The Annual Water Carnival Weekend sponsored by the Lake Boon Association will be held from Friday evening, August 25th to Sunday afternoon, August 27th 2017. Most activities are held at the Town Beach/Pine Bluffs Recreation Area off Sudbury Road in Stow. All events are open and free of charge to Stow and Hudson residents. The Association offers these events in appreciation for the many friends who support the organization’s environmental, educational and civic programs during the year.
The Lake Boon Water Carnival is a tradition dating back over 100 years, shortly after Lake Boon became a summer destination for Boston area vacationers. It is old fashioned summer entertainment for all ages, carrying on many events similar to those held at the end of the summer season in the early 1900s.
Water Carnival Weekend Activities include:
Friday Night 8/25, 7:30-11:00 p.m. – Music Boat & Lighting of the Lake
The music boat once again features Groovestone, and will begin in the second basin before dark at 7:30 pm, going around counter-clockwise and then into the first basin about 9:30. It should arrive at the town beach by about 9:45 p.m. Local musician Paul Rogoshewski will be performing at the beach starting at 7 p.m. People are welcome to come by, picnic, listen and wait for the music boat to arrive.
If you follow along on the lake with the music boat please make sure your boat has lights. Stay safe!
Lake residents are encouraged to participate in “lighting of the lake” with small lights or luminaries (but not bright flood lights please) along the shoreline. In case of bad weather the music boat may be postponed to Saturday night. For info, call 978-562-2203 after 6 p.m. for a recorded message.
Saturday 8/26, Water Carnival Beach Day:
Stow Town Beach/Pine Bluffs Recreation Area
9:30 a.m. – Canoe & field races for all ages
12:00 noon – Lunch and entertainment
1:00 p.m. – Beach races and games
Prizes are awarded for many of the races. There will be activities like face painting, balloon toss, pie eating contest, and much more. Bring a picnic or purchase a grilled lunch prepared by the Lake Boon Association. A variety of LBA T-shirts, sweatshirts, beach bags, hats and lake history books will also be available for purchase.
Sunday 8/27, – 10:00 a.m. Historical Lake Tour
Residents are invited to join Don Hawkes aboard a pontoon boat for a slow cruise around the lake, pointing out the famous and infamous highlights of Lake Boon’s past and present. Adults and older children wishing to join the cruise must make a reservation with Don Hawkes at 978-881-4251. The tour will embark from 11 Hale Road.
Sunday 8/27, 2:15 – 4:00 p.m. Annual Decorated Boat Parade
Residents decorate their motor boats, kayaks or canoes with a theme of their choosing and compete for bragging rights and trophies as they tour the lake, sharing their creativity and humor with those on shore. Meet at the first basin buoy. Check back for more information about the parade route.