The NAZ AquaMania will be held for the third year in a row this weekend, featuring new boats and water toys from several nearby businesses. (Courtesy photo)
In-water displays can be seen all weekend at the Naswa Resort on Paugus Bay in The Weirs
By ADAM DRAPCHO, LACONIA DAILY SUN
LACONIA — So, Memorial Day has come and gone, ushering in the start of the boating season. But, with school still in session, and with the Fourth of July celebrations still a little ways away, summer hasn't yet hit its stride. That's why Cynthia Makris, of the Naswa Resort, and Jeffrey Levitan, of Northeast Radio Group, got together two years ago to create an event tailored to the lake-loving crowd that is looking for a way to enjoy this not-quite-summer weekend. The third annual NAZ AquaMania in-water boat show is this weekend, June 3 and 4, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on each day.
This weekend, the docks and beach at the NazBar will be filled with new boats and water toys for guests to see. Meanwhile, food and drink will be offered by the bar, and there will be live music on each day
Four marinas – Paugus Bay, Silver Sands, Channel and Irwin – will bring some of their new boats for display. HK Powersports will have a new jet ski, and Parafunalia will have some new water toys to show off. Other vendors will include Vanworks, which does custom audio and upholstry for boats; Body Design by Joy, who will lead paddleboard yoga and fitness classes; and Rich Tilton Photography.
"It's nice for people to be able to stand on the docks and see boats from different marinas," said Makris. "It's a very casual and fun way to talk to salespeople," she said. NAZ AquaMania will include 16 boats, from several different marques.
"It's a nice representation, it's all different sizes of boats," Makris said. "I think what people liked thte last two years was, there's no pressure. It's not like walking into a showroom. You're standing along the docks, you get to look at these beautiful boats, and ask questions of the salespeople." In addition to powerboats, there will also be kayaks and paddleboards.
Makris is excited to use the event to introduce some of her new food and drink items. Joining the list of craft beers on tap at the NazBar are Sea Dog's Sunfish Ale, from Maine, and, from New Hampshire, Tye Dye Hopped Pale Ale. The NazBar menu has a few new options, such as Ahi tuna nachos, Cuband and Caprese panini sandwiches, and a new NazBar salad. The Blue Bistro, also onsite, will be open for dinner, serving fresh seafood and Prime steaks, all certified Angus beef aged for 21 days.
AquaMania is sponsored by Northeast Radio Group, which includes Mix 94.1, WSCY 106.9, Oldies 92.9 and Planet 100.1. It has grown into an anticipated event, said Makris, because it provides the right experience at the right time.
"What we wanted to do, after Memorial Day, was create and event in early June. Kids are still in school, it's before Bike Week... It was created to get people thinking about summer on Winnipesaukee."
The docks are lined with boats for visitors joining in the Naswa Resorts’s Naz Aqua Mania this weekend. The show runs from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m both Saturday and Sunday. (Karen Bobotas/for the Laconia Daily Sun)
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