Posted by: nwseaport | November 12, 2009

Maritime Family Festival

It rained and it poured this past Saturday at Lake Union Park, but the Maritime Family Festival & Treasures Sale gave visitors plenty of options to enjoy themselves inside and outside. Hosted by the Discovery Modelers Education Center, the event featured live music, kids’ crafts and activities, self-guided tours of historic ships, and ways to discover Lake Union – as well as book sales, CD sales, and the Treasure Sale itself.

On the Historic Ships Wharf, though, the day started cold and rainy:

The tugboat ARTHUR FOSS, tugboat SKILLFUL, and Lightship #83

Luckily, the National Historic Landmark vessels are built for all kinds of Northwest weather. Those hearty souls who did come outside in the rain could step into our own tugboat Arthur Foss‘s warm galley, into the steamer Virginia V‘s spacious gallery, or into the schooner Adventuress‘ cozy pilothouse:

Schooner Adventuress' pilothouse

Meanwhile, inside the Former Naval Reserve, adults studied ship models, browsed tables and tables of used books, and learned about activities at Lake Union Park and beyond, kids made toy boats and colorful streamers. Local maritime musicians also provided live music throughout the day, adding to the relaxed, festive feeling in the armory.

Maritime Musicians at Lake Union Park

As the day wore on and the rain petered out, visitors finally came outdoors to the Historic Ships Wharf to tour the Sea Scout boat Propeller, the schooner Mallory Todd, and the Adventuress, Virginia V, and our own Arthur Foss. We kept the Arthur open (and the coffee pot on!) all day, and had 136 visitors all told, from toddlers to a gentleman of distinguished years who fondly remembered the old Alaskan fishing boats of Arthur‘s era.

In typical November fashion, the sun came out at the end of the day – just in time to light up the Virginia V:

Historic steamer Virginia V at Lake Union Park

In addition to the Discovery Modelers, the Maritime Family Festival & Treasures Sale featured activities from the Virginia V Foundation, the Sea Scouts, Sound Experience, the Center for Wooden Boats, the Seattle Flying Dragon Boat Club, the Sailing Heritage Society, a collection of private vendors, and us, Northwest Seaport.

Missed the festival? Don’t worry – there are more events at Lake Union Park this holiday season, on November 28 & 29 and on December 13. Stay tuned for more details!

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