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                                                                                             January 2020 Newsletter


A Note From The President

Welcome Aboard!  You are viewing the first edition of the Big Sky ACBS digital newsletter. Through the herculean efforts of our Vice President Jeff Camp, our club now has a digital communication method to share our love of antique boats.  We invite both members and non-members to view our new website and discover new avenues to enjoy and learn more about this wonderful hobby of ACBS Boating. The website offers viewers hundreds of photos of wood boats, it posts scheduled and non-scheduled events, it even allows members to update their profiles, share boat photos, and much, much more.  Our club's major goal is to promote the enjoyment of these beautiful water craft. So, if you are a member, thanks in advance for participating in the enjoyment of wood and classic boating, and if you are not yet a member, come along and see what fun ACBS boating can be.

Here are the Big Sky Chapter's scheduled events for the summer of 2020. I can't wait, and I hope to see you at these events, as well as, out on the lake. Happy boating!

Bob Moore

June- Tim Salt has fired up WWW for the 9th time. The Whitefish Lake show starts the summer off with a bang. This three day show has become one of the most popular shows in the Northwest and has many entries from all over the country. If you haven't shown your boat here before, do yourself a favor and make this show.
July- Betty and I are hosting a boat-in BBQ at our home on Flathead Lake. Bring your boat, a big appetite and get ready for a good time.

August- Dean Sackett is bringing the Flathead Boat Show back to Marina Cay with a Lakeside twist. Stay tuned. As many of you know Marina Cay is the most protected harbor venue on Flathead Lake and offers the boat owner secure docking. It is a favorite with many of our female club members, in that it is not only a wonderful venue to show your boat, but it coincides with the Big Fork Art Festival.
September- Don't miss this! The ACBS International Boat Show is being held at the Coeur d'Alene resort on Lake Coeur d'Alene. This resort offers in my opinion, the best venue there is for displaying boats. For those who can afford the time, I highly recommend the pre-event portion. I have found that this portion of the show offers great fun and lots of boating.

So, 2020 looks like there is lots of boating to be done and plenty of fun to be had. I'm looking forward to seeing all of you on the lake(s) this summer.


                                                                                                                This Year's Events

 Whitefish Woody Weekend IX

The Big Sky Chapter of the Antique and Classic Boat Society will be presenting Whitefish Woody Weekend IX on the weekend of June 26-28, 2020.  Whitefish Woody Weekend is one of the premier classic boat events, attracting award winning classic wood boats from all across the Pacific Northwest, and one of the signature summer events in Whitefish.  The event, hosted by the Lodge at Whitefish Lake, will feature over 36 classic wood boats from all over the Pacific Northwest and Canada.      
Marking the unofficial beginning of summer, Whitefish Woody Weekend IX will begin on Friday evening June 26th with a cruise/parade around beautiful Whitefish Lake.  Thirty-six classic boats will be on public display at the Lodge at Whitefish Lake from 9AM until 6PM on Saturday, June 27th.  Sunday morning, June 28th will feature a poker run with the wood boats out on the lake followed by a BBQ on the beach at the Lodge for event participants.  
The show is fun for all ages.  The public is encouraged to join the fun on the lake or on the beaches, decks and docks around the lake for the Friday evening cruise; or to enjoy the boats up close and met the owners of these fine representatives of the art and craftsmanship of the past on Saturday at the Lodge at Whitefish Lake Marina.  There will also be hourly drawings for a free classic boat ride throughout the day on Saturday.
All events are free and open to the public.  For more information contact Tim Salt at 406-862-5085 or  

The Whitefish Woody Weekend IX registration from is attached.  The event typically sells out early so get your registration in soon.



2020 Boat Rendezvous at Moore's

Date: July 10th

Time: 4:00 pm until 10:00pm

Place: Bob and Betty Moore's lake home
            30463 DeVoe Lane
            Polson, MT 59860

Purpose: This is just a club get-together to visit with one another and share stories about the hobby of antique boating

Food: The club will provide hamburgers, hot dogs and chicken breasts. We will also provide soft drinks, water and ice cream. If anyone would like to provide additional food items like salads, beans, brownies, etc, they would be most appreciated. Wine, beer and other alcoholic beverages must be provided by attendees.

Docking Accommodations: There are seven docking spaces ...two are covered and the others open. I have two concrete buoys with chains.We have a jet ski for those that anchor using either the concrete anchors or your own. If you anchor, You would drop off your crew at the dock and proceed to anchor where you would be picked up by the jet ski. Hope you can all make it.

Register: By July 1st

Event type: This is member only event. To become a member please click here

Register:Click here to register  


14th Annual Big Sky ACBS Boat Show

WHEN: July 31, 2020 – August 2, 2020 all-day

WHERE: Marina Cay Resort
                180 Vista Ln

Register: Click here

CONTACT:  Dean Sackett  406-857-2225

On the first weekend of August the Big Sky Chapter will hold their 14th Annual Big Sky Antique and Classic Boat Show at The Marina Cay Resort in beautiful Bigfork Montana on Flathead Lake.  Located just 40 miles from Glacier National Park, Flathead Lake is the largest natural fresh water lake west of the Mississippi.

The event kicks off July 31 with the Friday night Welcome Aboard Social hosted by the The Classic Company Boatworks in Somers with live music, cocktails and heavy hors d'oeuvres.  Saturday morning, August 1, the show opens to the public at The Marina Cay Resort Docks. Enjoy a cold refreshment at the Tiki Bar overlooking the docks while visiting with old friends and making new ones. Saturday evening festivities include a cocktail party followed by the show awards banquet for participants and guests. The show continues Sunday morning with boats on display until 12PM when the boats will fire up their engines and gather up in Bigfork Bay for a trip across the lake and a parade up the West Shore. The parade will end up at the Harbor Grille in Lakeside for lunch and refreshments on the lake where the boats will be available for public viewing.

Just a leisurely stroll from Marina Cay, the 42nd Annual Festival of the Arts runs concurrently with the boat show.  A favorite among artists and visitors alike, the well attended Festival fills the main streets of the town with a fine selection of art, crafts, food, music and other entertainment on both Saturday and Sunday. Just 2 miles from the show venue, is the 27 Hole Championship Golf Course at Beautiful Eagle Bend. Situated on the North Shore of Flathead Lake, the course was Rated #1 by Golf Digest for six consecutive years.

So come explore Flathead Lake and enjoy all that northwest Montana has to offer.

Lodging is available at: The Marina Cay Resort - 406-837-5861, Swan River Inn - 406-837-2785, Timbers Motel - 406-676-4373, or you can contact the Bigfork Chamber of Commerce at 406-837-5888.