‘Tis the season in Salem and this one looks awesome. 🙂 Following the Maritime festival a few weeks ago we now have the Antique and Classic Boat Festival August 26th and 27th, 2017. Public viewing hours are Saturday, 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM and Sunday, 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM.
About the festival
“Peter Vermilya, Curator at Mystic Seaport Museum, has cited the Antique & Classic Boat Festival as an important force in preserving maritime history. Yankee Magazine listed it as a top event in Massachusetts. Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors Magazine has called it “the best of its kind”.
The inventory of antique boats is dwindling as more and more fall into disrepair and abandonment. It is imperative to save the few we have left!
Through its judging and awards program, the Festival provides incentives and standards for restoring and maintaining antique and classic vessels – our maritime heritage! It also inspires and rewards owners by providing them with a venue to show off their unique craft to the public. Participants are buoyed by picking up tips and encouragement from kindred boat owners and Festival judges. Last, but not least, the Festival is gaining converts among the public, inspiring others to rescue and restore a classic of their own.
The Festival educates the public about our nation’s maritime heritage. Attendees get the rare opportunity to see a variety of vintage boats up close, talk with the owners, get the below-deck tour and learn about the restoration process through before and after pictures. This intimate, person-to-person contact is what makes the event so special and differentiates it from the Tall Ships experience.
Important, too, the Festival passes an appreciation of boating and maritime heritage on to a new generation. Children are especially thrilled to be able to board a boat and are instilled with the romance of the sea and the dream of owning a boat of their own.”
The Antique and Classic Boat Festival is held at Brewer Hawthorne Cove Marina, Salem, MA, 01970, Tel: 978-740-9890. Please note that the public entrance for the Festival is on Turner St.
(Please note the Friday events are not for the public, they are for boat owners who are participating in the festival. Public events are Saturday and Sunday shown below.)
3:00-6:00 PM — Boat Registration and Check-In — Marina Deck
6:00-8:00 PM — Reception with buffet and Dan MacInnis Trio (skippers and crews) — House of the Seven Gables
8:00-10:00 AM — Continental Breakfast (skippers and crew) — Marina Deck
9:00-11:00 AM — Boat Registration and Check-In — Marina Deck
10:00-11:00 AM — Opening Ceremony heralded by bagpipes — Marina Deck
10:00-11:00 AM — Welcome by Mayor Kimberly Driscoll — Marina Deck
10:00-11:00 AM — Presentation of the Edgar B. Caffrey Award — Marina Deck
10:00-11:00 AM — Introduction of Judges — Marina Deck
10:00 AM-5:00 PM — Exhibits and Crafts Market — Exhibits Tent
10:00-5:00 PM — Children’s Activities — Marina Deck
11:00 AM-5:00 PM — Vessels on Public Display — C Dock
11:00 AM-5:00 PM — Judging of Boats — C Dock
11:00 AM — Bob & Jen Strom Celtic Duo — Marina Deck
12:00-1:30 PM — New New Orleans Jazz Band — Marina Deck
2:00 PM — Toby Tobas Steel Pans — Marina Deck
3:00 PM — Three Sheets to the Wind — Marina Deck
4:00 PM — Stellwagen — Marina Deck
6:00 PM — Social Hour and Auction (skippers and crew) — Marina Deck
7:00-9:00 PM — Dinner Party and Awards Presentation (ticket holders) — Exhibits Tent
8:00-10:00 AM — Continental Breakfast — Marina Deck
9:30 AM — Skippers’ Meeting — Marina Deck
10:00 AM — Boaters’ Worship Service (All Welcome!) — Marina Deck
11:00 AM-3:00 PM — Vessels on Public Display — C Dock
11:00 AM-3:00 PM — Crafts Market — Exhibits Tent
11:00 AM-3:00 PM — Children’s Activities — Marina Deck
12:00 PM — Entertainment (to be announced) — Marina Deck
1:30-3:00 PM — Bob MacInnis Quartet — Marina Deck
3:00 PM — Announcement of Spectators’ Choice winners — Marina Deck
3:00 PM — Blessing of the Fleet with “Amen” Response — C Dock
Exhibitors listed were registered prior to press time and may not include all participating exhibitors.
Bay State Woodies
Antique & Classic Boat Society
Nancy Rich (Nor’eastern Dinghies)
Photography of small New England boats
Peggy Pac – purses, scarves, jewelry
Taylor Popek/The Jellyfish Lady
Crocheted marine creatures, watercolor illustrations
Matthew A. Cooper
Matted/framed prints of classic yachts & boats
U.S.S. Constitution Model Shipwright Guild
Scale ship model building
c/o Mike Swanson
Maritime books – new, used, rare
Essex Shipbuilding Museum
66 Main St., Essex, MA
Heritage Buoy products/crafts
Lady of Salem
Ship figurehead public art
Gardner Winchester II
U.S.C.G. Auxiliary display
Jennifer Zhang, Winchester School of Chinese Culture
Painting, calligraphy, origami
Parker River Knife Co.
Pocket, fishing, boating, hunting knives
Paul Landry Co.
View the above info on the Antique and Classic Boat Festival website or on their Facebook page.
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