Lakeside Wooden Boat Show & Plein Air Art Festival

 Sunday, July 19, 2020 
12:00pm-4:00pm  
Hotel Lakeside Lawn & Dock

A collaborative effort blending the craftsmanship of the Lakeside Wooden Boat Show and the artistic expression of the Plein Air Art Festival will create one of Lakeside’s most unique weekends of the summer from July 17-19.

This three-day event begins on Friday, July 17 when more than 40 plein air artists arrive to paint outdoor landscapes through Sunday, July 19.

The term “en plein air” means painting “in the open air.” The artists will be painting scenes throughout the community, and all are invited to watch them paint.

On Sunday, the Lakeside waterfront will transform into an outdoor showroom of classic wooden boats, as cruisers line the lawn of Hotel Lakeside for the 17th Annual Lakeside Wooden Boat Show from 12-4 p.m. Please note: due to the high level of water, most boats will be showcased on land this year.

More than 30 wooden boats, each classified by the year it was made, will be featured.

The boats are categorized as historic (prior to 1918), antique (1919-1942), classic (1943-1975), early contemporary (1976-1984) and late contemporary (past 30 years). The sizes of the wooden boats featured range from 9’ to 57’.

The show is coordinated by the Lakeside Wooden Boat Society. To register a wooden boat, contact Wooden Boat Show Coordinator Mame Drackett at mame@drackett.cc or (239) 776-6205. Registration is free.

Several plein air events will also take place on Sunday. The Plein Air Paintout will be held along the shoreline and in Bettinger Park until 12 p.m.

Paintings that were completed by the plein air artists throughout the weekend will be available for purchase during the Wet Paint Sale, held at 1 p.m. south of the Pavilion. Please note that due to COVID-19, purchases must be made by check or credit card only and masks are required in the sales area.

Wally & The Beavs will provide a wide range of music, including songs by Chicago, Journey, Grand Funk Railroad, Elton John, The Blues Brothers and The Beatles from 12-4 p.m. at the Pavilion East Deck.

For lunch, dine at one of Lakeside’s restaurants or enjoy a variety of grilled options at the Wooden Boat Show Cookout from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. on the lawn of Hotel Lakeside. Lakeside's new caterers, Ward Catering, will provide burgers, grilled chicken sandwiches, hot dogs, ribs, BBQ chicken, mac & cheese, baked beans, watermelon, chips, bottled water, canned pop and Gatorade. Prices range from $1-14. All major credit cards accepted.


Safety Protocols

Below is safety information regarding upcoming events such as the Lakeside Wooden Boat Show, Plein Air Art Festival & Cookout. View our latest COVID-19 update.

Lakeside Wooden Boat Show

  • Masks are required to attend the Wooden Boat Show.
  • About 30 boats will be spread across the Hotel Lakeside lawn and along the lakefront path. The boats will be spread further apart than traditional shows to promote safe social distancing among guests.
  • Boats will not be displayed on the dock due to the high water level and to prevent gatherings.
  • Hand sanitizer stations will be available throughout the show.

Plein Air Art Festival

  • Maintain 6 feet social distancing from all artists
  • Masks are required at the Wet Paint Sale and sales area.
  • Booths will be further apart this year to accommodate social distancing. Only one customer in booths/display area at a time.
  • Artists will perform daily health self-assessments and temperature checks.
  • In the case of inclement weather, the Wet Paint Sale will be cancelled.
  • Hand sanitizer stations will be available throughout the show.

Lakeside Wooden Boat Show Cookout

  • Masks are required while ordering and in line to purchase food. Masks are NOT required while eating or drinking.
  • Ward Catering staff will handle all food and be wearing masks (unless cooking over a hot grill).
  • All major credit cards will be accepted.
  • Social distancing markings will be placed on the sidewalk.
  • Tables and chairs will be at least 6 feet apart with limited chairs at each table.
  • Hand sanitizer stations will be available
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