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Horton Point Lighthouse Events: “Tale of the Whale” Opening and Chanteys with Stephen Sanfilippo

June 22, 2019 @ 11:30 am - June 23, 2019 @ 1:30 pm

Stephen N. Sanfilippo

The Southold Historical Society will host two seafaring events at the Horton Point Lighthouse this month, including an opening reception for an exhibition titled “Tale of the Whale” and a presentation of Long Island songs of the sea by chantey aficionado Stephen Sanfilippo.

The opening reception for “Tale of the Whale” will be held on Saturday, June 22, 2019 at 11:30 a.m.

In 2007, a small outer building at the lighthouse, which had originally been used to store oil for the light, was restored and converted to exhibit artifacts about whales. 

The exhibition needed some TLC and two volunteers, Vivian Eyre and Robert Travis, stepped forward to reinvigorate it. It is their passion to tell the story about these amazing mammals and their willingness to design and install the exhibition that has brought the project to fruition.

The unique location of the Whale House provides some challenges, due to moisture and other weather conditions. So when the Southold Historical Society’s Manager of Collections, Amy Folk, was consulted, she recommended using labels that are made of metal with a laminate finish, instead of the typical foam core.

The suggested admission to the museum, which is located at 3575 Lighthouse Rd., Southold, NY  11971, is $5 per adult and $10 per family.

The “Long Islanders’ Sing of the Sea” concert will take place at the lighthouse on June 23 at 1:30 p.m.

Stephen N. Sanfilippo has been described as a renaissance man. With a Ph.D. in History from Stony Brook University and most recently his retirement as an Assistant Professor for Maritime History at Maine Maritime Academy, Stephen has a broad knowledge of Long Island and the United States.

But the focus of the June 23 “Long Islanders’ Sing of the Sea” concert will involve another of his passions, Music of Maritime Folk.

Stephen has been performing songs of the sea since the early 1970s, concentrating on researching and singing songs of coastal and maritime life of Long Island and Downeast Maine.

Stephen will sing historic ballads a cappella and, if the audience is inclined, will lead historic chanteys in the true unaccompanied call-and-response manner. The performance is sure to include guitar, Anglo concertina, 5-string banjo, and harmonica.

If the weather is inviting, the concert will be set up outside in the Lighthouse Park. In the event of foul weather, the concert will take place inside the museum. Concert goers are encouraged to bring a lawn chair or blanket.

The suggested admission to the museum is $5 per adult and $10 per family. Separate donations for the concert will be accepted. Stephen is generously donating the performance for the benefit of Southold Historical Society.

Parking at Horton Point Lighthouse is available in the Southold Park District’s lot for a $5 fee (if not a Park District resident). Street parking is by Southold Town Permit only.

For information about this or other Society activities, email info@southoldhistorical.org or call 631.765.5500.


June 22, 2019 @ 11:30 am
June 23, 2019 @ 1:30 pm
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Southold Historical Society


Horton Point Lighthouse
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Southold, NY 11971 United States
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