We are finally venturing out to paint en plein air.
Sag Harbor has recently reopened Long Wharf after extensive renovations. We ventured over to have a look and see if we could capture some of the view on canvas. We were greeted by gorgeous cumulous clouds and a spacious open area to set up our easels.
No one nearby.
Award winning Express News Group photographer Michael Heller has just released a new book, "A Short History of Sag Harbor's Long Wharf". Its collection of news clips and photographs narrate the history of this Sag Harbor landmark.
July 11, 1896
"A nine foot shark was moored at Long Wharf last Saturday evening, having been captured by Captain Joseph Bassett and towed in as a curiosity, it attracted not a little attention." (The Sag Harbor Express 7/16/1896 p.3) via A Short History of Sag Harbor's Long Wharf)
While we were painting, a young fisherman made his own mark on the history of Long Wharf. I witnessed the excitement of his catch of a baby shark. He reeled it onto the pier with barely any help from his Dad. Little Sis kept her distance after it was determined that a shark was on the line. I'm sure a few people at Windmill Beach would be surprised to know what is swimming nearby! We did sing the song as the shark was released into the bay.
A satisfying afternoon of painting in a beautiful atmosphere. I took great care not to drop any painty brushes on the wharfs beautiful new decking!
A 1910 postcard showing Long Wharf from the water with Maidstone Pier at left.