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Boat Show & Armed Forces Day
May 21, 2016 @ 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Boat Show & Armed Forces Day
Saturday, May 21 (11am-5pm)
Get on the Water: Tuckerton Seaport Boat Show Festival
TUCKERTON, NJ – Tuckerton Seaport will commemorate Armed Forces Day with the debut of its Boat Show Festival on Saturday, May 21st. The Boat Show Festival will feature a full schedule of events, including demonstrations, tours, and hands-on activities focused on the rich maritime heritage of the Jersey Shore, and the history and service of the U.S. Military. This event will showcase over one hundred new, classic, and antique boats, both on land and in water, while offering food, music, beer, and family fun.
Featured Exhibitors: Causeway Marine, Sheltered Cove Marina, and Tuckerton Marine Service Center.
Throughout the day, the Seaport will be holding several events which honor the long history and continued service of the U.S. Armed Forces. In a high-noon ceremony commemorating our 44’ retired Beach Haven Coast Guard lifeboat, Captain Dave Wick will explain the historical significance of the vessel and honor our nation’s veterans. Following the ceremony, attendees can meet “Coasties” who served on the boat, and climb aboard the vessel with the Coast Guard Auxiliary.
Attendees will have the opportunity to learn about the role of our 44’ Coast Guard Boat in Exercise Tiger, also known as Operation Tiger. Susan Haines, National Executive Director of Missouri-based Exercise Tiger Association will present on this “forgotten” tragedy of WWII.
Other events include a flyover with a Coast Guard Helicopter, piloted by Coast Guard Rescue Swimmer Karen Vorhees of Atlantic City. Tim Dring, President of the US Lifesaving Service Heritage Association will present on Seabright Skiffs, the original lifesaving boat (and one of the Seaport’s most recent acquisitions to our boat collection).
This event will also feature Civil War reenactors portraying Corporal Andrew Tomlin, one of two NJ Marines awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor, and Sister Veronica of the USS Hospital ship Red Rover (1863-1865). This presentation includes revolver and rifle black powder demonstrations.
The Boat Show Festival will also present visitors with opportunities to engage with the maritime history and culture of this region. Guests can get on the water with garvey rides on Tuckerton Creek (included with admission fee); kayaks will also be available to rent from West Creek Kayak.
Attendees may observe the on-going construction of a garvey by Ron Spodofora, Army Veteran and head of Perrine’s Boatworks. Pound Fisherman Carl Tarnow will present about commercial fishing and net mending; Captain Fred Kalm, veteran and commercial clammer, will teach clam tonging in Parson’s Clam House. The Penn-Jersey Basket Guild will demonstrate how to make traditional South Jersey maritime baskets including pound fish baskets and eel traps.
At 1pm, David Rhodes, author of “The Last Man on Howling Head Island” will present an author talk about his recently-published work. His nautical narrative tells the harrowing tale of a newborn boy, the sole survivor of a shipwreck, who washes ashore on Howling Head Island. Jill DeFelice, local author and member of Pine Shores Art Association, will also be sharing one of her recent written works: a short story about lifesaving on the New Jersey coast.
As May 21 is the first day of fluke fishing season, the Boat Show Festival will feature a Fluke Fishing Contest. The angler of the largest fluke caught that day will be awarded two VIP tickets to New Jersey Bacon Fest (valued at $200). Weigh-in closes at 4pm.
Families can expect great kids’ activities, such as model boat building, magnet fishing, scrimshaw soap carving and knot tying. Tuckerton Seaport is a Blue Star Museum; veterans always enjoy free admission, and active military and their families are always free. The Tuckerton Seaport & Baymen’s Museum is located at 120 West Main Street in the heart of historic Tuckerton.
This event is sponsored in-part by The Fisherman magazine. Event admission includes access to the Seaport’s 40 acres of family fun, featuring maritime activities, historic and recreated buildings, live animals, boardwalk, miniature golf course and exhibits. Adults $8, seniors $6, children 5-12 $5, children under 5 and Seaport members are free. This event is supported in part by a grant from the New Jersey Department of State, Division of Travel and Tourism, http://www.visitnj.org. For more information, “like” the Tuckerton Seaport on Facebook or call 609-296-8868.