The Connecticut Maritime Heritage Festival returns again to celebrate the sea in New London September 9-11!
This year’s gathering of ships of all types, including U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. Navy ships and the historic Top Sail Schooner Amistad, is made possible by the unwavering support of the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development. from the Tourism Bureau and the generous sponsorship of Dime Bank.
“Everyone at Dime Bank is proud to play an important role in bringing this important cultural event to the City of New London,” said Nick Caplanson, Dime President and CEO. “Supporting events like the Maritime Fest symbolizes our founding promise to live and give back to the communities we serve and helps set us apart from the large out-of-state banks that are remote from the region.”
The weekend will be filled with free activities including ship and fishing vessel tours, a fishing clinic with lots of goodies, music, food trucks, a chance to meet captains and crew , a “Burning of Benedict Arnold in Effigy” production, activities for children, and much more! The Arm-of-the-Sea Theater, a dance troupe from the Hudson Valley, will perform a puppet show Sunday at Hygienic Art Park.
Bringing Connecticut maritime folklore to the festival, new this year is a parade of mermaids and sea monsters. You can register online to participate in the parade! It starts Saturday at 2 p.m. on Bank Street and ends at City Pier.
Led by the non-profit organization OpSail Connecticut, Inc. (OpSail CT), the festival’s goal is to educate visitors about Connecticut’s rich maritime history. The theme for this year’s event is “Uniting Our Shores”, and the festival seeks to do this by hosting a family weekend filled with opportunities to interact with:
- the military personnel and ships that our US military uses to protect our coasts and its citizens; and
- other sectors of the maritime industry ranging from ships that protect the environment to fishing vessels that will show how seafood is sourced locally and brought to your tables.
“We aim to celebrate Connecticut’s maritime heritage by emphasizing the state’s diverse population and showcasing the diverse ways the seas have brought people from around the world to Connecticut,” the president said. of OpSail CT, Kevin Cavanagh.
There will be live music all weekend, including sea shanties from Marc Bernier to tunes from the local ‘Carl Franklin Band’ and energetic rock from ‘Derik and the Funbags’.
On Sunday, September 11 at 8:30 a.m. there will be a special 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony led by the United States Navy and United States Coast Guard.
The event starts on Friday, September 9 at 3:30 p.m. with an interesting opening ceremony and ends on Sunday at 5 p.m. For details on everything else, check out the full schedule at: www.ctmaritimefest.com.
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