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New Funding fuels Porcupine project

Big Ideas Learning, a subsidiary of Millcreek Township-based Larson Texts Inc., has pledged $100,000 over the next six years to help the Bayfront Maritime Center complete construction of its Porcupine schooner project and to provide maritime-themed math curriculum for onboard programming. Rich Eisenberg, executive director of the Maritime Center, and Larson Texts CEO Matthew Totzke announced the partnership Friday morning during a news conference inside the Maritime Center’s boat room at 40 Holland St., where work on the Porcupine is ongoing. When completed, the Porcupine, a historical representation of a War of 1812 square topsail schooner, will be known as

Thank you to the PNC Foundation!

Jeff Szumigale, Senior Vice President at PNC Financial Services Group, presented a check to BMC Executive Director, Richard Eisenberg.  The PNC Foundation donated $5,000 to support the construction of Erie’s historic 1812 Schooner Porcupine, which will sail as the Schoolship for Presque Isle Bay. Thank you so much!

Porcupine in the News!

Thanks to Marlinspike Magazine for the update on the Schooner Porcupine in their special issue “Sail Boston” Summer 2017! Boatyards_Summer2017

Summer Credit Recovery Program

The Bayfront Summer Credit Recovery Program begins Monday, June 19th. Twenty-seven Erie High School students have registered and hope to complete one or more classes towards their successful graduation.  BMC teachers will assist students and sailing, rowing and paddling will be available for the teens in the afternoons. We are looking forward to a great summer!

Schoolship Update

The below decks carpentry on the 1812 Gunboat Schooner Porcupine is mostly complete with all the fixed bunks, bulkheads, head doors, storage cabinet doors and drawers, sole, and ceilings in. The seven tanks are in place – two for water, two for fuel, and three holding tanks including one for grey-water. The rudder is installed. The two layers of plywood sub-deck are cut to fit and ready for permanent installation. The USCG Marine Safety Center inspectors were here recently with the shipwright and naval architect and they like the project, are pleased with the progress, and are very complimentary about

Safe Boating Course

  The Erie Power Squadron is offering an 8 week ABC3 Safe Boating Course at the Bayfront Maritime Center, 40 Holland Street, Erie, PA. Class meets Mondays from 7 to 9 p.m. March 6, 2017 through April 24, 2017. Registration begins at 6:30 pm on Monday, March 6th. Fee for books, materials, shipping and handling is $50. There is also a fee for piloting supplies, if needed. Instruction is free. Those who pass the course earn a Pennsylvania Boating Safety Certificate and can save money on boat insurance. The course is mandatory for those born after Jan. 1, 1982, who

Ales for Sails Tickets Now Available

  Ales for Sails  Please join us on Friday, February 10, 2017 from 6 to 9 PM for BMC’s Fifth Annual Ales for Sails fundraiser. Tickets are now available through Eventbrite. Click it for ticket  –  Ales for Sails Tickets

Ales for Sails Fundraiser – February 10, 2017, 6 – 9 pm.

SAVE the DATE!!! Cheers to Five Years!!!  Come to our 5th Annual Ales for Sails event featuring local craft beer, delicious food provided by Stephany’s Catering, music by Millennium Sound and more! This event sells out every year, so be sure to order your tickets early. All tickets will be sold in advance and will go on sale the first week of December. Must be 21 years old to attend. We are excited to welcome local breweries Voodoo, Lavery Brewing, Blue Canoe, Erie Brewing, Erie Ale Works, Timber Creek, 5 & 20 Spirits and Brewing, The BrewErie and (new this year) Millcreek Brewing

Tall Ships Festival 2016

It’s been an exciting week on the bayfront!  Eight beautiful tall ships descended upon Erie for the Tall Ships Festival.  Thanks to the Flagship Niagara League, our Bayfront Alternative Education students were able to tour several of the ships. Our rich maritime heritage inspires us all!  

Thank You to our Erie Gives Day Donors!

We received a check today for nearly $5,000 from the 46 donors who so graciously took the time to donate on August 9, 2016. Thank you!!

Project SAIL 2016-2017

BMC’s after school program, Project SAIL, is accepting applications for the 2016-2017 school year.  Teens, ages 15-18, who live in Erie County, are eligible to apply. Fall classes begin on September 12, 2016 and run through November 1, 2016. .  For more information  

Schooner Porcupine Happy Hour – 5 to 7 pm July 14!

Dear Friends and Supporters of the Schooner Porcupine, Join us for food and fun at an open house in the BMC boatshop, Thursday the 14th of July from 5 to 7 pm. See the construction progress on Schooner Porcupine. Learn more about the Schoolship for Presque Isle Bay and the other summer programming underway at BMC.

Summer Programs Begin at BMC

Check out our summer newsletter and get all the latest news from the Bayfront Alternative Education Program, Project SAIL after school program, EASE, Bayfront Summer Credit Recovery Program, Schooner Porcupine and the Cardboard Boat Regatta.


BMC is offering a First Aid – CPR Course specifically designed for boaters! This hands-on and scenario based course earns attendees a 2 year certificate from the American Safety Health Institute.              Space is limited    –     Sign Up Today.

Project SAIL Spring Session Begins April 4th!

Applications are being accepted for the Spring Session of the Project SAIL After School Program. Choose either Monday/Wednesdays or Tuesday/Thursdays; both classes begin at 3:30 pm and end at 5:30 pm. Paid work experience for teens aged 15 – 18 years old. Two Project SAIL students, Gage and Tyler, completed the program and then went on to finish a year long apprenticeship in carpentry at BMC.

Visit our Events Page to learn more about what's coming up at BMC!

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