Memories are made at 2015 “Parade of Lights”

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Organizers (and the crowds of spectators at waterfront homes and parks) agreed that last Saturday was a perfect night for the Parade of Lights boat parade. “It was an exciting evening for all who participated,” says Yacht Club Parade of Lights Chair Bob Templeton. Nineteen boats were registered for judging, while several other boats joined in at the last minute.

The check-in starting boat was captained by Jim Lange and his crew of Tammy Revard and Jane Lafferty. It was their first time doing that task and they did an “excellent Job,” according to Bob.

The Yacht Club’s fire-breathing 60-foot Green Dragon led the parade around the lake, piloted by the crew of Pete Delia, Lee Norris, Mike Lee, Jim Lafferty, Steve Evarts, Don Wedehase and Santa Claus.

The judging team was led by John Petersen and included Steve Prince, Kathy Barbay, Jan May, Sally Wedehase, Cathy and Al Barr and Candy Petersen. The judges station was at the Skipper’s Way home of Carl and Nancy Duplan.

The parade ended at Holiday Harbor where a team led by Ila Goldstein welcomed the parade participants. Peggy Clark and her granddaughter served refreshments, while Santa talked to children at the park. Larry Garland and Jim Lafferty presented the awards to the winners.

Bob would like to thank those who participated in the parade as well as those who watched from their homes, beaches and parks for their support and their “great Christmas spirit.”

He adds special thanks to the POA and Travel Club for their generosity and support, the Lodge for furnishing the chocolate chip cookies, hot chocolate, coffee and supplies, Marine Patrol for keeping the waterways safe, Operations for their support and Sharon Rice and The Friday Flyer for publicity.

The winning boats include:

Sweepstakes – “The Wicked of Oz” by the YA YA Sisters (Nina, Barbara, Judy and Steph)

Sweepstakes Winner: “The Wicked of Oz” by the YA YA Sisters. Photos by Bert Barbay.

Photos by Bert Barbay.

Commodore Award – “Little Red Engine” by Ted Horton

Commodore Award: “Little Red Engine” by Ted Horton. Photos by Bert Barbay.

1st Place Pontoon – “Fun Old-Fashioned Christmas” by Jeremy Cassara

1st Place Pontoon Boat:“Fun Old-Fashioned Christmas” by Jeremy Cassara. Photos by Bert Barbay.

1st Place Pontoon Boat:“Fun Old-Fashioned Christmas” by Jeremy Cassara. Photos by Bert Barbay.

2nd Place Pontoon – “Candy Cane Express” by Ryan Paschal

2nd Place Pontoon Boat: “Candy Cane Express” by Ryan Paschal. Photos by Bert Barbay.

2nd Place Pontoon Boat: “Candy Cane Express” by Ryan Paschal. Photos by Bert Barbay.

3rd Place Pontoon – “Santa Claus Face Ho Ho Ho” by Jay Fitzpatrick

3rd Place Pontoon Boat: “Santa Claus Face Ho Ho Ho” by Jay Fitzpatrick. Photo by Pat Van Dyke.

3rd Place Pontoon Boat: “Santa Claus Face Ho Ho Ho” by Jay Fitzpatrick. Photo by Pat Van Dyke.

1st Place Ski – “Santa’s Village” by Ron and Donna Kupke

1st Place Ski Boat: “Santa’s Village” by Ron and Donna Kupke. Photos by Bert Barbay.

1st Place Ski Boat: “Santa’s Village” by Ron and Donna Kupke. Photos by Bert Barbay.

2nd Place Ski – “Pirates Christmas in Paradise” by Rick Hauser

2nd Place Ski Boat: “Pirates Christmas in Paradise” by Rick Hauser. Photos by Bert Barbay.

2nd Place Ski Boat: “Pirates Christmas in Paradise” by Rick Hauser. Photos by Bert Barbay.

3rd Place Ski Tie – “Polar Bear Playing with Decorations” by Jom Janke, “Yellow Chaparral with Icicles” by Brian Christian

3rd Place Ski Boat (tie): “Polar Bear Playing with Decorations” by Jom Janke. Photos by Bert Barbay.

3rd Place Ski Boat (tie): “Polar Bear Playing with Decorations” by Jom Janke. Photos by Bert Barbay.

3rd Place Ski Boat (tie):  “Yellow Chaparral with Icicles” by Brian Christian. Photos by Bert Barbay.

3rd Place Ski Boat (tie): “Yellow Chaparral with Icicles” by Brian Christian. Photos by Bert Barbay.

1st Place Special Entry – “Fire & Ice” by Markus Loeffler

1st Place Special Entry: “Fire & Ice” by Markus Loeffler. Photos by Bert Barbay.

1st Place Special Entry: “Fire & Ice” by Markus Loeffler. Photos by Bert Barbay.

2nd Place Special Entry – “Bowe Family Yacht” by Kristen Bowe

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