Geneva Lakes Boat Show

Schedule of Events


Friday September 26 Estate Tour and Lunch

This year’s cruise and house tour will visit three of the finest estates on Geneva Lake while transportation will be provided aboard three of the more interesting boats on the lake. The homes are: (1) the Weinberg estate, (2) the Eddins estate, and (3) the Hagenah estate. The boats will be SEA LARK, POLARIS, and the steam boat LOUISE. Lunch at the Lake Geneva Country Club is included. Tours will depart from the Abbey Harbor House in Fontana. Tour time is approximately 4:45 minutes.

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David Weinberg: David’s summer cottage is located on the south shore about a mile east of Fontana. David’s family owned Fel-pro Products, a manufacturer of materials for gaskets used throughout industry and particularly by the automotive industry, located in Skokie, IL. It is likely all of our boats have gaskets made from Fel-pro products. David worked for Fel-pro for 35 years and was chairman of the board when the company was sold in 2001. Since that time he has devoted himself to his-life long interest in photography. He has an art gallery at 300 Superior Street in Chicago where he features other artists work as well as his own. He recently purchased the home next door to his summer home on Lake Geneva, tore down the existing house and built a gallery/ exhibition hall for his work as well as others. We will be visiting his home and his art gallery.

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Sam and Christie Eddins: This is a new summer home completed in 2012. It is located on the north shore just east of Pebble Point. Sam is Director of Research for Iron Bridge, an investment management firm located in Oakbrook, IL

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Phil and Susan Hagena: Phil is a grandson of PK Wrigley. He currently lives in Paradise Valley, Arizona during the winter and does commercial and creative film work. His summer home is on a portion of the old Wrigley estate together with two other homes owned by his two brothers, John and Wil. It is a new home finished in 2011 designed by his brother John, an architect, in the turn of the last century Victorian style. There is a lot of history to this portion of the Wrigley Estate.

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The Lake Geneva Country Club: Founded in 1895 by a group of Chicago business men, it is one of the oldest 18-hole golf courses in the Midwest. The course was originally laid out by the golf pro from St. Andrews in Scotland while on a tour of the United States and it is still basically unchanged from his concept. Indeed, many of the bunkers and course features have recognizable characteristics similar to St. Andrews.


Friday September 26 Reception Cocktails and Dinner

The Friday evening reception will be held at Colman Woods, a unique and spectacular facility created by Charles Colman. The building provides a location for his office as well as an environmentally controlled storage facility for his boat and nautical memorabilia collection. While the building is impressive, the 40 acres of surrounding woods in more important. Here Charles has culled out invasive species and cultivated and reintroduced over 140 native species. Don’t miss it, the number of people is limited, it is truly an outstanding facility!

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Saturday September 27

Boats will be on exhibit all day Saturday, beginning at 10:00 am. Be sure you have your boat in the water by then, as we expect a lot of spectators. Local vendors will have items on display, and the Blackhawk Chapter’s tent will once again offer t-shirts, posters and other items. The annual “starting of the engines” and boat parade will commence at 4:00 pm.

Saturday evening’s dinner will be held in the Ball Room at the Abbey Resort. Cash bar will open at 6:00 PM, followed by a dinner at 7:30, cost is $50 per person. This is an event you won’t want to miss, as boat show awards will be presented at Saturday evening’s dinner.

The People’s Choice award will be presented on Sunday at 2:00pm. In an effort to honor the winners of the award categories, and recognize the owners, you must register for the Saturday dinner and be in attendance in order to be qualified to win one of the show awards. Award categories:

  • Blackhawk Chapter Sharpest Arrow
  • ACBS Most Preserved
  • Best Chris Craft
  • Best Century
  • Best Streblow
  • Best Contemporary
  • Most Historic
  • Best Fiberglass
  • Best Outboard
  • Skippers Choice
  • People’s Choice
  • Pre-War
  • Best Utility under 22’
  • Best Utility 22’ & over
  • Best Runabout under 22’
  • Best Runabout 22’ & over
  • Post-War
  • Best Utility under 22’
  • Best Utility 22’ & over
  • Best Runabout under 22’
  • Best Runabout 22’ & over

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Sunday September 28

Sunday, boats will be on exhibit again at 10 am. People’s Choice award and drawing winners announced at Blackhawk tent at 2 pm. Each year we have many spectators who attend the boat show on Sunday afternoon expecting to see the full line-up of boats on display. Therefore, participants are asked to leave their boats in the water (and land displays intact) on Sunday until 3:00 pm when the boat show officially ends.