By Monika Nica
The Mystic Seaport, America's Museum of the Sea is starting a week-long celebration for the 70th anniversary of the arrival of its crown-jewel, the Charles W. Morgan. This beautiful, 170 year old tall ship with its majestic sails is the world's last surviving wooden whaling ship. The seaport with its experts and volunteers has been working for many years on restoring this unique ship to its former glory. Now they are inviting visitors to celebrate the Morgan and remember the days of tall ships sailing the oceans.
The festivities will kick off with a Dance Party and Show on October 28th at Mystic River Park. The highlight of the evening will be the celebratory fireworks show at 9 pm over the Mystic River. The weekend and the week will bring more fun: antique car show at Mystic River Park and the lighting of 1000 lanterns along the river on Saturday, Battle of the School Bands on Sunday and Concert in the park.
The celebrations will culminate in an admission-free day at the Mystic Seaport on Saturday, November 5th. The seaport will host a series of special events that day centered on the Morgan: demonstrations and activities for families and kids, live music, talks and discussions by experts, historians and a special celebration at 'Her Majesty', the Morgan herself. The evening will close with the world premier of the 'Prince of Whalers', a special show retelling the dramatic story of whalers, 19th century whaling and the world's last wooden whaleship, the Morgan. Fittingly, the show will be held at the museum's Henry B. duPont Preservation Shipyard.
You don't want to miss this opportunity: you may have to wait for 70 years for something like this to happen again! To make sure that you are not only entertained and educated during the Morgan's 70th anniversary week in Mystic, but are also well-fed, the town also hosts its Mystic Restaurant Week. During the festivities most of its restaurants will be offering fixed-price lunches and dinners during the entire week.