. . . it wasn’t the same ol’ Classics Cruisin’ Weekend . . .
September 4-8, 2013
A dozen boats went cruisin’ west midweek to stay in Eureka Springs, Arkansas – most for two nights. Yes! That gave us enough time to find new restaurants, buy new shoes, jewelry, wall décor, etc., explore a few galleries, even ride the trolley on all seven routes to see the town.
A new stop on the return cruise was at Becky and Jerry Caddell’s dock at Shell Knob, Missouri. A few more boats and boaters joined us there to enjoy a great lunch of homemade fixin’s and a break from the sun. A cloudless sky and smooth water for the whole event kept everyone smiling.
The docks at Rock Lane Resort quickly filled with our 22 boats and even more participants.
New members always add interest and enthusiasm as they share their own love of classic boats. Newest members Ruthie and Jon Petermann had fun throughout the whole event in their 1990 Rinker Fiesta Vee 250 named Deliteful. They sent this great picture taken near the Kimberling City bridge along with the comment, “Did I mention that we had a really great time?” We did hear that repeated often.
Cristalle and Steve Romano joined us on Saturday for their first Heartland event and a ride in Forrest and Kally Bryant’s 1996 Hackercraft 26’ Double Runabout to the Saturday lunch held at David Bauer’s Coyote’s Dockside Bar and Grill. Then Steve joined several of the attendees who toured the world’s largest private collection of outboard motors (about 900) located just east of the lake.
Another thing that was different this time – it was Dan Diehl in his 1955 Chris Craft 21’ Cobra who needed a tow. That problem will be addressed before the February workshop!
A few of our members came to Table Rock Lake for the first time and they felt right at home. Jack Pryor brought his 1956 Chris Craft 15’ Cavalier with her distinctive red and white striped upholstery. Bill Buchanan and Leonard Hankins joined Mike Langhorne in his 1971 Chris Craft XK19.
Several new old boats also came with members who are veterans of the Cruisin’ event. Greg and Diann Kuhl brought their newly restored 1960 Glasspar 17’ Seafair named Ridiculous. Wayne and Barbara Barnes enjoyed the whole event in their newly acquired 1977 Skiff Craft 24’ X240 named Daisy Mai. John Kerr showed his 1957 Lyman 16.5’ Runabout aptly named for the way John first found the boat, Road Rash. (Now the name needs to be explained as the boat is looking fine!) And Kevin and Jeanne Hogan launched Love Me Timber, after completely and beautifully rebuilding this 1958 Century 21’ Coronado. Kevin sent this comment after the event, “There were so many fun times it’s hard to say just one…but the brief time we spent on Caddell’s dock was cool plus meeting and spending time with new and old members was great. And, of course, Eureka Springs … wonderful!”
A few itinerary items are too good to change. The dinner at the Ozarks Yacht Club prepared and served by Dick and Cara Moist was exceptional again! This Saturday evening gathering is always the best time to share boat stories and future plans.
Sunday morning, Mrs. Astor, a 1959 Chris Craft 18’ Continental, owned by Claude and Cara Peoples joined us at Big Cedar. Not many want to miss the final cruise to Big Cedar for the Sunday brunch before heading back out across the Heartland.
Thanks to the Classics Cruisin’ Table Rock Lake committee Jerry and Becky Caddell, Dick and Cara Moist, John and Carolynn Thompson and Don and Kathy Parker. They’re already planning next year’s event.