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Adventure Series

adventure series

2019-20 Adventure Series

Hosted one Thursday each month, November 2019 through April 2020
1:30 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Hosted by Mystic Seaport Museum for more than 70 years, the Adventure Series provides a unique opportunity for attendees to meet adventurers firsthand and experience a wide array of challenges — on the sea, in the air, and on land  — all over the world.

Adventure is the pursuit of life – often with an unknown ending. Hear about the amazing personal journeys of these extraordinary individuals on their quests for knowledge, conservation, adventure, and survival.

The series is sponsored by StoneRidge, a senior living community. Afternoon programs are held in the River Room at Latitude 41° Restaurant, 105 Greenmanville Ave., Mystic, unless otherwise noted. StoneRidge will host two evening programs at its facility (designated by *), 186 Jerry Browne Rd, Mystic, and the rest will be in the River Room. Please see detailed descriptions below and call 860.572.5331 with any questions.

Thursday, November 21, 2019

Gemina Garland-Lewis: Baleias e Baleeiros – The Work of a National Geographic Explorer

Join us as photographer, EcoHealth researcher, and National Geographic Explorer Gemina Garland-Lewis shares the untold stories of Azorean whalers. Her photography focuses on the lives and work of former whalers, the economic transition from whaling to whale watching, and the younger generation’s connection to the whaleboat.

Gemina Garland-Lewis is a Seattle-based photographer with experience across six continents in more than 30 countries. Both her photography and research explore the myriad connections between humans, animals, and their shared environments. In 2012, she began her work as a National Geographic Young Explorer Grantee to document the images and stories of former Azorean whalers. She is currently writing a book about her work in the Azores and beginning to document the younger generation’s connection to the whaleboats for sport. Her photography and writing have been featured by National Geographic Adventure, National Geographic News, The Nature Conservancy, and REI, among others.

Thursday, December 19, 2019

Meteorologist Art Horn: Hurricane, Weather Bomb!

Former meteorologist for WVIT 30 in West Hartford, Art Horn, shares his first-hand knowledge of the power of the hurricane.

Join us as meteorologist, writer, and professor Art Horn discusses the force of nature known as the hurricane. Professor Horn has more than 30 years of experience in the field. His broadcasting career included radio and television stations throughout New England and Florida where he became well known for his creative and entertaining live performances out in storms. During his time at local West Hartford station WVIT 30, he developed, produced, and narrated “The Weather Show” at the Connecticut Science Center which educated thousands of students about the ways of the weather. In 2007, he received an Emmy nomination at the 30th annual Boston Emmy Awards program for his PBS documentary, “Hurricane: Direct Hit.”

*Thursday, January 16, 2020

Bruce Strickrott: Deep Sea Research on Alvin

Underwater adventures on Alvin, the U.S. science community’s only human-occupied submersible vessel dedicated to deep sea research.

Bruce Strickrott, Senior Pilot and Group Manager for Alvin, has piloted more than 300 dives on the iconic research sub. Alvin is owned by the U.S. Navy and operated by the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute. Originally launched in 1964, Alvin is the world’s longest operating deep sea submersible and has completed more than 4,700 dives. This hardworking sub received an extensive overhaul and upgrade from 2011 through 2013 that greatly enhanced its capabilities to withstand depths of 4500 to 6500 meters for great lengths of time, allowing scientists to work in unexplored parts of the ocean.

*Evening program will be at StoneRidge.

*Thursday, February 20, 2020

Mary Maynard Drake: SCUD Around the World

Two parents, three children, one dog, and no engine – one family’s story of pursuing a dream from boat construction to life at sea.

In July 1973, a local Noank family set sail on a life changing trip around the world. Their ship Scud was a reproduction of Captain Joshua Slocum’s yawl Spray, which they built themselves with the help of the community. Join us as the family’s matriarch, Mary Maynard Drake, shares their exciting story from Scud’s construction in Noank to life in faraway ports like Pago-Pago, American Samoa, and Cape Town, South Africa.

*Evening program will be at StoneRidge.

Thursday, March 19, 2020

Melissa Miller: Crossing Every Ocean – For Science

Marine technician Melissa Miller discusses her research expeditions that have taken her across six continents and all of the world’s oceans.

Melissa Miller spends up to half the year on research vessels as a marine technician for Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego. She has traveled more than 125,000 nautical miles, the equivalent of nearly six times around the world, and has crossed every ocean. She has even been to the North Pole. She also works as a science writer and serves as ship historian for the research vessel Sally Ride. Her articles translate scientific research for a general audience, focusing on the people who live and work at sea. She is also a guest curator for an exhibit about Sally Ride at the Birch Aquarium in La Jolla, California.

Thursday, April 16, 2020

Rachael Z. Miller: Cleaning the World’s Waterways

National Geographic Explorer and Founder of the Rozalia Project and the Cora Ball, Rachael Z. Miller shares her adventures researching solutions to cleaning our planet’s oceans.

Rachael Miller is the founder of the Cora Ball microfiber catcher, which is the first human-scale consumer solution to synthetic microfiber pollution in our oceans, lakes, and rivers. She leads a dedicated team at the Rozalia Project who works to protect our ocean and waterways through clean-up initiatives, pollution prevention education, and solutions-based research in urban and coastal waters from the surface to the seafloor. Under her leadership, the Rozalia Project has removed nearly 1,000,000 pieces of trash from our oceans and waterways.

The Rozalia Project achieves its mission through focused expeditions onboard the 60-foot sailing research vessel American Promise. Captained by Miller, American Promise is outfitted with state of the art research equipment to assist the team with their mission. The sloop was originally designed by Ted Hood and in 1986 was sailed by Dodge Morgan for a record breaking solo circumnavigation.

Series Pass Holders:
If you purchased series passes, you may pick up your passes and complimentary single tickets when you check in to your first program of the season.

For programs in the River Room at Latitude 41° Restaurant:
Please park in the North Lot across from Latitude 41° Restaurant and enter through the restaurant’s main entrance. Your name will be on our roster list at the registration desk in the River Room.

For the two evening programs on January 16 and on February 20 in the auditorium at StoneRidge:
Parking is available outside the front entrance and in the side lots of the facility. Enter through the main lobby. Mystic Seaport Museum volunteers will be in the lobby to help direct you to the auditorium. Your name will be on our roster list at the registration desk outside the StoneRidge Auditorium.