Community READ – The Boys in the Boat

It is a true pleasure and great opportunity to partner with the Skidompha Library in Damariscotta on their Community READ 2017 that features the Daniel James Brown book, The Boys in the Boat. This historic non-fiction books focuses on the United States Crew Team that wins the gold medal in the 1936 Olympics.

Skidompha kicked off the READ on June 26 with the free giveaway of 250 copies of the book. Throughout July, there will be all kinds of gatherings, performances and discussions that highlight different aspects of The Boys in the Boat. During the entire month, the Boat Shop will host an Olympic rowing-themed exhibit in our Work Shop featuring an actual medal from the 1936 Olympics, wooden rowing shells, and other crew-related paraphernalia. One of the highlights of the exhibit is a taped interview with Ellie Logan, a 3-time Olympic gold medal-winning rower from Boothbay Harbor. During the week of July 24, the Boat Shop will also host a daily open house, “Blueberries and Boats,” and on the 26th, our founder Rev. Robert Ives will offer a chat on the construction of wooden boats.

We will also be raffling off a Monhegan Skiff during the READ. Tickets can be purchased at Skidompha and the Boat Shop. The last event of the READ to be held at the Boat Shop will be a Tool Sale from 8am-2pm on July 29.

The full schedule of the READ is available here. Many, many thanks to the local businesses who sponsored the READ and made it possible, especially our major sponsors, Reny’s and Colby and Gale. Please take a moment to visit the Community READ page to see all of our sponsors.

And do come see the Olympics Rowing Exhibit at the Boat Shop!