Skaneateles, N.Y. – For more than 15 years, John Hawbecker, of Salem, S.C., has made the 850-mile drive to Skaneateles with his 1959 Chris-Craft ski boat, Infatuation, in tow to exhibit at the Antique and Classic Boat Show. This year will be no different.
“My wife and I love this show—it has the best entertainment and the friendliest people,” said Hawbecker, who attends several shows a year across the country.
“In Skaneateles, we get together with old friends and new,” he said. “It’s almost like a family reunion. Everyone has the same interest in the hobby—and some of the same stories about what’s gone wrong with their boat.”
Hawbecker is one of about 80 antique and classic boat owners who will exhibit their craft at the 39th annual Antique and Classic Boat Show July 28-30 in Clift Park.
Displays, on water and land, will range from mahogany runabouts manufactured in the early 1900s by Chris-Craft, Hacker and Gar Wood to launches, sailboats, canoes, rowing craft and race boats. Visitors are invited to learn about the boats by reading the accompanying placards or talking with owners.
“Many people are hesitant to ask questions, but they shouldn’t be,” Hawbecker said. “What they don’t realize is that boat owners love to talk about their boats.”
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.
More than 10,000 people are expected to attend the show, one of the most popular in the Northeast.
The event 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.
Highlights of the weekend include:
• Performances by the Skaneateles Community Band, 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday; the Diana Jacobs Jazz Trio, 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 youth judging competition, sponsored by Hagerty Classic Marine Insurance to “spark kids’ passion for wooden boats,” 11 a.m. Saturday.
• Opportunities for children to paint their own wooden boats, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.
• Knot-tying demonstrations, 11 a.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Gazebo.
• 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 $13 for adults, $5 for children under 13 accompanied by an adult. For reservations, go to midlakesnav.com or call 315-685-8500. Walk-ons are welcome.
• Raffle drawings, 2 p.m. Sunday. First prize is a $900 escape package from Mirbeau Inn & Spa. Additional prizes are a $300 dinner and theater package; a $240 six-month adult YMCA membership; a $100 gift certificate from Mid-Lakes Navigation; a toy wooden boat filled with lottery tickets; a $50 gift certificate from Nest 58; a $50 gift certificate from White and White Antiques; a framed 2017 boat show poster; a $50 Grill Master gift box from F. Oliver’s; and a toy wooden boat filled with candy. Tickets are $5 each, three for $10, 10 for $20 and are on sale at the Chamber and at the show.
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 2:30 p.m. Sunday.
This year’s poster was developed by Oswego illustrator David Owens, who “works in a loose painterly digital style, using Photoshop and a Wacom tablet as [his] canvas and palette.” In creating the artwork, he says, he was inspired by vintage posters from the end of travel posters’ golden age.
Posters are $10 and are on sale at the Skaneateles Area Chamber of Commerce, 22 Jordan St., and at the show.
In anticipation of the show, four model boats are on display at M&T Bank in downtown Skaneateles.
The Antique and Classic Boat Show is officially sponsored by M&T Bank. Contributing sponsors are Beak & Skiff/1911, the Sherwood Inn, Brinson Marine, Mirbeau Inn & Spa, NYCM Insurance Agency, Doug’s Fish Fry, White Birch Vineyards, Hobbit Hollow, Jacobs Press, Skaneateles Town Square/Ace Hardware, The Sailboat Shop, Adams & Son Inc., Blue Water Grill, Janice M. Miller, Architect, Johnny Angel’s Heavenly Burgers, Mid-Lakes Navigation, Realty USA, Smiles of Skaneateles, Valentine’s Pizza & Deli and Wirth’s Automotive Services. Media sponsors are Group M Communications and WRVO Public Media.
The show is handicapped-accessible.
For more information, go to http://www.skaneateles.com or call the Skaneateles Area Chamber of Commerce at 315-685-0552.
Contact: Sandi Mulconry
Tuesday, July 11, 2017
Group M Communications