The Wisconsin Canoe Heritage Museum (WCHM) in Spooner celebrates Wisconsin Canoe Heritage Day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 25, marking the opening of the museum for the season.
The event will include museum tours and an open house in the exhibit hall, ongoing activities and demonstrations in the canoe workshop, live music and food and beverage in the beer garden, a silent auction and canoe raffle and the annual WCHM Canoe & Wooden Boat Show in the street in front of the former grain elevator turned museum.
The 11th annual boat show will feature an exhibit of antique canoes, boats and canoe related materials, with collectors, builders and canoeing enthusiasts bringing their gems to display, trade, sell or simply talk about.
Outdoors there will be live music on the “back porch” stage from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Returning from last year is Brave Cowboy, featuring Jason Rabuck on harmonica and guitar and Eric Schubring on banjo and guitar, providing a vibrant blend of folk, rock, blues and originals. They will be joined by Tom Draughon from Ashland, a fine performer of traditional Appalachian music.
Also performing is Les Fils du Voyageur, bringing the fur trade era to life through songs of the voyageurs. Performed a capella in three part harmony, and portrayed in authentic period costume, Les Fils du Voyageur present an extensive collection of paddling, working and playing songs that paint an exciting historical overview of the life and times of a voyageur.
This year’s silent auction will grow again with several boats on the block, including a CLC Jimmy Skiff with a sail rigging kit included, a 1942 Old Town Guide restoration project, an aluminum Grumman canoe complete with original sailing rig, an antique wood frame canvas duck boat, 16-foot Trailblazer Explorer Canoe built in the 1960s from a plan published in Boy’s Life Magazine, and a 14-foot cedar canvas solo canoe built in the WCHM in 2015 on a Jerry Karbon form.
Wisconsin Canoe Heritage Day is a free event in Spooner produced by the WCHM each year on the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend. For more information, visit www.WisconsinCanoeHeritageMuseum.org.