April 7, 2019 at 1 p.m.
Hallockville Museum Farm, 6038 Sound Avenue, Riverhead, NY
Decoy carving has a long history on Long Island, one that stretches back to the colonial period when Native peoples and colonists hunted waterfowl to sustain them during the winter months, when ducks migrated from the Mid-Atlantic states to Canada. Hunters carved decoys from cork and wood to attract the waterfowl to the bay waters. Today, there are hunters who carry on this tradition, carving show and working decoys for their own use and to support themselves. Joining us in this special program will be Don Law of Hampton Bays, Scott Lechmanski of Shelter Island, George Rigby of Center Moriches and Jack Combs of Southold. Reservations are requested. Tickets may be purchased in advanced by calling Hallockville Museum Farm at 631.298.5292, or online at hallockville.com/events/close-calls-water. Advanced tickets are $10. Tickets at the door may be purchased on a first-come first-served basis for $15 each or two tickets for $25.
Bomba y Plena: Puerto Rican Program
April 14, 2019 at 2 p.m.
East Meadow Library
A 2017 Newsday article by Daniel Bubbeo examined Jose Santiago who is a traditional bomba y plena drum maker residing in West Hempstead. Santiago is also a member of a recognized ensemble Bombula. The program will feature a performance by Bombula and a demonstration and discussion on how bomba drums are made. The program is free, but reservations are suggested. To make reservations, call (516) 794-2570.
Waterfront Heroes Exhibit and Programs
March 7 – June 21, 2019
56 E. 1st Street, New York
Long Island Traditions, City Lore, and folklorists Naomi Sturm and Dan Ward have created a travelling exhibit and programs that explores the living cultural traditions of Long Island and New York City’s waterfront heritage. The Waterfront Heroes exhibit will be on view at City Lore from March 7–June 21.
The exhibit features contemporary and historic photographs and personal narratives centered a wide variety of tradition bearers, painters, and those seeking to preserve maritime culture and traditions in their communities. They include the South Shore Bay House Owners Association, the North Oyster Bay Baymen’s Association, and the South Shore Waterfowlers Association. Representing New York City and Staten Island will be Rocking the Boat, the Sandy Hook Pilots Association, and David Sharps and the Waterfront Barge Museum, among others.
“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 firstname.lastname@example.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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