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Free admission to the new Newport Wooden Boat Show


Bowen’s Wharf Announces the Newport Wooden Boat Show,
Opening Night Exhibition, and Special Film Screening

Four-Day Celebration of Wooden Boats


Bowen’s Wharf is hosting the Newport WoodenBoat Show: a waterfront celebration concurrent with the Newport International Boat Show (NIBS) and Newport Brokerage Boat Show.


Bowen’s Wharf Co. has for the past seven years partnered with NIBS to include New England boats on our property and in our basin. Hinckley, Hunt, Arey’s Pond, Pease Boat works, The Landing School and many others have exhibited here. This partnership will continue and the Bowen’s Wharf parking lot and basin will again be full of NIBS exhibitors.


New this year is the expansion to include a beautiful array of wooden power and sailboats in the water at Bowen’s Wharf Marina: 600-feet of floating dock at 1 Bowen’sLanding, originally home tonNewport’s historic ferry landing. All boats in-water will be available for boarding, including the handicap-accessible 36’ Pilar, replica of Ernest Hemingway’s 1934 sport-fishing boat. 


39’ yawl from Concordia Company in Dartmouth, MA; 22’ Catboat from Arey’s Pond in South Orleans, MA; a 16’nBeetle Cat from International Yacht Restoration School in Newport, RI, and then85’ Enticer from McMillen Yachts. Multiple boats are en route from Pease Boat bworks in Chatham, MA. Featured on land will be live-edge timber from Newport Nautical Timbers in Bristol, RI, and yachts for sale from Herreshoff Yacht Sales and Bristol Boat Company.


Two special events are designed to help depict the enduring attraction and high quality craftsmanship involved in wooden boat building and design: Opening Night Party launches Wood, Wind & Water: ThenGenius of Chatham’s F. Spaulding Dunbar at Seamen’s Church Institute. The show was originally prepared for the Chatham Historical Society and the collection of drawings is part of the permanent Hart Collection at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The catalog will be available for purchase during the show and at Opening Night. 


One ticketed event accompanies the show: the screening of the film Wood, Sails,Dreams will follow a concert with Chelley, Bill & Dyl and Coole Swan sampling at the Jane Pickens Theater and Event Center downtown. Q&A with the producer and some of then boatbuilders afterwards. 


Waterfront bar at the marina will be open daily from noon to 6pm featuring Coole Swan Mudslides, Stella Artois, Santa Margherita wines & Bully Boy mixed drinks all served up at the anchor of the Newport waterfront. Live music will feature Caribbean steel drum with Aaron Cote and Panoramic View and a rotation of acoustic performers. Newport Wooden Boat Show bar will benefit SSV Oliver Hazard Perry, Rhode Island’s official sailing education vessel.


Admission to the Bowen’s Wharf Newport Wooden Boat Show, and Opening Night, is free and open to all ages, rain or shine.


September 15th, through September 18th, 2016 from 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m., and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Bowen’s Ferry Landing. 401-849-3478 for more info.


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