SKANEATELES – In their heyday, no one had ever heard of COVID. 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 (FLC) of the Antique and Classic Boat Society and the Skaneateles Area Chamber of Commerce Foundation (also known as the Skaneateles Foundation).
FLC 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 exhibits. Many exhibitors,” he notes, “have traveled hundreds of miles to be here, to give others the opportunity to get up close to these great old boats.
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 Skaneateles Community Band, Friday 7:30-8:30 p.m.; the Diana Jacobs Band, from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday; and Soda Ash Six, from noon to 2 p.m. on Sundays.
- A display of antique model boats by the Syracuse Model Boat Club, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
- Guided bus tours of the village, co-organized by the Skaneateles Historical Society and Laker Limo, 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 competition, sponsored by Hagerty Classic Marine Insurance to ‘ignite children’s passion for wooden boats’, 10.30am Saturday.
- Opportunities for children to paint wooden toy boats, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday.
- A knotting demonstration, Saturday 11 a.m.
- A photo session and a spectator cruise aboard the Judge Ben Wiles, 10 a.m. 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 the exposed boats will make random passes and provide opportunities for action shots. Tickets are $17 for adults, $5 for children under 13 accompanied by an adult. For reservations, go to midlakesnavigation.com 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 with a $100 gift certificate from Gilda’s. Additional prizes are an entertainment package including two tickets to The Rev, one night at the Hilton Garden Inn Auburn, and a $50 Prison City Pub and Brewery gift certificate; an Enjoy Skaneateles Lake package including a $100 gift card from Mid-Lakes Navigation and a $100 gift card from Blue Water Grill; and a Shop Skaneateles basket of gift cards and assorted items.
Also, an Experience Skaneateles basket including gift cards from Papavero and REVIVE Cryo & Wellness; a small wooden boat filled with lottery tickets; a Skaneateles Sip Basket featuring two pints, two mugs and gift cards to Skaneateles Bakery and Skaneateles Brewery; a framed print of the 2022 boat show; an item of clothing from the FLC Ship’s Store; and a small wooden boat filled with sweets.
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 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/1911, Brinson Marine, Doug’s Fish Fry, Finger Lakes Insurance Agency, Hagerty, 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), Blue Water 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 and 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 Co., 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 handicapped accessible.
For more information, visit skaneateles.com or call the Skaneateles Area Chamber of Commerce at 315-685-0552.