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    Fish & Ships Seafood Festival back at Mystic Seaport

    Fish & Ships Seafood Festival back at Mystic Seaport

    Patrick F. Quinn, Staff Writer

    Published: 05:18 p.m., Monday, August 30, 2010

    • Mystic Seaport is celebrating its 3rd annual Fish & Ships Labor Day Weekend Seafood Festival Saturday through Monday with a host of activities, including fishing demonstrations from the schooner L.A. Dunton. Photo: Contributed Photo / Connecticut Post Contributed

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    What better way to wrap up summer than enjoying fresh, local seafood and some water-related activities.
    And the 3rd annual Fish & Ships Labor Day Weekend Seafood Festival at Mystic Seaport Saturday through Monday is the ideal event for just that.
    "It's a great way to celebrate the official end of summer," Seaport spokeman Michael O'Farrell said over the phone last week. "We've put this event together as a way to come (into the historic site) and enjoy some good eats and good drink in the process."
    Coastal Gourmet, the Seaport's official food service provider, will serve seafood from local docks, and there will be dishes for landlubbers, as well, like burgers and pulled pork sandwiches. A selection of beverages, draft beer and wine will also be served.
    Special activities will take place throughout the weekend, including fishing demonstrations alongside the 1921 fishing schooner L.A. Dunton.
    "It's a Tall Ship, a National Historic landmark, so we can utilize it for its original purpose, which was a fishing vessel," O'Farrell said. "One of the things folks will see and learn about is how the fishermen worked off the Dunton."
    A Seaport demonstration crew will recreate the early 1900s fishing technique of going out in smaller boats off the Dunton and setting lines for their catch.
    "People cannot only just climb aboard (the Dunton), but they can also learn a little bit about what life was like, and how the guys who were working on it spent their day and made their living," O'Farrell said.
    To that end, the demonstrators will also break into sea shanties while tending the lines, he said.
    "The sea shanties were basically work songs," O'Farrell said. "So if you and I are hauling on a line, it's a lot easier if we're working together with the cadence of the song."
    There also will be waterfront explorations in the Mystic River, off the Museum's Australia Beach.
    "This is a cool thing for the younger kids," O'Farrell said. "Most of the kids will be wearing shorts, but if they're wearing pants, they roll them up and wade into the river, run their net through the water and see what they catch. There's always some form of life that comes up and our interpreters can help them understand what it is and its role in the ecosystem."
    Visitors will also be able to take in games of 19th-century baseball.
    "We focus on the original way that baseball was played, so there's no gloves. Just a bat and ball," O'Farrell said."
    Maritime music also will be performed throughout the weekend.
    "Sea shanty singers will sing different songs of the sea and explain what their purposes were and how important music was to life aboard a vessell."
    Kids will be able to create their own wooden toy boat and take part in the museum's first "Parade of the Fleet" on the Village Green.
    "Once they build it, we're going to have the kids marching along the Green and holding up their proud piece of workmanship," O'Farrell said.
    Like most of the events at the Seaport, the toy-boat building is fun and educational, he said.
    "We like to teach kids without them really knowing it," O'Farrell said. "So we can give them something fun and educational at the same time, and it makes mom and dad happy."
    Mystic Seaport is at 75 Greenmanville Ave., Mystic. Saturday-Monday 11 a.m.-4 p.m. $24 adults; $15 ages 6-17; 5, under free. Second-day admission free with ticket validation. Cost of food, drinks the Toy Boat Workshop is additional.

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