Greenport’s nautical history will be celebrated this weekend during the East End Seaport Museum & Marine Foundation’s annual Greenport Maritime Festival.
With two event-packed days ahead, from the opening day parade to oyster shucking demos, trying to take it all in it could be a little overwhelming. Here are our five “don’t miss” festival events. Or check northforker.com Saturday and Sunday for the day’s schedules.
I will be out of town this weekend so be sure to enjoy a pint of Bug Light Ale for me.
“A Land and Sea Greenport Gala” will launch this year’s festival on Friday, Sept. 19, at 6 p.m. Get tickets at eastendseaport.org. Greenport Harbor Brewing Company will also debut its new brew, a kölsch dubbed Bug Light Ale in honor of the famed lighthouse.
Paul Drum’s Breakfast Fundraiser: A Mermaid and Pirate Experience for children of all ages will be presented by Front Street Station on Sunday. New this year, it’s a family-fun breakfast with flashy mermaids and snarly pirates, stories of the sea, photo opportunities and maybe a chantey or two. Limited seatingwill be available from 8:30 to 10:15 a.m.; advance tickets can be bought at eastendseaport.org.
Little Creek Oyster Farm and Market will host an oyster shucking contest on the waterfront at the foot of Bootleg Alley at 11:30 a.m. Sunday. Oyster fun continues with a shucking demonstration and exhibit on Front Street in front of Mitchell park from noon to 6 p.m. Contest entry is $20, with tickets available at shuckoff.eventbrite.com. Spectators may attend for free.
Greenport Cinema will screen “Historic Greenport and its Citizens” at 7:30 p.m. Friday.
BE A ‘LIGHT’ SAVER
A $10,000 Italian vacation for two will be raffled off Sunday, Sept. 21 as a fundraiser for the Preserve Bug Light Campaign. A maximum of 1,000 tickets will be sold for $50 per ticket. The winner will receive an 11-day trip for two, including airfare, to Italy. “The Best of Italy” trip — a journey to Venice, Florence, Assisi, Rome, Sorrento and Capri — was donated by Insight Vacations and Altour Travel, which will also host the Altour Travel Show Saturday at the Maritime Festival.
To buy a raffle ticket visit eastendseaport.org, call 631-477-2100 or visit Claudio’s, Kessie and other Greenport merchants.