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A Mano’s chef Tom Schaudel accepts the trophy for Best in Show from chef John Ross as judge Paula Croteau looks on at the 2010 Maritime Festival. (Credit: Jay Webster, file)

Maritime Festival organizers are making good on their promise to bring back the popular chowder contest to Greenport this year — but it won’t happen during the village’s annual festival in September.  (more…)

09/20/13 5:00pm
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KATHARINE SCHROEDER FILE PHOTO | A young pirate at the 2012 Greenport Maritime Festival. This year’s event begins today and continues through the weekend.

Maritime Festival events schedule

Annual Greenport event runs all weekend long


The East End Seaport Museum and the Village of Greenport will welcome maritime ships all weekend as a main attraction of Greenport’s annual Maritime Festival. The ships will be docked at Mitchell Park Marina’s fixed piers and will be open for viewing, tours and sailaways from approximately 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. An information booth will also be located in Mitchell Park. This year’s festival will celebrate Greenport Village and the East End’s “Land & Sea.”


10 a.m. 

Ship Viewing, Tours and Sailaways • Maritime Museum • Railroad Museum • Blacksmith Shop  • Carousel • Camera Obscura

All open to the public

6–9 p.m.

Land and Sea Reception: A Taste of Greenport

East End Seaport Museum


All day

Classic, Ice and Small Boats

Mitchell Park

10 a.m.

Blessing of the Oyster Fleet

Railroad Dock, foot of Third Street

11 a.m.–noon

Opening Day Parade and Blessing of Waters

Mitchell Park Marina and
Main and Front Streets

11 a.m.–5 p.m.

Captain Kidd’s Craft Alley • Treasure Chest • Roaming Pirates • Children’s Storytelling • Plein Air Art Show • North Fork First Responders Demo and Exhibit • Artisan Vendors and Demos • Maritime Museum • Railroad Museum • Blacksmith Shop • Carousel • Camera Obscura (all open to the public)

A Taste of the East End Food Court

Main Street and Central Avenue

Long Island Band Organ

Main Street and Central Avenue

Noon-6 p.m.

Oyster Shucking Demonstration and Exhibit

Front Street, in front of Mitchell Park


Little Merfolk Contest

Mitchell Park

1 p.m. 

Constant Wonder Children’s Program

Mitchell Park

Pie-Baking Contest

Main Street

2 p.m.

Lyrical Children’s Program

Mitchell Park

BBQ Bill’s Watermelon and Rib-Eating Contest

Front Street

3 p.m.

Tattoo Contest

Mitchell Park

Kayak Derby & Demos


A Mermaid’s Tale of Greenport by Gail Horton

Old School House

4 p.m.


Foot of Main Street

4-6 p.m.

“Bug Light” Cruise

Seaport Museum – Railroad Dock

9 p.m.

Fireworks over Greenport Harbor

Mitchell Park Marina


All Day

Classic, Ice and Small Boats

Mitchell Park

11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Captain Kidd’s Craft Alley • Treasure Chest • Roaming Pirates • Children’s Storytelling • Plein Air Art Show • North Fork First Responders Demo and Exhibit • Artisan Vendors and Demos • Maritime Museum • Railroad Museum • Blacksmith Shop • Carousel • Camera Obscura (all open to the public)

A Taste of the East End Food Court

Main Street and Central Avenue

Noon-6 p.m.

Oyster Shucking Demonstration and Exhibit

Front Street, in front of Mitchell Park


Lyrical Children’s Program.

Mitchell Park

Dory Race and Water Sports


1–2 p.m. 

Snapper Fishing Contest, ages 8 and under

Mitchell Park

1-4 p.m.

Music Gene Casey and the Lone Sharks, sponsored by WPKN

Mitchell Park

2–3 p.m.

Snapper Fishing Contest, ages 9–16

Mitchell Park

2–4 p.m.


Foot of Main Street

4–6 p.m.

“Bug Light” Cruise

Seaport Museum – Railroad Dock

4 p.m.

Festival Raffle Drawing

Mitchell Park

4:30 p.m.

Eastern Long Island Hospital Raffle Drawing

Mitchell Park

5 p.m.  

Festival Closing

5-8 p.m.

“Flights of Fancy/Part 2” Art Exhibit and Wine Tasting

The Sirens’ Song Gallery, Main Street

05/31/13 3:37pm
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KATHARINE SCHROEDER PHOTO | Fire Fighter is currently docked at Mitchell Park Marina.

The decommissioned New York City fireboat Fire Fighter was a popular attraction at Mitchell Park Marina this Memorial Day weekend, but plans to move the boat to the commercial railroad dock came under fire during Tuesday’s Village Board meeting.

The contract between the village and the Fireboat Fire Fighter Museum to dock the vessel at Mitchell Park Marina will expire in June, according to Mayor David Nyce. Since its arrival in Greenport in February, the plan has been to ultimately move Fire Fighter to a permanent berth at the railroad dock near the East End Seaport Museum.

The relocation of the 120-foot ship, now a nonprofit floating museum, is pending a determination by Suffolk County on whether it can dock at the railroad pier. The county leases the railroad dock to the village for a token fee of $1 per year, according to Mayor David Nyce. In exchange, Greenport maintains the dock. The county, however, is the final authority on who can use the dock — which is intended exclusively for commercial fishermen — and it has the right to refuse any sublease agreement the village enters into regarding the railroad dock.

The possible move drew outrage from fisherman Sidney Smith, who said he believes there’s an overlooked problem with electrolysis in the water surrounding the pier. Electrolysis can cause premature rusting and deterioration of metal boat materials. Built in 1937, Fire Fighter has a riveted hull, the same material used to construct the Titanic, Mr. Smith pointed out during the meeting. Furthermore, the boat has not been hauled out in more than 12 years.

“No one knows the condition of the bottom [of Fire Fighter],” he said.

Mayor Nyce said after the meeting that though the boat had not been hauled out it was inspected last fall.

Mr. Smith is ultimately concerned moving Fire Fighter would take space away from commercial fishermen. He argued that allowing the floating museum to moor at the railroad dock would violate Greenport’s Waterfront Revitalization Act, which was enacted to protect its working waterfront.

“We will make sure anything we write protects the village,” Mr. Nyce said. “We will discuss with the current tenants at the railroad dock to figure out if there is enough room. We think there is.”

The railroad dock is in need of extensive repairs and the village hopes the lease agreement will help fund its restoration, according to the mayor.

Mr. Nyce said he is meeting with Suffolk County officials before the contract is set to expire on June 6.

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05/28/13 7:15am
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EAST END SEAPORT MUSEUM COURTESY PHOTO | Cordelia Laren submitted this circular piece for the East End Challenge.

At the intersection of science and art lies the East End Challenge.

The art competition sponsored by the East End Seaport Museum and East End Arts asked high school students from across the North Fork to design a project based on inventive observation and creative interpretation of the region’s maritime culture.

The theme of this year’s inaugural challenge, “The Bays Around Us,” was inspired by author and activist Rachel Carson, whose writings — most notably in the book “Silent Spring” about the impacts of pesticides — are credited with advancing the modern environmental movement.

Ms. Carson once wrote, “The realities of science are the realities of life itself. We cannot understand the problems that concern us in this, our particular moment of time, unless we first understand our environment and the forces that have made us what we are, physically and men- tally.”

EAST END SEAPORT MUSEUM COURTESY PHOTO | A work submitted for the exhibition by Olyvia Vayer took home first place. 

It was in that spirit that area students were asked to create projects addressing the local marine environment and pollution. Students responded with proposals for sculpture, film, painting, music video, illustrated books and mixed media, according to the challenge’s co-organizer Arden Scott. Over the past six months the proposals were judged by a panel of seven local artists and scientists who narrowed the fi eld of finalists to 21 students representing 13 projects.

The exhibit was designed and organized by Greenport residents Bob Jester, a retired marine biology at Riverhead High School; Keith Mc-Camy, a retired geophysicist from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology ; and Ms. Scott, a longtime sailor and acclaimed sculptor.

“I think it’s great for the high school students to be involved and understand the local environment,” Ms. Scott said.

The museum hopes to continue the challenge annually as a way of encouraging students to learn about and help shape the future of Long Island’s coastline, she said.

The winner and scholarship recipients will be announced during a reception on Saturday, May 25, at 5 p.m. at the East End Seaport Museum in Greenport.

Those who wish to attend can RSVP by emailing [email protected] or calling 631-477-2100.

The museum’s exhibition will be open to the public through Oct. 14.

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03/26/13 7:00pm
03/26/2013 7:00 PM

FILE PHOTO | The Greenport Village Board voted in favor of suspending the policy of no open containers of alcohol in public for the Maritime Festival.

Alcohol will be available during this year’s Maritime Festival.

The Village Board voted 4-1 on Monday in favor of suspending the policy of no open containers of alcohol in public between 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sept. 21 and 22, the dates of this year’s festival.

Trustee Mary Bess Phillips cast the lone no vote. She said she was not necessarily against the policy suspension, but was looking for additional information from the East End Seaport Museum, which puts on the festival to raise funds. Her motion to table the resolution failed for lack of a second.

“At this point I feel like it would be best to talk about it to have a better handle about what’s going on,” Ms. Phillips said. “We need to be smart about it.”

Mayor David Nyce said the decision to temporarily waive the village’s public open container laws would not give vendors of alcoholic beverages free reign. The East End Seaport Museum is required to operate the festival within parameters the board will set in upcoming months, Mr. Nyce said.

“If we want to stipulate to them that they not have people vending beer in the park we can do that separately,” he said. “This resolution has nothing to do with that.”

The village has always suspended the open container ban during the festival, allowing visitors to stroll the streets with plastic glasses and bottles of beer and other alcoholic beverages in hand.

During the recent village election, all three candidates, including Ms. Phillips and Trustee-elect Julia Robins, opposed lifting the ban.

In a separate resolution, board members voted unanimously to approve the public assembly permit application needed to hold the event.

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08/03/12 8:00pm
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GIANNA VOLPE PHOTO | A harbor seal just off the shore of Little Gull Island observes a seagull who landed shortly after he surfaced with a fish in his mouth.

About 50 people boarded The Peconic Star Express ferry at the dock behind the East End Seaport museum last Saturday morning for a six-hour lighthouse tour.

Despite Saturday’s rains, tourists were still given their fill of sights, including harbor seals off Little Gull Island, the tiny islands of North and South Dumpling and an inside tour of the “Bug Light,” which was recently visited by paranormal investigators who said they found evidence of a “ghost dog” named Brownie skulking its grounds.

Bob Allen, a descendent of Bug Light’s last operating lighthouse keeper, led the tour, educating folks about Southold’s waters and the tiny stretches of land spread throughout it, including Plum Island, a federal animal disease research facility.

The East End Seaport Museum often holds lighthouse tours and this Saturday’s tour will include the presence of one of Plum Island’s former lighthouse keepers.

For more information about the East End Seaport Museum and its lighthouse tours, call  631-477-2100 or visit www.eastendseaport.org.

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06/12/12 9:00am
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COURTESY PHOTO | The Rev. Thomas LaMothe of Greenport shows off his rose tattoo; his two grandsons’ tattoos are just temporary.

When she learned she’d be guest curator of East End Seaport Museum’s latest display, Arden Scott knew she wanted to do something a little different.

It needed to be catchy, she thought. It needed to be interactive. It needed to be … tattoos.

As part of the show, local artists, including Ms. Scott, Laura Lomuscio, Rena Wilhelm and Megan Barron, joined forces with Tattoo Lou’s, a tattoo parlor with several Long Island branches, to help decorate mannequins with old maritime tattoos, such as nautical stars, ships’ wheels and mermaids.

Scott McIntire’s tattooed headless wooden statues stand waiting for patrons to put their own heads in the space above the bodies and become inked-up versions of themselves.

“I get bored in museums that strictly have things hung on walls,” said Ms. Scott, whose husband, Keith McCamy, serves on the museum board.

COURTESY PHOTO Artist Lane Scoggin commissioned famed illustrator Robert Crumb to design this tattoo, which was inked by Mike Maldono.

The exhibit explains tattooing’s roots, which date back 5,000 years. Tattooing was brought back to Britain from Tahiti by mariner Captain James Cook in the 18th century and was later adopted by sailors in the Royal Navy. Tattoos soon became the telltale sign of sailors worldwide.

One of the most identifiable tattoo artists is “Sailor Jerry” Collins, who tattooed between 1911 and 1973. His style is marked by thick black outlines and often depicts boat anchors or busty babes.

“Everyone knows about Sailor Jerry and all that, so I wanted to go beyond that history into contemporary tattoos,” said Ms. Scott.

And so the exhibit covers classical tattoo art and expands into contemporary manifestations. The walls are plastered with photos of local residents’ tattoos and the stories behind them.

“The stories behind the tattoos are the best part of the show,” said Mr. McCamy, who helped his wife set up the exhibit. “The tattoos are great, but the stories are really special.”

On one placard, Southold resident Crystal Keller shows off her ocean-themed tattoo sleeve, a contemporary evolution of the tattoo in which tattoos join together without space between them. Tattooed sailors often had freestanding tattoos, isolated by surrounding flesh, but Ms. Keller’s tattoos combine to create one large aquatic scene. Each inked item within that scene holds different significance for Ms. Keller.

“My tattoos are commemorative, one is for a lost loved one, the others relate to parts of my life,” Ms. Keller wrote in her tattoo testimonial. “Some are about new beginnings: fish are always moving. Koi are for perseverance. Flowers are about love and beauty after initial darkness. Some people go jump off a cliff — I get a tattoo.”

COURTESY PHOTO Artist Lane Scoggin commissioned famed illustrator Robert Crumb to design this tattoo, which was inked by Mike Maldono.

Even Greenport Mayor David Nyce has an entry in the show, a photo of his tattoo, a hand holding a heart, inked on his left shoulder blade, directly behind his heart.

“I got my first tattoo in 1991, when tattooing was illegal in New York [City],” Mayor Nyce wrote. “Like Prohibition, you had to know someone who knew someone, personally, not name-dropping, to get an appointment. Through friends, I found Darren of Rising Dragon to do the image I wanted. Any fears I or my wife, Jen, had were relieved when he told us he tattooed most of the cops in the local precinct.”

Reverend Thomas LaMothe of First Baptist Church of Greenport has a biceps tattoo of a rose, a tribute to his grandfather, who served in the U.S. Navy during World War I. One photograph showed off his tattoo along with his two grandchildren sporting temporary tattoos of their own.

“One evening last summer my grandsons, then 3 and 5, sat down at the dinner table and proudly showed me their new temporary tattoos,” he said. “It took me a few minutes to realize that they were, quite consciously, imitating me.”

The East End Seaport Museum & Maritime Foundation’s exhibition, “Tattoo: Art of the Sailor” will be on display until October 8.

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