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Winterize So Your Boat Doesn’t Splinterize

Winterize So Your Boat Doesn’t Splinterize »

By: Denis Jakuc

When ships and boats become icebound – which happens more than you probably think – it triggers a conga line of icebreakers and Coast Guard escorts,... more

The Quest for Longitude

The Quest for Longitude »

By: Edward R. Ricciuti

An English artisan with little formal education (but super woodworking skills) developed the navigational device that in the 17th Century charted the course of... more

New England Science & Sailing Charts the Smarts

New England Science & Sailing Charts the Smarts »

By: Edward R. Ricciuti

A retired captain of Wall Street with a passion for the sea has navigated a small yacht club sailing program in Stonington into a non-profit organization... more

Toad’s Place Is Still Hopping

Toad’s Place Is Still Hopping »

By: Domenick Gasparro

Legendary music venue, Toad's Place, is still hopping with new acts and old memories. If everyone who said they were at Toad’s for The Stones in ’89... more

Al Fresco Style

Al Fresco Style »

By: Leslie Singer

Coastline shops hold surprises for every al fresco host Photography by Susie Cushner. Stylist, Diana Hartman Gathering with friends and lingering for... more

(Not) All in the Same Boat

(Not) All in the Same Boat »

By: Lindsay Rizza

“We have salt in our blood, in our sweat, in our tears. We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea, whether it is to sail or to watch it, we... more

The Coastal Traveler – Trump Central Park

The Coastal Traveler – Trump Central Park »

By: Owen McDonald

Trump Central Park, New York City Towering over Manhattan’s Columbus Circle is Gaetano Russo’s 1892 statue of Christopher Columbus. He’s a... more

At the Helm with Rives Potts

At the Helm with Rives Potts »

By: Owen McDonald

In the ESPN Films/Grantland documentary, Ted Turner’s Greatest Race, we learn about the 1979 Fastnet yacht race in which the media tycoon's boat, Tenacious,... more

Everybody Wants to Be Closer to Free

Everybody Wants to Be Closer to Free »

By: Owen McDonald

It’s not the Tour de France – in some ways, it’s better. On the morning of Saturday September 12, an estimated 1,400 bicyclists will ride out from The... more

The Secret Lives of Coastal Islands

The Secret Lives of Coastal Islands »

By: Edward R. Ricciuti

Salt Island is a scrap of rock, crested by low vegetation, so close to Middle Beach in Westbrook that people wade to it at low tide. Only a few rotted pilings... more

Warfare Redux: Fort Trumbull State Park

Warfare Redux: Fort Trumbull State Park »

By: Edward R. Ricciuti

If only there was a Connecticut state park where could pit your video game skills as a submarine SONAR operator against an enemy vessel; catch films on... more

Wild About Pandion Haliaetus

Wild About Pandion Haliaetus »

By: Anne W. Semmes

Old Lyme native and researcher Dr. Paul Spitzer is wild about pandion haliaetus. To the layperson, that’s an osprey – the intriguing raptors that make... more

Coastal Tree Houses

Coastal Tree Houses »

By: Staff

Tree houses are all about friends and fun. That's why we're happy for our friends, carpenters James and Ryan McCarthy, for going out on a limb with their fun... more

Let’s Go Fly a Kite

Let’s Go Fly a Kite »

By: Staff

"With tuppence for paper and strings, you can have your own set of wings." That's what George Banks tells us in Mary Poppins as he sings "Let's Go Fly a Kite."... more

Coastal Summer Jams (A Spotify Playlist)

Coastal Summer Jams (A Spotify Playlist) »

By: Staff

FM DJ David Fisch has a bold plan for making the summer last longer. On the more complex side it involves altering the Gregorian Calendar. Or you can just... more

Hunting Tiny Sea Monsters

Hunting Tiny Sea Monsters »

By: Karena Garrity

Jacques Cousteau said it best: “The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever.” For years, the Maritime Education Network in... more

The White Elephant Sale in Old Lyme

The White Elephant Sale in Old Lyme »

By: Lindsay Rizza

A white elephant has symbolic meaning that differs depending where you are. In a widespread interpretation, a “white elephant” is an item that has no... more

Against the Tide: Brett Elliott

Against the Tide: Brett Elliott »

By: Owen McDonald

Brett Elliott makes theater happen. He parlayed a gig managing his high school’s new auditorium at 18 into a theater degree from Michigan’s Saginaw Valley... more

The Coastal Traveller; Saybrook Point Inn

The Coastal Traveller; Saybrook Point Inn »

By: Owen McDonald

The quest for a sublime equidistant getaway is quite real in American life, and surprisingly common. Those whose lives are half in Boston and half in New York... more

The CSA Kitchen: Organic Cooking

The CSA Kitchen: Organic Cooking »

By: Karena Garrity

Community Support Agriculture (CSA) produce adds another dimension of flavor when cooking. If you’re fortunate enough to get some CSA items, try these great... more