For over a decade, the Mystery Dinner has been the Library's signature annual fundraising event. This year's event is inspired by Paris's favorite book store - Shakespeare and Company. The event sells out each year, so get your tickets early!!  To reserve your place, stop by the library to purchase your tickets.  For more information 860.535.0658 or

  • Beth Leamon
  • Alejandra Welch
  • Nan Danforth
  • Jennifer O'Brien
  • Margaret O'Neill
  • Allegra Griffiths
  • Christine Turrentine
  • Sally McBee
  • Ann Buffum
  • Anne Fix
  • Barbara Ginsberg
  • Clare E Sheridan
  • Belinda de Kay
  • Sage Williams
  • Sibby Lynch
  • Sue Clapp
  • Polly Dufresne
  • Barbara Heuer



Our 11th Annual Mystery Dinner will be held on Saturday, April 27th. Cocktails at the Library 6-7 with dinner to follow at a mystery home.  Tickets are available in the library by check made payable to the Stonington Free Library.  This event sells out every year – get your tickets today!


For over a decade, the Mystery Dinner has been the Library’s signature annual fundraising event. This event sells out each year and typically takes place at the end of April.

The event began in 2009 as the brain-child of Ruth Saunders and Joyce Pandolfi, Library trustees who were looking to find a way to fill a hole in the budget. They drew on events in which they had each previously been involved, and suggested a “Mystery Dinner” to the Library Board. Guests would have cocktails at the Library and dinner at a nearby house, and would only learn who their dinner hosts were at the cocktail party.

Most of the Trustees quickly volunteered to act as dinner hosts, and their enthusiasm was typical of everyone else involved. Given the Library setting, the first party had a theme of Great American Authors. Each year the Mystery Dinner Committee chooses a theme, usually with a literary connection. Themes in the past have ranged from Alice in Wonderland to Hemingway in Spain and A Passage to India.

The feedback from that first event was so positive that the Mystery Dinner has become a cherished tradition in Stonington ever since – not only because it raises much-needed funds for the Library, but at the same time it introduces residents to new friends and neighbors and creates a wonderful sense of community.