Tuesday, August 23, 2011


If Marash Girl hadn't been volunteering at the WBUR fundraiser, she would never have known about the boat festival that occurs yearly in Salem, Massachusetts.  Thanks to the unerring reminders sent her by her sister volunteer across the table, this year Marash Girl will be volunteering at the 29th Annual Antique & Classic Boat Festival in Salem, Massachusetts.  Come on by and say hello! (See the press release below.) And if you're interested in volunteering, they can still use help on Sunday afternoon!
"Old Glory"         Photo Credit:  Ann Campbell



Date:    August 27-28, 2011 (Sat., 11 am-5 pm; Sun., 11 am-3 pm)

Place:    Brewer Hawthorne Cove Marina, 10 White St., Salem, Massachusetts

Admission:    $5, children under 12 free

Info & Boat Entry: 617-717-6443, 617-666-8530,  www.boatfestival.org

Antique and Classic Boats on Display in Salem, MA!

Over this coming weekend (August 27th and 28th), the public will have a rare opportunity to view privately owned antique and classic yachts at the 29th Annual Antique & Classic Boat Festival at Brewer Hawthorne Cove Marina, Salem, Massachusetts.  Selected by Yankee Magazine as a top event in Massachusetts, the eye-catching vintage fleet ranges from elegant cabin cruisers from the 1920s to sleek mahogany
runabouts and sailboats of many types: sloops, yawls and schooners.  Some proud owners invite the public  aboard to regale them with stories of how they acquired their boat, her history, voyages, and the joys and woes of restoring  her.  Festival Coordinator, Pat Wells, says, "Although many of these vintage vessels are museum quality, they are real boats, in the water, and in use by their owners today.  Festival-goers enjoy getting to vote for their favorites."

The Festival is especially honored this year by the presence of Jon Wilson, founder of WoodenBoat Magazine , who will be on hand to receive the Edgar B. Caffrey Award for his exceptional contribution to the preservation and  appreciation of maritime heritage.  Revered by wooden boat aficionados, he is credited with the wooden boat revival.

Stars of the Festival include, among others:

GOLDEN YEARS, a 1913 Matthews launch owned by Sam and Jerrie Hoagland  of New Jersey, she is thought to be the oldest original Matthews in existence. Her original owner used her to ferry house guests, including U.S. presidents! to his summer camp on Tupper Lake, New York.  Closer to home, Barry and Sue Blaisdell plan to bring their 50 year old custom Crocker
sailboat, GABRIEL, from Gloucester.  She was built  by Sturgis Crocker  of Manchester, Massachusetts for  Fred  Johnson, curator of the  Peabody Essex Museum of Salem,  renowned for its extensive maritime  collection.

CHAUTAUQUA, a handsome 1926 cabin cruiser, is being brought by owners, Linwood and Gail Cross, from South Portland, Maine.  An award-winning vessel, she was built by the George Lawley & Sons Yard in Boston, famous for building America’s Cup contenders.  VIOLET, a 1911 Scottish Zulu Ocean Voyager, owned and restored by Gary and Kristi Maynard, will be sailing to the Festival from Martha’s Vineyard.  Jon Margolis of Brookline, Massachusetts plans to show his comely double-ended canoe yawl, ROZINANTE, designed and ordered by the legendary L. Francis Herreshoff,  who, alas, crossed the bar before she was launched. There is more to the Festival than the boats!  Other highlights include a crafts market, children’s activities, the Blessing of the Fleet and Parade of Boats.  Parade boats will be announced to the public at Derby Wharf at 3:15 PM Sunday.  This is where the public gets to see the grand old craft in motion!  Traditional music will be performed live on the marina deck throughout the weekend.  The show goes on rain or shine!

A fun way to go to the Festival is to take the ferry from downtown Boston (978-741-0220, salemferry.com).  The Festival is next door to the ferry terminal.  Allow time to sightsee in Salem.  The Festival is located in the historic district next door to the House of the Seven Gables and close to museums and other attractions in this picturesque old seaport.  If walking isn’t your style, there are the tourist trolleys and pedicabs to ferry you about.

Above press release issued for the 29TH ANNUAL ANTIQUE & CLASSIC BOAT FESTIVAL. Antique & Classic Boat Festival is a 501(c)3 non-profit association.

NOTE:  Just received notice that this boat festival has been cancelled due to the imminent arrival of Hurricane Irene!


  1. This sounds like a weekend activity for me! I will probably come up on Sunday (for the parade) and take my bike up on the commuter rail for getting around Salem. I am fascinated especially by the old "steam yachts." When the fuel was running low, the skipper would pause at a convenient island and crew would cut a few trees up to stoke the boiler!

  2. that boat looks familiar, very much like the one FDR had in the 1930's before the war put an end to his daylight excursions.