Thirty years after her last appearance, the recently restored Pat II, one of the few fully electric passenger ships in the country, returns to Skaneateles, New York, for the 43rd annual Antique and Classic Boat Show.
The show, one of the most popular of its kind in the Northeast, will be held July 23-25 at Clift Park. Hours of operation are 3 p.m. to twilight on Friday, 9 a.m. to dusk on Saturday, and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday. Free entry.
The event is hosted by the Finger Lakes Chapter (FLC) of the Antique and Classic Boat Society and the Skaneateles Area Chamber of Commerce Foundation (also known as the Skaneateles Foundation).
The Pat II, a 39-foot speedboat, delivered mail to summer residents along Skaneateles Lake from 1956 to 1991. In 2014, it was acquired by the Finger Lakes Boating Museum; there it underwent a seven-year painstaking restoration and is now used as a cruise ship and teaching aid. Pat II will be at Skaneateles from July 21 to 25; Free rides will be offered to the public every day. To book, visit midlakesnavigation.com.
Among the 70 or so other boats on display will be mahogany runabouts made in the early 1900s by Chris-Craft, Hacker and Gar Wood, speedboats, sailboats, canoes, rowboats and racing boats, many of which have been restored to their original condition.
FLC President Dave Couch invites visitors to “take the time to walk down the pier and see the beautiful classic boats tied up in the holds, then wander around the land exhibits at Clift Park.” Many exhibitors, ”he notes,“ have traveled hundreds of kilometers to be here, to give others the chance to get up close and personal with these great old boats. “
Weekend highlights include:
A boat parade and flyby, led by the Skaneateles Fire Department and Pat II, starting at 3:15 p.m. Saturday.
Performances by the Diana Jacobs Band, noon to 3 p.m. on Saturday, and Soda Ash Six, from noon to 2 p.m. on Sunday.
An exhibition of antique boat models by the Syracuse Model Boat Club, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
A youth judging competition sponsored by Hagerty Classic Marine Insurance to “spark children’s passion for wooden boats”, Saturday at 10:30 am.
Tying demonstration, Saturday at 11 a.m.
Photo session and spectator cruise aboard the Judge Ben Wiles, Sunday at 10 a.m. The judge will depart from the Mid-Lakes Navigation Pier in Clift Park and take a slow tour of the north end of Skaneateles Lake, while the exhibiting boats will make random passes and provide opportunities for action shots. Tickets are $ 15 for adults, $ 5 for children under 13 accompanied by an adult. To reserve, visit midlakesnavigation.com or call 315-685-8500.
Prize draws, 1:30 p.m. Sunday. The first prize is a Mirbeau Inn & Spa experience package. Additional prizes are a $ 500 Rasa Spa gift certificate, a stay at the Holiday Inn Auburn with breakfast, a $ 100 Mid-Lakes Navigation gift certificate, a Downtown Skaneateles cart, a toy boat in wood filled with lottery tickets, a framed boat show from 2021. print, a $ 50 gift certificate from Gilda’s and a $ 25 gift certificate from Patisserie, a Skaneateles Antique and Classic Boat Show sweatshirt and a boat in toy wood filled with candy. Tickets are $ 5 each, three for $ 10, 10 for $ 20 and are on sale at the Chamber and at the show.
The judging of the boats, in 35 categories, takes place on Saturday morning. Throughout the weekend, show visitors will vote for the coveted People’s Choice Award, sponsored by Doug’s Fish Fry, which will be presented Sunday at 1:45 p.m.
Although the kids’ boat painting activity is not taking place this year, boat painting kits will be sold at the registration tent and coloring pages featuring the Pat II will be handed out.
This year’s show poster is a watercolor version of a photo taken during the 2019 show by FLC member Anne Sherwood. Posters cost $ 10 and are on sale at the Skaneateles Area Trade Show and Chamber of Commerce, 22 Jordan St.
In preparation for the show, a 1928 Penn Yan car is on display at the M&T Bank in downtown Skaneateles.
M&T Bank is the main sponsor of the show. Contributing sponsors are Sherwood Inn, Beak & Skiff / 1911, Brinson Marine, Doug’s Fish Fry, Mirbeau Inn & Spa, Amber Spain-Mosher, Finger Lakes Insurance Agency, Gar Wood Custom Boats, Hagerty Insurance, Inns of Aurora, Katz’s Marina, Blue Water Grill, Jacobs Press, Tory 4 Seasons, Holiday Inn Auburn, Johnny Angel’s Heavenly Burgers, SECNY, Skaneateles Festival, The Bond 1835, 1st National Gifts, cate & sally, Cayuga Tree Service, Chris-Craft Antique Boat Club, Emma + James Boutique , Gilda’s, Howard Hanna Real Estate Services, Janice M. Miller, architect, Mid-Lakes Navigation, Sea Culture Brand, Skaneateles Artisans, Tops Friendly Markets, Valentine’s Pizza & Deli and Wirth’s Automotive. Media sponsors are The Citizen, Group M Communications and WRVO Public Media.
The show is accessible to people with reduced mobility.
All COVID-related guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and New York State will be followed.
For more information, visit skaneateles.com or call the Skaneateles Region Chamber of Commerce at 315-685-0552.
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