Memories are made at 2018 Parade of Lights


Photo by Donna Ritchie

Canyon Lakers and their guests gathered at lakefront homes and parks on Saturday for the Yacht Club’s annual Parade of Lights boat parade. Twenty boats participated in this year’s parade.

The boats started in the East Bay, traveling through the tunnel and around the main lake before ending at Holiday Harbor Park.

Due to the recent rains raising the level of the lake, Robert Mora and Lainie Cooney’s Gingerbread House was not able to make it through the tunnel. Not wanting to let the spectators on the main lake down, Robert and Lainie drove their boat back to East Port, took it out of the water and then relaunched it on the main lake.

The awards were presented at the end of the parade at Holiday Harbor Park. The winners are as follows:

Commodore: Lighthouse by Tome Janke.

  • 1st place pontoon: Gingerbread House by Lainie Cooney and Robert Mora.
  • 2nd place pontoon: Blue Shark by Karin and Greg Cassidy.
  • 3rd place pontoon: A Very Hawaiian Christmas by Debra and Ruben Gonzalez.
  • 1st place ski: Christmas Cheer by Mike Stiefel
  • 1st place club: All American Christmas by Teresa and Paul Hawker.
  • 2nd place club: Minions by Julie and Mike Aguirre.
  • 1st place first-timer: Pontoon Bag Piper by Scott Abraham.
  • 2nd place first-timer: Candy Cane Christmas by Dan Bonelli.
  • 3rd place first-timer: Frolicking Frosty by Michelle Hunter.
  • 1st place Yacht Club entry: Butterfly by Nancy and Ted Horton.

The Yacht Club would like to thank the following sponsors for helping to make this event a success: Arbor Hospice, Eye Adore, Canyon Lake Car Show, Canyon Cowboy, Canyon Lake Jr. Women’s Club, Canyon Lake Lioness Club, Canyon Lake Optometry, Canyon Lake POA, Canyon Lake Ski Club, Canyon Lake Travel, Canyon Lake Travel Club, Canyon Lake Triathlon Club, Canyon Lake Woman’s Club, Caregiver Provider, Kristine Gonzales of Coldwell Banker, Larry Mar, Margaret McCoy of Coldwell Banker and Shawna Bowen.