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Paige Giffault-age 13-of Stonington rides a wave at Misquamicut State Beach in the 1st annual Catch-a- Curl Competitionfor youth. The gromfest(grommets are young surfers) is run by Stonington's New England Science and Sailing Foundation. 9-22-2012 phoot by Christine Corrigan
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Joseph Ripka, the organist and choir master at the Calvary Church Episcopal in Stonington Borough, in his easy chair on the top floor of the church.
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Thursday, Sept. 12


The Stage Door Theater Company will perform “Discarded,” written and directed by Eugene Celico, at the Immaculate Conception Church Auditorium, 111 High St., Westerly. The production (see cast photo on page D4) opens tonight and runs through Sept. 29 on Thursdays through Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets are $14 and may be purchased at the door or by calling 401-426-0848.

Thursday-Sunday, Sept. 12-15


The Agatha Christie mystery classic “Mousetrap” continues at the The Granite Theatre, 1 Granite St., Westerly. Directed by David Jepson and performed Thursday through Saturday at 8 p.m., and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets are $20 for general admission, $17 for seniors and $12 for children. To purchase tickets call the theater box office at 401-596-2341.

Thursday-Sunday, Sept. 12-15


T wenty-two schooners will be docked through Sept. 12 at the Mystic Seaport. On Sept. 13 the vessels move to New London, arriving between 1 and 3 p.m. The weekend festivities include ship visits, a lighted boat parade, schooner sailing trips, a schooner race along Fisher’s Sound, two dockside music concerts, a juried plein air painting competition, a giant sand sculpture, and the Great New London Chowder Challenge among New London-area restaurants. On Saturday, Sept. 14, “The Burning in Effigy of Benedict Arnold,” a pageant produced by the Flock Theatre, will take place in the Waterfront Park, New London, at 6 p.m. The festival will conclude Sunday, Sept. 15, with a parade of sail down the Thames River.

Thursday-Sunday, Sept. 12-15


The Newport International Boat Show will take place at the Newport Yachting Center, 4 Commercial Wharf. The boat show features over 700 international exhibitors with an assortment of boats of every type and style from 15 to 85 feet, and a wide variety of accessories, equipment, electronics, gear and services for boaters. Hands-on boat skills workshops will be held for power boats and sailing. Show hours: Thursday, Sept. 12, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Friday, Sept. 13, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, Sept. 14, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sunday, Sept. 15, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. On Friday, Sept. 13, military personnel with valid ID receive half-off admission. Call 401-846-1600 or visit for more information.

Friday-Sunday, Sept. 13-15


The Third Annual Misquamicut Fallfest features local and national live entertainment on two stages, an outdoor international food court, beer and wine garden, hoedown, stunt bike demo, fire juggler and 50 food and craft vendors. Children can enjoy a midway with rides and games, and a petting zoo with pony rides. The Beer, Blues, BBQ and Rock & Roll tent, sponsored by The Pavilion Steakhouse and Banquets, will be located across the street from the main festival. Food offerings from chef Mike Ogle will be available in addition to beer and wine. Admission to FallFest is $7; children 3 and under admitted free. Parking is free. The fesival opens Friday at 5 p.m. and runs until 11 p.m. Saturday hours: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday hours: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. For a complete schedule of events, visit

Saturday, Sept. 14


The Misquamicut Business Association is holding Smoke on the Water, an amateur barbecue competition. Competitors will have the opportunity to present their best chicken and BBQ ribs. Chef Frank Terranova, of NBC Channel 10’s “Cooking with Class” and Johnson & Wales University, will be on-site for food demonstrations and will determine, along with a panel of judges, the winner of the contest. The Smoke Off will be held on the pondside of Paddy’s at 159 Atlantic Ave. Judging will be held between 5 and 6 p.m., with prizes to follow. There will also be cooking demonstrations by Chef Terranova. Email to enter.

Saturday, Sept. 14


The annual youth surf competition will be held at the Westerly Town Beach on Saturday, Sept. 14. Divisions for the competition include Ankle Biters (10 and under), Menehune (boys open), Wahine (girls open), Big Kahuna (advanced riders 18 and under). Registrations and warm-up: 9 to 10:30 a.m.; Surf Heat, 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.; prizes and beach clean-up: 2 to 3 p.m. Call New England Science & Sailing in Stonington, 860-535-9362, to register.

Saturday, Sept. 14


The La Grua Center will hold its annual fundraiser — “Red Hot and Blue - A Tribute to Cole Porter” — on Saturday. The event will start at 5 p.m. with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres under the tent on the Stonington Commons lawn, followed by a concert inside the center, 32 Water St., Stonington. The Cole Porter songs will include “All of You,” “Begin the Beguine,” “Easy to Love” and “I Get a Kick Out of You.” There will be a live auction of items related to the La Grua Center during the intermission. Tickets for the event are $50 per person, and can be purchased online at or by calling 860-535-2300.

Saturday, Sept. 14


Master English concertina and Northumbrian pipes player Alistair Anderson will perform in concert under the Mystic Seaport Boat Shed at 7 p.m. Anderson’s concert will be followed by a chantey sing at Frohsinn Hall, 54 Greenmanville Ave., Mystic, just across the street from the seaport’s main entrance. Libations will be sold by the German Club.

Sunday, Sept. 15


The Civil War lecture series continues at the Babcock-Smith Carriage House on Sunday at 2 p.m. Linda Chaffee will illustrate the progression of Chickamauga (Georgia) from a battlefield to the first Civil War military park. Her focus will be on the development of the Ohio monuments, the reason for the unusual acorn monument and a quick look at the unique monuments made by the Smith Granite Company. Non-members: $2. Members: free. No tickets or reservations needed.

Sunday, Sept. 15


“The History and Wonders of the Mighty Hook Organ” will be presented at the United Church, 67 Main St., Stonington on Sunday, Sept. 15, at 5 p.m. The presenters will be Scot Huntington, the organist at United Church and president of the Organ Historical Society, who will focus on the history of the church’s organ, built in 1870, and Joseph Ripka, the organist and choirmaster of Calvary Church, a celebrated organist and pianist who has performed throughout the United States and in Europe. Admission is free and open to the public. The performance is sponsored by the Stonington Historical Society. Call 860-535-8445 for more information.

Tuesday, Sept. 17

Art After Dark

Family-friendly summer concert at Mystic Arts Center, 9 Water St., with live music by Happy & The Moonshine and live art from 6 to 8:30 p.m.. Beer by Cottrell Brewing Co.; pizza will be provided. Event moves indoors in case of rain. Admission: members $12; non-members $15; children ages 4-12, $3; children 3 and under free. Call 860-536-7601, ext. 205, for more information.

Tuesday, Sept. 17


The Westerly Library hosts free movies on Tuesday afternoons at 1 p.m. in the auditorium. The movie for Sept. 17, “The Queen of Versailles,” chronicles the story of the wealthy couple David and Jackie Siegel, who were building the largest single-family private home in America when the U.S. economy was rocked by the sub-prime mortgage collapse.

Tuesday, Sept. 17


Mystic Arts Center presents Happy and the Moonshine in a family-friendly concert on Sept. 17 at 6 p.m. Beer by Cottrell Brewing Co.; pizza provided. Admission: members $12; non-members, $15; children 4-12, $3; children 3 and under free. Call 860-536-7601, ext. 205, for more info.

Wednesday, Sept. 18


Local chef and cookbook author Normand Leclair will demonstrate preparations for bluefish and summer flounder, with samples for the audience, at the Westerly Library, 44 Broad St., on Sept. 18 at 5:30 p.m. For 33 years, Leclair was the chef-owner of the Red Rooster Tavern in North Kingstown. His cookbook, “Culinary Expressions,” which includes stories from his 50-plus years in the food industry, will be available for purchase. Free. Reservations required. Call Tracy Kennedy at 401-874-6805 or email

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