Dec 18, 2011

Dec 18, 2011 Captain's Coffee

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Dec 18, 2011 Captain's Coffee, a set on Flickr.

Today there was another wonderful display of community at Gangplank Marina, as over 30 neighbors gathered to share coffee and breakfast treats at the last Captain's Coffee of 2011.

We look forward to more adventures in 2012. One of our major goals will be to continue working to connect DC citizens to their beautiful rivers, the Potomac and the Anacostia.

We are thankful for the wonderful support we continue to receive from our friends and neighbors in Ward 6 and throughout the District.

From our community to yours, the Gangplank Slipholders Association wishes you a happy and safe holiday season, with plenty of time for family and friends! We look forward to another amazing year with you in Southwest DC in 2012!

Dec 16, 2011

A Floating Community Fights To Keep Traditions Alive

Be sure to check out the Great WAMU 88.5 Metro Connection piece on one of our favorite traditions at Gangplank Marina, our Sunday Captain's Coffee.

You can listen to the entire piece here: A Floating Community Fights To Keep Traditions Alive

Dec 12, 2011

Dec 12, 2011 Sunset at Gangplank Marina

Just a quick post to share this amazing sunset with you. We couldn't be happier to live in this beautiful part of the world!

Dec 11, 2011

Holiday News at Gangplank Marina

Here's a roundup of all of the recent and upcoming holiday activities at Gangplank Marina:

1) Parade of Lighted Boats In-Slip Winners Announced! There was heated competition of in-slip displays this year at Gangplank Marina. As always, we celebrate all of those who participated to make our waterfront sparkle with holiday cheer! You can find pictures from around the marina here. Picking a winner was a tough decision. However, the following boats were ultimately selected:
  • Winner: Seeking Wild

  • Runner-up: Argo AKA "The Gingerbread Houseboat"

2) WAMU 88.5 Metro Connection Visits Captains Coffee: Mark from Metro Connection visited Captains Coffee this morning to interview participants as part of a series focused on traditions in DC communities. The segment will air next Friday at 1:00 PM and Sat at 7:00 AM. You'll also be able to listen to the show online:

3) Holiday Party to Collect Donations for Dockworkers: Slip holders will celebrate the holidays and community once more by gathering this Tuesday Dec 13, from 6-9PM on La Joyeuse for a special tradition: a potluck style party to collect donations for a holiday bonus for our hardworking marina staff. We are greatly appreciative of all of the amazing energy they put into making our marina such a wonderful place to live.

Dec 9, 2011

Missed This Year's Parade of Lights? Relive It Now!

Originally Published on Tommy Wells Blog

Southwest Waterfront Parade of  Lights

There was palpable excitement in the air on Saturday afternoon as Gangplank Marina slip holders put the final touches on their boats for the Annual Holiday Boat Parade of Lights. Power tools buzzed and whirred and hammers slammed as each display was perfected.

Around 3:45PM, one boater’s loudspeaker crackled to life with “The Grinch Who Stole Christmas.” He turned on his lights, cast off his lines, and headed out to the staging area at the front of the Washington Channel. Other parade participants soon followed suit.

The Parade of Lights is a joint effort of the District and the City of Alexandria. It begins in the Washington Channel at 5:00PM and reaches the Alexandria Harbor by 6:00PM. Local boaters enter to compete for prizes from “Best in Show” to “Best Try, Most Spirited Crew”. It is a favorite holiday event of Southwest residents, including the live-aboard boaters at Gangplank Marina. This year, Gangplank had six boats participate in the parade, more than any other marina or boat club.

By 4:00PM, the seawall along the Southwest Waterfront was brimming with excitement. Over 100 people had gathered for the Southwest Tree Lighting at 7th Street Landing. The Washington Waterfront Association and Hoffman Madison Waterfront sponsored a beautifully decorated tree, free photos with Santa, live reggae music, hot cocoa, and a bonfire for making S ‘mores. The event was family friendly and everyone present was clearly enjoying the jolly mood!

Organizers snapped a photo with Tommy and Santa shortly before 5:00PM. Then, everyone turned their eyes towards the water. If you haven’t seen the Parade of Lights before, I’d describe it as one of the most unique, creative and festive holiday celebrations you’ll find anywhere in the District: boaters use ingenuity, imagination, and holiday light displays to create incredible floating art.

Right at 5:00PM, the John Glenn Jr. began to pass down the channel with a beautiful display of green and red lights reflecting in the calm water. She was followed by another 45 boats with stunning displays, including a fire breather, a sea turtle, and a Santa merman. Cameras clicked in rapid-fire succession alongside the crackling of the bonfire as those gathered at 7th Street Landing tried to capture every moment of the festive atmosphere. Once the parade concluded, many people stayed to enjoy the mild weather, beautiful fire pit and warm company of their neighbors.

Dec 4, 2011

Parade of Lighted Boats

Parade of Lighted Boats, a set on Flickr.

Some photos from the Dec 3, 2011 Parade of Lighted Boats in Washington, DC