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Boating with the Baymen: Maritime History and Architecture of Meadow Island
Saturday, June 23, 2018
2:00 – 5:00 p.m.

All on board the Miss Freeport
Departure from 85 Woodcleft Avenue, Freeport

In the western bays of Long Island’s South Shore stands Meadow Island, one of the only privately owned marshland islands where owners’ deeds date back to the 1600s. On this guided tour led by folklorist Nancy Solomon, we will learn firsthand how the island has changed through its history, with current and former bay house owners. Meet and talk with baymen and fishermen Bob Doxsee and Jack Combs, and bay house owners Frank Passalaqua, Don Vandewater, Dennis Carr, and Fred and Christina Deppert.


Reservations are required! Space is limited so reserve early.

Cost is $50/person, $25 for children under 16. $5 discount for Long Island Traditions members.

To reserve your seat call us at (516) 767-8803 to confirm that space is available. You may purchase tickets online below or download flyer and send a check payable to Long Island Traditions, 382 Main Street, Port Washington, NY 11050.

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Bay House Tours 2018
July 1 and 15

On Sundays, July 1 and 15, Long Island Traditions will sponsor its annual Bay House Tours in the Town of Hempstead. Departure times are 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. Don’t miss this opportunity to visit the last reminders of Long Island’s nautical past that are still used today by the area’s baymen. Many bay houses were destroyed by Superstorm Sandy but some do remain. The owners of the houses are working to repair the houses.

Participants must be able to climb ladders and feel comfortable in a work environment. The July 1 tour will leave from Freeport, and the July 15 tour will depart from Long Beach. Due to safety concerns, space is limited to 12 people per trip, ages 10 and up. Long Island Traditions members can register beginning May 7. To join Long Island Traditions click here. All others can register after May 29. The ticket limit is 2/per person. For reservations, call LI Traditions at (516) 767-8803 to confirm availability. No children under 10 permitted. Rain and construction problems may cancel the event.

Tickets for the bay house tours are $50 for adults, $90/couple with a $5 discount for LI Traditions members.

The tour will be led by LI Traditions Director Nancy Solomon. Those on board will be treated to a brief history of the bay houses, the first of which were built in the 1700s. Bay houses were traditionally used by fishermen who harvested clams, oysters, crabs, and other species from local waters. The surviving houses date from the period between 1870 and 1950. Each tour will visit two bay houses. The Freeport Water Taxi will then proceed to other nearby bay houses.

Telephone reservations are required! The tour is not suitable for those who have difficulty walking or climbing into small boats, or climbing ladders. For more information, call Long Island Traditions at 516-767-8803. Please call or e-mail first to confirm availability.

“In Harm’s Way” Exhibit
October 6–December 31, 2017, LI Museum in Stony Brook

Did you miss the exhibit? You can still the see the videos on our YouTube channel. Thank you again to all those who came to the exhibit and let’s hope we don’t have another Sandy in our lifetime.

“From Shore to Shore” Exhibit

“From Shore to Shore: Boat Builders and Boatyards of Long Island and Westchester” has finished its run at the Port Jefferson Village Center. This interpretive exhibit examines the history and traditions of contemporary boat builders and boatyards, exploring their commitment to an endangered way of life in the wake of superstorms, decline in fishing and the expenses associated with traditional boat building and preserving boatyards.

The exhibit is available for rental to area museums, libraries, and cultural institutions. Inquiries about the exhibit should be sent to info@longislandtraditions.org or by calling (516) 767-8803. The full exhibit consists of 36 framed panels measuring 36" x 38", a historic timeline measuring 15 feet x 3 feet, and an iPad with installed videos. The exhibit can be subdivided according to region, type of boat builders, and types of boatyards.



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