We have the official report in here from Kent O. Smith! Ahhhhhhhhh, I love looking at kent’s photos. Sunsets, light dancing, and just all swirling with Mahogany, chrome and smiles. Miles and miles of smiles. Okay, Knots, but just roll with me here. Ugh, take it away Kent.
This year’s show kicked off the weekend with a sunset cruise around Grindstone Island. Several of the Antique Boat Museum’s ride boats participated as well as a number of exhibitor boats. Haze likely do to the wildfires treated us to a glowing sunset.
There were a number of seminars given on a variety of topics such as judging procedures, rebuilding a Scripps motor and the history of local builder Fitzgerald & Lee. The Don Doebler storage facility was open to the public where you could see many interesting boats and motors that are not on everyday display at the museum.
The docks were mostly full and the grounds were filled with land displays of all types. Overall, I thought it was a good turn out, especially after the depressing season last year due to Covid. However, the vendors were sparse and the boat auction was virtual this year because by the time the restrictions were lifted, the team at the ABM did not have enough time to work out the logistics.
Right before the picnic dinner in the tent by the river, a storm front pushed through. In a matter of minutes, the sky became dark, then the rain and wind hit. The winds were so strong they blew over tables and chairs. At one point, it was thought the tent might blow over so staff urged everyone to make haste to the main museum building.
We all ran through the pouring rain and arrived safe but wet inside the museum. The caterer was able to move the food inside as well, so we were well fed as we dried out.
I won’t bore you with too many dock shots. As Matt told me many years ago, “dock shots are deadly” as far as a compelling photograph goes. Instead, I will share some more unique views and of course the action images that everyone enjoys.
Sunday morning the awards were given out and to wrap up the show, there was a boat parade through Clayton then a cruise to Boldt Castle in Alexandria Bay.
As always, thank you Rebecca Hopfinger (Executive Director) and Caitlyn Playle (Events & Communications Coordinator) for the hospitality at the Antique Boat Museum. For more information about the museum or to check out the list of awards winners, please visit www.abm.org
Photos and report – Kent O. Smith, Jr. – www.kaosimagery.com