The design for the proposed park.
The design for the proposed park.

The Sag Harbor Partnership, which is raising money for a proposed John Steinbeck Waterfront Park at the gateway to the village, has piggybacked onto Bay Street Theatre’s annual gala on Long Wharf, and is planning to host a benefit in Bay Street’s tent the following day, July 10, to raise money for the park.

The Big Tent Party for the Park
The Big Tent Party for the Park

The village envisions a 2.75-acre park at the site, most of which is privately owned. The village is considering condemning the privately owned land there, which has been slated for development as a condominium complex.

This fundraiser would raise money for the .7 acres of the property that is already owned by the village, according to the Sag Harbor Partnership, which is selling tickets ($50 for adults and $10 for kids under 16) on their website here.

The Big Tent Party for the Park on Long Wharf will be held from 5 to 8 p.m., but businesses throughout the village will be celebrating all day with special deals, raffles and an art auction at several Sag Harbor galleries.

Grenning Gallery, Romany Kramoris, Monika Olko Gallery, RJD Gallery, and Tulla Booth Gallery will hold the auction from from 2 to 7:45 p.m. Sag Harbor Partnership is putting together a preview page for the auction on their website.

At the Big Tent Party for the Park, there will be face painting, puppet-making, and other activities for kids, with a Taste of Sag Harbor-style party with tastings from Sag Harbor restaurants, food purveyors and vineyards.

Bagel Buoy, Baron’s Cove, Bay Burger, Buddhaberry, Cavaniola’s, Cilantro, Conca D’Oro, Corner Bar, Cove Deli, Dockside, Espresso, Estia’s Little Kitchen, Harbor Market, Il Cappuccino, Muse, Page, Provisions, Sag Harbor Baking Company, Sagtown Coffee, Schiavoni’s Market, Sen, Serene Green, Sing City, Tutto Il Giorno, and Wolffer Kitchen have signed on to contribute food; Bedell Cellars, Channing Daughters Winery, and Wölffer Estate Vineyard will provide wine and Sweet’tauk will be serving lemonade.

The Sag Harbor Fire Department is also bringing their big grills for a barbecue.

Tickets are $50 per person, and kids under 16 are $10 per person and are available online here. The Sag Harbor Partnership is asking attendees to make sure they include their names when buying tickets so they can enter at the door. Tickets at the door will be $60 per person and $15 per child under 16.

You can also register by sending a check to Sag Harbor Partnership, PO Box 182, Sag Harbor, NY 11963 by June 30 with “Park Tickets” in the memo field.

Sponsors are also being accepted at the following levels:

Through the Roof!: $5,000 and up
The Big Tent: $2,500 and up
Pillar of the Community: $1,000 and up
Sag Harbor Stakeholder: $500 and up.

For more information, email

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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