Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Gen. G. Patton's Schooner Moored at Sodus Bay - NY

Gen. Patton's Schooner - When and If
How exciting is this? A piece of WWII history in our own back yard. I just learned that General George Patton's Schooner - the "When and If" is moored at Katlyn Marina, Sodus Point, NY on Sodus Bay.   The beautiful 63'5" long schooner is currently owned by the owners of Hazlitt Winery on Seneca Lake.  It's here for some much needed repairs.  You can see that the masts are not up as they are in the marina shop being sanded down.  I was told that the main hull is 2" thick teak wood. 



Wheel of the - When and If

A gentleman working on the schooner this afternoon gave me a little bit of the history of this old gal and I was invited aboard to see the quarters below.  He explained to me that George Patton had the schooner built in 1939 in Wiscassett, Maine. He knew that a war was coming and named the schooner the "When and If" because he expected to sail it when and if he returned from the war.  Apparently, legend has it that the General only got to sail it once.  If you look closely you can see the name of the schooner in the center brass part of the wheel on the bottom. It's upside down in this photo. 
A bunk down below the When and If
I was told that the schooner will be at Katlyn Marina in Sodus Point through the end of the summer. I hope to chronicle some of her transformation for you. She's a little musty smelling right now, but I'm sure she will be as beautiful as the day she first sailed. 

You can read more on this facinating history on: http://www.oldsaltblog.com/2010/10/pattons-schooner-when-and-if-to-be-sold/



Tuesday, July 1, 2014

4th of July Celebrations Around Sodus Bay

There will be no shortage of things to do around Great Sodus Bay this July 4th  weekend and throughout the month.

July 3rd - The Sodus Point Fire Department kicks off its Fourth of July Fireworks  as soon as it gets dark.  This is always a spectacular and popular event - get your seats early in the evening. The fireworks can be viewed from all points of Sodus Bay - from the beach, the lighthouse museum, the ball park, or one of the restaurants on Greig Street.  
Summer Concerts and Craft Show at the
Lighthouse Museum


Earlier in the day a Red, White, and Blue Kiddie Parade at 10:00 AM. Children march in costume from the Sodus Point Fire Hall on Bay Street to the Sodus Bay Lighthouse Museum on N. Ontario Street. Refreshments for all who participate.

July 4th - The ever popular Breakfast on the Bluff - 7:00 AM to 11:00 AM overlooking Lake Ontario at the Sodus Bay Lighthouse Museum.  Cost is $8.00 Sponsored by the Sodus and Scottsville Lions Club.
Overlooking Lake Ontario

At 7:00 AM Registration for the Lighthouse 5-K Run Race begins at 9:00 AM. This event draws over 500 runners. Get your Registration Form on the web at www.sodusbaylighthouse.org

8:00 AM - 5:00 PM- Fine Art & Craft Show  on the lawn of the Sodus Bay Lighthouse Museum. Pottery, jewelry, paintings, photos and more.





2:00 - 4:00 PM - FREE Outdoor Concert in the Park at the Sodus Bay Lighthouse Museum.  The Gap Mangione Big Band always kicks off the Summer Concert Series. Audience members should bring their own lawn chairs.  Refreshments are available for sale during the concert.

FREE Admission All Day into the lighthouse museum on July 4th. Visitors can climb the lighthouse tower and see displays of the War of 1812 when the British attacked Sodus Point, learn what life was like back in the 1800's, history of the railroad and why visitors came to Sodus Bay back in the day.

July 27th - Summer Sips and Sounds - Wine and Music Fest - At Long Acre Farms  on 1342 Eddy Rd. Macedon, NY- Noon till 5:00 PM.  Sample 7 Lake Ontario Wineries and one distillery. Music by Big Blue House and the Lester Funk Band. Pulled Pork dinners and all kinds of activities for the kids. 





Pre-Sale Tickets: $15 per person  gets you 15 tastes.

At the door: $15 per person get you 12 tastes. 

Foe more information and tickets: www.lakeontariowinetrail.com