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Wooden Boat Show and Summer Solstice Festival

Fri, Jun 21, 2019 - Sun, Jun 23, 2019
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Overview

Thank you for joining us for Wooden Boat Show 2018! We're already thinking about WBS 2019, and we hope you are too! See the top of this page for the 2019 dates. In the meantime, feel free to explore the details of this past year's event.

Rows of hand-made and unique watercraft, a boat parade, craft demonstrations, an evening square dance, boat and tool auction, chili and brats...there’s a bit of everything during our Wooden Boat Show and Summer Solstice Festival. Try your hand at a workshop or course; be inspired by the stories of boat builders, sailors and travelers; plan your next adventure. Join us as we welcome the summer season in the best way possible: talking boats, celebrating community and hanging out on the shores of Lake Superior.

View the 2018 schedule

2018 Event Details:

Wooden Boat Display

Wooden Boat Display

Friday - Sunday
Free

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Speaker Series

Friday and Saturday
$5/presentation or free for members

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Craft Demonstrations

Friday and Saturday
Free

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Community Gatherings

Friday and Saturday
Pageant, chowder, music, and more!

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Boats-to-Tools Auction

Saturday 10 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

See details for a preview of the auction items or to donate your own items!

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Sailing on the Hjordis

Saturday, on the hour
$25

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Steam Bent Brunch

Sunday at 10:30 a.m.
 

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Annual Member Gathering

Sunday at 12:00 p.m.
Open to all, members can vote

Highlights

2018 Event Details

Wooden Boat Display

Friday - Sunday
Boat Parade Friday at 6:00 p.m.

Wooden boat builders and enthusiasts from across the Midwest are invited to display their crafts on campus throughout the weekend. Admire the work of others, get your questions answered and perhaps feel inspired to build one of your own. Register your boat here or register your boat by printing and mailing this form in


Speaker Series

Friday - Saturday
$5/presentation or free for members

Watch, listen, be inspired. The spirited journeys of sailors, boat builders and canoeists converge for two days of inspirational presentations.

2018 presentations include: Shanty Boats for Water World | Stannard Rock Lighthouse: The Lonliest Place on Earth | Rebuilding STAR, an Isle Royale Fishing Boat | Rhythms of Rowing | Folk Songs from "Minnesot-i-o" | Adventures of a Traveling Textile Teacher: International Connections | From the Northern Border to the Southern Wall: Paddling the Rio Grande River | Canoe Trip, 1917 Style


Steam Bent Brunch

Sunday at 10:30 a.m. | $20
 

Craft Demonstrations

Friday and Saturday
Free
2018 Demonstrators on Friday & Saturday: Northwoods Fiber Guild, Urban Boat Builders, Anne Marie Neilsen, Jackson Sneve, Beth Dow, Jeanne Bourquin, Jock Holmen, Marybeth Garmoe, Mike Loeffler, Elise Kyllo, John Beltman, Jim Sannerud, Fred Livesay, Julia Prinsealear, Tina Fung-Holder
2018 Demonstrators on Saturday only: Karen Rognsvoog, Robert Schulz, Harley Refsal

 

Boats-to-Tools Auction

Saturday 10 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

ATTENDING
Auction Sneak Peek for North House Members only : Friday, 7:00 - 8:00pm
Auction Open : Saturday, 10:00am - 4:00pm


Community Gatherings

Harbor-Side Campfire Picnic (BYO Dinner on a stick) and S'mores
Friday, 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. 

Boats-to-Tools Auction Sneak Peak
Members only | Friday, 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Community Music Circle
Friday, 8:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. | Free

Family Dance with Northern Aire
Friday, 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. | $5 or free for members

Contra Dance with Northern Aire
Friday, 8:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. | $5 or free for members

Live Music on Campus
Saturday, 9:00am - 3:00pm

Family Craft Zone
Saturday, 10:00am - 4:00pm

Lake Superior Chowder Experience
Saturday, 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. | $15

Solstice Pageant with Good Harbor Hill Players and GAMEPALAJ
Saturday, 8:00 p.m.


Sail on the Hjørdis

Saturday, June 16 with sails starting on the hour, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
$25/person, 6 people/sail

Enjoy a one-hour sail in the Grand Marais harbor aboard the 50’ schooner Hjordis.
Register here

Sunday, June 17 : 9am, 11am, 1pm, 3pm
$50/person, 6 people/sail

Enjoy a two-hour sail on Lake Superior out past the harbor wall.
Register here

 

 

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