The Long Island Maritime Museum’s 30th annual boat burning, which is in partnership with Suffolk County, is scheduled for Friday, Oct. 25 on the grounds of the museum at 5 p.m.
The event is loosely based on the Norse tradition of a Viking funeral, but also holiday appropriate, county organizers noted.
Executive director Terry Lister-Blitman said that since 1990, the museum has been celebrating its own version of autumn by burning a boat “whose time has come.”
Each year, one of the many boats that are donated to the museum is chosen for the occasion. The only criterion for the event is that the boat should be made of wood and is neither usable nor repairable. Then, with onlookers placed a safe distance away, volunteers from the West Sayville Fire Department inspect the vessel thoroughly to assure it is completely vacant of all living things. They then douse it with flammable liquid before creating the largest bonfire in all of Long Island.
“While it is sad to bid farewell to a boat,” Lister-Blitman said, “we also welcome the harvest of the fruits of labor of volunteers in our boat shops by raffling off a small boat built by these talented craftsman.”
This year’s raffle boat is a 15-foot-6-inch Sea Island Sport sit-on-top kayak, constructed by volunteers from the Long Island Maritime Museum Grooms Moonbeam Boat Shop.
Raffle tickets can be purchased right up until the time of the drawing for $5 a piece or five for $20. Tickets are also available on the museum’s website and the winner does not need to be present to win.
The boat burning’s rain date is Saturday, October 26.
Meadow Croft is hosting a presentation, “Historic Haunts of Long Island,” on Wednesday, Oct. 23 at 7 p.m. The presenters, Kerriann Flanagan Brosky and Joe Giaquinto, take a “ghostly journey” through Long Island’s history, from Native American legends to the Revolutionary War and beyond.
Trunk or treat
On Saturday, Oct. 26, the Bayport-Blue Point Heritage Association will host a “Trunk or Treat” from 12 to 2 p.m., for families and kids up to 12 years old. The event costs $7 per child and includes pumpkin decorating, a costume contest with prizes, apple cider, and safe trick-or-treating at Meadow Croft.