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New things are happening at the Waterfront Museum, docked across the street from the Fairway Market in Red Hook. Expect a full lineup of entertainment, educational programs and expanded open hours for the spring.

Walk across the gangway to visit Lehigh Valley Railroad Barge #79, the last wooden covered barge of its kind still floating. Barge #79 is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Visits include a chance to see the museum’s current exhibition, “Showboat — ‘Round the Bend” about the history of one of America’s most popular entertainment forms; tools, gongs, compasses, signboards and other artifacts about the history of the Tug and Barge “Lighterage Era” (1860-1960) when cargo was transported locally on the water before today’s bridges, tunnels, trucks and highways.

There will also be a display of the Captain’s “Serious Foolishness,” artist George Rhoades’ audio-kinetic ball machine, and a chance to pet Duey, the Barge bunny.

2008 Programs

Free Open House Hours, Thursdays 4-8 p.m. and (new!) Saturdays, 1-5 p.m., free; donations are requested.

“Showboat — ‘Round the Bend,” an exhibition currently on display presented in partnership with The Theatre Museum. Glimpse American Showboat history traveling along the nation’s waterways including NY Harbor and its tributaries. Featured are informative panels, video clips, oral histories, a painted “olio” curtain, and Showboat “Drifty’s,” show bells, captain’s costume and cash box.

Special Programs

Salon Reading: Brave New World Repertory, Moliere’s “School for Wives,” May 18 at 12:30 p.m. Tickets are $18 and include brunch. Call 718-469-5275 or visit www.bravenewworldrep.org.

Documentary Screening: “A Hole in a Fence,” May 29 at 7:30 p.m. “A Hole in a Fence” by D.W. Young looks at an abandoned lot in Red Hook and issues of development, class, and identity. Free, although donations are requested (see www.aholeinafence.com).

Documentary Screening: A Day Aboard The Clearwater Sloop — Greenpoint Video Project, June 12 at 7:30 p.m. A group from HarborCamp, a summer program of the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation, takes a cruise aboard the boat, where they learn about marine life in the Hudson and receive an introduction to sailing and seamanship. Clearwater Sloop sailors will attend.

Also to be screened is a student movie by PS 10 fourth grade students of educator Jane Cyphers, about their visit to the Waterfront Museum. Free, but donations are requested.

Governors’ Island Family Day: CIRCUSundays, May 31: Artistic Director Karen E. Gersch and Captain David Sharps take their show across the Buttermilk channel for a day (Hopes are someday Barge #79 might too make the trip). Free.

Governors’ Island Family Day: CIRCUSundays in June: June 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29 at 1 & 4 p.m. Back for its 13th season, professional acts from around the world will perform, and every Sunday is a different show. Handicapped accessible. Terrific harbor views, summer breezes and authentic entertainment.

Advance tickets are $10, kids; $16 adults. Tickets at the door are $12, kids; $18, adults. For tickets, call 877-238-5596 or go to www.smarttix.com.

For more about schools, camp and group tours by appointment, call 718-624-4719 or visit the education button at www.waterfrontmuseum.org.

The Waterfront Museum is located at 290 Conover Street.

Updated 11:48 am, January 16, 2019
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