Oyster Fest – with pumpkins a plenty – headed for 69th Street Pier

In Bay Ridge, the catch of the day on Sunday, October 26, will be pumpkins as the historic sailboat Clearwater delivers a load of the bright orange gourds to the 69th Street Pier during Bay Ridge Arts and Cultural Alliance (BRACA)’s Oyster Fest.

The celebration doesn’t just mark the end of October, but also the last day of the popular boat rides that have set sail this summer from the Eco-Dock.

The event — sponsored by Councilmember Vincent Gentile, the Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance, the Scandinavian East Coast Museum, The Greenhouse Café and BJ’s — will feature a live musical performance by Bob Wright and his band, crafts such as shell painting, an exhibit of historic maritime images from the Scandinavian East Coast Museum, free seafood chowder, educational demonstrations from the Million Oyster Project and kids’ games. As for the pumpkins, they will be available to crafty children for painting.

“I am pleased to be able to sponsor an event to bring together community members, educators, students and the Bay Ridge Eco Dock who have been coordinating the Million Oyster Project and other educational programs,” Gentile commented.

Both adults and children are welcome to don pirate gear for the occasion, which will last from 2 to 6 p.m., according to BRACA President Victoria Hofmo. The pumpkins’ arrival is scheduled for 3 p.m. Those who attend will also have a chance to tour the sailboat.

For more information, call 718-748-5950.

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