Monday, July 26, 2010
LOWELL'S BOAT SHOP, AND A NEWBURYPORT FESTIVAL
She was curious about Panama Or Bust written on the Bronco and, in the end, Elizabeth Hartnell very kindly allowed us to look around and take pictures while she gathered forgotten items for the festival. She gave us a running account of this wonderful place that builds super strong dories and sailing skiffs of sun dried cedar. One boat builder, 10 boats a year. Average cost, $6 to 10 thousand dollars each. Hiram (Simon's grandson) and his workers, highest productive year was 2,029 boats from this spot, each one built by template exactly like the one before it.
We drove on to Newburyport for the festival after Elizabeth got me to drooling over a Greek Food Festival. The activities were spread all over town. One local told me, "This used to be a nothin' place, now its a tourist attraction." He shook his head as though still unbelieving.
Great boats pulled in to enjoy the festival. This restored old wooden yacht among them.
A parade of old antique vehicles, some of which we remembered riding in, made us realize we are antiques too. Hmmm!
A yummy day.