The New Quad is Open

The new McGraw Gallery Quad as seen from the entrance alley between the Stillman and Wendell Buildings at the southwest corner.
The new McGraw Gallery Quad as seen from the entrance alley between the Stillman and Wendell Buildings at the southwest corner. All photos by Andy Price

The McGraw Gallery Quadrangle is now open for visitors to enjoy. On Wednesday, July 8, the last bit of sod was set in place and the construction fence was moved back to reveal the new landscaping. The area that was previously known as Anchor Circle has been reconfigured into a quadrangle with the Stillman, Wendell, Mallory, and R.J. Schaefer Buildings and the Greenmanville Church facing three of the sides. The fourth side is the site of the new Thompson Exhibition Building, which is under construction. A temporary construction fence with imagery from the Museum’s Sea History Alive campaign will border the north side until the building’s completion in fall 2016.

It will be some weeks before the sod takes root, but once that happens visitors will be able to walk, sit on, and generally enjoy the green.

In addition to the landscaping, the project involved significant upgrades to the surrounding buildings. In particular the R. J. Schaefer Building has a new climate control system to support the coming “Ships, Clocks & Stars: The Quest for Longitude” exhibit from the National Maritime Museum, London. That exhibit opens on September 19. Other new exhibits line the Quad as well: “Voyaging in the Wake of the Whalers” and the Benjamin F. Packard Ship’s Cabin opened last month in the Stillman Building, and “Modern Masterpiece: 30 Years of the Museum Purchase Award” opened earlier this spring in the P.R. Mallory Building.

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Mystic Seaport to Host 40th Annual Antique & Classic Boat Rendezvous

Event to Feature Centennial Society of 100-year-old Vessels, Antique Boat Parade

Mystic, Conn. (July 10, 2015) —Mystic Seaport will hold its 40th annual Antique & Classic Boat Rendezvous at Mystic Seaport Saturday and Sunday, July 25-26.

The event showcases high-quality antique vessels, including cruisers, sailboats, and runabouts. Approximately 50 classic vessels will create a colorful gathering along the Museum’s waterfront all day Saturday and Sunday morning. Visitors are invited to see the displayed vessels Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. An award competition will recognize excellence in restoration, authenticity, and workmanship.

To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Rendezvous, the Mystic Seaport Centennial Society will be introduced. Gramp, an inductee into the first class of these 100-year-old vessels, will be featured this year. Designed by noted naval architect William Hand and built in 1915 by L. West and George Bonnell of Port Chester, NY, Gramp is an excellent example of the fast and seaworthy “Hand v-bottom” launches and runabouts that were plentiful in the decade before World War I.

The Museum will celebrate the anniversary on Saturday night, July 25, with “Docktails & Dancing” from 7 to 10 p.m. Guests will enjoy drinks, desserts, and dancing to live music by Rock and Soul Revue next to the water at Lighthouse Point. Tickets are $24 per person for members and $30 for non-members. A cash bar will be available. Tickets may be purchased by calling 860.572.5365.

The Rendezvous concludes Sunday at 12:30 p.m. with the traditional parade of the classic vessels down the Mystic River. Each boat will be announced on the shore at Mystic River Park as it passes through the iconic Mystic River Bascule Bridge. The boats then make their way down river to Fishers Island Sound in what has become a highlight of the Mystic summer season.

Mystic Seaport would like to give special thanks to Grundy Insurance and Dodson Boatyard of Stonington, CT, for their generous sponsorship of this event and their donation of time and expertise.

For more information, please visit https://mysticseaport.wpengine.com/event/antique-and-classic-boat-rendezvous-2/.

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 state-of-the-art 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 $25 for adults and $16 for children ages 6-17. Museum members and children 5 and under are admitted free. For more information, please visit  https://mysticseaport.wpengine.com/  and follow Mystic Seaport on FacebookTwitter, and YouTube.