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Otto Schoenstein the East End Seaport Museum in Greenport. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

Otto Schoenstein, one of the founders of the East End Seaport Museum & Marine Foundation and an advocate to rebuild the Long Beach Bar Lighthouse, will be celebrated at the 25th annual Greenport Maritime Festival this September.

Schoenstein will serve as grand marshal in the 2014 Maritime Festival parade and will be honored at a gala on the first night of the festival.

The three-day event, set for Sept. 19, 20 and 21, is a fundraiser for the seaport museum and supports the lighthouse’s restoration.


“It is our honor to acknowledge Otto’s commitment of service to the community,” reads a press statement sent out on behalf of the museum.

Schoenstein, 84, designed and built the lantern room which sits atop the lighthouse, commonly referred to as Bug Light. The Long Beach Bar Lighthouse was rebuilt in 1990 nearly 30 years after the original structure was burned to the ground by vandals. The lighthouse sustained further damage during Hurricane Sandy in 2012.

Read a full profile on Otto in the Greenport Maritime Festival Guide, which will be available in copies of The Suffolk Times on Sept. 11.

Those interested in participating as a vendor, volunteer or sponsor in the annual event can contact the foundation at 631-477-2100 or [email protected].