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Chelsea Groton Bank To Match Heritage Park Season Pass Sales

19 May 2017

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Amy Perry, Interim Executive Director                   

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Phone: 860.912-0950

New London, CT:  The Thames River Heritage Park water taxi season passes are now available for purchase at thamesriveheritagepark.org. For a limited time Chelsea Groton Bank will donate $20 to the Park for every season pass sold up to $1,000.  The season pass is an extraordinary deal. For $50, a season pass holder gets unlimited rides on the water taxi - all days, all season.

Now in its second season the water taxis will begin operation Friday, May 26, 2017.  The service connects Fort Trumbull in New London to the downtown New London Historic Waterfront District and Fort Griswold in Groton, and runs Friday through Sunday from 10 AM to 9 PM. until September 17, 2017.

The Thames River Heritage Park is a collection of national and historic sites along two shores of the Thames River that tell the stories that shaped our nation during the past 400 years. In 2016 almost 2,000 people rode the water taxi visiting sites, dining out or just enjoying time on the water.

Ticket prices remain the same as last year: Adults: $10, Children ages 4 -12 and Active Military: $5. Children 3 and under: free. It is a hop on-hop off ride in which visitors can board the boat at any of the three landings and can tour at their leisure.

Heritage sites within easy walking distance of the water taxi stops include, in Groton, the Avery-Copp House, the Ebenezer Avery Homestead, Fort Griswold Battlefield State Park and the Subvets World War II National Memorial East and, in New London, in addition to Fort Trumbull are the Nathan Hale Schoolhouse, the Custom House Maritime Museum, the Shaw Mansion and the Hempsted Houses. For more information on the park, visit www.thamesriverheritagepark.org.

Thames River Heritage Park 2017 sponsors include Yale New Haven Health/Lawrence & Memorial Hospital, Groton Utilities, The Day, Atlantic Broadband, WNLC 98.7, The Resident, and Crockers Boatyard, with additional support from The Cities of New London and Groton and the Town of Groton.

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Volunteer Park Ambassadors Needed for the Park

May 22, 2017   

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Amy Perry, Interim Executive Director                   

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New London, CT:  The Thames River Heritage Park is looking for volunteers who want to create positive and memorable experiences for visitors and residences who ride the Water Taxi and who visit the local heritage sites within the Park. Volunteers are needed Friday – Sunday beginning Memorial Day weekend through mid-September in 2- and 4-hour shifts between 10 a.m. and  6 p.m.

Volunteers will be Park Ambassadors who will be stationed at the three Water Taxi landing sites in New London and Groton to provide visitors with information about the heritage sites within the Park, help with directions, take survey information, as well as pictures for visitors, all to provide an enjoyable experience. Volunteers will spend some time riding the water taxis, if desired, and are asked to commit to at least 16 hours in 2- or 4-hours shifts during the season.

If you like interacting with people, enjoy being outdoors and on the water, and have some knowledge of the New London and Groton area, get on board. Applicants must be at least 18 years old and must enjoy being active. An interest in American history is a plus. Training will be provided.

Those interested should contact Amy Perry at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Please include “Volunteer” in the subject.

Now in its second season the water taxis will begin operation Friday, May 26, 2017. The service connects Fort Trumbull in New London to the downtown New London Historic Waterfront District and Fort Griswold in Groton, and runs Friday through Sunday from 10 AM to 9 PM. until September 17, 2017.

The Thames River Heritage Park is a collection of national and historic sites along two shores of the Thames River that tell the stories that shaped our nation during the past 400 years. In 2016 almost 2,000 people rode the water taxi visiting sites, dining out or just enjoying time on the water.

Heritage sites within easy walking distance of the water taxi stops include, in Groton, the Avery-Copp House, the Ebenezer Avery Homestead, Fort Griswold Battlefield State Park and the Subvets World War II National Memorial East and, in New London, in addition to Fort Trumbull are the Nathan Hale Schoolhouse, the Custom House Maritime Museum, the Shaw Mansion and the Hempsted Houses. For more information on the park, visit www.thamesriverheritagepark.org.

Thames River Heritage Park 2017 sponsors include Yale New Haven Health/Lawrence & Memorial Hospital, Groton Utilities, The Day, Atlantic Broadband, WNLC 98.7, The Resident, and Crockers Boatyard, with additional support from The Cities of New London and Groton and the Town of Groton.

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Dan McFadden
860.572.5317
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Mystic Seaport to Host The WoodenBoat Show June 30-July 2
Largest Gathering of Wooden Boat Enthusiasts on the East Coast to Feature Viking Longship Tours

 

Mystic, Conn. (June 6, 2017) — The largest gathering of wooden boats and enthusiasts in New England will converge at Mystic Seaport for the 26th annual WoodenBoat Show Friday through Sunday, June 30 to July 2.

The WoodenBoat Show, hosted in a partnership with WoodenBoat Publications, offers something for all wooden boat enthusiasts and maritime history buffs. More than 100 traditional and classic wooden boats of every type will be on display, from hand-crafted kayaks to mahogany runabouts, to classic daysailers and schooners.

In addition to taking in the historic vessels and beautiful boats, visitors can find everything they need to outfit their own watercraft and learn new skills at demonstrations and workshops throughout the weekend. A variety of exhibitors will offer items for sale including maritime art, antiques, tools, books, nautical gear, and much more.

Throughout the weekend, Mystic Seaport staff and guest experts will conduct demonstrations of a variety of boat-building skills, including wood-epoxy boat building, caulking, laminating wood, using an adze, and Viking boat building. There will also be tours of the Mayflower II restoration in the Museum’s shipyard.

Other popular features are the “I Built It Myself” display of home-built boats and Family BoatBuilding, where families and teams work to build their own pre-purchased kits during the weekend. The kits are opened at 9 a.m. Friday morning and tools are put down around 3 p.m. Sunday, leaving, in most cases, a boat awaiting only final finish work.

Visitors can also try their hand at rowing or sailing a small boat at the Museum’s boat livery, or in one of the boats participating in the John Gardner Small Craft Workshop, which is run concurrently with the show by the Traditional Small Craft Association.

A highlight of the 2017 show will be deck tours of the Viking ship Draken Harald Hårfagre.  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.

Tours will run throughout the show, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. The last tour each day is at 4:30 p.m. Tours will run every 30 minutes and cost $6 per person (Children age 3 and younger are free). Tickets will be available at the ship and online at www.drakenshop.comPlease note: The ticket is in addition to regular admission to Mystic Seaport.

Museum admission provides access to both The WoodenBoat Show and Mystic Seaport. Three-day passes are available.

 

Tickets

Admission tickets can be purchased at the gate or online at www.mysticseaport.org/tickets.

Tickets for the Draken tours can be purchased at the ship or online at www.drakenshop.com.

 

Images for Download

Images for use by the media may be downloaded at www.thewoodenboatshow.com/press/

 

About The WoodenBoat Show
The WoodenBoat Show is produced by WoodenBoat Publications, Inc., which includes WoodenBoat magazine, Professional BoatBuilder magazine, the WoodenBoat Store, the WoodenBoat School, and The WoodenBoat Show. The WoodenBoat Show is an annual festival celebrating the design and craftsmanship of wooden craft. For more information please visit www.thewoodenboatshow.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  
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Groton Business Association announces Submarine Force Museum as host for June Meeting

 

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The Groton Business Association will host their monthly meeting on Thursday, June 29 from 7:30-9:00am at the Submarine Force Museum at Sub Base New London.

Did you know the Sub Museum ...
...  has the 3rd highest visitation rate of any attraction is Southeastern CT?
...  was originally established as "The Submarine Library" by EB in 1955?
...  has more than 33,000 artifacts, 20,000 documents & 30,000 photographs?
...  just passed 31 years open to the public?
...  has begun planning to redesign the museum for the next 30 years?


What will the Submarine Force Museum become in the coming decades? Join the GBA at our June 29 meeting when LCDR Reginald Preston, OIC USS Nautilus, will discuss the planning process for the museum's next 30 years, what it entails, what are its goals, what will it look like, and how will visitors experience it in the future!The Navy has retained the services of Gallagher and Associates, an internationally known museum design firm to lead the process. They have already created the same level of planning for four other Navy museums and are currently designing the Coast Guard museum in New London.

All are welcome at the meeting; bring your business cards and your networking enthusiasm!  Refreshments will be served.

 

For confirmation or more information please contact Lian Obrey at:  860-235-5459