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February 2017

Life in Balance: The Art of Nikki McClure

February 3, 2017 - February 25, 2018
Artwork by Nikki McClure

"Life in Balance" is an exhibition of of original papercuts, each made by cutting a single black piece of paper with an X-ACTO knife, that represent the artist’s singular vision of life at the edge of the Salish Sea in Washington State.

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March 2017

Rosenfeld: On Land and On Sea

March 4 - September 24
Misses Beiderhase and Milholland, 1912. Shot in New York City, May 4, 1912. Image of two women suffragists wearing banners. The woman on the left standing, is Josephine Beiderhase. The woman on the right seated on a horse carrying an American flag is Inez Milholland. (Mystic Seaport Rosenfeld Collection ANN.1984.187.6818)

A surprising look at the lives of women in the 20th century from the Museum's Rosenfeld Collection.

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May 2017

Maritime Paintings at Spicer Mansion

May 15 - November 1
David Monteiro, Stormy Seas, Oil 12 x 16

Select paintings from the Maritime Gallery now adorn the walls of Spicer Mansion, a luxury boutique inn in historic downtown Mystic.

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August 2017

SABINO Returns to the Mystic River

August 2 - October 9

Steamboat Sabino resumes public cruises on the Mystic River on Wednesday, August 2.

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September 2017

Sailing for Veterans

September 6 - October 25

Veterans will learn how to sail, have the opportunity to row a whaleboat and learn about the history of the sea

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International Marine Art Exhibition and Sale

September 23, 2017 - December 31, 2017
Ian Hansen, "Ship Dreadnought," Oil, 36 x 24

A juried show showcasing the recent work of the world's leading marine artists.

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By Land and By Sea: Antique Vehicle Show

September 24

See more than 100 antique cars, trucks, and motorcycles as they take over the grounds.

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Mystic River Oyster Festival

September 30

Celebrate the history, growing, and cuisine of the popular shellfish. Bring your appetite!

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Book Signing: Paul Krantz

September 30

Paul S. Krantz, Jr. will visit the Museum Store to sign copies of Riding the Wild Ocean: The Circumnavigation of Cape Cod in a 18-Foot Sloop, and Other Adventures.

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SOLD OUT Members’ Only: SABINO River Cruise

September 30

The Membership Office invites you and your family to come celebrate Sabino’s return to Mystic River on this Members' Downriver Cruise.

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October 2017

Sea Food: From Sea to Table

October 1

Work up a hearty appetite as we prepare some sailor-favorites over the open-hearth.

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Overnight Trip: Bath, Maine

October 3 - October 5

Enjoy the fall foliage as we travel from Mystic Seaport to the picturesque city of Bath, Maine.

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Basic Blacksmithing

October 4 - November 8

Step back in time and learn traditional blacksmithing skills from our experts.

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Chowder Days

October 7 - October 9

Enjoy a variety of chowders and other seasonal delights at our annual Columbus Day Weekend event.

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Book Signing: A Connecticut Christmas

October 7

Author Caryn B. Davis will be in the Maritime Bookstore to sign “A Connecticut Christmas.”

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Members’ Only: Sabino Downriver Cruise II

October 7

You and your family are invited to come celebrate Sabino’s return season on our Members’ Only Downriver Cruise.

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Nautical Nightmares: A Creature Among Us

October 13 - October 29
Nautical Nightmares at Mystic Seaport

An eerie evening at Mystic Seaport, Nautical Nightmares is a dramatic experience that explores ghost tales, legends, and unsolved mysteries of days gone by.

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Modern Celestial Navigation

October 14 - October 15
Plath Sextant, 1930

This is a fast-paced introduction to celestial navigation from a modern perspective.

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Dyer Dhow Derby

October 14
Dyer Dhows

The Dyer Dhow Derby is an annual regatta held in honor of the yacht clubs, sailing associations, and individuals who have donated to or supported our Dyer Dhow fleet.

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17th National Exhibition of the American Society of Marine Artists

October 14, 2017 - January 21, 2018

Contemporary American Marine Art: The 17th National Exhibition of the American Society of Marine Artists highlights the works of artists recognized as the best working in the field today.

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Erica Cirino: In Pursuit of Plastic

October 19

International science writer, artist, and wildlife rehabilitator Erica Cirino is on a mission to find out the truths about plastic pollution and its impact on the planet.

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Educators Appreciation Day

October 21

Don't miss Educators Appreciation Day, featuring free admission for teachers, after school professionals, and their families.

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Day Trip to New Bedford Whaling Museum & Historic District

October 24

Join us for a trip to New Bedford, MA, to explore the New Bedford Whaling Museum and surrounding historic neighborhoods.

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Celestial Navigation: 19th-Century Methods

October 28 - October 29
Treworgy Planetarium

A workshop in the history and the actual techniques of celestial navigation as it was practiced aboard American sailing vessels in the Age of Sail.

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Ballads, Chanteys, and Songs of the Sailor

October 28 - November 18

Join us for a special music class that celebrates the songs of the sailor including chanteys, ballads, and so much more.

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Introduction to Half-Model Construction

Half model

Learn the basics of half-hull construction by carving a model sailboat.

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Learn a Lost Art – Classic Book Binding

October 28
Image: Bookbinding Materials

In this one-day class, you will create a flat-back book using a 19th-century book binding techniques.

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Trick or Treat

October 31
Trick or Treat at Mystic Seaport

Join us for the annual trick-or-treat event at Mystic Seaport – perfect for ages 10 and younger.

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November 2017

Navigation Symposium: The History and Future of Celestial Navigation

November 3 - November 5

A weekend gathering of practical navigators, experts in navigation theory, and historians of science.

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Varnishing Techniques for Traditional Boats

Varnishing techniques for traditional boats

Learn how to keep your traditional boat beautiful for years to come.

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How ‘Bout Them Apples?

November 4

You will learn authentic New England methods to prepare and preserve apples for use year-round.

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Day Trip: Battleship Cove and the Marine Museum

November 10

Join Mystic Seaport for a day in Fall River, MA, as we visit Battleship Cove and the Marine Museum.

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Modern Celestial Navigation

November 11 - November 12

A fast-paced introduction to celestial navigation from a 21st century perspective.

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Traditional Boat Building

November 16 - November 19

Gain hands-on experience in nearly every phase of traditional boat construction.

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November 16
MAYFLOWER II's stern peeks out from underneath the temporary structure nicknamed "the Mailbox."

Learn about the challenges and triumphs of the on-going restoration of MAYFLOWER II.

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