Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Antique & Classic Boat Show This Weekend

The Antique & Classic Boat Show at Hawthorne Cove Marina has become a perennial favorite of summer in Salem. This year, organizers expect forty classic yachts to be on display, and some will be open for public tours.

Primarily dating from 1860-1910, the festival will feature both motor and sailing vessels. Most owners will be on hand to enthusiastically answer questions and show off their boats.

Salem is a fitting site for the annual Antique & Classic Boat show, as the first pleasure yacht was launched by Salemite George Crowninshield in 1916. Cleopatra's Barge was a lavish, gilded vessel that, according to boat show organizers, was visited by "1800 ladies and 700 gentlemen" on the day of her launch! A replica of the Cleopatra's Barge interior is on display at the Peabody Essex Museum, where it forms a lovely bridge between the American Decorative Arts and Maritime Arts galleries.

In addition to the boats on display this weekend, there will be exhibitors, a crafts market, and music on Saturday and Sunday.

Musicians scheduled to perform on the marina deck include The New New Orleans Jazz Band, New Liberty Jazz Band, Stellwagon, Fo’c’s’le Trio and Three Sheets to the Wind.

Here are the hard facts:
When: August 22-23, 2009 (Saturday, 11-5 PM; Sunday, 11AM - 3 PM)
Where: Hawthorne Cove Marina, 10 White St., Salem, Massachusetts
Admission: $5 donation; children under 12 free (And bring the kids - most of the boats are very family-friendly.)

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