always seems hard to think about boating this time
of year. It is currently 12 degrees and snowing lightly.
I am, however, planning a trip to the 21st Annual
Sunnyland Antique Boat Festival in Tavares, FL in
March, and just thinking about it makes spring seem
that much closer.
Here at home, the Finger Lakes Chapter is planning
to make an appearance at two upcoming events -- June
7th at the Fairport Canal Days Arts and Entertainment
Festival on the Erie Canal in Fairport, NY, and July
11-13 at the Fulton Chain of Lakes Rendezvous in Old
Forge, NY. The Old Forge show is two-plus days of
wonderful boating in a picture-perfect setting. Both
events should be a great time and help to promote
our chapter. If you would like to participate in either
or both of these events, please let me know. Look
for more details elsewhere in this newsletter.
big event is, of course, our Annual Boat Show held
during the last weekend in July. This year is extra
special because it is the 30th Anniversary of the
Finger Lakes Chapter, as well as our 30th Annual Boat
Show. In addition, Skaneateles will host the Lightning
70th Anniversary Regatta over the first weekend in
July. (The Lightning sailboat was designed by Sparkman
& Stephens in 1938, and was first built in Skaneateles
at the Skaneateles Boat and Canoe Co. Over 15,000
Lightnings have been built world-wide.)
this summer, the month of July will embrace a total
of 100 years of boating in Skaneateles and the Finger
Lakes Region. If you have not been to our show in
Skaneateles, please consider attending this year as
an exhibitor or as a spectator. It will be a first-rate
Miller, President, FLC, ACBS ..
New Contributing Sponsor
FLC extends a sincere welcome to CherryPharm,
a new start-up company located in Geneva, NY, which
has become the newest sponsor of the Chapter's Annual
John Davey left his job as a Wall Street banker to
work with scientists in the Food Venture Center at
Cornell University's New York State Agricultural Experiment
Station in Geneva to create an all-natural, restorative
sports drink called CherryPharm. It's a proprietary
not-from-concentrate blend of tart cherry and apple
juice. Now he's launched his own food company by the
same name. A pilot-plant in Geneva is bottling the
shelf-stable drink and samples will be available during
Boat Show Weekend.
Many thanks to CherryPharm for becoming one of our
Boat Show's sponsors. We're pleased to have them onboard.
to the Editor
Hi Dick, Congratulations on your award for best newsletter.
You do a great job!
I read with interest, David Kidd's account of the
founding of ACBS. After our first show in Ithaca in
1978, we decided we should go and check out other
shows to see how it was done. Ford Knight, Fred Curry
and I headed off to Lake George in August for their
show. We arrived in Lake George on Friday night just
in time for the welcoming cocktail party at Ray Nelson's
lakefront home. As we were just young "whipper-snappers"
at the time and really didn't have a clue about antique
boating, we just stood by and listened to Ray Nelson,
Mo Sherrill and others talk about antique boats. These
guys were really into it!
at the show site was a real eye-opener for us. We
had never seen the variety of boats on display, everything
from Adirondack Guide Boats to huge Hackers and Fay
& Bowen's. We had a great time and met a lot of really
nice people who were into antique boats.
never forget the first "real" antique boat show that
I went to. Thanks to the "Old Boys" who started it
all! George Zeth ...
progress is being made on the Skaneateles Historical
Society's Museum Expansion Project. An asbestos inspection
of the Creamery's old boiler plant has been completed,
all regulatory approvals have been obtained, bids
for construction work have been solicited, and a Project
Manager has been hired. After asbestos removal is
completed, contracts will be let for a new roof on
the boiler plant and other Phase I work scheduled
to begin in March.
Creamery's neighbors were briefed on the expansion
plans and their endorsement of the project has been
secured. Information on the expansion plans has been
sent to all Historical Society members, and a presentation
at the Historical Society's January program meeting
reviewed the project for the Skaneateles community.
per cent of the $530,000.needed has been received
or pledged so far. The Campaign Committee is writing
grant applications and reaching out to the Skaneateles
community to secure the remaining $244,000. required
for the project.
you would like to make a contribution, please send
Historical Society Museum Expansion 28 Hannum St.
Skaneateles, NY 13152
Skaneateles Historical Society is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit
organization. All donations are tax-deductible...