Friday, September 21


Alumni-Led Activites

5:30 pm–10 pm; consult signup form for locations

Come start your Alumni Weekend off right! Choose one (or a few) of our new alumni-led activities featured on this site, including a sunset paddle at the Seaport, a picnic at Mary K.'s, and s'mores. 

Don't see something you'd enjoy? If you would like to organize something that isn't here, contact Ann Gaffney and we can get it added!

Saturday, September 22

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9:30 am–4 pm, Visitor Reception Center (VRC), South Gate

Stop by to pick up your weekend packet. While you’re here, sign up for whaleboat races or Sunday’s alumni breakfast!

swag sales and central information

10 am–6 pm, tent outside the Boat Shed

Show your support for Williams-Mystic everywhere you go with t-shirts, mugs, hats, our new sustainability tote bag, and so much more.

Get out on the water

10 am–4 pm, Boat House

Take out a sailboat or rowboat and enjoy the Mystic River. Boat rentals are free of charge for Williams-Mystic alumni.

children’s activities

10 am–4 pm, consult Mystic Seaport Museum schedule for locations and times

Enjoy a range of activities, from toy-boat building to games on the green. Consult Mystic Seaport Museum’s activity schedule for the details.

Scholarship silent Auction

10 am–6 pm, Boat House

Place your bids! 100% of the proceeds directly support scholarships for future students.  

Auction closes at 6 pm sharp!

Behind-the-scenes tour of the mayflower ii 

11 am–12 pm, meet at the Visitor Reception Center

 Join Shipwright Nathan Adams (F'03) for a behind-the-scenes tour the restoration of the Mayflower II!


11:30 am–1 pm Village Green (rain location: Boat Shed)

Join our Alumni Council as they host a picnic lunch! Bring your own food and beverage or purchase at the Galley. Share a yarn or two.


12:30–1:30pm; meet at the Ropewalk

Bring your children to the Rope Walk for a guided tour and a chance to try your hands at making your own rope! Supervised and guided by Williams-Mystic alumni.

New Faculty panel and program update from the executive director

1:30–2:45 pm, Greenmanville Church

Hear the latest program news from Executive Director Tom Van Winkle. Then, enjoy a panel discussion with the newest members of our faculty, marine ecologist Tim Pusack and maritime historian Alicia Maggard.

Whaleboat Races

3 pm, Middle Wharf

Gather a team of six before you arrive or join a team when you get here. Come ready to "Pull, pull, my fine hearts-alive!”

Signup at registration table required by 12 pm on Saturday, September 22.

41st anniversary class photo

4:45 pm, McGraw Quad (adjacent to Thompson and Stillman Buildings near north entrance)

Games on the Green

5–6 pm, Village Green

All children are welcome to try their hand at some old-time games on the green!

Alumni Swizzle

5–6 pm, Boat Shed

The perfect opportunity to connect with other amazing alumni!

Riverside Dinner

6–7 pm, Boat Shed

Enjoy a New England riverside dinner and celebration!

Kids’ planetarium show (and more fun)!

6:45–9 pm, Children’s Museum

All are invited to bring kids three years old and older (younger children welcome if potty-trained) to the Children’s Museum after dinner for a special Planetarium Show and other fun!

Pickup is at the Howell & Campbell Classrooms (below the Planetarium) no later than 9 pm.

program welcome and Live Auction

7–9 pm, Boat Shed

Listen to remarks celebrating Williams-Mystic’s 41st anniversary and enjoy our always-zany live auction! 100% of the proceeds support scholarships for future Williams-Mystic students.

Sunday, September 23

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Breakfast a la Field seminar

9–10 am, Carlton Marine Science Center

Relive those early, field-seminar mornings (at a much more humane hour) with a hostel-style breakfast! Offerings will include yogurt, fruit, and other such quick and easy breakfast staples. 

Please register in advance at the registration table.

Messing around in boats

10 am–12 pm, Mystic Seaport Sailing Center (formerly Youth Training Building (YTB))

Put off leaving Mystic for a couple hours in the best way possible: By enjoying the Williams-Mystic boat fleet (now replete with numerous kayaks, single and tandem, as well as a stand-up paddleboard!) or spending some time in a classic Dyer Dhow.

Takes place rain or shine!

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