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Summer Celebrations In Wood

By Shauna Boughton

A luxurious picture book has just been released from W.W. Norton & Company called The Book Of Wooden Boats: Volume III, which is filled with the brilliant photographs of Benjamin Mendlowitz, with text by Maynard Bray. Those in the know have waited 10 years for this third volume from these celebrated collaborators. Anyone with a love for history and boats, and who has the respect for the work that it takes to maintain these vessels, will enjoy the 200 photos and fascinating descriptions of these glorious wooden boats of all types.

For those who'd like to oogle wood boats in real life, between June and October around the country many such beautiful wood boats will gather. Here are the dates of some of the most significant of these events, so you can head over and check out the glistening beauty of days gone by. Many of these terrific events include lots of fun activities for the whole family. Check the websites for additional shows and to confirm exact dates and locations, and check our magazine website for more great events.

2011 Wooden Boat Shows & Events

  • June 10-12: J Class Regatta, Newport RI. Newport Shipyard, shoreline spectators may view from inner bay. www.sailnewport.org/regattas/J%20Class%20Regatta/jclassregatta.html
  • June 17-19: Antique & Classic Boat Festival, Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels MD. www.chesapeakebayacbs.org
  • June 19: Wooden Boat Show, Corinthian Yacht Club, Master Mariners Benevolent Association, Tiburon CA. www.mastermariners.org
  • June 24-26: The 20th Annual WoodenBoat Show, Mystic Seaport CT. www.thewoodenboatshow.com
  • June 25: 37th Annual Lake Hopatcong Boat Show, Lake Hopatcong Yacht Club, Mt. Arlington NJ. www.lhacbs.org

  • July
  • July 8-9: 14th Annual Chautauqua Lake Antique Boat Show, Bemus Point NY, at Village Park & Casino docks. www.cltt-acbs.org
  • July 9: South Arm Classic Boat Show, Lake Charlevoix Harbor, East Jordan MI. www.southarmclassicboats.com
  • July 9: Grand Lake Antique Boat Show, Rocky Mountain Classics Chapter/ACBS, Grand Lake Marina, Grand Lake CO. Contact Chris Braaf, cbraaf@msn.com, 970-887-2210, http://www.rockymtnclassics.org
  • July 9: 27th Annual Mahogany Memories, Southern New England ACBS Chapter, Connecticut River Museum, Essex CT. Contact Dave or Lynn McFarlin at dmcfarlin@snet.net or Craig Lifland at clifland@zeis, southernnewenglandchapter-acbs.org/
  • July 16: 16th Annual Antique & Classic Watercraft Show, Clear Lake Chapter ACBS, Clear Lake IA, at the downtown sea wall.
  • July 22-23: 19th Annual Portland Antique and Classic Boat Show, Columbia Willamette ACBS Chapter, Portland OR. Contact Steve Ellwood, ellwood4292@comcast.net, www.acbs.org
  • July 23-24: Antique & Classic Boat Show, Philadelphia ACBS Chapter, Independence Seaport Museum, Philadelphia PA. Inaugural show. Contact Brian Gagnon, 856-727-9264, http://www.acbsphl.org
  • July 23-24: 36th Annual Antique and Classic Boat Rendezvous, Mystic Seaport CT. "http://www.mysticseaport.org
  • July 30-38: Annual Lake Winnipesaukee Antique & Classic Boat Show, New England ACBS Chapter, Meredith public docks, Meredith NH. http://www.necacbs.org
  • July 30: Lake Superior's 13th Annual Wooden Boat Festival, Barker's Island Marina, Superior WI. http://www.stewartriver.com/LSWBF.html

  • August
  • August 5-7: 47th Annual Boat Show and Auction, Antique Boat Museum Clayton NY. www.abm.org
  • August 6: 24th Annual "Boats on the Boardwalk" Boat Show, ACBS Water Wonderland Chapter, downtown along the Boardman River, Traverse City MI. Contact Laura White, lswhitern@aol.com, www.wwcacbs.com
  • August 6: Frisco Boat Show, Rocky Mountain Classics Chapter/ACBS, Frisco Marina, Frisco CO. Contact Bill Tordoff, amsiiinc@cs.com, www.rockymtnclassics.org
  • August 12-13: Lake Tahoe Concours d'Elegance, Carnelian Bay, CA
  • August 12-13: 26th Annual Lake Champlain Vintage Boat Show, Lake Champlain ACBS Chapter, Burlington Boathouse, Burlington VT, with Lake Champlain Maritime Festival. Contact Mike O'Brien, 802-355-1781, www.lcacbs.com
  • August 13: 34th Annual Les Cheneaux Islands Antique Wooden Boat Show, Les Cheneaux Historical Association, Hessel MI. www.lchistorical.org
  • August 13: Bay State Classic Boat Show, Bay State Woodies Chapter ACBS, Oxbow Marina, Northampton MA. Contact Heather Garabedian at 860-742-9132 or Charlie at 413-562-8442
  • August 19-21: Coeur D' Alene Antique and Classic Boat Show, Coeur D' Alene Chamber of Commerce in conjunction with all six Pacific Northwest ACBS Chapters and the Coeur D' Alene Resort on Lake Coeur D' Alene ID. Contact the Coeur D' Alene Chamber of Commerce, 208-664-3194, www.cdachamber.com, or B.K. Powell at bk@xofficetech.com. http://directory.cdachamber.com/Events/details/coeur-d-alene-wooden-boat-show.
  • August 20-21: 27th Annual Hudson River Antique & Classic Boat Show, Hudson River ACBS Chapter, Hudson River Maritime Museum on historic Rondout Creek, Kingston NY. Contact Steven Young, sayfarm@frontiernet.net; or David Price, oldboat@gmail.com
  • August 20-21: Toledo Wooden Boat Show, Port Dock, Toledo OR. toledoboatshow.com
  • August 27-28: 29th Annual Antique & Classic Boat Festival, Brewer Hawthorne Cove Marina, Salem MA. boatfestival.org

  • September
  • September 9-11: 35th Annual Port Townsend's Wooden Boat Festival, Port Townsend, WA.
  • September 10: 34th Annual Boat Show and Race Boat Reunion, Niagara Frontier Chapter at the Buffalo Launch Club, Grand Island NY. www.oldboatsbuffalo.org
  • September 10: Charlotte Antique and Classic Boat Show, Blue Ridge Chapter located at Queens Landing Marina, Lake Norman, Mooresville NC. www.charlotteantiqueboatshow.com
  • September 17: The Wooden Boat Festival, American Legion Yacht Club, Newport Beach, CA. www.americanlegionyachtclub.com
  • September 21-24: 36th Annual ACBS Meeting and International Boat Show, at the Abbey Resort in Lake Geneva WI.

  • October
  • October 1: 13th Annual Antique & Classic Boat Show, Philadelphia ACBS Chapter, Long Level Marina, Wrightsville PA. Contact Brian Gagnon at 856-727-9264, http://www.acbsphl.org
  • October 7-9: Annual Texas Hill Country Wooden Boat Show, Southwest Chapter, Horseshoe Bay Resort, Lake LBJ (near Austin TX). Contact Scott Reichardt at hsbadmiral@hotmail.com, www.southwest-acbs.org
  • October15: Georgetown Wooden Boat Show, downtown Georgetown, SC. www.woodenboatshow.com
  • October 15-16: Madisonville Wooden Boat Festival, Lake Pontchartrain Basin Maritime Museum, Madisonville LA. www.woodenboatfest.org