Skaneateles boat show to bring yesterday’s boats to the village | Entertainment

Sandi Mulconry Citizen Special

In their heyday, no one had ever heard of COVID-19. Or climate change. Or crypto. The Cold War had not yet started.

Now, nearly a century later, dozens of wooden boats from iconic names such as Chris-Craft, Hacker and Gar Wood will be on display at the 44th Annual Antique and Classic Boat Show at Skaneateles.

The show, one of the most popular of its kind in the North East, runs July 29-31 at Clift Park. Hours are 3:00 p.m. to dusk Friday, 9:00 a.m. to dusk Saturday, and 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Sunday. Free entry.

The event is organized by the Finger Lakes Chapter of the Antique and Classic Boat Society and the Skaneateles Area Chamber of Commerce Foundation (also known as the Skaneateles Foundation).

Section President Dave Couch urges visitors to “take the time to walk down the pier and see the beautiful classic boats tied to the slips, then stroll through the land displays. Many exhibitors,” he noted, “have traveled hundreds of miles to be here, to give others the opportunity to get up close to these great old boats.

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On display will be mahogany runabouts, speedboats, sailboats, canoes, rowboats and racing boats, many of which have been restored to their original condition.

Highlights of the weekend include:

• A boat parade and flyover, led by the Skaneateles Fire Department, starting at 3:15 p.m. Saturday.

• Performances by the Skaneateles Community Band from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Friday, the Diana Jacobs Band from 12 to 3 p.m. on Saturday and the Soda Ash Six from 12 to 2 p.m. on Sunday.

• An exhibition of antique model boats by the Syracuse Model Boat Club from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

• Guided bus tours of the village, co-organized by the Skaneateles Historical Society and Laker Limo, at 10am, 11:30am, 1pm and 2:30pm on Saturdays. Tickets are $10, with free admission afterwards to the Skaneateles Historical Society Museum at the Creamery. Proceeds benefit the Laker Limo construction fund.

• A youth judging contest, sponsored by Hagerty Classic Marine Insurance, to ‘ignite children’s passion for wooden boats’ at 10.30 am Saturday.

• Opportunities for children to paint wooden toy boats from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday.

• A knotting demonstration at 11 a.m. on Saturday.

• A photo opportunity and spectator cruise aboard Judge Ben Wiles at 10 am on Sunday. The judge will depart from the Mid-Lakes Boating Pier in Clift Park and take a slow tour of the north end of Skaneateles Lake while exhibiting boats making random passes and providing opportunities for action shots. Tickets are $17 for adults and $5 for children under 13 accompanied by an adult. For reservations, visit or call (315) 685-8500.

• Prize draws will take place on Sunday at 1:30 p.m., with a wide range of prizes. The first prize, emphasizing relaxation, combines a spa package from Mirbeau Inn & Spa with a $100 gift certificate from Gilda’s. Additional prizes are an entertainment package including two tickets to The Rev Theater Company, one night stay at the Hilton Garden Inn in Auburn, and a $50 Prison City Pub & Brewery gift certificate; an “Enjoy Skaneateles Lake” package including a $100 gift card from Mid-Lakes Navigation and a $100 gift card from Bluewater Grill; and a “Shop Skaneateles” basket of gift cards and assorted items. There will also be an “Experience Skaneateles” basket with gift cards from Papavero Clay Studio and Revive Cryo & Wellness; a small wooden boat filled with lottery tickets; a “Sip Skaneateles” basket including two pints, two mugs and gift cards from Skaneateles Bakery and Skaneateles Brewery; a framed print of the 2022 boat show; an item of clothing from the Ship’s Store chapter; and a small wooden boat filled with sweets.

The judging of the boats, in 35 categories, takes place on Saturday morning. Throughout the weekend, visitors to the show will vote for the coveted People’s Choice Award, sponsored by Doug’s Fish Fry, which will be presented at 1:45 p.m. Sunday.

The poster for this year’s show is based on a photo taken at the 2021 show by Skaneateles Drone. Posters are $10 and are on sale at the Skaneateles Area Fair and Chamber of Commerce, 22 Jordan St.

Ahead of the show, a 1987 Furnal Flyer, which reached speeds of over 80mph during its racing career, is on display at the M&T Bank in downtown Skaneateles.

M&T Bank is the show’s presenting sponsor. Contributing sponsors are Sherwood Inn, Beak & Skiff Apple Orchards/1911, Brinson Marine, Doug’s Fish Fry, Finger Lakes Insurance Agency, Hagerty Insurance, Katz’s Marina, White & White Antiques, Ace Hardware, Good Eats & Sips, Jacobs Press, Mirbeau Inn & Spa, Skaneateles Festival, Skaneateles Suites, 1st National Gifts, Amber Spain-Mosher (Realtor, RE/MAX Masters), Bluewater Grill, Cayuga Tree Service, Chase Design, Emma + James, Finger Lakes ENT & Skin Oncology, Gilda’s , Hilton Garden Inn, Holiday Inn Auburn, Howard Hanna Real Estate Services, Mid-Lakes Navigation, Janice M. Miller, Architect, Papavero, Patisserie, Prison City Pub & Brewery, Revive Cryo & Wellness, Ricklefs Landscape & Excavation, Sea Culture Brand , SECNY, Skaneateles Artisans, Skaneateles Bakery, Skaneateles Brewery, Stroll Skaneateles (also known as Skaneateles Life), The Rev Theater Company, The Savage Homestead, 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 disabilities.

For more information, visit or call the Skaneateles Area Chamber of Commerce at (315) 685-0552.

Sandi Mulconry is founder and director of Group M Communications, a public relations group in Skaneateles. For more information, visit

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