When the time comes to finally duck away from that big yellow bird in the river, there will still be plenty of eye candy to watch at the fourth-annual Buffalo Maritime Festival this weekend.
Like Ed Dominiak’s teensy-tiny Buffalo Mini Boat.
The six-foot fiberglass watercraft seats two people with a 2.2 horsepower motor.
And what it doesn’t have in speed, the mini boat makes up for in charm and nostalgia, said Dominiak, the first vice-president of the Old Boats Buffalo club.
Once manufactured in Buffalo, the boat was a popular prize on the national game-show “Queen for a Day.”
The Buffalo Mini Boat will be just one of dozens of antique boats, fiberglass classics, hydroplanes and others on display at the Maritime Festival, which is presented by Catholic Health.
“We’re focusing on boats built in Buffalo,” Dominiak said.
Boats manufactured by former local companies Schweizer and Custom Craft as well as Town of Tonawanda based Clark Craft kits will all be featured.
Kids will have a chance to build their own wooden boats at the event.
“And, we’ll have seminars on the history of boating in Buffalo,” Dominiak explained.
It’s the second year Old Boats Buffalo will join the Maritime Festival, which is in its fourth year at Canalside.
Live music, refreshments and local food trucks and other vendors will also be included at the festival, which runs through late Sunday afternoon.
The Maritime Festival runs from 5 to 8 p.m., Friday; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.
The weekend weather looks warm. Forecasts call for mostly sunny skies Saturday followed by a 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms Sunday. The high temperature for both days is forecast to be 86 degrees, according to the National Weather Service.
Some of the highlights of the festival include:
• Friday: paddle and pedal boat rentals, 5-7 p.m.; Buffalo Roots Celebration featuring Naach Khushee “Dancing Joy,” 6-10 p.m.; a Canalside Murder Mystery!, 7-8:30 p.m.
• Saturday: a presentation by Pat Mahoney, a Lauer-Manguso & Associates architect, about the Pierce Arrow Museum and Frank Lloyd Wright Filling Station at 10 a.m.; a Paul Redding talk about Buffalo’s waterfront history including the Canal Street district at 11 a.m.; face painting at the Captain’s Corner from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., children’s activities by the Buffalo and Erie County Public Library from 11 to 3 p.m., a Canalside scavenger hunt from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.; a presentation by the Buffalo Maritime Center’s Roger Allen about the “hand-to-hand program” where at-risk students help build a boat; remote control sailboat rentals will be available from noon to 8 p.m.; Steve Rubach of Old Boats Buffalo will offer some helpful tips about restoring antique outboard motors at 1 p.m.; the maritime center’s Brian Trzeciak will talk about building a paddle board from a block of Styrofoam at 2 p.m.; and Tim Herzog from Flying Bison Brewery will do a meet-and-greet from 3 to 5 p.m.
• Sunday: Dominiak will be in the club’s tent all-day Sunday inviting area water enthusiasts to share old family boat photos and their stories; there will be various children’s activities at the Captain’s Corner; paddle and pedal boat rentals from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Old Boats’ Mick Griffin will talk about the history of boat building on the Niagara Frontier at 11 a.m.; Trzeciak will provide a second-chance talk about building paddle boards at noon; remote control sailboat rentals will run from noon until 8 p.m.; there will be a magic show at 12:30 p.m.; a Canalside walking tour at 1 p.m.; a PowerPoint presentation by the maritime center’s John Montague about Buffalo’s steam yacht built for the city’s wealthy residents in the early 20th century at 1 p.m.; more tips on outboard motors from Rubach at 2 p.m. and another magic show at 3:30 p.m.
For a complete list of festival events, visit the Buffalo Maritime Festival website at: https://www.canalsidebuffalo.com/buffalo-maritime-festival/.