‘Splice the Main Brace!’ coming Sept 7

“Splice the Main Brace!” skiff parade captains **** Magovern and Howie Gifford, along with Westport Historical Society intern Madeline Anscombe (from left), gather at the Point in preparation for  the society’s celebration of the town’s working waterfront history on Saturday, Sept. 7. Photo by Laura Raposa

“Splice the Main Brace!” skiff parade captains **** Magovern and Howie Gifford, along with Westport Historical Society intern Madeline Anscombe (from left), gather at the Point in preparation for  the society’s celebration of the town’s working waterfront history on Saturday, Sept. 7. Photo by Laura Raposa

The Westport Historical Society will celebrate the town’s working waterfront history on Saturday, Sept. 7, with “Splice the Main  Brace!” a fund-raiser at Lees Wharf and the Paquachuck Inn.

The Captain’s Party will kick off at 6 p.m. on Lees Wharf with sea  chanteys sung by the Spindle Rock River Rats, an open bar and locally sourced galley grub courtesy of Lees Market.

A parade of locally built skiffs will cruise by the wharf during the party. Tours of the shellfish hatchery will be available, and there will be lots of exhibits from the society’s collection to peruse.

Riggers’ Reward gets under way at 7 p.m. In addition to canapés,  desserts and a cash bar, local favorite Blues Train, will entertain under the tent at the Paquachuck Inn.

During the evening, there will be a silent auction of local goods and

services, antiques and artwork. There also will be a live auction with a painting donated by artist Dora Atwater Millikin.

Parking will be available at a lot at 1835 Main Road, as well as  along Main and Drift roads and at the Westport Point United Methodist  Church. The Fall River Trolley will deliver guests to and from the party, and special parking will be reserved near the docks for guests who need extra assistance.

The event is handicapped accessible.

Guests are asked to break out their best captain’s hat, fisherman’s cap or bonnet.

For more information, prices and reservations, call Jenny O’Neill at  508-636-6011. Tickets are also available on the historical society  website at www.wpthistory.net.

“Splice the main brace” was an order issued by a ship’s captain to reward the crew with a drink.

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