About half of the team of students who built the Adirondack Museum's new bateau made the trip to Blue Mountain Lake to launch the boat. They were accompanied by Adam Green, Thom Thacker, and others involved in the program.
The group camped in freezing temperatures at the Lake Durant campsite operated by DEC. They joined local students at the museum on Saturday, Sept. 15 for a cookout.
On Sept. 16, the bateau was christened "Naomi" in honor of Naomi Levine. Water from the Bronx River, the Pocantico, and Blue Mountain Lake was mingled in a handmade wooden bucket and poured over the bow of the pale blue boat before it was gently placed in the museum pond, Bronx craftsmanship in an Adirondack setting.