Historical boats from the Florida Institute for Saltwater Heritage are one of the attractions to the 2014 Gulf Maritime Festival March 29 on the Sponge Docks in Tarpon Springs.
TARPON SPRINGS - Tarpon Arts, the city of Tarpon Springs Arts and Cultural Program presents the fifth Gulf Maritime Festival Saturday, March 29, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., on the Sponge Docks.
As one of Floridaís few remaining downtown working waterfronts, the Tarpon Springs docks are one of the best venues to showcase Gulf Coast maritime folklife from Cortez to Cedar Key.
Demonstrators explore sponge diving and processing; mullet and shrimp nets; foodways such as mullet smoking and Greek kavourmas; shrimping; grouper, mullet, mackerel, and snapper fishing; boat building and much more.
Among the many participants are Florida Folk Heritage Award winners Taso Karistinos, sponge diver/captain, and Mike Berg, who makes duck decoys. The Florida Institute for Saltwater Heritage is bringing examples of several Florida boat types.
In additions to displays and demonstrations, interviews with those involved in maritime activities take place on a stage. There also is music and dance associated with maritime communities. Levendia Dance Troupe will perform and teach Greek dances and Six Volt Rodeo will play country and western swing music.
The Gulf Maritime Festival is supported in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.
The Sponge Docks are located on Dodecanese Boulevard between Athens and Roosevelt streets, Tarpon Springs.