We thank The Beacon for featuring Lakeside’s Annual Wooden Boat Show and Plein Air Arts Festival!

The Lakeside Wooden Boat Show was started 19 years ago by Bill and Mame Drackett and a few other members of the Lakeside Wooden Boat Society. The show started casually with three boats, and now the event creates the second most popular weekend at Lakeside.

“It’s a great venue here,” Mame said. “Most shows are in parking lots. We have trees and shade, and you can look at the lake.”

The boat show features a variety of boats, including Chris-Craft, Thompson and Richardson, but the highlight every year is the Lyman.

“They are well-built boats, have a great design, and they are built for the lake,” said Lyman historian Tom Koroknay.

In addition to the boat show, plein air artists painted on the grounds and sold their work, which featured the lake and its people. Many of the artists had been painting at Lakeside all weekend. Rose Lucas Haninger, who owns Painted Rose Gallery and Madame Rosie’s Boutique in Marblehead, was among them. On Friday, she painted tall, burgeoning hollyhocks she found growing near the lake, and on Saturday, she discovered a surprise subject: Paddleboarders.


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