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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 Class

April 1
Mystic Seaport chantey staff

This class explores the role of sea music and includes both musical instruction and hands-on work aboard the Museum’s vessels.

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Lenten Codfish Fry

April 7

Fry your own fish cakes over our open-hearth at the Buckingham-Hall House.

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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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Pirate Days

April 11 - April 12

Avast, me hearties! Join us for a day of family fun and meet our friendly pirates.

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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

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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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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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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