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Thousands enjoy 21st annual seafood festival in W. Sayville

Michael Rowland, of West Sayville, enjoys roasted corn

Michael Rowland, of West Sayville, enjoys roasted corn during the 21st annual Seafood, Craft and Music Festival at the Long Island Maritime Museum in West Sayville. (Aug. 25, 2012) Credit: Ursula Moore

Tom Livingston decided the best way to spend his last days of summer was to eat lobster.

And there was no better spot for that than the 21st annual Seafood, Craft and Music Festival held on the grounds of the Long Island Maritime Museum in West Sayville on Saturday.

“The summer is almost over and I wanted to enjoy it eating good seafood,” said Livingston, of Massapequa.

The event featured 80 vendors including local artisans who offered handmade jewelry, clothing and paintings, live music and a wide assortment of seafood such as lobsters, mussels, clams and oysters.

“The food is great,” said Lenny Catalano, of Bohemia. “The lobster roll and roasted corn are the best.”

The money raised from the festival will go toward the museum’s educational programs, exhibits and maintenance of the 75 wooden boats displayed in the Theodore T. Everitt and Bryan Lawrence Small Craft Building.

“We are a not-for-profit organization so we have to raise our money through fundraisers,” said museum director Steve Jones. “It’s a beautiful day and we have delicious food – lobster, oysters and clams. The food is delicious.”

Thousands of individuals perused the wide assortments of items on display.

Mark Vertichio, of Patchogue, had a taste for pickles and picked up a couple of jars from the Pickle Packin’ Papa tent.

Meanwhile, 8-year-old Emily Martin, of Patchogue, found a colorful twisty tube to add to her hair from the Hair Braidz tent.

And 9-year-old twins Ghordyn and Ganelle Russell, of Inwood, said the best part of the festival was a tie between eating snow cones and watching the pirate show.

The museum director of special events, Kathleen Prokesch, was thrilled to see the beautiful weather, especially because last year’s festival was postponed due to Tropical Storm Irene.

“We are so happy about this great weather,” said Prokesch. “We have so much to offer from the pirate show to the petting zoo to the live music on stage to the great food.”

The festival continues Sunday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Admission is $8 per person. Kids under the age of 5 are free.

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