June 09 2022
Each year when I’m planning out my exhibit calendar, I always save the date for the Annual WoodenBoat Show held at the Mystic Seaport Museum. For the past seven years, I’ve had a tent in the same spot (right across from the Steamship Sabino), with a beautiful view of the Mystic River. During the three day event, I’m greeted by classic boat aficionados, members of the Mystic Seaport Museum, and many of my neighbors here in Stonington. It’s a great way to meet like-minded people, it’s family- and dog-friendly, and it’s one of the most fulfilling and pleasant shows I do.
Last year, the show was held in August. Hurricane Henri came through and really put a damper on the weekend! Thankfully, the event is now back to it’s regularly scheduled month (June 24-26) and for me, it marks the beginning of a beautiful summer in New England (read my last post about life in Stonington).
Over the course of three days, there will be skills demonstrations on blacksmithing, boatbuilding, steam-bending, model-making, and more. There is a great speaker series planned too. On Friday, learn how Mary Maynard Drake built a wooden engineless copy of Capt. Joshua Slocum’s yawl SPRAY and circumnavigated with three young children and the family dog for five years! Tommy Townsend and Ken Murphy will discuss their efforts to restore CIRRUS, a Herreshoff Fishers Island 31, and David Snediker will talk about restoring the 1905 Herreschoff Yacht DORIS. On Saturday, Ben Fuller, a longtime maritime museum curator will talk about the Peapods of Maine (iconic crafts developed for lobstering under oars amid rocky outcroppings but now popular for recreation). Clint Chase and Walt Ansel will be speaking about computer-assisted boat design and Eric Jay Dolin will discuss his book Rebels at Sea, Privateering in the American Revolution.
There will be more than 100 boats on display including some in an “I Built It Myself” category, there's a vendor marketplace (where you'll find me), and you’ll have access to the Mystic Seaport Museum, the premier American maritime museum. It’s really going to be a great event, and I'm so glad to be part of it.
In honor of the WoodenBoat show, I am offering 20% off my Lapstrake wooden boat-inspired pieces. There are post and dangle earrings and pendants in sterling silver, yellow, and white gold. And for the man in your life — cufflinks — cast in 14K gold or sterling silver and finished with hand-engraved highlights. All are part of my Coastal Collection. For a limited time, I’m also extending 20% off the Compass Rose Coordinates Collection.
If you can’t make it to the show, be sure to use code BOATSANDROSES online (now through June 30th).
If you do make it, please be sure to stop by my booth to say hello. My pup Finn will be there too!