HarborFest Returns


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Sag Harbor’s favorite end-of-season celebration, HarborFest, returns next weekend. Sponsored by the Sag Harbor Chamber of Commerce and other local organizations, the Fest features popular events from years past, plus several new attractions.

The weekend kicks off on Friday evening, September 11 with the annual lobster bake to benefit the Sag Harbor Whaling and Historical Museum. It ends with something new, a music festival — also on the museum grounds — to benefit the Sag Harbor Food Pantry.

In between will be historic walking tours, contests, food tastings and music, all celebrating the village’s maritime history.

Friday will also see an exhibit mounted by the North Haven Trails Association, as well as a reading of the play “The Guys” about a New York Fire Company which was at the World Trade Center on 9/11. It will benefit East End fire departments.

Saturday kicks off with the festival parade, featuring grand marshal Doris Gronlund, and continues with a children’s fair, a sailboat race and the first elimination rounds of the annual whaleboat races for the coveted Whalers Cup.

Long Wharf will be a particularly busy spot this year, as the Sag Harbor Farmer’s Market will take up residence for Saturday and Sunday. This year they will be joined both days by an arts and crafts fair featuring art, jewelry and other crafts by local artisans.

They will also be joined by the local scout groups who will be selling hot dogs, plus the children’s fair on Saturday and the clam chowder an clam shucking contests on Sunday.

Also new this year will be a two-day sidewalk sale, which will have shops and restaurants throughout the business district bringing their wares out into the open air, creating a festival atmosphere on Main Street and the side streets.

Music plays a big part during the weekend, and this year there is a wide variety for all tastes. In addition to the music festival Sunday evening, there will be chanteys with Sampawam’s Creek and Don Sinetti, and big band music from the Sag Harbor Community Band. The Glazzies play a family concert at Marine Park on Sunday, as will Wiggle Boy at Long Wharf on Saturday afternoon and reggae with Project Vibe on Saturday night. There will even be musical theater as Bay Street Theatre offers “They’re Playing Our Song” on Sunday night.

The walking tours will take visitors through areas important for their maritime history, plus the one of the first African-American and Native-American communities on Long Island. There is even a tour highlighting some of the village’s important female residents.

Visitors can also travel through our two local cemeteries, with residents dating back to the Revolutionary War.

For more physical activities, runners are welcome to compete in a 5K race, and kids are encouraged to try the tug-o-war. If you just want to stretch there will be Pilates on the beach.

There will be face painting and an art walk; pancakes at the fire house and tours of a Coast Guard vessel; cocktails with the LVIS and antiques appraisals; historic postcards and a film about John Steinbeck’s days in Sag Harbor.

A complete guide to the festival will appear in next week’s edition of The Express. For further information, visit the Sag Harbor Chamber of Commerce’s website,  sagharborchamber.com.