Skaneateles Welcomes Antique and Classic Boat Show

Skaneateles Welcomes Antique and Classic Boat Show, July 23-25

Antique and classic boats from Florida, Michigan, Virginia, South Carolina, New Jersey, Maryland and Indiana will soon make their way to Skaneateles. As will a 1956 Lyman from Harrisburg, Pa., towed by a 1956 Buick, and a rare 1913 Matthews launch with its original Scripps engine, owned by one of four exhibitors from New Jersey’s Lake Hopatcong.

They are among the 80 or so preserved and restored wooden boats that will be on display at Skaneateles’ Antique and Classic Boat Show, July 23-25.

More than 10,000 visitors are expected to attend the three-day event. Highlights include:

• Boat parade and fly-by, 3 p.m. Saturday

• Four concerts

• Raffle drawings

• Children’s activities

• A display of antique model boats

• Guided tours by the Skaneateles Historical Society, 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. $10 per person, with proceeds benefiting the Historical Society.

This is the Finger Lakes Chapter’s 32nd annual show, and the 16th year it has been held in Skaneateles. Admission is free.

The show is organized by the Finger Lakes Chapter of the Antique and Classic Boat Society and the Skaneateles Area Chamber of Commerce, and presented by M&T Bank.
Contributing sponsors are the Sherwood Inn, Hagerty Insurance and Lisa’s Chart Art. Media sponsors are WRVO-FM, the Scotsman Press, Time Warner Cable and Group M Communications.

The event runs 3 p.m. to dusk Friday, 9 a.m. to dusk Saturday and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday in Clift Park. It is handicapped accessible.

Welcoming and Judging of Boats

From 2 to 6 p.m. Friday, as each exhibiting boat approaches the dock, it will be welcomed by a member of the Sea Scouts, blowing his bosun’s whistle.

Boats will run the gamut from mahogany runabouts manufactured by Chris-Craft, Hacker and Gar Wood in the early 1900s to launches, sailboats, canoes, rowing craft and race boats—many restored to their original condition.

Judging of the boats, in 20 categories, takes place Saturday morning. Throughout the weekend, visitors to the show will cast their votes for the highly coveted People’s Choice Award, sponsored by Doug’s Fish Fry, which will be presented at 2:30 p.m. Sunday.

Musical Entertainment

Free musical entertainment will be provided each day.

The 42nd Infantry Division Band will give a special concert at 4 p.m. Friday. The 38-member band, the musical ambassador for the 42nd Infantry Division (M) of the New York Army National Guard, will perform in a variety of musical styles, ranging from patriotic to Latin and rock to pop.

At 7:30 p.m. Friday, the Skaneateles Community Band will give its weekly concert.

Bone and Doolittle will perform noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, and the Soda Ash Six will perform noon to 3 p.m. Sunday.

Raffles and Silent Auction

First prize in this year’s raffle is a custom water chart of Skaneateles Lake created by Lisa’s Chart Art of Webster, N.Y. The piece, laser-etched into Baltic birch wood and framed in cherry, is valued at $1,000.

To create her three-dimensional wall charts, artist Lisa Miglioratti etches water depths into the wood in gradients proportional to their charted depths, then dyes the water areas a light blue.

“I’ve had a lifelong fascination with the water, lakes, oceans and rivers,” Miglioratti says. “My background as an IT professional and love of the water make this work a labor of love.”

Other raffle prizes are:

• An overnight stay at the Inn of the Finger Lakes and dinner for two at Moro’s Table

• A cocktail cruise for four on an antique boat

• A dinner cruise for two aboard the Judge Ben Wiles

• A framed poster from the 2010 Antique and Classic Boat Show

• A scuba diving class and gear rental

Raffle tickets are $5 each, three for $10, 10 for $20. The drawing will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday. Proceeds support the Antique and Classic Boat Show.

Additionally, a silent auction will be held for the original artwork depicted in this year’s poster. The watercolor of Skaneateles Lake was created by Ed Levine, who exhibits at Skaneateles Artisans, the Pat Rini Rohrer Gallery in Canandaigua, and other regional galleries.

Children’s Activities

On Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., while their parents admire the displays and learn about the boats’ heritage, children can participate in activities designed especially for them.

• Toy wooden boats will be available for painting and can be floated in a pool by the tent.

• Doug’s Fish Fry has donated 100 copies of its coloring book for children to enjoy.

For more information on the Antique and Classic Boat Show, go to or call the Skaneateles Area Chamber of Commerce at 315-685-0552.