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     This summer has been such a fantastic one, and the idea that it’s coming to a close is something I, for one, am not ready to accept. It’s been beautiful here in Western New York, and there’s still plenty of time to get out and enjoy our fair city from the water. And I hope you do!
     Speaking of which, Chelsea has some wonderful updates about our education programs to share with you below. The fellas from the Niagara Frontier Antique and Classic Boat Society were generous enough to take our students out on the water on a perfect day in their runabouts. Check out the video below. 
     We’re also looking for some volunteers for our new Green Team as well as our Facilities Committee. And with school starting up again, we’re looking for some volunteer mentors to work with our students. Lastly, the crowds are still coming through the Longshed, so if you have been thinking about becoming a docent, now is a great time to get involved. More on all of this below. 
     Our Fair Winds Gala tickets are now on sale! It’s going to be a fantastic event celebrating our very own John Montague all the while supporting our Buffalo Maritime Center. And tomorrow, you can see John give a talk on the Erie Canal Boat Project at the Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village Canal Day in the Village event! Lastly, check out the info for Buffalo Harbor Museum’s Annual Dinner with guest speaker Jim Kennard who will talk about the Shipwrecks of Lake Ontario!
     And here’s some different news. Some members of our BMC staff and volunteers have decided to enter the 8-person Voyageur Canoe (built at the BMC!) in the Adirondack Canoe Classic, a 90-mile canoe race over the course of three days in September. We have been training for the past couple of months to get ready for this thing, and though we’re all still a bit nervous and thinking that this is kind of impossible, we’re all registered and ready to go. We are representing the BMC as Team Woodchuck, and we will certainly have a story to share with you after the race! Click on the image below to see Team Woodchuck in action.
     Enjoy the rest of the summer, and we’ll see you on the water. Paddling. 90 Miles. Ugh. Wish us luck! 

     Brian Trzeciak
     Executive Director
     Buffalo Maritime Center
     P.S. Be sure to scroll allll the way down for a treat from BMC volunteer Mike Brummett!
Hand-to-Hand Program
     This summer the BMC Hand-to-Hand program invited students to visit us at the Longshed rather than our classroom in Riverside. Students from St. Mary’s School for the Deaf (SMSD) and Lafayette High School spent one day a week on the water and one day a week boatbuilding. Lafayette students worked on their 6-hour canoes and SMSD were tasked with helping Greg on the Erie Canal Boat. One of the most exciting days on the water was an outing generously offered to us by the Niagara Frontier Antique and Classic Boat Society. Thank you to Tom, Larry, Phil, Rick, and Rocky for taking us out on the Niagara River. We had a BLAST! Some of our other on-the-water days were spent sailing. Thank you John and Roger!  
Navigator Program
     The Navigator trailer just finished up its first full year in service! In total we reached about 300 students in the Buffalo community, including students from Delavan Grider Community Center, the African American Cultural Center, Saturday Academy at Lafayette High School, Explore and More, the Buffalo Federation of Neighborhood Centers, and the Juneteenth Festival. 
     To cap off our summer education programs, we are going to have a launch day at Hoyt Lake to celebrate! Join us on August 31st at 10:00AM to see our students launch their canoes. 
     Click on the images below to see a game called concentration. As you can see, the Navigator Program is way more than boatbuilding!
     Tickets are now on sale for the Fair Winds Gala: An Evening on the Waterfront! Please join us as we honor our Founder & President Emeritus, Dr. John Montague.
     The gala will take place on the waterfront at Acqua on Niagara Street. With breathtaking views of the river, the event will feature an open bar, hors d’oeuvres, dinner & dancing while being entertained by Broadway star Robert Creighton.  
     Our silent auction will feature unique items & experiences, and all proceeds will benefit the Buffalo Maritime Center’s educational programming. 
     A sunset champagne toast on the patio will honor Dr. John Montague, whose vision, determination, perseverance, and dedication to preserving maritime culture and craftsmanship has been the fair winds in the sails of BMC. 
     PLEASE NOTE! If you're a BMC member, you should have received an email with your coupon code that will give you your discount on your ticket purchase. If you have not received that email, please contact Brian at
     And if you missed it before, check out Roger's message about John and the Fair Winds Gala below!
BMC Volunteer Betty explaining the Erie Canal Boat Project to the next generation.
The Buffalo Maritime Center is searching for volunteers! 

     We offer several volunteer opportunities at the maritime center that are enjoyable and rewarding. If you are looking to join a team of fun, like-minded, and hard-working people with a wide variety of skill sets... then you're getting involved with the right organization! 
     Here are some of the volunteer opportunities that we are specifically looking for at this time and their responsibilities:

Join the Green Team: 
      - Meet twice a month @ 90 Arthur St. 
      - Garbage cleanups and mowing
      - Weeding fence lines and along building 
      - General care for the building and grounds
      - Freedom to landscape (with approval from BMC staff)

Join the Facilities Team: 
      - Meet once a month @ 90 Arthur St. 
      - Shop clean up including sweeping, machine maintenance, and emptying vacuums 
      - General organization and tool cleanup  
      - Meetings about other work that needs to be done around the shop 

Join the Mentors: 
     - Meet twice a week - schedule depends on programs
     - Work with our staff and other volunteers to teach boatbuilding 
     - Background in education is useful but not necessary! 
     - Interest in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) 
     - Work with students and encourage hands-on, minds-on learning 

Join the Docents: 
     - Schedule depends on your availability - shifts are typically 3 hours
     - Attend monthly meeting to discuss successes, difficulties, and updates at the Longshed 
     - Greet the public at the Longshed @ Canalside and discuss the Erie Canal Boat project 
     - Promote the Buffalo Maritime Center 
     - Care for the space in the Longshed 
Photo of BMC Volunteer Kent in full docent mode taken by BMC Volunteer Deborah Williams.
   The volunteer schedule is flexible and totally dependent on volunteer availability. Our organization would not survive without the help of our dedicated volunteers and friends. Please join our team! 
     Contact Chelsea via email at if interested in volunteering.
     And speaking of talented volunteers . . . click below to hear a wonderful acapella rendition of the "Erie Canal" Song by BMC Volunteer Mike Brummett!
The Buffalo Maritime Center’s mission is to provide everyone the opportunity
to experience the joy of being on the water, to learn maritime history,
and to achieve higher levels of craftsmanship.
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90 Arthur St. 
Buffalo, NY 14207

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