Sag Harbor Cultural Heritage Weekend
On May 20 & 21, 2017, the Sag Harbor Cultural District, will hold its second annual Sag Harbor Cultural History Weekend at a variety of locations throughout the village. This year’s theme is Sag Harbor: Port to the World, highlighting the village’s rich maritime legacy. The family-friendly events range from an art exhibit at Eastville's Heritage House to a reenactment of the Revolutionary War skirmish known as Meig's Raid, which follows the route of the original patriots' raiding party from Long Beach to Long Wharf.
The day's programming kicks off at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday with a boat-building demonstration by the East End Classic Boat Society on the lawn of SPLIA's (Society for the Preservation of Long Island Antiquities) Custom House. At the same time, across the street, the John Jermain Library will host a family-oriented marine touch tank from the South Fork Natural History Museum.
Additional events take place throughout the day at the Sag Harbor Historical Society's Annie Cooper Boyd House, the Whaling Museum, the Eastville Historical Society, Christ Episcopal Church, and the Library. Saturday’s program concludes with a 5:00 p.m. talk by Herman Melville aficionado Lisa Dickman on the great American novel, Moby-Dick (which mentions Sag Harbor) at Canio’s Cultural Cafe on Upper Main Street. This is in preparation for the Moby-Dick Marathon, June 9-11.
This year, Cultural Heritage Day is expanding to Cultural Heritage Weekend with two Sunday events. The first is an 11:00 a.m. illustrated talk on the founding of Long Island’s oldest Synagogue: Temple Adas Israel, at the temple itself. Then at 2:00 p.m., the John Jermain Library will rescreen a documentary from the Take-2 Film Festival called The Salt of the Sea, about the decline of the local independent commercial fishing industry.
A highlight of the weekend will be a timely presentation by William Pickens III on the history and significance of SANS (Sag Harbor Hills, Azurest, and Ninevah Subdivisions). Mr. Pickens will discuss the interconnectedness of community, sustainability and affordable housing at a time when the historic SANS neighborhood is threatened by speculative development. His talk takes place at the John Jermain Library at 10:30 am on Saturday.
Another Saturday highlight is an "Upsculpt" Workshop by artist and environmentalist Cindy Pease Roe. Drop by the workshop at the Sag Harbor Whaling and Historical Museum anytime between 12 noon and 3:30 p.m. to create your own sculptural creation from marine debris. Then at 3:30 p.m., attendees can walk across the street to enjoy the classic Bossa Nova sound of Ludmilla and Marcello, who will perform in the library's courtyard courtesy of the Sag Harbor American Music Festival. The music will move inside the library in case of rain.
Not to be missed is the Eastville Community Historical Society's spring exhibit, "Maxine's World," a solo mixed-media show by artist Maxine Townsend-Broderick that includes quilts, stained glass, ceramics, sand art and more. The show is on display at the Historical Society's Heritage House on Hampton Street. In addition, at 1:30 p.m., a guided walking tour of Eastville will leave from that location.
A complete schedule of events and locations is on our Facebook page and can be downloaded and printed. Here's a link to the schedule:
Sag Harbor Cultural District
Sag Harbor, 11963, NY, United States