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April 2017

Lighthouses, Cottages & Wildlife Aboard ENCORE

April 26 - June 21
ENCORE

Take a private cruise aboard the classic motor yacht ENCORE around Fishers Island Sound.

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Great Gull Island Talk

April 26

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

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America and the Sea Exhibition and Sale

April 29 - June 18

The Maritime Gallery begins its 2017 season with a show offering visions of the American spirit through the sea.

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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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Original Slow Food Movement

April 29

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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Jon Wilson – The Restorer’s Journey Screening

April 30
Mystic Luxury Cinemas, 27 Coogan Blvd,
Mystic, CT 06355 United States
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Jon Wilson – The Restorer’s Journey is a cinematic portrait of the man who took on a monumental task to change the course of wooden boat history.

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May 2017

Easy Introductory Celestial Navigation

Plath Sextant, 1930

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

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Sea Food: From Sea to Table

May 6
An open hearth cooking demonstration at the Buckingham Hall House

Travel back a century or two as we prepare some sailor favorites over an open-hearth.

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Lunars: Finding Longitude by Lunar Distances

May 13 - May 14

An intermediate level class in the famous method of finding longitude by observing the Moon's angular separation from the Sun and bright stars. Lunars were widely used at sea in the early 19th century in the era before chronometers became common. Observing with a fine sextant, navigators used the Moon as a great natural clock in the sky. From James Cook and Nathaniel Bowditch to Joshua Slocum, lunars were a challenge that proved a navigator's skill. Participants in this workshop…

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Mystic Seaport Sailing Center Opening Day

May 13
Community Sailing at Mystic Seaport offers programs for all ages and skill levels.

The Mystic Seaport Sailing Center invites members and non-members to come sailing and learning about our new programming.

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Mother’s Day at Mystic Seaport

May 14
"On Land and On Sea" Book Cover

Following a brunch on the member’s patio, join us for an exclusive VIP tour of our new exhibit, “On Land & On Sea: A Century of Women in the Rosenfeld Collection.”

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Modern Celestial Navigation

May 16 - May 18

This is not your grandparents’ celestial navigation! A fast-paced introduction to celestial navigation from a 21st century perspective. In this hands-on workshop, participants will learn how to adjust and use sextants available on the market today. We’ll learn streamlined calculations using a common handheld solar-powered calculator. This workshop is designed especially for yachtsmen and recreational boaters. If you’re dreaming about a trans-oceanic voyage or circumnavigation, in this workshop you’ll learn all the techniques to determine latitude and longitude anywhere on…

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Boating with Tides and Tidal Currents

NOAA Charts

This workshop will provide an understanding of the celestial causes and geographic influences of tides; general tidal timing and local variations; determining the state of the tide and tidal current; and boating with tidal currents.  

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Members Annual Meeting and Recognition Day

May 20
Winter Wedding at Latitude 41 - Annandale Photography

Join us for reports on the state of the Museum, Board of Trustees election, Milestone Member Recognition, and Memorial Tribute to those we have lost this year.

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Salute to Summer

May 27 - May 28
Salute to Summer

Kick off the beginning of summer with fun outdoor activities and a costumed dog parade during Memorial Day Weekend.

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New! Traditional Celestial Navigation using HO229

May 27 - May 28
Treworgy Planetarium

A fast-paced introduction to standard celestial navigation as it was practiced in the latter half of the 20th century, before the introduction of electronic tools like calculators and other computing devices. Pure paper and pencil methods using tables like H.O.229 and H.O.249 and three-star plots for a fix by the "intercept method". Details of the modern Nautical Almanac and the more-useful Air Almanac. This workshop is ideal for the navigator who wants a pure, technology-free, traditional version of celestial navigation…

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ARGIA Twilight Cruise

May 27
ARGIA

Join us for our annual cruise aboard the 81’ schooner Argia, a modern representation of a 19th-century gaff-rigged schooner. Our private evening cruise will sail down the Mystic River and out onto the Sound. See the sights on the Connecticut shoreline while listening to live music. For those of you who are sailors, you are welcome to join the crew in the hoisting of the sails. This event is BYOB and we encourage you to bring some hors d’oeuvres to share…

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Decoration Day

May 29

Join us on Memorial Day as Mystic Seaport observes the day of remembrance as it was practiced in 1876 to honor the dead of the Civil War.

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June 2017

New! Advanced Modern Celestial Navigation

June 3 - June 4
Treworgy Planetarium

Explore the underlying concepts and math of celestial navigation including spherical triangles, exact azimuth calculations, great circle distance, ex-meridian sights, and other exotic topics. We'll learn refined methods for taking sights and eliminating the smallest errors in sextant observations. We'll explore the principles behind various methods of sight reduction as well as calculator-based azimuth calculations. Forward-looking, modern, and calculator-based, this workshop is an excellent sequel to our "Modern Celestial Navigation". We'll also look at position-fix by lunars and artificial satellites.…

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Whale Watch Adventure

June 3

Join us out on the water to witness the majesty of whales in their natural habitat.

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Sea Music Festival

June 8 - June 11

Fans of traditional sea music gather each year to hear national and international performers, along with the Museum’s chantey staff, perform music from the golden Age of Sail through the best of contemporary compositions.

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Easy Introductory Celestial Navigation

June 10 - June 11

An easy introduction to the basic principles of celestial navigation from a modern perspective designed for yachstmen and recreational boaters as well as long-distance hikers and cross-country explorers. Also appropriate for anyone interested in a quick overview of the science of celestial navigation. This class covers the classic, time-honored method of finding latitude by Noon Sun and longitude by observations before and after noon (including frequently neglected corrections for motion of the observer). We'll also learn how to use the…

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Celestial Navigation: 19th-Century Methods

June 13 - June 15

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

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Modern Celestial Navigation

June 17 - June 18
Sextant

This is not your grandparents’ celestial navigation! A fast-paced introduction to celestial navigation from a 21st century perspective. In this hands-on workshop, participants will learn how to adjust and use sextants available on the market today. We’ll learn streamlined calculations using a common handheld solar-powered calculator. This workshop is designed especially for yachtsmen and recreational boaters. If you’re dreaming about a trans-oceanic voyage or circumnavigation, in this workshop you’ll learn all the techniques to determine latitude and longitude anywhere on…

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Plein Air Painters of the Maritime Gallery

June 19 - June 24

Artists can be found on the grounds of the Mystic Seaport capturing the shifting light along the Mystic River.

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America’s Cup Regatta, Newport, R.I.

June 24

Join us for an afternoon of racing aboard a classic America’s Cup 12 Meter Yacht in Newport Harbor and Narragansett Bay.

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America’s Cup Regatta

June 24

Join us for an afternoon of racing aboard a classic America’s Cup 12 Meter Yacht as a crew member or spectator. Be part of the action on one of these legendary 68’ yachts as you compete head-to-head aboard these powerful and graceful sailboats in picturesque Newport Harbor and Narragansett Bay, the yachting capitol of the east coast. The sailing fleet consists of American Eagle, Ted Turner’s famous Twelve; Intrepid, legendary two-time winner in 1967 and 1970; Nefertiti, 1962 America’s Cup…

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The WoodenBoat Show

June 30 - July 2
WoodenBoat Show

See more than 100 traditional and classic wooden boats of every type at the Annual WoodenBoat Show Friday through Sunday, June 30-July 2, 2017. The festival, which is hosted in partnership with WoodenBoat Publications, celebrates the design and craftsmanship of wooden craft.

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Booksigning with Stan Grayson

June 30

Join us in the Maritime Bookstore as we host a booksigning by Stan Grayson for his new book, "A Man for all Oceans: Captain Joshua Slocum and the First Solo Voyage Around the World."

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Stars Over Mystic: “Star Lores”:

June 30

We invite you to join us as we kick off our "Stars Over Mystic" series with a look at the night sky through diverse lenses.

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July 2017

Booksigning with Paul Krantz

July 2

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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Independence Day Celebration

July 4
Celebrate an 1876 Fourth of July at Mystic Seaport.

Join us as we celebrate America’s birthday circa 1876! An exciting morning of boat races on the river and military exercises with the “boys in blue” culminates in an old-fashioned spelling bee for children. Picnic alongside your 19th-century neighbors on the Village Green at noon and then cheer for your favorite display in the Independence Day Parade at 1 p.m. sharp. Young patriots can even craft hats to wear in their very own section of the parade. A rousing 1876 Independence…

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Stars Over Mystic: Rediscovering Pluto

July 14
Treworgy Planetarium

Tonight is the two-year anniversary of the New Horizons Pluto flyby , we will look back to see how much we've learned!

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First Impressions Printing Workshop

July 17 - July 20

Learn a brief history of printing and get hands-on instruction using our historic printing presses.

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Antique & Classic Boat Rendezvous

July 22 - July 23

Every year some of the most outstanding boats in the country converge at Mystic Seaport for the Antique & Classic Boat Rendezvous. The annual event showcases high-quality antique vessels, including cruisers, sailboats, and runabouts.

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