New and Improved Classics Cruisin’ Table Rock Lake 2018
Thirty-five boats, seventy-eight people and twenty-two of those people had never been to Classics Cruisin’ before! Those facts alone made this year’s Classics Cruisin’ Table Rock Lake event one for the record books.
The weather was sultry hot, which was better than stormy and windy, so cruisin’ under sunny skies kept the air moving and boaters smiling. Those who came early on Thursday took the longest cruise, 76-miles round-trip, up the James River Arm of Table Rock Lake to Cape Fair Marina Café for lunch and a cool drink. Fifteen boats started out and 12 finished under their own power – it was the “shakedown cruise”.
Good Eatin’ spots included breakfast times at the Floating Café at Indian Point on Friday, Big Cedar’s Devil’s Pool Restaurant on Saturday, and Chateau on the Lake on Sunday. During afternoon cruising times additional stops for refreshments at The Rocks and Catfish Hole in Kimberling City kept the restaurant destinations reinforced at this year’s theme of the annual event of “’Cruisin’ N Eatin’ and Eatin’ N Cruisin’”.
Catching up with old friends and meeting new ones began in earnest on Thursday evening at Charlies Steak Ribs & Ale with a 6:00 pm social hour and 7:00 pm dinner.
It was also fun to look out the window of Charlies’ Bar and see the Glastron-Carlson display provided by Jay and Trisha Krause. One of the main highlights of the weekend and such a neat site for all!
Another attraction was the Free Classic Boat Rides managed by Ken and Ro Everett. Over 50 riders enjoyed short rides in Bryant’s Free Spirit, Thompson’s Mischief, and Hendren’s Wax On Wax Off.
Saturday afternoon, located at the docks of Rock Lane Resort Marina was the boat display and in the Parrot Pavillion held under the Kid’s Boats activity tent was the mini boat show of freshly made boats, where about a dozen kiddos took much pride in decorating their own little wooden boats.
A special thanks to Marilyn and John Davenport, Denese Yancey and Kally Thompson for participating in making this activity a success. There was a great turn out and so much fun for the kids and the adults too!
The final evening there was a crowd at the Ozarks Yacht Club Saturday night, hosted by Dick and Cara Moist to enjoy the home-style broasted chicken dinner along with mashed potatoes, green beans, catered by Flat Creek Grill. Following dinner more socializing, chapter announcements from the event chairs Don and Kathy Parker and of upcoming event announcements from our chapter president Mike Yancey. Special thanks to Becky Caddell for her lead on continued Ship Stores sales that totaled over $700 for the event weekend.
Sunday morning, early morning cruise to Chateau on the Lake for breakfast and then back to Rock Lane Resort where the Heartland Classics trademark hospitality carried on with the final “haul-out” of boats; where everyone jumped in to help get packed up and back on the road for safe travels. Thank you to Mike Yancey, Dick Moist, Chuck Gibbs, Jerry Caddell, Josh Jaggers, Adam Leigh and many others for making sure all were loaded up safely and were ready for traveling home after an exciting long weekend of classic boating.
Thanks for a great weekend to event committee members; Dick and Cara Moist, John and Carolynn Thompson, Jerry and Becky Caddell, Jay and Tricia Krause, Ken and Ro Everett, and Don and Kathy Parker, and the many other Heartland Classics Chapter members, who helped make this years event possible.
Special thanks to Kadee Brosseau from KY3 TV and Forrest Bryant, ACBS – Heartland Classics Mahogany & Chrome for all of their publicity efforts. The well-publicized event rallied over 500 attendees who came to see the boats and visit with the owners.The event turnout was fantastic!