20th Annual Boast the Coast Maritime Festival on October 3rd
Boat Parade @ 4 pm
N.J.’S Tall Ship, A J Meerwald Will Be Here
The Lewes Chamber of Commerce will present the 20th Annual BOAST THE COAST event that takes place in Lewes on Saturday, October 3rd with maritime-themed activities throughout the day. The Boast the Coast activities in 1812 Park and at the City Dock begin at 11 a.m. Other events taking place that day include the Historic Lewes Farmers Market from 9 a.m. to Noon at Shields Elementary School parking lot, the Lewes Historical Society Craft Show at their complex from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Lewes in Bloom Fall Plant Sale on Second Street in front of Citizens Bank beginning at 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m., the Zwaanendael Museum Maritime Program from 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. and the Historic District Merchants’ Fall Sidewalk Sale from 10 – 5 p.m.
The boat parade, staged in conjunction with the event for the past 19 years, is no longer a lighted boat parade. For this year’s parade, boat owners don’t need a generator and lights. They can decorate their boat in whatever theme they want and the boats will be judged on the most creatively decorated entry. The boats will line up at 3:30 p.m. at the Roosevelt Inlet and will travel down the Lewes Rehoboth Canal to the judge’s reviewing stand at the City Dock, arriving at approximately 4:00 p.m. The grand place winner will receive a cash prize and there will be three ribbon awards.
Other activities, staged in conjunction with the maritime festival, include free boat tours at the City Dock begin at 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. Wilmington’s state-of-the-art Fire Boat returns to Boast the Coast and will be at the dock for the free tours. New Jersey’s Tall Ship, the A J Meerwald has been confirmed and will also be at the City Dock for free boat tours. The Cape Water Taxi will be taking passengers down the canal from Noon to 2 p.m. on a first-come, first-served basis. The popular Seafood Tasting at 1812 Park, featuring specialties priced individually, prepared by chamber-member restaurants Irish Eyes and Jerry’s Seafood, will begin at lunch time. 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 on Front Street, will be open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. for tours featuring their extensive collection, reflecting Lewes’ maritime history. The Lightship Overfalls, berthed in the Canalfront Park on Front Street and designated a National Historic Landmark, will be open for tours from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission to both the museum and the ship will be free on Saturday only as part of the Boast the Coast celebration.
It does not cost anything for boat owners to enter the parade and all registered boat entries will be eligible for the cash prize and ribbons. 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. ALL REGISTRATIONS MUST BE RECEIVED BY NOON, OCTOBER 3rd.