Skaneateles Hosts Antique and Classic Boat Show

Skaneateles Hosts Antique and Classic Boat Show—   
Wooden boats and barbershop quartets recall bygone era
Among the thousands of visitors to the Antique and Classic Boat Show in Skaneateles July 29-31 will be John Howard, of Pendleton, N.Y., who will be judging his 12th show in this Finger Lakes village.
Howard, who is head of the judging committee for ACBS (Antique and Classic Boat Society) International, has judged shows for more than a dozen ACBS chapters in the United States and Canada. But the Skaneateles show is one of his favorites.  
“The Skaneateles show is extremely well organized and nicely run,” says Howard, one of several judges for the show. “The boats are high quality, and there are a lot of unique boats—like the Penn Yan and the Lightning sailboat—that we don’t usually see outside central New York state.
“The Skaneateles show is a pleasure to judge,” he says, noting he looks forward to it all year long. “I really enjoy the people, the setting, the community, even the drive in from western New York.”
The show, in Clift Park, features
land and water displays of 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.

It 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.
Hours are 3 p.m. to dusk Friday, 9 a.m. to dusk Saturday and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free, and the event is handicapped accessible.
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.

Fun for the entire family

“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.”   
Activities throughout the weekend include:
• a performance by the Skaneateles Community Band, 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday
• a display of antique model boats by the Syracuse Model Boat Club, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
• a book-signing by noted boat historian Tony Mollica, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the registration tent. His books, on vintage boats and the Thousand Islands, will be for sale at the Ship’s Store.
• an opportunity for children to paint toy wooden boats, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday

• 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.

• an a cappella performance by The Finger Lakes Chorus, the Geneva, N.Y., chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society, noon to 3 p.m. Saturday
• the boat parade and fly-by, starting at 3 p.m. Saturday

• a cruise aboard the Judge Ben Wiles, for photographers and spectators, from 9 to 10 a.m. Sunday. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children under 13 accompanied by an adult. The photo for this year’s boat show poster, by Lisson Photography, was shot at last year’s show during an impromptu photo shoot.

•  a performance by the Soda Ash Six,  noon to 3 p.m. Sunday
Throughout the weekend, raffle tickets will be sold 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., and valued at $1,000. Other prizes are a cocktail cruise for four aboard an antique boat, a dinner cruise for two aboard the Judge Ben Wiles, tickets to the Merry-Go-Round Playhouse, and a framed 2011 boat show poster. Tickets are $5 each, three for $10 or 10 for $20. Tickets can also be purchased prior to the show at the Skaneateles Area Chamber of Commerce or Finger Lakes Photography, where the water chart is on display. Winners will be announced at the conclusion of the show, at 3 p.m. Sunday.
Can’t wait for the show? An antique boat is now on display at M&T Bank in the village. The 1954 Penn Yan Cartop was provided by Moravia resident Dick Curvin.

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, Moro’s Table, 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, Realty USA and Wirth’s Automotive. Media sponsors are Group M Communications, Time Warner Cable, Scotsman Press, the Skaneateles Journal and WRVO-FM.
For more information, go to or call the Skaneateles Area Chamber of Commerce at 315-685-0552.