CT Maritime Heritage Festival Set for Sept 5-9

The Connecticut Maritime Heritage Festival is an annual celebration promoting the State of Connecticut’s maritime heritage and spirit of innovation in conjunction with Connecticut Maritime Heritage Week.

The Festival will attract more than 60,000 visitors this year to the historic Port of New London waterfront including individuals and families who experience unique tours aboard a fleet of boats including U.S. Navy and U.S. Coast Guard ships, merchant marine vessels, and historic schooners.

Festival events include a U.S. Coast Guard search & rescue demonstration, a ‘Music on the Pier’ main stage Americana concert, a "Swingin’ on the Pier" dance party, a “Meet the Crew” party, a parade of ships, The Morgan Cup Yacht Race, a Maritime Career Opportunity Expo, a burning of Benedict Arnold by costumed reenactors, and the 6th annual "Chowder Challenge.”

Of particular note is the Captains and Crews Welcoming Reception on Friday 7 September from 4 - 7 PM at the Hygienic Arts Center in New London, where there will be a catered reception and the opportunity to mix with members of the visiting ships and sailing vessels and for the awarding of the Morgan Challenge Cup. 

More festival info is available at www.ctmaritimefest.com