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Friday, June 23, 2006

Volunteers Needed for Wooden Boat Festival

Northwest Seaport has sent out a call for volunteers to staff the 30th Annual Wooden Boat Festival at South Lake Union Park July 1-4. The not-for-profit, owner of the schooner Wawona, lightship Swiftsure, tug Arthur Foss, and the salmon troller Twilight, needs help preparing for the festival, running the gift shop, docent tours, and more. Volunteers will enjoy a potluck after the festival closes at 6 p.m. July 4, with a front-row seat for the Lake Union fireworks display. For more information, contact Alice Winship, walice1@qwest.net, 206-448-0707.

Seafaring Heritage Partnership in Seattle (SHIPS) will have a booth at the festival promoting its activities, including Seafaring Summer Day Camp, Seafaring Family Fun Days, and generally letting people know about the broad range of maritime heritage activities at South Lake Union Park.

The Association of King County Historical Organizations will have a booth at the festival, which will include a petition to save the schooner Wawona from the city's threat to "demolish and dispose" of the vessel. (I am vice president of the AKCHO board.)

Also at the festival, the Sailing Heritage Society will donate day trips by the schooner Mallory Todd.

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