Take the next 24 hours, for example.
This evening (April 24), the Aquarium is hosting its “Cirque de la Mer” fundraising gala. We have a huge tent set up just outside the main entrance, and that’s where some 440 guests will enjoy a delicious dinner, the presentation of our 15th Red Apple Awards and a live auction that’s always, er, lively.
Before dinner is cocktail hour, and that takes place in Newman’s Own Hall (where the seals are) and the Aquarium galleries. We gussy the place all up like you wouldn’t recognize. This year’s theme is “Mystical Magical Maritime Masquerade,” and there will be live mermaids, an enormous seahorse ice carving and lots of other cool treatments.
The event is sold-out. But, even without a ticket, you can bid on items in our auction up until 9 p.m. There are travel, golf and hotel packages, restaurant certificates, tickets to a Seth Meyers taping and more. Proceeds from “Cirque de la Mer” support The Maritime Aquarium’s Red Apple Fund for Student Enrichment, which helps to make the Aquarium’s unique marine-science and environmental-education programs available to students and teachers in the tri-state area who otherwise may not be able to participate.
All evidence of “Cirque” (well, except for the tent) will be gone by the time the doors open Friday morning. And that’s when we’ll be hosting educators from all around the area for the 11th Long Island Sound Educator’s Conference. Invited is anyone who teaches about the watery world – staffers of other environmental-education institutions, preschool teachers, high-school biology teachers, researchers and even informal educators like librarians.
Presented by the Southeastern New England Marine Educators (SENEME), the conference offers three blocks of informative workshops and presentations, behind-the-scenes tours of the Aquarium, a study cruise aboard the Aquarium’s research vessel and more. It’s from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
All just in a day’s – or two’s – work.