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Bainbridge Island Wooden Boat Festival: June 4 & 5, 2011

April 6, 2011

Looking for something to whet your whistle before the Lake Union Wooden Boat Festival? Here’s a wooden boat festival on Bainbridge Island.

Photo: Marty Loken

The Bainbridge Island Wooden Boat Festival, scheduled for June 4 & 5, is a weekend celebration of the island’s distinguished history of wooden boat building, design and preservation. Created by a small, visionary group of islanders to pay homage to Bainbridge Island’s legacy of unique wooden boat craftsmanship, the weekend will be the island’s first assemblage of wooden boat enthusiasts. Tour the boats, hear the sea stories, the music and a lively session of maritime lore as we display a memorable collection of wooden vessels of all types. Meet at the Harbour Pub Marina to meet the owner’s builders, designers and assorted characters from our island’s treasured wooden boat community.

Bainbridge Island’s deepwater ports, wooded hillsides and its access to the forests of the Olympic Peninsula, gave rise to the world’s largest sawmill in the early 1800’s and attracted sailing ships from around the globe. Shipbuilding exploded at the island’s wooden boat yards and for 160 years that maritime heritage has shaped island culture. Joined by the Brainbridge Island Historical Society, and a gathering of Pacific Northwest salts, the BIWBF will host a 30 – 40 boat fleet of sail, power, workboats and tenders. A Saturday afternoon discussion group will be held, as well as live music, and food. A short walk from the Seattle-Bainbridge Ferry.

June 4 & 5, Saturday 10 – 5 and Sunday 10 – 2. Free Admission.

For more information, please call 206-842-7245.

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