Scores of gleaming wooden boats—lovingly preserved or restored—line the pier, recalling a bygone era. Lake waters glisten. Families stroll Clift Park, enjoying the strains of the Soda Ash Six. It must be Skaneateles in July.
The 31st annual Antique and Classic Boat Show, organized by the Finger Lakes Chapter (FLC) of the Antique and Classic Boat Society and the Skaneateles Area Chamber of Commerce, sails into town July 24-26.
Upwards of 80 boats are expected from across the United States and Canada. They will be displayed in the water and on land, and may be viewed by the public Friday from 3 p.m. to dusk, Saturday from 9 a.m. to dusk and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Highlights of the event, all of which are free, include:
€ Boat parade and fly-by, Saturday at 3 p.m.
€ Music in the Park, Saturday and Sunday, noon to 3 p.m. Bone and Doolittle will perform on Saturday; the Soda Ash Six, on Sunday.
€ Presentation of the People’s Choice Award, Sunday at 2:30 p.m. The name of this year’s recipient will be engraved on a brass plaque that will be mounted—along with plaques recognizing the previous recipients—below a half-hull model of a Thousand Islands One-Design launch built by DeWitt resident Anthony Mollica Jr. The model, brass plaques, and a history of the Thousand Islands One-Design launch will be on permanent display at Doug’s Fish Fry in Skaneateles, sponsor of the award.
Historic village tours, children’s activities, displays of model boats and raffle giveaways will take place throughout the weekend.
Leading up to the event, antique boats will be on display in the downtown Syracuse and Skaneateles branches of M&T Bank, and an 1895 Adirondack Guide Boat owned by Skaneateles resident Steve White and DeWitt resident Craig Benson will be on display at the 50th Annual Antique and Craft Show sponsored by the United Methodist Church (July 10 and 11 at the Austin Park Pavilion). Additionally, a poster developed by Skaneateles artist Steve Ryan, featuring a photo from last year’s show taken by Skaneateles resident Stu Lisson, will adorn storefronts throughout the village and locations throughout the state.
As in past years, the event is expected to draw more than 10,000 visitors.
M&T Bank is the official sponsor of the 31st annual Antique and Classic Boat Show. Contributing sponsors include the Skaneateles Area Chamber of Commerce, the Sherwood Inn and Hagerty Collector Boat Insurance. Media sponsors include Time Warner Cable, WRVO-FM, Scotsman Press and Group M Communications.
For more information on the Antique and Classic Boat Show, go to http://www.skaneateles.com or call the Skaneateles Area Chamber of Commerce at 315-685-0552.
The FLC’s Antique and Classic Boat Show has won acclaim far beyond the shores of Skaneateles Lake: Last year’s show is prominently featured in an eight-page photo spread in the May/June issue of Classic Boating magazine.
Photos and essays appear on:
€ “My La$t Desire,” a Hacker Craft Custom owned by Bill and Bayne Gregory of Skaneateles
€ “Elizabeth Ellen,” a Fay & Bowen launch owned by Dick and Cynthia Sherwood of Webster
€ “Wanted,” a Hacker Craft owned by “America’s Most Wanted” host John Walsh
€ “Double Ender,” a steam launch owned by Steve Shehadi and Lucia Eckles of Skaneateles
€ “Hours & Ours,” a Chris-Craft owned by John Broschard III of Hershey, Pa., winner of the 2008 People’s Choice Award
€ “The Laker,” a Century owned by Janice Miller of Moravia
€ “Anna Belle,” a Penn Yan owned by Dave Blum of Bergen
€ A Higgins Sport Speedster owned by Howard and Lynne Hopson of Kingston, Pa.
€ “Barbara S. Wiles” and “Judge Ben Wiles,” commercial tour boats owned by Mid-Lakes Navigation Co. of Skaneateles
€ “Le Baron,” a Century owned by Bill and Susan Kiesel of Sauquoit
€ “Trey’s Knot,” a Chris-Craft owned by Brad Wirth of Skaneateles
€ “Songbird,” a Century owned by Jack Gifford of DeWitt
€ “Remarkable,” a Larson owned by Gary Jay of Rochester
€ “Emerald Cut,” a Chris-Craft owned by Michael and Elaine Sherwood Jakubowski of Rochester
€ “Oh Brother,” a Penn Yan owned by John Callahan of Minoa