Mystic Spirit Week; Plans for Growth
During the past two weeks (Wednesday to Wednesday) Mystic Aquarium celebrated “Mystic Spirit Week” a celebration of the local community, showcasing what makes Greater Mystic a wonderful place to live, work and visit.
Events and Partnerships Manager, Ainslie Seeber, who conceived the idea of Mystic Spirit week last year, notes that:
“Mystic is more than just a tourist attraction, we are home to a lot of great people, organizations, and businesses. The goal was to bring fun activities, entertainment and demonstrations here to the Aquarium so our guests could learn about our community with the hope that they will continue to explore Mystic after their Aquarium visit. Mystic Spirit Week also allows us to showcase the conservation efforts that we undertake locally each and every day. We host stations on campus that provide guests the opportunity to get hands-on with the goal of educating them about protecting our local environment and the ocean planet.”
A special thank you to the many local businesses and organizations participating in the week, including Mystic Knotwork, Denison Pequot Nature Center, Mashantucket Pequot Museum, Mystic Hilton, Sticky Situations, Alice in the Village, Fred Astaire Dance Studio, Mystic Noank Library, Stonington Police Department, Old Mystic Fire Department, Mystic River Ambulance and the Eastern CT Symphony Orchestra, and the many local singers and songwriters who performed each day.
On Tuesday evening of this week, Mystic Aquarium presented final plans for the new Milne Ocean Science and Conservation Center to the Town of Stonington Planning and Zoning Commission for approval.
The project includes a large animal holding and quarantine facility, auditorium, three state of the art classrooms , offices, and an outdoor gathering space. New landscaping and paving will connect the Roger Tory Peterson Penguin Pavilion to the building and the Wiederhold Veterinary and Animal Health Center will be physically connected to create one of the most advanced animal care facilities in the world.
Here are some images of the new building:
We are very grateful to the many donors who have made construction of this new building possible. Special thanks to Dr. George and Carol Milne who provided the lead funding for the project and who have helped guide Mystic Aquarium for the past 15 years.
See you all soon!