December 1, 2015: Happy Holidays! They are upon us, whether we are ready or not. However, fear not!—many elves have already been working away to ensure we have a wonderful holiday season at Eastport Yacht Club.
Speaking of elves, the first thing you have to do this holiday season is to find out your elf name. This important—and will get you drinks from the bar! The chart to assist you to discover you elf name is around in a variety of places at EYC and on our website.
Now that you have your elf name be sure to head to the club on Saturday, December 5. Join the elves decorating the clubhouse from noon until 1600, or you can help trim the tree after 1600 at the new “Get Your Elf On” Holiday Party. My advice is cancel your plans and don’t schedule to attend another party that night because this party—with a pile of fun holiday cocktails all of which you are going to want to try—is going to be fabulously fun and a not-to-be missed-event!
The Light Parade elves have been working all year to build Eastport Yacht Club’s gift to the City of Annapolis and if the Lights Parade poster(S!) are a hint, this year is going to be stellar.
There are three posters this year created by local students working with their art teachers. The Lights Parade is a very difficult event to capture in any medium—we all have glowing squiggly line photos of a favorite boat—so local art teachers used the creation of the EYC Lights Parade poster to discuss techniques to depict a night event, a water-based event, and a landscape. The end results are magical and I have no doubt many will be taking home a souvenir of this year’s parade.
Congratulations to Chief Elf Babak Rajaee and his elves for this brilliant idea and the rest of their hard work.
The Lights Parade is Saturday, December 12. Come on down to the club and the marina for the best viewing venue of the parade in town. The parade is always a special night and is an event which all EYC members can be very proud of and should celebrate together. Please check with the House Committee and on our website for the particulars about that evening in terms of number of guests permitted, food service, and drink specials.
The holidays are a time to celebrate—and celebrate we will—but it is also a time for caring for each other and those who are in need of some extra love and assistance. This year, as we have for several years, EYC is working with several of our community charities to provide much needed food and supplies. This Thanksgiving we are donating six cooked turkeys to We Care and Friends, which will provide 3,000 Thanksgiving dinners to Annapolis residents who are homeless or in need.
During the month of December there will be boxes for donations to the Lighthouse Shelter and the Annapolis SPCA under the Christmas tree by the front door. Both of these organizations have lists on their websites of requested food and supplies.
While you are doing your holiday shopping, support the EYC Foundation for FREE! AmazonSmile will donate to our EYC Foundation with each purchase you make. All you have to do is make sure you have selected Eastport Yacht Club Foundation as your charity using your regular Amazon account and shop away! This works throughout the year, so please sign up today.
The winter solstice is upon us—yeah! Come on back Sun!—and with the end of one year and the birth of a new, I leave you with the last lines of a favorite poem, “The Shortest Day” by Susan Cooper:
Lots of love to you and yours,
Commodore Tootsie Pickle-Pants