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21st Annual Greenport Maritime Festival Begins With A Bang

Originally Posted: September 25, 2010

Nicole B. Brewer

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Dashing actor, and proud Scot, Sir Sean Connery (later discovered to be a professional impersonator) waved to the cheering masses as he led the annual parade opening the 21st Annual Greenport Maritime Festival on Saturday, September 25, 2010. (Nicole B. Brewer)

Greenport, NY - 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 HamptonsOnline NicoleBBrewer NicoleBBrewer NicoleBBrewer


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Guest (Guest) from Sag Harbour says::
Beside's the mention of two yachts, I could have sworn I saw "The Red October" surface, just off the patio at Claudios, and it looked like the captain was heading here for a martini.
Sep 30, 2010 11:42 am

Guest (Guest) from CT says::
you all should check your pics cause there were 2 different seans there .in the parade pics of his coat is different and his face structure isn't the same as pics taken elsewhere. or did sir roy hire 2 seans and rent 2 yachts ,I checked the sailing one goes for 45grand a week
Sep 29, 2010 10:35 am

Guest (Guest) from greenport says::
I feel sorry that people who really cared about SC were duped. Beside the man himself, there were 2 very large yachts and several parties as part of this fraud......who paid the bill for this very expensive fraud?
Sep 28, 2010 4:11 pm

Guest (Guest) from north fork says::
Who is the impersonator?? Sean Connery or the Sir (He claims to have been nighted) Roy Morrow???
Sep 28, 2010 12:05 pm

Guest (Guest) from Southold says::
Agreed!! Some one should check out "Sir Roy's" credentials! I heard things..I'm not sayin, I'm just sayin...
Sep 27, 2010 8:18 pm

Guest (Guest) from orient says::
Was Seans boat that was tied to the dock an "impersonator" boat also?
Sep 27, 2010 6:00 pm

Guest (Guest) from tristate area says::
Sean Connery is not the only person associated with the parade and other greenport events whose credentials should be checked before they are given press and billed as represented.
Sep 27, 2010 10:21 am

Guest (Guest) from Greenport says::
I knew he was an imposter. Sean Connery is so much better looking. But I had a blast at the Maritime Festivale.
Sep 27, 2010 10:18 am


NicoleBBrewer from Southampton says::
Rumors were flying all weekend long about the authenticity of "Sean Connery" who led the parade and popped up at events all over Greenport. Unfortunately, it was not the real '007' but a professional impersonator hired to help generate buzz.
Sep 27, 2010 9:01 am

Guest (Guest) from Old Lyme says::
That is really disappointing that it was an impersonator
Sep 27, 2010 8:43 am

Guest (Guest) from Mattituck says::
yeah it was a huge dissapointment when I found out it wasn't really sean connery.
Sep 26, 2010 4:40 pm

Guest (Guest) from Greenport says::
That is not Sean Connery. It is an impersonator who fooled a lot of people (including your reporter).
Sep 26, 2010 8:38 am


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