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Pirate Ball Countdown!

CollagesUptown, Downtown come one come all, it’s the Pirate Ball countdown! Spring has sprung and summer’s about to come!
As expected, we have even more sponsors! We welcome aboard Provence en Boite, Classic Harbor Line, DeBragga and Mad Mac Macaroon – Blimey!!
Of course we be eatin’ our mutton with our hands, wiping our mouths on our sleeves and drinking rum while singing songs.
Back in the day, pirates actually captured musicians and forced them to play music aboard the ships. The songs that the pirates loved most were the ones that they could sing and dance to and of course, drink to as well. So let me remind you all that plenty of merriment from this years entertainers is a guarantee! So, come join us all you buccaneers; heave ho all you scallywags and seadogs; you’ll be three sheets in the wind by the time you’re land ho!

That be the pirate way. david smith Trio

Pirate Ball 2015 almost here!

Yes folks, we’re only 25 days away from boarding ship! Have you saved the date? Have you decided what costume to wear? Have you decided who to bring? This is the event not to miss! Read on and see who’s joined us to assure you will have the best time ever!
We want to welcome back as well as thank our new sponsors for this years’ exciting event:
Con Edison, Investors Bank, Brooklyn Crab, Naturally Delicious, Musician’s General Store, Lion In The Sun, Sixpoint Brewery, Fairway, Stinky Brooklyn, Smith and Vine, Jolie Cantina, Petite Crevette, Manhattan by Sail, Bond Street Theater, William King Photography, Van Brunt Stillhouse, Red Hook Star Review, Big Apple Circus and Steve’s Authentic Key Lime Pie. (with even more to come!)

This year we honor Alice Scanlan and Josephine Myers (sisters) who grew up on the Lehigh Valley Barge as well as our captain, David Sharps!
We’ll also bring you “Live” musical performances from the David Smith Trio, and NYC’s favorite Dance Band – METROPOLIS! A Live Auction with auctioneer offering our guests various NYC sailing trips, a delicious sunset dinner for eight on-board the Barge as well as wonderful gifts and prizes for the very popular ‘Walk the Plank” and “Best Costume” of the night. Enjoy the breath taking sunset views of NY Harbor, the Statue of Liberty and the warm summer nights breeze on the pier……come on; how can you miss all that?

Yes, we guarantee a fantastic evening but what is not a guarantee is that without your support, the Lehigh Valley Barge No. 79 and the Red Hook Waterfront Barge Museum may not be able to continue this annual fundraiser in the future. So please, purchase your tickets now and share this extraordinary event with your family and friends. On behalf of David Sharps, and all of us on the Barge100 committee, thank you!

Check out the most recent Press Release:

Hello fellow shipmates, it’s been a while!

The committee for Barge100 has been working very hard with lots of progress for the “Pirate Ball 2015” fundraising event! This year we are honoring Alice Scanlon and Josephine Meyers (sisters) as well as our Captain himself, David Sharps! We’re having great sponsors supporting us (many from the last event) such as: Hometown BBQ, Brooklyn Crab, Van Brunt Still-house, Stinky Brooklyn, Petite Crevette, Jolie Cantina, Naturally Delicious, Musician’s General Store and more coming on board as we speak! Entertainment will be extraordinary this year with jazz from the David Smith Trio to start the night off and all night dancing with Metropolis, NYC’s premier dance band! If that’s not enough, we’ll also feature a “live” auction with unique and incredible items to bid on. Let us not forget the party outside; the always so popular Rum Bar and Walk the Plank attraction with a grand prize awarded for “Best Costume” hopefully worn by you! Please join us for this truly fun and benevolent event to support the Waterfront Museum Barge – Lehigh Valley No. 79 ( a 101 year old wooden barge) remain in Red Hook Brooklyn for all to enjoy for another 100 years to come!IMG_0599!



Hello all!

The Barge Centennial Committee  to oversee and manage the efforts of this years Barge 100’s “Pirate Ball” is proud to announce the next fundraising event!

After the major success of the last Pirate Ball held on Sept. 19th 2013, the committee felt that we should  once again promote this event for the benefit of keeping the Lehigh Valley No. 79/ Red Hook Waterfront Museum Barge afloat! (pun intended) It’s historical contribution to New York’s maritime heritage and the cultural benefits to the residents of Brooklyn, NYC and all over the world is important to preserve . If you’ve ever been to the barge or have attended this or any other event, then you know how important this mission truly is! The Pirate Ball was successful in this cause and promises to be once again.

If you didn’t hear about it or had missed it, then make sure you save the date! (time and details will follow soon.) In the meantime, feel free to contact us at: We look forward to hearing from you!

Here are some pictures from the last event; as you can see it was a great time had by all!

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LAND IN SEA July 26 to October 18, 2014 Artist Reception: Saturday, September 6, 2- 4 pm

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July 26 to October 18, 2014
Artist Reception:  Saturday, September 6,  2- 4 pm

The Waterfront Museum is pleased to present Land In Sea, featuring select large scale photographs by artist Stephen Mallon. The show’s focus is work from Mallon’s two powerful series “Brace for Impact” and “American Reclamation”. “Brace for Impact: The Salvage of Flight 1549” features Mallon’s sizeable photographs documenting the recovery by maritime contractor Weeks Marine of Flight 1549, the plane piloted by Sully Sullenberger III who successfully emergency-landed in the Hudson River on January 15, 2009 after a collision with a flock of geese resulted in both engines failing and saving all 155 people aboard. The other is “American Reclamation: Next Stop Atlantic”. NYC’s MTA joined the artificial reef-building program off the east coast of the U.S. in 2000. Mallon documents the progress of the train cars on their destination out to sea from 2008 to 2011.

Stephen Mallon’s strength is his subject choices coupled with his sensitive and powerful approach. This all comes in handy since most of us would not find state contracted construction projects all that engaging. Thankfully Mallon does. He looks at these construction projects and sees beauty, the power of nature and inspired engineering. He is there to witness for us huge subway cars past their prime dumped into the water to recycle them into underwater reefs to support sea life. He is also there to witness for us a large commercial airplane extracted from the water as the final step to the clean-up of an historic emergency landing. He is there to capture these moments and share them with us. And these moments can happen very fast. Stephen shares that “The moment the car hits the water there’s this Titanic-esque moment when the water overtakes the car as it sinks. It’s incredibly fast — from the moment it’s picked up and thrown overboard for the fishes. The change from seeing steel lying on a barge out in the Atlantic to watching water rush in as it hits the ocean is quite dramatic.”

Stephen Mallon’s work inspires us to consider our responsibility and respect for nature and our complicated relationship with it. It is this quality that makes the work distinctly American. Like artists before him Mallon continues the work of The Hudson River School, the oldest Art movement in America. These artists captured the American landscape in epic size to depict the power of nature and the relationship man has with it. Watching “Willis Avenue Bridge” makes you wonder what if the mid-19th century American painter Thomas Cole were given access to a film crew. Standing in front of a large photo of icy waters engulfing the hull of the plane speaks in a modern way of our relationship to nature.

Mallon also tells stories in motion. The show “Land In Sea” also features the time lapse video “A Bridge Delivered”. Set to the aptly name song “Bruckner Boulevard” by DJ Logic and composed of 30,000 still photographs Mallon’s Video is a lyrical piece following the newly constructed Willis Avenue Bridge from its assembly point near Albany to its home on the Harlem River near 125th Street. It is this video that inspired numerous awards and showings as well as a relationship with the Department of Transportation to continue his work documenting construction projects.

The show “Land In Sea” reminds us of the power of our relationship with nature and inspires us to find beauty in the overlooked. And it’s a good thing too since these are the things that make our time on earth all the more interesting.

Stephen Mallon is represented by Front Room Gallery, 147 Roebling Street, Brooklyn New York. 718-782-2556,

-Michele Jaslow, Curator

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