Mystic, Conn 2023
The 6th Annual National Woodie Club Meet was held in July in conjunction with the 5th Annual Woodies at the Seaport Meet in Mystic, Conn. at Mystic Seaport Museum. Participants came from 18 states. The meet was hosted by the Yankee Wood Chapter (YWC), and uncounted volunteers. On Friday about 35 woodies rolled across the iconic Mystic drawbridge and through main street Mystic on our way to the seaside village of Noank, Groton Long Point, Avery Point Campus of University of Connecticut, near the mouth of the Thames River. The tour stopped at the Branford House mansion as well as the Submarine Museum and boarded the USS Nautilus, the first nuclear-powered submarine, and the first submarine to go under the North Pole. The return route took us to Stonington Village, and on to Stonington Vineyards for their Friday evening for an enjoyable evening of wine, food and music.
After several days of rain and even some flooding, the skies were blue again, for show day with gentle breezes promised a comfortable day at Mystic Seaport Museum. A formal flag ceremony for the new class of Coast Guard Academy cadets marched by, adjacent to the show field. There was a very good turnout of visitors who came to see the woodies, as well as the antique and classic boats in the water. The NWC and YWC information and merchandise tables were busy all day, including the first issues of new merchandise with the NWC logo. At the end of the show the woodies paraded as a group off the green, by the Charles W. Morgan whaling ship.
That evening the woodie faithful gathered at the Elmridge Golf Course clubhouse for the dinner - we enjoyed an Italian buffet and a cake decorated in honor of our 6th Annual National Meet. the club auctioned two meet banners donated by Jay Butterfield, a painting of “Woodies at the Seaport” created and donated by Tina Lyman, and a beautiful quilt made and donated by Vicki Bauerie. Steve Smith’s winning ticket for the 50/50 raffle was donated to back to the YWC and NWC. Beautiful wooden plaques of the new Club logo were presented to the show winners.
Sunday the remaining cars cruised to the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London and had a drive-through tour of the campus as well as Fort Trumbull on the banks of the Thames River. Back at the Mystic Hilton, the Annual NWC Board meeting got underway and Bill Quick assumed the duties of President and co-chaired the meeting.
With much planning and help from Mother Nature, the 2023 NWC Meet was a great success.