A Weekend of Cultural History in Sag Harbor

The second annual Sag Harbor Cultural History Weekend will take place Saturday and Sunday at locations throughout the village. This year's event, Sag Harbor: Port to the World, will highlight the village's maritime legacy.

The day's events will kick off at 9:30 a.m., when the Third New York Regiment of 1775 and the Sixth Connecticut Regiment will commemorate the 240th anniversary of the Meigs Raid by re-enacting the patriots' trek from Long Beach to Long Wharf. The troop will march up Main Street at approximately noon to ceremonies at Long Wharf, the American Hotel, and Old Whalers Church.

A boatbuilding demonstration by the East End Classic Boat Society will take place at 10 a.m. on the lawn of the Custom House, which will be open until 5 p.m.

From 10 until noon, a marine touch tank from the South Fork Natural History Museum will be on loan to the John Jermain Memorial Library, accompanied by a docent who can answer questions about the display and the marine environment.

The library will also host a talk by Bill Pickens on the history and significance of the Sag Harbor Hills, Azurest, and Ninevah subdivisions. He will discuss the interconnectedness of community, sustainability, and affordable housing at a time when the historically African-American neighborhoods are threatened by speculative development.

The Eastville Community Historical Society will present "Maxine's World," a solo mixed-media show of work by Maxine Townsend-Broderick that includes quilts, stained glass, ceramics, and sand art. A guided tour of Eastville will leave the society's Heritage House at 1:30 p.m.

At the Sag Harbor Whaling and Historical Museum, Cindy Pease Roe, a nautical artist from Greenport, will conduct an "upsculpt" workshop from noon to 3:30 in which participants can create their own sculptures from marine debris.

Other events will include a guided tour of Christ Episcopal Church at 12:30 p.m.; live music by Ludmilla and Marcello in the library's courtyard at 3:30; "Sag Harbor Views, Then and Now," an exhibition at the Sag Harbor Historical Society, and a lecture at Canio's Books at 5 on Herman Melville by Lisa Dickman, a Melville scholar, in advance of June's "Moby-Dick" marathon reading.

Two programs will take place on Sunday. At 11 a.m., Rabbi Dan Geffen will use archival images and inherited stories to illuminate the history of Temple Adas Israel, which was Long Island's first officially recognized synagogue. The talk will be followed by a question-and-answer session and a tour of the temple.

"The Salt of the Sea," a documentary by Tom Garber that focuses on a vanishing breed of independent commercial fishermen in New England, will be shown at 2 p.m. at the library. The film is from the archives of the Hamptons Take 2 Documentary Film Festival.