Come Boating!, Belfast Free Library partner to bring stories of adventure on the water
BELFAST - Come Boating!, Belfast's Community Boating Organization, and Belfast Free Library are teaming up to offer three evening programs about adventures on the water in the Abbott Room of the library.
The Winter Adventure Series begins on Tuesday, Jan. 31, at 6:30 p.m. with a film presentation of The Boys of '36, a documentary about the nine working-class young men from the University of Washington who took the rowing world and America by storm when they captured the gold medal at the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin. Their unexpected victory, against not only the Ivy League teams of the East Coast but Adolf Hitler's elite German rowers, gave hope to a nation struggling to emerge from the depths of the Great Depression.
The series continues Tuesday, Feb. 21, also at 6:30 p.m., with an illustrated talk, The Building of the Dory Rose, with renowned Maine boat designer and builder Art Paine detailing the very special boat he designed and built with his daughter. This boat was borrowed for an ocean voyage by a man who had a 42-year long quest to row from Albany, Maine to Nova Scotia. It's a good dory and a good story.
Finally on Tuesday, March 21, at 6:30 p.m., the series concludes with a screening of, Paddle to Seattle: Journey through the Inside Passage. This is a documentary that follows two friends, Josh Thomas and J.J. Kelley, as they build their own kayaks and paddle together for 97 days through the wilderness on a journey from Alaska to Seattle.
The programs are free and open to the public. For more information call the library at 338-3884 ext.10