The first ever Belle Isle Boat Show was a complete success and a memorable experience for all who attended. This collaboration between the Detroit Boat Club and Michigan Chapter of ACBS made for a perfect day with something for everyone. Historic architecture, historic Detroit, historic boats, and friendly people – who could ask for more? The island was a buzz of activity playing host not only to our event but to an art show and dozens of family events in the various pavilions situated throughout the park. It was impossible to walk through the Boat Club without feeling the history of the place while also feeling its future as the passionate volunteers spoke of restoration plans with enthusiasm. For $5, guests were treated to a delightful “Michigan Made” lunch by Golden Spice Catering – featuring local favorites such as Towne Club and Faygo soda, Kowalski sausage, Better Made chips, McClure’s chips and pickles, and Brown’s Buns. Participants were also encouraged to fill our their Belle Isle Passport by visiting various destinations on the island such as the Aquarium, Dossin Great Lakes Museum, and Nature Center. Belle Isle has so much to offer!
The docks and land displays were full of boats from all over representing all the great boating areas in the Detroit metropolitan area. Black Beauty arrived by water all the way from Port Huron, Lena Estelle and Easy Rider joined us from Algonac, Old Geezer from the Clinton River, Sea Legs and the “Logan’s Lyman” trailered out from Waterford, Water Lily took the interstate route from the northwestern suburbs and many boats idled over from various local ports such as Klenk Island, Gross Pointe and Jefferson Marina. We met members and enjoyed boats we have never seen before in a setting that felt so perfect for our classic boats.
Awards were given for People’s Choice, Farthest Traveled, President’s Choice, and Oldest Boat.
This event could not have happened without the time and effort of many volunteers. Special thanks to Tim O’Brien (Past Commodore of ACBS Michigan Chapter), Jim Rogers from the Friends of Detroit Rowing, Brad Guldemond for transporting the Ship’s Store, all the boat owners for bringing their boats, and the Detroit Rowing Club.
Please enjoy the photos and share this post with your friends. Detroit is alive and well and will continue its upward trajectory with the help of more events like this that encourage people to enjoy all she has to offer.