Mid Summer dreamin
The 12th annual Taste of the Delta is history. If you were not there you missed a great party. The weather was perfect for a wine and food tasting. It was warm with a slight breeze to cool things just right. Several artists and artisans had locally made merchandise for sale. Village West Marina and Village West Yacht Club went all out to help make it a memorial day. Local sea scouts chipped in to help herd the crowd and keep the trash under control. Colleen Kamerer and her troop of belly dancers, Lenious the magician and DJ John Silva kept the crowd entertained.
Mike Garner skippered the clubs pontoon boat to ferry people from the marina to the club. A fleet of golf carts along with Mr. Pedicab brought people along the land route to the gala affair.
The wine and food tasting started at 1630 and lasted until 1830 when the ABBA cover band Waterloo took the stage for a two-hour set which included an entire show with costume changes and production numbers. The crowd danced and sang along with the band to classic songs from the disco r era. After the event many of the particpants retired to the yacht club as guests for a nightcap.
Moore’s Riverboat is open again with a new chef, and new menu. Located in the Heart of the Delta on the Mokelumne River, the newly refurbished Riverboat is once again owner operated. Chef Giancarlo Bortolotti prepares excellent dishes daily using only the freshest ingredients, enjoy our homemade pastas, delicious seafood and meat entrees and of course our yummy gourmet desserts! Live music and dancing every Friday and Saturday night!
We hear The Point restaurant in Rio Vista will be reopening soon. This is another Delta icon with a fantastic view. In the past my friends and I have had many great meals there while watching the river traffic and enjoyed many a cocktail in the bar.
We stayed home for the 4th of July, the Country Club in back of me has a great fireworks display and we had some of our own. I find it is muc easier to photograph moving fireworks from a tripod on land than it is to photograph them from a rocking boat.
Two popular local yachtsmen passed away recently. Herman Meyer crossed over the bar on July 10. Herman was a former commodore of the Village West Yacht Club (2003) and was still an active member of the club. He was an attorney and active in matters affecting local boaters.
Don Mann of Don Mann Yacht Sales and the skipper of the beautiful Lady Wanda V crossed over the bar on July 17. Don was a colorful and beloved figure around the delta he was a member of the Stockton Yacht Club and the St. Francis Yacht Club. Read more here: http://www.recordnet.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20130719/A_NEWS21/307199994
You never know what you will discover in the Delta, check out this cool metal plate I found nailed to a tree.
About Bill Wells - A retired yacht broker, Bill is currently the Executive Director of the California Delta Chambers & Visitor's Bureau. He is an active member of the Northern California Fleet of the Classic Yacht Association. In their spare time he and his beloved wife Sue cruise their 1937 Stephens cruiser Ranger to boating events throughout the Delta. Bill is active in matters helping to preserve and protect the California Delta. He chronicles his adventures in the monthly Delta Rat Scrapbook column for Bay & Delta Yachtsman magazine.
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