Wooden canoe show returning to Paul Smith's College

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One of the many canoes displayed at the previous Wooden Canoe Heritage Association's annual assembly.

PAUL SMITHS, NY (07/09/2014)(readMedia)-- The Wooden Canoe Heritage Association is returning to Paul Smith's College for its 35th annual assembly July 15-20, and this year, one lucky winner will walk away with a modern classic.

The association will show off more than 350 new and vintage canoes. Several will be on sale along with canoe-building supplies, paddles, gear and accessories. Various workshops, programs and on-water events will also be available.

Paul Smith's College will auction off a traditional lapstrake Wee Lassie canoe built and donated by master boatbuilder Geoffrey Burke of Chocorua Boatworks. The funds raised through the auction will support various programs at Paul Smith's College.

Burke recreated the famous Rushton design, valued at $6,500, and donated it to the college as a symbol of friendship between Paul Smith's and the Wooden Canoe Heritage Association, of which he is a member.

"Paul Smith's is the college of the Adirondacks, which is a unique part of the world with a strong boat-building tradition," Burke said. "It's a forward-thinking institution that does wonderful work, and I would like to see it prosper."

To bid on the canoe, visit http://bit.ly/1naYoA2. The winner will be announced at the assembly after the auction ends at 4 p.m. July 19.

For more information on the Wooden Canoe Heritage Association assembly, visit wcha.org.


At Paul Smith's College, it's about the experience. Paul Smith's, which was founded in 1946, is the only bachelor's degree-granting institution of higher education in the Adirondacks. Our programs – in fields including hospitality, culinary arts, forestry, natural resources, entrepreneurship and the sciences – draw on industries and resources available in our own backyard while preparing students for successful careers anywhere. For more information: www.paulsmiths.edu.