Although the boats are the main attraction, the Festival features the New New Orleans Jazz Band, New Liberty Jazz Band and Three Sheets to the Wind, among other performers. A crafts market includes artists, print makers, ship modelers, woodcarvers, booksellers and purveyors of other interesting wares. The Blessing of the Fleet and Parade of Boats round out this festive weekend.
Visitors can expect to see old favorites at the show, as well as many new old boats. The APHRODITE, a celebrated torpedo-stern commuter owned by Charles Royce of Greenwich CT, and Billy Joel's tradition-inspired commuter VENDETTA have both been invited this year. These supremely elegant, swift vessels represent the epitome of luxury yacht building in America in the early 20th century.
The Antique & Classic Boat Festival is about people as well as boats. Visitors will have the opportunity to interact with boat owners and captains. Featured vessels may include antique and classic sailboats, powerboats, runabouts and hand-powered craft.
Festival organizer Pat Wells has said, "...we simply want to gather together the grand old craft and all those who love them."
Date: August 23-24, 2008 (Sat., 11 am-5 pm; Sun., 11 am-3 pm)
Place: Hawthorne Cove Marina, 10 White St., Salem, Massachusetts
Admission: $5.00, children under 12 free
Information: 617-422-1703, 617-666-8530, www.boatfestival.org
Go car-free from Boston!
Combine a wonderful ocean ferry ride with a visit to the Boat Festival next door to Salem's Blaney Street dock. The 45-minute high-speed catamaran connects Salem with Central Wharf, alongside the New England Aquarium, in Boston. Or take the train and a Salem pedicab or trolley.
Salem Ferry Information: 978-741-0220; www.salemferry.comMBTA Information: www.mbta.com