After cancelling its opening day events last year, and remaining closed throughout 2020, the Wisconsin Canoe Heritage Museum (WCHM) in Spooner, Wisconsin, is now making plans for opening the 2021 summer season with its 11th annual Canoe & Wooden Boat Show, to be held in conjunction with Wisconsin Canoe Heritage Day from 10 am to 4 pm on May 29, 2021. This one day free event will also include a museum open house, the unveiling of new displays, ongoing activities in the canoe workshop, and live music and food and beverage in the beer garden.
“We may have to re-design some of the components of the event,” says WCHM Executive Director Jed Malischke, “but since the event is primarily an outdoor event anyway we believe we can produce it safely for everyone.” The outdoor beer garden will once again feature live music on the “back porch” stage from 11 am to 4 pm. Brave Cowboy, featuring Jason Rabuck on harmonica and guitar and Eric Schubring on banjo and guitar, is a museum favorite and are returning after being cancelled last year. They provide an inspiring and vibrant blend of folk, rock, blues, and originals. And Les Fils du Voyageur will bring 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.
One thing that will not change is the opportunity for exhibitors to display their treasurers. Now is the time to make plans to be an exhibitor and display your canoe, wooden boat, or other canoe related items of interest. Wooden boats of all shapes, sizes, and designs are welcome, both classic and modern, as well as all kinds of classic and vintage water and paddling related items. Whether you have items to sell, or you just have something to show off, there will be many interested folks attending this free event. Exhibitors can include individuals, commercial entities, non-profits, authors, government agencies, educators, crafters, and businesses whose products or services are relevant to boaters and wooden boats and canoes. Booth space is free, and reserving a space is easy. You can find a link to an online registration form at www.WisconsinCanoeHeritageMuseum.org. You can also request one by emailing to firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 715-635-2479. Wisconsin Canoe Heritage Day is produced by the WCHM each year on the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend.