10th Anniversary of PortFire!

Ten years ago, back in July 2011, we transitioned from a website called Mystic Music Archive to PortFire here. The Mystic Music Archive was a repository we created for some local Mystic and New London, Connecticut music from the 80s, 90s, and new releases.… Continue Reading...

SIXTH of JANUARY

they arrived, with pitchforks at the ready, to change the vote.

the corporals and captains had an attack planned out.

the floorplan of congress was in our public domain, security forces

had become one and the same-  a single moment defined the state of the nation.… Continue Reading...

Exploring Our National Parks Volume 1

Exploring the National Parks across the United States is an opportunity that should not be taken for granted. To understand the profound notions of preservation and conservation, we must get as close to the land as possible. This album is a seed that is attempting to plant itself in you to see them for your self.… Continue Reading...

Root of Twinkle: Volume 4 Issue 2 from Summer 1994

Michelle Gemma has scanned in the next Root of Twinkle, the second issue from 1994!

Peruse this edition for some serious Mystic, CT nostalgia, including notes on the opening of the Emporium Gallery, an interview with the band Magpie, a small list of super elite Mystic Peugeot drivers, top ten lists about Mystic from Matt Hannan, and some fantastic record reviews and recollections —

View the other scanned Root of Twinkles from the early 90s, including the new 2020 copy, in the Root of Twinkle section (a link is up top right as well)

NOTE: We are looking furiously for Volume 2 Issue 1 and ANY Volume 1 issues – if you have a copy PLEASE get in touch with us — editors@portfire.orgContinue Reading...

root addendum

widows walk at spicer mansion 1992
delta of venus at the greenman collective nye 1993
lotus at beebee dairy 1994
greenman collective before band rehearsal 1995
jumbalaya at depot house last show august 1996
outside the depot house last show august 1996
greenman collective last show 11 september 1996
portersville live at the mystic disc arts festival august 1998

all photos by michelle gemma
35mm film that i developed and printed at the greenman collective darkroom at taugwonk spur, and later in the darkroom in my backyard in mystic.… Continue Reading...

The Briar Patch

Brer Rabbit in the Briar Patch
Please don’t throw me in that Briar Patch!

“I’m gonna knock your head CLEAN OFF!”  Brer Bear would say to Brer Rabbit, and my Poppa would say to me. It was a game we played whenever we went for a drive, if he was in a good mood.… Continue Reading...