From the Helm May 2017

As I referenced in last month’s comments, the start of our event season, where we are actually getting our boats wet, was under sunny skies, cool to warm temperatures, and light to moderate breezes. The Hot Springs Classic, which was well attended by Heartland Classics members, along with our boat show at Garvan Gardens,  that had a stream of public admirers all day long.  Garvan Gardens is a 210-acre botanical garden featuring native Ouachita Mountain flora among rocky streams and waterfalls. The garden is situated on a peninsula jutting into Lake Hamilton.

As always, food and eating were a prime series of events, beginning with dinner Thursday at Sam’s Pizza, breakfast at Clay and Patty Thompson’s house Friday morning followed by lunch at Fisherman’s Wharf before ending the day at Hibachi Sushi Buffet. We continued on Saturday at the boat show with a catered lunch that featured sandwiches large enough to feed a family of 4 and concluded with dinner at Jos’s, before saying our goodbyes.

We commend Mike Langhorne who served as event chairman, along with the significant help and planning by Fred Burban and Stuart Perry in making this a very successful event that provided lots of fun and enabled the public to reminisce.

More information regarding this successful event can be found here on the website at

Do you Know Others?

We all have friends and acquaintances that we have an opportunity to interact with regularly. I am also sure that some of these folks enjoy boating and admire the classics. Encourage them to join Heartland Classics. Remember they do not have to own a classic boat, or even own a boat at all to be a part of the organization. Membership forms are here on the website and easily printed.

Up Next!

I know it seems as if I am constantly repeating myself about our events, but I want to make sure everyone is reminded about the opportunities that will soon be here (and encourage everyone to come and be involved). For the remainder of 2017, we have a number of additional events planned, only a few of which are highlighted below. As you hopefully heard me say before, you do not have to bring a boat to attend. So do your best to attend as many events as possible and always check the website for additions as well as updates on events.

Cruisin Table Rock

Coming up is Cruisin Table Rock June 8th thru June 11th at Rock Lane Lodge in Branson, MO. You can check the details as well as get access to the registration form right here on the website. Sign up now!

Surf the Bay at Fairfield Bay, Arkansas

This event follows the next weekend after Cruisin Table Rock. We have once again been asked to return with our classic boats by the organizers of this event at the Fairfield Bay Marina. We will show our boats to the public on Saturday June 17th, but will do some cruising on beautiful Greers Ferry Lake on Friday June 16th.  More information on a specific agenda as well as lodging options will be forthcoming. Check back here on the website where we will post the event and the details once they are finalized.

Heartland Classics Mahogany and Chrome Boat Show at Grand Lake

This year’s show begins with arrivals on Thursday September 14th and the boat show will be on Saturday September 16th at Arrowhead Yacht Club and Marina in Ketchum, OK.  This event is still in the early stages of planning for this year, so more information will be sent soon as well as the website is always the fastest way to obtain current planning status.

2nd Arkansas River Odyssey 

The 2nd Arkansas River Odyssey on Saturday September 30th running thru Friday October 6th where we will travel through 13 locks and cover 370 miles. We already have a number of folks registered including ACBS members from Michigan and Indiana in addition to our own Heartland Classics members.  Registration deadline is at the end of July but I encourage you to register EARLY.

Heartland Classics Boat Display on the Arkansas River

Little Rock Arkansas on Saturday October 7th. This is the first time for such a display and a significant opportunity to highlight our hobby and our passion in the middle of a vibrant downtown location, and will enable us to let others who are also interested in classic boating know about Heartland Classics. This event will not have a registration cost as other events, but will have a registration form for planning purposes and for use in determining how much dock space we need to plan to have available. The only costs will be travel to the event, hotel, meals, and other incidentals.

In Closing

It takes a lot of effort and planning to make our events a success while also making it fun and enjoyable for our members. Additionally, there are the behind the scenes work such as website updates managed by Kathy Parker, the quarterly planning for our award- winning quarterly newsletter, Mahogany and Chrome, which is planned and implemented by Forrest Bryant, the Ship’s Store which is managed by Becky Caddell and includes tasks such as purchasing inventory and making sure products are available at the various events, then our financial necessities requiring the receiving of income and paying our expenses as well as filing our taxes which is the responsibility of our Treasurer, Karon Wheat. Then there are also the many and varied responsibilities of the rest of our Officers and Board of Directors in managing the direction of the Chapter and making the needed operational decisions.  I hope you will let each of them know how they are doing from your perspective, as well as providing any constructive criticism.

I personally, always welcome comments and suggestions from the membership, so I can be reached by phone at 918-409-7801 or email at I am also very interested in hearing from event attendees what was positive and what part of the event needs some changes.

Hope to see ya’ soon!
Mike Yancey

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