Christmas in CT & Shipwreck Found!

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The old movie “Christmas in Connecticut” only portrays how inlanders celebrate the holiday. In Mystic, Santa comes by tugboat followed later by a lighted boat parade! This year, you'll even have a chance to win a sailing trip for four on a catamaran at the Mystic River Yacht Club’s Holiday Open House. You can warm yourself by their fire with hot cider when you take a break from the merriment during the Downtown Mystic Holiday Stroll.

Shipwreck finds keeps rolling in. My friend Melissa thinks she may have found the sunken ship of John Paul Jones (father of the U.S. Navy). If so, perhaps they will find his personal effects that went down with the ship! See: Legendary Revolutionary War ship may be found.

Need a new Christmas song? Nashville’s Connie Howard has moved to Connecticut and played her new songs on my TV show. One is a tender look at Connecticut, but what is Mrs. Claus going to say when Connie starts singing about Santa's boots?

Anchors aweigh!
— Lisa Saunders
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Tues,12/2: Mystic River Yacht Club Holiday Open House

You are invited! Mystic River Yacht Club Holiday Open House

Door prize drawing for FREE, four-hour sail for four (2015 sailing season) on 35' catamaran

Tuesday, December 2, 6-9 p.m.
Holiday Open House
Mystic River Yacht Club
14 Holmes Street (next to Engine Room restaurant)
Mystic, CT 06355

The Mystic River Yacht Club invites you to their clubhouse to warm yourself beside the fire with hot cider and donuts during the Downtown Mystic Holiday Stroll. There will be a free door prize drawing for a four-hour sail for four, which includes lunch, in Fishers Island Sound on Miracles, a 35-foot catamaran owned by Bill and Joan Volmar. The evening includes
singer/songwriter Debra Lynn Alt  with her guitar.

Local vendors will make their maritime-themed gifts available for purchase and include:

Mystic Knotwork (Matt & Jill Beaudoin): nautical knot bracelets and coasters, woven mats and Christmas tree ornaments.
Stephen Sisk, scenic photographer of Mystic and Southeastern New  England. His images have appeared in books,  calendars, book covers, and in advertising and websites.

Matthew Goldman (A.K.A Constant Waterman): author and pen and ink artist of area landmarks, nautical prints and notecards.

Namaste' by Paige Manning (Denise Page): Lavender and/or chamomile eye pillows, soy candles, guest room gift baskets.

CT QuiltWorks (Mary Juillet-Paonessa): gifts for the quilter in your life and quilted gifts for everyone else. Gift certificates available.

Lisa Saunders, author of seven books including “Mystic Seafarer's Trail” and “Ever True: A Union Private and His Wife.”

Debra Lynn Alt is a singer/songwriter, actress, philanthropist, and author.

The Mystic River Yacht Club (MRYC) is a club for both sail and power boat owners, as well as those looking to crew on OPBs (other people's boats.) They host a variety of events throughout the year, both on and off the water. Anne-Marie Foster, MRYC board member, said, "It is our goal to be the friendliest yacht club in town!" For more information about MRYC, visit www.mysticriveryachtclub.com or contact: Jay McKernan, Commodore, jmckernan@msn.com, or Bill Volmar, Membership Chairman, bvolmar@yahoo.com.


Photo caption: Miracle, 35' catamaran. Photo by her owner, Bill Volmar.