Long Island Traditions Presents
Folk Arts of Long Island and the Hudson River
May 6, at 1 pm on the Oyster Bay Historical Society Lawn
There are many shared maritime traditions of Long Island and the Hudson River, when the region was dominated by water-based transportation. In this program, we will explore boat building and songs of work and play. Participants will include boat builder and model maker Chris Hale, who work at Weeks Yacht Yard in Patchogue and is a master half-model builder of traditional boats from Long Island and the Hudson River. Rocking the Boat, a volunteer youth program based in the Bronx, will demonstrate traditional boat building skills common in Hudson River work boats. Folksong singers Stephen Sanfilippo and Stuart Markus will perform traditional nautical songs common in the region. The program is free and suitable for families and children.
Rocking the Boat graduate and assistant instructor Edmanuel Roman poses with Whitehall pulling boat built by students of the program (photo by Tom van Buren)