Skaneateles Antique and Classic Boat Show

For Immediate Release Contact: Susan Dove Friday, May 7, 2010 Skaneateles Area Chamber of Commerce 315-685-0552 Skaneateles Antique and Classic Boat Show Offers Family Fun Experience the grace and charm of a bygone era, when the historical village of Skaneateles, N.Y., hosts the Antique and Classic Boat Show, July 23-25. Displays on land and water will feature some …

Skaneateles, NY Hosts Antique and Classic Boat Show

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.

Skaneateles Welcomes Antique and Classic Boat Show

The backdrop of the display—created by FLC member Arnie Rubenstein—is an 8-foot-square photo of the Skaneateles Boat Co. and its staff members, marking production of the 1,000th Comet sailboat. A workbench in front of the photo contains a 1941 telephone, a 1941 radio and a mannequin dressed as one of the boat company’s craftsmen. Visitors who pick up the phone will hear gossip about costs of the day. The radio station will be “tuned” to five channels—one with a recording of the news bulletin announcing the attack on Pearl Harbor, two with period music, and two with old radio shows. The display will be on view in the lobby of M&T Bank, 33 E. Genesee St., Skaneateles, for a few weeks prior to the show. Following the show, it will be donated to the Skaneateles Historical Society.