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KATHARINE SCHROEDER FILE PHOTO | A young pirate at the 2012 Greenport Maritime Festival. This year’s event begins today and continues through the weekend.

Maritime Festival events schedule

Annual Greenport event runs all weekend long

FRIDAY, SEPT. 20 – SUNDAY, SEPT. 22

The East End Seaport Museum and the Village of Greenport will welcome maritime ships all weekend as a main attraction of Greenport’s annual Maritime Festival. The ships will be docked at Mitchell Park Marina’s fixed piers and will be open for viewing, tours and sailaways from approximately 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. An information booth will also be located in Mitchell Park. This year’s festival will celebrate Greenport Village and the East End’s “Land & Sea.”

FRIDAY, SEPT. 20

10 a.m. 

Ship Viewing, Tours and Sailaways • Maritime Museum • Railroad Museum • Blacksmith Shop  • Carousel • Camera Obscura

All open to the public

6–9 p.m.

Land and Sea Reception: A Taste of Greenport

East End Seaport Museum

 

SATURDAY, SEPT. 21

All day

Classic, Ice and Small Boats

Mitchell Park

10 a.m.

Blessing of the Oyster Fleet

Railroad Dock, foot of Third Street

11 a.m.–noon

Opening Day Parade and Blessing of Waters

Mitchell Park Marina and
Main and Front Streets

11 a.m.–5 p.m.

Captain Kidd’s Craft Alley • Treasure Chest • Roaming Pirates • Children’s Storytelling • Plein Air Art Show • North Fork First Responders Demo and Exhibit • Artisan Vendors and Demos • Maritime Museum • Railroad Museum • Blacksmith Shop • Carousel • Camera Obscura (all open to the public)

A Taste of the East End Food Court

Main Street and Central Avenue

Long Island Band Organ

Main Street and Central Avenue

Noon-6 p.m.

Oyster Shucking Demonstration and Exhibit

Front Street, in front of Mitchell Park

Noon

Little Merfolk Contest

Mitchell Park

1 p.m. 

Constant Wonder Children’s Program

Mitchell Park

Pie-Baking Contest

Main Street

2 p.m.

Lyrical Children’s Program

Mitchell Park

BBQ Bill’s Watermelon and Rib-Eating Contest

Front Street

3 p.m.

Tattoo Contest

Mitchell Park

Kayak Derby & Demos

Harborfront

A Mermaid’s Tale of Greenport by Gail Horton

Old School House

4 p.m.

Music

Foot of Main Street

4-6 p.m.

“Bug Light” Cruise

Seaport Museum – Railroad Dock

9 p.m.

Fireworks over Greenport Harbor

Mitchell Park Marina

 

SUNDAY, SEPT. 22

All Day

Classic, Ice and Small Boats

Mitchell Park

11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Captain Kidd’s Craft Alley • Treasure Chest • Roaming Pirates • Children’s Storytelling • Plein Air Art Show • North Fork First Responders Demo and Exhibit • Artisan Vendors and Demos • Maritime Museum • Railroad Museum • Blacksmith Shop • Carousel • Camera Obscura (all open to the public)

A Taste of the East End Food Court

Main Street and Central Avenue

Noon-6 p.m.

Oyster Shucking Demonstration and Exhibit

Front Street, in front of Mitchell Park

Noon

Lyrical Children’s Program.

Mitchell Park

Dory Race and Water Sports

Harborfront

1–2 p.m. 

Snapper Fishing Contest, ages 8 and under

Mitchell Park

1-4 p.m.

Music Gene Casey and the Lone Sharks, sponsored by WPKN

Mitchell Park

2–3 p.m.

Snapper Fishing Contest, ages 9–16

Mitchell Park

2–4 p.m.

Music

Foot of Main Street

4–6 p.m.

“Bug Light” Cruise

Seaport Museum – Railroad Dock

4 p.m.

Festival Raffle Drawing

Mitchell Park

4:30 p.m.

Eastern Long Island Hospital Raffle Drawing

Mitchell Park

5 p.m.  

Festival Closing

5-8 p.m.

“Flights of Fancy/Part 2” Art Exhibit and Wine Tasting

The Sirens’ Song Gallery, Main Street

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The retired New York City fireboat “Firefighter” will likely be making its way from the Brooklyn Navy Yard to Greenport in the upcoming weeks. The Greenport Village Board approved a contract Jan. 22 allowing the boat to stay in the Mitchell Park Marina through June 15.

The 120-foot ship is now a non-profit floating museum. It is expected to berth at Greenport’s commercial dock near the East End Seaport Museum in time for the summer season.

“Firefighter” was one of the first boats designed by famed naval architect William F. Gibbs. It served the NYFD from 1938 to 2010, said Jeffrey Jonap, the museum’s director of operations, in a recent email.

Mr. Jonap said she was retired due to the need to upgrade to newer, faster and more fuel efficient boats after Sept. 11, 2001.

The ship requires a professional crew to make the 10-hour trip from Brooklyn to Greenport. Volunteers for the museum were initially planning to make the trip Saturday, but have now postponed their trip until “next week or later,” according to their Facebook page.

byoung@timesreview.com

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JENNIFER GUSTAVSON PHOTO | Crew members on the 125-foot Milk & Honey charter boat said they visited Greenport this month because they’d heard about the village’s quaintness and believed it would be a good place to wind down from the busy season.

This has been the year of big boats in Greenport Harbor. Very big boats.

At the beginning of summer six of the country’s largest sailing vessels tied up for the Tall Ships of America Challenge. Since then, a number of mega-yachts have found berths at Mitchell Park Marina.

Village administrator Dave Abatelli said more boats 90 feet or longer docked in Greenport this season than in previous years. And big boats mean big bucks for the village.

So far, the village has collected nearly $73,000 in docking fees from about 25 different yachts at the municipal pier.

“It has definitely been the best season in recent years,” Mr. Abatelli said. “We even had to turn away some big boats.”

Mr. Abatelli attributes Greenport’s success to marina manager Jeff Goubeaud, who advertised in various boating magazines and spread the word about Mitchell Park Marina while vacationing in Florida earlier this year.

Mr. Abatelli said some of the village’s luck stemmed from the fact that Sag Harbor’s private docks filled up fast this summer. The difference in permit fees between Greenport and Sag Harbor’s docks helped, too, he said.

Sag Harbor charges boaters about $6.50 per foot per night, Mr. Abatelli said, while Greenport charges $3 to $4.50 per foot per night. The village charges more for peak times, such as weekends and holidays.

Some boaters said they chose Greenport over the Hamptons because they wanted some rest and relaxation.

William Yingling, first officer of the 125-foot Milk & Honey charter boat, said his crew decided to visit Greenport this month because they’d heard about the village’s quaintness and believed it would be a good place to wind down from the busy season.

“We wanted to find someplace quiet,” Mr. Yingling said.

Judy Borten, who owns an 83-foot yacht named Jubilee with her husband, Bill, said her family has tied up in Greenport for the past several years.

“We have very dear friends who live here,” Ms. Borten said. “I like how Greenport is the quiet side of the Hamptons.”

Mr. Abatelli believes the Peconic Bay Water Jitney, the Greenport-Sag Harbor passenger ferry now in the final weeks of its first season, also added appeal for yacht owners.

“Most of the boaters have a Sag Harbor connection and like that they can kind of just scoot over there,” he said.

As the season wraps up, Mr. Abatelli said the village is planning to upgrade the marina’s electrical system to better accommodate more yachts next summer.

jennifer@timesreview.com