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Essex, CT - The Southern New England Chapter of The Antique and Classic Boat Society will present the 28th annual “Mahogany Memories” boat show on the grounds and docks of the Connecticut River Museum on Saturday July 7 from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm. Admission is free. The show will feature numerous examples of the finest classic wooden and fiberglass boats commonly seen in this area in the last century. Boats built by Chris Craft, Century, Lyman, Gar Wood, Elco and many more will be showcased. Boat owners will be on hand to talk about their boats, exchange ideas and share the joys of using and preserving these beautiful “woodies” and other memorable classics.
Also featured this year, Connecticut craftsman Schuyler Thomson will share his vast knowledge of wooden canoe restoration on the Museum’s waterfront lawn. He, along with Abby Burbank, will demonstrate both rib installation and planking on a “rough” canoe while discussing canvas replacement, steam bending, finishing, and other processes. This is an excellent opportunity to see and learn, first hand, from a professional restorer and builder who has worked on over 1000 boats.
In addition, marine supplies, clothing and boat merchandise will be available for purchase and a raffle will be held at the end of the show. This year’s sponsors include Antique Boat Center, Ashcroft Inc., CCJ, Clark Group, Connecticut River Museum, Essex Savings Bank, Hagerty Collector Boat Insurance, Heritage Marine Insurance, ki Advertising, Middle Cove Marina, New England Chrome Plating, and Soundings.
The Connecticut River Museum is located at 67 Main Street on the historic Essex waterfront. For more information on the Antique and Classic Boat Show and other Connecticut River Museum programs and events, go to www.ctrivermuseum.org or call 860-767-8269.