Skaneateles Antique and Classic Boat Show Pays Tribute to ‘On Golden Pond’
While it’s not unusual to spot a celebrity in Skaneateles, this summer will mark the first sightings of Henry Fonda and Katharine Hepburn. Fonda and Hepburn (aka Ric and Wendy Fetridge), playing Norman and Ethel Thayer, will reunite with two of the vintage boats from “On Golden Pond” at the Antique and Classic Boat Show July 27-29 in Clift Park. Thayer IV and Mariah, both of which had been out of commission for more than 20 years, will be among the 80+ preserved and restored wooden boats on display. They will be docked adjacent to the gazebo, where the sidewalk meets the seawall. In a tent nearby, “On Golden Pond” will play and memorabilia from the movie will be exhibited, along with documentation on the boats’ restoration. Thayer IV is a 22-foot Chris-Craft Sportsman Utility that was used by the characters to go fishing and into town. Mariah, a black 19-foot Century Raven, portrayed the U.S. Mail boat.
The two were bought last year by Seth and Renee Katz, of Hopatcong, N.J., and painstakingly restored at Katz’s Marina, in Andover, N.J. They have appeared in just one other show this year, in central Florida. The Antique and Classic Boat Show, which attracts more than 10,000 visitors each year, 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.
This is the Finger Lakes Chapter’s 34th annual show, and the 18th year it has been held in Skaneateles. “The 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 35 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 3 p.m. Sunday. Additional highlights include: • Performances by the Skaneateles Community Band, 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday; Frankie Michaels, noon to 3 p.m. Saturday; 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. • A junior judging competition, sponsored by Hagerty Classic Marine Insurance, 10 a.m. Saturday. • Opportunities for children to paint their own wooden boats, Saturday morning. • A strolling performance by the Salt City Barbershop Quartet, 11 a.m. to 1 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. • A boat parade and fly-by, starting at 3 p.m. Saturday. • A photo-shoot and spectator cruise aboard the Judge Ben Wiles, 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. • Raffle drawings. This year’s poster was developed from a painting by Marcellus resident Jason Cooper King, who paints in acrylics on canvas. King, motivated by the appreciation for a simpler time, enjoys working from old photographs that depict classic Americana. Posters are $10 and are on sale at the Skaneateles Area Chamber of Commerce, 22 Jordan St., and at the show. The Antique and Classic Boat Show is officially sponsored by M&T Bank. Contributing sponsors are Katz’s Marina, Summit Auto, the Sherwood Inn, Mirbeau Inn and Spa, Delmonico Insurance Agency, Doug’s Fish Fry, Hagerty Classic Marine Insurance, The Sailboat Shop, Adams & Son Insurance, Bluewater Grill & Sweetwater Café, cate&sally, John’s Body Shop Auto and Marine, Johnny Angel’s Heavenly Burgers, the Mandana Inn, Menter, Rudin & Trivelpiece P.C., Mid-Lakes Navigation, Realty USA, the Slottje Family. Media sponsors are Group M Communications, Scotsman Press, the Skaneateles Journal, Time Warner Cable and WRVO-FM. For more information, go to http://www.skaneateles.com or call the Skaneateles Area Chamber of Commerce at (315) 685-0552.