"Out of the Box & Over a Barrel" - July 12,13,19 & 20 at 3 pm. Adults $13, kids $10. Red Hook, Brooklyn.

"Out of the Box & Over a Barrel" - July 12,13,19 & 20 at 3 pm, Red Hook. Advance Tickets here or type "Waterfront" into the www.smarttix.com. Adults $13, kids $10. Tickets at the door: Adults $15, kids $12.

This year, the floating home of the Waterfront Museum turns 100 years old. The vessel, the Lehigh Valley No. 79 is the only one of its kind still afloat in NY harbor and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

By following her 100-year history, the saga of commerce, transportation and the lives of the people of the working harbor unfold. Along the “Water Belt Line,” barges, (called lighters) and tugboats were the only link between ships and railways, moving goods across the harbor.

"Out of the Box" tells the story of this bustling era in NYC history before bridges and tunnels.  Based on true stories using maps, models, and puppets, this multi-discipline show aims to entertain and enlighten audiences about what this last-surviving wooden barge carried and the families and captains who lived on them.

Maritime scholars and almost a dozen old-timers and their oral histories add historical accuracy to the project. The leaders of “Out of the Box” are Deborah Kauffman, a physical actor and puppeteer, Stephen Kaplin director and puppeteer, Alma Sheppard-Matsuo, puppeteer and David Sharps, captain of Lehigh Valley #79 and a former entertainer aboard cruise ships.  The project is funded in part by the NY Council for the Humanities and the Brooklyn Arts Council NYSCA Regrant Program.


The story celebrates the 100th anniversary of the Lehigh Valley No. 79.