Lake Chelan 2013


Mahogany & Merlot (Shades of Summer)

By Sylvia Potter

We headed out October 3rd, 2013 on a gray Thursday afternoon with a soggy Portland slowly disappearing in the rear window of Howard Freedman’s very comfortable 1948 Cadillac 8, 75 Imperial Limo. We were headed for Lake Chelan, Washington and a Classic Boat, Car and Race boat Show.

We stayed over night in Yakama, Washington and Friday morning after some discussion between George & Howard about the best route to take we headed up Hwy 82, arriving at Lake Chelan Resort about noon. Our rooms were very nicely decorated and right on the lake; just had to go out our patio door and down to the sandy beach. The grounds were beautifully landscaped, flowers blooming everywhere. That evening we had hors d’oeuvres & wine at the marina next to the resort. We hardly saw George he was so enthralled with the classic mahogany and race boats. He said they were mostly from the thirties and forties and beautifully restored. The one he was most impressed with was a wooden race boat built in 1917 and equipped with a V12 airplane engine adapted for the boat.

Saturday morning had George and Howard out shining up the Cadillac for the show. That is a car that gets lots of attention, both from other car enthuses and the general public. After getting the car in place they watched the classic race boats compete. Evelyn and I had a relaxing morning then met for lunch and did some power shopping in the afternoon. That night dinner was a banquet at the resort the theme was “Shades of Summer”, with good food and lots of bright colored shirts and beach decorations. We each got a pair of souvenir sun glasses. Howard was awarded a bottle of local wine for his participation in the event and as we all know he doesn’t drink so of course the wine went to me by default, Yum!

We were on the road early Sunday morning and this time we took Howards route home! It was a really fun week-end. Maybe next year more club members will make the trip with us. I highly recommend it!!!