News Feature

Originally published in Compass, July 31, 2014
WoodenBoat invites community to celebrate 40 years of publishing

WoodenBoat Magazine invites readers and the community to visit the WoodenBoat Publications campus for a special open house weekend, August 14-16. “We are excited to provide this opportunity to experience WoodenBoat firsthand, to meet the staff, to connect with fellow readers, and to experience the region and boats that gave rise to the magazine,” WoodenBoat founder Jon Wilson said in a news release.

The weekend will begin with tours of local boat yards led by WoodenBoat staff on Thursday and Friday at 10 a.m. There also will be tours of the WoodenBoat Campus (the offices where the magazine is published, the WoodenBoat School, and the WoodenBoat Store) on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. WoodenBoat also urges readers to sail or trailer the wooden boats they have built as part of a land-based exhibit of reader-built boats. This will “be a display of craftsmanship derived from the magazine’s pages,” said Wilson.

On Friday, August 15, join WoodenBoat staff, the Brooklin Volunteer Fire Department, and Brooklin Keeping Society for a barbecue and Silent Auction beginning at 5 p.m. at The Brooklin Fire Department. The buffet-style BBQ will feature hamburgers, Bianco sausage, pulled pork, salads and shortcake for dessert. Tickets are available in advance at the Keeping Society on Tuesday, from 2 to 5 p.m.

Silent auction items include a gift certificate to The WoodenBoat School, and paintings, prints, pottery and jewelry from local artists. Proceeds from the dinner and auction benefit the Brooklin Keeping Society and Brooklin Volunteer Fire Department. There will also be a live auction of many other items donated.

On Saturday evening, August 16, there will be an oyster and beer reception (oysters provided by The Brooklin Inn and beer provided by Strong Brewing Co.) beginning at 4 p.m., followed by a lobster dinner hosted by The First Baptist Church of Brooklin at 5 p.m. on the WoodenBoat waterfront. The dinner will include lobster or chicken, salads, corn on the cob, watermelon and ice cream sandwiches as well as a 40th anniversary cake. The Brooklin Band will be playing at the WoodenBoat Waterfront on Saturday evening. Proceeds from the lobster dinner benefit the First Baptist Church of Brooklin Deacon’s Fund. Last year the fund provided more than $200 to Brooklin residents for fuel assistance and utility payments throughout the winter.

The open house, tours, and reader-built boat exhibits are free. Tickets for the Friday and Saturday evening dinners are available through The WoodenBoat Store, 800-273-7447.

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