‘On Golden Pond’ Boats to Be Displayed at Antique and Classic Boat Show Event Features Boat Parade, Concerts, Photo Cruise
Two stars of the silver screen—vintage boats from “On Golden Pond,” newly restored over the past year—will make an appearance at the Skaneateles Antique and Classic Boat Show, held in Clift Park July 27-29. Thayer IV, a 22-foot Chris-Craft Sportsman Utility used by the characters to go fishing and into town, and Mariah, a black 19-foot Century Raven that portrayed the U.S. Mail boat, will be among the 80+ preserved and restored wooden boats on display. In a tent adjacent to the gazebo, “On Golden Pond” will play and memorabilia from the movie will be exhibited, along with documentation on the boats’ restoration. The boats were bought last year by Seth and Renee Katz, of Hopatcong, N.J., after having been out of commission for more than 20 years. They were painstakingly restored at Katz’s Marina, in Andover, N.J., and have appeared in just one other show this year, in central Florida. “At the Mount Dora show, people went nuts over them,” says Bruce Marsden, of Waldwick, N.J., who will be towing one of the boats to Skaneateles. Also making an appearance will be Norman and Ethel Thayer, as portrayed by Henry Fonda and Katharine Hepburn (aka Ric and Wendy Fetridge, of Fayette, N.Y.) 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. 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; the Salt City Barbershop Quartet, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday; 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. • 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. First prize is a $500 Mirbeau gift certificate, second and third prizes are $250 Mirbeau gift certificates, fourth prize is a dinner cruise for two aboard the Judge Ben Wiles, fifth prize is two tickets to a show at Merry-Go-Round Playhouse, and sixth prize is a framed boat show poster. Tickets are $5 each; three for $10; 10 for $20. Winners will be announced at the conclusion of the show, at 3 p.m. Sunday. Ticket-holders need not be present to win. 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. Visitors can place bids on the original painting, as well as on a toy boat filled with $100 worth of lottery tickets, at a silent auction Friday and Saturday. The items will be sold at a live auction Saturday evening. One antique boat is already on display—a 1954 Penn Yan Cartop, which can be seen at M&T Bank in the village. 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 and Wirth’s Automotive Services. Media sponsors are Group M Communications, Scotsman Press, the Skaneateles Journal and WRVO-FM. For more information, go to http://www.skaneateles.comor call the Skaneateles Area Chamber of Commerce at (315) 685-0552.
Skaneateles Plays Host to Antique and Classic Boat Show July 24-26, 2009
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.
Highlights of the event, all of which are free, include:
€ Boat parade and fly-by, Saturday at 3 p.m.
€ Music in the Park, Saturday and Sunday, noon to 3 p.m. Bone and Doolittle will perform on Saturday; the Soda Ash Six, on Sunday.
€ Presentation of the People’s Choice Award, Sunday at 2:30 p.m. The name of this year’s recipient will be engraved on a brass plaque that will be mounted—along with plaques recognizing the previous recipients—below a half-hull model of a Thousand Islands One-Design launch built by DeWitt resident Anthony Mollica Jr. The model, brass plaques, and a history of the Thousand Islands One-Design launch will be on permanent display at Doug’s Fish Fry in Skaneateles, sponsor of the award.
Historic village tours, children’s activities, displays of model boats and raffle giveaways will take place throughout the weekend.
Leading up to the event, antique boats will be on display in the downtown Syracuse and Skaneateles branches of M&T Bank, and an 1895 Adirondack Guide Boat owned by Skaneateles resident Steve White and DeWitt resident Craig Benson will be on display at the 50th Annual Antique and Craft Show sponsored by the United Methodist Church (July 10 and 11 at the Austin Park Pavilion). Additionally, a poster developed by Skaneateles artist Steve Ryan, featuring a photo from last year’s show taken by Skaneateles resident Stu Lisson, will adorn storefronts throughout the village and locations throughout the state.
As in past years, the event is expected to draw more than 10,000 visitors.
M&T Bank is the official sponsor of the 31st annual Antique and Classic Boat Show. Contributing sponsors include the Skaneateles Area Chamber of Commerce, the Sherwood Inn and Hagerty Collector Boat Insurance. Media sponsors include Time Warner Cable, WRVO-FM, Scotsman Press and Group M Communications.
For more information on the Antique and Classic Boat Show, go to http://www.skaneateles.com or call the Skaneateles Area Chamber of Commerce at 315-685-0552.
The FLC’s Antique and Classic Boat Show has won acclaim far beyond the shores of Skaneateles Lake: Last year’s show is prominently featured in an eight-page photo spread in the May/June issue of Classic Boating magazine.
Photos and essays appear on:
€ “My La$t Desire,” a Hacker Craft Custom owned by Bill and Bayne Gregory of Skaneateles
€ “Elizabeth Ellen,” a Fay & Bowen launch owned by Dick and Cynthia Sherwood of Webster
€ “Wanted,” a Hacker Craft owned by “America’s Most Wanted” host John Walsh
€ “Double Ender,” a steam launch owned by Steve Shehadi and Lucia Eckles of Skaneateles
€ “Hours & Ours,” a Chris-Craft owned by John Broschard III of Hershey, Pa., winner of the 2008 People’s Choice Award
€ “The Laker,” a Century owned by Janice Miller of Moravia
€ “Anna Belle,” a Penn Yan owned by Dave Blum of Bergen
€ A Higgins Sport Speedster owned by Howard and Lynne Hopson of Kingston, Pa.
€ “Barbara S. Wiles” and “Judge Ben Wiles,” commercial tour boats owned by Mid-Lakes Navigation Co. of Skaneateles
€ “Le Baron,” a Century owned by Bill and Susan Kiesel of Sauquoit
€ “Trey’s Knot,” a Chris-Craft owned by Brad Wirth of Skaneateles
€ “Songbird,” a Century owned by Jack Gifford of DeWitt
€ “Remarkable,” a Larson owned by Gary Jay of Rochester
€ “Emerald Cut,” a Chris-Craft owned by Michael and Elaine Sherwood Jakubowski of Rochester
€ “Oh Brother,” a Penn Yan owned by John Callahan of Minoa
Skaneateles continues Celebrating their 100 years of boating History with their Antique and Classic Boat Show
July 25, 26 and 27
Activities throughout each day
Continue the month long celebration of 100 years of boating history in Skaneateles, by coming to the 30th Anniversary of the Skaneateles Antique and Classic Boat Show!
Sparkling clean water – gleaming classic mahogany boats – beautifully restored antique wooden boats – live music filling the air, a feeling of yesteryear….join us for the 30th Annual Skaneateles Antique and Classic Boat Show, July 25, 26, and 27, 2008.
Antique & Classic boats are on display both in the water and on land. Activities include: 3 concerts, boat parade (3 p.m. Saturday), kids activities on Saturday, shopping, huge raffle, and more. The Syracuse Model Boat Club will have boats on display, and the Skaneateles Historical Society will be hosting historic tours of the Village on Saturday and Sunday. Fun for the whole family.
This year, from 2 pm-6 pm on Friday, Navy Sea Scout Philip Gauthier will annouce the arrival of each exhibiting boat as they approach the dock area by blowing his bosun’s whistle.
Each summer during the last weekend in July, the Finger Lakes Chapter of the Antique and Classic Boat Society invites wooden boaters from across the United States and Canada to gather at the north end of Skaneateles Lake. Skaneateles Lake is the eastern most of the Finger Lakes of Upstate New York and provides an elegant backdrop for this annual antique wooden boat show. Skaneateles Lake has also been named the one of the cleanest lakes in the United States. Come enjoy the natural beauty of the lake and over 80 antique and classic boats, both on land and in the water.
Boat owners begin arriving in Skaneateles on Friday morning. Many boats are mahogany runabouts manufactured by Chris Craft, Hacker, and Garwood during the early 20th century. Other eye-catching boats in the show will include launches, sailboats, canoes, rowing craft, and race boats – many restored to their original condition. Antique inboard and outboard engines are also frequently displayed by collectors.
Enjoy live music on Friday night at 7:30 by the Skaneateles Community Band, Saturday from Noon to 3 pm (TBA), and Sunday Noon to 3 pm by the Soda Ash Six.
Also, on Saturday and Sunday the Skaneateles Historical Society will be giving guided tours of historic sites around Skaneateles. The tours will be one hour long and be leaving from the Gazebo at 11:30 am, and 1 pm. Cost is $10.00 per person and will benefit the Historical Society.
Half of the boats in the show are docked in the water along the beautiful Skaneateles Village Pier. Placards conveniently mounted on the pier’s railing provide visitors with information about each boat. The remaining boats are displayed in Clift Park along the water’s edge, next to the Gazebo and park benches, where visitors can touch and appreciate the boats first hand.
Judging of boats takes place on Saturday morning with exhibitors entering their craft in 20 different categories. Visitors to the show also have the opportunity to vote for highly coveted, “People’s Choice Award,” sponsored by our own Doug’s Fish Fry.
The Skaneateles Antique and Classic Boat Show is truly a family event. An activity designed just for the children takes place in the park between 11 am and 3 pm on Saturday. Kids and adults of all ages will enjoy looking at the antique model boats provided by the Syracuse Model Club. On Saturday afternoon at 3 pm the boats get underway for a parade along the pier and sea wall, and then head out into the lake for a tour of the north end.
The Finger Lakes Chapter is one of 41 chapters in the Antique and Classic Boat Society, an international organization with over 5000 members who are dedicated to the preservation of our wooden boat heritage. The Antique and Classic Boat Show once again has a commemorative poster. It is on sale at the Skaneateles Area Chamber of Commerce office at 22 Jordan Street, at Mid-Lakes Navigation at 11 Jordan Street and First National Gifts at 2 E. Genesee Street all in Skaneateles or in the general store on this web site. The cost of prior year posters is $8.00. The cost of the 2008 “30th anniversary” poster is $10.
The Skaneateles Antique and Classic Boat Show is organized by the Finger Lakes Chapter of the Antique and Classic Boat Society and the Skaneateles Area Chamber of Commerce. For more information about Skaneateles, lodging, dining, and our activities contact Susan Dove at the Skaneateles Area Chamber of Commerce at 315-685-0552. For exhibitor information contact Dick Sherwood boat show chairperson, at 585-734-1420 or Jack Miller at 607-227-9866. Reproductions of the photos seen here may be used by the media, and more photos are available upon request from the Chamber of Commerce.
Antique and Classic Boat Show (July 25-27, 2008)
The 30th Annual Antique and Classic Boat Show will feature the display of 40 preserved or restored boats in the water and another 40 on land (in Clift Park). As in past years, the event is expected to draw more than 10,000 visitors.
On Friday afternoon, the local Sea Scouts will announce the arrival of each exhibiting boat with a bosun’s pipe. Additional highlights of the show include the parade of boats (Saturday at 3 p.m.), historical village tours, children’s activities, and displays by the Syracuse Model Boat Club.
Live music will be provided by the Skaneateles Community Band (Friday from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m.), Bone and Doolittle (Saturday from noon to 3 p.m.) and the Soda Ash Six (Sunday from noon to 3 p.m.). From 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday, the Sherwood Inn will host its annual Rhythm, Blues and Barbecue fest, featuring the Joe Whiting Band.
The Antique and Classic Boat Show is sponsored by M&T Bank, and is organized by the Finger Lakes Chapter of the Antique and Classic Boat Society in partnership with the Skaneateles Area Chamber of Commerce and Merchants’ Association. This year’s contributing sponsors are the Sherwood Inn, Time Warner Cable, CherryPharm and the Syracuse Sports Corp. For more information, go to http://www.skaneateles.com.