• Festival this weekend
By Randi Somers
The Kachemak Bay Wooden Boat Society is staging its 20th annual Wooden Boat Festival Sept. 6-9 primarily behind the Pier One Theatre on the Homer Spit.
The fun starts Thursday at the Salty Dawg Saloon with sea chanteys, tall tales and fisher poets at 7 p.m.
At 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Gart Curtis’ ex-navy motor whaleboat Pyro, (named for the U.S. Navy ammunition carrier the USS Pyro) will be giving harbor tours. Mako Haggerty will be presenting the tours. Check in with Mako’s Water Taxi above ramp 2 in Homer Harbor. Tickets are $10. Call 235-9055 for reservations.
Then Friday, movies and speakers will entertain at the Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center.
Boat broker, fisherman and sailor Glenn Caldwell is the keynote speaker, starting at 7 p.m. His talk is to be about “wooden boats and the people who build and work them, with the focus on Alaska and more specifically Kachemak Bay,” he said. His talk will be followed by movies at 8 p.m. “The Days of Salmon Traps and Fish Pirates” and “Charlotte.” Admission for this event is $5.
Saturday, the Wooden Boat Show and Festival will be staged from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. behind Pier One Theatre. The action includes kids’ boat building, knot tying, net mending and bronze casting demonstrations. Tours of a World War II era wooden tug “Waters” will be available. The scene will also feature music, food and espresso coffee, with vendors selling shirts, hats, hoodies and other memorabilia.
Bumppo Bremicker conducts a live auction at 6 p.m. that evening at Alice’s Champagne Palace followed by music and dancing with Rogues and Wenches performing at 9 p.m. There is a $5 cover charge for this performance.
On Sunday, the Wooden Boat Festival continues from 10 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. People who bring their own life vests are invited to row a wooden boat and/or sail aboard a Bristol Bay double-ender.
Since its inception in 1993, the Wooden Boat Festival has been one of the more popular summer events in a town of people who spend much of their time on the water and treasure all vessels, wooden boats in particular.
Society president Dave Seaman, who takes pleasure in creating boats himself, said that this year’s show will feature a wide variety of vessels, both historic and new.
“Local businesses generously donate materials to help make the ever-popular kids’ boat-building an ocean of smiles for the whole family, while musicians enthusiastically volunteer their talents for a crowd-pleasing evening of sea chanteys at the Salty Dawg Saloon,” Seaman writes.
“Funds to offset the costs of other events and general expenses are raised through the sale of Wooden Boat Festival T-shirts and sweatshirts and ball caps sporting a new piece of original maritime art each year, considered by many to be collectors’ items.”
The Kachemak Bay Wooden Boat Society is a non-profit organization with no paid staff, and relies on volunteers and contributions from the community to stage the festival every year.
More information is available at kbwbs.org.
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