This Weekend: Weather Station Dedication, The Blessing of the Fleet, and More

During Montauk's Blessing of the Fleet on Sunday, wreaths will be tossed in the water in memory of people who died during the past year, including The Star's own Russell Drumm. Matthew Charron

Over the weekend, the community will come together in various ways to remember some of those who left us over the winter, including the 101-year-old weatherman, Richard G. Hendrickson of Bridgehampton, at a dedication ceremony at the Long Pond Greenbelt, and Stuart Vorpahl, a bayman from Amagansett, and Russell Drumm, The Star's longtime fishing columnist, at Montauk's annual Blessing of the Fleet. Here's what's on tap for the weekend.


Ayse Kenmore, a member of the board of the Retreat domestic violence service agency, will sell items she has accumulated on her world travels on Saturday and Sunday at her house at 152 Montauk Highway. There will be antiques from her house and many decorative items.

An online preview can be found at Among the finds are armoires, mirrors, beds, chairs, and a Villeroy and Boch Phoenix Blau service for 12 plate set. Ms. Kenmore has had help from Gail Rothwell, a fellow Retreat board member. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days.

A new weather station at the Long Pond Greenbelt Nature Center will be dedicated to the late Richard G. Hendrickson in a ceremony on Saturday at 11 a.m. Tim Morrin of the National Weather Service will speak.

Mr. Hendrickson was a weather observer for 85 years; Mr. Morrin worked with him and his steady stream of observations for 25 of those years. The Richard G. Hendrickson Memorial Weather Station will provide a round-the-clock stream of weather data via the Internet, adding one more data point source from the East End, a relatively data-scarce area, according to the Friends of the Long Pond Greenbelt.

Chris Pickerell, the marine program director at the Cornell Cooperative Extension, will moderate a discussion focused on water quality habitat restoration, shellfish enhancement, and environmental stewardship on Saturday from 5 to 7 p.m., at the Art Barge on Napeague, with a panel of experts discussing marine and coastal habitat restoration and how the public can help through participation in C.C.E.’s Back to the Bays initiative. A reception will follow. Those interested in attending the free lecture have been asked to reserve a seat by email to or by calling 631-267-3172.


“Waves of Immigration: Growing Up in Sag Harbor,” a panel discussion led by Alexandra Eames, will take place at the Whaling Museum in Sag Harbor on Sunday morning at 11 in conjunction with the museum’s exhibition “Every Village Has a Story.”

The village has traditionally been a working-class place, and its various neighborhoods have housed a diverse population, including people of Jewish, African, Native American, Polish, Italian, and Hungarian heritage. Four residents, Patricia A. Archibald, William Pickens III, Diane Schiavoni, and Robert Browngardt, will join Ms. Eames for the conversation.

The annual Blessing of the Fleet will start at 5 p.m. on Sunday by the Montauk inlet. Local clergy will be posted at the town dock near the Dock restaurant to bless those who work on and sail the waters. The ritual, which includes gaily decorated boats of all kinds, can be seen from anywhere in the harbor area. After the blessing, the boats will head out to Block Island Sound, near the bell buoy, to throw memorial wreaths into the water, honoring watermen in the community who died in the past year.

Wreaths will be placed in the water for Mr. Drumm, Mr. Vorpahl, Capt. Paul Giangreco, Doug Oakland, Mike Decci, Capt. James Young, and Capt. Fritz E. Riege. The Montauk Star is donating the use of the boat for the clergy and family members for the wreath service.