Buy holiday gifts for the boater in your life ….and help build CWB’s new education center at the same time
The West Marine on Westlake in Seattle is planning to donate 5% of Profits on Saturday December 7th to help build the new CWB Ed Center.
It’s not often you can do your holiday shopping AND do good for your favorite Maritime Museum. But this Saturday, December 7th, is that day.
The folks at the West Marine on Westlake Avenue in Seattle will be pulling out all the stop to help you find the perfect holiday gifts for the boaters on your list because they know part of the proceeds will go to help The Center for Wooden Boats build a new education center in Lake Union Park.
West Marine’s Holiday Community Day Program at the Westlake Store starts at 9am. And all day, on everything we buy, CWB gets a cut of the action.
What: West Marine Holiday Community Day for CWB
When: Saturday December 7th, 2013
9:00am to 08:00pm
(9:00am to 12:00pm Youth Cleat Box Building)
Where: West Marine
1275 Westlake Ave. North
Seattle, WA 98109
West Marine associates are always happy to help customers with their Christmas lists, but it is even more fun when some of the sales goes to a great cause such as building the new Education Center at CWB. Seattle’s maritime museum expects to break ground on the new Wagner Education Center early in 2014.
And this being about CWB, as you would expect….there’s a little woodworking for kids involved. If you come between 9am and Noon, your kids will have the opportunity to make their own wooden Cleat Box so they can practice that tricky cleat hitch. Before you know it, the kids will handle all the lines when you dock your boat better than you do. And at the end of the day, we’ll be just the much closer to breaking ground on the new Wagner Education Center at CWB.
So put it on your calendar. Invite your friends. Get your Christmas list ready for the boater in your life. Saturday, December 7th at the West Marine on Westlake in Seattle. Come for the holiday cheer, the deal, and to help build the new building at The Center for Wooden boats in Seattle.
The Education Center is the largest part of a $9.5 million dollar capital fundraising campaign that is also improving the organization’s existing floating facilities at the south end of Lake Union, will bring badly needed utility upgrades to CWB’s Workshop & Warehouse at the North end of the lake and will strengthen the museum’s financial stability. More information about CWB’s capital campaign can be found at www.cwb.org/campaign
SEATTLE – The Ed Monk Memorial Award Fund has been established to provide educational opportunities for professionals working in traditional maritime trades. The mission of the award is to further maritime professionals’ knowledge of traditional marine trades in other cultures. Study and research may include current and historical methods of boat construction using different materials, designs based on the functions to be served by the boats, materials available for construction and the state of technology.
The Center for Wooden Boats is seeking applications from qualified persons. Applications are due on or before April 1, 2014. The applicant should explain how the project will enrich the existing knowledge of the applicant and how the funds would be used. The budget for the grant may include transportation, housing, and other appropriate expenses. The background of the applicant in traditional marine trades and a list of references also are required.
“2011 CWB Monk Award winner Helder Parreira aboard a traditional Portuguese boat”
Decisions by the application committee will be made by or before April 15, 2014. Funds granted must be used within one year of the award. A written report of the activities and benefit derived from the experience must be submitted to CWB.
Grants awarded will total $1,500.
The award was named to honor Ed Monk, a prominent and respected boat designer and builder in the Northwest.
The Fund was established by John M. Goodfellow, who has participated in the hands-on-history activities at The Center for Wooden Boats. He is an advocate of preserving traditional maritime skills and wishes to encourage this through studies of those traditional skills being carried on beyond the applicants’ local regions and local knowledge.
The application committee consists of the donor and CWB Founding Director Dick Wagner. Applicants can be of any locality, wishing to study indigenous designs, materials and techniques of other areas.
For more information, contact Dick Wagner at CWB at (206) 382-2628.
The past recipients of the Ed Monk Award and their projects have been:
2001 – Jay Smith – Traditional Faroe Island boatbuilding
2002 – Seaton Gras – Traditional boats of Thailand
2003 – Marc Daniels – Traditional Aleut boatbuilding
2004 – Corey Freedman – Traditional Brazilian boatbuilding
2006 – V.W. Swan – Traditional Norwegian boatbuilding
2008 – Douglas Brooks – Traditional Okinawan boatbuilding
2010 – Mark Reuten – Teaching Traditional BC Native canoe building
2011 – Helder Parreira – Traditional Portuguese boatbuilding
2013 – Jesse Long – Traditional Basque boatbuilding
Seattle, WA – Bring the whole family, hop the streetcar, come to Seattle’s Lake Union waterfront on Saturday, November 30th for Greet the Season at Lake Union Park. Greet the Season at Lake Union Park features activities for all ages, including toy boat building, cookie decorating, card and ornament making, knot tying, other crafts, music and dance performances! It’s a one-of-a-kind family-oriented holiday event that is becoming one of Seattle’s favorite new holiday traditions.
Greet the Season at Lake Union Park is your opportunity to board historic vessels such as the tugboat Arthur Foss, steamship Virginia V and the Edwardian houseboat Lotus. The boats and boathouse at The Center for Wooden Boats, along with The Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI) will be jammed with activities for kids and with spots where tasty cider and cocoa can be found, cookies can be decorated, hand-crafted cards and ornaments can be made, and where festive tunes will be sung right up to the first appearance of the Christmas Ships.
The event opens at 10am and there are activities throughout the day and into the evening – activities and performances are staggered, so please check the schedule online if there is something you don’t want to miss. For more information: http://www.atlakeunionpark.org/GreetTheSeason
MOHAI has regular admission 10am-5pm, with the Atrium open for free from 5pm-8pm. Inside MOHAI you’ll find Evergreen City Ballet doing excerpts from The Nutcracker, Village Caroler singing in the season and a fun photo booth. Other venues (Virginia V, Arthur Foss, Lightship “Swiftsure,” M/V Lotus, and The Center for Wooden Boats) are free to enter; donations are gratefully accepted and some activities (such as Toy Boat Building) have a suggested donation.
New this year; kids will decorate a Sailor’s Ditty Bag. Puget Sound Maritime Historical Society has partnered with the Catholic Seafarer’s Center of Seattle and United Port Ministries of Seattle to have kids decorate ditty bags for crew on boats who are away from home at the holidays. The ditty bags will be filled with donations from partner organizations and delivered to crew members during the month of December.
The Christmas Ships depart from the wharf at Lake Union Park at 7pm, stopping in the waterway for a performance by the Dickens Carolers from 7:15-7:35pm; the carolers can be clearly heard from the Park and from the deck of the Virginia V. Hot beverages will be available.
The event is sponsored by The At Lake Union Park Working Group (including The Center for Wooden Boats, The Virginia V Foundation, Northwest Seaport, Maritime Folknet, and m/v Lotus Foundation), The Museum of History & Industry, Buca de Beppo, Puget Sound Maritime Historical Society, Argosy Cruises and World Sports Grille on Westlake.
About Lake Union Park
Lake Union Park, located on the south end of Seattle’s central lake, is a new 12-acre park that provides much needed green space and access to the water in a growing neighborhood and city, and celebrates the region’s rich maritime, natural, and cultural heritage. Completed in 2010, Lake Union Park includes a model boat pond, restored shoreline habitat, a tree grove and picnic area, landscaped mounds, a 300-foot long interactive fountain along with Seattle’s maritime and heritage organizations including The Center for Wooden Boats, Northwest Seaport, Virginia V Foundation, The Museum of History & Industry, Discovery Modelers Education Center, Sailing Heritage Society, Seattle Flying Dragons, and United Indians of All Tribes Foundation. To learn more about Lake Union Park visit www.AtLakeUnionPark.org.
Boating Educators gathered in Connecticut will honor Dick & Colleen Wagner: founders of The Center for Wooden Boats in Seattle
From October 15th to the 18th, The Center for Wooden Boats Founding Director, Executive Director, Youth Education Manager and Fleet Operations Manager will be visiting the Teaching with Small Boats Alliance 2013 Conference at Mystic Seaport in Mystic, Connecticut to learn and share their experiences in creating in Seattle and on Camano Island some of the nation’s premier hands on maritime education experiences.
Dick Wagner, Betsy Davis, Tyson Trudel and Kyle Hunter will present workshops, lead and participate in panel discussions, and be part of the audience as museum directors and educators from 65 different museums around the country gather to share knowledge and techniques about what works when teaching kids about science, technology, engineering, math and their own potential, through hands-on learning in small boats..
The 2013 Teaching with Small Boats Alliance Conference at Mystic is the fifth meeting in a series of gatherings that started when Wagner invited educators to come to CWB in Seattle in the 1990s to share notes and best practices. Since that first meeting there have been 3 more Teaching with Small Boats Conferences on both the East and West Coasts. “The goal today, as it was then, is to learn from each other, share notes, and borrow what works,” said CWB’s Wagner.” “Kids can learn amazing things in boats, if we just give them a chance.”
This year’s conference opens Tuesday, October 15th, with a dinner honoring Dick and Colleen Wagner for all the work they have done to build The Center for Wooden Boats to the point where it is about to break ground on a new $6 million Education Center in Seattle bearing their name. “It’s only fitting that the conference open by saying thank you,” said Joe Youcha, Director of the, Building To Teach program at Alexandria Seaport in Alexandria, Virginia. “There would be no Teaching With Small Boats Alliance without Dick Wagner, and many of the individual organizations might not exist without Dick’s counsel, support, coordination and example.”
Twenty one years ago, Youcha was investigating what it took to create and run a boat based community program. “Dick gave me three days of his time, hours of conversation on the phone and innumerable letters,” said Youcha. “The result has been programming that reaches hundreds of young people in the nation’s capitol, and thousands of math students around the country. It wouldn’t have happened without Dick’s example and spark.”
At the conference in Connecticut, Wagner will participate in one of the very first panel discussions on how Maritime Education organizations can be created, built and led to success, and how the passion and drive to use small boats in education can be passed on to others in the organization and the community. He’ll be joined on that panel by educators from New York City, Portland, Oregon, and Alexandria, Virginia. That panel discussion will be moderated by CWB’s Executive Director, Betsy Davis. Davis will later participate in a panel discussion about how communities can raise funds and resources to offer these programs. CWB’s Youth Program Manager Tyson Trudel will join a panel with representatives from Museums and Youth Maritime Programs from Connecticut, Vermont, Boston and New York City to explore what it takes to design an effective program to use small boats to teach. Trudel will then moderate another panel that examines how to test and measure the programs you create to ensure they are effective and meeting the educational goals originally set for them.
Trudel will lead a separate conference session on how museums and schools can use model pond boats as teaching tools. Middle School 7th and 8th grade Students have built CWB’s fleet of 40-inch pond boat replicas of a famous 40-foot 1926 racing boat that is in the museum’s collection. The design for the Pirate pond boats is historical itself, created by famed yacht designer Ted Geary in 1927 from his design for the big racing boat. But since a Pirate Pond Boat takes a school year for a class to build, Trudel and the youth education team at CWB created an easier to build “Footie” pond boat that can be built by classes in around 16 hours, “With either boat, that process of learning to handle wood, use hand tools to shape the hull, and to build and sail your own small boat, can be an eye opening experience for kids that don’t get much hands on learning anymore,” said Trudel. “This not an iPhone app, build something gives a skill they take with them and have forever.” The Footie pond boat design developed by CWB has even been recognized by the International Footy Class Association. That international body issues a sail number for every CWB Footie Pond Boat built by students, which allows the boats to compete in regattas.
The Center for Wooden Boats will also serve on a panel discussing how best to ensure that the boat building techniques, technologies, culture and stories of indigenous peoples are included when telling our nations maritime history. For more than a decade The Center for Wooden Boats has hosted a Haida “Artist In-Residence” who has included school kids and visitors to CWB in the process of hand carving cedar canoes that have been common in Northwest waters for centuries. CWB is working with United Indians of All Tribes Foundation and Antioch University Seattle to keep that carving going while UIATF builds a new Northwest Native Canoe Center near CWB’s South Lake Union site.
This year’s Teaching With Small Boats Conference has expanded to four days to handle the number of educators and museum professionals who want to attend. And the next TWSB Conference is already being planned for the spring of 2015. That conference will be held back where it all started, at The Center for Wooden Boats, using both the Seattle and Camano Island locations.
Fittingly, since Dick Wagner was there when it all started, the next Teaching with Small Boats Alliance Conference is expected to be one of the very first events to use CWB’s new Wagner Education Center, the 9,200 square foot building that the museum will break ground on in Seattle’s Lake Union Park this winter. The opening reception in the 2015 conference is expected to be held in the new facilities’ Welcome Gallery before the gathered educators adjourn to CWB’s facility at Cama Beach State Park for the bulk of the panels, classes and workshops.
Scenes from the 2012 Teaching with Small Boats Alliance Conference at CWB
Seattle, WA - Join the fun at The Center for Wooden Boats for Seattle’s 14th annual Norm Blanchard W.O.O.D. (Wooden Open & One Design) Regatta September 28 through 30, 2013. The regatta will honor Norm Blanchard, one of the best know name in wooden boatbuilding and yachting in the Pacific Northwest. Norm’s Blanchard Boat Company on Lake Union, produced more than 2,000 boats over the course of more than 60 years. We will celebrate his life and legacy by racing some of Norm’s boats throughout the weekend races.
The regatta is open to all wooden sailboats, from El Toros to large racer cruisers. Once again, CWB is also happyt welcome the ‘Classic Plastic’ fleet, the San Juan 21s and A Northwest Classic. To register, please visit www.cwb.org/regatta or contact email@example.com.
CWB Blanchard Jr. Knockabouts Charging for the line in the 2012 Blanchard Regatta, Photo: Mitch Reinitz
CWB El Toro racing past the safety boat at the 2012 Blanchard Regatta, Photo: Mitch Reinitz
CWB El Toro racing at the 2012 Blanchard Regatta, Photo: Mitch Reinitz
(SEATTLE: September 17, 2013) We all know and love seeing the Schooner Adventuress sail into town. Here in at The Center for Wooden Boats in Seattle, when we see her appear on Lake Union we stop what we’re doing in the upstairs gallery, grab the binoculars that we keep near the windows, and just watch as she gets closer to the wharf in Lake Union Park. You almost can’t help but think back to the days when all the boats coming and going from Seattle looked like this.
But did you ever stop for a second to ask, “how did she get here in the first place?” You may have heard the story of some rich dude on the East coast having her built for a trip to the arctic. Maybe you haven’t heard the story. Well, this week at the downtown Seattle Public Library you get the chance to hear about Adventuress from the people who sent her here; The American Museum of Natural History in New York City.
As part of Adventuress’ 100th birthday celebration (it’s been going on all year…where have you been) the NY museum is sending someone out to share some of the materials about her “Virgin Voyage”, the trip by Roy Chapman Andrews to the arctic to find a bowhead whale skeleton for the museum’s collection.
This Thursday at 6pm come to the fancy downtown library to hear Thomas Baione, the American Museum of Natural History’s Director of Library Services, explore the history of the schooner’s 1913 maiden Arctic expedition and feature photos never-before-seen by the public from the Museum’s archives. There’s no cost. It’s free to attend. The presentation will be in the Washington Mutual Foundation Meeting Room at the library at 1000 4th Avenue downtown.
The program is co-hosted by Special Collections in the Seattle Central Library, Sound Experience, and The Center for Wooden Boats with financial support from JAS Design Build.
And if you want to help out Adventuress today, you can find more information about her on ther website, www.soundexp.org or call 360-379-0438. Today she’s owned and operated by the nonprofit Sound Experience and sails with a mission to educate, inspire and empower an inclusive community to make a difference for the future of our marine environment.
Design for $6.6 Million Education Center for The Center for Wooden Boats is Complete and Construction Set to Start This Winter
Attendees at the South Lake Union Block Party in Seattle on August 9th were among the first in the city to get to see the plans and model for the $6.6 million Wagner Education Center that The Center for Wooden Boats will begin building in Lake Union Park early next year.
The new wood, steel and glass education facility, designed by award winning Seattle architect Tom Kundig of Olson Kundig Architects, harkens back to historic Northwest boatbuilding facilities while at the same time serving as a modern front door for the growing museum, Lake Union Park and the surrounding neighborhood. The design includes a dedicated youth classroom that can be converted to a sail loft in the evening, new gallery and exhibit space, and a new boatshop designed to allow restoration of the museum’s largest boats and the construction of new boats to historic designs. The Education Center is the largest part of a $9.5 million dollar capital fundraising campaign that is also improving the organization’s existing floating facilities at the south end of Lake Union, will bring badly needed utility upgrades to CWB’s Workshop & Warehouse at the North end of the lake and will strengthen the museum’s financial stability.
“We have so many people to thank for getting us to the point we are today, where we can confidently say we will begin building the Wagner Education Center early next year,” said Betsy Davis, Executive Director of The Center for Wooden Boats. “And we desperately need the space as growth in the city is dramatically increasing the demand for CWB programs that for 37-years have connected adults and children hands-on with the historic boats and maritime history that created Seattle.”
“Due to our current lack of space we’re forced to turn away kids who want to learn to sail, adults who want to take maritime workshops and schools that want to take our field trips,“ Davis said. “To keep up with the growing demand we need the public’s help to finish the capital campaign, the new education center and the other improvements. In the past ten years, the number of visitors to The Center for Wooden Boats has doubled to more than 100,000 a year.”
Help us raise the last few dollars we need
“The new education center is a dream come true,” said Dick Wagner, who along with his wife, Colleen, founded CWB as a way to deepen the community’s connection with its maritime past through programs where you take the tiller or oars in your own hands and learn by doing. Wagner’s vision and lifelong passion have already prompted an anonymous donor to make a naming level gift to CWB on the condition that the new building be named after Dick and Colleen Wagner.
“I’m honored,” Wagner said. “But what I’m really excited about is how this new facility will make it possible for even more people to come down to Lake Union Park and pick up a hammer or chisel or plane and find the joy when they make a boat with their own hands or help teach some teenager who is in danger of dropping out of school that she can learn by doing, build confidence in that learning and make a better life for herself by staying in school.”
"We designed the center to reflect our region’s deep maritime history and to serve as a functional and efficient environment for The Center for Wooden Boats to serve their diverse audiences," said architect Tom Kundig. "The design features wood, glass and steel. Large windows flank open spaces and movable exterior panels allow for the control of natural light. And just like on a boat, every inch of space and feature is designed to provide the highest function. The new building is beautiful, but at the end of the day, it’s a tool box, not a jewel box." The new CWB Education Center is seeking a LEED Gold Certification by designing to reduce environmental impacts both during construction and later operation.
“The Center for Wooden Boats, with its focus on using historic small boats for hands-on education for all ages, has been quietly redefining and expanding the definition of what it means to be a maritime museum,” said Leonard Garfield, Executive Director of the Museum of History & Industry, which moved next door to CWB when it relocated to South Lake Union in 2012. “When you walk CWB’s charming docks on a sunny Sunday morning and take one of their free rides on an historic boat, it is very easy to overlook the truly innovative, award-winning work they do in their youth programs, in vessel documentation research and in exhibit design.”
“Seattle needs to understand what a treasure CWB is and how much it deserves our support as it raises the funds needed for this campaign. CWB is unique to Seattle, and helps people understand how the water we see in every direction has defined how the city came to be what it is today,” Garfield said.
The CWB capital campaign has already received support from the City of Seattle, King County and Washington State, along with leadership gifts from business, individuals and private foundations that total $6.7 million. That leaves about $2.8 million remaining to reach the $9.5 million campaign goal.
Attendees at the South Lake Union Block Party helped CWB begin to chip into that remaining goal.
"Vulcan is very excited to have selected the Center for Wooden Boats as this year’s non-profit beneficiary of proceeds from the South Lake Union Block Party," Said Ada M. Healey, vice president, Vulcan Real Estate. "The Center for Wooden Boats has a long history in the neighborhood and it’s great to see them expanding so that even more people can connect with the region’s maritime history and culture.”
In keeping with the grassroots community building that has always been a part of CWB, the campaign team is also creating opportunities for the thousands of CWB members and supporters to hold their own parties, barbeques, and gatherings to raise the last dollars needed for the campaign. The hope is that the final goal can be reached by the end of 2013.
Details about the campaign, and information on how the community can help, can be found on the CWB website at www.cwb.org/campaign