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.

Lea September 07, 2012 at 11:53 PM
Lose the fireworks for good. You don't need them--and they just scare our pets.
ann September 08, 2012 at 11:09 AM
Agree with the no-fireworks! It seems every weekend we have to deal with what it does to our pets, and the poor wildlife! Fireworks used to be special - on the 4th of July. Do we really need to have them for every carnival, etc?
local resident September 08, 2012 at 11:48 AM
The real reason for no fireworks is no money. Nobody stepped forward to fund it. And we'll see if there are really less vendors, last year they added more vendors then previous years so it is most likely the same number as former years. Really, 50% less or are you just trying to put a positive PR spin on your event, which is a poor excuse for a "maritime" fest?!
Caroline Waloski September 08, 2012 at 01:01 PM
The maritime festival is part of Greenports annual activities. It is a charming custom. Hopefully the East End Seaport Museum and Marine Foundation will bring it back to it's original form celebrating our maritime history and local flavor. There is much to do and see in our Village of Greenport. It is also the unofficial opening of this years October long North Fork Maritime Heritage month. For more information www.artsaliveli.org / or www.eastendarts.org
ed finnegan September 08, 2012 at 01:10 PM
maybe ,for a $10,000 contribution, Congressman Bishop can grease the tracks for a fireworks display?
Annette Urban Jernick September 08, 2012 at 01:54 PM
Typo bud light. Bug light Agreed,we don't need the fireworks. Enough at the carnival.
indy September 08, 2012 at 02:21 PM
Can we please have one article without the political-trolls injecting their simple-minded comments?
Erin Schultz (Editor) September 08, 2012 at 02:25 PM
Annette - typo fixed, thx. That's what I get for writing an article on Friday at 5:30 p.m.
Jeff Goubeaud September 08, 2012 at 08:25 PM
This year the East End Seaport Museum has cut the number of vendors by about 50%. We saw how successful the Tall Ships Event was during Memorial Day Weekend with less vendors that we're trying to copy that format. We've also been listening to local residents and shop owners in the Village wanting the Festival to get back to its original format; that of being a "maritime festival". So to help us get there, we were able to get more classic wooden boats put on display in the water and on land in Mitchell Park Marina, as well as bring in the Schooner Lynx and the United States Coast Guard training bargue Eagle. The Eagle will be open to ships tours on the East Pier at the marina and the Lynx will be doing sail-away tours of the harbor from the West Pier. You can purchase tickets for the Lynx on line at the Village website and the Eagle tours are free. The Greenport Classic Yacht Regatta will be held on Saturday in Gardiners Bay. The "New Maritime Festival" is a work in progress. After this years event we will sit down and see what others changes will need to be made for next year to make it even better. If any one has any constructive thoughts or ideas on this, please let us know. We also need volunteers to help during the event, so if you want to pitch in and help out, please contact the museum at 631-477-2100. The East End Maritime Museum is your museum, so please give us a call-you may even want to join! Jeff Goubeaud Board Member East End Seaport Museum
Frank T September 08, 2012 at 09:11 PM
The "New Maritime Festival" sounds like a great idea. Opening up Front and Main street for pedestians only will definitely help local businesses. The vendors clogged up the streets and it was difficult getting to the shops. There will still be plenty of vendors on the side streets and the waterfront will be more accessible and feel like a maritime festival.
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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