Mission: To promote and assist the development of parks, playgrounds, trees, shrubs and gardens, public buildings and historical shrines in the village of stonington; to promote literary, cultural and educational uses of its properties, which are suited for those purposes; to promote the common good and general welfare of the people of the community; to bring about civic betterments and social improvements; to buy, rent, build, hold and sell real and other property as may be necessary for their purposes; and to accumulate funds for these purposes.
Programs: The james merrill house continued to expand the residency program to include, besides four short residencies of 2 to 4 weeks each in the fall, the ongoing 4 month spring residency, and the 24 week yale younger poet prizewinner residency in june, an invited merrill fellow in july or august. The increase in the number of residencies has meant an increase in the number of programs offered to the public. During the 2014-2015 fiscal year a total of 8 readings and lectures were given. The james merrill house was included on the national register of historic places in calendar 2014. Rental spaces retail and commercial continue to be full. Routine maintenance work was carried out this year, including on the piano, and a generator that will power the house if needed is being installed in the coming months.
park and beachesthe svia owns three beach and park properties; dubois beach, mathews park andthe east lawn. Dubois beach is enjoyed by thousands-both residents and non residents. The como rents the beach from us at a modest fee, runs the beachand provides swimming lessons to the children of stonington. Mathews park, near dodsons boatyard, is a beautiful green space in the boro and is maintained nicely. Ditto for the east lawn which is across from dubois beach.
stonington farmers marketthe stonington farmers market is a year round market. The summer market is held on town property adjacent to the town docks and consists of twenty to twenty-five vendors who assemble each saturday from 9am-12pm, may through october. Locally grown vegetables, fruits, jams, a variety of breads, pies and baked goods, meats, fish, shrimp, dairy products, italian ice, maple syrup, honey, flowers, decorative plants are sold, depending on the season. Craft vendors sell a variety of hand made items. The svia oversees the market and sets up a tent in the center of the market each week. Fresh coffee is provided for a suggested donation. Attendance can be up to 600 people on a given saturday. The winter market is held on saturdays at the stonington community center on cutler street (the como). Hours are 10am to 1pm. In the winter, the market is located in the velvet mill. The same vendors participate in the winter market, although some don't attend if they don't have product over the winter. The vendors pay a fee to participate in the market, which is used to pay the operating and marketing expenses of running the market.