- Never let it be said that the best events on the East End of Long Island only happen during the summer season. For the tens of thousands that turned out during the first sunny days of Indian Summer to celebrate the rich maritime history of Greenport Village under the watchful eyes of Sir Roy Lindsay Morrow
and Mayor David Nyce
they would all agree that this annual event tops the charts.
Greenport resident Sir Roy Lindsay Morrow led the ceremonies in Mitchell Park honoring those lost on September 11, 2001.
Consider any summer festival with vendors hawking their wares and then add a few rowdy pirates, internationally renowned pipe bands, a flotilla of boats of all sizes, and, for those who need a little celebrity now and then, acclaimed actor Sir Sean Connery
(in fact it was a professional impersonator) leading the parade of bands, antique vehicles, and civic groups as the sound of a cannon fired in the distance.
The sights and sounds rivaled that of any concert yet it all occurred in the quaint streets of Greenport. Families with younger children enjoyed the crafts sponsored by the Village of Greenport manned by Girl Scout of Service Unit 60 at Captain Kidd's Alley and the Kings of the Coast pirate spectacular on the waterfront in Mitchell Park.
The masses gathered in Mitchell Park for an inspired salute to September 11, 2001 that included a tribute by all parading pipe and drum bands including Saffron United Pipe Band, Pipes & Drums of the Emerald Society of the NYPD, Sailing Masters of 1812, Mystic Highlands Pipe Band, and the Peconic Warpipes to name buy a few.
Libations flowed as local restaurants offered portable 'street food' versions of their menus on Front Street while rib and watermelon eating contest over at BBQ Bills kept the crowd roaring until the infamous chowder contest began later in the day.
Fireworks scheduled for 9 p.m. in Mitchell Park on Saturday, September 25, 2010, concluded the first day's schedule of events. Dory races and more continue the festivities on Sunday, September 26, 2010, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Greenport Maritime Festival sponsored by the Greenport Maritime Museum and supported by Academy Printing, Albertson Real Estate, Bridgehampton National Bank
, Greenport BID, Hawkeye, Rums of Puerto Rico, Times Review News Group, and Nancy and Roy Morrow, is free and open to the public.
Flags fluttered in the breeze in Greenport Harbor.
Nicole, an award-winning journalist, is Executive Editor & Publisher of Hamptons.com where she focuses on celebrity interviews, fine living and design, social events, fashion and beauty. She lives on the North Fork with her husband, their two daughters, and Bernese Mountain dog, Cooper. www.hamptons.com