04/21/14 7:51pm
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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…)

09/19/13 12:00pm
09/19/2013 12:00 PM

KATHARINE SCHROEDER FILE PHOTO | The crew from the Blue Canoe giving out samples of their chowder during last year’s festival.

Despite a valiant effort by the Greenport Farmers’ Market, the chowder contest won’t be making a return to this year’s Maritime Festival in Greenport.

With the blessing of festival organizers, manager KiKi Hurst rushed to confirm enough contestants after a grassroots effort to bring back the contest. But putting the pieces back together in just over a week before the festival proved unfeasible.

“Everyone was so interested it just came down to logistics,” Ms. Hurst said. “When the contest was called off restaurants picked up other things instead. They just didn’t have enough man power.”

Ms. Hurst said she and fellow residents were inspired to bring back the long-running competition after the East End Seaport Museum decided to replace it with an oyster shucking event for the first time this year.

Last month, Seaport Museum chairman Ron Breuer said the move was not only an effort to better reflect Greenport’s legacy as an oystering community, but also because of the burdensome preparations of organizing the contest. Participating restaurants were responsible for preparing up to 25 gallons of chowder each, not to mention delivering and properly heating it during the contest, Mr. Breuer said.

Establishing a space and covering the expense of renting tents to house the competition was also problematic.

Ms. Hurst said the Farmers’ Market already has lot of the necessary elements needed to host the contest, such as tables and tents. Time, however, was not on their side.

“The Farmer’s Market made a very strong effort,” Mr. Breuer said. “It looks like it will be an event next year.”

Both Ms. Hurst and Mr. Breuer said they fully intend to bring back the chowder competition for future festivals.

“It’s a good fundraiser for everyone and it’s a lot of fun,” Ms. Hurst said. “We’re excited for it to return next year.”

The 24th annual Maritime Festival is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday with the opening reception Friday night.

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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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03/21/13 6:00pm
03/21/2013 6:00 PM
KATHARINE SCHROEDER PHOTOS | A performance by a troupe of pirates was one of the highlights of the first day of Greenport's Maritime Festival.

KATHARINE SCHROEDER FILE PHOTO  |  A performance by a troupe of pirates was one of the highlights of the first day of last fall’s Greenport Maritime Festival, where visitors were allowed to consume alcohol in the streets.

It’s the first week of spring, applications for permits to use Greenport’s outdoor space are pouring in and, on Monday, the Village Board addressed the issue of waiving the ban on open containers of alcohol for September’s Maritime Festival.

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

A vote on this year’s event and a decision on the alcohol consumption question is expected at an upcoming meeting.

During Monday’s work session, board members also briefly discussed restrictions associated with mass assembly permits.

“We have to be very careful with the number of events,” Trustee Mary Bess Phillips said.

The sale of alcohol on village property has come under criticism in the past, but has been allowed in some cases. Last year, alcohol consumption at events in Mitchell Park was confined to enclosed areas known as “beer gardens.”

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09/09/12 2:30pm
09/09/2012 2:30 PM

JAY WEBSTER FILE PHOTO | The Maritime Festival scheduled for Sept. 22-23 will feature a more nautical theme this year.

Organizers of the annual Maritime Festival in Greenport Village believe this year’s event will offer more nautical-themed activities and highlight local business better than it has in years past.

East End Seaport Museum and Marine Foundation spokesman Ted Webb, who recently stepped down as the organization’s president, said the 23rd annual Maritime Festival hopes to expand on the success of Memorial Day weekend’s Tall Ships Challenge event, for which over 60,000 people visited the downtown area to view six vessels.

“This year we worked more closely with the Village of Greenport and the BID, which have been very supportive,” Mr. Webb said of this year’s festival, scheduled for Sept. 22-23. “We’ll have tall ships in the harbor [and] the parade will be bigger and better with more bands.”

Mr. Webb said the U.S. Coast Guard’s Barque Eagle and Zaida are scheduled to appear. The Coast Guard will also bring over a motor life boat from its station in Shinnecock. Mr. Webb said members of the Coast Guard will teach visitors about how it protects the shoreline and will also show them how to tie different knots.

Eagle is a German-made tall ship built in 1936 that was taken as a war reparation by the U.S. following World War II. The 295-foot ship then sailed to its current homeport in New London, Conn., where it acts as a training vessel.

Zaida was used during the 1940s in the Picket Patrol — a part of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary made up of motor boats, yachts and other small craft. Mr. Webb said Zaida is one of the last remaining yachts from the all-volunteer Picket Patrol — known as the “Hooligan Navy” — that patrolled the waters off of Long Island.

In addition, the Privateer Lynx, a replica of a historic ship from the War of 1812, will be available for both viewing and sail aways.

Jack Fisher, a resident of Peconic Landing in Greenport and a former member of the Hooligan Navy, has been selected as grand marshal for the festival’s opening parade, Mr. Webb said.

Greenport Village Business Improvement District president Peter Clarke said he’s pleased that the event’s focus is strongly tied to local maritime history. Mr. Clarke said his group has worked with the museum’s new president, Ron Breuer, and village officials over the past year to plan both the Tall Ships Challenge and the Maritime Festival.

“Working together — the museum, the BID and Village Hall — we made some steps in the right direction,” he said.

Mr. Clarke said the museum is also working to accommodate local store owners’ concerns more than it has in the past. For example, Mr. Clarke said the museum has decided to reduce the number of outside vendors during the festival in order to highlight downtown businesses. He said some business owners have also expressed to the museum their belief that nonprofit groups should come up with additional fundraising methods outside the village instead of relying solely on revenue from hosting a single event downtown.

“Despite the different point of views of the past, this year has been about bringing the community together,” Mr. Clarke said. “I think it will be a very interesting festival.”

Greenport Village Mayor David Nyce said he’s also pleased that there has been more dialogue among the museum, BID and village during the planning process.

“Hopefully, this trend will continue in years to come,” he said.

With about two weeks left until the Maritime Festival kicks off, Mr. Webb said the museum is finalizing a list of nonprofit groups that will hold educational demonstrations during the event, as well as musical performances.

The traditional Land and Sea reception will take place Friday, Sept. 21, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the East End Seaport Museum. Tickets are $30 each; $25 for museum members.

Cruises to Long Beach Bar “Bug” Lighthouse are scheduled between 4 to 6 p.m. each day of the festival. Last year was the first time in about a decade that the lighthouse has been open to the public. The structure was built in 1990 to replace the original Bug Light, so named for the insect-like appearance of its spindly steel legs. That building was destroyed by arsonists on July 4, 1963.

The opening day parade steps off at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, and marches along Main and Front streets. There will also be a kayak derby.

Sunday. Sept. 23, will feature a dory race as well as snapper-fishing and chowder contests and a live musical performance by Dunegrass in Mitchell Park from 1 to 3 p.m.

Throughout the two-day festival, there will be classic ice and small boats on display in Mitchell Park, as well as Captain Kidd’s Craft Alley, Kings of the Coast Pirate Shows, a Mitchell Park Treasure Chest and various street events.

The Maritime Festival will conclude Sunday with raffle drawings in Mitchell Park.

“It will be a full weekend,” Mr. Webb said. “Let’s hope for good weather.”

For more information, visit eastendseaport.org.

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09/23/11 4:57pm
09/23/2011 4:57 PM

This year’s Greenport Maritime Festival will take place as scheduled this weekend, weather or not.

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The festival, a fundraiser for the East End Seaport Museum and Marine Foundation, begins Friday night with the Land & Sea Cocktail Reception at the museum at the foot of Third Street, adjacent to the Shelter Island Ferry dock, from 6 to 9 p.m. Tickets are $25 for museum members and $30 for guests.

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The festival takes place in Mitchell Park along the harbor Saturday and Sunday.

09/25/10 6:45pm
09/25/2010 6:45 PM

Greenport’s Maritime Festival kicked off on Friday night with a ‘Land and Sea’ reception at the East End Seaport Maritime Museum, but it wasn’t just the food and drink that had everybody buzzing with excitement. Rumors of an appearance by legendary actor Sir Sean Connery, best known for his role as James Bond, were circulating all day and several “Sir Sean” sightings were reported in Greenport.