HOWB 133 – Interviews | Dick Wagner, Aislinn Palmer: 38th Lake Union Wooden Boat Festival and it’s History

by admin on June 12, 2014

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Today’s podcast is an interview with Dick Wagner – founder of the Center for Wooden Boats, and Aislinn Palmer – director of the 38th Annual Lake Union Wooden Boat Festival in Seattle, WA on July 4-6, 2014.

I peppered Dick with questions about how and why the very first festival was started in 1976, who attended, how many boats were there, did they intend to make it an annual event, and on and on. It was fascinating to hear why it’s always been July 4th weekend, how the toy boat project started, and concerns about the cost of having enough toilet paper for the festival 😀

After talking with Dick, the conversation turned to Aislinn who grew up around boats in Maine, and has been directing the festival for 3 years. According to Aislinn, this year’s event will be quite different from the prior 2 years as the footprint of the festival will be smaller and more personal, and Seafair will have their venue separately.

Click on the green player button above to listen to the interviews with Dick and Aislinn and learn about 38 years of Festival Life.

Pics to enjoy:

Boats at the 2013 Festival. Photos courtesy of Wooden Boat Dan

Boats at the 2013 Festival. Photos by Wooden Boat Dan

Both small and large boats graced the 2103 festival. Photos courtesy of Wooden Boat Dan

Both small and large boats graced the 2103 festival. Photos by Wooden Boat Dan

A Lake Union Dream Boat at last year's festival. Photos by Wooden Boat Dan

A Lake Union Dream Boat at last year’s festival. Photos by Wooden Boat Dan

 

Thanks for doing the interviews Dick and Aislinn.  I wish you both the best with all your future wooden boat endeavors!

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