Stratford, CT – He’s back! After an interlude due to the pandemic, Port Five Navy Veterans return this year on Sunday, May 15 with their annual car show at Boothe Memorial Park & Museum in Stratford, CT. The auto show starts at 9 a.m. and costs $15 per exhibit vehicle. Port Five is now under the command of Jim “JB” Bogos who, along with Deck Officer John Buehler, and many veteran volunteers run the event. Best of all, public admission is FREE!
We all look forward to spring with its longer daylight, milder weather and colorful flowers. It’s great to be out again in a beautiful setting. What better place for activities with family and friends than the Boothe Memorial Park and Museum on its opening weekend.
Opening day honors the birthday of David Beach Boothe, who along with his brother Steven owned the Stratford estate. The East Barn Visitor Center has a wonderful video showcasing the many highlights to see in the park and museums. A timeline of the family’s history in Stratford and their accomplishments is displayed on the interior walls.
There will be tours of the Boothe Farm Museum, set at the turn of the century with many items belonging to the Boothe family still in place. In addition, many unique buildings will also be open, including the Clock Tower, Coachhouse, Americana Museum, Planetarium, Windmill, Tram Station, Chapel, Model Train Museum, and a Workshop. working blacksmith. Local student art exhibits and other activities round out the selections for all ages.
To start the day, DJ Seth Carley will spin some great classics. In the late afternoon, the music will continue with a lively concert by the Stratford Community Band until 4 p.m.
Savor delicious hot foods available for breakfast and lunch provided by Port Five Navy Veterans. The Ladies Auxiliary will be offering culinary delights with a bake sale as well as a basket raffle with great prizes.
At noon, the park’s celebrations begin with a military flag-raising ceremony. Military groups and veterans are encouraged to attend with their families; they are our real heroes today. Join a tribute ceremony with Color Guard with a live rendition of the national anthem by singer Karen Milosky. Honor the veterans in your family by enjoying a fun day together to reminisce and create new memories to cherish.
Feast your eyes on the unique variety of vehicles that display on the park’s South Lawn. Relieve your past through the decades of superb cars in perfect condition. Marvel at exotic super cars and concours d’elegance beauties. Discover a fabulous exhibition of automotive history in cars, trucks, service vehicles and military vehicles. Reminisce about days gone by by viewing interesting nostalgia such as Ford Model T, Model As and Packards.
This year’s auto show will be judged by a team of judges due to the growing size and prestige of the event. For a vehicle to be judged, it must arrive early and remain throughout the event. There are a number of field trophies to honor the winners. There will also be prestigious and commemorative awards; the Richard Iannucci Best in Show, Best Antique, Best Paint, Best Ford, Best Mopar, Best GM and Best Truck trophies.
The first 200 car owners will receive a dashboard plate and a goody bag. All Car Clubs are welcome without a year limit. There is no rain date; the show takes place rain or shine. $15 for show vehicles. The activities of the museum are open from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and the hours of the car show are from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Admission to the park and the car show are free and open to the public. Boothe Park is located at 5744 Main Street Putney in Stratford. Bring the family to the opening day events being held May 15, 2022 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
For more information, an announcement book and trophy sponsors, please visit: https://www.portfiveusa.com/carshow
For more information, please call John Buehler at 203-650-2009. For more photos from previous years’ shows, go to: http://www.ctseaportcarclub.com