Years ago, the residents of Lake Blackshear got together and decided to have a Christmas parade of boats. For several years, this was a grand event, with dozens of boats taking part. Then for some reason, perhaps the great flood of 1994 (I will write about that soon), the boat parade fell by the wayside.
This year, lake residents received a flyer asking for participation once again in the boat parade and also asking that residents decorate their docks for judging. On Saturday night, Ted and I and a group of friends met over at the Marina at the Lake Blackshear Resort & Golf Club, where the boats would be passing in front of the judges’ stand. We got there early and grabbed a table at the window, hoping we’d be able to see the boats without going outside. Didn’t work, but it was a good thought!
The judges for the parade were aboard the Lady Liberty, a 50 passenger vessel the marina rents for weddings, rehearsal dinners, reunions, parties and corporate events. A very special guest was also aboard the Lady Liberty – Santa Claus!
When the Liberty arrived at the marina dock, I knew there was no way I’d be able to get any photos from inside, and it was COLD out there – well, cold for south Georgia! But some of us walked out to the marina’s rental slips, where the Liberty was tying up, and when they found out I was taking pics for my blog, I got invited on board to watch the boats go by – close up!
I tried to get good shots of the boats, but it’s very hard to do with as little light as there was. The ones below are “semi-good”.
Once Santa Claus arrived inside, he was kept quite busy “making his lists” from all the childrens’ requests – including Madeline’s!
Then he had to get out his big yellow LEGAL pad to take care of the next two kids’ “gotta have” list!
Never did hear who won the boat parade contest, but we sure had a lot of fun watching it!
Can’t believe it’s Christmas week. Is everyone ready?