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Cold Spring Harbor Whaling Museum Programs
April 8, 2018, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
May 17, 2018, 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

LI Traditions is partnering with the Cold Spring Harbor Whaling Museum on a series of programs that explore our maritime culture, “At Work and At Play.” On March 18, the first program featured hands-on activities that reflect our recreational boating and fishing traditions, with five traditional artists and recreational fishermen. They included boat builders Ben Bentley and Edmanuel Roman, boat builder and model maker Chris Hale, decoy carver George Rigby, and maritime folk artist Herb Jurist.

On April 8, the focus will shift to those who harvest fish and shellfish on Long Island, on the north and south shores. Visitors will meet Oyster Bay baymen Bill Fetzer and Fred Menges, Freeport bayman Tom Jefferies, Southold bayman Pete Wenczel, and Patchogue clammer Flo Sharkey.

The final program on May 17 will feature fishermen who have come close to death. John Aldridge and Anthony Sosinski are the authors of A Speck in the Sea which describes how Aldridge survived in the ocean, after falling overboard during one of their fishing trips. Copies of the book will be available for purchase. Also joining in this evening program will be commercial fisherman Captain Tony Sougstad of Freeport, who once survived a powerful Nor’easter near George’s Banks.

A Speck in the Sea

Native American Program
April 15 at 2 p.m.
East Meadow Library, 1886 Front Street East Meadow, NY 11554-1700

In this immersive program the audience will learn about Native American culture through the perspectives of three distinct women: Ina McNeil, a Hempstead resident and direct descendant of Chief Sitting Bull of the Lakota Sioux nation, along with her granddaughter Taylor Smith, who spent her formative years on the Shinnecock Reservation. McNeil is a recognized quilter and bead worker, well known for her intricate designs. Smith will demonstrate some of the traditional dances she learned from the Shinnecock Tribe, in traditional dress. Shinnecock native Denise Silva Dennis will share her stories and legends of the Long Island tribe, and showcase her fabric arts and artifacts that have been part of her family heritage. Admission is free but reservations are suggested. Please call (516) 794-2570.

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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