From the President
Not Soon Enough!
To add insult to injury and to heap more snow on already historic amounts, we received two inches of fresh snow on March 28. We awoke the next morning to a scene more typical of January at Mystic Seaport than the second week of spring. What a winter it has been! I know I speak for virtually all of New England when I say spring will not come soon enough. It’s safe to say that weather has been on the forefront of everyone’s mind, and it clearly has set the tone for the manner in which we have looked at things over the past couple of months. Having said that, I looked back to see when, if ever, I had written my monthly letter about the weather, and I was surprised not to have found even one. Well, let me be on the record: After this season, I am justified in complaining, at least just a little!
As a museum where much of our visitor experience is derived by being outdoors, the weather is a source of frequent comment around here. Too much of one thing or another has a direct impact on our number of visitors, as well as having a strong impact on the well-being of our staff. Just consider this past snowy, icy, and freezing winter and what our staff has endured in the Shipyard, working on the grounds, moving exhibits from one building to another, and trying to make the Museum welcoming for our visitors for the past six weeks. It has been a struggle, and it has been a test of endurance and perseverance. It has certainly underscored focusing our attention on building out the McGraw Gallery Quadrangle to provide us with a museum for all seasons. Even given this not-soon-to-be-forgotten winter, had the Thompson Exhibition Building existed along with all of its complements in the McGraw Quad, we would have offered a memorable and meaningful experience for our visitors, highlighting our collections and our interactive opportunities…but indoors!
And so, we welcome April and hopefully warmer, sunny days. We once again bring back to life our beautiful riverside environment that has for so long been a defining feature for our town of Mystic, Connecticut. Spring is the time to return to Mystic Seaport, and it is a springboard to the summer months full of robust and engaging activity. Thank goodness the winter is over and the witch hazel has blossomed outside my office window. School groups have already begun their annual pilgrimage to the Museum, and our staff has prepared the buildings and grounds well, pronouncing them ready for another great high season. We thank all of you for your continued patronage, and let’s just hope that we are blessed with a long spring and a gorgeous summer!