September 21-23, 2012 Greenport Maritime Festival
Greenport has a long, proud maritime history. From the late 1700s to about 1859, the town was a major whaling port. During both World Wars, Greenport’s shipbuilders were busy supplying craft for the US Navy. And the town’s fishing industry has been going strong since the mid-1800s. Such a rich cultural heritage deserves a big celebration and Greenport does just that every year with its fall Maritime Festival.
Downtown Greenport comes alive with free, family-friendly events and activities. Enjoy the 23rd Annual Greenport Maritime Festival with fireworks, the delicious clam chowder contest, a show of beautifully crafted wooden boats, and whale boat and kayak races. There will also be a fun parade with everything from classic tractors to marching bands. At Greenport’s waterfront Mitchell Park, ride the antique carousel, listen to live music and peruse the tents with food, drink, crafts and more. Be on the lookout for roving pirates, too. (The Kings of the Coast Pirate Show will be at noon, Sunday.) Greenport’s shops will be open and the East End Seaport Museum will have special events and exhibits in honor of Greenport’s maritime history.
There will be even more wooden boats this year, all handcrafted beauties that are worth a long look. Scenic cruises on Saturday and Sunday will give visitors a chance to visit the Long Beach Bar “Bug” Lighthouse. (It’s called the “Bug” because of the original lighthouse’s long insect-like legs.)
Like last year, the Saturday evening cruise will stay out in time for the evening’s fireworks display. For more information and a detailed schedule of events.
Our North Fork Long Island B&B is only minutes from the Maritime Festival in Greenport, NY. Arbor View House will be just the right place to stay while you enjoy Greenport’s heritage fest, the wineries of the North Fork and the natural beauty of our area.