Sunday, April 10, 2011

Whiskey Plank Party Celebrates Planking of the Entire Vessel

The Whiskey Plank was hung around 5 p.m. on Saturday afternoon and the party started even before we could get the clamps off. Attending were many of the folks who have helped us with this vessel as well as some the crew and owners scanning back as far as we can remember.

Bruce Silfer and Harold Glad to see the last plank on the vessel

The shipwrights worked furiously yesterday and got the job done!

The steamers were great and the outdoor fire burned late

One of the highlights of the evening - after the whiskey bottle was open and the steamers were in the pot - was when Mike Rutstien pulled the Christmas Tree off the stern post and he and Aaron Snyder set it ablaze as he did on the schooner Fame 8 years ago. It seems like this has become a new tradition at least as long as Mike is around.

Inside the songs were great - Barry O'brien on guitar, Dusty Clampitt on fiddle and mandolin

Jeff Lane, Mr. Cleary, Davis Griffith and Justin Ingersoll

That got the party really going and the musicians pulled out their instruments, the clams - dug by the famous clammer Richie Tofuri - were ready. The party went on til the wee hours and needless to say a good time was had by all! Thank you to all of the amazing shipwrights and friends who have been so great! Thank you Lenny for the great photos

Aaron Snyder and Brian Chapsky (Mike Rutstien is behind Aaron)
Davis Griffith talks to Graham McKay, Justin Ingersoll and Harold

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