2007-03-08 / Island Life

Boat painting party set March 10

Join in on painting fun at the Farley boat painting set for Saturday, March 10.

The public is invited to help the City of Port Aransas Parks and Recreation Department decorate four Farley boat planters belonging to the city.

From 10 a.m. to noon at the Community Park, 700 Clark Pkwy. off Ross Avenue, the planters will be covered with dolphins, birds, shells and fish making up an aquatic theme.

Artist Larry Johnson has donated his talents and will provide the pictures to paint.

All materials will be provided.

"Just come on by and lend a hand. Bring yourself and some sunscreen," said Rachael King, assistant director of Parks and Recreation, who is spearheading the program.

The boats will be placed in the median at the city marina after the painting.

The planters are sold by the Port Aransas Garden Club as a beautification project and a way to bring a spirit of unification to the city. Each buyer decorates the planter to suit his own taste.

The boats are replicas of the Farley boats that were built in Port Aransas in the early and mid-1900s by Farley and Sons Boat Builders. The boats are not proportionally true to size because original boats were much longer for the width.

Pres. Franklin D. Roosevelt and his son Elliot fished in a Farley boat in 1937 out of Port Aransas with guide Barney Farley.

For more information, call the Parks and Recreation Department at 749- 4158.

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