OSWEGO – The H. Lee White Maritime Museum is proud to present the annual “Waterfront Open House” to be held along the west pier in the Historic Maritime District on May 21 from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
The main purpose of this event is to help kickoff National Safe Boating Week and to promote safe activities on Oswego’s waterfront.
The public is invited to visit and learn about boating safety and sailing fundamentals and other on-the-water activities.
This free event will allow attendees to see a Dragon Boat up close, get the feel of sitting in a kayak or small sailing craft and learn more about the Oswego Lighthouse Restoration project.
The museum’s vessels will be open for visitation as well as the main building and Treasure Chest Gift Shop.
A new exhibit featuring “Shipwrecks” will be open for viewing.
The USCG Auxiliary mascot “Coastie” will be available to interact with children and visitors of all ages.
A search and rescue demonstration will be conducted by a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter at 11 a.m. that day.
Also on hand will be a U.S. Coast Guard rescue boat.
Information about water related activities will be available as well as educational materials.
In addition, the USCG Auxiliary will offer free vessel examinations in the public lot near the USCG boat house.
There will be displays for each partner organization as well as demonstration opportunities and information on upcoming water related events.
Members of the Sea Scouts will be on hand to talk about youth opportunities through their program.
“Oswego has the good fortune to be surrounded by water, whether it is a Great Lake, a spectacular harbor or a fish-filled river, which is also part of the greater New York State Canal system. This is a great opportunity to learn and experience all the waterfront has to offer. We call it a putting your toe in the water and see what you might like to do to have fun but didn’t know where to start opportunity.” noted Mercedes Niess, executive director of the Maritime Museum.
This event is a partnership of the Maritime Museum, U.S. Coast Guard, U.S.C.G. Auxiliary, Oswego Expeditions, Oswego Yacht Club, Oswego Dragon Boat Club, Oswego Police and Fire departments and the U.S. Power Squadron.
The museum is open every day from 1-5 p.m. with expanded hours July and August from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
For more information contact 315.342.0480 or visit www.hlwmm.org