Shows and Events


This roundup of upcoming shows and events includes news from the 10th Drystack Conference, the Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors Show and “Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing!”

The International Marina Institute, a subsidiary of the Association of Marina Industries, posted an overall schedule-at-a-glance for the 10th Drystack Conference to its website.

The 2013 conference is scheduled for Oct. 27-28 at the B Ocean hotel in Fort Lauderdale. The event features nearly a dozen seminars and table-top exhibits from industry suppliers and a number of networking opportunities. It will begin at 1 p.m. on Oct. 27 and conclude at 5 p.m. on Oct. 28.

The seminars will focus primarily on the business of drystack storage, current trends, new technologies and recent and upcoming projects. For certified marina managers, the conference will offer 10 contact hours toward recertification.

“Our popular Drystack Conference provides industry professionals insight into the business of working with drystack technology,” AMI Chairman Gary Groenewold said in a statement. “Plus, it affords our members and potential members the opportunity to get together and reconnect with suppliers and each other in an intimate setting.”

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The 11th annual Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors Show will be held Aug. 9-11 on the waterfront in Rockland.

The show is a “live” version of Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors magazine and features the work of hundreds of talented artisans and entrepreneurs.

Show hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Aug. 9, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Aug. 10 and Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Aug. 11.

The only in-the-water event of its kind in the state, the show has some of the finest examples of Maine-built boats, ranging from rowing craft to sailboats and poweryachts, as well as marine supplies, fine furnishings and home wares, art and jewelry and sustainable energy products. For the home, there will be displays of investment-quality handcrafted furniture, ranging from period-inspired cabinetry to contemporary pieces.

The show also will present an eclectic mix of live music, local food and fun events, including the crowd-pleasing World Championship Boatyard Dog Trials (Aug. 11 at 10:30 a.m.) emceed this year by Alan Sprague and Mike Joyce of WERU’s “Boat Talk.”

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The "Ladies, Let's Go Fishing!" Keys University will be held on the weekend of Nov. 15-17 at BPOE Elks in Tavernier, Fla.

For this event, held in conjunction with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, women will travel from several states for educational and hands-on fishing activities, habitat conservation and to meet other female anglers.

The event provides an opportunity for women to use newly acquired techniques to fish inshore or offshore on their choice of a group boat, flats boat or sportfishing boat. Bonus Fishing Days are also offered for participants on Nov. 15 and 18. Teens 16 and older are welcome, when accompanied by an adult woman.

Registration is $118 for the first 10 to register and $145 thereafter. It includes instruction, the use of equipment, hands-on training, a networking reception and fundraisers, lunch and goody bags. Fishing adventure fees for Nov. 17 and the Bonus Fishing Days are additional.

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