I love this event. I think (correct me if I'm wrong) this is the eleventh year the Antique & Classic Boat Festival is being held in Salem. It happened for a few years prior to discovering Hawthorne Cove Marina, and it has enjoyed great success and visitation since coming to Salem.
The festival is this weekend - August 28 and 29 - at Hawthorne Cove Marina on White Street. The marina is one block from the Salem Ferry landing at Blaney Street, and one block from the House of the Seven Gables on Turner Street.
And have you seen the weather forecast? Sunny splendor! The rains are gone!
So, check out the Antique & Classic Boat Festival web site at boatfestival.org, and their Facebook page. They are expecting some great boats this year, including a vessel belonging to Billy Joel. In addition to the visiting vessels, there will be a craft fair, activities for children, and music.
The more than 40 participating boats are expected to include 1920s-50s motor yachts, mahogany speedboats, sloops, yawls, schooners and a 19th century gold-leaf canoe. A bit of something for everyone!
Admission is a $5.00 donation (children under 12 are free).