Monday, August 15, 2011

Hessel Antique Boat Show

'Twas a rainy Saturday, and Kaya was happy to use her umbrella.

Girl Scouts board the boat two by two:

Even though it was raining, I did not want to miss the Antique Wooden Boat Show.

I went by myself, and it was wet but wonderful!

The Soo Swing Band played for a good part of the afternoon. It is a treat to have great music in the area. A trombone player myself, I snapped a picture of this rare valve trombone.

And of course, the Hessel Antique Boat Show had boats! The ferry in the background seemed familiar though...

Turns out Arnold Line does a Les Cheneaux Channel Cruise!

The ferry picks up people from Mackinaw City, then Mackinac Island, and heads to the Boat Show. From Hessel docks, they then do cruises of the Les Cheneaux Islands- how beautiful!

A row of lovely wooden boats:

Skies remained gray all day.

This beauty is getting raffled off to benefit the historical association. (Winner announced September 4th)

I don't know one engine from another, but this special one was visible- pretty cool:

I found Friendship!

Not all boats were displayed in the water:

Rowing is good exercise even before adding this nifty equipment to the mix:

I'll be honest, the boats are gorgeous, but my favorite part of Boat Show is the art booths! So many awesome things to peruse!

Isn't this cute?

Our friend, Katie Eberts, had her first art booth! She is an illustrator. I love her whimsy, colors, and all around awesomeness! Owning one of her pieces has been added to my season bucket list.


If you ever get the chance to go to the Boat Show, you must stop by Tassier's Maple Syrup booth. They sell ice cream with maple syrup drizzled on top!

The police officers had nice and bright rain gear. My raincoat is pink. (Rain gear is important if you live on Mackinac Island!)

One of the t-shirt logos for this year:

I took a lot of pictures of the boats!

A CrisCraft flag:

This was a special display:

Lots of antique wooden boats:

A fun fact about this sign is that the boats right behind it are rescue boats!

A nifty way to orient yourself to the area:

The Arnold Line Ferry heading back to Mackinac Island:

And the boats left at the end- some in the safety of their trailers, others simply drove off into the Les Cheneaux waters:

This proud owner polishes off his beauty before leaving:

We should be getting our Internet installed tomorrow!

I can honestly say this boat show was Unforgettable!

Location:Les Cheneaux Islands

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