A multi-media exhibition collected and curated about ice-boating in Water Mill.
June 16 to October 9, 2022
Public Reception: Saturday, June 18, 4-7pm
The Water Mill Museum
41 Old Mill Rd., Water Mill, NY
(631) 726-4625
(WATER MILL, NY, MAY 31, 2022) — The Water Mill Museum Ice Boating Exhibition will open this season with a reception on Saturday, June 18 from 4-7pm. A brand new multi-media installation, it tells a visually robust and engaging story all about the rich history of Ice Boating in Water Mill.  Open all season, it aims to share and express the local Water Mill passion for this speed-loving sport. 
Ice boating is a Water Mill tradition that originated in Holland in the early 1600s as a practical means to transport goods during the winter months when the water was frozen solid. Brought to America by the Dutch settlers, these original ice boats were rudimentary in design; basically ice skates attached to the bottom of a wet-water boat.  While the first boats were used for transportation and trade, over time ice boating evolved into a recreational activity.  
In his January 1837 diary entry Daniel Hildreth noted that he and Charles Howell sailed across the frozen Hayground Bay in an ice boat they built themselves, the first ever constructed in Southampton.  By the turn of the century, more local residents took up ice boating and in 1927, the Mecox Bay Ice Yacht Club was formed with five boats. A recreational activity soon turned into a highly competitive sport and over the years the design of the boats evolved and new enthusiasts became involved.  What has never changed is the love of the sport, the long-standing traditions and the camaraderie between families and friends. 
Recent winters have been warm, nixing any chance for ice boating, but now everyone can experience the excitement by seeing this new exhibit. Open hours at www.watermillmuseu.org  and free admission.
Photos by Anthony Lombardo  

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