Enjoy a hearty beef stew luncheon today with salad, dessert and a drink, from noon to 1:30 p.m. in Stonington’s Calvary Church parish hall. Cost $10, children under 6 are free. All funds raised will be donated to the New London Community Meal Center. For more information, call 860-912-4144.
Stop by the Quonochontaug Grange Tuesday at 7 p.m. to hear Jane Hennedy give an illustrated talk about early New England ice-harvesting in a program sponsored by the Quonochontaug Historical Society.
Shake off that winter chill and sample soups from around the region Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. when Olde Mistick Village hosts the 15th annual Cabin Fever and Charity Cook-off with more than a dozen local restaurants serving up their signature chowders. Tickets are $1 for each 3 oz. cup of chowder, or $10 for 12 tickets. Tickets will be on sale at various locations around the village. Proceeds will benefit Always Home. For more information, visit oldemistickvillage.com or call 860-536-4941.
Get ready to step lively and sample some pies on Saturday at the Mystic Contra Pie Dance with live music by Stacey Phillips and Dave Howard, and Elwood Donnelly serving as the caller, at Frohsinn Hall on Route 27 in Mystic. The dance begins at 8 p.m. with a beginners’ workshop at 7:45 p.m. Partners are not required, the dance is LGBTQ-friendly and children are welcome. Dancers are encouraged to wear cool and comfortable clothing. Cost is $10 for adults and $5 for students. Frohsinn Hall is located at 54 Greenmanville Ave., Mystic. Visit mysticdance.webs.com for more information.
Lace up your walking shoes and join volunteers from the Westerly Land Trust, who will lead a walk through the Crandall Family Preserve. The flat walk is through a variety of woods, which are surrounded by extensive Atlantic White cedar swamp and open peatlands. Hikers should park at the gate at the end of Pound Road. For more information, call guide Sally Hanson at 401-348-9109 or email email@example.com.
Hear all about “The Vikings Begin,” an upcoming exhibit at Mystic Seaport Museum, at the Stonington Harbor Yacht Club on Saturday when Stephen White, the president of the museum, gives a talk about the exhibit. Tickets are $5 for members of the yacht club and $10 for guests. For reservations, call Tricia Walsh at 860-535-0112, or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Treat yourself to a special visit with Alexandra Stoddard, who will discuss the concept of “Living in Love” Wednesday at 5 p.m. at La Grua Center, 32 Water Street, Stonington. Tickets are $20. For tickets or more information, visit banksquarebooks.com.
— Nancy Burns-Fusaro