27th Annual Bass Lake Rendezous is coming soon!

photo courtesy of Joel Castro

The Northern CA/Lake Tahoe and Southern California ACBS Chapters want to welcome you to join us at beautiful Bass Lake for the 27th Annual Bass Lake Antique and Classic Wooden Boat Show and Rendezvous. This truly wonderful event has created many special memories throughout the years and is guaranteed to be a very FUN and RELAXING weekend for all. The first in-the-water boat show for 2017 is on May 19th through May 21st, but if you can arrive a couple days early to Bass Lake, plan a side trip to enjoy the beautiful and magical views of Yosemite National Park only 17 miles away. With all the rain and snow that we have been receiving this season, the waterfalls will be amazing to see. What a treat it will be to have Bass Lake full again this year after the harsh drought that we all have had to deal with the last few years.

For the past 27 years the NC/Lake Tahoe & SoCal ACBS Chapters have met each year at Bass Lake to get together with friends & family to support the Bass Lake Lions Club and to see and hear some of the finest Antique & Classic boats on the west coast. With the lake level full last year, we had 33 boats in the show and this year it would be great to have 40 plus boats registered for the event. As a special bonus this year, we will be having a Hot Rod Car Show for all to enjoy over-looking Bass Lake next to the boat docks. Good Times!!!

Your weekend will start off Friday where you can launch your boat at your leisure. Use the boat launch at The Pines Resort Marina or by the dam just past Millers Landing on the other side of the lake. There is N/C to keep your trailer at The Pines Resort trailer parking lot above the Bass Lake Market and a $3.00 fee to park at the launch by the dam. There is a $10.00 in/out fee to launch your boat at the Pines Marina and N/C to launch your boat by the dam. Boat slip fees at The Pines Marina are $35.00 per night and Millers Landing slip fees are $25.00 per night. There is no charge to keep your boat at The Pines Marina Saturday night after the boat show thanks to the generous donation by The Pines Resort and The Pines Marina who are covering our dock fee’s for the boat show and our Sat. overnight boat slip fee’s at The Pines Marina.  So if you are keeping your boat at The Pines Marina Saturday night, only pay for Friday night.

Friday at 6:00 pm is the SoCal ACBS Chapter annual Hot Dog BBQ at Millers Landing.  Arrive by boat or car. This famous BBQ is held at the cabin just above the boat docks at Millers Landing and is a great time to visit with friends and family that everyone looks forward to attending.  Bring a Salad or Desert to share and your favorite beverage and the SoCal Chapter will take care of the rest. Special Thanks to John Maddox, Bob Newcomer and Millers Landing for setting up this great BBQ for everyone to enjoy.

Saturday morning will begin with coffee, juices, doughnuts, pastries and other breakfast treats to start off your day at 7:45. This will be held on the decking next to the boat launch above the docks at The Pines Marina. The 27th Annual Antique & Classic Boat Show will start at 9:00 am and run ‘til 4:30. This is a very relaxed boat show and you may take your boat out on the lake anytime during the show. We love hearing your engines, so fire up your motors throughout the show.  Many Thanks to the Bass Lake Lions Club for providing and setting up all the tables, chairs and tents for us to use during the boat show. Please keep in mind that there is a 5 mph speed limit on the lake from Sunset till 8:00 am.

Around 11:00 am we will have our annual boat parade and fly-by.  Arnie Schweer really does a great job organizing this fun portion of the boat show where all the boat entries parade past the docks so all the spectators can see and hear all these beautiful Antique & Classic boats under way.

After the boat show, we are planning a very relaxing dinner at The Pines Resort overlooking Bass Lake at 6:00 pm. There is nothing better than having a glass of wine or your favorite cocktail and enjoying an amazing sunset overlooking Bass Lake after dinner with friends and family.

Hope you can join us Sunday morning at 9:00 am for the 16th Annual Chuck Kelly Poker Run. Everyone that wants to participate will meet at The Pines dock’s at 8:30 am. Chuck Kelly and Barbara Walker do a wonderful job organizing this fun poker run. Right after the poker run, the Pines Resort will have an amazing brunch ready for us to enjoy at 10:30 am prior to our announcements of awards and prize winners. Tickets for Dinner and Brunch are available on our Chapter website or using your registration sign-up sheet that you can find Western Wood.

We have rooms blocked at The Pines Resort starting at $149.00 for very roomy 2 story chalets with TV’s, kitchen, fireplace and back deck for entertaining guests or hotel rooms. Please make your reservations early and come join us for this very Fun and Relaxing event.  Call  The Pines Resort and ask for Diane at 559-642-2585 ex. 444 to make reservations. Let Diane know you are with ACBS or use NC/Lake Tahoe chapter name for our special room pricing.  There are other suggestions for accomodations below.

Teri and I hope everybody has a Fun and Relaxing weekend at Beautiful Bass Lake.  Enjoy a FUN and safe 2017 boating season.

All the Best,

Robert Gaestel & Teri Parker, Co-chairs, Bass Lake Rendezvous
209-769-0310 or bobbygaestel@hotmail.com

Sign up for the event and book your rooms at The Pines Resort or other properties

The Pines Resort                                                   @ 559-642-2585 ex. 444  ask for Diane

The Pines Marina                                                 @ 559-642-3200

The Forks Resort                                                  @ 559-642-3737

Miller’s Landing                                                    @ 559-642-3633

Yosemite Gateway Best Western                  @559-683-2378

State Camp Ground (on the lake)                 @559-642-3212



April 7, 8 & 9

We are so excited to bring Spring Fling back to my favorite two towns in California, Nevada City and Grass Valley.  It has been eleven years since the Northern California/Lake Tahoe Chapter of ACBS has been to this area and it’s about time everyone returned.  We are very proud of this area.  Home of the largest gold deposits in California, beautiful lakes, clear rivers and tall pines.  This is a pretty nice place!  We have a rich history of gold mining, lumber production and agriculture throughout Nevada County. Two of the most productive mines in all of California are close to town and are popular state parks, Empire Mine and Malakoff Diggins.  The North Star Mine became part of the Empire Mine and was owned by the Bourn family, the same family that built Filoli near Woodside.  A Place Built on Gold Mines, Nevada City, is a town preserved in Victorian history, despite having burned to the ground several times.  They finally rebuilt it using brick and mortar.  Grass Valley, only 3 miles away, is a bit more modern with many buildings rebuilt in the 1920s & 30s on mostly level streets. Both towns are charming.


The weekend begins on Friday with a shop tour of six wood boat and marine engine restorers en route to Spring Fling.  Starting with Northwest Classics in the Newcastle countryside, Dave Lobb and Greg (Rudy) Rudloff will be welcoming guests that wish to visit.  Next stop is Tony Brown’s shop, Western Runabouts in the Ophir/Newcastle hills near Auburn, where he and assistant Jacob Klever would love to show off their current projects.  In Grass Valley there are two shops to visit: Curtis Bauman Restorations, where he and Aaron Gack await your arrival, Eric Thearling works with engines, wiring and all of the amazing details for Riva’s.  Bob Robertson has been restoring boats for several years at his home shop, and lastly, Lew Dobbins will be showing off his shop and collection of rare Americana, both just outside of Nevada City.


When you arrive in Grass Valley, a stop at the Holiday Inn is REQUIRED.  Our spring Fling team of Virginia Gompertz, Annie Hill and Debra Dobbins have an afternoon designed JUST for the gals while the guys are off roaming around boat shops!   From Noon until 2:30 P.M. on Friday, we have a Treasure Hunt, of sorts, planned for all the gals.  Shopping in town, wearing a fun (or funny) hat of your choice, and picking up a special ticket at designated retailers will help familiarize you with town.  At 2:30 everyone convenes at Tofanelli’s for tea, coffee and some delicious munchies.  Here is where you turn in all the tickets you have collected.  Each chosen retailer has donated a door prize that we will be giving away.  What a fun and interesting place Grass Valley is!


After everyone has checked into their hotels and freshened up a bit, we are off to Nevada City for cocktails and dinner.  Owned by two left handed Chef’s, Chris and John, Lefty’s is a favorite local bar and grill.  Newly expanded and renovated, we will have an entire floor and deck with a bar to ourselves overlooking Deer Creek.


Saturday morning, rise and shine!  We are heading out for a country drive and history tour.  The North Star House was built for Mary Hallock Foote and Arthur De Wint Foote, the head mine engineer and manager of the North Star Mine.  The Foote Manor has been rescued and under renovation for a number of years now.  We then meander on down the road for a leisurely tour of the southwest end of Nevada County’s countryside.  Arriving at the Lake Wildwood Community Center we are stopping for a luscious box lunch with a view of the lake.  We intend to have a local winery on site for some wine tasting.  Be sure to bring your fun cars for the drive.


There are a few adventures nearby.  A 20 acre garden called Troll Knoll to visit: http://www.trollknoll.com/ , some wineries to get back to, a famous large covered bridge at Bridgeport, a drive through canyons, across rivers and through forests too see.  You can also head back into town and peruse Nevada City or head to Empire Mine and visit the Bourn Cottage!   http://www.empiremine.org/


Saturday evening we are getting together at the Holiday Inn Ballroom for cocktails and dinner.  Here’s your opportunity to show us what you’ve got! The theme is Denim and Diamonds (they don’t have to be real) and we want you to interpret that anyway you choose!  Be creative!  This is supposed to be fun!  There will be a silent action with some ‘guy stuff’ we have dug up and dragged out for bid as well as other fun items.  And did I mention the ice cream bars?


Time to get up and get over to the ACBS board meeting, also at the Holiday Inn, or forget that and sleep in and go to breakfast.  There are a few places around that have a good breakfast.  You have time to do some of the things that you may not have gotten to on Saturday and have a safe drive home.

Make your room reservation NOW!

Remember that we have blocked rooms at two hotels in Grass Valley.  Mention “ACBS” when booking.  The Holiday Inn Express & Suites Gold Miners Inn – Grass Valley.  530-477-1700 is the local number to call for the booking discount.  DISCOUNTED ROOMS BLOCK IS HELD UNTIL MARCH 6th.  SIGN UP NOW!  Their web site is: https://www.ihg.com/holidayinnexpress/hotels/us/en/grass-valley/gsvca/hoteldetail?cm_mmc=GoogleMaps-_-EX-_-USA-_-GSVCA

The Grass Valley Courtyard Suites is the other hotel where we have blocked rooms. DISCOUNTED ROOMS BLOCK IS HELD UNTIL MARCH 6th.  SIGN UP NOW!This is NOT a part of the Marriott’s chain but locally/family owned, operated and a great place.  530-272-7696.    http://www.gvcourtyardsuites.com/

  Please call Debra Dobbins at 530-263-3229 or email at Losthorsebooks@sbcglobal.net if you have any questions.


Get Ready for Wood & Glory XIX

photo courtesy of Groody River Media

Wood & Glory XIX is right around the corner.  It’s our second boating event of 2017 and it is expected to be as good as or better than all the other 18 years!  This year’s four day weekend starts on June 1st.  A gathering of classic boating activities with families and friends promises lots of fun!  This year the “sprint boat” races will be going on in Lakeport while you’re there and we’ve left lots of free time for you to check it out.


Chris Craft’s Through the Ages at the South Tahoe Wooden Boat Classic

photo of Godfather courtesy of Lew Dobbins

Christopher Columbus Smith is credited for being one of the first to bring pleasure craft to our boating world.  His earliest boats in the late 1800s were actually small Punts and Lap Strake row boats used for duck hunting.  At the turn of the new century, internal combustion engines were making their way into small boats.  Chris Smith was building one-off power boats and in the teens, boats for racing.  This attracted a lot of big names and big money, Garfield A. Wood being one of the more famous names.  There would be several financial partners to come and go with Smith building racing boats and the Smith name was making news with the wins in the racing world.  But Chris knew that racing boats would never pay the bills and thus looked toward building pleasure boats for the common man.


Happy New Year!

2017 is here and President Debra Dobbins announces she’s ready for the new year to begin!  Starting with the annual Board of Directors Planning meeting and ending with the Annual Membership Meeting, Debra and her Board have an exciting year of events in the planning stages.  Watch the website for details on events as the year unfolds.  Our first event will be Spring Fling which will be held in the Grass Valley / Nevada City area of California’s spectacular Gold Country.  Information is available now regarding lodging and sign-up will be available soon.

Start your engines!  It’s going to be another great ACBS Northern CA / Lake Tahoe Chapter year!!!