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Maritime Folk Arts Programs in Oyster Bay 2017

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Start Date: April 30, 2017
End Date: April 30, 2017
Time: 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Location: Oyster Bay Historical Society, 20 Summit Avenue, Oyster Bay, NY

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Sunday, April 30 at 2pm

LI Traditions is co-sponsoring with the Oyster Bay Historical Society a series of maritime folk arts programs at the historical society in the coming months.  There will be four programs altogether, examining oystering, the Erie Canal and current folk arts of the region.  All programs are free and open to the public.  They will take place at the Oyster Bay Historical Society, located at 20 Summit Avenue in Oyster Bay.

Topics to be discussed include traditional approaches to harvesting shellfish, environmental changes in the harbor, and current challenges to this way of life.

The third program is the screening of “Boom or Bust: America’s Journey on the Erie Canal.”  The program will take place on April 30 at 2pm.  “Boom and Bust: America’s Journey on the Erie Canal,” tells the story of industrial expansion and decline along the Erie canal while creatively meditating on economic cycles and the American Dream. The film examines the impact of this economic expansion and decline on the lives of workers in steel, grain, textiles and shipping. Produced and directed by Paul Wagner and Steve Zeitlin in partnership with Daniel Franklin Ward, Boom & Bust asks the overarching question, in the wake of economic collapse, can the people of America’s cities find meaning and worth?  A panel discussion will follow featuring producers and folklorists Steve Zeitlin and Dan Ward, and Steve Wunder, a retired canal barge boat captain.

The final program will be an afternoon demonstration and concert that examines the folk traditions of the Hudson River and Long Island.  The program will take place on May 6 from 1-5 pm.  Participants will include boat builder and model maker Christopher 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.


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Event categories: Cinema, Family, History, and Workshops/Classes.Event tags: Cinema, Community, Documentary, Family/Kids, Film, Historical Landmark, History, Interactive, Nassau, Story Telling/Reading, and Workshop.

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