The Cannon Ball

Join us for the Cannon Ball on June 25th, 2022!
Celebrate Stonington's Historic Neighborhoods under the tent on the Mystic River

*Please note:The Stonington Historical Society is closely monitoring the current health crisis and will be in full compliance with all local and state health guidelines and mandates for the Cannon Ball.

2022 Hero Award Recipients


The Stonington Garden Club · Joyce Pandolfi


Each year, the Board of Directors awards the Hero Award to individuals and organizations that exhibit extraordinary dedication and service of distinction in furthering the mission of the Stonington Historical Society.

The Stonington Garden Club

For almost 100 years, the Stonington Garden Club has had a lasting and positive impact on the community, and its members take great pride in the Stonington community and its environs. The Club was established in the 1920s and became a member of the Federated Garden Clubs of Connecticut in 1929 and Garden Club of America in 2000. The Club’s mission is to “educate and encourage interest in the environment, conservation, community projects, and to stimulate the knowledge and love of gardening.”

With funds raised primarily through its triennial Gardens by the Sea walking tour, the Club supports a wide variety of Stonington-based organizations that promote conservation and care for the environment. Members of the Club maintain the Stonington COMO’s Children’s Learning Garden, the Lighthouse Museum garden, Wayland’s Wharf Rain Garden, and the Stonington Borough Post Office garden. Educational projects include NatureScapes, a natural science program with annual field trips for each 3rd grade class in Stonington. The Stonington Garden Club also takes an active role during the holiday season, co-hosting Deck the Walls with the Stonington Historical Society and delivering evergreen arrangements to area nursing facilities. The Club also awards annual scholarships to Stonington High School seniors pursuing environmental studies.

Joyce Pandolfi

Joyce Pandolfi has served as President of the Stonington Free Library, and on the boards of the Stonington Garden Club, and the Stonington Historical Society. Since 2020, she has served as the co-chair of the Lighthouse Museum Campaign. She has helped the Campaign raise more than $2 million to support the complete renovation of the Lighthouse Museum and the construction of an ADA-accessible Visitors Center.

Her volunteer experience also includes former board service on the Briarcliff Manor Historical Society (including as President), Teatown Lake Reservation, and the Junior League of Westchester-on-Hudson.

Professionally, Ms. Pandolfi’s career includes work for the Ford Foundation and ownership of The Silver Needle, a wholesale and retail needlepoint design business. She is married to Francis Pandolfi, and together they have three sons and two granddaughters.

Cannon Ball Committee

Frances Ashley
Dodie Bump
Kate Careb
Helen DePersia
Monika Gibbons
Lindsey Coral Harper
Laurie & Bill Hobbs
Deborah Kotchen
Jamie Lewis
Evelynn Lyons
Carole Nossek
Cheryl Purvis
Bob Rieger
Mary Kay & Van Riley
Kevin Rogers
Kathleen Snodden
Matthew Spring
Amy van der Velde
Vivie von Walstrom
Kirby Williams
Pamela Wright

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