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Waterfront Heroes Exhibit and Programs
September 14 – November 3, 2019

Long Island Traditions, City Lore, and folklorists Naomi Sturm and Dan Ward have created a traveling exhibit and programs that explore the living cultural traditions of Long Island and New York City’s waterfront heritage. The Waterfront Heroes exhibit will be on view at the Oyster Bay Historical Society, Angela Koenig Center, 20 Summit Street, Oyster Bay, New York, from September 14 to November 3.

The exhibit features contemporary and historic photographs and personal narratives, centered on 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 Museum, among others.

On Sunday, September 15 at 1 p.m., join us for a special exhibit day opening.

On Sunday, October 6 at 1 p.m., we’ll have a program that features members of the North Oyster Baymen’s Association and offshore fishermen from Long Island.

On Sunday, October 13 at 1 p.m., bay house owners, including the Muller family, duck hunting guide Dennis Carr, and other tradition bearers, will share their stories of living on the bay and waterfowling traditions.

On Sunday, November 3 at 2 p.m., we’ll have a special performance reading of “Salt Water People,” produced by the American Lore Theater.

For more information, visit the Oyster Bay Historical Society, or call (516) 922-5032.

Tobay Boat Show
September 28 (raindate September 29)

Long Island Traditions will present its 7th annual “Working the Waters: Maritime Culture of Long Island” program in collaboration with the NY Marine Trades Association Tobay Boat Show on Saturday, September 28 (raindate September 29) at Tobay Beach on the Ocean Parkway, east of Jones Beach in Massapequa, New York. “Working the Waters: Maritime Culture of Long Island” will present to the public first-hand accounts about the contemporary and historic traditions of commercial and recreational fishermen, the factors affecting these traditions, and their future on Long Island in the wake of Superstorm Sandy and the decline of the bays.

Highlights of the event include baymen Fred Menges, Bill Fetzer, Flo Sharkey, fisherman Tony Sougstad, boat model builder Chris Hale, and decoy carver George Rigby. There will also be family and children fishing lessons taught by master recreational fisherman Reed Riemer.

Boat Show and Festival admission is $10 (seniors $8, children 12 and under are free) and will take place at Tobay Beach on Ocean Parkway in Massapequa. The event hours are Friday, September 27 at 12 p.m.–6 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, September 29 & 30 at 10 a.m.–6 p.m. For more information, call Long Island Traditions at (516) 767-8803 or the NY Marine Trades Association at (631) 691-7050, or visit www.nyboatshows.com/Tobay.

“From Shore to Shore” Exhibit

“From Shore to Shore: Boat Builders and Boatyards of Long Island,” curated by LI Traditions is currently on view at Hallockville Museum Farm. The exhibit will be on view from August 24 – November 15. 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. For information call (631) 298-5292 or visit hallockville.com

On Sunday, October 27, at 1–3 p.m., join us for a program with local boat builders Donn Costanza, Kevin Weeks, and Chris Hale. To make reservations, contact Hallockville at (631) 298-5292.

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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