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Long Island Maritime Museum christens catboat


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Long Island Maritime Museum hosts 4th annual Pirate Festival


Long Island Maritime Museum honors Remmer family of Oakdale


Long Island Maritime Museum hosts ceremony for Lt. Michael Murphy Sea Cadets




For Immediate Release:
January 20th, 2012

Long Island Maritime Museum Announces 2012 Membership Drive


West Sayville - The Long Island Maritime Museum (LIMM) is launching its annual membership drive on Sunday, January 29th.  All are encouraged to visit the museum from 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM to learn about the many exciting benefits being offered to museum members in 2012.  Admission is free, and there will be live entertainment, children's activities and light refreshments available.  Those who take advantage of becoming members on January 29th will be automatically entered to win a custom, handcrafted wooden boat to be raffled off at the Halloween Boat Burning in October.  "We owe our deepest gratitude to our members for enabling the museum to continue and to expand upon its mission of preserving Long Island's rich maritime heritage for educational purposes," stated Mike Eagan, museum Chairman.  "It is with this sense of appreciation that we devised some exciting and creative enhancements to our membership package including complementary admission to our premier festivals, complementary sails on our oyster sloop Priscilla, reduced rates on our educational programs and even discounts at local participating restaurants."

The museum, in partnership with Suffolk County, occupies a unique cultural niche on the East Coast.  It is situated on fourteen picturesque waterfront acres, with multiple buildings and seaworthy boats listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Media Contact:
Kathleen Prokesch
P: 631-854-4974
kprokesch@limaritime.org




For Immediate Release:
May 30, 2011


Long Island Maritime Museum To Participate In Blue Star Museums

Today the Long Island Maritime Museum announced the launch of Blue Star Museums, a partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, and more than 1,300 museums across America to offer free admission to all active duty military personnel and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day 2011. Leadership support has been provided by MetLife Foundation through Blue Star Families. The complete list of participating museums is available at www.arts.gov/bluestarmuseums.


For Immediate Release:
May 11, 2011

The 2nd Annual Pirate Festival Aaarghhhives at the Long Island Maritime Museum June 11th & 12th

West Sayville, NY- As pirate lovers eagerly await the upcoming release of Pirates of the Caribbean 4, the Long Island Maritime Museum announced the dates of the annual Pirate Festival and Classic Boat Show. On Saturday and Sunday, June 11th and 12th, hordes of pirates will descend upon the grounds of the museum, to entertain and delight children and their families. The event, designated as a “Best Bet” by Newsday in 2008, will feature live entertainment and historical reenactments by Ye Pyrate Brotherhood, Kings of the Coast, The Brigands, Strike the Bell and many more. In addition, there will be pirate costume contests, children’s activities, a thieves market and a showcase of antique and classicboats from the area. Admission is $8.00 per person, and is free for children ages 5 and under. Museum members who show their membership card will receive discounted admission.
For more information visit www.limaritime.org or call 631.HISTORY.
The Long Island Maritime Museum, which operates under a license agreement with Suffolk County Parks, serves “To preserve Long Island's maritime history and heritage for educational purposes”.

Media Contact:
Kathleen Prokesch
631-319-0199
kprokesch@limaritime.org


 March 21, 2011
For Immediate Release

Long Island Maritime Museum Presents Awards at Annual Trustees’ Dinner


The Long Island Maritime Museum will present the Polaris Award for Excellence to three recipients during its 6th Annual Board of Trustees’ Dinner to be held at Land’s End in Sayville on April 21st, 2011. Each year, the board recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions in the areas of economic development, government relations and education. This year the museum is pleased to recognize:
Donna Boyle, Executive Director
Brookhaven-Roe YMCA & Patchogue Family Center YMCA
A recipient of the Polaris Award for Excellence in economic development, Ms. Boyle has served as Executive Director of the Brookhaven-Roe YMCA for over a decade. Her passion for community development made her the driving force of both the planning and fund raising efforts to construct the state-of-the art YMCA facility in Patchogue.
Stephen Jones
Former CEO – Suffolk County Water Authority
Former Suffolk County Planning Director
The 2011 recipient of the Polaris Award for Excellence in government relations, Stephen Jones recently retired as CEO of Suffolk County Water Authority, a private benefit corporation and the nation’s largest underground water facility. His prior public service included ten years as Planning Director of Suffolk County and twelve years with the Town of Islip, including his role as Commissioner of Planning and Development.
Walter F. Schartner, Ed.D.
Superintendent, Sayville Public School District
A recipient of the Polaris Award for Excellence in education, Dr. Walter Schartner took the reins of the Sayville school district after having served thirty three years in the Sayville public school system. During his tenure as Principal of Sayville Middle School he helped it garner national attention by having it recognized as an Essential Elements - Schools to Watch in both 2000 and 2006. “These honorees exemplify the characteristics we strive to put into practice at the Long Island Maritime Museum. Their contributions to both their local communities and to Long Island as a whole have been significant and it gives me great pleasure that our Board of Trustees has chosen to recognize such worthy individuals.” said Michael Caldwell,
Executive Director of the Long Island Maritime Museum.
The Long Island Maritime Museum, which operates under a license agreement with Suffolk County Parks, serves “To
preserve Long Island's maritime history and heritage for educational purposes”.

Media & Event Contact: Kathleen Prokesch
Phone: 631.854.4974
kprokesch@limaritime.org


For Immediate Release:
October 18, 2010

Long Island Maritime Museum 20th Annual Boat Burning
“Catbird 16” to be raffled off”

West Sayville, NY- The Long Island Maritime Museum today announced their 20th Annual Boat Burning to be held at the Long Island Maritime Museum in West Sayville on Friday, October 29th at 5:30 pm; rain date is October 30th. The Boat Burning, which takes place on Museum grounds, marks the height of fall with an event for the whole family. Admission will be $5.00 with children under 12 free; no coolers or pets please.

Later in the night, the winning raffle ticket for the 16’ Cruising Sharpie “Catbird 16” will be drawn. “Catbird 16” was hand made by volunteers of the Museum in the Moonbeam Boat Shop with Bob Grooms serving as Boatwright. It is a beautiful wooden boat that comes completely finished with sails and a removable cabin. Volunteers build a new boat every year to be raffled off at the same event. Tickets are sold months in advance and can be purchased right up until the time of the drawing the night of October 30th. They are $5.00 each or 5 for $20.00.

“This annual event has become a fall tradition in our community,” Executive Director Natasha Alexenko said, “We also get the chance to show off the outstanding craftsmanship of our boat shop volunteers by raffling off a piece of their work. We love bringing unique events such as the boat burning to the community we serve.”

Hot drinks, snacks, and delicious chowders will be available at minimal costs. Live music will keep the crowds entertained as the boat is set ablaze by the West Sayville Fire Department. Glow-in-the dark jewelry and items will be available for purchase at the gift shop.

The Long Island Maritime Museum, which operates under a license agreement with Suffolk County Parks, serves “To preserve Long Island's maritime history and heritage for educational purposes”.

Natasha Alexenko, Executive Director
Long Island Maritime Museum
631-854-4974
nalexenko@limaritime.org


For Immediate Release:
April 16, 2010

LI Maritime Museum Announces Inaugural Sailing Season for Passengers aboard the Priscilla

WEST SAYVILLE, NEW YORK – Restored 1888 Oyster Sloop Priscilla, Floating Ambassador of the Long Island Maritime Museum, sets sail for a series of summer events. The vessel is scheduled to begin taking passengers out on the Great South Bay the first week of May, 2010.

The 122 year-old sailing ship has undergone continuous maintenance and repairs throughout her history, including a major restoration in 2002 and 2003. She was owned by several oystermen from New York and Connecticut before being donated to the Museum in 1976. Priscilla has been featured in a variety of special regattas throughout her history, including the Parade of Tall Ships at the “Salute to the Statue of Liberty” Fourth of July Celebration in 1986.

“By offering interactive public sailings, living history experiences and educational programs, the ship furthers Long Island Maritime Museum’s mission to motivate people to take care of the environment, the history and the culture of Long Island through education, preservation and example.” said the Museum’s Executive Director, Natasha Alexenko. “We are thrilled to share her with the community she serves.

”Owned and operated by the Long Island Maritime Museum, Priscilla acts as an ambassador through its diverse programs scheduled at many ports throughout the season. Passengers will be given an opportunity to help the crew navigate on the Great South Bay, learn about the ship’s history and the local environment or merely sit back, relax and enjoy the spectacular view.

Ticket prices for public sails are $25 for adults 13-59, $20 for adults 60+ and $15 for children under 12. Long Island Maritime Museum members receive special discounts and are invited on exclusive sailing excursions. For a full sailing schedule, guests can visit the Museum’s website at www.limaritime.org or call the Museum at (631) 854-4974.

Editors: Priscilla welcomes media aboard to observe operations and interview crew. For arrangements, contact Michelle Hausman at mhausman@limaritime.org. Additional Priscilla facts are available upon request.

The Long Island Maritime Museum, which operates under an agreement with Suffolk County Parks, serves “To preserve Long Island's maritime history and heritage for educational purposes”.


For Immediate Release:
February 24, 2010

Long Island Maritime Museum’s Flagship, Priscilla, Turns 122 Years Old
Museum Celebrates with a Festival for the Whole Family

West Sayville, NY - On Sunday, April 11, 2010, the Long Island Maritime Museum’s flagship, Priscilla, turns 122 years old. A Birthday Party will be held in her honor on the grounds of the Long Island Maritime Museum located at 86 West Avenue in West Sayville, New York from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Admission for this event is $5.00. Children 5 and under are admitted free of charge.

The Oyster Sloop, acquired by the Museum in 1976, underwent an extensive restoration during a 19-month period due to her deteriorating condition. Special attention to historical details ensured that she was restored to her original appearance. The Long Island Maritime Museum is now ready to share her with the community and this kick-off event will be the start of just that.

The day will feature interpretations of Priscilla’s story and the restoration she underwent. Visitors are encouraged to bring their cameras as they will be given an opportunity to get up close and personal with this unique, functioning artifact. Also available to visitors will be trips aboard the Museum’s Bay Exploration Vessel, the Sea Hunt.

Pirates and interactive activities will be available for children of all ages. Oysters will be shucked and served right outside of the Museum’s Rudolph Oyster House, a National Historic Landmark. Visitors will be entertained by folk guitarist, John Corr, and food and drinks for the whole family will be available for purchase.

The Festival will be one of many planned this season to highlight Priscilla. She will be the Museum’s Floating Ambassador throughout the spring, summer and fall, making appearances at many events throughout Long Island.

“We are so excited to bring Priscilla to the public,” Museum Director, Natasha Alexenko said. “She is such an integral part of Long Island’s history, and we cannot wait to see her majestically sailing the waters of the Great South Bay”.

The Long Island Maritime Museum, which operates under an agreement with Suffolk County Parks, serves “To preserve Long Island's maritime history and heritage for educational purposes”.


For Immediate Release:
December 17, 2009

Eagle Scout Project at the Long Island Maritime Museum
USCG Bell Housing Project Unveiled

West Sayville, NY- The Long Island Maritime Museum today announced the unveiling of Mike Andres’ Eagle Scout Project to be held on museum grounds on Saturday, December 19th at 12:00 pm. The project involved the restoration of the wooden bell housing that was in serious disrepair. New materials were cut and painted to identically match the existing frame maintaining its historic relevance. In addition to the housing, bricks were laid around the bell.

The restored bell was once aboard a U.S. Coast Guard Ship. It weighs 1,200 pounds and its inscription says, “Blake Bell Co. U.S. Light House Establishment 1896.” Its origin is the U.S. Light House South Portland, Maine, cast at Boston, Massachusetts in 1896.

“This is an outstanding example of how the Long Island Maritime Museum and its community can work together to serve each other,” Director Alexenko said. “We are so excited to be the host of such an amazing project that has made such an improvement to our Museum.”

Mike Andres is a student at Sayville High School and belongs to Troop 560, Unit No. Benjamin Talmadge.

The Long Island Maritime Museum, which is situated on Suffolk County Parks’ grounds, serves “To preserve Long Island's maritime history and heritage for educational purposes”.