And possibly crazy. I just got the email from Northwest Seaport about docent training on the Arthur Foss. So I signed up for the training and volunteered to be a host on the AF on weekends and help out with a work party or two. Wheee!
If you're interested here is the information:
The next Tugboat Night is April 19th from 7pm to 9pm on the ARTHUR FOSS. Last time, we ran the main Washington Iron Works engine and the auxiliary generators. This time, we plan to turn even more things on, see more of the boat, and eat more snacks (and remember to make coffee!). The cost is $20 per person, payable in advance or at the door. Remember to wear your dirty clothes, as we'll be oiling and wiping. Lots of people who attended last time are coming back with their friends, so make sure you aren't left out!
APRIL WORK PARTY
To get the ARTHUR ready for Tugboat Night, we're having a Work Party from 10am to 5pm on April 19. Our main focus will be cleaning, painting, and more cleaning (which never ends on a boat), but depending on how many people we have we might get to some other projects on the ARTHUR or on the Lightship No. 83. Work Parties are free to all and we provide lunch to participants. The full Work Party schedule is posted on our website under "Volunteer Opportunities."
LAKE UNION PARK OPENING
Seattle's newest park and the only one showcasing our maritime heritage officially opens on April 30th. Northwest Seaport, the Center for Wooden Boats, the City of Seattle, and lots of other folks are participating in the opening. We'll be blowing the horn and keeping the ARTHUR open to visitors, and maybe even running the engine. Lake Union Park is at the southern end of Seattle's Lake Union, and is where the ARTHUR has been docked for more than five years. More information is at the Seattle Parks website.
We're looking for folks to become docents for the ARTHUR FOSS, to guide tours and give detailed answers to visitor questions like “why are there two steering wheels” and “what do tugboats do, anyway?”
We’ll teach you everything you need to know in a four-session training course that runs on Saturdays. In return, we ask for a six-month commitment to lead at least one tour per month during the busy Summer season at the Historic Ships Wharf.
The next training course starts Saturday, May 3rd and runs from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. for four sessions. We’ll use lectures, tours, discussions, written materials, and demonstrations to prepare you for leading tours, and provide lunch to all participants.
BOAT HOSTS NEEDED!
Don't have time to be a docent? We still need you! This summer, we need your help to keep the ARTHUR FOSS open to visitors every weekend. Boat Hosts will be stationed in the galley or the upper deck to direct visitors through the tug and answer those fundamental questions like "how do you get to the bridge?" and "is this a real boat?" We're scheduling folks in two-hour shifts (starting on even hours) between 10am and 6pm Saturdays and Sundays starting April 26. We also need people for the opening ceremony on April 30 (which is a Wednesday). Sign up for as many slots as you like, alone or with a friend.