BEAUFORT, NC April 5, 2013 – Whether you’re a boating enthusiast or prefer to keep your feet on dry land, the 39th Annual Wooden Boat Show has activities for all ages. The show takes place at the North Carolina Maritime Museum in Beaufort on Saturday, May 4.
This free event celebrates the art of North Carolina boat building and the sport of boat racing. Dozens of handcrafted wooden boats will be on display and activities will be available for all ages from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Paul Fontenoy, Curator of Maritime Research and Technology, says the show has something to offer everyone, even if you’re not a wooden boat enthusiast.
“We pay a lot of attention to making sure the show is not just interesting for wooden boat enthusiasts,” Fontenoy explains. “So we have activities for children and opportunities for families to do things together, such as taking a boat ride.”
Youngsters can take part in Maritime games and crafts in the Wooden Boat Kids area. Families can team up to test their skills in sailing radio-controlled model boats. And, kids can also make their own model sailboats.
Enjoy traditional skills demonstrations & displays, educational activities, historic vessels, boat models, sailboat races at 3 p.m., and sailboat rides from 1-3 p.m.
On Thursday, May 2, and Friday, May 3, free boat rides will be offered from 1-4 p.m. outside the Watercraft Center (a $5 per person donation is suggested, which will go to the sailing program).
The Wooden Boat Show weekend opening event on Friday, May 3, includes a reception and live music from 5:30-7 p.m.
For more information visit www.ncmaritimemuseums.com or call (252) 728-7317.
About the Museum
The North Carolina Maritime Museum system is comprised of the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum in Hatteras, the North Carolina Maritime Museum at Beaufort and the North Carolina Maritime Museum at Southport. All three museums are part of the Division of State History Museums in the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources.
About the Department of Cultural Resources
The N.C. Department of Cultural Resources annually serves more than 19 million people through its 27 historic sites, seven history museums, two art museums, the nation’s first state-supported Symphony Orchestra, the State Library, the N.C. Arts Council, and the State Archives.
The N.C. Department of Cultural Resources serves as a champion for North Carolina’s creative industry, which employs nearly 300,000 North Carolinians and contributes more than $41 billion to the state’s economy. To learn more, visit www.ncdcr.gov.