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Music, Moonlight Set Stage for Mid-Lakes Navigation Theme Cruises
Pirates return, too!

As if champagne, a prime rib dinner, and Central New York’s majestic waterways weren’t reason enough to take a Mid-Lakes Navigation cruise, now there are a few more.

Throughout the summer, Mid-Lakes Navigation will offer a variety of special events and theme cruises.

“We’ve been in business many years, and we know that people are looking for different kinds of experiences,” says Sarah Wiles, a co-owner of Mid-Lakes Navigation. “So, to keep things fresh, we’ve added new sightseeing and dinner options.”

Included among them:

DJ Dinosaur Dinner, July 23 and Aug. 6

This three-hour dinner cruise along the Erie Canal, departing at 6 p.m., features entertainment by the Great Music Company and catering by Dinosaur Bar-B-Que. Tickets are $53 adults, $38 children.

Full Moon Cruise, July 25, Aug. 24 and Sept. 23

This one-hour sightseeing cruise on Skaneateles Lake, departing at 9:30 p.m. in July and August and 8:30 p.m. in September, offers a romantic nightcap aboard the Judge Ben Wiles, with “moon music” in the background. Tickets are $12.

Glen Haven Excursion, Aug. 1 and Sept. 5

This four-hour cruise, departing at 10 a.m. aboard the Judge Ben Wiles, visits the south end of Skaneateles Lake, recounting the Glen Haven Water Cure and other historical attractions. Tickets are $50 adults, $38 children, and include a continental breakfast and buffet lunch.

Donna Colton Live, Aug. 2

This two-hour cruise on Skaneateles Lake, departing at 7 p.m., features musical entertainment by Donna Colton and Sam Patterelli. Tickets are $30 per person and include one cocktail.

Dixieland Dinner Cruise, Aug. 4

This three-hour dinner cruise, departing at 6 p.m., travels the Erie Canal and features entertainment by Dick Sheridan’s Soda Ash Trio. Tickets are $50 adults, $41 children.

Pirate Day, Aug. 11

All cruises throughout the day, on both Skaneateles Lake and the Erie Canal, will have a pirate theme. Prizes will be awarded for best costumes, and drink specials and pirate loot will be offered, along with lots of other surprises.

Reservations are required for most theme cruises, and may be made by calling 315-685-8500.

For more information on Mid-Lakes Navigation cruises—and coupons—go to http://www.midlakesnav.com or become a fan on Facebook.

Posted: Thursday, July 15th, 2010 @ 6:19 pm by Curt
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Skaneateles Welcomes Antique and Classic Boat Show, July 23-25

Antique and classic boats from Florida, Michigan, Virginia, South Carolina, New Jersey, Maryland and Indiana will soon make their way to Skaneateles. As will a 1956 Lyman from Harrisburg, Pa., towed by a 1956 Buick, and a rare 1913 Matthews launch with its original Scripps engine, owned by one of four exhibitors from New Jersey’s Lake Hopatcong.

They are among the 80 or so preserved and restored wooden boats that will be on display at Skaneateles’ Antique and Classic Boat Show, July 23-25.

More than 10,000 visitors are expected to attend the three-day event. Highlights include:

• Boat parade and fly-by, 3 p.m. Saturday

• Four concerts

• Raffle drawings

• Children’s activities

• A display of antique model boats

• Guided tours by the Skaneateles Historical Society, 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. $10 per person, with proceeds benefiting the Historical Society.

This is the Finger Lakes Chapter’s 32nd annual show, and the 16th year it has been held in Skaneateles. Admission is free.

The show is organized by the Finger Lakes Chapter of the Antique and Classic Boat Society and the Skaneateles Area Chamber of Commerce, and presented by M&T Bank.
Contributing sponsors are the Sherwood Inn, Hagerty Insurance and Lisa’s Chart Art. Media sponsors are WRVO-FM, the Scotsman Press, Time Warner Cable and Group M Communications.

The event runs 3 p.m. to dusk Friday, 9 a.m. to dusk Saturday and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday in Clift Park. It is handicapped accessible.

Welcoming and Judging of Boats

From 2 to 6 p.m. Friday, as each exhibiting boat approaches the dock, it will be welcomed by a member of the Sea Scouts, blowing his bosun’s whistle.

Boats will run the gamut 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.

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.

Musical Entertainment

Free musical entertainment will be provided each day.

The 42nd Infantry Division Band will give a special concert at 4 p.m. Friday. The 38-member band, the musical ambassador for the 42nd Infantry Division (M) of the New York Army National Guard, will perform in a variety of musical styles, ranging from patriotic to Latin and rock to pop.

At 7:30 p.m. Friday, the Skaneateles Community Band will give its weekly concert.

Bone and Doolittle will perform noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, and the Soda Ash Six will perform noon to 3 p.m. Sunday.

Raffles and Silent Auction

First prize in this year’s raffle is a custom water chart of Skaneateles Lake created by Lisa’s Chart Art of Webster, N.Y. The piece, laser-etched into Baltic birch wood and framed in cherry, is valued at $1,000.

To create her three-dimensional wall charts, artist Lisa Miglioratti etches water depths into the wood in gradients proportional to their charted depths, then dyes the water areas a light blue.

“I’ve had a lifelong fascination with the water, lakes, oceans and rivers,” Miglioratti says. “My background as an IT professional and love of the water make this work a labor of love.”

Other raffle prizes are:

• An overnight stay at the Inn of the Finger Lakes and dinner for two at Moro’s Table

• A cocktail cruise for four on an antique boat

• A dinner cruise for two aboard the Judge Ben Wiles

• A framed poster from the 2010 Antique and Classic Boat Show

• A scuba diving class and gear rental

Raffle tickets are $5 each, three for $10, 10 for $20. The drawing will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday. Proceeds support the Antique and Classic Boat Show.

Additionally, a silent auction will be held for the original artwork depicted in this year’s poster. The watercolor of Skaneateles Lake was created by Ed Levine, who exhibits at Skaneateles Artisans, the Pat Rini Rohrer Gallery in Canandaigua, and other regional galleries.

Children’s Activities

On Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., while their parents admire the displays and learn about the boats’ heritage, children can participate in activities designed especially for them.

• Toy wooden boats will be available for painting and can be floated in a pool by the tent.

• Doug’s Fish Fry has donated 100 copies of its coloring book for children to enjoy.

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.

Posted: Wednesday, June 30th, 2010 @ 12:26 pm by Curt
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For Immediate Release Contact: Susan Dove
Friday, May 7, 2010 Skaneateles Area Chamber of Commerce
315-685-0552
sdove@skaneateles.com

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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 80 preserved and restored 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.

The show, which is expected to draw more than 10,000 visitors, is organized by the Finger Lakes Chapter of the Antique and Classic Boat Society and the Skaneateles Area Chamber of Commerce, and presented by M&T Bank. Admission is free.

“The Antique and Classic Boat Show is an event we look forward to the entire year,” says Susan Dove, executive director of the Skaneateles Area Chamber of Commerce. “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’s truly something for everyone.”

This is the Finger Lakes Chapter’s 32nd annual show, and the 16th year it has been held in Skaneateles.

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

Program highlights

From 2 to 6 p.m. Friday, as each exhibiting boat approaches the dock, it will be welcomed by a member of the Sea Scouts, blowing his bosun’s whistle.

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.

Other highlights include:

• A special concert by the 42nd Infantry Band, 4 p.m. Friday

• Music in the Park, noon to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

• Boat parade and fly-by, starting at 3 p.m. Saturday

• Display of antique model boats by the Syracuse Model Boat Club, 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.

Boat show poster

This year’s commemorative poster is based on a watercolor by Ed Levine, of Sempronious, N.Y., on the south end of Skaneateles Lake, who exhibits at Skaneateles Artisans, the Pat Rini Rohrer Gallery in Canandaigua, and other regional galleries.

“The painting evokes many enjoyable feelings, such as being on a lake viewing the peaceful surroundings and beauty of the watercraft that pass by,” says Levine, in describing the work. “The image of the Roosevelt House clearly defines the setting as Skaneateles Lake.”

Levine is no stranger to antique boating—while growing up, he developed a deep appreciation for the boats’ design and fine craftsmanship from his uncle, who owned a Chris-Craft. Similarly, he says, he fell in love with Skaneateles in the late ‘80s, when he began spending summers on the lake.

The poster will go on sale June 1 for $10 at the Skaneateles Area Chamber of Commerce, 22 Jordan St., and First National Gifts, 2 E. Genesee St. The original artwork will be auctioned off at the show.

Contributing sponsors of the Antique and Classic Boat Show are the Sherwood Inn, Hagerty Insurance and Lisa’s Chart Art. Media sponsors are WRVO-FM, the Scotsman Press, Time Warner Cable and Group M Communications.

For more information on the show, go to http://www.skaneateles.com or call the Skaneateles Area Chamber of Commerce at 315-685-0552.

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Posted: Saturday, May 8th, 2010 @ 8:46 am by Curt
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WINECOUNTRYCLASSICBOATS,INC.

FALL WORKSHOP NOV. 1, 2008
John Ford’s Shop
1568 Number One Rd
Union Springs, N.Y.

9:00 til ?
Cost $3  NOTE: Lunch is NOT provided

9:00 Coffee and Donuts
poke about John’s shop

10:00-til? sessions:

……Fix My Boat: Terry & Rosemary Holland’s 1952 Chris Craft Sportsman is not running right, help to identify the problems, offer suggestions to fix the problems, trouble-shoot, share ideas. Lake test (weather permitting)
 
…..Is your trailer set up to best fit your boat and for easiest launching and retrieval? See how some are set up, offer ideas on how to improve upon them.

……Is your oil ruining your engine? Concerns about reformulation of modern oil. Additives that may help. What is the “correct” oil to use?

……Today’s gas, ethanol, and its effects on our engines. K100 products and discussion on how to protect your engine.

 

WCCB Auction: Please bring items to auction off, support our club!!!

Posted: Wednesday, October 29th, 2008 @ 7:20 am by Curt
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Starts:  9/5/2008  Ends: 9/7/2008
Event:     CNY Fall Used Boat Show 2008
Location:  Empire Expo Center/NYS Fairgrounds, 581 State Fair Blvd., Syracuse
For More Info:  315-447-9286      Website:  www.cnybia.com

The Boating Industries Association of Upstate New York is a group that is dedicated to the ways and means of enjoying boating in Central New York. We help both the Federal Government and the State Government spread information about rules and regulations of the day that concern boating or use of the great resources here in New York State, Lake Ontario, the Historic Erie Canal system or the St. Lawrence Seaway, and the Finger Lakes. We look to promote the resources within our membership and protect the waterways that we love. If it’s about boating, it’s about us.

Posted: Saturday, August 23rd, 2008 @ 11:06 am by Curt
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