes a journey to meet a mysterious woman from his father’s past. Programs of the library are free and open to the public. Visit westerlylibrary.org for more information and a complete list of upcoming events.
Tuesday, Jan. 7
A free introduction to meditation workshop will be held Tuesday at the Westerly Library at 6 p.m. Open to all ages and levels of experience including beginners, the workshop will teach the basics of the beneficial ancient practice of meditation. Programs of the library are free and open to the public. Visit westerlylibrary.org for more information and a complete list of upcoming events.
Wednesday, Jan. 8
ART EXHIBIT OPENS
The first exhibit of the new year will preview at the Artist’s Cooperative Gallery on Wednesday, January 8 during the Westerly Art Stroll . The exhibit, titled “In the Beginning,” features six local artists who will demonstrate their own creative processes through demonstrations during the opening reception and throughout the month. Featured artists are Sadie DeVore, Ian Newbury, Nina Briggs, John Fast, Oliver LaBras and Kristi Foss. New for 2014, the opening reception will be on Friday, Jan. 10 from 5 – 8 p.m. Visitors will also be able to preview the show beginning Wednesday during the Westerly Art Stroll, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Exhibit runs through Feb. 2. The Artists’ Cooperative Gallery of Westerly is located at 7 Canal Street in downtown Westerly, RI. The Gallery is open Wednesday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday, 1-5 p.m. Call 401-596-2221 or visit westerlyarts.com or their FaceBook page for information.
Wednesday, Jan. 8
MEET THE AUTHOR
When prominent journalist Robin Lloyd began researching his ancestor Captain Elisha Ely Morgan by poring over family records and historical accounts of life in America following the War of 1812, he realized that he had the makings of a rich seafaring story full of murder, an illicit slave-trading ring, and betrayal. Meet the author of “Rough Passage to London: A Sea Captain’s Tale” and hear the inside story of how his book came to be written at the Mystic Seaport’s Williams-Mystic Marine Science Center on Wednesday, Jan. 8 at 6 p.m. A copy of the author’s book will be raffled. Tickets are $20, with reduced rate for Seaport members. Call 860-572-5322 for more information.