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May 2017

Salute to Summer

May 27 - May 28
Salute to Summer Graphic

Kick off the beginning of summer with fun outdoor activities during Memorial Day Weekend.

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Decoration Day

May 29
Decoration Day at Mystic Seaport. Photo Credit: Mystic Seaport

Join us on Memorial Day as Mystic Seaport observes the day of remembrance as it was practiced in 1876.

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June 2017

Chasing Shackleton

June 1

Come join us Tim Jarvis talk about his expeditions to the polar regions and how they provided the inspiration for his current project 25zero.

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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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Flag Day / Naturalization Ceremony

For the sixth year, Mystic Seaport will be hosting a Naturalization Ceremony along with federal officials from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Department.

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Black & White Party

June 16

Kick off summer on the beautiful grounds of Mystic Seaport with a Black & White Party and enjoy the Museum’s current exhibitions.

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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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Gallery Talk and Nature Walk with Artist Nikki McClure

June 17
Artwork by Nikki McClure

Learn about art and nature in a fun two-part event with papercut artist Nikki McClure at Mystic Seaport and Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center!

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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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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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Book Signing 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 Lore

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

Summer Music Sundays

July 2 - August 27

Enjoy free after-hours admission and listen to live music outdoors at Spouter Tavern.

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Book Signing 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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Arts on the Quad: Rockspring

July 12

Pack your picnic baskets, blankets, and lawn chairs and join us for the Arts on the Quad outdoor performance series!

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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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Arts on the Quad: Flock Theatre presents The Tempest

July 19
Flock Logo

Pack your picnic baskets, blankets, and lawn chairs and join us for the Arts on the Quad outdoor performance series!

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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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Arts on the Quad: Rock & Soul Revue

July 26

Pack your picnic baskets, blankets, and lawn chairs and join us for the Arts on the Quad outdoor performance series!

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Stars Over Mystic: The Search for Exoplanets

July 28
Treworgy Planetarium

In February, NASA made the ground-breaking announcement that a star called Trappist-1 has SEVEN "Earth-like" planets orbiting around it.

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Exhibition: Art of Rowing

July 29 - September 17

We look forward to welcoming patrons, art collectors, and rowing enthusiasts to the Gallery for this special themed exhibit.

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Moby-Dick Marathon

July 31 - August 1
Moby-Dick Marathon

Join us for our annual 24-hour reading of Herman Melville’s masterpiece, Moby-Dick.

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August 2017

Arts on the Quad: M Shanghai 

August 2

Pack your picnic baskets, blankets, and lawn chairs and join us for the Arts on the Quad outdoor performance series!

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Model Yacht Regatta

August 4 - August 6
Model Yacht Regatta

J Class and International One Meter class models race off the north dock at Mystic Seaport.

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Stars Over Mystic: The Great American Eclipse

August 11
Treworgy Planetarium projector

On August 21, a wondrous total solar eclipse will arc across the US - learn how to safely enjoy this rare, unique occurrence.

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First Impressions Printing Workshop

August 14 - August 17
Students visit the Mystic Print Shop

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

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Arts on the Quad: Scarborough Fair: A Simon & Garfunkel Experience

August 16

Pack your picnic baskets, blankets, and lawn chairs and join us for the Arts on the Quad outdoor performance series!

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Antique Marine Engine Exposition

Rich Voss, volunteer for Mystic Seaport, operates a two-cylinder steam-powered Lingerwood Steering Engine at the Antique Marine Engine Exposition at Mystic Seaport. Photo Credit: Mystic Seaport

Join us for the largest antique marine engine show in the nation.

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