A perfect weekend by the bay
The 1888 oyster sloop Priscilla comes into dock after taking passengers on a tour of the Great South Bay. The ship, which is on the National Register, was one of the highlights of the Long Island Maritime Museum Seafood Festival last weekend.

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A perfect weekend by the bay

Story By: LIZ FINNEGAN
9/3/2015


WEST SAYVILLE—Over 13,000 people attended the annual Seafood Festival at the Suffolk County-owned Long Island Maritime Museum last weekend to take advantage of the great seasonal weather and a number of attractions. However, the star of the day was the beautiful view of the Great South Bay that could be seen and enjoyed at just about any location on the museum grounds.

“The scenery is beautiful,” said Simone Goldstein, who was attending the event for the first time. The Australia native, who is working this summer at St. John’s University in Oakdale, said she was impressed with the Seafood Festival, a type of event that hasn’t yet caught on in the land Down Under. “I’m shocked at how big it is,” she added.

There were 123 vendors participating this year, many of them food vendors that served up many different varieties of fish in a number of ways.

In addition to the food, the diverse musical performances featuring rock, pop, jazz and country music drew dedicated listeners. Many of them parked their own blankets and lawn chairs for hours in front of the big stage. Nearby, a pirate reenactment group was on hand to give the kids a thrill as well.

Ship builders from the Frank F. Penny Boat Shop on the premises sold raffle tickets for a handcrafted cedar-planked skiff that was created by the master craftsmen. One craftsman, Marty Sievers of Islip, noted, “This boat will be raffled off at the [Halloween] Boat Burning [in October].”

A much larger vessel though, the 1888 oyster sloop, Priscilla, also got a lot of attention. The sloop, which was restored at LIMM and is now on the National Register, provided sailing excursions for festivalgoers both days.

Dori Candido of West Hempstead exited the vessel with a smile after a sail around the bay. It was her first sail on the Priscilla.

“I loved it,” she said. “And I’m coming back [to sail on Priscilla] again.”

There’s no doubt that the largest LIMM fundraiser of the year was a huge success. And that’s something that pleased everyone, especially supporters of the museum.

Steve Jones, executive director of LIMM, said about the event, “Great weather, great food and drink, great music and spirits all conspired to  make for a great 24th annual Seafood Festival.”