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Stonington Makes the News

Stonington Makes the News!

Our small town has been making headlines recently with this season’s Mystic Christmas Hallmark movie, filmed and set in Mystic, featuring the belugas, sea lions and local attractions that Pine Point families have known and loved over the years. Last year Country Living named Mystic the #33 “prettiest American town to visit during the winter.”  In the spring USA Today listed Mystic, CT as the 4th of 10 “best summer travel destinations for 2023″ and Trips to Discover listed Mystic as the “top Connecticut summer destination.” This comes as no surprise to our Pine Point families who live in this gorgeous area year-round!

Stonington’s Lobster Trap Tree Featured on International Stage

Just two years ago, Stonington made it onto the international stage with their first Lobster Trap Tree. You may have seen it when it was featured by the BBC in their list of “Amazing Christmas trees around the world!” This year Pine Point enlisted the creativity of two artists, Pine Point art teacher Maria Iacoi and alumna and former trustee Barbara Ginsberg ’70, to design and paint two buoys. Maria painted one for Evergreen at Pine Point featuring pine shoots and a black-capped chickadee, while Barbara painted Pine Point’s classic shingled buildings.

Pine Point artists paint buoys for the Lobster Trap Tree
Pine Point art teacher Maria Iacoi and alumna Barbara Ginsberg ’70 painted buoys for Stonington’s Lobster Trap Tree.

How to see the 3rd Annual Stonington Lobster Trap Tree

From now through January 7 you may visit the Stonington Town Dock at 1 High St in the Stonington Borough to see the buoys in person. The exhibit opens at dawn and will be lit every night between 4:30 – 9:30 p.m. It’s a not-to-miss new tradition in Stonington. If you’re home for the holidays be sure to check it out, and tag us on Instagram or Facebook when you spot our buoys!

Pine Point Alumna Visits Lobster Trap Tree
The Hurtgen family visited Stonington’s Lobster Trap Tree to find Pine Point’s buoys!

A few fun facts about Stonington

    • Stonington is the only Connecticut town to face the Atlantic Ocean.
    • The Town of Stonington includes the borough of Stonington, Pawcatuck, Lords Point, Wequetequock, and the halves of the villages of Mystic and Old Mystic east of the Mystic River.
    • As our alumni and students know from their studies on Quest and Quest II, from our coastline you can see two other states: Rhode Island’s Block Island and New York’s Fishers Island and Long Island.

Want more fun facts? Learn more about Stonington and our history on our town website!

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