Friday, January 29, 2010

Whaddaya Doing this Weekend?

Are you in or around Boston? Here's something interesting!

Models in the Spotlight:
31sth Annual USS CONSTITUTION Model Shipwright Guild Exhibit
at the USS Constitution Museum

BOSTON— Members of the USS Constitution Model Shipwright Guild will display their finest work in hopes of capturing the spotlight during the 31st annual show at the USS Constitution Museum. Models in the Spotlight opens to the public on Saturday, January 30th and will run through Saturday, March 20th. Admission to the Museum and the exhibit are free with donations welcome. The Museum is open daily from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

A total of 75 different ships created by modelers from across New England will be on display. Ranging from World War II vessels to fishing dories, ships-in-bottles to sailing vessels, these modelers have masterfully captured the richness of our maritime history in miniature. A panel of Guild members will judge qualifying entries, with awards being given to the top honorees.

Volunteers from the USS Constitution Model Shipwright Guild will be on hand so visitors can watch them in action, ask questions, and perhaps receive some tips on modeling techniques! A free Family Guide will be available, encouraging guests of all ages to explore the Museum’s exhibits with a new eye towards models as both an art and a tool. During February school vacation week the Museum will offer drop-in activities for all. Please call 617-426-1812 or log onto for more information and visiting tips.

The USS Constitution Model shipwright Guild encourages the art of constructing model ships and supports research in nautical history through its workshops, educational activities, and exhibits. It is among the largest ship model associations on the East Coast with more than 100 members. The Guild meets on the first Tuesday of every month and encourages those who are interested to attend their meeting at the USS Constitution Museum or to visit the Guild’s website at

The USS Constitution Museum is located in the historic Charlestown Navy Yard, directly across from USS Constitution and on the Freedom Trail. The USS Constitution Museum is a nonprofit, educational institution whose mission is to serve as the memory and educational voice of USS Constitution, by collecting, preserving, and interpreting the stories of “Old Ironsides” and the people associated with her.

* For your convenience, a list of entrants in the model show, including their hometowns, follows so you can identify exhibition participants from your area.

Modelers and Towns ~ 2010

Michael T. Ahern – Arlington, MA

James Bean – Northport, NY

Alex Bellinger – Newburyport, MA

Sean Blair – Saugus, MA

Scott Bower – Whitinsville, MA

Frank Casey – Medford, MA

John Churchill – Woburn, MA

Frank Clements – Nahant, MA

Anthony Colton – Quincy, MA

Ray Crean – Beverly, MA

Mike Davison – Foxboro, MA

Paul Dustin – Reading, MA

Pat Ferrara – Boston, MA

Bernard Fournier – Pembroke, NH

Heil, Michael - Oxford, MA

Karl Hering – Beverly, MA

John Joanou – Belmont, MA

George Kaiser – Winthrop, MA

Henry Keene – Dedham, MA

Jonathan Kinghorn – Lexington, MA

Gaspar Lacolla – Medford, MA

Tom Lauria – Yarmouthport, MA

Mat Leupold – Wayland, MA

Steve Lush – North Andover, MA

Tim Mahoney – Georgetown, MA

Frank Moda, Jr. – North Reading, MA

Edward Parent – S. Hamilton, MA

Paul J. Stankard – Dedham, MA

David Stoll – Hudson, MA

Donald Stone – Randolph, MA

Michael W. Swanson – Rowley, MA

Frederick Swendsen – Brooklyn, NY

Salvatore Ursino – Medford, MA

George J. Willis – Sturbridge, MA

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