Pulling Together,
Legends of Willimantic

Organized by Ted Efremoff, Emcee C.M., Master of None and the Citizen Shipwrights of Willimantic.

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This collaborative durational public performance project started in 2006 in response to negative national press directed towards Willimantic, CT. Considering this publicity a form of legend the collaborators set out to tell their own legends and tall tales about Willimantic. In the process over one hundred likeminded citizens pulled together to build a wooden boat as a symbol of Willimantic’s community. In June of 2008 the citizen shipwrights took the boat on a tour of the Connecticut River Valley to spread the lore of Willimantic’s past and present.

The boat departed Willimantic filled with its stories and dreams and traveled south from Hartford, on the Connecticut River to East Haddam. The boat projected the image and imagination of Willimantic that we discovered through building together. All dreamers, storytellers and boat people were invited to join the flotilla for the journey.