We’re delighted to report that the first-ever Lunenburg Wooden Boat Reunion held over the weekend was a great success. Two very full days of activity including the Heritage Cup schooner race, sloop, small boat, even putt-putt-powered boat races, displays and demos by boat builders, oarmakers and sailors, shop tours, musical entertainment and much oogling of beautiful wooden boats, wrapped up last evening. Phew!
Capt. Dan and Dory Plug manned the shop for most of the weekend, as Jay was sailing aboard the handsome schooner Mistral, and Dave and Bub were aboard Dave’s Sea Change. Literally hundreds of people dropped by to view the twin schooners underway in the boatyard and the lovely pram Jay is building inside.
A particular highlight of the weekend occurred late Sunday afternoon when shanty singers, the Dory Bungholes, who had been performing at the Lunenburg Bandstand, arrived at the Dory Shop and performed an impromptu concert. We had sponsored the Bungholes at last year’s Lunenburg Folk Harbour Festival and knowing we would be on duty in the boatyard, they made a special point of dropping by, and all of them decked out in their Dory Shop caps! It was amazing!
Thanks to everyone who helped organize this genuine celebration by a community that just loves her wooden boats!