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New York Sportsfishing Federation Show
February 17–18, 2018
Freeport Recreation Center, 130 E. Merrick Road

Join us at this annual event where you can learn all the latest news and trends of the coming fishing season. On hand are many knowledgeable folks who can share with you their tricks and tips on how to catch that big one. Learn what the latest regulations are for recreational fishermen, how to register for the NY fishing registry, and stop by our table in the lobby. Hours are Saturday, February 17 from 10–6 and Sunday, February 18 from 10–2.

For more information, visit nysf.org/forum-auction.

LI Decoy Collectors Show
March 3, 2018

The LI Decoy Collectors 46th annual Decoy show is scheduled for Saturday, March 3, at the IBEW Union Hall, located at 370 Vanderbilt Motor Parkway, Hauppauge. The program takes place from 9 a.m.–.4 pm. The featured exhibit is Contemporary Decoy Carving. For more information, visit www.lidecoycollectors.org.

Indian Celebrations program
March 25, 2018 at 2 p.m.
East Meadow Public Library

Following our December Indian program, we’re happy to support another South Asian program, focusing on women’s traditions. Joining us will be Odissi master teacher Mala Desai, tabla player and instructor Sejal Kukadia, and Meena Mani, teacher and singer with her choir. Come join us. The library is located at 1886 Front Street, East Meadow.

Cold Spring Harbor Whaling Museum Programs
March 18, 2018, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
April 8, 2018, 11 a.m. – 2 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 will feature hands-on activities that reflect our recreational boating and fishing traditions, with five traditional artists and recreational fishermen. They include 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, an up and coming bayman Collin Weyant of Freeport, 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.

“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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