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ALL WEEK – Nautical Scrabble

Each Front Street business will have a deck of nautical cards to pass out to customers during the week preceding the boat show. The person who makes the best scrabble word from the cards collected during the week will win a prize at the Friday night Goat Island Yacht Club Regatta.



THURSDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2014    5 pm – 7:30 pm

Walk the Arts on Front

Art galleries all along Front Street will be showcasing local art and artists demonstrating the scope of talent surrounding us in Georgetown. Many stores will also be open after hours to welcome shoppers to “sip and savor” in celebration. A sampling of the stores are the Maritime Museum, Sly Fox, Tuck’s, Harbor Specialties, Miss Lizzies, Benvenue, Rice Birds, Green Bean, Sweeties Sweets and Waterfront Books. Many restaurants such as the River Room, Rice Paddy and Coffee Break will welcome participants. 
Mark your calendars, plan to stay in town for dinner, look for the complete list of stores and restaurants; and join in this art filled kick-off for the Wooden Boat Show’s 25th year!


FRIDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2014  -  6:30 pm

Goat Island Yacht Club Regatta | Purchase Tickets

Featuring Live Music by the BLUE DOGS

This event, held at the SC Maritime Museum, will feature unique live and silent auction items, as well as first-class wardroom cuisine and imbibements. Tickets are $85 per person. You’ll not want to miss this opportunity to meet with and trade sea stories with fellow seafarers. Proceeds will benefit the Museum. Call 843-520-0111 for tickets.


SATURDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2014    11 am - 6 pm

25th Annual Georgetown Wooden Boat Show – Free Admission

Wooden Boat Exhibit | More Info
Over 100 classic wooden boats ranging in size from kayaks to yachts will be displayed in the water, along the boardwalk and on Front street. Visitors will be able to meet and talk to wooden boat craftsmen, manufacturers and owners. Maritime art, crafts, models and educational exhibits will also be on display.

Boatbuilding Competition 12 – 4 pm | More Info | Sponsored by Berlin G. Myers Lumber Corp. 
Rowing Race 5 pm  |
Race sponsored by South State Bank 
A special attraction will be the Wooden Boat Challenge when teams of two race to build a rowing skiff within a 4 hour time limit and then test their boats for seaworthiness in a rowing relay on the Sampit River.The teams will be judged on construction speed, quality of work and rowing ability. Cash prizes will be awarded to first, second and third place winners.

Sponsor Hospitality Tent | More Info
11 am – 6 pm
One of the perks for being a 25th annual Wooden Boat Show sponsor is the hospitality tent – located beside the maritime museum- with food, refreshments, and big screen TV’s.

The Ship’s Store:  Poster signing and T-shirts, meet our 2014 Poster Artist | More Info
The official 2014 Wooden Boat Show image was created by award-winning Lowcountry artist, Johnnie Cowan. Her original oil painting, “The Maiden Voyage”, will be auctioned at the Goat Island Yacht Club Regatta to be held on Friday, October 17, 2014 at the SC Maritime Museum. Posters and T-shirts featuring the artwork will be sold at this year’s show and will be available at the SC Maritime Museum.

Kid’s Activities: Model Boatbuilding and Knot tying
Children can try their hand at building a boat model and then test sail it in a pond on Front Street. Dan “the Knot Man” Machowski will return again this year with knot tying demonstrations for children and adults. Visitors will have an opportunity to test their knot tying skills in the “Six Knot Challenge.” Dan is a member of the Spirit Knot Tyers and former president of the International Guild of Knot Tyers.

Gig Rows with the New Charleston Mosquito Fleet
Take a turn at the oars with the New Charleston Mosquito Fleet. Gig rows begin at 12 noon and will continue until 4 pm from the floating docks at Francis Marion Park. Each row takes about 45 minutes. The New Charleston Mosquito Fleet was founded in 1995 in Charleston SC to get inner city middle school children involved in boatbuilding and boating.


Boat Raffle - 12 foot John Gardner designed Semi-Dory built by Mark Bayne $4200 value (click here to see it)
$10 Donation per ticket. Winner will be chosen on Saturday, October 18 at the 7 pm Awards Banquet. You do not have to be present to win.The boat is made of marine grade plywood, with Juniper frames and a Teak rubrail. It is light-weight and car-top-able.

Two Stages of Music

The V-Tones of Charleston | More Info and video
The spirit of Vaudeville lives and breathes in this skillful jugband. The V-tones will put a smile on your face with their versions of early Jazz, Old Country, and Ragtime tunes.

The Blue Plantation Band | More Info and video | Music sponsored by Santee Cooper
Blue Plantation is an accomplished acoustic string band with a diverse variety of authentic musical styles including Bluegrass, Irish, Folk, Country, Swing, and Jazz.  They have performed at the Georgetown Wooden Boat Show for many years and they always get the crowd moving.


The Commander’s Tour 2 -5 pm
The Kaminski House Museum will offer a mini-tour of the home of the U.S. Navy Lt. Commander Harold Kaminski and his wife, Julia on Saturday, October 18, 2 to 5 p.m.  You can experience the “Commander’s Den,” filled with antique model ships, naval art, memorabilia, and much more.  Admission for the tour is $5.00. The Kaminski House is located at 1003 Front Street, Georgetown, South Carolina. For more information visit kaminskimuseum.org or call 843-546-7706.


Awards Ceremony   7 pm
An awards banquet will be held for boat exhibitors, boatbuilding competitors, sponsors, and guests. Prizes will be presented to the winners in each of the exhibit categories, to the “People’s Choice Award” winning exhibitor, and to the winning boatbuilding competitors.


SUNDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2014   11 am - 4 pm

Sunday at the Show

To celebrate our 25th anniversary we are extending this year’s show to Sunday. Check here often for event updates.

Wooden Boat Exhibit  11 am – 4 pmClassic wooden boats ranging in size from kayaks to yachts will be displayed in the water, along the boardwalk and on Front street. Visitors will be able to meet and talk to wooden boat craftsmen, manufacturers and owners. Maritime art, crafts, models and educational exhibits will also be on display.


Master Boatbuilders Challenge  11 am – 3 pm | Sponsored by Berlin G. Myers Lumber Corp
We are inviting all past challenge winners to compete in a “special” competition. The teams will be given the same materials as the Saturday challenge, but can build any boat they wish. Four hour time limit, quality weighted heavy. This should be a great event. Boatbuilding will begin at 11 am to give the teams time to put their boats in the water before the show’s end at 4 pm.


Wooden Opti Pram Regatta  11 am - 4 pm
This event is open to sailors 8 to 15 years of age. There is no fee to sail. Races will be held on the hour from 11 am until 4 pm from the docks at Francis Marion Park. Sailors will need to arrive at check-in 15 minutes prior to their race with a USCG approved life jacket and dressed for the weather. Group photos will be taken prior to each heat and then sailors will be escorted down to the docks and our volunteer will review the course with them. The Regatta is organized by the SC Youth Sailing Program and the Winyah Bay Sailing Club. REGISTER NOW: Click here to go to a Google Docs Registration Form. Just open the doc, put your name in a time slot, then exit the doc. You can get back into the dock at any time to check your time or change your time.


Bloody Marys & Mimosas at the SC Maritime Museum   Noon – 3 pm
Open to the public. $20 per person at the door. Bloody Marys, mimosas, bagels, pastries and a fabulous view from the back deck of the museum.


Ensemble performance by the Winyah Indigo Chorale Society   1 – 2 pm
This ensemble performance by the locally acclaimed Winyah Indigo Society, conducted by Thom Martin, will take place under the tent beside the SC Maritime Museum. The concert is our gift to the community for 25 years of support for the Georgetown Wooden Boat Show.


Nautical Tales  2 – 4 pm
Join salty sailors Ron Alexander and Robert “Mac” McAlister for some good old fashioned maritime story telling. Tales will be told under the tent beside the Maritime Museum. Ron Alexander is a former professional sailing captain and Marine Science teacher. He has written several children’s books and wrote a column for the Beaufort, N. C. Gam called “Maritime Memories”. Now retired, he sails with Veterans on Deck and is a member of the Back Porch Story Tellers in Charleston. Mac McAlister has sailed extensively with his wife, Mary, and their three sons. He is a writer, a historian and a board member of the SC Maritime Museum. His classic sailboat, EXODUS, has won several awards at the Georgetown Wooden Boat Show.


Knot tying with Dan the Knot Man


Gig rows with the New Charleston Mosquito Fleet


Other Children’s/Family Activities - TBA


The Ship’s Store:  Posters and T-shirts


Beer Garden in Francis Marion Park


Georgetown Restaurants


Georgetown Shopping


For More Info Contact:
Georgetown Wooden Boat Show

PO Box 2228
Georgetown, SC 29442
Email: boats@woodenboatshow.com

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