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Shipshape event

By Times Staff Writer
Published November 14, 2007


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; a theatrical event; and performances of "music of the seas."


This week's lineup


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


6 p.m. - "Dugout Canoes & Kayaks": Terry Tomalin, George Stovall and friends share experiences of trips in Florida.


Noon - Demonstrations of wooden boat building and restoration by boat builder Bob Pitt and friends from the Florida Maritime Museum of Cortez. Also, the Sea Quest Kids program will build a small boat to give away to a young person.

1 p.m. - Demonstrations of 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.

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

[Last modified November 13, 2007, 23:05:05]

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