Little Joe is 8 years old and weighs 2,000 pounds; Duke is currently at Cape Cod doing a movie shoot with Richard Dreyfuss.
These are horses I’m talking about – Mystic Seaport’s beautiful four-legged creatures who wait patiently near the Village Green, irresistibly patted and petted by almost all who pass by and ever ready to give Museum visitors a memorable carriage ride.
Today was Little Joe’s duty day with driver, Jack Winder at the reins. I piled into the wagon with six Butler High School students from Morris and Passaic, NJ: Sarah (with an h), Sara (w/o an h), Katie, Karen, Rebecca and Tyler. For four of them, this was their first visit to the Museum, and their sense of fun and adventure was palpable.
Jack set the tone as he “giddyapped” Little Joe, explaining that the horse has two speeds – slow and slower! Jack’s narrative- dotted with humor – about the history of village buildings, the exhibits open for exploration and his “Nantucket sleigh ride” question pumped our minds and imaginations.
But it was the possibility of someday getting married at Mystic Seaport that definitely hit a romantic nerve amongst the Butler girls. That may be a fantasy, but one that could well come true. We do weddings here!
Summing up the experience, Tyler commented that the group’s carriage ride now made it easier for them to decide where they wanted to go and what they wanted to explore further. Great, Little Joe and Jack. You’ve done your job well!
For more information about horse and carriage rides, as well as the Museum’s other offerings, visit us at www.mysticseaport.org.