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Greenport NY Maritime Festival September 2010

September 15th, 2010 by Marilyn Marks

Tents in Mitchell Park at the Greenport Maritime Festival

The Greenport Maritime Festival is a three day affair and a favorite destination for guests of Shorecrest Bed and Breakfast. Starting with the ‘Land and Sea’ Cocktail Reception on Friday evening, September 24th and continuing throughout Saturday and Sunday September 25th and 26th with a street fair each day and events that include a kayak derby, whale boat race, a Clam Chowder contest and music provided by several bands, there is entertainment to suit everyone.

Each year the festival draws about 20,000 people and the crowd enjoys a variety of family activities in Mitchell Park, the home of the beautiful and fun Greenport Carousel, such as ‘Captain Kidd s Alley’, old fashioned childrens games, a snapper fishing contest, traditional art and craft demonstrations and appearances in unexpected places throughout the weekend by the fearsome ‘Greenport Pirates!

There is lots for grown ups to do too. On Saturday night there is dancing in Mitchell Park to the music of the band Melange and throughout the village many local merchants, galleries and food vendors will be open late for you to enjoy on your evening stroll.

Prestons Dock and many village stores and galleries will be open late during the festival

For a complete list of events please see the event calendar posted below. If you would like tickets to the opening cocktail party, guests of the Shorecrest can purchase them through the BnB. Here are the details regarding the reception:

Land and Sea and Reception, Friday September 17th, 2010:

Where: The Maritime Museum, Greenport

Cost at door:  $30.00

Time: From 6-8pm

Various local restaurants will be providing the food including fresh oysters and clams from our bays; Rums of Puerto Rico will be serving drinks as well as local wineries.

The boat raffle is always a popular attraction at the Maritime Festival

Maritime Festival Schedule of Events

Friday September 24th

10am – 5pm – ‘Plein Air’ Artists paint in Mitchell Park

6pm – 8pm – ‘Land and Sea Reception’ at the East End Seaport Museum

Saturday September 25

All Day – Classic, ice and small boat display – Mitchell Park

10am – Sea Stories and Shanties for children aged 4-7 years with Mira Dougherty Johnson in Mitchell Park

10am-3pm – Plein Air Artists paint in Mitchell Park

11am – noon – Opening Day Parade on Main and Front Streets

The Kayak Derby in Greenport Harbor

11am – 5 pm – Captain Kidd’s Craft Alley, Mitchell Park Treasure Chest, Street Vendors, The Village Blacksmith the Mitchell Park Museum and the Railroad Museum are all open.

1pm – ‘Kings of the Coast’ pirate show in Mitchell Park

1-3pm – Gyotaku T-shirt painting in the Mitchell Park Tent

3pm – The Kayak Derby at the Harborfront

4pm – 6pm  - ‘Plein Art’ show in Mitchell Park

4pm - ‘Kings of the Coast’ pirate show in Mitchell Park

6pm – 8pm – Plein Air Silent Auction in Mitchell Park

Hold onto your horses! - the Greenport Village blacksmith will be open during the festival

6pm – 9pm – Gallery Walk

9pm – Fireworks over the Harbor

Sunday September 26th

All Day – Classic, ice and small boat display – Mitchell Park

10am – Sea Stories and Shanties for children aged 4-7 years with Mira Dougherty Johnson in Mitchell Park

11am – 5 pm – Captain Kidd’s Craft Alley, Mitchell Park Treasure Chest, Street Vendors, The Village Blacksmith the Mitchell Park Museum and the Railroad Museum are all open.

Noon – ‘Kings of the Coast’ pirate show in Mitchell Park

1pm – 2pm – Snapper fishing contest, ages 8 and under, Mitchell Park

1pm – 4pm – Chowder contest, Chase Bank Parking Lot on Main Street

2pm-3pm  – Snapper fishing contest, ages 9 – 16, Mitchell Park

3pm – ‘Kings of the Coast’ pirate show in Mitchell Park

4pm – Festival Raffle drawing in Mitchell Park

4.30pm – Eastern LI Hospital raffle drawing in Mitchell Park

5pm – Festival closing

Tall ships at night in Greenport Harbor

Getting around on the North Fork

Shorecrest is offering a special driver service for those of our guests who want to avoid the hassle of parking in the village on this weekend. A pick up or drop off from the BnB to Greenport is $10 each way. We are also offering this service for winery visits, at $20 per pick up or drop off for up to 6 people. We can also help you organize your wine tour using our winery discount card for best value!

For city dwellers that would like to come by bus or train and still want to be able to conveniently travel around the North Fork visiting different villages and wineries, this can be a great option, and for groups visiting together the price is excellent! We can also arrange for bicycle rentals for getting around on the roads and kayak rentals for paddling the creeks. Shorecrest’s own beach on the Arshamomoque inlet to the rear of the BnB is a great place to launch a kayak, canoe or paddle board.

Paddlers at Sunset - wish you were here....

Speak to the Innkeeper, or visit our website to learn more about your options for traveling while on the North Fork and all concierge services from wine tours to restaurant reservations and bike or kayak rentals.

We are here to help make your visit to the beautiful North Fork the best it could possibly be!

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