The East End Seaport Museum’s Maritime Festival in Greenport, rescheduled to the weekend of Oct. 21 and 22 from late September, proved to have something for everyone — wind, rain, a little sun and a lot of cheer to brighten up what has been an otherwise gloomy and rainy weekend fall festival season on the East End.

The festival, which is usually a rain-or-shine event, was cancelled back in September as the East End was buffeted by what would end up being four days of gale-force winds from the remnants of Tropical Storm Ophilia.

Most of the events, except for the kayak races, were rescheduled, and while clouds and rain somewhat dampened Saturday’s festivities, Sunday provided a crisp autumn day to explore the harbor, which is in the lee of a brisk west wind.

Above: Leslie Thompson leads the crowd in the National Anthem

Above: Sts. Anargyroi Taxiarchis & Gerasimos Greek Orthodox Church in Greenport holds its annual ceremony of diving for the Cross at Greenport’s 2023 Maritime Festival. Parishioner Panayiotis dives for the Cross, Father Vasilios Louros recites the benediction

Beth Young
Beth Young is an award-winning local journalist who has been covering the East End since the 1990s. She began her career at the Sag Harbor Express and, after receiving her Masters from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, has reported for the Southampton Press, the East Hampton Press and the Times/Review Media Group. She founded the East End Beacon website in 2013, and a print edition in 2017. Beth was born and raised on the North Fork. In her spare time, she tinkers with bicycles, tries not to drown in the Peconic Bay and hopes to grow the perfect tomato. You can send her a message at

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