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Jackson Creek Christmas Cruise is a huge success

Cruise-goers enjoy the warm cabin of the “M.V. Tortuga.” (Photo by Tom Chillemi)

by Raynell Smith – Cruise Coordinator

Lovely weather on the evening of December 12 contributed to a large turnout for this year’s Jackson Creek Christmas Cruise in Deltaville. Residents of the town and those on Lovers Lane and Jackson Creek are to be commended for all their lovely decorations, which made the evening particularly special.

Over 300 luminaries lined the hay wagon route from the community center to the town dock. Many thanks to Theresa Lynn and Charlie for this magical lighting. 

The “M.V. Tortuga,” ably skippered by Bubbie Crown and son, Nate, was filled to capacity for each of the four cruises. Bubbie even offered an additional cruise for the volunteers, who normally don’t get to go on the cruise. Without Bubbie, Nate and the Tortuga, we would be unable to carry on this longtime Christmas tradition. When you see them, give them a pat on the back.

Perhaps the fellows who endure the most hardship during the evening are the hay wagon drivers—this year Kyle Jenkins and Keith Price. They have to sit out in the cold the longest and they never complain. Many thanks to Billy Norton and John Koedel for helping load the hay wagons at the community center, and to Bill Powell and his crew—Tom Lively, Rob Brooks, Lud Kimbrough, Larry Dean, Linny Lancaster and Wes Summerfield—for loading and unloading at the dock.

Finally, thanks to the Rappahannock River Railroaders for setting up the model train, to our cookie bakers for providing tables full of goodies, and to those who assembled the lovely decorations inside and out. Marsha Norton, Kris Scherrer and Carolyn Schmalenberger coordinated with numerous volunteers at the community center to make this event so successful. 

Merry Christmas to all and see you next year! Circle December 11 on your 2015 calendar.

posted 12.17.2014

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