Bay Street Theater to host concert for Sag Harbor’s first responders

Bay Street Theater benefit

The Bay Street Theater is hosting an event for those who responded to a fire on Sag Harbor’s Main Street in December. (Credit: Michael Heller)

In the early morning hours of Friday, December 16, a fire broke out on Sag Harbor’s Main Street. Fanned by high winds, the fire quickly spread to other buildings and fire departments and ambulance crews from across the East End came to the aid of Sag Harbor’s firefighters.

By the time the fire was extinguished, several buildings had been badly damaged or destroyed — including the iconic Sag Harbor Cinema.

While Sag Harbor and its citizens must regroup to decide what comes next for the village, the Bay Street Theater is looking to lift spirits and acknowledge the first responders who turned out to help by hosting a benefit concert to raise funds for Sag Harbor’s volunteer ambulance and fire departments.

The concert, entitled “A Night of Thanks,” will take place at Bay Street Theater on Thursday, January 19 at 7 p.m. The concert is in honor of the courageous work done by the Sag Harbor Fire and Ambulance Departments, as well as all of the police and fire departments that worked diligently on Main Street on December 16.

The event will be a night of great music by some of the East End’s most well-known artists. The evening begins with Nancy Atlas and the Nancy Atlas Project, followed by the Hoodoo Loungers, and then a set by Gene Casey and the Lone Sharks. In addition to great music, there will be a special raffle in the lobby with items and prizes donated from local retailers and restaurants.

Tickets are $50, available at the box office at (631) 725-9500, online at, or at the door if not sold out.

Bay Street Theater is donating the theater and staff services, and the musicians are donating their time and talents for the concert.

Benefits by Bay Street is a program that periodically provides the theater space and staffing to help others in need. Past events have benefitted victims of the typhoon in the Philippines, the earthquake in Haiti, and the tsunami in Japan. Bay Street has raised over $20,000 at these events.