Harbor Lights Maiden Voyage benefits Rockwall Helping HandsPublished: May 08, 2012
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"To the sailors of old...To the sea!"
Thus with raised champagne glasses did ninety or more guests join in christening Lake Ray Hubbard's newest attraction, Scott and Jan Self's Harbor Lights. After a ceremonial pouring of champagne over the bow to appease King Neptune, a branch of green leaves laid on the deck to ensure safe returns, and a chant of "God bless Harbor Lights and all who sail her!", the ceremony was complete.
The event served double duty as the vessel's maiden voyage and a fund raiser for Rockwall County Helping Hands. Guests were treated to a dinner served by Chef Randall Copeland of downtown's Restaurant Ava, followed by the spectacular rising of a "super moon" over the lake's eastern shore. A super moon occurs when a full moon coincides with its closest approach to earth, resulting in the moon appearing about 12 percent larger than usual. This usually happens about twice a year.
Unlike some of history's more famous maiden voyages, this one was free of mishaps beyond the occasional tripping of a circuit breaker. Margo Nielsen, executive director of Helping Hands, reported that while numbers for the evening were not yet finalized, "The event was a huge success. Everything came together - the super moon, the maiden voyage, beautiful sunset, great food, and the wonderful and generous supporters of Helping Hands."
Said Captain Scott, "What a great way to do a maiden voyage and support a fantastic organization at the same time!"
Chef Randall Copeland / Restaurant Ava
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