Despite early morning clouds, Saturday turned picture perfect as crowds headed to Greenport for the 24th Annual Maritime Festival.
With a new focus on village's rich maritime history, as well as local artisans, food, aquaculture and agriculture — and a brand-new "Merfolk" contest that brought out over 40 of the littlest mermaids and mermen — plus music, spirits and the blessing of the oyster boats and of the waters, the event was a winner across the board.
Festival-goers were heard commenting on how much they liked the new focus on unique local artist, crafts, and merchandise, with typical street fair vendors hawking T-shirts and pocketbooks nowhere to be found.
The Maritime Festival continues Sunday through 5 p.m., followed by the "Flights of Fancy / Part 2" art exhibit and wine tasting at The Sirens' Song Gallery, at 515 Main Street.
What did you think of the festival's new focus on local food, artisans, and merchandise? Do you think putting the spotlight on local was a nice change? Share your thoughts with Patch.