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2023 Concerts in the Park Schedule Announcement — April 17, 2023

June is nearly here which means our summer concert season is just around the corner! Get ready to rock out in the park with our stellar lineup of 2023 bands. We have several bands making their Washington Park debut in 2023 while at the same time we are bringing back a number of our all-time favorites. First up is regional favorite Red Light on June 16th, followed by a different awesome band each Friday through the end of July.

All shows are at Washington Park in the City of Groton, starting at 6:30 pm. We have a wide variety of food trucks for each show as well as media partner Q105 – so come on down and start the weekend off right by rockin’ out in the park!

Check out the full schedule below:

Wild Nights 2023June 16th – Red Light

Red Light was voted “Best Band 2022” in the most recent New London Day and Norwich Bulletin Readers’ Choice Awards. Red Light is a five-piece modern and classic dance party rock, country rock and pop rock cover band that bring energy and musicianship to every show they play. Red Light plays the best party music spanning five decades in a fun, dynamic, high-energy show.

June 23rd – Wild Nights

Wild Nights is Southeastern Connecticut’s newest party rock band. The band plays music spanning across multiple decades – something to make everyone dance and have a blast! With songs by artists ranging from Maroon 5, Dua Lipa, Alanis Morissette, The Weeknd and The B-52s all the way to Guns and Roses – there is something for everyone.

June 30th – Take it to the Bridge

Take it to the Bridge is a 7-piece group based out of Rhode Island that has all the right stuff to get the party started. Voted Rhode Island Monthly Magazine’s “Best Wedding Live Music” every year since 2019, the band plays everything from classic R&B to the latest pop hits. Each song is performed with a unique, soulful style aimed to get the audience out of their seats and onto the dance floor!

Wicked Peach 2021July 7th – The Heavy Hitters

Fronted by the amazing Heather Joseph, The Heavy Hitters are a group whose members are extraordinary musicians and masters of their instruments. The band brings together their considerable skills to wow audiences with their versions of classics by Heart, Pat Benetar, Georgia Satellites, Amy Winehouse, Janis Joplin, Journey and much, much more.

July 14th – American Honey

American Honey is a band of five friends who found each other through music. At their core, they are a Modern Country Band that isn’t afraid to play a little Rock and Pop from the 90s and beyond. American Honey is always danceable and high energy with lots of chances for you to sing along and be part of the show!

July 21st – Wicked Peach

Wicked Peach is this area’s ultimate rock cover band and is a staple on the southeastern New England music scene. Wicked Peach rocks the hard rock classics from the 90s better than anyone, while offering up a satisfying sampling from the 70s, 80s and 2000s to keep the crowds coming back for more. If you haven’t seen Wicked Peach before you’ve GOTTA come down to the park and see one of the best bands in the state.

July 28th – 1974

Hailing from Newington, Connecticut, 1974 is a five-piece progressive rock band that conjures up massive and powerful emanations of a bygone era. If Yes, Rush, Pink Floyd and Jethro Tull are your bag, then this is the band for you. Since 2007, the band has been wowing audiences with punchy guitar riffs, rich vocal harmonies, and high-energy stage shows.

General Concert Information:

This Friday Night summer concert series is held at Washington Park, Meridian Street in Groton. All concerts start at 6:30 p.m. and is co-sponsored and co-produced by Groton Utilities and the City of Groton Parks and Recreation Department.

Food is available on site from food trucks and the concession stand. Restrooms are also available.

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.

For concert information or cancellation notices, call 860-446-4129, the concert hotline.

Concerts in the Park


Parking Ban on All City Streets – Monday 5pm to Tuesday 10am — February 27, 2023

Parking BanNews Release City of Groton Police Department (2/27/2023):

The City of Groton, in anticipation of the incoming winter storm, is announcing a parking ban. The City of Groton is enacting a parking ban on all City Streets to facilitate snow removal operations. The Parking ban will run from 5:00 PM on Monday, February 27, 2023 until 10:00 AM on Tuesday, February 28, 2023. Parking is prohibited on all City of Groton Streets during this time with the exception that EVEN side parking is permitted on Nathan Hale Drive, Paul Revere Drive and Litton Avenue.

Vehicles parked on hills or near intersections present the most danger for snowplow operators. Temporary Parking is available at the Eastern Point Beach, The Municipal Parking Lot at 2 Latham Street, and Washington Park. Vehicles in violation of the snow removal ban may be ticketed and towed at the owners expense.

For questions you can call the City of Groton Police Dispatch at 860-445-2451.

Residents are encouraged to register for so you can receive these and other Emergency announcements on your cell phone, VOIP phone and email.

We thank everyone for their cooperation which will assist with plow operations and Police, Fire and EMS egress.

City Awards Minor Facade Improvement Grant to owner of 112-116 North Street — January 26, 2023

Congratulations to Ritchard Fox on receiving a Minor Facade Improvement award for the replacement of awnings at 112-116 North Street. When asked to share a few words on his experience with the City of Groton new grant program, Mr. Fox shared the following:

“Hello, I’m Ritchard Fox, owner of 112-116 North St in Groton City I would like to share a bit of my experience dealing with the City of Groton and the new Minor Facade Improvement Grant Program. 

First of all I would like to thank Cierra Patrick our Economic Development Manager for personally introducing herself to my 3 tenants and making us all aware of this new grant program.

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 My family has owned the property at the top of the hill since the mid-60’s. My Mom, Dad and brother ran the House of Good Spirits for more than 25 years. Today there are 3 local businesses there and all 3 have been great tenants for more than a decade and nearly everyone working there is a resident of Groton.

  • Jon at K&J Upholstery is a master of fine furniture re-upholstery.
  • The always pleasant Elizabeth at “Alterations by Elizabeth” can make alterations invisible.
  • And Sanjay and his team keep everybody’s spirits high with my parent’s former store “Hilltop Wine & Spirits”.


The Minor Facade Improvement grant has enabled me to replace the weather-beaten and torn-up awnings with brand new ones that definitely dress up the storefronts. I hope my fellow Groton City business owners do the same.

 Come on by and check us out…we’re on the hill but on the level too.”

                                         ~ Ritchard Fox.

For more information on this grant program please contact Cierra Patrick, City of Groton Economic Development Specialist at

grant program


Notice of Review of the Annual Report for Stormwater Management Plan — January 17, 2023

City Cabaret 2023 Concert Schedule Announcement — January 4, 2023

The City of Groton and Groton Utilities are happy to announce the concert schedule for the 2023 City Cabaret concert series.

City Cabaret is a series of indoor concerts which start in January each year. These concerts are held in an intimate setting that gives spectators an opportunity to see smaller musical groups, allowing for a more-up close and personal experience.

All concerts are held on Sundays and are performed at the City of Groton Municipal Building Auditorium. Concerts begin at 3:00 p.m. and end at roughly 5:00 p.m.

The full schedule of concerts is as follows:

January 15, 2023 – Andre and Friends

This is the trio version of Andre and Friends – the smaller, more chill version of the larger band. But not too much more chill, as they will bring their trio version of R&B, Rock, Funk and Soul to the City of Groton for a little mid-winter fun. Andre and Friends love to play music and know how to entertain a crowd.

February 19, 2023 – Azalea Drive Duo

This is the trimmed down and mellowed up version of the popular full band Azalea Drive. Kym and Ron use their magical father-daughter musical chemistry to bewitch audiences with the best of the last several decades, including Hall and Oates, Stevie Wonder, Bruno Mars and much more.

March 19, 2023 – Nick Bosse

Nick Bosse is an independent Nashville recording artist with 10 years in the music entertainment industry. Nick’s songwriting and music stylings are influenced by country, southern rock, and bluegrass legends; which he projects in every live performance.

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

The concerts are free. No alcohol is allowed. The concert info line is (860) 446-4129.

City Cabaret 2023

Labor Day Trash/Recycling to be Picked Up on Tuesday 9/6 — September 1, 2022

Trash RecyclingThe City of Groton offices will be closed on Monday, September 5th due to the Labor Day Holiday. All trash and recycling normally scheduled for pickup on Monday will instead be picked up on Tuesday, September 6th. Please plan accordingly.

Please note that the Public Works Department summer hours have ended and that standard operational hours are now  7:00am – 3:00pm, Labor Day thru Memorial Day. Residents should have trash and recycling out by the curb by 7:00 am going forward beginning 9/6.

Peruvian Independence Day Ceremony — August 1, 2022

On Friday, July 29th at noon at a ceremony on the steps of the Municipal Building Mayor Keith Hedrick declared July 28th as Peruvian Independence Day in the City of Groton. As part of this celebration the Peruvian Flag was raised.

July 28th commemorates the liberation of Peru from Spain by José de San Martin. The following day, July 29th celebrates establishment of the Republic of Perú. Together these two days are called Las Fiestas Patrias and are by far the most important national holidays in Peru.

Public Information Session – Parking Management Plan June 2022 Update — June 22, 2022

Juneteenth Ceremony Held on June 18th — June 21, 2022

This past Saturday the City of Groton celebrated Juneteenth with a ceremony on the front steps of the Municipal Building. It was a beautiful day for a beautiful ceremony, which commenced at noon and was well attended.Flag Raising

Many local dignitaries and members of the community participated in the ceremony, all of whom highlighted the significance of the date in history and the joy of it finally being recognized as a national holiday.

The Reverend Joseph Coleman of St. John’s Christian Church began the day with a prayer. This was followed by Raven Wu singing “Lift Every Voice and Sing” while the Juneteenth flag was raised. City of Groton Police Captain Patricia Lieteau and cadet Elviany Quiroz did the honors of raising the flag.

Several speakers followed the flag raising, including Jean Jordan (President of the New London NAACP Branch), Mayor Keith Hedrick, Ginny Bitting (League of Women Voters Southeastern Connecticut), Barbara Crouch (Thames Valley Council for Community Action) and finally keynote speaker Dr. Tracy Y. Espy, the President, Mitchell College.

The ceremony ended with a prayer by Reverend Joseph Coleman and closing song by Raven Wu.

The entire ceremony was expertly organized by Juliette Parker of the Police Department.


Trash/Recycling Pickup Change for Juneteenth Holiday — June 15, 2022

Trash RecyclingThe Juneteenth Holiday will be observed on Monday, June 20, 2022 by the City of Groton. City Offices and services will be closed on Monday with all trash and recycling scheduled for that day being picked up on Tuesday, June 21, 2022 instead.

Also of note, Public Works Summer Hours began on Memorial Day and run thru Labor Day. Hours are 6:00 am – 2:00 pm. Residents should have trash and recycling out by the curb by 6:00 am.

For more information please call the City of Groton Highway Department at 860-446-4127.

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