Come Boating! winter adventure series screens documentary of local boat restoration
BELFAST — Come Boating! Belfast’s Community Boating Organization and the Belfast Free Library are teaming up once again to offer four evening programs about adventures on the water in the Abbott Room of the Library.
The Winter Adventure Series begins Tuesday, Jan. 15, at 6:30 p.m., with a screening of NY40 Marilee: Restoration of a Herreshoff Classic. This 38-minute documentary filmed and produced by Camden’s own Alison Langley, follows the story of Marilee's meticulous and unique restoration by French and Webb in Belfast.
The Marilee’s two-year restoration was tremendously successful due to the collaborative effort of many artisans, engineers, curators and crew whose passion and commitment to the project were beyond compare, according to a news release.
This was not your ‘typical’ restoration of a wooden classic. Modern innovations and engineering were combined with meticulous and artistic craftsmanship. With access to the original Herreshoff Manufacturing Company’s building plans, documents and images archived at MIT’s Hart Nautical Collections and the Herreshoff Marine Museum, this restoration turned out an amazing yacht with an equally amazing story, according to the release.
Film maker, Alison Langley, along with Todd French, from French and Webb, will present the film and lead a discussion after the screening.
The Winter Adventure Series continues Tuesday, Feb. 19, 6:30 p.m., with a presentation by Chris Battaglia about his journey paddling and documenting the Lower Mississippi River from St. Louis to the Gulf of Mexico in a 30 foot voyageur canoe.
Tuesday, March 19, 6:30 p.m., Maine canoeist Zip Kellogg will present a film featuring the First National Whitewater Canoe and Kayak Championships held here in Maine in 1940 on the legendary Rapid River.
And finally, Tuesday, April 16, 6:30 p.m., Suzanne Pinto, the Guiness World Book record holder for being the oldest woman to row across an ocean, will give a talk about her experience doing this in 2011.
These programs are free and open to the public.
For more information call the library at 339-3884 ext.10.