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Greenport Village Mayor George Hubbard Jr. accepted an award from Tall Ships America declaring Greenport as the ‘Port of the Year’ for 2015 at the Village Board’s meeting Thursday night, saying the award was won by all Greenporters who worked together to make the event a success last summer. READ

07/09/15 6:00am
07/09/2015 6:00 AM
A view from above the 2015 Greenport Tall Ships Challenge Monday morning. (Credit: Andrew LePre/LePre Media)

A view from above the 2015 Greenport Tall Ships Challenge Monday morning. (Credit: Andrew LePre/LePre Media)

David Berson has made his living on the water. As the captain of the Glory, a solar-powered educational tour boat based in Greenport, he spends a lot of his days around the village’s docks.

So on the first day of the 2015 Greenport Tall Ships Challenge, when Mr. Berson — the master of ceremonies of the festival’s opening ceremony — reflected on what the village and its maritime history mean to him, his statements came from the heart.

“It’s a very special place, the way it is, because of that connection to the sea,” he said of the village. “Greenport is in a constant state of flux, trying to hold on to its maritime history, while at the same time morphing into what is necessary in order to survive in the 21st century. I side on not necessarily tradition, but on the acknowledgement of where we come from, lest we forget and just become another place.”

This past weekend, when tens of thousands of visitors came from across Long Island and beyond to experience the six ships docked in its harbor, Greenport was far from “just another place.” It was a place to celebrate the village’s connection to the sea with the flair of a 21st-century festival replete with food and drinks in the streets and — as has been the custom for several years by the water — dancing in the park.

The event was viewed as a showcase for Greenport businesses, but the village itself was the biggest star of all.  (more…)

07/09/15 5:59am
The Tall Ships crowd along Front Street Sunday afternoon. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

The Tall Ships crowd along Front Street Sunday afternoon. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

A colleague asked me a question this week that I’ve heard quite often in recent months: Who exactly benefits from Tall Ships?

I can understand why someone who did not attend the festival might ask that question. But for anyone who stepped foot on one of the ships, or danced to one of the songs performed on the event’s two live music stages, or took a bite out of the delicious food served in the streets of Greenport during the four-day festival, it’s something you wouldn’t need to ask.  (more…)

07/07/15 9:00am
07/07/2015 9:00 AM
See the Tall Ships from a unique vantage point. (Credit: LePre Media/Andrew LePre)

See the Tall Ships from a unique vantage point. (Credit: LePre Media/Andrew LePre)

One by one we lined up this week to see the Tall Ships in Greenport. Many of us even had the privilege to see them from the water.

But to see them from the sky is an opportunity afforded to very few. Until now.  (more…)