By Staff Reports – Norwich Bulletin

Published February 29 2016


The Garde Arts Center, 325 State St., New London, will host a premiere of the Disney film “The Finest Hours” at 7:30 p.m. March 3, with a panel discussion afterward.

The film depicts the dramatic 1952 rescue of the crew of a sinking freighter off the coast of Cape Cod by U.S. Coast Guard Boatswains Mate 1st Class Bernard Webber and his three-man crew.The panel discussion will be moderated by Harriet Jones, business editor of WNPR Connecticut Public Radio, and will include Tony Falcone, artist and personal friend of Bernard Webber; Jack Downey, U.S. Coast Guard retired and first recipient of the Joshua James Ancient Keeper award; Lt. Daniel Tavernier, commanding officer, U.S. Coast Guard Station New London; and Cmdr. Andrew Ely, chief of response, U.S. Coast Guard Sector Long Island Sound.


Tickets are $9 each and are available at the center’s box office from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday, by phone at (860) 444-7373, ext. 1 or online at

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