By Ed Karvoski Jr., Contributing Writer
Region – “The place where dreams come true” is a slogan for Disney parks worldwide. On a windy Sept. 7, the annual Lake Quinsigamond Boat Parade began and ended at Regatta Point in Worcester, a place where decorated boats truly embodied this year’s Disney theme.
Decorated boats were judged for creativity by state Sen. Michael Moore (D-Millbury), state Rep. Hannah Kane (R-Shrewsbury) and Amanda Amory of the Worcester Conservation Commission along with Shrewsbury town officials Selectman Beth Casavant; Kevin Mizikar, town manager; Jeff Howland, public works director; and Angela Snell, public facilities director.
For the second consecutive year, the Wise family of Uxbridge earned first place. Dubbing this year’s entry “Princess Power,” they transformed their pontoon into an enchanted castle occupied with women and men costumed as princesses.
Shrewsbury’s Cronin family members of all ages channeled “Peter Pan” characters and placed second. The Allen family of Worcester figuratively told the tales of “The Pirates of the Caribbean” and placed third.
The boat parade was relocated in 2016 from the Donahue Rowing Center in Shrewsbury to Regatta Point in Worcester to join other activities and create Lake Quinsigamond Day. Preceding the afternoon parade, the celebration began that morning with a classic boat show. Festivities continued with yoga, crafts, a raffle, refreshments along with beer and wine. Music was provided by DJ Graham.
Lake Quinsigamond Day is organized by Baystate Woodies, Lake Quinsigamond Watershed Association (LQWA) and Regatta Point Community Sailing. This year’s event sponsors were Doug Russell Marine, Full Throttle Marine and More, LQWA, Shoreside Docks, Ski Chair and USA Marine.
photos/Ed Karvoski Jr.