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May 2016

Maritime Paintings at Spicer Mansion

May 15, 2016 - November 1, 2017
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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November 2016

Maritime Miniatures by Maritime Masters

November 20, 2016 - January 31, 2017
John Tayson, "Steamer Unloading Cargo," Oil, 10 x 8

The holiday exhibition and sale features more than 100 small paintings.

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February 2017

Sold out: Tour Snediker Yacht Restoration

February 3

Join us for a tour of one of the country's premier firms specializing in the restoration of classic wooden boats.

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Behind the Canvas

February 4

Bob Noreika will impart to us the secrets of good composition, color mixing, adjusting, harmony, adding detail, and choosing the right location.

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Hartford Boat Show Trip

February 10

Join fellow Mystic Seaport members for a trip to enjoy the the 48th Annual Hartford Boat Show, organized by the Connecticut Marine Trades Association.

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Valentine’s Day Dinner

Enjoy a candle-lit meal that you prepared yourselves over the open-hearth guided by the experienced staff at the Museum’s historic Buckingham-Hall House.

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Celebrate Valentine’s Day

February 12

Join us for sweet treats and make your own sailor’s valentine.

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Behind the Scenes: Scrimshaw Collection

February 15
Charles W. Morgan scrimshaw ornament

Join us for Behind the Scenes tours in the Collections Research Center led by Paul O’Pecko and his staff.

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Hurricane Katrina from Above

February 16
Image of USCG helicopter over New Orleans

USCG CDR Aaron Waters will talk about his experience conducting extended rescue operations over New Orleans and the Gulf Coast.

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New Exhibition! Life in Balance: The Art of Nikki McClure

February 18
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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Booksigning with Nikki McClure

February 18
Thompson Building Store, Thompson Exhibition Building + Google Map
Nikki McClure. Photo credit: Lisa Scott Owen

Nikki McClure will sign her books as part of the celebration of the opening of a new exhibition, “Life in Balance: The Art of Nikki McClure”.

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Basic Blacksmithing Class–SOLD OUT

Inside the Shipsmith Shop

Step back in time and learn traditional blacksmithing skills from the Museum’s experts.

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Behind the Canvas: Working from Observation with Susan Stephenson

February 25

Susan Stephenson will demonstrate how she develops a painting, explain her favorite materials and break down the steps of working from direct observation.

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March 2017

Booksigning with Margaret L. Andersen Rosenfeld

March 3
Thompson Building Store, Thompson Exhibition Building + Google Map

Margaret L. Andersen Rosenfeld, author of "On Land and On Sea", will sign copies of her book in advance of the opening of the exhibition of the same name.

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Easy Introductory Celestial Navigation

March 4 - March 5
Treworgy Planetarium

Learn how to shoot the Sun at Noon and how to use the Sun and stars as a compass.

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Member Morning: “On Land and On Sea”

March 4
"Models in Rain Gear, 1954" © Rosenfeld Collection

Enjoy a special members-only preview of our newest exhibit, “On Land and On Sea: A Century of Women in the Rosenfeld Collection.”

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New Exhibition! On Land and On Sea: A Century of Women in the Rosenfeld Collection

"Models in Rain Gear, 1954" © Rosenfeld Collection

More than 70 images of ordinary and exceptional girls and women from the Museum's Rosenfeld Collection will be on exhibit for the first time.

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Introduction to Coastal Navigation

March 11
Treworgy Planetarium projector

This three-day workshop will provide a hands-on approach to determining your position using charts and features in the water and ashore.

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Behind the Canvas: Nostalgic Nautical Designs by Elizabeth Mumford

March 11

Liz will give a lecture and slide show on how she uses old photos, family documents, and memoirs to recreate a time and place and make it come alive.

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After All…A Fisherman

March 16

Skiff captain Elma Burnham will join us to share her experiences as a salmon fisher in Bristol Bay, Alaska,

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Modern Celestial Navigation

March 18 - March 19
Plath Sextant, 1930

Learn techniques of practical celestial navigation for the 21st century.

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St. Patrick’s Day: Farm to Table

March 18

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day as you help prepare and then enjoy a traditional New England boiled dinner.

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Behind the Scenes: Ship Model Collection

March 22
Ship models

Join us for a behind-the-scenes tour in the Collections Research Center focusing on the Museum's collection of ship models.

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April 2017

Celestial Navigation: 19th-Century Methods

April 1 - April 2

Learn celestial navigation from the historical perspective of the Age of Sail.

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Music of the Sea: Ballads, Chanteys, and Songs of the Sailor

April 1
Mystic Seaport chantey staff

This class will follow the functions of sea music in the work and lives of 19th-century sailors and will include both musical instruction and hands-on work experience aboard the Museum’s vessels.

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Summer Camp Open House

April 8

Visit Mystic Seaport to learn about our variety of summer camps, including day camps, overnight camps, and day sailing programs.

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Behind the Canvas: Painting the Ocean in Oils with Harley Bartlett

April 8

Harley Bartlett creates an evocative sense of mood by a strong focus on not just the ocean but the sky above.

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Original Slow Food Movement

April 8

Immerse yourself in a traditional 19th-century cooking and dining experience as you learn the art of open-hearth cooking in the 1768 Buckingham-Hall House.

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Across Three Oceans

April 13

Hear how one family turned an interest in club racing and overnight cruising into a five-year family voyage around the world.

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New! The Science of Time

April 15 - April 16
Treworgy Planetarium

Learn all about time from the most basic principles to “time sights” aboard the CHARLES W. MORGAN to atomic time in the Space Age

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19th-Century Printing

April 18

Learn how to design, set, and print letter head stationary, note cards, and business cards on 19th-century printing presses.

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Make a Hardcover Book

April 19
Image: Bookbinding Materials

We will use 19th-century book binding techniques to create a flat-back book in the historic Print Shop.

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The Great Gull Island Project Talk

April 26

Helen Hays, director of the Great Gull Island Project, will share the history and relevance of this island and the important research that she and her colleagues conduct.

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America and the Sea Exhibition and Sale

April 29 - June 18
Sun Dancing, Oil, 21 x 35, by Loretta Krupinski

The Maritime Gallery will begin its 2017 season with a spring show works of art that will offer visions of the American spirit through the sea and all that inspires it.

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Direction by Magnetic Compass

Treworgy Planetarium

This workshop will teach participants to understand the Earth’s magnetic field and its influence on the compass.

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