2019 October Commodore’s Column “Let’s Celebrate!”

For over 30 years, Christina and I, no matter where we were in the country, made the trek to Port Townsend for the Wooden Boat Festival. This has always been a celebration for us. A celebration not only of wooden boats and the maritime community, but also a celebration of an amazing summer, wherever we’d spent it. This year was no different. With a great turnout for the festival, incredible boats and catching up with longtime friends, it’s also bittersweet because I’ve always gauged the festival as the end of summer and the beginning of a long, wet winter.

All the cruises this year have been well-attended with enthusiastic participants. One thing that struck me with both the Pleasant Harbor Cruise and the South Sound Cruise, was the participation of new members and these new folks learning and talking with our more seasoned members. For me, this is what the club is all about.

Now we’re entering the cycle of indoor events and parties. One of the most amazing things about the club for me is our members’ incredible generosity of time and money.

Next up is the annual Garage Sale which supports our scholarships. This is an important fundraiser that helps our community members further their education in maritime fields. The garage sale will be held at the clubhouse on October 12th with set up beginning several days earlier. ALL are welcome and encouraged to participate. Please contact Katie Habegger to sign up, if you haven’t already done so, and keep setting aside things to donate. So, whether you’re donating items, helping to set up, pricing or collecting/spending money, here’s a heartfelt thank you to each of you.

Over the last few years, under the guidance of Jess and Mary Schefstrom, with a fantastic decorating crew, Halloween comes alive and this year is no exception with our “Spooktacular” on October 26th. Any costume goes, the more creative the better, and prizes will be awarded. DJ Jess will be spinnin’ songs from the past few decades, so put on your dancin’ shoes and join us for a rockin’ good time!

Even though November seems far away, don’t forget one of the club’s favorite events—the Crab Feast—which is November 9th. This is a paid event at $20 per person. Christina is collecting money for it, so please pay at the October general meeting or send a check (see the flyer on page 17 for the address). Cut-off for payment is November 1st. Once you’ve paid, you’re automatically signed up.

If you’ve read this far, you probably wonder what all this has to do with the Wooden Boat Festival. In my mind, it’s a time of celebration for all we have, all we’ve done and the exciting future ahead. I look forward to spending this time with each of you.

Commodore Jim Pivarnik