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Events give birth to Florida boat heritage

By Times Staff Writer
Published November 14, 2007


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The Water Is Wide, a monthlong celebration of the rich heritage of boat building on the west coast of Florida, kicks off at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Studio@620

The project aims to generate awareness of the heritage of boats and the art of boat building while enriching the community's understanding of the boat industry's impact on local history and culture.

Theevent will include an exhibit with guest curator Charley Morgan; demonstrations of historic wooden boat building and contemporary boat design; model building events; lectures; children's programming including hands-on demonstrations; a theatrical event; and performances of "music of the seas."

The Studio@620 is at 620 First Ave. S in St. Petersburg. For information, call 895-6620.

IF YOU GO

Thursday

6 p.m. - Opening night party

6:45 p.m. -Sea shanties work songs used during the time of the great sailing ships sung by the St. Petersburg College Madrigals chorus

Friday

6 p.m. - "Dugout Canoes & Kayaks": Terry Tomalin, George Stovall share experiences of dugout canoe and kayak trips.

Saturday

Noon - Demonstrations of wooden boat building and restoration by boat builder Bob Pitt and friends from the Florida Maritime Museum of Cortez.

1 p.m. - Demonstrations of the burn and scrape methods used to create dugout canoes with Terry Powell of Dunedin Nature Reserve.

2 p.m. - Sea shanties performed by the Main Hatch Motley Crew of Cortez.

6 p.m. - Lecture on the influence of Bahamian design and construction methods by Kendal Butler of the Bahamas.

[Last modified November 13, 2007, 22:50:33]


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