On July 25, 2015, almost 30 SDRA members and their guests spent the afternoon together at the Blueberry Pointe home of Steve Hanley and Carolyn Fortuna. We had the gift of Goldilocks weather – not too hot, not too cold, just right – while we enjoyed good conversation and scrumptious food on the deck.
This year was marked by the return of the traditional Sand Dam Reservoir boat parade, led by Rico and Judy Colaluca. They were joined by son Aaron and daughter in law Gina, who piloted a floating picnic table designed and built by Aaron and powered by an antique 2 horsepower outboard motor.
Shortly thereafter, Steve and Cathy Hopkins arrived with their son Scott aboard their pontoon boat called Evelyn’s Dream, named after Steve’s mother and long time lake association member, Evelyn Hopkins. No sooner had they arrived, then Dennis and Marissa Danville pulled up to the beach with their infant son Tre. Next, Ernie and Sharon Heon brought their own pontoon boat with neighbor John Guertin serving as first mate.
The food was just getting set up in the kitchen when Terry Tulles , Connie Worthington, and daughter-in-law, Barb arrived in their canoe, which Terry had admittedly hosed off to remove the spider webs for the occasion. They were joined by grandson, Will, who was home from college in Iowa, alongside in a bright yellow kayak and NRI SOS members Elaine Fontaine and her husband Allen.
Ron & Janice Baker brought a crock pot filled with delicious homemade seafood chowder, then Lucy Collins stopped by and brought long time lake resident Pat LeClair with her. It was great to see both of them again.
Carolyn’s Scavenger Hunt kept everyone mingling and chatting as we all tried to figure out who caught the biggest fish ever on Sand Dam Reservoir, who had lived on the lake 72 years, who once drove in the Alps, or played hockey in high school.
Everyone enjoyed homemade turkey chili and cornbread, taquitos, fresh baked pumpkin bread, deviled eggs, buffalo dip, pita appetizers, watermelon, and several homemade desserts. The atmosphere was warm and friendly all afternoon as we caught up with our neighbors on the lake after a long, harsh winter.
In the end, the runabouts, pontoon boats, floating picnic tables, canoes, and kayaks all departed for home. It was a great day with friends, one that allowed us to share the joy of living on our beautiful lake.
We hope events like this will continue to strengthen the bond of friendship between all lake residents, and we encourage others to join our organization in the future.