081413 Boat Museum's Annual Boathouse Tour August 15 (374)

WOLFEBORO — The New Hampshire Boat Museum will host its Seventh Annual Boathouse Tour on Lake Winnipesaukee on Thursday, August 15, with a rain date of Friday, August 16. Car tickets are available for sale at the Museum by calling 603-569-4554 or on line at www.nhbm.org.

"This event gets more and more popular each year." stated Kristin Isley, the Boathouse Tour Chair. "Tickets for the water tour began selling fast over the winter and at a record-breaking speed. We are thrilled that we can offer an opportunity for those still wanting to take the tour via car, or new this year, via antique car. The Boathouse Tour has become one of the Museum's most popular events. Funds raised from the tour assist the Museum's general operating fund."

Taking the tour via car offers attendees a leisurely way to visit the boathouses at their own pace throughout the day from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. For those wanting a unique experience, a limited number of tickets are available to take the tour in an antique car, driven by the car's owner. Most antique cars will seat three, plus the driver.

All car tour participants meet at the Museum to begin their tour. Detailed maps with driving directions are picked up at the Museum that morning, which will open early at 9 a.m. to accommodate tour participants. Each boathouse location has parking easily available with signage clearly marking the site.

Antique car tickets are $50 per person and must be purchased in advance. Self-drive car tour tickets are $40 for not-yet Museum members and $36 for Museum members. Self-drive car tickets can be purchased up to the day of the event or in advance by calling the Museum at 569-4554 or on line at www.nhbm.org. The ticket price for the tour includes free admission to the Museum.

Each year, the Museum features new boathouses on the tour. All are on Lake Winnipesaukee in the Tuftonboro, Wolfeboro, and Alton areas. Boathouses will boast a variety of styles and interesting stories. Greeters will be on hand to discuss the boats and the boathouse histories.

Other upcoming events include the Alton Bay Boat Show on Saturday, August 10 as well as a lecture on August 22 on "Race Boats Reborn." The Wolfeboro Vintage Race Boat Regatta rounds out the season on September 13-14.