Lakeside Wooden Boat Show & Plein Air Art Festival

Lakeside Wooden Boat Show & Plein Air Art Festival

A collaborative effort, blending the craftsman of the 11th Annual Lakeside Wooden Boat Show and the artistic expression of the Lakeside Plein Air Art Festival, will create one of Lakeside’s most unique weekends of the Chautauqua summer season from Friday, July 18-Sunday, July 20.

This three-day event begins on Friday, July 18, when participating plein air artists arrive at Lakeside Chautauqua to paint outdoor landscapes until Sunday, July 20.

The term “en plein air” means painting “in the open air.” This festival will host more than 40 artists from across the Midwest. Lakeside Chautauqua guests and residents are invited to watch them paint throughout the weekend.

This year, there will be additional opportunities to purchase artwork produced during the weekend at the Open Air Gallery, located in front of Hoover Auditorium on Third Street. The Open Air Gallery will be on display preceding the evening Hoover Auditorium performance from 7-8:30 p.m. on Friday, July 18 and Saturday, July 19.

The Lakeside Wooden Boat Society will host a fundraiser dinner at 6 p.m. Friday, July 18. The reception will be held along the lakefront, including a display of Lyman wooden boats, plein air artwork for sale and food stations available for ticket holders. Dinner tickets are $150 per couple and $75 per person. Tickets are limited.

Tickets are available at the Lakeside Chautauqua Legacy House, located at 217 Walnut Ave. Hours of the Legacy House are 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday.

In addition, the Lakeside waterfront will transform into an outdoor showroom of classic wooden boats as these cruisers line the dock and the lawn of historic Hotel Lakeside at the 11thAnnual Lakeside Wooden Boat Show from 12-5 p.m. Sunday, July 20.

More than 50 wooden boats, each classified by the year it was made, will be featured.

The boats are categorized as historic (prior to 1918), antique (1919-1942), classic (1943-1975), early contemporary (1976-1984) and late contemporary (past 30 years). The sizes of the wooden boats featured range from 9’ to 57’.

The Plein Air Paintout will take place from 12-12:30 p.m. Sunday, July 20. Lakeside Chautauqua guests and residents are invited to watch the artists paint in Central Park. Children may paint on the Pavilion lawn from 1-3:30 p.m. for a fee of $2. Proceeds support the C. Kirk Rhein, Jr., Center for the Living Arts. A Wet Paint Sale, held on the Pavilion lawn from 2:30-4:30 p.m., will display original paintings that were completed throughout the weekend. Wally & The Beavs will provide a wide range of music, including songs by Chicago, Journey, Grand Funk Railroad, Elton John, The Blues Brothers and The Beatles from 12:30-4:30 p.m. at the Pavilion. There will also be several model boats on display during the event.

Sunday Brunch at the Hotel Lakeside Dining Room & Café, which overlooks the Lakeside Wooden Boat Show, will be available from 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Several food vendors will be offering picnic items in Central Park, in addition to other dining options in the Lakeside Business District.

To register a wooden boat, contact the Wooden Boat Show Coordinator, Mame Drackett, at (419) 798-2050 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Registration is free.

Admission to Lakeside Chautauqua requires a (one-day) Daily Chautauqua Pass ($19.75 for adults, $13.75 for youth, ages 12-18, and free for children under age 12 and guests over age 90). A Season Chautauqua Pass is also available for adults and youth. A Partial Day Chautauqua Pass (three-hours) is available for $6.50.

To park on the Lakeside grounds or in the South Gate Parking Lot, a Daily Auto Pass is required for $8.25 per day or a Season Auto Pass. Limited, free parking is available at Danbury High School (cars must be registered at the Hoover Auditorium Ticket Office). There is no shuttle service provided to or from the school.

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