Newsletter of the Finger Lakes Chapter, ACBS

Volume 17, Issue 3 Newsletter of the Finger Lakes Chapter, ACBS September 2007

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  • President's Message Simply put, we had a great Annual Boat Show! Lots of boats; the slips were full; impressive land displays; good weather and terrific people everywhere! And all of this possible through the generous support of our sponsors - Partners Trust Bank, The Sherwood Inn, Time Warner Cable, the Skaneateles Area Chamber of Commerce and the Skaneateles Merchants Association. On behalf of the entire membership of the Finger Lakes Chapter, ACBS, thank you all very much. This issue of Brightwork carries a lot of coverage of our Boat Show - a very colorful event. But don't forget our Annual Membership Meeting coming up in November. As part of that evening, we'll hold our biennial Silent Auction. So, be thinking of contributions you'd like to see auctioned off for the benefit of the Chapter. I have it on good authority that our poet laureate, Jack Gifford, makes coconut cream and blue berry pies that are out of this world. Look for a couple of his gastronomic creations in the Silent Auction this fall! Instead of a fall outing this year, FLC members are encouraged to support the ACBS Annual Meeting and Boat Show at Lake George, Sept. 27-29. It will be several years before that premier event returns to our area again. Robb Kidd, FLC President

200th Anniversary of the Sherwood Inn A special thanks to FLC Director Steve White for putting together a colorful grouping of old post cards with early views of the Sherwood Inn. The cards came from Steve's personal collection, and the framed arrangement was presented to Bill & Joanne Eberhardt, owners of the Inn, on the occasion of the Inn's 200th Anniversary. The presentation was made by Steve on behalf of the Finger Lakes Chapter at the Boat Show's Saturday evening banquet. The Sherwood Inn is a Contributing Sponsor of FLC's Annual Boat Show.


Did You Know�? �that the Crooked Lake Canal once ran between Penn Yan on Keuka Lake and Dresden on Seneca Lake? The six-mile-long canal had a drop of 270 feet and provided waterway access to the Erie Canal from Keuka Lake. It cost $140,000. to build, opened in 1833,

and earned a total of only $46,000. in its 42 years of operation. It was formally abandoned in 1877. �that actor Humphrey Bogart used to spend summer vacations at his family's summer home near Seneca Point on Canandaigua Lake? �

that paper was a popular material for boat-building in the late 1800s and early 1900s? The leader in paper boat manufacturing was the Waters Paper Boat Co. of Troy, NY. Two of their boats - a 14-ft. rowboat built in 1901 and a 20-ft.sculling shell built in 1880 - are in the boat collection of the Adirondack Museum at Blue Mountain Lake, NY. �

that several great photos of the Lois McClure under sail on Cayuga Lake are posted on the FLC web site? Ford Knight took the shots of the replica of an 1862-class sailing-canal boat and Rick Fetridge posted them on �

that the city of Rochester is one step closer to redeveloping the Erie Canal? The U.S. House has passed the Water Resources and Development Act of 2007, which secures up to $8 million in federal funds to support the city's plan to redevelop the canal. City officials want to restore a section of the canal's historic path. They also want to re-water part of the canal and eventually add walking trails, parks and other recreational venues in the downtown area.


Here's What I'd Do� FLC Director and wooden boat restorer, Ham Armstrong, has agreed to provide some boat restoration articles for this newsletter under the above heading and based on the following format: 1. If you have a boat restoration problem or question, forward it directly to Ham at his surface mail address, or if you prefer to use e-mail, it can be sent to your editor, and it will be forwarded to Ham. 2. His response will be returned directly to you and will, along with your question, also be published in this newsletter. Ham's surface mail address is: 127 Highland Ave. Syracuse, NY 13203 Your editor's e-mail address is No restoration question or problem is too small or too obvious to be sent in. Give it a try and let's see if we can create an interesting and instructional dialogue while offering another benefit of membership in ACBS and FLC.


FLC. Letter from the Editor ...Mailing the last issue of Brightwork using bulk rate postage seems to have been a success. This issue will also be sent under the same permit, but with the added provision of "Forwarding Service Requested." If a copy is undeliverable and no change-of-address is on file with the post office, this service will return copies to your editor with additional postage due. The returned copy will then be resent using first class postage. If a change-of-address is on file, the copy will be forwarded for the first twelve months at no charge. After that there is a charge, but annual renewals should bring addresses up to date. To keep the Chapter's cost of postage as low as possible, it remains essential that every FLC member keep your editor informed of any address changes or address errors in a timely manner. Nevertheless, if any member did not receive the June 2007 issue (shown at left), please let your editor know and a replacement will be sent out. -