Lakeside Wooden Boat Society
The Lakeside Wooden Boat Society (LWBS) was established in 2005. The mission of LWBS was inspired by the role of wooden boats in Lakeside Chautauqua’s history, the art and beauty of wooden boat construction and the passion of Lakeside Chautauqua wooden boat owners. Today, the development and health of the lakefront are important parts of their mission.
LWBS Mission Statement
The Mission of the Lakeside Wooden Boat Society is to (1) promote the heritage, love and appreciation of the art and craft of wooden boats; (2) promote the development of the Lakeside Chautauqua waterfront through the Master Planning process; and (3) support ongoing efforts to improve and enhance the health of Lake Erie.
LWBS 2022 Programs & Strategies
- Blessing of the Fleet (June 26, 1-2:30 p.m.) Join us at the lakefront for this free and inspiring program.
- Youth Pond Boat Classes (6 classes each week) Registration and payment is managed through the Rhein Center.
- Wooden Boat Rides on antique/classic wooden boats Amazing Grace and Miss Muffet (check events calendar)
- Annual Wooden Boat Show (July 17, 12-4 p.m. at Dock & Hotel Lakeside lawn)
- Pirate Adventure: (June 19, July 24 and August 14 at 6 p.m., weather permitting) Children ages 7-11. Check events calendar for payment and registration information.
- Supporting the Lake Erie Foundation in its efforts to foster the health of the lake (on-going)
- Engaging with the Lakeside Chautauqua Board of Directors and other Lakeside organizations and individuals to create a path and process to the development of a specific Master Plan for the lakefront. Use of LWBS funds for “seeding” of these efforts has been approved.
Membership & Volunteers
It is easy to become a member of LWBS. All you need to do is complete the form below and choose the level of donation you would like to go with your membership. Your membership donation will go directly into the Restricted Funds of the Lakeside Wooden Boat Society. By being a member, you will be committing to our mission to promote the heritage, love and appreciation of the art and craft of wooden boats, promote the development of the Lakeside Chautauqua waterfront and support ongoing efforts to improve and enhance the health of Lake Erie. As a member, you will be offered opportunities to become an active volunteer and to join in the fellowship of the organization. If you would prefer, you can also download the LWBS Membership Application and submit it through the mail. Welcome aboard.
Lakeside Wooden Boat Show & Plein Air Art Festival
The annual Lakeside Wooden Boat Show & Plein Air Art Festival in July is a unique event that not only showcases the craftsmanship of the wooden boats, but highlights paintings of Lakeside scenes rendered by Plein Air artists. Classic wooden boats are exhibited on the lawn of Hotel Lakeside and the dock, weather permitting. Also on the grounds, Plein Air artists sell artwork in a Wet Paint Sale. The day includes food, fun, art and entertainment. For more information about registering your wooden boat, contact Mame Drackett.
Youth Pond Boat Building Classes
The LWBS offers four different Pond Boat Building Classes under the direction of society volunteers. Using hammers, simple saws and a drill press, children are guided using built jigs and pre-cut parts. Children ages 4-12 may build a puddle boat. Pre-registration can be completed online through the Rhein Center.
Wooden Boat Rides, Cruises & Charters
The LWBS offers a variety of summer boating events, including 30-minute boat rides and hour-long sunset cruises. For more information about booking a wooden boat ride or sunset cruise, check the events calendar or visit the Waterfront Rental Center. All cruises are determined by weather. In the event of inclement weather, cruises will be cancelled if they are not able to be rescheduled.
Private charters are also available to cruise the Lake Erie islands for weddings, anniversaries, birthdays or other special events. Contact the Conference & Event Planning Office at 419-798-4461, ext. 279 or email@example.com to book a private charter. Reservations may be cancelled by calling Conference & Event Planning Office at least 48 hours in advance of the scheduled departure. Cancellations less than 24 hours will be charged.
2022 Program in Partnership with the Lakeside Environmental Stewardship Society
Climate Change & Lake Erie: 4-Part Lakeside Chautauqua Lecture Series
June 15, 22, 29 & July 6 – 1:30-2:30 p.m. + Q&A
Save the dates and plan to attend one or all four sessions of this new lecture series developed by the Lakeside Environmental Stewardship Society (LESS) and LWBS in partnership with Lakeside Chautauqua. This series will feature expert scientists and thought leaders and be presented both with in-person and virtual formats. Each session will include a one-hour thought-provoking and informational lecture followed by Q&A. Programs will be held in Orchestra Hall. Questions? Contact the Lakeside Chautauqua Education Department at firstname.lastname@example.org.