38th Lake Union Wooden Boat Festival – 4th of July weekend
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38th Lake Union Wooden Boat Festival – 4th of July weekend
Lake Union Park & The Center for Wooden Boats
Friday, July 4th, 2014 through Sunday, July 6th, 2014
10:00am – 6:00pm daily (Lake Union Park open through fireworks)
Free! (Donations gratefully accepted)
The 38th Annual Lake Union Wooden Boat Festival kicks off on the 4th of July, and runs for three days. This year’s Festival will include: visiting vessels, boat tours, free public boat rides on Lake Union, activities for kids including toy boat building and pond boat sailing, craft and skill demonstrations, food vendors, live music, and a 24-hour boat building race called the Quick and Daring, where teams build their boat on-site and then race around a course.
On July 4th, Lake Union Park will be open for families looking for somewhere to spread their blankets and watch the fireworks over Lake Union. This year, the Center for Wooden Boats has partnered with Seafair, connecting their Gasworks Park programming with Lake Union Park to provide a great fireworks-viewing experience at both ends of the lake. This allows CWB to focus on the most important part of the Festival – the boats!
Activities for the kids at the Wooden Boat Festival include Toy Boat Building where they can build and decorate their own model boats; Model Boat Sailing in the pond; El Toro Train Rides where kids can learn to steer a small sailboat while under tow; exploring historic ships; and Pirate Storytime aboard the historic tug boat Arthur Foss, featuring the nautical yarns of Pirate Lou. Kids who get stamps from four or more activities on their Activity Passport (located in the Festival Guide) receive a prize!
New this year is Walk-up Boatbuilding, where people of all ages can drop in and help with the construction of a canoe. No experience required! Construction includes cutting plywood, joining sides and bottom together. Tools used include drills, saws, hammers, and sandpaper. Youth welcome with adults. Upon completion, the boat will be raffled and you could be the winner. Raffle takes place at 5:00 pm on Sunday, July 6.
The Center for Wooden Boats gratefully acknowledges the support of our sponsors in making it possible to bring so many wonderful boats and boat lovers together over the holiday. Sponsors include: Vulcan Real Estate, Pemco Insurance, Holland America Line, West Marine, Seafair, 4Culture, The City of Seattle office of Arts & Culture, Seattle Parks and Recreation, Pilgrim Media Services, Hagerty Insurance, and At Lake Union Park.
For up-to-date information about the Festival Schedule, check the Center for Wooden Boats website.
Free Public Rides: Take a trip on Lake Union by sail, row, paddle, steam, electric or power boat. Boats available vary but they all fill up fast! Sign up on dock.
Boat Building Demonstrations: Watch master craftspeople as they build kayaks, canoes, rowboats, and more.
Quick and Daring Race: Are they amazing, or just crazy? Watch teams build a boat in 24 hours and cheer them on as they launch and race on Sunday.
NW Seaport: Tour 1889 tugboat Arthur Foss and Lightship No. 83 “SWIFTSURE”.
Walk-up Boatbuilding: Help construct a wooden boat, all skill levels welcome! Buy a raffle ticket for a chance to win the boat when it’s finished.
Toy Boat Building: We supply the hull, mast, sails and tools you need. Bring your imagination and build the boat of your dreams!
Pirate Pond Boats: Sail models of the sailboat Pirate in Lake Union Park’s model boat pond!
Activity Passport: Kids can get stamps at activities, and if they have four or more stamps they will receive a prize! The passport is printed in the Festival Guide.
WOODEN BOATS OF NOTE
Over 100 wooden boats from dinghies to sailing schooners over 130 feet in length are on public display throughout the festival.
Adventuress, 133-foot National Historical Landmark schooner built in 1913 for John Borden so he could sail to Alaska try to catch a bowhead whale for the American Museum of Natural History. Adventuress will arrive on the afternoon of June 5th loaded with Boy Scouts, Girls Scouts and Sea Scouts who have joined her for the “Scouts on the Sound” sail from Bellingham as part of the boats celebration of her 100th birthday. Friday evening, the public is invited aboard for a Shanty Sing, brought to you by Northwest Seaport, 7:30- 9:30pm. Saturday and Sunday, she will be open for dockside tours 10am-4pm, and going out for Festival Sails 5pm-9pm (purchase tickets at the Sound Experience booth. CWB, MOHAI, and Sound Experience members receive a discount!). More info: www.soundexp.org
Lotus, 92-foot Edwardian house boat built in 1909 in the Sloan Boatyard in Seattle for Maurice McMicken, the legal counsel to the Washington State Legislature and publisher of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer newspaper. MV Lotus is Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and is 92 feet long, 18 feet wide and can float in as little as 5.5 feet of water. She weighs 102 tons, and was designed specifically to cruise the inside passage to Alaska. More info: http://www.mvlotus.org/
At Last, 57 foot Chris Craft classic cruiser. She was built in 1956 by Chris Craft and came to Northwest waters first in 1974. Cruised extensively by owners from Puget Sound to Alaska, At Last fell into disrepair and neglect, finally being sold at bank auction. But recently, her new owner has completed an extensive restoration and at last she’s ready to take her place back in the sun.
About The Center for Wooden Boats
The Center for Wooden Boats, founded in 1976, provides a gathering place where maritime history comes alive through direct experience and our small craft heritage is enjoyed, preserved, and passed along to future generations. CWB, with locations on Lake Union in Seattle and at Cama Beach State Park on Camano Island, engages visitors in whole body learning by putting the historic boats, oars and paddles, sails and tools in the hands of people who visit.