As many of you know, the Southern New England Chapter has had raffles and a ship’s store for many years now. The raffles (Friday during the cookout) and all day Saturday (which is open to the general public) are fun things to do and help contribute money do the chapter. All items for the silent auction, which was held on Saturday, and the other two raffles are donated by area merchants as well as chapter members.
This year was no exception with many shops in Essex and the surrounding area providing us with gift certificates or gift cards.The list was impressive and certainly everything was well received by our show visitors. Saturday’s raffle tickets sold at a fast pace and it was interesting to watch how people put their tickets in the bags – some spread them out amongst the 26 raffle items and some just put all their tickets in one bag! It was great to see a child’s face when he or she won – they were so excited!
Saturday’s silent auction featured a Limited Edition Print by the artist Darrell Bush (he does the covers for Cabela’s), entitled Legends at Bay, an Artist Proof by California Artist Paul Bailey (who did the Chris-Craft “pin-up” girl tee shirts that we had for sale, of a Chris-Craft and GarWood racing, a model of a Chris-Craft Barrel Back, a beautiful half hull of Baby Bootlegger and a whimsical lab robe/child’s quilt entitled “Preppy the Whale”.
Our Ship’s Store had a selection of “Chris-Craft Pin-Up Girls” tee shirts done by California artist Paul Bailey. The girls were wearing swim suits from the 1940’s-50’s era! They were very well received and we only have a couple left – which is great! Paul has agreed to do a “hunk” on a tee shirt for next year’s show – so girls – get ready! Our hats and visors sold well as did our other tee shirts, books, pendants and note cards.
Rob and Kim gave out “extras” of our various posters as well as helping visitors complete the “People’s Choice” forms and direct them to the boats on the docks, the model makers under the tent, ship’s store as well as the vintage cars and boat building up on the Lay House lawn.
I thank everyone who helped with the raffles and ship’s store for the outstanding job that was done. The coordination to make sure everything goes off well is a large task and couldn’t be done without the help of our volunteers. My sincere thanks as well to the merchants in Essex and the surrounding area as well as our chapter members for contributing year after year to our raffles. –Bette Heinzman, Chapter Secretary and Raffle Chairperson
Special Thanks to Bette Heinzman for putting together this article for our website. Here’s to another great boat Mahogany Memories!