14th Annual Boast the Coast Maritime Festival Oct. 3

by Dave on August 28, 2009

The Lewes Chamber of Commerce-sponsored BOAST THE COAST event takes place in Lewes on Saturday, October 3 with maritime-themed activities throughout the day and into the evening. The Boast the Coast events in 1812 Park and at the City Dock begin at 11 a.m. Other activities including the Lewes Historical Society Craft Show and the Historic District Merchants’ Fall Sidewalk Sale begin at 10 a.m. The Lighted Boat Parade culminates the day’s activities at dusk on the canal.

The free boat tours at the City Dock beginning at 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. include New Jersey’s Tall Ship, the AJ Meerwald and the dive boat ROPER. The AJ Meerwald returns to Lewes from southern New Jersey. Built in 1928, she was restored by the Bayshore Discovery Project which launched her as an educational vessel in 1996. The New Jersey state legislature named her as the state’s official tall ship in 1998. She will be participating as an entrant in the Lighted Boat Parade. A new addition to the event’s boat tours is the dive boat ROPER, operated by the Institute of Maritime History based in Annapolis Maryland. Since 1999 she has been in constant service in underwater archaeology, diving and light salvage. ROPER has done three prior underwater archaeological surveys in Delaware. They will be here conducting an underwater survey beginning in late September in the Harbor of Refuge, the lower Delaware Bay and the ocean off Cape Henlopen State Park

Other activities associated with the event include a Seafood Tasting at 1812 Park featuring specialties priced individually prepared by Irish Eyes Pub & Restaurant and Jerry’s Seafood. Also at 1812 Park, the Family Fun Tent will feature the entertaining Flumpa the Tree Frog musical show and Chuckles the Clown’s pirate-themed magic show. The Lewes Historical Society’s Maritime History Museum located in the Cannonball House also will be open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. for free tours of their newly renovated exhibit space. The Lightship Overfalls has returned to her berth in the Canalfront Park on Front Street and will be open for free tours from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The popular vocal performing group, Foot Light Productions, will be entertaining people gathered in 1812 Park before the Lighted Boat Parade begins at dusk. Boat entries will leave Roosevelt Inlet around 6:30 PM and arrive at the City Dock/Fisherman’s Wharf area around 7 PM.

It does not cost anything for boat owners to enter the parade and all boat entries will be eligible for two cash prizes and will be feted at a Captains’ Reception following the parade. To register, boat owners can pick up entries at the Lewes Chamber of Commerce visitor center in the

Fisher-Martin House next to the Zwaanendael Museum or call 645-8073 to have one mailed.

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