BELFAST — Clark & Eisele Traditional Boatbuilding will host an open house Saturday, April 30, from 2 to 6 p.m. in the temporary building on the Belfast waterfront between Front Street Shipyard and the Front Street Pub.

Join the shipwrights to see the historic oyster schooner A.J. Meerwald in the midst of a major restoration. Live jazz music starts and 2 p.m. and goes until 4 p.m. Signed copies of the new book, “The A.J. Meerwald and New Jersey’s Oyster Industry,” will be available for purchase, along with other A.J. Meerwald souvenirs.

The restoration is on track to be completed on time, with a June 24 launch. According to a press release from Clark & Eisele, “Now is the perfect time to see the dramatic transformation that has taken place” since the boatbuilders’ December open house.

Admission is free, but donations to benefit New Jersey’s Bayshore Center at Bivalve are encouraged. “We are honored to be contributing the craftsmanship and talent of the Maine traditional boatbuilding community to the preservation of such a worthy vessel, and  we look forward to sharing this special occasion with the public,” Tim Clark of Clark & Eisele Traditional Boatbuilding said in the press release.

Clark & Eisele Traditional Boatbuilding LLC is an independent company based in Hope. The company specializes in the construction and restoration of historic working craft of all sizes.