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Lakeside Wooden Boat Show & Plein Air Art Festival

A collaborative effort blending the craftsmanship of the 10th Annual Lakeside Wooden Boat Show and the artistic expression of the Plein Air Art Festival will create one of Lakeside’s most unique weekends of the Chautauqua season from July 19-21.

This three-day event begins on Friday, July 19, when plein air artists arrive at Lakeside Chautauqua to paint outdoor landscapes until Sunday. The term “en plein air” means painting “in the open air.”

The festival will host more than 30 plein air artists from across the Midwest. Guests are invited to watch them paint. This year, there will be additional opportunities to purchase artwork from the weekend at the Open Air Gallery, located on Third Street, in front of of Hoover Auditorium. The Open Air Gallery will be on display preceding the evening Hoover Auditorium performance from 7-8:30 p.m. on Friday, July 19 and Saturday, July 20. 

The Lakeside waterfront will transform into an outdoor showroom of classic wooden boats as these cruisers line the dock and the lawn of Hotel Lakeside at the 10th Annual Lakeside Wooden Boat Show from 12-5 p.m. on Sunday, July 21. 

More than 50 wooden boats, each classified based on the year of the model, 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 25 years). The sizes of the wooden boats range from 9’ to 57’.

There will be many events throughout the day, including plein air painting and live entertainment. Plein air events will continue on Sunday, including a Plein Air Paintout from 12-2:30 p.m. Guests are invited to watch the artists create beautiful landscapes near Central Park. 

Children may paint on the Pavilion lawn from 1-3:30 p.m. for a fee of $2. Proceeds from this event 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 by the plein air artists throughout the entire 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. 

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

To register a wooden boat, contact 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. 

The Lakeside Wooden Boat Show & Plein Air Art Festival is a free event, however, spectators are required to pay a Daily Chautauqua Pass ($19 for adults, $13.25 for youth ages 12-18, and free for children under age 12 and guests over age 90), which is valid from the time it is purchased until 7 p.m. the following day. Partial Day Passes ($6.25) are also available for up to three hours. 

Free parking is available at Danbury High School (cars must be registered at the Hoover Auditorium Ticket Office). There is no shuttle service is provided to or from the school. To park on the Lakeside grounds or at the South Gate parking lot, there is a daily $8 auto fee.

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