Wooden Boat Show expanded to two days

  • Friday, May 23, 2014

This year’s Wooden Boat Show will be a two-day event, Pete Little, who is on the committee organizing the show, informed the Georgetown Business Association last week at its monthly open meeting.

The 25th annual Wooden Boat Show is Oct. 18 and 19.

Organizers are planning some fun events including a Scrabble/scavenger hunt and the extension of the show into the 900 block of Front Street.

No food or alcohol will be provided Sunday and attendees are encouraged to patronize local restaurants.

“This is a special anniversary boat show,” said Little, “with increased participation of local businesses.”

The food discussion segued into another issue and the GBA expressed its interest in pursuing a change to vendor licensing and the event ordinance that would address the problem of food trucks showing up when there are special events, draining customers and fundraising away from the event.

The floor was opened for a period of idea exchanging where attendees were encouraged to toss out ideas for the GBA to pursue.

Some of the ideas tossed around included art walks, a regatta, museum crawl and a pleine aire evening. (En plein air is French for in open air and is used to describe painting outdoors – often where onlookers can view.)

The GBA is also looking into purchasing wholesale lights for the trees along Front Street that would then be available to merchants at cost. The GBA decided to meet with the Keep Georgetown Beautiful committee with regard to the tree lights.

The idea of a “shop local” week was discussed although the general consensus seemed to be that a longer campaign might be better.

“The community is encouraged to attend the open meetings of the GBA,” said chair Matt Wesolowki at the meeting.

He noted that the GBA holds an open meeting on the third Tuesday of each month at 5:30 p.m. The next few meetings will be at the Maritime Museum. The GBA normally meets at the Georgetown County Museum.

Members noted that the Blessing of the Fleet raised in excess of $2,400 that is entirely for the Commercial Fisherman’s Fund.

Other fundraisers include the Wooden Boat Show and the Bridge to Bridge half-marathon.

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