Southeast Seaboard News

By admin ~ October 4th, 2011. Filed under: Southeast Report.

Enjoy nautical splendor, new museums and Riverfest.

By Suzi DuRant

Wooden boats star in Georgetown,
South Carolina

Imagine wooden boats lining the streets… filling the harbor… and under construction, all in one location! No, you aren’t dreaming. If it’s the third Saturday in October it can only be the Georgetown Wooden Boat Show and Boat Building Challenge. The throngs of wood boat fans nearly doubles the population of this small South Carolina town situated on the banks of the Sampit River, as the people come to admire over 100 boats ranging from kayaks to a 52-foot Sparkman & Stephens yawl. This year’s 22nd annual show takes place October 15th.
The Boat Building Challenge is a major focal point in the day’s activities wherein two-person teams compete to build a wooden rowing skiff in just four hours. A 14-foot Carolina Bateau model designed by “B” Coleman and Seaco Yachts of Lexington, Kentucky was introduced last year and will be the build of choice again this year. Coleman also designed all the previous skiffs used in the challenge. The competition is fierce as spectators crowd around the builders, openly critiquing the work. Way too much friendly advice is offered by those onlookers, much to the disdain of those doing the building but it’s all part of the fun.
This year’s show marks a significant step in achieving the organizers’ goal of creating a museum to honor the maritime history and culture of South Carolina’s second largest port. The Georgetown Harbor Historical Association has purchased the 5,000 square foot first floor of the “New Store” between Front Street and the Harborwalk as a permanent location for the museum. The grand opening will also be October 15th.


Rolling on the River in
Wilmington, North Carolina

Help students and have fun along the Cape Fear River during Wilmington, North Carolina’s annual Riverfest, held October 7-9. Activities take place from the foot of Market Street all the way along the waterfront to the Cape Fear Community College with some 200 craft and food vendors present.
Entertainment includes skateboard and wakeboard competitions, a musical Battle of the Bands on the River, street dances, the Great Waiters Wine Race and more.
The Invasion of the Pirates begins on Friday evening when the pirate ship arrives, followed by the Pirates Ball. Kids can participate in a pirate costume contest and treasure hunt on Saturday.
Riverfest began in 1979 to draw people back into downtown Wilmington. The result is that almost a quarter of a million visitors stroll the River Walk and Riverfront Park to enjoy shops, galleries, restaurants and river cruises. The festival also raises funds to donate to Cape Fear Community College’s Marine Sciences Division which awards scholarships to students interested in developing river preservation methods to benefit the Cape Fear River.

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