TODAY’S LIVE-ISH REPORT from Lake Hartwell, Georgia comes to us courtesy of contributor Kentucky Wonder and show organizer John Heiderich. The Blue Ridge ACBS Chapter continues a solid history of organizing top cabin classic boat shows with great boats and innovative awards, which is refreshing. – Texx
2015 Lake Hartwell Antique Boat Festival
Hartwell Marina, Georgia – April 16-18
Show Summary by John Heiderich
Photos & Captions by Kentucky Wonder
The weather was threatening all weekend, but the only rain we had occurred when we were getting the boats back on the trailer.
The show attendance was also effected by the weather, with attendance estimated at 1,500 to 1,600. The people attending all had a great time looking at the boats, piloting the remote control boats, viewing the 30 Porsche cars, shopping at one of the 15 vendors, and of course enjoying a bite to eat at one of the food vendors.
The weekend started with a Cocktail Party at John and April Heiderich’s house where Cinnamon Margaritas were the drink of the night. The Friday lunch cruise was cancelled because of the threatening weather, but several boats headed out for a tour of the lake anyway. Friday evening’s event at Dennis and Julie Moore’s Boat Barn was a great time for everyone.
The weekend events finished up with a fine dinner where our awards were handed out, friends had a last chance to visit with each other, and renew relationships and plan the events they were going to attend this year. Indeed, a great time was had by all.
Blue Ridge Chapter Show Chairman
2015 Lake Hartwell Antique Boat Festival Awards
Best of Show / Skippers Choice
Tommy Watson – “The Roaring Twenties” 26′ Chris-Craft Custom
Fred Thomas Best Antique Boater of the Year
Al & Faye Smith
Old Boats, Old Friends
Dave & Pat Nesbitt
(Old Boats, Old Friends is a Perpetual Award, started years ago by Mike and Sue McSwain, given to someone who exhibits both a genuine love for old boats and also for the friends developed through the Blue Ridge Chapter over the years.)
(Also a Perpetual Award, Boat Enthusiasts is given to someone who has an enthusiastic portrayal of the classic boating hobby, drawing others into the hobby and the Blue Ridge Chapter.)
“I can tell you that Randy Cunningham is very deserving of this award. He is very entertaining, always having a funny story about the current topic.” – Kentucky Wonder
Both awards have name plates added every year with the recipients’ names, and are displayed at the Hartwell Marina throughout the year.
I Want That One
Edward James – “Ciao Baby” 1971 Riva Junior
Bob & Linda Smith – “Lisa Ann” 1930 Chris-Craft Model 100
Patrick Cunningham – “CeCe” 1959 Chris-Craft Sportsman
Randy Cunningham – “Mello Yello” Chris-Craft fiberglass
Tom Neff – “Northern Reflections” 1940 Ema-Rold Runabout
Tom & June Riggle – “Slow Dancing II” 1952 Chris-Craft Sedan
Ed & Brideett Arrington – “First Love” 1959 Barbour Sliver Clipper
Bob & Linda Smith – “Linda Ann” 1975 Century Arabian
Chris & Gina Hansen – “ExAustin” 1965 Chris-Craft Super Sport
Special thanks to Kentucky Wonder and John Heiderich for sharing this report with us today. Also to the dedicated organizers and volunteers from the Blue Ridge Chapter for continuing to make this event a winner.
One final note: We were thrilled to learn that this year’s Fred Thomas Best Antique Boater of the Year award was presented to our friends Alan & Faye Smith. We have had the opportunity to spend some quality time with Alan & Faye at various classic boating events over the years, and always enjoy their company. Faye has also contributed to Woody Boater on a number of occasions which we appreciate.
For those of you who may not know – Alan Smith is the Great-Grandson of Christopher Columbus Smith who, along with his brother Hank established Chris Smith and Sons Boat Company in 1922. The company changed it’s name to the Chris-Craft Corporation in 1930.
To learn more about Alan & Faye Smith and their wonderful Chris-Craft Sea Skiff, you can check out a story we published in 2011 named SmithSkiff – Keeping It In The Family.
Congratulations to Alan & Faye and thanks for everything you do for the hobby.