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The Greenport Maritime Festival is set for Sept. 19, 20 and 21.
The Greenport Maritime Festival is set for Sept. 19, 20 and 21.

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.

OPENING NIGHT

“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.

FUN-RAISER

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.

SHUCKING CONTEST

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.

MOVIE SCREENING 

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.

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