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It’s HarborFest Weekend in Sag Harbor

Thu, 09/14/2023 - 10:48
Whaleboat races are one of the highlights of the weekend.
Durell Godfrey

HarborFest will take over Sag Harbor Village this weekend, with entertainment on Long Wharf, Windmill Beach, and in Steinbeck Park on Saturday and Sunday.

There will be an arts and crafts fair both days at Marine Park and children’s games and activities throughout the weekend at Long Wharf and Windmill Beach. These include tug-of-war, a corn-shucking contest, fire juggling by Keith Leaf, music by the Popsicles, and a potato sack race on Saturday, and on Sunday tug of war, more corn shucking and sack racing, and a hula-hoop contest.

Live music will set the tone throughout the weekend, with the Sag Harbor Community Band, Alfredo Merat, JettyKoon, Gene Casey and the Lone Sharks, and the HooDoo Loungers set to perform Saturday, and Tim Skoldberg, Annie Trezza, Mr. Merat, Anita Guarino, George Howard, and Rum Punch Mafia on tap Sunday.

Probably the most rousing events of the weekend will be the whaleboat races, which can be viewed from Long Wharf and Windmill Beach. They happen on Saturday at noon, 1:30, and 3 p.m. and on Sunday at noon, 1:30, and 3:30.

Sag Harbor eateries will offer tastes of their specialties on Long Wharf both days from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on Sunday the popular clam chowder contest happens on the wharf at noon; $20 gets you samples plus a keepsake commemorative mug.

Away from the water, the Sag Harbor Cinema will have “Sag Harbor Stories” showing on the outside displays. Turn-of-the-century photographs by William G. Howard will be on display at the Whaling Museum on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Soul food tastings by Chara’s Kitchen will take place at the Eastville Community Historical Society Heritage House from 1 until 5 p.m. on Saturday.

The Sag Harbor Fire Department will start the day Sunday with a pancake breakfast from 8 to noon at its Brick Kiln Road headquarters.

There’s also a lot happening at the Old Whalers Church. Randy Croxton, a Sag Harbor architect, will give an architectural tour of the church at 9 a.m. on Sunday. At 10 the history and stories of the people who once worshiped there will be told, with music from the church’s 1845 pipe organ. A guided tour of the Old Burying Ground, next to the church, will be offered at 11:30 that day.

A full schedule can be found at

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