This year our club will host its 30th boat show, at the Algonac Harbour Club, where it started as an official show. We have some new events for the boat owners and visitors to enjoy. The first is boat rides in member’s classic and antique boats, for five dollars, to help a local charity,” KIDS”, or Kids in Distress Services. This charity helps all children in the St. Clair, Southern Sanilac and Eastern Macomb County, who have been removed from their homes for various reasons. They usually have nothing with them when they leave their homes, and “KIDS” provides essential items for them. We hope visitors enjoy their cruise on the river to support this worthwhile charity. The second is our shuttle to the Algonac, Clay Maritime Museum will include a trip past Gar Wood’s and Chris Smith’s homes, as well as their gravesites in the local cemetery. This same shuttle will take you to various local restaurants for lunch. Another event that has been recently resurrected, is the “Antique Boat Parade” which was always after the old boat picnic held at the Aitkens. This year it will be on Saturday right after the award ceremony. We are also offering a dinner at the Algonac Clay Maritime Museum Saturday night, so if you don’t take the shuttle you will have an opportunity to visit the museum.
Thank you to board member Pat Chaps for his organization of the two workshops this last winter held at the museum. They were well attended and everyone I spoke with expressed their interest in what the speakers had to say, and they even learned a thing or two. We are already thinking about doing this again in the winter.
On May 9 we will be visiting Toledo, OH. This should be another great event, we will be visiting Ramsey Brothers Restorations, Tony Paco’s Restaurant and the Great Lakes Maritime Museum, site of the Toledo Boat Show.
We will have summer cruises, a picnic, and many local boat shows to visit. We also have been invited to show our boats in Kalamazoo at the Gilmore Car Museum’s Car and Boat show the first Saturday of August, as well an invitation to the Toronto Chapter’s boat show the weekend after the 4th of July. With so many events to choose from, I believe your club has something for everyone.
Now, all we need is warm weather.