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Maritime Festival 2012 to Focus on Ships, History – But No Fireworks

Tall Ships Festival makes Maritime Festival committee rethink the vendor-heavy event to feature more maritime history-related activities.

Over 50,000 people poured into during this past Memorial Day Weekend for the, which brought several historic replicas of 1800s wooden ships into for three days.

And the success of the event inspired planners of the which happens Sept. 21 through Sept. 23, rethink their strategy for their annual end-of-summer event this year, according to Chairman Ron Breuer.

“The Tall Ships definitely had was an influence on this year’s approach to the Maritime Festival,” he said. “We’ve cut the vendors by 50 percent and have added a strong nautical theme across the board.”

In addition to Martime Festival staples like the opening day parade — lead this year by 92-year-old Greenporter and World War II veteran Jack Fisher — the blessing of the waters outside of the , the clam chowder fest, the kayak derby, and ongoing performances from the Kings of the Coast Pirate Troup, this year the historic Greenport jail will be open for tours, the Tall Ship the Lynx will  be docked for tours, and tours to in Orient will be available.

“The streets will be wide open, and we’ll have a pedestrian mall at Front and Main Streets,” Breuer said. “People will be able to walk up and down the streets and enjoy our history.”

But due to stricter government regulations and a longer approval period, you won’t be seeing the traditional fireworks display during the Saturday night of Maritime Festival this year.

“We just didn’t have enough time,” Breuer said. “We’ll have to start filing now for approval for next year.”

See attached PDF for a complete Maritime Festival 2012 schedule of events.

Caroline Waloski September 08, 2012 at 09:33 PM
Sounds like a great plan. Interactive local art and cultural events would bring in visitors looking to take home some merchandise from Greenport, along with their memories.
Lea September 17, 2012 at 08:14 PM
All that sounds great, but I'm sorry to hear that the fireworks are back. Take note of all the negatives about them listed above,
Pat Mundus September 24, 2012 at 08:23 PM
Yes! I vote for Noah's $10 lobster roll sold on the street! Who wants geasy food trucks when we can buy great raw bar oysters and local restauraurant fare? We LOVED the less vendors/more local fare focus this year. Kudos to the board for being proactive on this. Anyone who wants to add "more maritime" to the Maritime Festival is welcome to join us on the classic boat committee. More maritime? Don't whine about it - do something about it! We are looking for fisherman, waterman, navigators, splicers & knot experts, chanteymen, and historians to kick in. Join up :-)
local resident September 25, 2012 at 10:42 AM
Since the museum makes most of their income from vendors fees, how can they continue to host the event? Putting more "maritime" into the fest is a great idea but I believe the museum depends on those monies raised from vendors and sponsors (and they barely have any of those) to stay afloat so this must be a financialy trying year for them. Maybe the village should takeover the event since it benefits them the most.
local resident October 01, 2012 at 03:44 PM
Putting more maritime into the festival, it is about time since it has been nothing more than a junk sale for years. With 50% less vendors how can EESM afford to run the event? What did you clear after expenses, less then $20,000, I bet. Is it really worth the time , money and mess---really wouldn't think so. Why don't you do a band concert at the Bug and make $50,000 like they do up in Huntington in one shot? Also as a member of the GFD, we always did the fireworks with a donation from Sir Roy---not the museum. Why not tell the truth? No funding so no fireworks and not lack of permits. Just be honest, stop the spin.

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