Maritime Festival on the North Shore
The Atlantic Salt Co., the Noble Maritime Collection and the Staten Island Chamber of Commerce are coming together to present a free community festival in August.
The “Atlantic Salt Maritime Festival” will take place at the site of the Atlantic Salt Co., 561 Richmond Terrace, New Brighton, on Aug. 29 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be free events, free entertainment and free food.
“To be a part of this festival, we asked businesses to donate their goods and services, from food and drinks to entertainment,” explained Paul Lamb, terminal manager of Atlantic Salt. “It’s all about giving back to the community, and we want to show our appreciation to the Staten Island community.”
In addition, a replica of explorer Henry Hudson’s ship, the Half Moon, will visit Staten Island as part of the statewide Hudson-Fulton-Champlain Quadricentennial celebration.
Also, the Waterpod, a floating, sculptural, eco-habitat designed for the rising tides, and the W.O. Decker tugboat will be at the festival.
Atlantic Salt is owned by Eastern Salt Co., a family-owned business operating on Boston Harbor in the city of Chelsea.
Since 2001, Eastern Salt has arranged visits with four tall ships and a Coast Guard cutter and helicopter to dock at its property in Chelsea. Events include tours, face painting and games for chilldren as well as prizes. The Chelsea festival draws thousands of people each year. The company hopes to do the same on Staten Island, Lamb said.
To prepare for the festival on the Island, Atlantic Salt has cleared its salt mountains at the New Brighton site and is still cleaning up the area to make way for public parking, activity tents, inflatable games and an Astroturf surface.
“We want to make it safe for the community to come in and enjoy the festival,” said Lamb.
The Atlantic Salt Co. employs more than 150 people at its site during the winter, as it provides salt to de-ice roads along the Eastern Seaboard. The company felt it was ideal to reach out to the Noble Maritime Collection and Staten Island Chamber of Commerce to network with Island businesses.
A part of the mission of the Noble Maritime Collection is to continue John A. Noble’s legacy of celebrating the people and traditions of the working waterfront of New York Harbor. The Noble Collection’s home is located on the grounds of the Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Garden in Livingston.
The Chamber is hosting meetings for businesses that would like to participate in the festival. The next meeting is July 9 at 9 a.m. in the chamber’s office, 130 Bay St., St. George.
By Stephannia F. Cleaton