Celebrating Sag Harbor Culture

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Photography by Michael Heller

The Sag Harbor Cultural District held its first Cultural Heritage Day on Saturday, May 21, featuring a the Heritage Day fest is a celebration of the community’s rich cultural history aimed at advancing the mission of the district — to “further the sense of Sag Harbor as a place where culture matters and creativity thrives.”

Walt Whitman lookalike and impersonator Darrel Blaine Ford listens intently as John Dagney reads a passage during a marathon reading of Walt Whitman's "Leaves of Grass" at Canio's Books during the Sag Harbor Cultural Festival on Saturday, 5/21/16

Walt Whitman lookalike and impersonator Darrel Blaine Ford listens intently as John Dagney reads a passage during a marathon reading of Walt Whitman’s “Leaves of Grass” at Canio’s Books during the Sag Harbor Cultural Festival on Saturday.

John Jermain Librarian Mireille Sturmann records a passage by young Ada Liberson while Brooke Williams looks on as "Sag Harbor Stories" were recorded in the John Jermain Memorial Library during the Sag Harbor Cultural Festival on Saturday, 5/21/16

John Jermain Librarian Mireille Sturmann records a passage by young Ada Liberson while Brooke Williams looks on as “Sag Harbor Stories” were recorded in the John Jermain Memorial Library.

Janet Verneuille checks out images being displayed as part of the "Sag Harbor 2015-2016 - A Photographic Record" presentation in the John Jermain Memorial Library during the Sag Harbor Cultural Festival on Saturday, 5/21/16

Janet Verneuille checks out images being displayed as part of the “Sag Harbor 2015-2016 – A Photographic Record” presentation in the John Jermain Memorial Library.

Georgette Grier-Key of the Eastville Community Historical Society led a tour of historical and significant places in Eastville, including the St. David African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Zion Church, during the Sag Harbor Cultural Festival on Saturday, 5/21/16

Georgette Grier-Key of the Eastville Community Historical Society led a tour of historical and significant places in Eastville, including the St. David African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Zion Church.

Judy Carmichael and Grammy Award-winning composer/performer Billy Stritch during a performance entitled "Two Pianos, Four Hands - Jazz Inspired" concert at the Bay Street Theater as part of the Sag Harbor Cultural Festival on Saturday, 5/21/16

Judy Carmichael and Grammy Award-winning composer/performer Billy Stritch during a performance entitled “Two Pianos, Four Hands – Jazz Inspired” concert at the Bay Street Theater.

Colton Dirksen bests Cindi Crain as he crosses the finish line during the Big Underpants Race during the 2016 Bambini Ball, marking the 15th Anniversary of the Goat-on-a-Boat Puppet Theater, that was held at the Bay Street Theater on Friday aftenoon, 5/20/16

Colton Dirksen bests Cindi Crain as he crosses the finish line during the Big Underpants Race during the 2016 Bambini Ball, marking the 15th Anniversary of the Goat-on-a-Boat Puppet Theater, that was held at the Bay Street Theater on Friday afternoon.

Giant bubbles were an attraction during the 2016 Bambini Ball, marking the 15th Anniversary of the Goat-on-a-Boat Puppet Theater, that was held at the Bay Street Theater on Friday aftenoon, 5/20/16

Giant bubbles were an attraction during the 2016 Bambini Ball.

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