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Board the World’s Largest Viking Longship at
Mystic Seaport this Summer

Draken Harald Hårfagre Will Host Guided Tours June 30-September 4

Mystic, Conn. (May 31, 2017) — Mystic Seaport and the crew of the Viking longship Draken Harald Hårfagre announced today the ship will be open for public tours in Mystic this summer beginning June 30.

The reconstructed longship sailed across the Atlantic Ocean in 2016 to explore and relive one of the most mythological sea voyages: the first transatlantic crossing and the Viking discovery of the New World, more than 1,000 years ago. After crossing the Atlantic, the ship sailed throughout the Great Lakes, down the Erie Canal to New York City, and concluded its voyage at Mystic Seaport where it spent the winter. At each stop along the way, thousands turned out to see this magnificent example of ancient seafaring.

“We are thrilled to partner with one of the leading maritime museums in the U.S.,” said Emanuel Persson, Draken Harald Hårfagre CEO and Expedition Director. "It is an honor to share our ship and story of the Vikings with visitors of Mystic Seaport as we prepare for the next leg of the ship’s American expedition and tour of the U.S. East Coast in 2018."

“The Viking story and their voyages across the Atlantic are part of our shared maritime experience, and we are very excited to be able to partner with the Draken Harald Hårfagre, so they can tell that story firsthand at Mystic Seaport. There is no substitute for actually walking the deck of a ship to understand what it takes to venture across an ocean,” said Steve White, president of Mystic Seaport.

Guided deck tours will be available Tuesday and Thursday1-5 p.m., and Friday-Sunday10 a.m.-5 p.m. The last tour each day is at 4:30 p.m. The ship will be closed Mondays and Wednesdays. Tours will run every 30 minutes and will cost $6 per person (Children age 3 and younger are free). Tickets will be available at the ship and online at www.drakenshop.com . The ticket is in addition to regular admission to Mystic Seaport. 

Draken Harald Hårfagre is a clinker-built Viking longship launched in 2012. She is not a replica of a known ship, but is a reconstruction of what the Norse Sagas refer to as a “Great Ship” based on historic documents, archeological findings, and Norwegian boatbuilding traditions. She is the world’s largest Viking ship sailing in modern times. Draken Harald Hårfagre is an open wooden ship, 115-foot long (35 meters) with a beam of 26 feet (8 meters) and a mast height of 79 feet (24 meters). It carries one large, square sail, which has driven the vessel to a speed of 14 knots. The ship can be rowed by one hundred oarsmen and is equipped with 25 pairs of oars—each oar powered by two crew members. During its transatlantic Expedition America 2016, Draken Harald Hårfagre carried a crew of 32 men and women.

The ship will remain at Mystic Seaport until spring 2018, when the crew plans a tour of the U.S. East Coast. The tours will run through September 4, 2017.

For more information, please visit www.mysticseaport.org/Draken or www.drakenexpeditionamerica.com. Tickets will be available for purchase online at www.drakenshop.com.

About Mystic Seaport
Mystic Seaport is the nation’s leading maritime museum. Founded in 1929, the Museum is home to four National Historic Landmark vessels, including the Charles W. Morgan, America’s oldest commercial ship and the last wooden whaleship in the world. The Museum’s collection of more than two million artifacts includes more than 500 historic vessels and one of the largest collections of maritime photography in the country. The newly opened Thompson Exhibition Building provides a state-of-the-art gallery to host compelling, world-class exhibitions, beginning with the current show SeaChange. The Collections Research Center at Mystic Seaport provides scholars and researchers from around the world access to the Museum’s renowned archives. Mystic Seaport is located one mile south of Exit 90 off I-95 in Mystic, CT. Admission is $28.95 for adults ages 15 and older and $18.95 for children ages 4-14. Museum members and children three and younger are admitted free. For more information, please visit www.mysticseaport.org  and follow Mystic Seaport on FacebookTwitterYouTube, and Instagram.

About the Draken Harald Hårfagre

The Draken Harald Hårfagre is a clinker-built Viking longship launched in 2012. She is not a replica of a known ship but is a reconstruction of what the Norse Sagas refer to as a “Great Ship” based on historical documents—especially the Norse sagas—archeological findings, and Norwegian boat building traditions. She is the world’s largest Viking ship sailing in modern times. For more information, please visit www.draken.no/ and follow Draken Harald Hårfagre on FacebookTwitterYouTube, and Instagram.

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June 2, 2017
 

Frank E. Winkler
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Groton’s Twelfth Annual Fall Festival
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Save Money Now with Fall Fest Early Bird Registration

 

GROTON - Groton’s Twelfth Annual Fall Festival is a few months away, but now is the time to act, if you want to save on the registration fee. If you register and pay by July 14, 2017, you can save $25.

Not only can you save money, but it is easier than ever to pay.  The GBA now accepts online payments.  Simply go to our web site at www.grotonbiz.com.

The GBA is celebrating this special 12th anniversary year with a bigger and better event.  The festival is scheduled for Saturday, October 7, 2017, and runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. This is a rain or shine event.

Groton’s Annual Fall Festival is a special community event created and sponsored by the Groton Business Association (GBA) of the Greater Mystic Chamber of Commerce (GMCC).

You can obtain full information on how to register for a booth by going to the GBA web site at www.grotonbiz.com or calling the Chamber at (860) 572-9578.

Sponsors for the Annual Fall Festival are also promoted and listed as sponsors for the annual Groton Holiday Lights Parade, scheduled for Saturday, December 2, 2017.

The GBA would like to recognize its 2016 major sponsors: Groton Utilities, Groton Parks and Recreation Department, and Stonington Odd Fellows Lodge #26.  Hall Communications, Inc. is the media sponsor. Chelsea Groton Bank was a Friend of the Festival.

The festival is held at Poquonnock Plains Park, centrally located in the middle of Groton.  This will be the site of an arts and crafts show, business displays, exhibits, food vendors and entertainment.

For businesses, this is an opportunity to connect with your current customers and attract new ones.  For artists and crafters, it gives you access to thousands of new customers. For non-profit organizations, it is an opportunity to promote your message to thousands in person.

 

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MYSTIC AQUARIUM SUPPORTS “INVEST IN THE NEST”
FOR PENGUIN CONSERVATION

First of its Kind Kickstarter Campaign Launched to Help Save Endangered African Penguins

 

Mystic, Conn. (May 17, 2017): African penguin populations have been declining for the past few decades. Mystic Aquarium joins other Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) accredited members to take action and help reverse this trend. Today, the combined group launches the “Invest In The Nest” campaign on Kickstarter, the innovative crowdfunding platform. The campaign seeks to raise $150,000 to help build and place 1,500 artificial nests for African penguins in South Africa and Namibia.

Beginning on Friday, May 19, Endangered Species Day, guests at Mystic Aquarium will have the ability to see up-close one of these innovative and potentially species-saving nests.

“Mystic Aquarium has been caring for African penguins for 29 years,” said Gayle Sirpenski, Mystic Aquarium’s Animal Management Specialist. “We continue to have leading roles in the African penguin Species Survival Plan (SSP) and AZA’s Saving Animals From Extinction (SAFE); two critically important conservation programs that seek to ensure the survival of this endangered species.”

Gayle Sirpenski has been an integral member of Mystic Aquarium’s Research and Veterinary Services team for 25 years. She is co-coordinator of the ‘African Penguin Species Survival Plan’—a cooperative animal management program that makes breeding and transfer recommendations to ensure the long-term survival of the species in accredited zoos and aquariums. Gayle is also at the forefront of engaging global efforts toward saving the African penguin in the wild.

“In my professional career, I’ve seen the population of African penguins decline dramatically due to a host of environmental and man-made threats,” continued Sirpenski. “For the first time in many years I feel a sense of hope that we can finally turn things around for African penguins in the wild. The Kickstarter campaign to raise funds to build artificial nests is a great way for the public to help with this innovative approach to saving a species.”

Mystic Aquarium also supports the SAFE: Saving Animals From Extinction®, a program that brings together the expertise and resources of AZA, its members, and partners to help save species from extinction.

Establishing new artificial nests is a priority identified in the AZA SAFE African penguin conservation action plan, and necessary to help save African penguins.

“We’re always excited about campaigns that expand our worldview and actively contribute to innovation around the globe. Invest In The Nest is pushing boundaries in the practice of conservation and bringing optimism and direct action to the Kickstarter backer community,” says Clarissa Redwine, Kickstarter's Design and Technology Outreach Lead for the West Coast.  "This conservation effort takes backers through the process of designing, building, and installing habitat structures that will help save endangered African penguins, helping Kickstarter backers play a vital part in protecting wildlife."

In addition to the satisfaction of supporting this worthy cause, contributors to the Kickstarter campaign will be eligible for a variety of rewards at varying levels of investment, including exclusive behind-the-scenes access to some of the best aquariums and zoos in the country, as well as original penguin art, symbolic penguin adoption kits, t-shirts, totes, posters and more.

The Roger Tory Peterson Penguin Exhibit at Mystic Aquarium is home to 32 endangered African penguins.  While one of the most popular species at Mystic Aquarium, they are also important ambassadors to their endangered counterparts in the wild. A docent is always on exhibit to enhance the guest experience with behavioral and natural history information about the African penguin. World-class animal care specialists conduct feedings twice daily providing further insight into penguin care.

Visitation provides an otherwise unlikely connection to the engaging birds and inspires guests to join in conservation efforts-like the Kickstarter Campaign. Mystic Aquarium’s mission to inspire people to care for and protect the ocean planet is never more engaging then with their two penguin encounter programs. Each unique experience fosters a deeper appreciation for the animals.

“AZA-accredited aquariums and zoos believe we should do more to help save species, which is why we started SAFE: Saving Animals From Extinction,” said Dan Ashe, President and CEO of AZA. “We brought together scientists and engineers to help us design the best nest for African penguins. Now we need the public’s help to build and place the nests in South Africa. Invest In The Nest is an opportunity for anyone to help save a species!”

If fully funded, the nests will be constructed by hand in South Africa, helping to create jobs for residents.

To back or follow the campaign, visit the “Invest In The Nest” campaign page https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/aza/invest-in-the-nest-save-penguins-from-extinction

ABOUT MYSTIC AQUARIUM

Mystic Aquarium, a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization, is counted among the nation’s leading aquariums with more than 300 species and an extensive collection of marine mammals, including New England’s only belugas. Mystic Aquarium has been a pioneer in offering guests a variety of up close encounters with a wide range of marine animals. The mission of Mystic Aquarium is to inspire people to care for and protect our ocean planet through conservation, education and research. Mystic Aquarium receives major support from The Coca-Cola Company, Foxwoods Resort Casino, Resorts World Sentosa and United Technologies Corporation. Learn more at MysticAquarium.org.

ABOUT AZA

Founded in 1924, the Association of Zoos and Aquariums is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the advancement of zoos and aquariums in the areas of conservation, animal welfare, education, science, and recreation. AZA is the accrediting body for the top zoos and aquariums in the United States and eight other countries. Look for the AZA accreditation logo whenever you visit a zoo or aquarium as your assurance that you are supporting a facility dedicated to providing excellent care for animals, a great experience for you, and a better future for all living things. The AZA is a leader in saving species and your link to helping animals all over the world. To learn more, visit www.aza.org.

ABOUT SAFE: SAVING ANIMALS FROM EXTINCTION®

SAFE: Saving Animals From Extinction combines the power of zoo and aquarium visitors with the resources and collective expertise of AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums and partners to save animals from extinction. Together we are working on saving the most vulnerable wildlife species from extinction and protecting them for future generations. To learn more, visit http://www.aza.org/aza-safe.

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Mystic Seaport to Host 38th Annual Sea Music Festival June 8-11

Performers from Around the World Gather to Celebrate Music of the Sea

 

Mystic, Conn. (May 19, 2017) —Musicians from around the world will come to Mystic Seaport to celebrate the musical traditions of the Golden Age of Sail at the 38th annual Sea Music Festival, Thursday through Sunday, June 8-11. The Festival is the premier sea music event in North America.

This year’s roster includes musicians from Great Britain, France, and Australia, along with singers from across the United States. The weekend’s festivities include daytime and evening concerts, special performances for children, instructional workshops, a scholars’ symposium, and a unique opportunity to witness sea music at work aboard the Museum’s historic vessels.

More than 15 individuals and groups will be featured at the Festival representing the gamut of traditional and contemporary sea music. The French group Nordet will perform their blend of a cappella working songs with masterful modern compositions. The Sydney-based group Roaring Forties is renowned for the powerful impact they make singing unaccompanied folk songs. Rhode Island’s Vox Hunters will present an exciting repertoire of driving dance tunes blended with an unorthodox collection of interesting songs. 

Visitors may also take in performances from The Chanteens, Larry Kaplan, Jerry Bryant, Atwater/Donnelly, Sparky and Rhonda Rucker, Dick Swain, Tom Lewis, The Johnson Girls, and the Mystic Seaport Chantey Staff, including Geoff Kaufman, Craig Edwards, Denise Kegler, and Don Sineti.

New to the lineup this year is Anayis “AJ” Wright, a traditional folk musician who came to sea music through the Chantey Skills class at the Williams-Mystic undergraduate program at the Museum. She performs as a solo vocalist, and plays cello and concertina.

All workshops and daytime concerts in the Festival are included in regular Mystic Seaport admission. Special tickets are required for evening concerts and can be purchased online, in person at the Museum’s entrances, or by calling 860.572.0711. Weekend passes are also available. College students will be admitted into the Festival for the youth rate upon presentation of a current student ID.

As part of the Festival, Mystic Seaport will also host the annual Music of the Sea Symposium Friday and Saturday, June 9-10. The Symposium, co-sponsored by Mystic Seaport, Williams College, the Williams-Mystic Program, and the University of Connecticut at Avery Point, features presentations of themed papers by some of the country’s leading maritime music scholars and explores subjects from history and folklore, to literature and ethnomusicology, along with many other related topics. Admission to the Symposium is free on Friday; Museum admission is required on Saturday.

For more information, including ticket packages, musicians’ bios, and a schedule of performances, visit www.mysticseaport.org/seamusicfestival

This event is made possible by the Friends of the Sea Music Festival, who raise funds each year to generously support sea music at Mystic Seaport.

 

About Mystic Seaport
Mystic Seaport is the nation’s leading maritime museum. Founded in 1929, the Museum is home to four National Historic Landmark vessels, including the Charles W. Morgan, America’s oldest commercial ship and the last wooden whaleship in the world. The Museum’s collection of more than two million artifacts includes more than 500 historic vessels and one of the largest collections of maritime photography in the country. The newly opened Thompson Exhibition Building provides a state-of-the-art gallery to host compelling, world-class exhibitions, beginning with the current show SeaChange. The Collections Research Center at Mystic Seaport provides scholars and researchers from around the world access to the Museum’s renowned archives. Mystic Seaport is located one mile south of Exit 90 off I-95 in Mystic, CT. Admission is $28.95 for adults ages 15 and older and $18.95 for children ages 4-14. Museum members and children three and younger are admitted free. For more information, please visit www.mysticseaport.org  
and follow Mystic Seaport on FacebookTwitterYouTube, and Instagram.

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Contact: Penny Newbury
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May 12, 2017

Knights of Columbus Council 7054 Awards $500 to The Arc New London County


NORWICH—The Gales Ferry chapter of the Knights of Columbus awarded $500 to The Arc New London County as part of the proceeds from its 2016 Tootsie Roll Drive. Thanks to the continued support of the Knights of Columbus, The Arc is able to provide recreation programs and activities, including Special Olympics, to over 170 participants with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) from southeastern Connecticut. The Arc’s Community Life & Advocacy program also offers self-advocacy, support groups for survivors of sex abuse and domestic violence, socialization and work presentation skills, and civic engagement groups that help individuals with I/DD live their best lives. For more information on The Arc NLC’s Community Life & Advocacy program, please contact Denise Tift at (860) 889-4435, ext. 110.

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