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Hobby Steamboating Meets & Events
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Friday, July 8, 2011
Event Title: Siltcoos Lake Mini Meet
Friday, July 8, 2011
An annual meet now several years old. Lots of steaming territory within smell of the Pacific Ocean but with fresh water to cruise on. Four days of steaming, socializing (telling lies) and general relaxing. Located midway between the "hot" steamboating centers of Puget Sound and San Francisco Bya on the US West Coast you'll find boats from Bellingham, WA to Livermore, CA there.
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Site of the meet is Westlake Resort, 4785 Laurel Street, Westlake, OR 97493-9615, 541-997-3722 - no website, just south of Florence Oregon. Due to high demand during the summer months, the Westlake Resort will hold cabins and RV spaces for use from the time they start taking reservations on January 15, 2011 until February 15, 2011 so make your plans now.
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Contact:
Bruce Jahn
925-455-9409
bruce@daysver.com

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Event Title: Mid-Michigan Steamboat Meet
Where: Charlton Park, Hastings, Michigan
Friday, July 8, 2011
THE MEET: The 2011 Mid-Michigan Steamboat Meet will be held in conjunction with the 40th Annual Antique Gas & Steam Engine Show at Historic Charlton Park in SW Michigan. Steamboaters and exhibitors may camp free of charge on the Park's grounds during the Meet. The "official" Antique Gas & Steam Show runs Friday and Saturday this year which will be open to the public, however, steamboaters may arrive on Wednesday or earlier for those who want to do some early steamboating, or to simply kick back and relax. We hope to see you at the 2011 Mid-Michigan Steamboat Meet!

DOCKAGE RSVP: Please RSVP your dock reservations before 15 May 2011 to help us plan for your visit to Michigan.
THE VENUE: Charlton Park adjoins both the Thornapple Lake and the Thornapple River, and this venue offers an idealic setting with several miles of protected lake and river water which is perfectly suited for steamboating. Historic Charlton Park, Museum, Village, and Recreation Area encompasses three hundred acres including; a concrete boat ramp with dock,
picnic shelters, swimming beach, a museum, schoolhouse, hardware, timber cabin, township hall, church, carpenter/cooper shop, general store, blacksmith shop, barber shop, inn, carriage house, bank, several houses, the Gas & Steam Club barn, steam-powered sawmill, a new Exhibition Hall, and a circa 1700 Anishinabe Indian Village site.

The Park is also home to the Charlton Park Gas and Steam Engine Club, whose members organize the Annual Antique Gas & Steam Engine Show and maintain, as well as operate, the antique equipment including the permanent 1895 Corley steam-powered sawmill and the Park's rare 1884 Westinghouse traction engine. The Westinghouse engine is used to power various exhibits in the Park and leads the antique tractor parade - each day of the Show.

During the two-day Show, antique tractors, traction engines, and various conveyances can be seen traveling around the Park grounds as well as being put to work for tasks that they were designed for. Daily scheduled events typically include; operating of the saw mill, shingle mill, threshing wheat,tractor pulls, tractor parades, heavy horse team pulls, steamboat demonstrations, and nightly sparks shows. At the conclusion of "official show", Saturday evening there will be the annual potluck for exhibitors, a spark show, and often live entertainment.

CONTACT INFORMATION:
Dennis Faist
7727 100th Street,SE
Caledonia, MI 49316
dfaist@chartermi.net
C 616.340.4380 |H 616.891.1196


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Where: Flensburg, Germany
Friday, July 8, 2011
This event alternates years with the Dordt in Stoom event in Dordrecht, Holland. Both claim to be the largest steam event in Europe (probably in the world) with thousands in attendance. But if you want to see steam boats, trains, traction engines, cars... this is the place to be. Most of the hobby steamboating organizations in Europe are represented by at least one boat. Quite a few steam hobbyists from the US travel to this event.

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