Destination Salem Blog
CountryFest takes to Salem Willows this weekend, and it promises a weekend of barbecued fun!
The festival promises:
- 3 Days of Live Country Music & Line Dancing!
- Finger-lickin BBQ
- Mechanical Bull Riding Competition
- Racing Pigs at the Hog Speedway
- Beer and Wine Garden
- Family-Friendly Fun!
- Fireworks Saturday Night
And the festival recommends:
- Wear your Cowboy Boots & Hat!
- Be prepared to line dance! If you don't know how we have experts who will teach you!
- DO NOT count your calories and don’t eat before you come!
- Be prepared to have fun and make new friends!
- Make an early reservation at one of Salem’s fine lodging establishments.
- Bring your friends and family!
- Pets are NOT allowed, please leave them at home. (Service animals welcome.)
- TAKE the TROLLEY!
A variety of rare, eye-catching vintage sailboats and motoryachts will be on display at the 33rd Annual Antique & Classic Boat Festival at Brewer Hawthorne Cove Marina in Salem, Massachusetts over the August 22-23 weekend. These beautiful craft of yesteryear range from sleek 1920s– 40s mahogany runabouts and cabin cruisers to sloops, sharpies and yawls. “You don’t get to see boats like this every day,” says Festival coordinator, Pat Wells. “They are works of art. Yet, they are not museum pieces, but are used and enjoyed by their owners.”
A hallmark of the Festival is the friendliness of the boat owners, a number of whom invite the public aboard their vessels. “Old favorites will be returning to the Festival as well as a number of different boats we haven’t seen before,” says Wells. Expected among the new are CRAFTY, a 1941 Chris Craft Sedan; GADABOUT, a 1925 Elco cabin cruiser, and WHIRL-A-WAY, a 1940 Chris Craft Deluxe runabout. Perhaps the most unusual is G.D. TUG, a catboat converted to Harbor Tug!
Each year, the Festival selects a boat to be featured on the Festival burgee. This year’s honoree is CATHERINE ANN, a 1938 Richardson power cruiser, owned by Al and Cathy Zink of Newmarket, New Hampshire.
“One of the neat things about the Festival,” says Wells,“ is that boat owners meet old-timers who have known their boat in the past and can recount stories and history. A 100 year old catboat at the Festival was visited by a former owner who had owned her in the 1950s. TEASER, a 1935 sailboat owned by Dana and Barbara Marcorelle of South Hamilton, Massachusetts, was visited at the Festival by Alice Bonney, an 89 year old, who saw TEASER launched in 1935 and spent her honeymoon aboard her. Jim Grenier of Salisbury, MA said he brought his 1964 custom catboat, ROSEBUD, to the Festival several years ago to see if anyone knew anything about her. They did! He thought his boat had originated in Marblehead. It turned out several festival-goers recognized her as BUTTON which had been built on Cape Cod. “The Festival is about people as well as boats,” says Wells. “Over and over again, the public has told us that what they like best is seeing the beautiful old boats and talking to their owners.”
The Festival is enjoyed by children as well as adults. Children get to build their own wee boat and are thrilled to get to go on a real one.
Although the boats are the main attraction, the Festival features the New New Orleans Jazz Band, Gloucester Hornpipe and Clog Society and Three Sheets to the Wind, among other performers. A crafts market includes artists, print makers, ship modelers, jewelers, booksellers and purveyors of other interesting wares. The Blessing of the Fleet and Parade of Boats round out this festive weekend.
33rd Annual Antique & Classic Boat Festival
August 22-23, 2015 (Sat., 11 am-5 pm; Sun., 11 am-3 pm)
Brewer Hawthorne Cove Marina, Salem, Massachusetts
$5, children under 12 free
Info & Boat Entry: 781-690-9707