Maritime Festival Editor’s Picks
Ice and Classic Boat Exhibit
Throughout East End Maritime Festival weekend, Mitchell Park and two docks in the Marina will be filled with beautiful, hand-crafted classic boats, as well as a display of vintage and modern iceboats.
Boatbuilding is alive and well on the East End, as demonstrated with the number of vessels on view during the festival. Boats in the park will range from antique Chris-Craft runabouts, Gil Smith sailboats, sailing dinghies, to simple rowboats and kayaks. East End boat builders and restoration experts will show off their expertise and traditional skills, with community boat shops on hand to share their passion for handcrafting boats. The Orient Ice Yacht Club and the Great South Bay Scooter Club will describe how to go sailing all winter – on “hard water.” Down at the dock, festival-goers can walk a waterside promenade in Mitchell Park Marina to view large wooden boats in the water. At 62-feet, the 1937 Picket Patrol yacht Zaida will represent Greenport’s major WWII anti-submarine efforts. East End Charters ketch Surprise will show visitors how to sail in comfort. Greenport’s Wooden Boatworks and Anders Langendal and Sons will also display their expertise in building, restoring, and maintaining fine yachts.
Caption: Pirate David Engel. Courtesy of East End Maritime Festival.
Set sail with David Engel’s Pirate School during the East End Maritime Festival on Saturday, September 24. This one-man family show allows children to live the life of a madcap, swashbuckling pirate offering a mischievous blend of clown theater, magic, original music, rich sound effects, and boisterous full-audience participation. Bumbling pirate professor Billy Bones will teach children to be good pirates with lessons on pirate posture, Buccaneer banter and salty singing lessons during three separate shows at Marine Park from 12:15 to 12:45 p.m., from 2 to 2:30 p.m. and from 3:30 to 4 p.m.
Families can continue to enjoy the company of pirates at Paul Drum’s Breakfast Fundraiser: A Mermaid and Pirate Experience on Sunday, September 25 from 9 to 11:15 a.m. Laugh, dance and chow down with a lovely mermaid of gnarly pirate with all proceeds benefiting the Paul Drum Nautical Education Fund. Tickets are $12 for children 12 and under; $18 for adults.
Caption: Flyboard LI’s Jimmy Bissett competing in the Flyboard World Cup in Dubai in 2014. LiamDMcKenna.com photo. Courtesy of East End Maritime Festival.
Throughout the weekend, patrons of East End Maritime Festival can enjoy acrobatics on the water with Flyboardli’s owner, Jimmy Bissett, who will perform thrilling tricks and maneuvers over Mitchell Park on both Saturday, September 14 and Sunday, September 25.
While relatively new to Long Island, flyboarding with original developed in 2011 by Franky Zapata, who this year set a new Guinness World Record title for the farthest hoverboard flight in southern France. Flyboarding is a combination of hover board, jet pack and water skiing. A long hose attached to the boot of the flyboarder is connected to a jet ski, which is the means of propulsion allowing the flyer to soars up to 49-feet into the air or 8-feet into the water.
Bug Lighthouse Tour
Caption: The Long Beach Bar (Bug) Light. Image courtesy of eastendseaport.org.
It is a rare experience to visit an offshore lighthouse — but at the East End Maritime Festival, visitors are encouraged to do so and enjoy an encounter with an iconic maritime feature on the East End with the knowledge you are also supporting the organization dedicated to preserving and celebrating such structures.
The East End Seaport Museum and Maritime Foundation will host the round trip cruise and narrated tour of the Long Beach Bar (Bug) Lighthouse from 4 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, September 24. For groups of 10 or more, email firstname.lastname@example.org for a reservation. The cost is $20 to $35 per person for the approximately two-hour excursion.
The East End Seaport Museum and Maritime Foundation was founded in 1990 with the restoration of the Long Beach Bar (Bug) Light its first successful restoration project. A warning beacon for boaters rounding a dangerous sandbar, and the light that guided mariners to safety from its location between Orient harbor and Gardiner’s Bay, the Bug Light is maintained by the foundation, as well as the United States Coast Guard. The current building is actually a replica of the original Bug Light, which was built in 1860.
Image courtesy of East End Maritime Festival.
A right of passage for all young East Enders will be celebrated on Sunday, September 25 with a Snapper Fishing Contest. Children eight years old and under are invited to catch baby blues, otherwise known as Snappers, from 1 to 2 p.m. on Railroad Dock, where festival organizers will outfit your children with everything they need to enjoy a fun hour of fishing. Children and teens ages nine to 16 will fish from 2 to 3 p.m.