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Are You Coming to Light 'em Up?

Ronnie Ashmore  | Published on 11/29/2021

Are You Coming to Light ‘em up?

2021 Parade of Lights

TODAY'S the DAY for our 7th Annual WCSC Parade of Lights for the benefit of Toys for Tots and for collecting canned goods for a local food pantry/bankThe parade will take place this Friday night, December 3rd and again on Saturday night December 4th.  Are you going to Light ‘em Up?

  • 1-First and foremost, this annual event is for the benefit of Toys for Tots and collecting canned goods for a local food pantry/bank!  Please bring your toys and can goods to the WCSC clubhouse anytime between now and Wednesday, December 8th.  The toys must be new and unwrapped.  There will be tables and collection boxes setup in the clubhouse lobby.

     

  • 2-Next we need to know if you're planning on decorating your boat and participating in the parade, even if it's for only one of the 2 nights!  If you're new to the whole parade thing, the Elves will be glad to assist, just let me or Ron Sanga know ASAP!     To register for Friday night December 3rd click:  Friday Night Registration   ; To register for Saturday night December 4th click:  Saturday Night Registration   Please note, we just need the skipper to register and not any of their passengers.

     

  • 3-We have checked with the Galley/Nami restaurant at Portman Marina and while the restaurant is now open, unfortunately they are unable to handle our group on Friday night.  Therefore, we expect to return to the club after the parade and order pizzas for the group and warm up by the fire.  This Friday night gathering will be BYOB.  There will be a signup sheet in the WCSC lobby area on Friday night to sign up for the pizza

     order.

  • 4-The WCSC Christmas party/gathering will be on Saturday night for which details can be found elsewhere on the website.

            

  • 5-We still need several volunteers to man the Toys for Tots gift collection and can good collection over at Green Pond Landing Saturday night.  (Please let me know ASAP if you can help)

     

On Friday evening, we plan to have a Skipper's meeting outside on the clubhouse deck at 1745.  If you can't make it, email or call/text (864-420-4782) me for the details that will be covered.

 

Each evening we will depart the docks in time to be outside of the breakwater ready to begin by 1830.  They are expecting us to go by the Green Pond Landing and Event Center by 7'ish, so please be on-time for the departure.


The current planned parade route will begin from in front of the sailing club entrance up to and by Green Pond Landing making a big loop to go back by Green Pond Landing for a second pass and then proceed up to the eastern end of the double bridges turning and heading west toward Portman Marina.  We will probably go through the marina and out the west side then back to the WCSC.


Participants are asked to have a VHF radio with them if they have one, as well as their cell phones in case there is any problem along the way.  When you confirm that you are participating, please give me your cell phone.  We will be monitoring VHF Channel 69.


This year we're hoping to again have company from several members of the Power Squadron and boats from over at Portman Marina, Hartwell Marina, and Big Water Marina!  I believe we had over 14 boats from Dock 6 at Portman Marina last year.


Remember to mention the light parade to any of your friends or family members who are boaters!  Maybe they can join us.


Finally, this is a link to some pictures and videos from last year’s parade:

https://www.wcsc-sailing.org/content.aspx?page_id=5&club_id=611309&item_id=60064&

Should you have any questions or concerns, please let us know:


Ronnie Ashmore (sailtanzer@aol.com)

Ron Sanga (ronsangasr@gmail.com)

2021 Parade of Lights Co-coordinators


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