Sep
25
4:15 pm16:15

Festival Closing

Join us in Mitchell Park’s amphitheater as we salute the East End Seaport Museum & Marine Foundation and another exuberant, exhilarating and exciting Maritime Festival.

The final event extends theopportunity for all to share weekend memories, for the EESM to acknowledge and thank our community and supporters, to applaud contest winners, get another glimpse at those wonderful Merfolk, wish our Grand Marshal, Captain Dave Berson, smooth sailing, and hopefully find that your raffle ticket has the winning number!

The 27th year of this event has been a joy to produce. See you all for the 28th annual Maritime Festival, September 23 and 24, 2017!

Snapper Fishing Contest (Ages 9-16)
Sep
25
2:00 pm14:00

Snapper Fishing Contest (Ages 9-16)

  • Railroad Dock

Baby blues (Snappers) are running and you should be too. Rush down to the Railroad dock where we’ll outfit your kids with everything they need to join in for a fun hour of fishing. 

Tommy Sullivan
Sep
25
1:00 pm13:00

Tommy Sullivan

  • Mitchell Park, Music in the Amphitheater

Tommy Sullivan is a founding member and bandleader of the Original Brooklyn Bridge rock and roll band and a charter inductee in to the Long Island Music Hall of Fame.

He created the first official rock group at West Point while serving in the United States Military Academy Band. Additionally he is an original member of Atlantic Records’ super group Ramatan, which was Hendrix Experience drummer Mitch Mitchell’s first group following Jimi’s death, and included guitar virtuoso April Lawton and Blues Image/Iron Butterfly frontman Mike Pinera.

Former Producer/Musical Director for Jay Black; co-produced, arranged & orchestrated Johnny Maestro’s critically acclaimed final CD, Peace on Earth.

Snapper Fishing Contest (8 and under)
Sep
25
1:00 pm13:00

Snapper Fishing Contest (8 and under)

  • Railroad Dock

Baby blues (Snappers) are running and you should be too. Rush down to the Railroad dock where we’ll outfit your kids with everything they need to join in for a fun hour of fishing. 

Camera Obscura
Sep
25
1:00 pm13:00

Camera Obscura

A camera obscura is a darkened room into which light enters through a small opening, projecting a live picture onto a screen. In a modern version, the view outside is reflected by a mirror through a lens, which projects it onto a viewing table. Looking down at the table one sees a living, two-dimensional image of the outside scene, in full color. The mirror can be rotated, so that, as it turns, one sees the view in all directions. The vibrant image promotes a feeling of serene detachment, reveals details otherwise overlooked, and enhances one's appreciation of the scenic beauty. Many viewers find the experience deeply moving, and almost all are fascinated by this magical new way of seeing.

Yvonne Lieblein reads from "The Wheelhouse Café"
Sep
25
1:00 pm13:00

Yvonne Lieblein reads from "The Wheelhouse Café"

  • Mitchell Park Hospitality Tent

A Greenport native, Ms. Yvonne Lieblein, has based her newly published book, Wheelhouse Café, in and around the North Fork and Manhattan.  The book uniquely incorporates original songs, written by her husband, Josh Horton, that help punctuate the story and create a depth of understanding normally not experienced with the written word. 

Flyboard Demonstration
Sep
25
12:30 pm12:30

Flyboard Demonstration

  • Mitchell Park

Two Demonstrations:
12:30pm -  1:00pm
2:00pm – 2:30pm

Flyboarding was first developed by Franky Zapata of the French Company, Zapata Racing in the spring of 2011.  It is a combination of hover board, jet pack and water skiing, and is one of the most exciting water sports developed in years. A long hose attached to the boot of the flyboarder is connected to a jet ski which is the means of propulsion allowingthe flyer to soars up to 49’ into the air or 8’ into the water.

Flyboardli’s owner, Jimmy Bissett, will demonstrate thrilling acrobatic tricks and maneuvers over Mitchell Park’s waterfront throughout the Maritime Festival weekend.   

Brett Curlew - Marine Researcher
Sep
25
Sep 26

Brett Curlew - Marine Researcher

  • Mitchell Park

Coming to us from Brookhaven National Laboratory and Nassau BOCES, Brett Curlew and his team have organized a display worth a trip to the Maritime Festival. Enter this exciting undersea world being presented for your enjoyment and education

  • Look into dive history and the equipment that was used, then and now, to explore the oceans. See hard hat helmets, early scuba gear
  • Dive history and technology
  • Visit local shipwrecks and their history through collected artifacts. 
  • See the mysteries that the artifacts uncover. 
  • Observe local marine life and their habitats.
Children’s Games and Relays on the Green
Sep
25
11:00 am11:00

Children’s Games and Relays on the Green

  • Mitchell Park

TWO SESSIONS:
11:00am - 12:00pm
3:00pm - 4:00pm

Lawn games popular a century or so ago are new and exciting for today’s tech savvy kids.  Children ( and their parents) are welcome to try their hand at hoop rolling, bean bag tossing, stilt walking, fish hurling, pitching pirate doubloons, relay races the maritime way, and of course, sack races.

Children under 5 must be accompanied by an adult. 

Buzz Scott, ROV Pilot
Sep
25
11:00 am11:00

Buzz Scott, ROV Pilot

Buzz Scott, is internationally known as the Chief Pilot of the ROV for Bob Ballard, who discovered the Titanic.  During his visit to the Maritime Festival, Buzz will demonstrate the ROV in action in Greenport waters.  We will be able to witness the bottom of the Peconic Bay on his computer screen.  Additionally, a hard helmeted diver will access the same waters so we may compare old and new technologies of underwater exploration side-by-side.

Demonstrations throughout the day: 11am – 5pm

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Children's Story Time
Sep
25
10:45 am10:45

Children's Story Time

  • Mitchell Park Kid's Stage

TWO SESSIONS:
10:45am - 11:15am
12:15pm - 12:45pm

Long Island author, Rosemary McKinley, will entertain children (and their parents) as she reads aloud and tells the story of whales and whaling in the 1800’s.  Based upon the log book and journal of Captain Henry Green, the exciting story will be punctuated by Ms. McKinley’s illustrations and collection of nautical artifacts. Her books can be purchased at the Seaport Museum’s Chandlery, located on Front Street across from Mitchell Park

Ice and Classic Boat Exhibit
Sep
25
10:00 am10:00

Ice and Classic Boat Exhibit

Mitchell Park and two docks in the Marina will be filled with beautiful hand-crafted wooden boats. A display of vintage and modern iceboats will complete the scene for an eye-catching dose of “maritime”.

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Breakfast Fundraiser: Pirate and Mermaid Experience
Sep
25
9:00 am09:00

Breakfast Fundraiser: Pirate and Mermaid Experience

  • Front Street Station
Eventbrite - Paul Drum's 2016 Breakfast Fundraiser: A Mermaid and Pirate Experience

Laugh, dance and chow down with a lovely mermaid or a gnarly pirate! Our Breakfast with Pirates and Mermaids is a fun event with all proceeds going to the Paul Drum Nautical Education Fund.

 

Front Street Station Official Sponsor

Front Street Station
Official Sponsor

Bug Lighthouse Tour
Sep
24
4:00 pm16:00

Bug Lighthouse Tour

  • East End Seaport Museum
Eventbrite - Bug Lighthouse Tour

There are very few offshore lighthouses people can visit.  You can tour one of them with us!  Your admission ticket includes a narrated tour and round-trip boat ride to the lighthouse.  

Approximate time: 2 hours

***For groups of 10+,  please contact: cruises@eastendseaport.org for reservation***

Kayak Race and Demolition Derby
Sep
24
3:00 pm15:00

Kayak Race and Demolition Derby

  • Mitchell Park & Marina

A perennial favorite and one of the most popular Festival events is the Kayak Derby that was started and organized by Otto Schoenstein.  Otto built wooden Kayaks which are disassemble that teams of two must reassemble. They are launched by one member who paddles it out to a buoy, then returns to the beach so the other team member can repeat the course.  The first team to successfully complete the course is declared the winner.

Part two of the Derby has all the kayaks staged around the buoy.  At the sound of a horn, the competitors attempt to sink each other’s kayaks using strategy and their oars.  Last boat floating is the winner!!!

​Children’s Games and Relays on the Green
Sep
24
1:15 pm13:15

​Children’s Games and Relays on the Green

  • Mitchell Park

TWO SESSIONS:
1:15pm - 2:00pm
4:00pm - 5:00pm

Lawn games popular a century or so ago are new and exciting for today’s tech savvy kids.  Children ( and their parents) are welcome to try their hand at hoop rolling, bean bag tossing, stilt walking, fish hurling, pitching pirate doubloons, relay races the maritime way, and of course, sack races.

Children under 5 must be accompanied by an adult. 

HOODOO LOUNGERS
Sep
24
1:00 pm13:00

HOODOO LOUNGERS

  • Mitchell Park, Music at the Ampitheater

1pm-2pm
2:30pm-3:30pm

 The HooDoo Loungers are a nine piece East Coast based band performing music inspired by the rhythms, sounds, history and spirit of New Orleans. The band's sound encompasses traditional New Orleans Jazz, Brass Band, classic R&B and funk - a blend of original music and re-arranged New Orleans classics. The HooDoo's perform a high energy and highly entertaining show that will please young and old alike.

Since its formation in 2008, the HooDoo's have performed at numerous East Coast music festivals and concerts as well as performing at top music venues such as the Paramount Theater (Huntington), The Stephen Talkhouse (The Hamptons) and B.B. Kings Blues Club (NYC).

Camera Obscura
Sep
24
1:00 pm13:00

Camera Obscura

A camera obscura is a darkened room into which light enters through a small opening, projecting a live picture onto a screen. In a modern version, the view outside is reflected by a mirror through a lens, which projects it onto a viewing table. Looking down at the table one sees a living, two-dimensional image of the outside scene, in full color. The mirror can be rotated, so that, as it turns, one sees the view in all directions. The vibrant image promotes a feeling of serene detachment, reveals details otherwise overlooked, and enhances one's appreciation of the scenic beauty. Many viewers find the experience deeply moving, and almost all are fascinated by this magical new way of seeing.

Flyboard Demonstration
Sep
24
12:30 pm12:30

Flyboard Demonstration

  • Waterfront, Mitchell Park

Two Demonstrations:
12:30pm -  1:00pm
2:00pm – 2:30pm

Flyboarding was first developed by Franky Zapata of the French Company, Zapata Racing in the spring of 2011.  It is a combination of hover board, jet pack and water skiing, and is one of the most exciting water sports developed in years. A long hose attached to the boot of the flyboarder is connected to a jet ski which is the means of propulsion allowingthe flyer to soars up to 49’ into the air or 8’ into the water.

Flyboardli’s owner, Jimmy Bissett, will demonstrate thrilling acrobatic tricks and maneuvers over Mitchell Park’s waterfront throughout the Maritime Festival weekend.   

Pirate School!
Sep
24
12:15 pm12:15

Pirate School!

  • Mitchell Park Kid's Stage

3 shows:
12:15pm - 12:45pm
2:00pm -2:30pm
3:30pm - 4:00pm

Set sail with Pirate School! a madcap, swashbuckling one-man family show that allows kids to live the dream, satisfying their universal curiosity for the briny Buccaneers of yore.

 For over 20 years Pirate School! has captivated audiences with it’s mischievous blend of clown theater, adept magic, original music, rich sound effects and it's signature brand of boisterous full-audience participation.  During Pirate School! the bumbling pirate professor Billy Bones teaches youngsters to be good pirates with a zany curriculum that includes how to stand, talk, sing and laugh like Buccaneers; skulls talk, cutlasses drop and critters cavort.

 Created and performed by veteran New York physical comedian David Engel, and featured in New York Magazine's "BEST OF NY:KIDS!" Pirate School! is widely popularat theaters, maritime museums, and libraries in the North East, and at venues as far ranging as Shanghai, China, Jamaica,  and England.

Merry Merfolk
Sep
24
12:00 pm12:00

Merry Merfolk

  • Mitchell Park Inner Circle

Organized by the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County’s Marine Initiative and Sirens’ Song Gallery, the Merry Merfolk welcomes all children or those who are children at heart, to join in the Maritime Festival parade festivities.  Costumes are created by participants and are any fanciful creature that flourishes in the sea—be it a mermaid, pirate, Neptune, or sea creature.

Accompanied by the Mermaid Queen riding upon her float, participants will enter Mitchell Park for a costume contest and awards ceremony.  This year, Suffolk County Legislator, Mr. Al Krupski will act as one of the judges of the Merry Merfolk contest.

Blessing of the Waters
Sep
24
11:00 am11:00

Blessing of the Waters

The Greek Orthodox tradition of blessing the waters is a deeply religious ceremony. And in Greenport, the blessing of the waters ceremony is an annual event to help mark the beginning of the Maritime Festival.

Prayers mark the ceremony; the priest then throws a wooden cross into the water. Young boys eagerly dive in and race to find the cross. Whoever finds the cross swims back and receives a special blessing. The person who wins is believed to have good luck all year long. 

Maritime Parade
Sep
24
11:00 am11:00

Maritime Parade

  • Parade Begins Here

The 27th annual Maritime Festival parade will kick off at 11:00 a.m. on the corner of Broad and north Main Street. It will include sharp looking midshipmen from the US Merchant Marine Academy, all130 NJROTC cadets, the Greenport school band, elected officials, local, civic and cultural organizations. Also marching proudly will be fanciful Merfolk, pirates, dance and hula hoop groups, the ELIH pink ladies, volunteers from the fire fighter Fire Boat, San Simeon, and the Fathers of Saint Anargyroi Greek Church. Rolling right along will be antique cars, 3 fire departments, the Shamrock Farm mini train, a unicyclist, Penny Farthing bikes, Little Miss and Mr. Mattituck, the Strawberry Queen, our Grand Marshal, Captain David Berson, Greenport Brewery’s firetruck, and a host of other entertaining participants.  Don’t blink because you’ll miss the promised surprise from Salt Air Farms. About 3,500 people usually line the streets and attend the parade.

Professional and amateur camera buffs will capture the event, and then share their pictures on the EESM’s Facebook space. Parade commentary will be provided by Tedd Webb. Following the procession, the Merfolk will have an award ceremony in Mitchell Park’s Inner Circle judged by Legislator Al Krupski.  Thanks to Joe Corso for his tireless efforts in bringing this wonderful parade together.

Parade Sponsor

Parade Sponsor

Brett Curlew - Marine Researcher
Sep
24
11:00 am11:00

Brett Curlew - Marine Researcher

  • Mitchell Park

Coming to us from Brookhaven National Laboratory and Nassau BOCES, Brett Curlew and his team have organized a display worth a trip to the Maritime Festival. Enter this exciting undersea world being presented for your enjoyment and education

  • Look into dive history and the equipment that was used, then and now, to explore the oceans. See hard hat helmets, early scuba gear
  • Dive history and technology
  • Visit local shipwrecks and their history through collected artifacts. 
  • See the mysteries that the artifacts uncover. 
  • Observe local marine life and their habitats.

Buzz Scott, ROV Pilot
Sep
24
11:00 am11:00

Buzz Scott, ROV Pilot

Buzz Scott, is internationally known as the Chief Pilot of the ROV for Bob Ballard, who discovered the Titanic.  During his visit to the Maritime Festival, Buzz will demonstrate the ROV in action in Greenport waters.  We will be able to witness the bottom of the Peconic Bay on his computer screen.  Additionally, a hard helmeted diver will access the same waters so we may compare old and new technologies of underwater exploration side-by-side.

Demonstrations throughout the day: 11am – 5pm

Click title or image for more info.

The Wheelmen in Parade
Sep
24
11:00 am11:00

The Wheelmen in Parade

  • Parade Route

The Wheelmen is a national, non-profit organization dedicated to keeping alive the heritage of American cycling, promoting the restoration and riding of early cycles manufactured prior to 1918, and encouraging cycling as part of modern living. This organization follows bicycle development with such types as the Draissine, Velocipede, Boneshaker, Ordinary (also known as a High Wheeler or Penny Farthing), Tricycle, High Wheel Safety, Hard Tired Safety, Cushion Tire Safety and Pneumatic Safety (including Tandems and Chainless models). Many of these antique bicycles were instrumental in The Good Roads Movement from which America has benefited to this day. This web site is proud to honor all the early cycling achievements and the people behind them.

Blessing of the Fleet
Sep
24
10:30 am10:30

Blessing of the Fleet

  • Railroad Dock

Sharing the honors this year will be Rabbi Gadi Capela and Father Richard Hoerning. The Blessing of the Fleet is a tradition that began centuries ago in Mediterranean fishing communities. During this simple but relevant service, they will offer our prayers to the entire assembled oyster, clamming and fishing fleet, and their captains and crew for a safe and bountiful season.

Children's Story Time
Sep
24
10:30 am10:30

Children's Story Time

  • Burton’s Book Store

TWO SESSIONS:
10:30am - 11:00am
2:45pm - 3:15pm

Burton’s Bookstore will be enthralling children ages 3 – 7 years by reading aloud charming age-appropriate books. The readings will take approximately 20-30 minutes and the selected books will be available for purchase.

Stop in, say “Hi” to Scott Raulsome, Burton’s owner, and don’t forget the camera!!

Ice and Classic Boat Exhibit
Sep
24
10:00 am10:00

Ice and Classic Boat Exhibit

  • Mitchell Park Waterfront

Mitchell Park and two docks in the Marina will be filled with beautiful hand-crafted wooden boats. A display of vintage and modern iceboats will complete the scene for an eye-catching dose of “maritime”.

Exhibitors demonstrate that our boatbuilding heritage still thrives on the East End. Boats in the park will range from immaculate antique Chris-Craft runabouts, elegant Gil Smith sailboats, sailing dinghies, to simple rowboats and kayaks. East End boat builders and restoration experts will show off their expertise and traditional skills. Enthusiasts and community boat shops will reveal their passion for handcrafted boats. The Orient Ice Yacht Club and the Great South Bay Scooter Club will describe how we go sailing all winter – on “hard water”!

Sponsor

Sponsor

Down at the dock, festival-goers can walk a waterside promenade in Mitchell Park Marina to view large wooden boats in the water. At 62 feet, the 1937 Picket Patrol yacht Zaida will represent Greenport’s major WWII anti-submarine efforts. East End Charters ketch Surprise will show visitors how to sail in comfort. Greenport’s Wooden Boatworks and Anders Langendal and Sons will display their expertise in building, restoring, and maintaining fine yachts.