Do you enjoy movies, music, and theatrical mayhem such as Romeo & Juliet & Zombies at the Stonington Opera House? Many of our Stonington Farmers Market customers plan their Fridays in season around shopping our market, having lunch in town, and then catching the entertainment at the Opera House on Friday night. If you do, show your support by giving any donation amount to complete the construction of the restoration of the Opera House. Over half of the $975,000 needed has been pledged by the Board of Directors. There is currently a $100,000 shortfall needed to fund the project. Your contributions are tax deductible.
Opera House Arts began construction on October 23 of the final components needed to complete its restoration and revival of the 1912 Stonington Opera House, on the National Register of Historic Places. Shown from left: contractor Brian Burgess; Bob Tobin, incoming Chair of the Opera House Board of Directors; architect Doug McMillan of Eric Chase Architecture; Producing Artistic Director Linda Nelson; and founding Artistic Director Judith Jerome. Funds are still needed for this project: to participate please contact Linda Nelson, Producing Artistic Director, email@example.com or 207-367-2788. Photo by Kristy Furrow, courtesy Opera House Arts.
Attention all Frendors of the Stonington Farmers Market: we’ve just heard an alarming report on the local news that our fellow vendors Charles Read and Anne Flewelling of Farview Farm were involved in a head on collision this morning. We do not have any details yet other than that and a life flight was called for. Please keep them in your hearts and prayers. If we find out what hospital we will post it so that cards or flowers can be sent.
Anne (center) and Charles Read (right) in their booth at the Stonington Farmers Market this past summer.
We send our sympathy out to our Stonington Farmers Market vendor the Poland Family Farm on the loss of their livestock and barn. Read more by clicking this link. Fifty firefighters from our region responded to the blaze apparently caused by heat lamps used to warm baby piglets.
Make Stonington your destination on November 1, when downtown will buzz with activity from 4 to 7 p.m. as merchants offer specials, discounts, and a decorated downtown around Opera House Arts’ second annual Day of the Dead Dance and Celebration at 7 p.m.
This will be Opera House Arts’ second annual Day of the Dead Dance. Blue Hill dance band MERTHER will be the featured musicians. Day of the Dead costumes are encouraged, as are food, photos, artwork, flowers, and other offerings to your lost loved ones for the traditionalofrenda installation. Prizes will be awarded for the most authentic costumes. The evening will include a local beer tasting from STRONG BREWING CO of Sedgwick; special snacks available for purchase from EL EL FRIJOLES, also of Sedgwick; and a sugar skull cookie decorating station.
November 1 is many things to many people: the day after Halloween for most, All Saints Day for some, and increasingly around the country and world a celebration known as the Day of the Dead. This is a Latin American celebration of lost loved ones that brings Halloween and All Saints Day traditions together in a festive remembrance of the dead through food, art, costumes, music, dancing, and more. Traditional Day of the Dead offerings include marigolds, sugar skulls, and a special bread known as pan de muerto.
From 4 to 7 p.m., other downtown businesses including The Dry Dock and Unexpected Treasures are extending their hours and offering special discounts; Unexpected Treasures will be featuring the new children’s book, Scipio the Singing Seagull. The Harbor Café, Opera House and others will also offer 10% discounts that evening for those with a Day of the Dead card indicating they have visited two or more downtown merchants. A Pop-Up Marketplace, located in the Odd Fellows Hall on Main Street, will feature some of the area’s other favorite food and craft vendors from the Stonington Farmers Market and beyond.
Dear Stonington Farmers Market Vendors— there is a new conceptual “Pop Up Market” happening soon in Stonington. Linda Nelson of Opera House Arts invites us to create a mini Farmers Market within the concept. See more below and do not hesitate to contact her about the opportunity.
Dear fellow downtown businesspeople,
The Stonington Farmers Market season is over but our vendors continue to do their thing throughout the fall and winter. Check our website often for their latest news.
Lucy’s Granola news includes new market tote bags (I mentioned them before but now they are on thewebsite), delicious new trail mixes, and best of all, we are selling a delicious mix of granola, bits of chocolate and tiny toffee chips for baking and creating with. This is in lovely glass jars and I will send a free jar to anyone who orders over three bags of granola. I would love to hear from you with your most inventive recipes. I will send one of ours with each jar – delicious granola toffee chip cookies.
I will be sending out our holiday gift ideas next week. Toffee bars in sweet tins and granola, trail mix and other treats coming soon. We can’t wait to hear from you.
You DID tell us you’d like to be kept “in the loop” right?
Here is what is going on as we transition into Autumn:
This Sunday, on the grounds of MaineScape garden center, we will join with pretty much everyone in the food scene on the Peninsula to show off what we can do with the incredible bounty of delicious stuff found here in the Fall. EL EL FRIJOLES is making a huge departure from years past, and we are going to be serving Mexican Style, Maine-grown Corn on the Cob brushed with a chili/mayo/cheese/butter, and Local Apples topped with our warm Dulce de Leche! I pretty much go for the wine and cider tasting, but there is an amazing amount and variety of food and drink to be had here, and there is live music and a chowder contest and kids stuff and, and, and… It is a really nice day out, and a terrific chance to share a little Autumn with your community.
4) Wine Dinner Supper Club: Our contribution to the FF&WF always includes a meal with our friends and neighbors at the Blue Hill Inn & the Blue Hill Wine Shop. This year is no different, and we are again pulling out all stops to put together a stunning 5-course, fancy-pants meal served in an actual dining room by professional servers. I know, that’s pretty innovative, right? We actually like to have an opportunity to make Max crazy(er) as he tries to pair his eclectic selection of wines (and beer, or cider, or mead or…) with our rather unconventional menu. It is nice to work in a place that has actual tables and seats and stuff too. I think our customers like the change, and we always put together an interesting and entertaining meal, and Max always astounds and amazes with his verbose discourse about the wines he’s chosen, and why and how they’ve come to be. Innkeeper extraordinaire Sarah Pebworth and her staff make sure the meal goes off in fine style and will envelope you in graciousness and luxury, it’s what these people do! In any case, if you are free on Saturday the 18th give Sarah a call to see if there are any tickets left.
5) Finally…… So, as we move forward into the colder, darker months, know that we will continue to soldier on and endeavor to provide you with a great place to come in for a meal. We are currently operating under our Fall hours (Wed, Thurs, Fri. 11-7) but it is soon to get a little weird. You might want to call us to see if we are really here and making food. I can promise you that we will be closed for the month of November!
So thanks for that! Thanks for the encouragement, the kind words, the occasional dixie cup of excellent red wine, thanks for bussing your dishes outside to the left, and thank you for trusting us enough to give us a try. We look forward to seeing you again soon!
For more info on any of this stuff, or if you just need to chat, call us at
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