“Boats, Beer, and BBQ” cruises Stony Creek on September 16

“Boats, Beer and BBQ” cruises Stony Creek on Friday, September 16 to benefit programs and projects at the non-profit Stony Creek Museum. Image courtesy of Stony Creek Museum

“Boats, Beer and BBQ” cruises Stony Creek on Friday, September 16, with boats and nautical treasures to view and buy, from 3-5 p.m., followed by a magical dinner party, 6-7:30 p.m. , for ticket holders to enjoy at the waterfront site. Proceeds benefit programs and projects at the non-profit Stony Creek Museum.

The late afternoon and early evening affair will overlook Long Island Sound in a pretty canalside field where Thimble Island Road and Linden Point Road converge in Stony Creek, said Jennifer Walker, board member of administration of the museum.

During the day, “…the canal surrounding the event will be filled with all kinds of craft, some for sale and some for viewing. Captains will be on hand to answer questions and delight enthusiasts with their combined boating knowledge,” Walker said.

Jonathan “Captain Jon” Waters will be among the nautical experts helping to share descriptions of the boats that will be on display and for sale. They include a Phil Bolger pointed sail skiff, a mahogany-trimmed “Whitehall type” fiberglass rowing skiff (which Waters describes as a “true classic head-turner”), an Adirondack guide boat, a ” classic collectible’ a Kelsey skiff; various rowing boats and project boats. Many vintage outboard motors will also be on display and available for sale (various operating conditions). Other elements include a sale of nautical hardware and boat accessories labels (as Waters noted, “…they don’t make them like that anymore!”) and more. A portion of all sales will benefit the Stony Creek Museum and Programs.

The evening’s ticketed event will include an all-you-can-eat barbecue provided by the award-winning team at The Pig Rig Pit in Wallingford. The BBQ menu includes pulled pork, chicken, Cowboy baked beans, smoked macaroni and cheese, a vegetarian option, dessert and complimentary soft drinks. Local breweries offer a fantastic selection of beers and an amazing range of wines, including chardonnay, sauvignon blanc, rose de Provence and “…a light red that goes perfectly with barbecue,” Walker said. . Each BBQ dinner ticket includes a free drink ticket.

Tickets are on sale now at stonycreekmuseum.org; or at the museum, located at 84 Thimble Island Road, and Seaside Home and Gifts, 172 Thimble Island Road. Tickets are available until August 31.

The Stony Creek Museum is open to the public free of charge from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Friday through Sunday. As stated on its website, the museum’s mission is to collect, archive, and exhibit objects that reflect the unique history, culture, and community of Stony Creek and the Thimble Islands.

“Boats are an essential part of our lives here on Long Island Sound,” Walker said. “The Boats, Beer and Barbecue event will take us beyond the doors of our museum to engage with the community in a fun event.”

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