Schedule of Events

Friday September 25 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 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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Bob and Jean Couffer home

The Elgin Club subdivision dates from 1874 when a group of men from Elgin, Illinois, who enjoyed fishing, bought 1200 feet of lake frontage for a fishing camp. They erected relatively primitive houses so they would have a place where they could get out of the rain and bad weather as well as sleep overnight. They also built a club house or common area where they could gather to socialize and hold Sunday religious services. Over the years, the land was subdivided into 50-foot lots and more permanent homes were built. Today it is considered one of the preferred places to live.

The home you will be visiting was built in 1892. It was purchased by Bob Couffer’s great grandfather in 1924. The architecture is Victorian style. The home was not heated or air conditioned when it was built and was strictly a summer home. It was converted into a year-round home in 1980, while still retaining its original charm.

It is also worthwhile to walk a short distance east or west along the shore path and see more of the homes in this unique subdivision.

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Mike and Kay O’Malley home

HAZELDORE, as the home is known, dates from the 1880’s and is one of the very few summer homes remaining in its original configuration. Designed and build by an architect named Spencer, the home is composed of three separate buildings under one roof. The home is known for its beautiful original woodwork, particularly the walnut and tiger maple-inlaid stairway and the patterns worked into the walls and ceiling in the entrance hall and living room on the first floor.

Frederic “Tombstone” Greer, Kay O’Malley’s father, bought the home in 1936. As a boy, Fredric lived for a time in Tombstone, Arizona where his father was a doctor and treated many Native Americans. Kay and her husband, Mike O’Malley, came into possession of the home in 1972.

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Ken and Sue Rodeck home

The Rodeck home, including the exterior façade and landscaping ,was designed and built by Ken and Sue Rodeck in 1999. It incorporates design elements characteristic of Frank Lloyd Wright but adapted to fit the two-story structure of the home and the life style of the Rodeck family. It features high ceilings and extensive woodwork as well as a variety of unique custom features. The Roedecks are members of the Blackhawk Chapter and have exhibited their Streblow at a number of previous boat shows.

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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 25 Reception Cocktails and Dinner

Come join us on Friday evening at the Geneva Lake Museum in downtown Lake Geneva. The bar will open at 5:30 PM serving, beer and wine, and be open through dinner. Dinner will be served at 7:00. The cost for dinner is $60 per person.

Geneva Lake Museum discovers and preserves the rich history that hides throughout Geneva Lake and the surrounding communities. The exhibits within the walls are time capsules that capture every essence of Geneva Lake and its people; people with amazing stories that unravel with every scene and every word led by our knowledgeable guides. These stories wait for people young and old who have the ears eager to listen, the eyes that are ready to be awakened and the open mind waiting to learn.

Step onto the brick pavement and step back in time. Walking along our "Main Street" you can not only peek into historic stores, homes, a school room and other places, but you can actually go into them for a close up look at furniture, clothing, tools, machines, merchandise, photos and other artifacts of daily living. Take this stroll and you will get a real feel for life and lifestyles in the late 19th and early 20th century in the Geneva Lake area.

Saturday September 26

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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

Sunday September 27

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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.