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Moby-Dick Marathon

Join us for the 29th annual celebration of Herman Melville’s masterpiece, Moby-Dick. At noon on July 31, “Mr. Melville” will make his annual appearance at the Greenmanville Church and kick off the reading by reciting the first chapter of the novel. Visitors can then sign up to read a chapter aloud as the marathon continues until its conclusion. This year, the reading will continue in the Greenmanville Church through chapter 135.

Once the reading is complete at noon on August 1, we will celebrate the 195th anniversary of Herman Melville’s birthday in old-fashioned style with song and a great, white cake.

Schedule of Events

Moby-Dick in Popular Culture: A Panel Discussion
Thursday, July 31, 10:30 a.m.
Greenmanville Church

This year our panel discussion will focus on the challenge of adapting the novel Moby-Dick into other media. Our panel will be headed by Dr. Mary K. Bercaw Edwards from the University of Connecticut. Other panelists include Joel Clark, the creative director of King Post, the makers of Moby-Dick; or, the Card Game, and Fred Calabretta, Curator of Collections at Mystic Seaport.

Moby-Dick in Minutes
Friday, August 1, 1 p.m.
Performance Stage

The TaleMakers, the Museum’s own theatric troupe, will present their version of the classic novel, condensed from 24 hours to roughly 34 minutes. This original work was written and produced by Mystic Seaport for the 38th Voyage of the Charles W. Morgan.

Moby-Dick; or, the Card Game
Thursday, July 31, 2-4 p.m.
Pastimes and Playthings exhibit

Developed through an outstandingly successful Kickstarter campaign, Moby-Dick; or, the Card Game is an exciting new way to explore the classic novel. Visitors are invited to join in the game with Creative Director Joel Clark.

Mosaic Moby-Dick, a Collaborative Work of Art
Thursday, July 31, 12-5 p.m.; Friday, August 1, 10-11:30 a.m.
Next to the Greenmanville Church

Visitors are invited to join in our collaborative art project, as we create a mosaic representation of the great, white whale. This mosaic will be the second major art piece created with visitor assistance during the Moby-Dick Marathon.