Songs, Poems & Stories for a Sea-Gazed Wanderer


“There’s a Lantern at the Landing, There’s a Gleam off Paradise.

There’s a Window in the Harbor like an Old Man’s Blinking Eyes.”


On Wednesday evening, November 8th, the Pembroke Library will present Stephen Sanfilippo in a concert of chanteys, ditties, ballads, Gospel songs, hymns, poems and stories that capture the romance of the sea without hiding its hardships. Stephen has collected and performed traditional maritime songs since the early 1970s, blending his interests in history, hard knocks workers’ songs, and dreamy ballads that carry the singer to far-away places and long ago times. A U.S. Navy veteran, and educator for over 40 years now teaching American history at Maine Maritime Academy. The songs Stephen sings reflect a boyhood in  Brooklyn, teens along Long Island’s shore, college near the Mississippi, duty stations beside the Chesapeake, and life Downeast. From schooners to men-of-war, from eels to whales, and from “Jack” at sea to his sweetheart ashore, the songs Stephen will sing tell of a love of the sea, and a gaze into its mystery. 

The November 8th concert starts at 6:30 PM. It will be held at the fully handicap accessible Pembroke Library, 221 Old County Road, opposite the horse track and fair grounds. Free Admission. Information at 207-726-4747, 207-726-4745, and seasonghistory@gmail.com