Center for Wooden Boat’s Wooden Boat Festival Bigger Than Ever This Year!

36th Lake Union Wooden Boat Festival opens June 30th and runs through the Fourth of July, featuring a new Independence Day collaboration with Family 4th at Lake Union producer One Reel to link the fun all around the Lake!

Wooden boats, free rides, Dragonboat Racing, a new Microbrew Festival, Baseball, Live Bands on the new Microsoft Stage in Lake Union Park and Fireworks on the Fourth!

SEATTLE (June 21, 2012) — A new year brings new boats, new events, and a new partnership to enhance the Independence Day fun at The Center for Wooden Boats 36th annual Lake Union Wooden Boat Festival. A summertime tradition in the Emerald City; the festival running June 30th, July 1, 2, 3, and 4 at the South end of Lake Union features some 200 wooden boats ranging from rowing dinghies to the 133-foot classical schooner Adventuress.

New this year, is a partnership with One Reel, the non-profit producer of the Gas Works Park based Family 4th at Lake Union, Presented by Starbucks. One Reel will present a special day of live music in both Gas Works Park and at the Wooden Boat Festival in South Lake Union Park on the 4th, and broadcast the National Anthem and synchronized fireworks soundtrack live in both parks for spectators around the lake to enjoy. One Reel is also producing a Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI) designed walking history trivia game, The Cheshiahud Challenge, along the shores of Lake Union to keep people’s bodies and minds working on the 4th of July and to connect activities at both parks on that day.

The FREE Lake Union Wooden Boat Festival is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday, June 30th, Sunday, July 1st and Monday July 2nd, and from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday July 3rd and until the fireworks show Wednesday July 4. On Independence Day, Lake Union Park will remain open to the public for viewing the Fireworks show which gets underway around 10 p.m.

During the festival, visitors will be able to board dozens of historic sailing and rowing vessels from the CWB collection, and board many of the historic private vessels brought to the show by their proud owners. Classic rowboats can be rented, and free steam and sail rides will be running non-stop. Festival attendees can explore the many styles of boatbuilding in the Northwest, ranging from modern skiffs and cedar strip kayaks. Attendees can also learn to steer by the stars, sharpen their chisels or tie a “turks head” knot in our skills classes and booths.

Also new this year on opening day June 30th, will be a special Dragon Boat Race put on by the Seattle Flying Dragon Boat Club. It’s special because spectators are invited to join the race, and because it will be a barrel race around a tight three turn course. These boats normally race in a straight line. You and your friends can sign up to join a team today at the Flying Dragons web site: http://www.seattleflyingdragons.org/barrel-race-info-and-signups.html

Another new event tied to this year’s festival is Mariners Night at the Mariners. The Seattle Mariners Baseball club is supporting CWB by offering special reduced price tickets to their game on Monday, July 2 at 7:10pm against the Baltimore Orioles. CWB and Mariner fans can go online and purchase a $20 ticket for only $15 and almost half of the ticket price comes back to CWB as a donation! Purchase tickets today at www.mariners.com/CWB

Activities for the kids at the Wooden Boat Festival include Toy Boat Building where they can build and decorate their own model boats; and Pirate Storytime aboard the historic tug boat Arthur Foss, featuring the nautical yarns of Pirate Lou. Kids will also be able to build a kite and fly it from the festival grounds, and sail model boats in the park’s new boat pond.

Come see the Quick and Daring Boat Building contest, sponsored by Everett’s Thain Boatworks / Earthwise Ventures. In this longtime festival favorite, teams have just 24-hours to construct a boat and then race it; sailing a leg, paddling the next and anything goes on the homeward leg, in this inventive and hilarious contest that rewards the first boat still floating at the finish line. Boat building is Saturday and Sunday. The race will be at 4pm on Wednesday, July 4th.

Local music talent will be featured on the Microsoft Stage all five days of the festival. Jillian’s Billiard is back again to run the beer garden so people wet their whistle with four different beers to choose from every day while they play nautical trivia. And as a special new treat this year, Jillian’s has organized a Northwest Microbrew and Music Night on the evening of July 3rd. On Independence Day Eve you’ll be able to buy a passport to taste the work of some of the Northwest’s best brewing minds, and all the money raised goes to support the Center for Wooden Boats. Brewers tapping kegs that evening will include: Georgetown Brewing, Freemont Brewing, Odin Brewing, Hilliard’s Beer, Diamond Knot, Emerald City Beer, Schooner Exact Brewing, Alaskan Brewing…and maybe more.

Nearby food venders will fill a growling stomach. And they’ll be open leading up to the fireworks on Lake Union Monday night, the 4th of July. (The city welcomes you to bring your own picnics into Lake Union Park, but personal barbeque grills and alcoholic beverages are not allowed.)

Dates: Saturday, June 30th through Wednesday, July 4

Time: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Saturday, Sunday, and Monday

10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday July 3rd

10 a.m. to Fireworks on Wednesday, July 4

Location: The Center for Wooden Boats at Lake Union Park

1010 Valley St, Seattle, WA‎ 98109

Cost: FREE! Donations gratefully accepted.

Getting There: Park downtown and take the Seattle Streetcar to South Lake Union or drive via Interstate 5, take the Mercer Street exit, turn right onto Fairview Ave N., left onto Valley Street. Metered-street parking and several parking lots are available the area. For Metro Transit routes contact Metro at 206-553-3000 or visit http://tripplanner.kingcounty.gov/cgi-bin/itin_page.pl

More Info: Log on to www.CWB.org or call 206-382-2628

The Center for Wooden Boats gratefully acknowledges the support of our sponsors in making it possible to bring so many wonderful boats and boat lovers together over the holiday. Sponsors include: Vulcan Real Estate, Holland American Line, Jillian’s Billiards, Safeco Insurance, West Marine, Pemco Insurance, The Seattle Mariners, Virgin Mobile, Thain Boatworks/Earthwise Ventures, KPLU-FM, KUOW-FM, Classic KING-FM, The Shelton Mason County Journal, Port Townsend Foundry, Orca Creative, The Drachen Foundation, Seafair, 4Culture, The City of Seattle office of Arts & Culture, Seattle Parks and Recreation, Pilgrim Media Services, and @ Lake Union Park. We would also like to thank Family 4th at Lake Union Presenting Sponsor Starbucks and major sponsors Microsoft and the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce for their support, and One Reel for producing the MOHAI-designed Cheshiahud Challenge, a spectacular fireworks display, and the special day of live music in both Gas Works Park and at the Wooden Boat Festival in South Lake Union Park on Independence Day.

DAILY ACTIVITIES

Free Public Rides: Take a trip on Lake Union by sail, row, paddle, steam, electric or power boat. Boats available vary but they all fill up fast! Sign up on the Wharf. Umiaq racing will take place daily at 1:00pm. Sign up to participate and for the chance to win a family membership to CWB!

Boat Building Demonstrations: Watch master craftspeople as they build kayaks, canoes, rowboats, and more.

NW Seaport: Tour 1889 tugboat Arthur Foss. The NWS gift shop has maritime music CDs, t-shirts and more!

Storage Tours: Come see the brand new CWB: Northlake Union Workshop & Warehouse. The new Northlake facility is the CWB beachhead in Wallingford and Fremont where we can keep historic wooden boats that are too valuable or fragile to put back into the water and work to restore them.

Ship Model Exhibit: An exhibit of diverse ship models made by local craftsmen are on display in the boathouse throughout the Festival.

KIDS’ ACTIVITIES

Toy Boat Building: We supply the hull, mast, sails and tools you need. Bring your imagination and build the boat of your dreams! Located in the Kids’ Activities area.

Pirate Pond Boats: Race models of the sailboat Pirate in our model pond!

Treasure Hunt: Kids can partake in a hunt for treasure around the festival. There are five clues that lead you all over the park.

Sidewalk Chalk Art: Help decorate the Festival. Draw a boat, a mermaid, or anything that comes to your imagination.

Kite Making: You and your child can build, decorate and fly a kite at the festival.

WOODEN BOATS OF NOTE

Over 200 wooden boats from dinghies to sailing schooners over 130 feet in length are on public display throughout the festival.

Adventuress 133-foot National Historical Landmark schooner built in 1913 for the founder of the Yellow Cab Company.

Lady Grace 40 foot Ed Monk Bridgedeck cruiser. She was built in 1939 by students of the Edison Vocational School, which is today known as Seattle Central Community College Wood Construction Center. SCCC WCC is one of the oldest boat building schools in the country, founded in 1932 to supply trained marine carpenters to the Lake Union based boat building industry. During WWII Lady Grace was used by the U. S. Coast Guard to patrol Puget Sound and Hood Canal.

Natoma 40 foot sloop from renowned boat designer L. Francis Herreshoff. One of only three boats built from the design “Diddikai.” L. Francis Herreshoff designed her for a businessman who wanted to travel between San Francisco and Hawaii by a sailboat of smaller size.

Arroyo 42 foot sloop Seaborn design built in 1938 at Lake Union’s Blanchard Boatshop. She raced under the burgee of the Seattle Yacht Club and won the Swiftsure Lightship Race under the name Avolante.

Gemini 31.5 foot sloop launched in 2010 by boatbuilding students at the Northwest School of Wooden Boat Building in Port Townsend. She is a Yankee One Design (YOD), a racing class designed by Starling Burgess in 1937. Some parts of this boat were salvaged from an older Yankee named Venture which spent many years sailing at CWB.

Old Man IV 52-foot motor cruiser designed by Ed Monk Sr. Old Man IV was built for the Navy at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard in 1957 and has been in Navy service in the Northwest ever since.

DAILY SCHEDULE

FRIDAY, JUNE 29th (Pre Festival Friday Fun)

8pm Chantey sing (Adventuress)

SATURDAY, JUNE 30th

10:00am Festival OPENS

10:00am Free Boat Ride Sign-ups Begin

10:00am Pond Boat Sailing at the Model Pond

10:00am Dragon Boat Barrel Race Sign up

11:00am Dragon Boat Barrel Racing Begins

12:00pm Historic Vessels Horns, Bells and Whistles Sound Off

12:05pm Celestial Navigation Demonstration on the Arthur Foss

1:00pm Storytime with Pirate Lou on the Arthur Foss (Ages 5-9)

1:00pm Umiaq Racing Begins

2:00pm Visit our Northlake Union Workshop & Warehouse

4:00pm Dragon Boat Barrel Racing Awards

2:00-4:00pm Pond Boat demo by area clubs

3:00pm Tugboat skills on the Arthur Foss

4:00pm Nautical Trivia in the Pub

6:00pm Schooners depart for evening sail (paid rides)

6:00pm Festival CLOSES

6:30 Pub Closes

SUNDAY, JULY 1st

10:00am Festival OPENS

10:00am Pond Boat Sailing at the Model Pond

10:00am Free Boat Ride Sign-ups Begin

12:00pm Historic Vessels Horns, Bells and Whistles Sound Off

12:05pm Celestial Navigation Demonstration on the Arthur Foss

1:00pm Pirate Storytime with Pirate Lou on the Arthur Foss

1:00pm Umiaq Racing Begins2:00pm Vintage Swimwear Fashion Show

2:00pm Visit our Northlake Union Workshop & Warehouse

2:00-4:00pm Pond Boat demo by area clubs

3:00-3:30pm Beachwear through History Fashion Show: Presented by Seattle Goodwill (V5)

3:00pm Tugboat skills on the Arthur Foss

4:00pm Nautical Trivia in the Pub

6:00pm Schooners depart for evening sail (paid rides)

6:00pm Festival CLOSES

6:30pm Pub Closes

MONDAY, JULY 2nd

10:00am Festival OPENS

10:00am Free Boat Ride Sign-ups Begin

12:00pm Historic Vessels Horns, Bells and Whistles Sound Off

12:00pm Pond Boat Sailing in the Model Pond

1:00pm Pirate Storytime with Pirate Lou on the Arthur Foss

1:00pm Umiaq Racing Begins

2:00pm Visit our Northlake Union Workshop & Warehouse

3:00pm Tugboat skills on the Arthur Foss

6:00pm Festival CLOSES

6:30pm Pub Closes

CWB NIGHT at MARINERS (By reduced price tickets at mariners.com/CWB in advance)

TUESDAY, JULY 3rd

10:00am Festival OPENS

10:00am Free Boat Ride Sign-ups Begin

12:00pm Historic Vessels Horns, Bells and Whistles Sound Off

12:00pm Pond Boat Sailing in the Model Pond

1:00pm Pirate Storytime with Pirate Lou on the Arthur Foss

1:00pm Umiaq Racing Begins

2:00pm Visit our Northlake Union Workshop & Warehouse

3:00pm Tugboat skills on the Arthur Foss

4:00pm Nautical Trivia in the Pub

5:00pm NW Microbrew and Music in the Beergarden

8:00pm Festival CLOSES

WEDNESDAY, JULY 4th

10:00am Festival OPENS

10:00am Free Boat Ride Sign-ups Begin

11:00am 2012 Festival Poster Artist Anita Lehmann Poster Signing in the Merchandise Tent

12:00pm Historic Vessels Horns, Bells and Whistles Sound Off

12:00pm Pond Boat Sailing in the Model Pond

12:00pm Cheshiahud Challenge Begins (through 6pm)

1:00pm Pirate Storytime with Pirate Lou on the Arthur Foss

1:00pm Umiaq Racing Begins

3:00pm Tugboat skills on the Arthur Foss

3:00pm Live music begins on the Microsoft Stage, Sponsored by 90.3 KEXP

3:30pm Quick and Daring Parade

4:00pm Quick and Daring Race

6:00pm Docks close to public.

Microsoft Stage in Lake Union Park

A beautiful blend of indie rock, neo-folk and Americana will entertain those celebrating the 4th of July at the south end of Lake Union. The Microsoft Stage is sponsored by 90.3 KEXP.

3:00pm Opportunity Rocks Winner*

5:00pm Campfire Ok

6:30pm Star Anna and the Laughing Dogs

8:00pm Hey Marseilles

* Presented by Microsoft, Opportunity Rocks is a competition for local young musicians. The winner of Opportunity Rocks will perform on the Microsoft Stage at the Lake Union Wooden Boat Festival on the 4th of July as well as on the Starbucks Stage at Bumbershoot in September. Vote for your favorite through June 25th at http://family4th.org/opportunity-rocks. The competition gives emerging homegrown talent an opportunity to showcase their abilities and aligns with Microsoft’s commitment to youth empowerment. Microsoft is joined in support of Opportunity Rocks by Starbucks, who champion music and youth initiatives including Little Big Show, Hot Java Cool Jazz, Seattle Art Museum ReMix and Starbucks Youth Action Grants. More info about “Opportunity Rocks” available at family4th.org/opportunity-rocks.

AROUND THE LAKE ON THE 4TH

The Cheshiahud Challenge is an interactive history trivia tour of Lake Union, designed by MOHAI and presented by One Reel on the 4th of July to stretch your legs and your brain! Make your way around the loop to find 15 History Trivia stops, read the clues at each location and record your answers on the game-map. Turn your completed game-maps in at either park location and be entered to win two (2) 3-Day Gold Passes to Bumbershoot: Seattle’s Music & Arts Festival.

Official game-maps can be downloaded and printed in advance on family4th.org or seattlehistory.org. They will also be available between the hours of noon-6pm at:

· MOHAI Booth in Lake Union Park

· Information Booth in Gas Works Park

· Family 4th Volunteers stationed outside of the following Starbucks locations:

o Starbucks at 1200 Westlake

o Starbucks at 2110 N 45th Street (Wallingford)

o Starbucks at 3415 Fremont Avenue N

Starbucks at 2344 Eastlake Avenue E

About The Center for Wooden Boats

The Center for Wooden Boats (www.CWB.org), a 501(c)3 non-profit organization founded in 1976, provides a gathering place where maritime history comes alive through direct experience and our small craft heritage is enjoyed, preserved, and passed along to future generations. CWB, with year round locations both at South Lake Union in Seattle and at Cama Beach State Park on Camano Island, engages visitors in whole body learning by putting the historic boats, oars and paddles, sails and tools in the hands of people who visit. To learn more about year-around maritime activities at Seattle’s Lake Union Park visit www.AtLakeUnionPark.org

Note to editors: For more information about what is happening at CWB visit our website, www.cwb.org and check in at our blog; Bearings, at https://cwbblog.wordpress.com/ . For additional assistance, and information about radio and television recording at CWB, journalists should contact Dan Leach at 206-382-2628 ext. 31

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About The Center for Wooden Boats

The Center for Wooden Boats (www.CWB.org), a 501(c)3 non-profit organization founded in 1976, provides a gathering place where maritime history comes alive through direct experience and our small craft heritage is enjoyed, preserved, and passed along to future generations. CWB, with year round locations both at South Lake Union in Seattle and at Cama Beach State Park on Camano Island, engages visitors in whole body learning by putting the historic boats, oars and paddles, sails and tools in the hands of people who visit. To learn more about year-around maritime activities at Seattle’s Lake Union Park visit www.AtLakeUnionPark.org

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