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Past Events: Thursday Evenings in August

August 24, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Typically the last two Thursday evenings in August, we conduct presentations at Tumblehome in which we take a look at boats and boating, and enjoy a little food and drink together.  Here’s what we’ve done in past years.

Boats and Boating at Adirondack Children’s Camps
Historian Hallie Bond talked about wishing boats, aquacades, and the ways progressive educators used boats at Adirondack children’s camps. We enjoyed nostalgic photos, and on the shop floor, examples of the boats discussed in this entertaining presentation.

A Fay & Bowen’s Place in the 21st Century
Early powerboat builders such as Fay & Bowen understood how to get great performance out of low output and heavy powerplants: easy-running hulls and efficiency at the propeller. Reuben Smith talked about restoring these boats and how their naturally-efficient hull shapes are a lesson for us today as we turn to electric-powered boats.

The Thatcher Collection of Boats and Boating on Lake George
Tony Hall, editor of the Lake George Mirror, and Reuben Smith walked us through a series of photographs from the 1890s from the Jule & Fred Thatcher collection, discussing the social history and context of the photos, as well as the boats captured within those images.

Old Motors and the Boats They Live In
Reuben Smith talked about what it would have been like operating your boat back in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Operating the engine back then required a level of knowledge, interest, attendance, and even fearlessness. We had some examples of old motors on hand, plus lots of old boats.

Auto Boats: Early Powerboats of the 20th Century
Roughly 100 years ago, just as automobiles became fast, reliable, and enjoyable to drive, motor boat design came to follow the same trends. In an updated presentation of what his son Emmett Smith gave two years ago at Tumblehome, Everett Smith discussed the development of these boats in terms of comfort, hull design, and engine, and how the concept morphed into the now-familiar runabouts of the 1920s and 30s.  Several fine examples of historic Auto Boats were in the boatshop, as well as the Boathouse at Tumblehome.

Echo: Biography of a Boat, Presentation by Hallie Bond
This lady has a pedigree. She has known glamorous times, and times when she really had to work for her living. She’s had care lavished on her. She’s had major surgery. Her life almost ended, forgotten and worn out, until rescued by a friend of her childhood. She is Echo, a 1927 Fay and Bowen runabout, who lived her entire life on Raquette Lake. Her story is the story of life for summer folk and year round folk alike amid changing times in the central Adirondacks. Echo was on exhibit in the Boathouse at Tumblehome during the presentation, as she was on loan from the Adirondack Museum.

Memories of “El Lagarto” and Driver-Owner George Reis, featuring Bill Gates and Ted Caldwell

“El Lagarto” Home Movies, courtesy of the family of riding mechanic Anderson “Dick” Bowers

“Canoes Seem Made for Girls” A Century of Women in Boats, Presentation by Hallie Bond
Historian and author Hallie Bond looked at how over the past century women discovered new ways of dressing, new relationships with men and women, and the Adirondack wilderness when they “paddled their own canoes” –and rowed their own guideboats and sailed their own sloops.

The Boats of Stoddard Photographs, Presentation by Reuben Smith
We looked at classic photographs of Seneca Ray Stoddard and other 19th and early 20th century photographers, and the classic wooden boats within those photos, homing in on particular boats and discuss their history on Lake George. Slide show presentation and boat exhibits. Encore presentation is possible – stay tuned for details.



August 24, 2018
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm


Tumblehome Boatshop
684 State Route 28
Warrensburg, NY United States
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