It was all about boats this weekend along Toledo’s waterfront – boats you row, have motors, made of souped up cardboard, cute boats, runabouts, sailing vessels and single person e’nuff boats. They came in all sizes, colors and missions on the sea. And for the first time, the Port of Toledo’s transient docks were full off and on all weekend long.
There were arts and crafts areas, many with maritime motifs on display for sale. Breakfast served both weekend days. And of course four small boats for four families being constructed from the water up with expert supervision by master boat builder Carl Chamberlin. Chamberlin says the boats are admittedly small but they’ll support 200 pounds without trouble, meaning either mom or dad, or two kids…rowing of course.
There were plenty of opportunities to learn about recreational boating safety whether in a kayak or in a large sail boat, even the big fishing boats (where survival suits are mandatory).
The good weather (not too hot, not windy) also helped to pull more folks down to Toledo’s waterfront. The new pavilion gave a brand new place for live music to play, which it did, nearly non-stop Saturday and Sunday. Breakfast and non-stop hamburgers and hot dogs were also dished up.
Port of Toledo General Manager Bud Shoemake said that this year’s event was by far the best attended boat show in its history. He said former shows averaged around three thousand visitors over a weekend. Shoemake estimated the weekend crowd size this time to be near or even exceed five thousand.
Merchants and restaurants in the downtown reported good customer flow for those who were open. Barbecue ground zero for Toledo, Pig Feathers and their next-door Twisted Snout Brew Pub, reported brisk business all weekend. Stu Miller said they did very well, as they usually do with the wooden boat show.
Informal chats with show goers indicated a general across the board support for the event, the vast majority of them saying they’ll be back again next year. Many said they enjoyed the cozy small town environment, the new pavilion area with it’s nearly continuous offering of live music, readily available restrooms, proximity to the downtown and the railroad museum and the new transient docks along with many opportunities to learn about and observe boat building from the keel up.
Port Manager Bud Shoemake said as much of a success as it was, he added that they’re always looking for ways to better organize the boat show – to tweak it and give it better flow, both for content and visitor enjoyment.
A number of erstwhile marine adventurers launched themselves onto the waters of the Yaquina River in Toledo Saturday as part of the town’s annual Wooden Boat Show. These happy paddlers placed their very lives in the hands of those who employ the questionable belief that cardboard actually floats, or will float six feet seaward of any dock. Newport Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Lorna Davis made good on her promise to compete in the race despite the fact that her craft began taking on water almost from the moment it was placed in the river. But she pulled it off. And as you’ll see in the video, she didn’t do half-bad!
Then off they went as was captured on video by Brad Taylor of Oregon Coast Productions.
“The Art of Craft” is the theme of the 2012 Port of Toledo Wooden Boat Show happening on August 18th and 19th. The theme celebrates the craftsmanship of small boat building. The annual show is a full weekend of activity and entertainment for the entire family. Boat owners from throughout the Northwest gather in Toledo to display their classic, vintage, and new wooden boats. Visitors can appreciate the boats, both in the water and on land, and have a chance to talk with the boat owners. If you choose one event this summer to attend with family, this should be it. You won’t want to miss the fun at Toledo’s new Waterfront Park and the Marina.
In addition to the traditional activities, this year the show is adding a new event that is sure to be a crowd favorite…the GP Containerboard Boat Regatta. Teams all over the county have been working in secret to make sure that their design remains a surprise. Don’t miss their maiden, and possibly only, voyage at 3:30 pm on Saturday. The competition will be tough as teams representing businesses, Chambers, and City staffs from throughout the county take to the water. Prizes will be awarded…among them one for the Most Spectacular Sinking!
Master boat builder, Carl Chamberlin of Pt. Townsend, Washington and local boat-builder Rick Johnson will return this year to assist six lucky families to build their very own ‘Nuf’ boats. This 3-day activity starts on Friday and ends on Sunday with the launch of the boats in Depot Slough. The Yaquina Run-Off is a non-motorized boat race held on Saturday morning beginning at 11 am. Registration which can be done on the Port’s website or at the event is required for this event. Canoes, Rowboats, Kayaks, Standup Paddle Boards, and Rowing Shells will take to the water in both an upstream and downstream race. Attendees can also enjoy getting out on the water to play Poker Paddle in boats supplied by the Toledo Community Boathouse. The winning hand takes the 50/50 purse prize. At the Kids Toy Boat Building booth, all the supplies are provided to help children set their imaginations free as they create their own floating masterpieces with help from the members of the Toledo Foursquare Church. There will also be a putt-putt golf course as well as other kids’ activities. And we would be remiss if we didn’t mention that our favorite pirate will be back firing his popular potato cannon.
The Toledo Community Boathouse is a center of activity all year long lead by the Wooden Boat Show’s Volunteer of the Year, Andrew Linn who gives his weekends to working with the kids. At the Show, the Boathouse volunteers want to get you and your family out on the water; as a result; they will gladly outfit you with a boat and life-jackets so you can join in the fun.
Two silent auctions will be held – Saturday and Sunday, with proceeds going towards putting on the Wooden Boat Show. The community has been generous in donating quality items to offer. Rumor has it that the bidding wars have already begun for some pieces including a gorgeous Native-American Gourd from artist Carroll Loomis. Other artists will be on hand to paint the show, using the wooden boats and crowds of people as their inspiration. All weekend long, outstanding live music can be enjoyed at the Port’s new Waterfront Pavilion. This year’s line-up features internationally known guitarist Dan Crary.
Here’s a complete list of events over the Saturday/Sunday event on Toledo’s waterfront:
2012 WOODEN BOAT SHOW
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
SATURDAY, AUGUST 18
10 AM – 6 PM
8 –11AM Toledo Chamber Breakfast
9 AM Begin Registration for Containerboard Regatta
9 -12 Yaquina Run-Off Registration (must register before safety briefing)
9 AM–4PM Family Boat Building
10 AM Boats on Display
10 AM Silent Auction Begins
10 AM – 3 PM Poker Paddle
10:30AM Safety Briefing Meeting-Pavilion (Rowing Shells & Rowboats only)
11 AM Yaquina Run-Off begins
11:15 AM “CLEAN SLATE” – Originals & Grateful Dead
11:30 AM Kayak Safety Demo
11:30 AM-4 PM Toledo Downtown Association serving Fish Tacos
12:40 PM “BRINGETTO & CAMERON” – Jazz Orchestra
1 –4 PM Pirate Terry and the Perilous Potato Cannons!
2 PM “LUCKY GAP” – Blue Grass & Americana
1:30 PM Kayak Safety Demo
3-3:30 PM Blessing of the Boats
3:30 PM “DAN CRARY” – World-renown guitarist playing Americana
3:30 PM Containerboard Boat Regatta
5 PM Awards Ceremony
5 PM Silent Auction Closes
5PM “THE PURPLE CATS featuring HENRY COOPER” – Blues
SUNDAY, AUGUST 19
10 AM – 4 PM
8 -11AM Toledo Chamber Breakfast
9 AM – 4 PM Family Boat-Building
10 AM- 4PM Boats on display
10:30 AM “SEA NOTES” – A cappella and Barbershop
11:30 AM-3 PM Toledo Downtown Association serving Fish Tacos
11:30 AM “STEVE COOK TRIO” – the music of James Taylor & Cat Stevens
11:30 AM Kayak Safety Demo
12:45 PM “ELIZABETH CABLE” – Rock/Jazz/Original
1:30 PM Kayak Safety Demo
2:15-3:15 PM “SONS OF BEACHES”- alternative folk, rock, originals
2:30 PM People’s Choice Award
3 PM Silent Auction Closes
3:30 PM Launching of Family Built Boats
4 PM Wooden Boat Show Ends
All Day Activities: Kids Toy Boat-building, Sailboat rides, Captain Ben Boat Rides, Kids Games, Silent Auction, Boats on display, and great food.
Finally, you can enjoy great food at the Toledo Chamber of Commerce Pancake Breakfast on Saturday and Sunday mornings beginning at 8 AM. This year, the Main Street Program, now known as the Toledo Downtown Association, will take over the cooking duties at 11 AM to provide yummy fish tacos.
The Port and the Wooden Boat Show Committee would like to thank all those who have contributed to the success of the show including Oregon Coast Bank, Dahl Disposal Service, Dr. Gregory Herkert, OSU Credit Union, Englund Marine and Industrial Supply, Siletz Boat Works, the Oregon Coots Chapter of the Western Oregon Messabouts, Georgia Pacific, and many, many more.
Just one block off Toledo’s Main Street, visitors can enjoy the Wooden Boat Show as well as browse the shops, galleries and restaurants in downtown Toledo. Come on over to Toledo and enjoy this premier Wooden Boat Show and celebrate life on the water. For more information and to register for events, visit: www.portoftoledo.org or call 541-336-5207.
Family Boat Building featured at the Port of Toledo Wooden Boat Show
Provided by Port of Toledo
“Her name is Lotta… as in a Lotta fun to make and looking forward to a Lotta fun on the water.” This is the tribute written by local resident Merrick Kriz about her experience working with her family and friends at the 2007 Port of Toledo Wooden Boat to build a small boat. The Kriz family is proud of the vessel they built called a Nuf, as in “It’s not much, but it’s a ‘Nuf.” These boats are designed by veteran boat builder Carl Chamberlin of Port Townsend, Washington who will be on hand again this year at the eighth annual Port of Toledo Wooden Boat Show to be held on the third weekend in August. Carl and Rick Johnson of Toledo will both be available to help you and your family build your own Nuf. Come be part of the fun at Toledo’s new Waterfront Park and Pavilion and new transient dock.
Our theme this year is The Art of Craft celebrating the art of small boat building, so it is especially a great time to participate. The cost per family group to build your own Nuf is $400. We are also offering scholarships to families who might otherwise be challenged to come up with the fee. We have the capacity to build only six boats, so don’t delay in reserving your family’s spot. The Family Boat Building activity begins one day before the rest of the show on August 17th and continues through the show with a grand launching into Depot Slough on Sunday the 19th .
To be considered for a scholarship, request a scholarship application form at email@example.com, down load the form at www.portoftoledo.org, or call at 541-336-5207.
You can register for the Family boat Building activity by downloading the form on the Wooden Boat Show page for 2012 at www.portoftoledo.org or email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call at 541-336-5207.
I would like to invite you to be a part of this year’s containerboard boat building and racing contest during the Port Of Toledo Wooden Boat Show August 18th. By following some simple rules we will be building boats made entirely of containerboard.
Last year some of the folks at the boatyard along with other community businesses made it clear that they could do a better job than us papermakers could do at building a paper boat.
Well, now is your chance to show us what you’ve got. Put your money where your mouth is so to speak. Come on… what have you got to lose? Your pride, your dignity, community bragging rights, the ability to continue to talk trash to your friends and neighbors about your boat building skills are all on the line. Don’t let a bunch of papermakers show you up. Come on, let’s see what you’ve got.
I am looking for commitments from interested parties to build a containerboard boat and race us at the wooden boat show. I need people to beat is the bottom line so come on out and take the challenge.
If you are interested, I will send you a copy of the rules and we will get you a starter kits for the contest. There will be prizes for best looking, fastest 3 and of course, most spectacular sinking (you will all be in the running for this one).
Please contact me as soon as you get this so you can secure one of 20 spots for this year’s Containerboard Boat Contest with GP Toledo and AWPPW, Local 13.
Union Environmental Rep
AWPPW, Local 13
Toledo City Councilors scratched their heads Wednesday night and tried to figure out why the public transit bus from Newport to Corvallis stops at the Dairy Queen on Highway 20 headed east, but at Business 20 and “A” streets in downtown Toledo while coming back from Corvallis. Councilor Mark Camara said it makes no sense for the Newport to Corvallis bus to stop and pick up passengers a mile or more away from where passengers, headed back home, are dropped off. He said there is no parking at the Dairy Queen and that dropped-off passengers have to walk the mile or so back into town from the Dairy Queen, along a road with no shoulders, with traffic whizzing by. “It just crazy,” Camara said.
So the city council wrote a letter to the transit authority to please make the Park n’ Ride at Highway 20 and “A” Streets the bus station for those coming AND going. City Manager Michelle Amberg said she’s talked to the transit manager and was encouraged by the sympathy she received.
We’ll see how this issue pans out.
The Toldeo City Council also announced that the school district is accepting donations for a fund that helps homeless graduating seniors to have the appropriate clothing and other memorabilia in celebrating their graduation. City Manager Michelle Amberg told the council that just for a $40 donation, a homeless graduating senior in Toledo will get to walk the boards at their graduation and be dressed appropriately; cap, gown and tassel. It also includes some extra curricular fun for them
To mail in a $40 donation, do so at LCSD Help Program, 351 SE Harney Street, Newport, OR, 97365. By the way, city councilor Mark Camara popped for $40 on the spot, asking Amberg whether the money would stay in Toledo for needy Toledo Children? Amberg’s response was a resounding yes. “Money raised here stays here,” she said.
So again, please consider donating forty dollars for such a heartwarming gift to Toledo High School Seniors. We’ll bring you up to date on this story tomorrow. There are now five students in need of financial assistance to graduate this June.
And finally, the Toledo City Council decided on a method of filling two vacancies on the city council. The council will advertise the two openings through March 28th, interview the candidates and then appoint two of them to the council, probably during their first meeting in April.