WEST SAYVILLE—Blue skies, sunshine, seafood, music and children’s faces aglow was the order of the day, as thousands of visitors attended the annual Long Island Maritime Museum’s Seafood Festival this past weekend overlooking the Great South Bay.
From the minute one walked through the entrance there was something engaging for everyone to do! A seafood lunch seemed to be first on everyone’s agenda. Mother and daughter Adrianna and Christa Nelson, along with Michael Hindenlang from West Islip feasted on Cape May crab cakes. “It’s our first time coming and we’ll be back again,” said Hindenlang.
Claws Seafood’s owner Frank said they’d served about 5000 customers on Saturday. The big sellers were lobster rolls and grilled swordfish in a Mediterranean marinade. “I started doing the seafood festival seven years ago as a boost to my business and for the exposure. But now I see it as a celebration of our town, and we look forward to doing it every year along with our entire staff, and my kids’ soccer team and their parents help out,” he said.
Blue Island Oysters had an amazing array of delectable seafood, including clams and oysters on the half shell and a very popular gigantic shrimp cocktail.
Amanda Karlie from Farmingville, attending for her second year, sought out Jennifer Nicole’s “Art in the Garage” exhibit to purchase more of her award-winning, hand-painted works on wood. “I’ve followed her online, but it was so nice to meet the artist in person,” said Karlie. Also on hand were booths showing seaglass art, jewelry, clothing, artisanal foods and local honey.
Fair-weather clouds drifted by as music wafted in and out of the crowd. Some of those dining brought chairs and blankets; kids did sand art and had their faces painted. Ye Pyrate Brotherhood, pirate reenactors and educators, were on hand to tell historic tales dating back to the 1600s up to the golden age of piracy in 1750.
Housed in LIMM’s Penney Boat Shop, tours were given by Joe Pecoraro spotlighting their current building project, a Cat’s Paw dinghy made of mahogany, oak and cedar to be raffled off in the fall. When it’s completed, the rowing skiff will be a “ true work of art,” said Martin Sievers, boat-building supervisor on this project.
The Long Island Maritime Museum is located at 88 West Avenue in West Sayville and has programs throughout the year for adults and children. Find out more about them on their website, www.limaritime.org, or call 1-631-HISTORY.