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Your Chance to Win a ‘Wee Lassie’ Kayak

Your Chance to Win a ‘Wee Lassie’ Kayak

MIDDLEBURY, Vermont – St. Stephens Episcopal Church will auction a “Wee Lassie” kayak at the July 7 Peasant Market. The original “Wee Lassie” came from the Canton, NY, work shop of Henry J. Rushton. In his day, he was one of the most well known North American pioneers of wooden canoe building. The legend is that this small boat was designed for a woman 90 years old who was unable to lift her boat and wanted to continue to paddle!

The ‘Wee Lassie” is an open kayak measuring 13-and-a-half feet long and weighing about 28 pounds. She is a true car-topper requiring very little energy to take her to your favorite stream or pond. The paddler uses a double-ended paddle and sits in the bottom of the boat on a cushion. A dog or small child can easily sit all the way forward. Rod, tackle box and lunch tuck neatly behind you within easy reach.

This is the eighth small boat built by the St. Stephen’s Boatwright Crew going back to 2007. Past winners of Wee Lassies report she is stable, tracks well, and is easily driven. She is built of 3/4 inch strips of Alaskan cedar. The two black stripes on each side are Peruvian black walnut. She is finished with four coats of varnish to protect the fiberglass from UV radiation.

The drawing will take place at 1:00 PM on July 7.

Raffle tickets are $10 each and 6 for $50 available online and at the festival.  The drawing will take place at 1:00 PM on July 7. Come enjoy this free family event held on the green in Middlebury, July 7 from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM.  In 2017, St. Stephen’s funded over $15,000 in local charity grants and our Monday Community Lunch Program from proceeds of Peasant Market.  Hope to see you there!

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