(WENY) -- In a little under three weeks, the Finger Lakes Boating Museum is celebrating a major milestone for one of their flagship tour boats, known as the Pat II. It will be a celebration that is a century in the making.  

The tour boat is turning 100 years old on Saturday, May 18th. Friends from across the region are being invited to Depot Park in Hammondsport, where the boat is docked. 

The event is free and open to the public. People will be able to see a display of vintage boats, play games, listen to live music, and have an opportunity to purchase food, wine, and beer tastings from vendors. There will also be a champagne toast. 

Nicole Katsur, the Program Coordinator for the Finger Lakes Boating Museum, said it is important to celebrate this boat’s birthday because it is a story about bringing people together on the water. 

“How many times are you going to see a boat...reach a century on the water,” Katsur said. “It’s really something amazing and it has always been a story about a boat. But it’s more so a story about people...always.” 

Katsur said people continue to volunteer and help keep Pat II on the water to this day and it is something that people have committed to doing for decades. She added that the boat has gone through several rounds of renovations, has been turned into an electric boat with solar panels, and continues to be a labor of love for boat-lovers.  

The dock for the event will be located at Depot Park, 7 Water Street, Hammondsport, NY 14840.