Calling all shipsmiths!
Was your maritime skill shipsmithing (or have you done smithing before)? If so, you are invited to join longtime shipsmithing instructor Bill Scheer in the James Driggs Shipsmith Shop at any point before the swizzle on Saturday. Get ready to relive your maritime skills experience — just don’t forget to wear long pants and closed-toe shoes with socks to do so.
Signup for free friday night activities now live!
We’re delighted to announce that you can now sign up here for free Friday night activities. Whether you want to make s’mores with your family, enjoy the sunset from aboard a Williams-Mystic kayak, or share your favorite sea chantey during an open mic aboard the Morgan, there are plenty of ways to start your Alumni Weekend off right.
Please note that, since Friday night activities are volunteer-hosted and –planned, signup is separate from registration for the weekend.
Online signup deadline: Friday, July 5
Don’t miss the boat: Sign up online no later than Friday, July 5 to join us on July 12–14! While we welcome walk-in signups, we encourage everyone to sign up online wherever possible, as this allows us to plan accordingly, especially for meals and snack breaks.
Have a shipmate who hasn’t registered yet? We appreciate your help in sharing this information with them!
Introducing our brand-new networking event
In addition to our favorite Reunion traditions, we’re delighted to introduce a brand-new event to the schedule: Networking! Our alumni network is already a superb resource for professional networking, and with this event, we’re hoping to facilitate even more connections across class years. Whatever your career field, and wherever you’re at in your career, we hope you’ll join in.
The networking event will take place on Saturday, July 13 from 2–3 pm. That will leave participants plenty of time to get out on the water, compete in whaleboat races, and place stealth bids in the silent auction.
Want to help make this event a success? While this event will be drop-in, you can commit early to coming by adding your name to this Google Spreadsheet. Committing ahead of time will help us ensure that alumni from a wide range of fields are represented — and will help increase the likelihood that you’ll meet a fellow alumnus/a in your field who you might never have encountered otherwise.
A sneak peek at Friday night activities
Thanks to the generosity of our local volunteers and the Alumni Council, we are once again offering volunteer-hosted activities on Friday night to kick off the festivities! Keep your eyes peeled — sign up for these free activities will be separate from the main event.
In the meantime, here’s a sneak peek at what to expect:
An open mic aboard everyone’s favorite wooden whaling ship, the Charles W. Morgan
Kayaking on the Mystic River Estuary, using Williams-Mystic’s very own kayak fleet
S’mores on scenic Mason’s Island
A swizzle at the Engine Room in downtown Mystic
Sustainability at Reunion 2019
Building on the success of last year’s sustainability efforts, we will once again take several measures to minimize the impact of this event on the environment. All your leftovers and food waste from dinner will be composted. We will also purchase energy offsets to make up for the electricity used during the weekend.
Once again, we encourage you to join in the effort! We suggest checking out Mystic Community Bikes, and we encourage you to take your commemorative, reusable plastic cup home to minimize waste.
highlights of the schedule
We’re so excited to celebrate summer in Mystic with our alumni and friends! Here’s some of the programming we have in the works:
Friday, July 12
Choose from alumni volunteer-led activities such as a sunset paddle, potluck, or downtown meetup. Check back here for updates and keep an eye on your inbox as we schedule these events. Since we rely on volunteers to make these gatherings happen, we’ll be posting signups for the activities as they become available (i.e., signup will be separate from the main invitation for the weekend).
Let us know if you have an idea for a Friday night activity, or if you would like to help us host one! Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know.
Saturday, July 13
Get out on the water: Bring your own boat or take advantage of W-M’s ever-expanding kayak fleet.
Shipyard tour: An insider’s perspective on the latest news from the Shipyard, including the restoration of the Mayflower II.
Hear from our faculty: Learn what our faculty have been up to in their labs, in the archives, at the Seaport, and around the world.
Whaleboat races: Enjoy some friendly competition with alumni from all years. Start your training regimens now!
Silent auction: Take your pick of beautiful maritime objects, one-of-a-kind experiences, and more.
Live auction: Our always-zany live auction returns…
Sunday, July 13
New! Cruise aboard the historic Steamship Sabino: Enjoy a downriver cruise along the Mystic River Estuary on the Seaport’s historic steamship. Sign up when you register for alumni weekend to join us on Sunday from 12:30–2 pm.
While we welcome ALL alumni and friends of Williams-Mystic, we’re especially delighted to be celebrating the following classes for landmark reunions, from their fifth reunion all the way up to their fortieth:
Five Years: F’14 and S’14
Ten Years: F’09 and S’09
Fifteen Years: F’04 and S’04
Twenty Years: F’99 and S’99
Twenty-Five Years: F’94 and S’94
Thirty Years: F’89 and S’89
Thirty-Five Years: F’84 and S’84
Forty Years: F’79 and S’79
A sneak peek at our programming, old and new
As summer makes its way to Mystic, we’re hard at work coming up with great programming for July 12–14. Here’s a sneak peek:
New, downriver cruise on the steamship Sabino! From 12:30–2 pm on Sunday, July 14, you’ll have the option of joining a downriver cruise on the steamship Sabino for gorgeous views of Mystic and Noank. Sign up when you register!
Friday evening activities are returning! With help from local alumni, faculty/staff, and other friends of the program, we’ll be putting together some fun Friday evening activities to get you in the spirit. Activities last year included a potluck, kayaking on the Mystic River Estuary, and s’mores outside the Carlton Marine Science Center. Stay tuned for this year’s list of activities! As before, signup for Friday evening programming will be separate from signup for the rest of the weekend. Keep your eye on this page and your email inbox to catch these events — since our alumni and friends are volunteering to host, we’ll be posting each activity as it’s arranged.
Whaleboat races! We will be offering the perennially popular whaleboat races again this summer. Start training and assembling your teams now! (May we recommend the Barnacle Dance as part of your training regimen?)
Don’t forget to mark your calendars for July 12–14 (and to start planning for a summer vacation to Mystic)! We’ll be in touch once our online invitation goes live.
In the meantime, stay in touch by subscribing to our eGam (our monthly email newsletter for alumni and friends of the program) and sending your updates to email@example.com!