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Hudson River Event to Celebrate Handmade Boats
By:Jack Gilman
Date: 8/20/2001, 8:40 pm

Hudson River Event to Celebrate Handmade Boats

"Craft of Craft"

A Hudson River Celebration of handmade boats will be held (rain or shine) Saturday, Sept. 15 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Foundry Dock Park, across from the Metro North train station in the Village of Cold Spring, in the midst of the Hudson River Highlands.

Bring your own handcrafted canoe, kayak or small boat to exhibit. Come to admire the variety of boats including the Storm King, a 26-foot rowboat made by local Haldane High School students.

The public is invited to participate in a noon ecumenical blessing of the fleet, a nautical custom for good luck. Also there will be other paddling events, informational displays and live music. Admission is free and a food vendor will be on-site.

For more details and directions, please contact Jan Thacher at (845) 265-7657 or Jack Gilman online at Camping may be had locally, contact us for more info.

Sponsoring organizations incude: Building Bridges, Building Boats, Inc.; Chapel of Our Lady Restoration, Inc.; Metro-North; National Audubon Society; Scenic Hudson, Inc.; Yonkers Paddling & Rowing Club and Taconic Outdoor Center.

ps: I apologize for this event being the same weekend as the Newfound Rendezvous in New Hampshire. I had planned to attend the rendezvous again this year, but we were locked into this date for reasons beyond the scope of this post...
Cold Spring is a very pretty town in the midst of the most scenic and historic stretch of the Hudson. A location worthy of hand-crafted boats!