Boats, Burgers, & Beer (#NMCBBB24):
An NMC Networking Night at Mystic Seaport Museum

It's back! Our most popular networking night of the year is open for registration for this year's event on August 1st, 2024, from 5 - 8:30 pm.

We look forward to seeing everyone again and kicking off summer with the NMC Community and our guests. 

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Event Details

Join us August 1st from 5:00 - 8:30 pm at the Mystic Seaport Museum (in the Clagett Boast Shed).

We will provide:

  • An atmosphere and space that encourages true, authentic connections within the NMC community.
  • A tour of the Charles W. Morgan, the last wooden whaleship in the world.
  • A short talk by Emil Casciano, Vice President of Groton Operations at General Dynamics Electric Boat. (See bio.)
  • A catered backyard barbeque-style meal of burgers, mac & cheese, tater tots, and salad.

You will bring: 

  • Business cards to share with the folks you want to learn more about after the night ends.
  • Money for beverages and tips at the cash bar.
  • Your smile, humor, and eagerness to have a great time with the folks that make up the growing NMC community.

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Buy Your Tickets today.

Want More Details? 

This event is a fun, laid-back night of networking with businesses from across New England and NC. Last year people were so engaged in conversations and enjoying the evening that we didn't have many pictures to share with you because we forgot to take pics!  (Don't worry, we captured enough so you can see how it went.)

We kick off the night with our welcome from Executive Director Walker Potts at 5:20 pm, with the main gate remaining open to join the event by 6 pm, when our guest speaker, Emil Casciano, Vice President of Groton Operations at General Dynamics Electric Boat, takes center stage to share a short talk with you. 

After Emil's talk, you can take one of two tours of the Charles W. Morgan; enjoy time eating a catered barbeque-styled meal while connecting with NMC members, community partners, allies, and guests; and participate in a fun corn hole competition. 

This event is open to the NMC community, as well as not-yet-members and guests. Spouses/partners are welcome again this year.

We encourage you to take pictures throughout the evening and share them on social media. If you like to live in the moment, snap the pic and then share it the next day! We loved seeing your pictures from last year and look forward to you sharing new ones with us this year by tagging us on social media (LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter and using #NMCBBB24). We also will have a professional photographer from Silver Sponsor Firesite Films walking around to take pictures so you can focus on connecting with others! 


Tickets: Members $55; Community Partners $60; Guests $75.

Early bird prices expired 6/30.

Buy your ticketS today.

*This year, spouses/partners pay the same rate as the person purchasing the ticket.
Be sure to add them as a Guest to your purchase so you receive the discount for them.



Speaker Bio: Emil C. Casciano

Guest Speaker Photo - Emil Casciano

Emil Casciano was named Vice President of Groton Operations in October of 2023.

He began his career at Electric Boat in 2013 and has served as the Program Manager for the UK TRIDENT Program Office, Director of Mechanical Engineering and Design, Chief Nuclear Officer, Vice President of Engineering and Design, and Vice President of Nuclear Operations and Fleet Support.

Casciano joined Electric Boat following a distinguished 31-year career in the naval submarine force during which he served as commanding officer of USS Philadelphia and Commander, Submarine Squadron Two in Groton, with responsibility for seven Navy ships and crews including six submarines.

He also carried out assignments as Director for Training and Tactical Development for Submarine Force Atlantic in Norfolk, VA., and as Commanding Officer of the Submarine Learning Center in Groton. In this position, he supervised seven global submarine training sites including four major commands and 200,000 students.

Casciano earned a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Lafayette College and a Master’s degree in Engineering Management from the Catholic University of America. He is also a qualified nuclear-propulsion engineer.



If your company or organization is interested in sponsoring Boats, Burgers, & Beer 2024, please see our Sponsorship packages here. Sponsorships are available to member and non-member companies.

NMCBBB24 Sponsors Tips for a Successful Evening: 

  • Dress comfortably and be ready to connect with others. We are in a venue where they have weddings and large events, so there is plenty of seating and room to spread out at high-top and banquet tables. You can also venture onto the docks and gravel to enjoy the campus around the Clagett Boat Shed.

    • Boat tours will require walking from the Clagett Boat Shed to the Charles W. Morgan. Consider this when considering footwear and apparel. Plan to walk about a half mile throughout the evening and to navigate rocky paths if you plan to enjoy the tour and lighthouse scenery! 

  • Bring business cards - virtual and/or paper. Don't miss the chance to connect because you aren't prepared. 

  • Bring cash or cards for your beverages. We provide the meal with your entry fee, but you purchase your beverages. The cash bar will include water, soda, and a selection of beers and wines.

  • Stay as long as possible and have fun! The event runs from 5 - 8:30, try to make all of it so you don't miss a possible connection. Those who stayed for the full event last year left full with plenty of new, genuine connections.

    • Fun fact: Sunset is scheduled for 8:04 pm, so our event is perfectly timed for some great river sunset photos with your colleagues and fellow NMC community members. Your marketing teams will thank you for some great user-generated content (and we will too!).

  • Take pictures of your memorable moments and connections and then share them on social with #NMCBBB24. Tag us on LinkedInFacebook, and / or Twitter so we can share them too. Let's make magic with our hashtag and get your company seen by others who don't attend the event as well as those who do. 




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