[Posted on Jun 29, 2016 | 239 views]
Music is one of the big attractions at the Gwynn’s Island Festival, and this year’s celebration didn’t disappoint. Here, Earl Dowdy, Steve Norris and Bill Knoop of the Muscadine Riders entertain the crowd. Photo by Charlie Koenig
aturday’s Gwynn’s Island Festival provided an opportunity for residents and visitors alike to learn about Gilbert Klingel. A naturalist, boat-builder, adventurer and author, Klingel started Gwynn’s Island Boat Yard, which is now owned and operated by the Mathews Maritime Foundation. Tom Robinson of Moon, at left, is heading up a project to bring one of Klingel’s boats back to Mathews, a 30-foot steel sailboat now located in St. Augustine, Florida. The boat has been donated to the Mathews community for a historic display and educational purposes. John Bonner of Gwynn, center, whose brother owns a marina directly across from where the boat is being kept in Florida, left this week to get the vessel shipshape in order to bring it back to the county by mid-July. Also pictured is Klingel’s daughter, Marcy Benouameur. Klingel, author of the award-winning book, “The Bay,” died in 1983. Photo by Charlie Koenig
Jake Hicks, 13, of Mathews, helps Laurielynn Holaday, 2, of Henrico blow bubbles at the Gwynn’s Island Festival. Laurielynn is the granddaughter of Tom and Debbie Holaday of Mathews. Photo by Charlie Koenig
The Memory Lane Car Club had a full display of antique, classic and exotic vehicles on display at this year’s Gwynn’s Island Festival. Photo by Charlie Koenig
The popular Mathews Ruritan Club funnel cake booth. Photo by Charlie Koenig
Ann Nichols of the Mathews Volunteer Rescue Squad Auxiliary, center, hands a homemade baked good to a customer. The MVRS Auxiliary Bake Sale is a staple of the Gwynn’s Island Festival. Photo by Charlie Koenig
The group Suite 101 was one of several musical acts performing throughout the day Saturday. Photo by Charlie Koenig
Donald Harrington and Charles Petrauskas of Bay Transit, from left, were on hand Saturday to explain the public transportation system to the public. Photo by Charlie Koenig
Gerald Jones waits on customers at the Mathews Lions Club food booth on Saturday. Photo by Charlie Koenig
This year’s Gwynn’s Island Festival featured a lot of arts and crafts for sale, including these metal sculptures which attracted a lot of attention. Photo by Charlie Koenig
 
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