The Antique and Classic Wooden Boat Show will be held this weekend at the Bass Lake Marina and Pines Resort.
Cary Winslow, coordinator of the show, says, "The main marques will be there: Chris-Craft, Mercury, Higgins, Century, Gar Wood and Belmont."
Some of the West Coast's foremost restored vessels can be seen at this annual event. Members of the Antique and Classic Boat Society of America participate from the Southern California and Northern California-Lake Tahoe chapters.
Boats start arriving today and will remain at the marina through Sunday morning. Visitors are welcome to walk around the dock to view the boats up close.
Most activities are scheduled for Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. A $5 fee is charged for admission. Children under age 10 get in free.
To classify as antique, boats must have been manufactured during the years between 1880 to 1964. Early fiberglass models are included.
"At this show, the oldest boats we usually see are from the 1920s," Winslow said.
A classic boat enthusiast himself, his 1955 Chris-Craft Cavalier mahogany speedboat is currently unrestored.
Approximately 50 wooden speedboats will participate in the in-water boat show. Spectators can enjoy hearing the roar of the engines and appreciate the beauty of classic watercraft.
Trophies will be presented by the Bass Lake Lions Club for best restoration, best original boat, people's choice and captain's choice.
The Lions Club co-sponsors this event with Bass Lake Boat Rentals. A raffle drawing will be held, with all proceeds being donated to local charities. Visitors are asked to bring old eyeglasses, hearing aids and cell phones for recycling. Two complimentary raffle tickets will be given for each donation.
Bass Lake is located less than 10 miles east of Oakhurst in Madera County. Check the website, www.acbs.org for more information.
Stop and smell roses
Roses are in bloom earlier than usual this year, adorning lawns, gardens and walkways across the region.
In Columbia, some of the most beautiful blooms are found at Rosemary's Roses, a five-acre garden with more than 1,400 varieties. Grandifloras, floribundas, old garden roses, hybrid teas, polyanthas, miniatures and minifloras, classic and modern shrubs are represented in abundance.
"Some old garden roses bloom only once a year, putting on a spectacular display," owner Rosemary Sawyer says.
Throughout the garden, roses are identified by name, type of bloom, color and date of introduction.
Twice annually, Rosemary and her husband, Ron, invite the public for a self-guided tour at their open house. The garden will be open most days through May 24.
The nursery includes hard-to-find roses that are available for purchase. Business hours are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. An entrance fee of $5 is requested. Cameras and picnic lunches are welcome.
Rosemary's Roses is located at 12600 Yankee Hill Road in Columbia. The website provides details and directions; visit www.rosemarysroses.com.
The spring tour is usually held in June, so some days are not set for tours this month. Because of the scheduling change, please call (209) 536-9415 before planning your trip.
Debbie Croft writes about life in the foothill communities. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.