Labor Day Weekend Concerts in the Park

Jay Dempsey Band photo

The Jay Dempsey Band

Join us for a magical, musical Labor Day Weekend of Concerts in the Park 2017 featuring two concerts – one on Friday, another on Sunday.

Country music at its best will be featured Friday, September 1, at 6:30 p.m. in Washington Park in the City of Groton when Jay Dempsey and his band sets the mood. Dempsey’s country band features some seasoned players from “Highway Call” & “High Times.” Returning to the lineup are veterans Jim Pavelski on drums, Don Hemmer on pedal steel and electric guitar and Chuck Davis on bass & vocals.

Jay’s 2017 show includes some well-known traditional country tunes, featuring the pedal steel guitar, Texas Country, Southern rock and some favorite country contemporary radio hits. The band recently performed the Mohegan Sun 2017 BBQ Festival and the Taste of Mystic. A free, family fun City of Groton Concert not to be missed.

On Sunday the big sound of the Rock N’ Soul Revue band will be featured in Washington Park in the City of Groton beginning at 6:30 p.m. You will simply want to start dancing, when the Rock N’ Soul Revue strikes up the band with Motown, rock, pop and a touch of calypso.

Rock 'n Soul Revue Band

Rock ‘n Soul Revue

The concert series is free and is co-sponsored and co-produced by Groton Utilities and the City of Groton Parks and Recreation Department.

For concert information or cancellation notices, call 860-446-4129, the concert hotline. Or check out Groton Utilities’ web site at and the City’s web site at

Food is available on site.  The City of Groton Babe Ruth League sells food and drink as a fund raiser.

The concerts are designed to be especially appealing to families for a fun, inexpensive night out. Spectators are encouraged to bring their families and perhaps a picnic supper.  The concert site also has sufficient room on the basketball court for dancing.

Groton Utilities to the Rescue

Published in The Day newspaper – August 24. 2017 4:54PM 

I’m sure I was not the only one to call Groton Utilities, as did the police. I wondered if they would respond, on overtime, when there was no power problem, only a bird suffering what I feared would be a slow, painful death.

Then a savior arrived in a bucket truck with the Groton Utilities logo and freed the bird, which flew off to cheers from the neighborhood. Bravo!

The motto of Groton Utilities is “At your service.” Now I would add awesome to that.

Peter D. Pappas

Groton Long Point

Community Service Award Presented to Marcia R. Gipstein

Marcia R. Gipstein is the recipient of the 2017 Jacqueline B. Nixon Community Service Award for her many years of “Giving Back to the Community”.  The award was presented at the annual City of Groton Day celebration on August 4.

A check for $1,000 was presented to the Ledge Light Foundation Inc. in her honor. The charitable donation from Groton Utilities is the symbol of the award.Marcia Gipstein with Award

From 2008 to the present, Gipstein has been a major force and volunteer in the community effort to keep Ledge Light local. In nominating his wife for the award, Todd Gipstein, who is President of the Ledge Light Foundation, said that, while she is a transplant to Groton, “Marcia has embraced the community, helped Eastern Point, and been one of the driving forces behind the restoration and use of Ledge Light, a beloved local landmark.”

“For eight (8) years, she has often put in 40-hours a week (all volunteer) helping restore the light, create the museum inside the lighthouse, and run tours,” he explained.

Todd says that Marcia was the driving force behind the lighthouse’s 2009 Centennial Gala.  That event drew 220 people and raised enough money to commission important studies, start the museum and allow the Foundation to begin serous restoration work.

Groton Utilities named the award, The Jacqueline B. Nixon Community Service Award, to commemorate Mrs. Nixon’s service to her community. Jackie, as she was known to most, gave back to the community in many ways, including operating a food pantry in her residence for 24 years.  She distributed food on a regular basis to many needy families.  Jackie passed away July 6, 2004 after a brief battle with cancer.  Groton Utilities created the award in 2004 during its 100th anniversary year.

In 2009, Marcia was the driving force behind the lighthouse’s Centennial gala, which drew 220 people and raised enough money to commission important studies to start the museum and begin serious restoration work.

Ledge Light LogoFor the past nine (9) years, she has been on the Ledge Light Foundation Board of Directors, serving as its treasurer.  Her involvement has also included all the preservation work on the light, writing grants, creating the gift shop. She has also been in charge of tour guides, tour scheduling and been a guide herself.

Marcia co-wrote the application for ownership of the light when the federal government offered it to a non-profit.  This was a joint effort with the New London Maritime Society to keep Ledge Light local.  The result was successful.

Her other volunteer efforts include serving as co-president of the Eastern Point Property Owners Association from 2007-2012 and contributing her time and energy helping on various projects such as the annual block party. She has been a member of the Eastern Point Historical Commission since 2009, helping to keep the Eastern Point neighborhood an historical gem.

Earle A. Williams was the recipient of the first annual Jacqueline B. Nixon Community Service Award.  Other winners of the award are: Robert “Bob” Leeney, Mimi

Orkney, Lillian “Lil” Hansen, Sarah Stanley, William “Bill” Welsh, Jr., Alfred Restivo, Robert “Bob” Austin LaFrance, Archie C. Swindell, Mildred “Milly” Carlson, Lian Obrey, James “Jim” Streeter and Charlie Ebbinghaus.