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First Wolfeboro Trip of Many - New England Vintage Boat Show

Ms. Lookout here, I am new to the area but not new to traveling the world so Ill be exploring the coolest spots around the Big Lake, be it by land or by sea for you. So join me for my first stop  - this past Saturdays 10th Annual New England Vintage Boat Auction in support of Wolfeboros NH Boat Museum. Saturday morning began stifling hot so at the last minute my best friend and I decided to go by car, instead of by my mint 1967 Starcraft Holiday. (as of yet unnamed) This gave me a chance to feel out Wolfeboro by foot and its public docks for future trips. Once on its Main Street it was difficult not to stop and join the bustling summer crowds, peer into its intriguing stores and the savor its seafood, and other tasty treats, but it was getting late so we just headed straight to the New Hampshire Hampshire Boat Museum.

New Hampshire Boat Museum in Wolfeboro

The entrance to the New Hampshire Boat Museum in Wolfeboro

It turned out that the New Hampshire Boat Museum is two miles down on Center Street from Wolfeboros Public Docks. The ride was distractingly pretty, so just as you think you might have gone down the wrong road the most beautiful hand painted arching façade rises up on the right to greet you. As I parked my vintage 1982 Mercedes I could not but help feel that it barely fit in among these classic boats by Gar Wood, Chris-Craft, Century, Penn Yan, Lyman and Hacker that surrounded us. But this auction wasnt just about boats.
Gotta Go to the New Hampshire Boat Museum

The entrance to the New Hampshire Boat Museum in Wolfeboro

The New Englands Boat Auction is also the Museums largest annual fundraiser. In 1992, antique and boat enthusiasts came together with the goal of preserving the heritage that is unique to New Hampshires Lakes. We were able to take a look around at the nautical items, collectibles and boats provided by donors just before the bidding began. Aside from the luxurious antique boats, there was everything an enthusiast could desire from handmade cast iron mermaids, duck decoys, paintings, port holes, boat hardware, antique nautical books and charts, an array of gorgeous lighthouse and brass anchor lamps and my favorite a Witchery Print and china set.
Marine Memorabilia

The entrance to the New Hampshire Boat Museum in Wolfeboro

The Auctions Master of Ceremonies, Peter Coccolo looked cool throughout the pressure of the mounting bids in his crisp white shirt and khaki pants while the rest of us melted under the large tent. My favorite part of the day was when a beautiful 1928 22 Chris-Craft Cadet named Morning Star from Long Island came up for the bidding. 
New Hampshire Boat Museum

The entrance to the New Hampshire Boat Museum in Wolfeboro

 Couldnt you just imagine yourself riding in it with the wind blowing against your cheeks on the Big Lake? I sure did. After the show, I caught up with Peter Coccolo and one of the auctions organizers. Mr. Coccolo said the auctions attendance was great and was an overall success throughout the day despite the heat. Bruce MacLlellan, one of the organizers said the auction is just one of the many amazing things about Wolfeboro. When I asked him, why someone new like me should keep coming back he said, Diversification Wolfeboro has the Craft Fair, our New England Vintage Auction, and so much more.
Members of the committee for the boat museum

The entrance to the New Hampshire Boat Museum in Wolfeboro

The day was still young and humid so we headed back towards Main Street. The various delicious smells were calling my name but we headed towards the public docks first. A sign reminds us of Wolfeboros place in history as a summer resort. The boat traffic was busy but consistently moving and if you dont have a boat no worries. Theres the Millie B and the Winnipesaukee Belle at your service to take you around the Big Lake. The great day ended with a delicious raspberry smoothie and a strawberry crepe from Oh, La, La Crepes! and a resolution to come back by boat.  The blog and photos are by Maria Diaz of Ashland, New Hampshire
Wolfeboro Bay

The entrance to the New Hampshire Boat Museum in Wolfeboro

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