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Greenport’s Maritime Festival: pirates, mermaids and everything nautical

A jolly pirate marches down Front Street in Greenport at the 2016 Maritime Festival. File photo: Katharine Schroeder

This weekend marks the 28th year the East End Seaport Museum and Maritime Foundation has celebrated Greenport’s nautical heritage with its popular Maritime Festival.

The fun kicks off on Friday night, Sept. 22 with a Land & Sea Gala cocktail party held on the waterfront at Greenport Yacht and Shipbuilding. The gala features local food and beverages, live music and an auction to benefit the museum.

There are events throughout the village all day Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. A colorful parade featuring first responders, the school band, antique cars and mermaids starts at 11 a.m., making its way from the corner of Broad and north Main Street to Front Street and ending at Mitchell Park.

Vendors will line the streets selling food, beverages and merchandise. Streets will be closed to vehicular traffic during the festival. 

Mitchell Park will play host to an exhibit of antique fire trucks, a display of ice and classic boats, children’s activities, live music and other attractions.

On Sunday, you can start the day with a Pirates and Mermaids breakfast fundraiser hosted by Paul Drum at Front Street Station. Vendors, displays and activities throughout the village will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Storytime 6-8 year olds. Presented by Burton’s Books, Events Tent, Mitchell Park.
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Antique Fire Trucks, Seaport Museum and Railroad Dock
11:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. Maritime Festival Parade, Main and Front Streets, Greenport
11:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Blessing of the Waters, Mitchell Park Marina
12:00 noon – 5:00 p.m. Marine Archeology and Deep Sea ROV Adventures, Mitchell Park
12:00 noon – 12:30 p.m. PirateSchool! Amphitheater, Mitchell Park
12:00 noon- 12:30 p.m. Author Talk with Roselle Borrelli, Events Tent, Mitchell Park
12:00 noon – 12:30 p.m. Merfolk Judging and Awards, Mitchell Park Inner Circle
12:30 p.m. -1:00 p.m. Flyboard Demonstration, Waterfront, Mitchell Park
12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Cornell Demonstration and Participation, Mitchell Park Inner Circle
12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. HooDoo Loungers, Amphitheater, Mitchell Park
1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Buzz & Brett, Deep Sea Adventures, Events Tent, Mitchell Park
1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Kids’ Games & Relays on the Green, Mitchell Park
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Camera Obscura, Mitchell Park
1:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Hula Hoop Demonstration and Participation, Mitchell Park
1:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. PirateSchool!, Amphitheater, Mitchell Park
2:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Flyboard Demonstration, Waterfront, Mitchell Park
2:00 p.m.  -2:30 p.m. Acoustic folk-rock musician, Heather Reylek Events Tent, Mitchell Park
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. HooDoo Loungers, Amphitheater, Mitchell Park
3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Kayak Contest, Waterfront, Mitchell Park
3:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Fire Fighter, Fire Boat water demonstration, Greenport Harbor
4:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Flyboard Demonstration, Waterfront, Mitchell Park
4:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Acoustic Guitarist, Tim Foley, Events Tent, Mitchell Park
4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Kids’ Games & Relays on the Green, Mitchell Park
4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. “Bug” Lighthouse Cruise, Seaport Museum

Sunday, September 24, 2017

9:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. Breakfast with Pirates and Mermaids, Front Street Station Restaurant, Greenport
11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Storytime 6-8 year olds. Presented by Burton’s Books, Events Tent, Mitchell Park.
11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Deep Sea ROV Adventures, Mitchell Park
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Kids’ Games & Relays on the Green, Mitchell Park
12:00 noon – 12:30 p.m. Pirate School! Amphitheater, Mitchell Park
12:00 noon- 12:30 p.m. Author Talk with Roselle Borrelli, Events Tent, Mitchell Park
12:00 noon – 12:30 p.m. Flyboard Demonstration, Waterfront, Mitchell Park
12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. The Daves, amphitheater, Mitchell Park
1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Buzz Scott, Deep Sea ROV Adventures, Events Tent, Mitchell Park
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Camera Obscura, Mitchell Park
1:15 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. Snapper Contest 8 years and under, Railroad Dock.
1:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Pirate School! Amphitheater, Mitchell Park
1:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Flyboard Demonstration, Waterfront, Mitchell Park
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. The Daves, amphitheater, Mitchell Park
2:00 p.m.- 2:30 p.m. Laugh-A-Lot Poetry for kids, Darren Sardelli, Events Tent, Mitchell Park
2:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. Snapper Contest 9 -16 year olds, Railroad Dock
3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Flyboard Demonstration, Waterfront, Mitchell Park
3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Sea Chanteys with John Corr, Events Tent, Mitchell Park
3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Kids’ Games & Relays on the Green, Mitchell Park
4:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Nautical Knots, Vince Mauceri, Events Tent, Mitchell Park
4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Lighthouse Cruise Special, Seaport Museum
4:15 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Festival Closing and Raffles, amphitheater, Mitchell Park

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Katharine Schroeder
Katharine is a writer and photographer who has lived on the North Fork for nearly 40 years, except for three-plus years in Hong Kong a decade ago, working for the actor Jackie Chan. She lives in Cutchogue. Email Katharine