Lakeside Wooden Boat Show & Plein Air Art Festival

Wooden Boat ShowA collaborative effort, blending the craftsmanship of the Lakeside Wooden Boat Show and the artistic expres­sion of the Plein Air Art Fes­tival, will create one of Lake­side’s most unique weekends of the summer season from July 17-19.

This three-day event be­gins on Friday, July 17 when plein air artists arrive at Lakeside to paint landscapes until Sunday, July 19. The term “en plein air” means painting “in the open air.”

The festival will host more than 30 artists from across the Midwest. Guests are invited to watch them create their masterpieces.

Plein air artists will be painting scenes throughout the entire community, especially lake­front landscapes. Please join the Lakeside Chautauqua community in welcoming these talented artists to the grounds.

This year, there will be an additional opportunity to purchase artwork produced during the weekend at the Open Air Gallery, located in front of Hoover Auditorium on Third Street.

The Open Air Gallery will display painted images from the weekend, preceding the evening Hoover Auditorium performance from 7-8:30 p.m. Saturday, July 18.

In addition, the Lakeside waterfront will transform into an outdoor showroom of classic wooden boats, as cruisers line the dock and the lawn of Hotel Lakeside at the 12th Annual Lakeside Wood­en Boat Show from 12-5 p.m. Sunday, July 19.

More than 50 wooden boats, each classified by the year it was made, will be featured.

The boats are catego­rized as historic (prior to 1918), antique (1919-1942), classic (1943-1975), early contemporary (1976-1984) and late contemporary (past 30 years). The sizes of the wooden boats featured range from 9’ to 57’.

As a special treat for boating enthusiasts, the Perry Longboat, a full-scale replica of a boat Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry used in the 1813 Battle of Lake Erie, will be featured in this year’s boat show.

Perry took a boat like this one from the severely damaged U.S. Brig Lawrence to the U.S. Brig Niagara. He took command of that ship and led the American Navy to a decisive victory against the British fleet in the War of 1812.

Many artistic images of the famous battle depict Perry riding in the longboat. Riddle Boatworks of Vermillion, Ohio, built the 18-foot, six-inch replica for just under $30,000.

Friends of Perry’s Victory & International Peace Memorial, also known as the Perry Group, Inc., commissioned the boat in 2013 to mark the battle’s bicentennial anniversary.

In addition to the Perry Longboat, there will be a variety of model boats on display during the event.

Several plein air events will also take place on Sunday. The Plein Air Paintout will be held from 12:30-2 p.m. Guests are welcome to watch the artists create beautiful landscapes along the shoreline and in Central Park.

Children are invited to paint on the Pavilion lawn from 1-3:30 p.m. for a fee of $2. Proceeds support the C. Kirk Rhein, Jr., Center for the Living Arts.

A Wet Paint Sale, held on the Pavilion lawn from 2:30- 4:30 p.m., will display origi­nal paintings that were com­pleted by the plein air artists throughout the weekend.

Wally & The Beavs will provide a wide range of mu­sic, including songs by Chi­cago, Journey, Grand Funk Railroad, Elton John, The Blues Brothers and The Beat­les from 12:30-4:30 p.m. at the Pavilion.

Avery’s Cafe & Catering will offer picnic items in Central Park, in addition to other dining options in the Lakeside Business District.

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