Source: The Independent

HarborFest Hits Sag

by Emily Toy

September 12, 2012

Although Labor Day has come and gone, Sag Harbor will be bustling this weekend as residents of the village celebrate the annual HarborFest on Long Wharf.

On Friday there will be a harvest sampler and wine tasting reception at the Sag Harbor Whaling and Historical Museum, to kick-off the event. It’s $10 per person and begins at 6 PM.

The two-day long HarborFest begins Saturday morning at 9 AM with a farmers market set up adjacent to Long Wharf. There will also be an arts and crafts fair on the Wharf at 10 AM.

Main Street will be extra lively with a sidewalk sale from 10 AM to 4 PM.

During the sidewalk sale on Main Street, Long Wharf will have its own variety of food and drink options as local restaurants, caterers, and wineries set up shop from 10 AM to 4 PM both days. Expected purveyors include Bay Burger, Phao, Muse, Tim’s Market, The Golden Pear, and Bagel Buoy. Starting at 10 AM, classic boat displays, children’s games and activities, face painting, karaoke, Coast Guard inspections and knot tying will all be offered on Long Wharf.

There will be a walking tour of Sag Harbor, beginning at the windmill at 10:30 AM. Children’s story time, hosted by John Jermain Memorial Library, will be at 10:30 AM on the Wharf.

The American Beauty tour ship will be giving cruises of local waters while people can participate in a corn shucking contest (kids are welcome) and hear a concert by John Corr. All three events begin at 11 AM, with Corr’s concert going until 3 PM.

Noon marks the beginning of the annual Whalers Cup Whaleboat Races, beginning at Windmill Beach, right next to the Wharf, with the finals on Sunday at 3 PM.

The Sag Harbor Community Band will perform at 1 PM, while Joyeusse Garde: Steinbeck in Sag Harbor is shown all day at Bay Street Theatre.

At 4 PM, there will be a lobster roll-eating contest, followed by a concert at Bay Street Theatre by Nancy Atlas at 6 PM.

On Sunday, there’s Pilates on the beach near the windmill at 9 AM, during which an arts and crafts fair featuring local artisans will be on Long Wharf until 4 PM.

Paddleboarding demonstrations and short course races begin at 10 AM at Windmill Beach. A walking tour, “Women’s Lives,” starts at 10:30 AM, where participants will see the homes of famous women that were born or lived in Sag Harbor.

The annual chowder contest is at noon. All the local restaurants have been invited to bring their best Manhattan and New England style chowders. $5 per person to taste all the different soups.

Sunday’s HarborFest rounds out with a Women in One Design Regatta, sailboat races off Havens Beach at 2:30 PM. $10 to participate. After the whaleboat races championship, one of the most popular events, the clam-shucking contest, is at 3:30 PM on Long Wharf.