June 8 Festival to Celebrate Northport Maritime Heritage

The annual Northport Maritime Day and Blessing of the Fleet is set for June 8, with an extensive lineup of activities for people of all ages.

Maritime Day includes:

Opening of Village Park for activities, booths and exhibits at 10 a.m. until 2 pm

A boat parade of more than 100 vessels, and blessing of the fleet at 11 a.m. ith many displaying full nautical flags. The parade includes a rescue response boat from the  Coast Guard Station Eaton’s Neck, US Coast Guard Auxiliary Patrol Boats, the US Merchant Marine Academy’s 41-foot training vessel, the Northport Fire Department Rescue Boat, and other public safety and maritime vessels. Local clergy will bless each boat for a safe boating season. Elected officials, US Coast Guard leadership and yacht club flag officers will join in the review.

Tours of vessels at Northport Village Dock, including fishing vessels, US Coast Guard  and merchant marine rescue, from noon-2 p.m.  After the blessing, many vessels will be at the Village Dock for tours including fishing vessels from Northport baymen.

In the Village Park, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., a wide variety of activities include: demonstrations and hands on activities, with a “Maritime Olympics”  for all to practice and/or learn about the lifesaving skills of active duty and auxiliary Coast Guard including man-over-board drills, search and rescue patterns, mayday calls, emergency hauling line throws and other seamanship skills. Coast Guard Auxiliary members will also provide an overview of the many activities that  volunteers can participate in including direct support of US Coast Guard Station Eaton’s Neck.

Nautical and wider music will be supplied by the US Coast Guard Auxiliary Band and local Northport musicians. The Northport Sea Scouts will host a “Rain-Gutter Regatta” for children. Northport’s maritime history will be on display by the Northport Historical Society.

The Cornell Cooperative Extension Marine Program will provide a marine life touch tank, and information on water quality issues and opportunities including shellfish restoration, the SPAT oyster program, Huntington Blueway, the Unified Water Study, stormwater runoff, and the local F.I.S.H. initiative.

Maritime educational institutions represented will include the US Merchant Marine Academy and US Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 22-02, Northport.

After the blessing, judges will officiate at the Maritime Day Contests to select winners of the Best Maritime Brews from local breweries.

For the latest information and schedule for Northport Maritime Day, visit www.MaritimeDay.Net

A farmer’s market will run from 8 -10 a.m. in Cow Harbor Park.

 

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