All Aboard for the Skaneateles Antique and Classic Boat Show
Dozens of preserved and restored wooden boats from a bygone era, strolling barbershop quartets, glistening lake waters at the center of a historical, picturesque village—all this and more await you at the Antique and Classic Boat Show in Skaneateles, N.Y., July 29-31.
Land and water displays in Clift Park will feature some 80 antique and classic wooden boats, ranging 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.
The show, which each year draws more than 10,000 visitors, is organized by the Finger Lakes Chapter of the Antique and Classic Boat Society and the Skaneateles Area Chamber of Commerce Foundation (also known as the Skaneateles Foundation), and presented by M&T Bank. Admission is free.
Hours are 3 p.m. to dusk Friday, 9 a.m. to dusk Saturday and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. The event is handicapped accessible.
This is the Finger Lakes Chapter’s 33rd annual show, and the 17th year it has been held in Skaneateles.
“Our Antique and Classic Boat Show has become a tradition for exhibitors, families and visitors,” says Susan Dove, executive director of the Skaneateles Foundation. “With children’s activities, the boat parade, free concerts, historical tours—and shopping and dining opportunities afforded by the village’s unique boutiques, galleries and restaurants—there truly is something for everyone.”
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.
New this year are:
• an a cappella performance by The Finger Lakes Chorus and resident quartets, noon to 3 p.m. Saturday.
• a cruise aboard The Judge Ben Wiles, for photographers and spectators, from 9 to 10 a.m. Sunday. The Judge will leave from the Mid-Lakes Navigation dock in Clift Park and make a slow tour of the north end of Skaneateles Lake, while exhibiting boats make random passes and provide opportunities for action shots. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children under 13 accompanied by an adult. Coffee and pastries will be available; no reservations are necessary.
• a book-signing by noted boat historian Tony Mollica, at the Ship’s Store. Also available at the Ship’s Store will be a commemorative calendar, produced by the Finger Lakes Chapter of the Antique and Classic Boat Society.
These activities will join such time-honored favorites as:
• the boat parade and fly-by, starting at 3 p.m. Saturday
• performances by the Skaneateles Community Band, 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, and the Soda Ash Six, noon to 3 p.m. Sunday
• a display of antique model boats by the Syracuse Model Boat Club, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
• guided tours by the Skaneateles Historical Society, starting at 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. $10 per person, with proceeds benefiting the Historical Society.
• raffle drawings for five big-ticket items, including a framed three-dimensional water chart of Skaneateles Lake created by Lisa’s Chart Art of Webster, N.Y.
This year’s poster was developed from a photograph taken by Lisson Photography, of Skaneateles, and will be for sale at the show and through the Skaneateles Area Chamber of Commerce, 22 Jordan St.
Contributing sponsors of the Antique and Classic Boat Show are Summit Auto, the Sherwood Inn, Lisa’s Chart Art, Delmonico Insurance Agency, Doug’s Fish Fry, Hagerty Classic Marine Insurance, The Sailboat Shop, Adams & Son Insurance, Bluewater Grill & Sweetwater Café, cate&sally, Inn at the Finger Lakes, John’s Body Shop, Johnny Angel’s Heavenly Burgers, the Mandana Inn, Merry-Go-Round Playhouse, Mid-Lakes Navigation, Moro’s Table, Realty USA, The UPS Store. Media sponsors are Group M Communications, Scotsman Press, WRVO-FM and Time Warner Cable.
“We are so appreciative of the support we have received from the local business community,” says Dove, who notes that sponsorship opportunities are still available.
For more information on the show, go to http://www.skaneateles.com or call the Skaneateles Area Chamber of Commerce at 315-685-0552.