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Wooden Boat Festival at Cold Spring, NY Sept. 15
By:Jack Gilman
Date: 9/6/2001, 9:36 am

Hi All-

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.

Below is the schedule for the event.

All persons bringing boats are asked to arrive at Foundry Cove between 7:30 and 9:00am. The reason for the early time is to get all boats into the park before any foot traffic starts. This will allow you to drive up to the setup area before the park is closed to vehicle traffic.

If you plan on bringing a boat, we would like a confirmation that you will be there, and the number of boats that you are bringing. We are anticipating enough room for all boats to be shown. We also could use volunteers to help with setup and cleanup. Contact us if you will be able to help.

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.

7:30 - 9:00 am Arrive to set up.
9:00 Park closes to vehicle traffic (late arrivals can hand carry boats)
10:00 Folks arive, hang with boats, answer questions
11 - 11:30 Start to launch for blessing
11:45 Speeches by VIPís
12:00 Get Blessed!
12:30 Form up for Race (fun event, only competitve for 1st 3 finishers...)
1:00 Race Start
1:30 Set up for Paddle-By
1:45 Return to Landing for Show or Demos (optional)
3:00 Wind down. Demo boats (optional) rolling demo?
Also there will be a tour of the site of the old West Point Foundry.
After: Go for paddle! (optional)

Any other questions, more info, etc.,
please get back to me:
Jack Gilman