Thursday, June 9th | 6:00 PM

Canalside - Honda Tent Next to the Main Canal

Speakers: John Montague, BMC Founder, and Roger Allen, BMC Master Boatbuilder

To kick off Buffalo Maritime Center’s Summer Speaker Series on Thursday, June 9th at 6PM, join the BMC’s Founder, John Montague, and BMC’s Master Boatbuilder, Roger Allen, as they explain the history and the significance of the Erie Canal Boat Seneca Chief. You’ll also hear about the progress as well as plans for the future of this historic flagship that opened the Erie Canal in 1825.

The BMC Speaker Series will take place on Thursdays at the Honda Tent at Canalside (next to the Main Canal across from Explore & More). This event has a $10 admission fee per person or $5 for BMC Members. Doors will open at 5PM and there will be a cash bar before and after the event. Be sure to get there early to get a great seat!

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Save the date for upcoming BMC Speaker Series Events at Canalside:

July 14th: Buffalo’s Fireboat Edward M. Cotter by Ron Endle. Learn about the history of Buffalo’s Edward M. Cotter, the world’s oldest active fireboat since 1900.

July 28th: Buffalo Central Wharf by Mike Vogel. Before Canalside, this storied piece of waterfront was the historically important Western Terminus of the Erie Canal, but it was also know as “the very nostrils of hell.” Join us to hear stories and accounts from “the infected district.”


Saturday, October 1, 2022 | 6:00pm - 9:00pm

Acqua Restaurant | 2192 Niagara St, Buffalo, NY 14207

The Buffalo Maritime Center is proud to announce the inaugural Fair Winds Gala: An Evening on the Waterfront. Please join us as we honor our Founder & President Emeritus, Dr. John Montague.

The gala will take place on the waterfront at Acqua on Niagara Street. With breathtaking views of the river, the event will feature an open bar, hors d’oeuvres, dinner & dancing while being entertained by Broadway star Robert Creighton.

Our silent and live auctions will feature unique items & experiences, and all proceeds will benefit the Buffalo Maritime Center’s educational programming.

A sunset champagne toast on the patio will honor our Founder, John Montague, whose vision, determination, perseverance, and dedication to preserving maritime culture and craftsmanship has been the fair winds in the sails of BMC.

About the Fair Winds Gala:

  • Entertainment by Broadway star Robert Creighton (Veteran of 8 Broadway shows including Frozen, Anything Goes, Chicago, Cagney)
  • Hors d'oeuvre and dinner + open bar during cocktail hour and wine throughout the evening
  • Silent auction + live auction featuring with unique items and experiences
  • Sunset champagne toast honoring Dr. John Montague
  • One ticket: $150 | Two tickets: $250
  • BMC Members receive a discount on all tickets purchased
  • Honorary Gala Chair: David Rogers of Life Storage

Ticket info coming soon

Interested in becoming a gala sponsor? Click here for more information!