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Sag Harbor Cultural Heritage Day


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Sag Harbor Cultural Heritage Day


The Sag Harbor Cultural District (SHCD*) will host numerous events throughout the day to celebrate the rich cultural history of the Village of Sag Harbor. The day’s events will provide an intimate and fascinating look at history, culture, music, and community.

- Bay Street Theater & Sag Harbor Center for the Arts is pleased to announce Judy Carmichael, world renowned Jazz pianist and longtime Sag Harbor resident, who will be performing in the theater at 8 PM. joining her, is Billy Stritch, a Grammy award winning musician and legendary accompanying pianist for Liza Minelli. Tickets range between $50 and $75 and are available online at www.baystreet.org or by calling the Bay Street Theater Box Office at 631-725-9500, open Tuesday through Saturday from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

- Canio’s Cultural Cafe will be celebrating Walt Whitman, one of Long Island’s and America’s greatest poets, with a marathon reading of Leaves of Grass from 10 AM to 6 PM. The reading is hosted in honor of Whitman’s birthday, May 31st. There will be a pre-marathon talk by Karen Karbiener, a Walt Whitman scholar, on Friday, May 20, at 6:00 PM. There will also be a post-marathon after party at the shop from 6 to 7:30 PM. All are welcome to come and listen. Visitors can also have their photograph taken with Walt Whitman outside the shop. To register to read or sponsor a poem, call: 631-725-4926 or email caniosculturalcafe | gmail ! com.

- Historic Christ Episcopal Church, built in 1894, will open its doors at 12:30 PM for a tour of its marvelous architecture and historic Tiffany windows. At 12:45 PM, Dr. Daniel Koontz will give a brief demonstration of the magnificent Mӧller pipe organ.

- Sag Harbor Custom House: The Society for the Preservation of Long Island Antiquities (SPLIA), which owns and manages the Custom House, will sponsor two events:

1) Readings from the Letters of Henry Packer Dering will take place from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Appointed by George Washington, Henry Packer Dering was the first Customs Collector for the Port of Sag Harbor and his letters offer a candid view into his life during the early 1800s. Ranging from debt and money problems to health issues, education, the effects of weather, and accounting for supplies, we see Dering and his family come alive in familiar ways, as in advising his daughter in 1812 “not to purchase a house for $600 and $800 more in furnishings as the situation of our affairs is not good and there is so great a prospect of war." Connecting to our interpreted collections, letters will read in different rooms throughout the day, often relating to artifacts on display.

2) Sag Harbor’s Historic House Styles for Homeowners and Realtors
Sag Harbor’s historic buildings reflect a rich array of architectural styles and vernacular features
spanning three centuries. Jason Crowley, Preservation Director at SPLIA, will explore the village’s architectural history, identifying decorative motifs that can help homeowners and realtors better understand when a building was first constructed, when alterations may have occurred, and what cultural factors may have influenced the building’s style. This presentation will take place from 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM in the lobby of the Bay Street Theater, 1 Bay Street
Sag Harbor, NY 11963.

- The Eastville Community Historical Society will host a folklore walking tour through the section of Eastville that is believed to have been a part of the Underground Railroad. The tour will include the St.David AME Zion Church, built in 1840, the St. David AME Zion Cemetery, founded in 1857, and the Heritage House, which was a 1920 Sears and Roebuck catalog order house. The tour begins at the Heritage House, located at 139 Hampton Street, where participants can also view the “Black Memorabilia, Images and Icons” exhibition.

- John Jermain Memorial Library will host 3 events for Cultural Heritage Day:

1) Sag Harbor Stories, inspired by StoryCorps and using similar technology to their app, the Library will host a recording booth where visitors can record interviews in which they discuss their lives in Sag Harbor, events in the town’s history that they witnessed or took part in, and any other stories they want preserved. These “oral histories” will become a part of the library’s permanent local history collection and will be made available for streaming on the library’s website.

2) Sag Harbor 2016: A Photographic Record will take place during the 6 weeks leading up to Cultural Heritage day. In this time, the library will collect photographs of Sag Harbor taken in 2016 by members of the community. Anyone may contribute. These photographs will be displayed digitally at the library on Cultural Heritage Day.

3) Make History with John Jermain. Between 10:00 AM and 5:00 PM the library will accept donations of photographs, yearbooks, sketchbooks, deed, genealogies, menus, Sag Harbor phone and business directories, placemats, maps, house and garden plans, nautical memorabilia, ephemera, and artifacts of all kinds. These donations will become a part of the newly expanded local history collection. All donations of primary documents to the library are tax deductible and will be acknowledged with a form for the IRS.
Call 631-725-0049 for more information.

- - The Sag Harbor Historical Society which is housed in the Annie Cooper Boyd House & Museum on Main Street, will be presenting Plants, Pills, & Poultices. The exhibit will open at 2:00 PM and will feature an array of artifacts from the career of Dr. Edgar Miles, an eclectic Sag Harbor Physician and 19th Century Medical Rebel, and that of his son E.L. Miles, a druggist. The exhibit will feature many medical tools, books, prescriptions, advertisements, original bottles, labels, and more. A history of Eclectic medicine will elaborate on the “new” methods that Dr. Miles and others were using at this time. For more information, call 631-725-5092. Admission is free, but donations are appreciated.

- The Sag Habor Whaling Museum’s first exhibit of the 2016 season will be Places, curated by Elise Goodheart. On Cultural Heritage day there will be a special preview of the exhibit, which officially opens on May 30th, with a reception on Friday, May 27th. The focus of Places is to document and portray the working-class roots of Sag Harbor Village with an emphasis on buildings, architecture, and locales through paintings and photographs. The museum will be open from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

- The Sag Harbor American Music Festival presents a free solo show by acclaimed local musician, Alfredo Merat who will perform his original arrangements of the most favorite songs of Jacques Brel with a flamenco guitar twist. The songs will be sung in the original French, and Mr. Merat will provide short introductions in English that will include interesting anecdotes from the life, songs, interviews with and other works by the composer. This concert will take place from 4:00 to 5:00 pm at Christ Episcopal Church, 5 Hampton Street, Sag Harbor.

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