Once again, it's time to join the East End Seaport Museum and Marine Foundation in their annual celebration of the East End's nautical history - which brought out over 30,000 attendees last year.
Flyboard Demonstrations will take place Saturday and Sunday. (Courtesy Photo)
"The East End Seaport Museum & Marine Foundation's annual Maritime Festival is the most fun, most exciting and most unique event of the summer," explained Arlene Klein.
The 27th annual East End Maritime Festival
will kick-off on Friday, September 23rd with a Land and Sea Gala cocktail party at Greenport Yacht and Ship Building (201 Carpenter Street, Greenport). The evening will include live music, sumptuous fare from over 23 restaurants, auction items, raffles and more. Admission from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. is $75 for Museum Members and $85 for Non-Members. A $50 VIP ticket, sponsored by Little Creek Oysters & S.P.A.T., is also available. That grants access to live music, a raw bar and exclusive early tent entry from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Following the soiree, partygoers should head to the official after party at American Beech Restaurant (300 Main Street, Greenport).
On Saturday, the Festival begins with the Blessing of the Fleet, followed by a parade through downtown Greenport led by this year's Grand Marshal, Captain David Berson. The celebratory march will highlight Jr ROTC cadets, Merchant Marine mid shipmen, local fire departments, amusing animals, Penny Farthing bicycles and unicycles, marching bands and antique cars, and will culminate with the Blessing of the Waters.
The annual Maritime Festival supports the East End Seaport Museum. (Courtesy Photo)
And the fun doesn't stop there. The Festival will bring music and entertainment to Mitchell Park, showcase displays of classic wooden boats - both shoreward and in the water, allow attendees to take a journey to the bottom of the Peconic Bay with a modern ROV, learn about wood carving, attend high tech water sports demonstrations, nosh on mouthwatering bites from food trucks - which they can pair with craft beers and local wines, meet local artisanal vendors, attend Pirate School, keep the kids busy with the varied children's activities - like Relays on the Green or Story Time, take an unforgettable sail to the Long Beach Bar
"Bug" Lighthouse, and more.
Little ones can meet mermaids and pirates during Paul Drum's Breakfast Fundraiser: A Mermaid and Pirate Experience at Front Street Station Restaurant (212 Front Street, Greenport) on Sunday from 9 to 11:15 a.m. Then it's more entertainment for the entire family with touch tanks and oyster shucking, a Flyboard Demonstration, Snapper Fishing Contests, a reading from The Wheelhouse Café,
Camera Obscura, live music, and more. The Festival will culminate with Festival Raffle Drawings and a Closing Ceremony at Mitchell Park Amphitheatre.
Activities will be held throughout Greenport, at Mitchell Park and the Marina from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.
The annual Maritime Festival supports the East End Seaport Museum - whose mission is to "conserve the diverse maritime heritage of the East End of Long Island."
For more information, or the full schedule, visit www.eastendmaritimefestival.org.
Nicole is the Editor-in-Chief of Hamptons.com where she focuses on lifestyle, nightlife, and mixology. She grew up in the Hamptons and currently resides in Water Mill. www.hamptons.com