Arts & Culture Series



East End Seaport Museum’s Arts & Culture Series began three years ago as a way of bringing programs about the rich maritime history of the East End to the community. The nautically related subject matter is wide ranging and will always enrich, educate, enlighten, and entertain. Programs are led by experts in their fields, some local East Enders, other coming to us from various parts of the country.  



Brett Curlew, Marine Archeologist – Coming to us from Brookhaven National Laboratory and Nassau BOCES, Brett Curlew, has organized a display of locally salvaged artifacts worth the trip to the Seaport Museum.  Mr. Curlew will help us enter this exciting undersea world with an explanatory talk for your enjoyment and education during the seasonal opening of the East End Seaport Museum and Marine Foundation. Included will be a life size exhibit, items in display cases, and an accompanying video.


Jerry Nigro – An avid sailor, Mr. Nigro will relate his personal experiences of a yearlong voyage aboard his 51 foot Skye cutter from Huntington Harbor, to Portugal and eventually back to the United States.   



Captain Troy Sears and Crew of the 139’ schooner America - Discussion and history of the yacht America and the America’s Cup races.  No charge for non-members  at this lecture.


Captain Dave Berson, master mariner, author, teacher - The history, importance and contemporary usage of Celestial Navigation will be explored and explained.  Audience participation is encouraged.


Todd Gipstein, Author and President of the Ledge Light Foundation –Mr. Gipstein will discuss his latest book, In the Shadow of the Light, a psychological thriller.   Also on the agenda is his work in support of the preservation of Ledge Lighthouse.




Chef John Ross, restaurateur, author, teacher—Cooking demonstration illustrating creative and easy-to-prepare meals with limited ingredients and cooking facilities, simulating cooking on board a seagoing vessel


Growing up Greenport - Anyone who has spent more than a few hours ambling about, knows that Greenport is a special place. But experiencing a lifetime within the tiny village with a big heart and bigger history is worth sharing. A panel of native Greenporters will do just that. Enjoy an evening with the EESM and begin to understand why memories, tales, and reminiscences are so poignant to all of us who call Greenport "Home".


Tim Fitall and the Sampawams Creek musicians – Well-known throughout Long Island and the tristate area, this will be an evening of sea chanteys: the history, lore and music. Chanteys were work songs and told the tales of high adventure.  The group brings alive the folklore of the great days of sail through their music.


Artist Joe Mullins and Gyotaku Print Making--Mr. Mullins comes to the EESM with a thorough knowledge and vast experience in the fine art of Gyotaku.   Gyotaku pronounced (gee-oh-tah-koo) means "fish rubbing” in Japanese.  It is a traditional form of Japanese fish printing, dating from the mid-1800s, used by fishermen to record their catch. For an additional fee, lecture attendees will have the opportunity to create their very own print to frame and hang proudly as "The one that DIDN'T get away". For print making fees:


Amy  Folk, Historian – Historian, author and curator at numerous Long Island museums, Ms. Folk will regale us with the lucrative, dangerous and extremely illegal history of rum running and boot legging throughout the east end of Long Island during the 1920’s and 30’s.



Yvonne Lieblein, Author – A Greenport native, Ms. Lieblein, has based her newly published book, Wheelhouse Café, in and around the North Fork and Manhattan.  The book uniquely incorporates original songs to enhance and move the story forward.  Joining her, will be her husband, Josh Horton, musician and composer of the original songs.



Larry Welcome – Hobbyist turned entrepreneur, Mr. Welcome will explain the complexity of creating  his hand made fishing lures, their unique appeal and reasons for their success.


Don Fisher and George Summers, the Railroad and Greenport's Economy– True railroad historians and the force behind Greenport’s Railroad Museum, Don and George will present the history of the railroad and its importance on Greenport’s economy and success dating from the late 1800 through modern times.   



Maritime Art Show presented by Artists of the North Fork- An artists' reception for the newly mounted show featuring local maritime scenes, through Labor Day weekend, September 5.  The evening will include discussions by the individual artists, their inspirations, choice of subject matter, creative process and techniques.  A portion of all sales will be shared with the East End Seaport.