I hope you all are ready for the Holiday Season because we are there! Thank you to Flo Floyd and all of the helping hands that transformed the clubhouse for the holidays, providing a festive and beautiful venue for each of the Christmas events to come. It truly sets a great tone for our winter gatherings.
December begins with the Family Christmas potluck on Friday, 4 December. Thank you to Jan Cordodor for chairing this event. We’ll get started at 1700 with activities for the kids and follow that up with a potluck dinner. Following dinner, Santa is scheduled to drop by. Please bring wrapped and clearly labeled presents for Santa to deliver to your young ones as Santa’s sleigh will be in for pre-Christmas maintenance and he will be arriving with an empty sack.
The Special People’s Cruise will be just a couple of days later on Sunday, 6 December. Thank you Susan LeBas for again taking on this great event. We also hope to see you at the BYC Christmas Dinner the following Sunday hosted by Commodore Mike and Ruth Murray where the Executive Committee and Bridge hope to return to you the great service you have provided to the club all year long.
Then it is time to get your lights on! We will have our capstone Lighted Boat Parade on Friday and Saturday, December 18th & 19th. Thank you to Phil Mhoon for providing the Santa Boat and Mike Henry for volunteering to lead us through the dark. We are in need of five people for Santa duty. All that is required is wearing the (insulated) Santa Suit and standing on the bow waving to those on shore. It’s an easy way to get points and enjoy the delightful boat ride. We plan on having short shifts so that everyone has plenty of time back inside the boat cabin to visit with friends and family joining us both nights.
As always, the more boats in the parade, the more fun it is, both for those on shore and also those in the parade. If you have not been in the parade before, reach out and ask almost any of the longer term members and you can get some good suggestions on how to go about lighting your boat and may even find an unused set of decorations they are hoping to get out of their storage. And finally, for all the crews participating in the parade, there will be a warm-up social in the Clubhouse after the Friday night parade with an assortment of warm drinks and snacks provided to take off any chill you might have!
Wishing you Joy and Peace at the Holidays and throughout the New Year,
Rear Commodore John Burwell