Published DateWOLFEBORO — The New Hampshire Boat Museum will open for the season over Memorial Day Weekend.
To celebrate, the board and staff invite the public to a special Opening Reception on Friday, May 24 from 6 to 9 p.m. The evening will include food, a cash bar, entertainment and a preview of new exhibits.
Tickets are $25 per person for not-yet-members and $22 for museum members. Tickets can be purchased on the Museum's website, www.NHBM.org, via phone at 569-4554, or at the door.
The evening will include a light buffet dinner and ice cream sundaes. Entertainment will be provided by Ron Drolet who is a frequent performer at the Wolfeboro Inn. Attendees will get a chance to preview the new exhibit on the history of race boating on Lake Winnipesaukee which features race boats of all kinds dating from the 1920s up to the 1960s.
Among the race boats on display will be the famed Scotty. This 1929 28' Gold Cup hydroplane was built by the famous naval architect John Hacker in Michigan for Sam Dunsford of Tuftonboro Neck. Scotty ran in several racing events on Lake Winnipesaukee. When Dunsford, a leading racer of the time, felt the boat's performance was unsatisfactory he stored Scotty in his garage until his death in 1958.
Now restored to its original configuration, Scotty has run in several vintage race boat regattas including Wolfeboro's. The boat is on loan from Mark Howard.
Also on display will be Roman Candle, a 1961 hydroplane which is fully restored to its original condition. Roman Candle has an extensive racing history including the 2009 and 2011 Wolfeboro Vintage Race Boat Regatta. The boat is on loan from its owner, race boat driver Gerry Davidson. Roman Candle will be removed from display the week of the September Wolfeboro Regatta to run in that prestigious event.
The race boat exhibit also will feature posters, photos, videos, and objects that chronicle the history of race boating on Lake Winnipesaukee through the 20th century, including its resurgence here in Wolfeboro in 2000 with the Wolfeboro Vintage Race Boat Regatta.
Now in its 13th year, the Wolfeboro Vintage Race Boat Regatta, organized by the NH Boat Museum, will be held September 13-14.
"This season's new exhibit on the history of race boating celebrates this important sport on Lake Winnipesaukee. The New Hampshire Boat Museum is pleased to be continuing that long tradition with September's Regatta." said Board Chair Rick Kourian.
The New Hampshire Boat Museum will be open to the public for the 2013 season on Saturday, May 25 and remain open through Monday, October 14, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and Sundays 12 noon-4 p.m.