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Hudson River and Long Island Maritime Traditions
June 25 and July 15, 1-5 p.m.
Rocking the Boat
812 Edgewater Avenue, Bronx, NY

Rocking the Boat is a community-based boat building program located on the Bronx River near Hunts Point. They teach youth how to build traditional Whitehall boats that were once common on the Hudson River. During the summer they have community rowing days where you can paddle on this protected section of the Bronx River. LI Traditions is partnering with them to present traditions that were once common, including boat building, model making, decoy carving and tug boat operations. The free program will include tug boat captain Robert Apuzzo with his storied tug boat, fisherman Chris Letts, and model boat builder Chris Hale. Admission is free and families are welcome.

Bay House Tours 2017
August 26 and September 9

On Saturdays, August 26 and September 9, Long Island Traditions will sponsor its annual Bay House Tours in the Town of Hempstead. Departure times are 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. for both days. 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 tours will leave from Freeport on August 26 and from Long Beach on September 9 for the 1-1/2 hour trips to the houses. Due to safety concerns space is limited to 12 people per trip, ages 10 and up. Long Island Traditions members can register beginning June 19. To join Long Island Traditions, click here. All others can register after June 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.

“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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