Epic Cardboard Boat Regatta Attracts Record Crowds at Cross Keys Village

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Progressive senior living community hosts colorful sporting and social event at their landmark pond

Cardboard Boat Regatta at Cross Keys Village
The Boot Camp Bomber, with a crew of team members with ninja-like determination was no match for the cunning of the SS Minnow manned by a deadly combination of Villager and Administrator.

The fifth annual Cardboard Boat Regatta at Cross Keys Village, which took place on June 6, 2014, was the biggest and possibly the best ever. From its humble beginnings in the Harvey S. Kline Wellness Center swimming pool, the event has grown into a beloved and well-oiled local tradition, attracting hundreds of spectators packed tightly around the pond. They turned the landmark fountain off for the occasion, but the resident ducks were part of the audience, and even the press showed up.

11 boats competed in 6 races. We noticed that this year all the boats had single-gender crews, possibly contributing to the fierce concentration of all participants (who included team members, residents, and a few fearless outsiders). Some of the boats were simple and sleek while others were marvels to behold (yet adhering to stringent restrictions on acceptable construction materials). As is their tradition, Cross Keys Village's Information Services (IT) Department erected a boat fit for a museum or at least an elaborate parade. The very size of the IT boat, the ISS Back Fire, made it unlikely it would win any race, but it was superbly engineered and held its own, going on to win “Best in Show” for elegance and style.

Speed was clearly the aim of the Last Ride, a sleek and hydrodynamic canoe created by Dining Services. They went on to win the Championship Race by a long stretch with their careful construction and expert paddling coordination. Another noteworthy winner was the USS Recovery that won the third race with an all-Villager crew, beating the handsome Monkey Business representing Adult Day Services. Unlike last year, two boats sank during the speed races, adding to the drama.

The last race was the Last Boat Afloat event, when sportsmanship gives way to all-out perfidy and no trick is too dirty. The Boot Camp Bomber, with a crew of team members with ninja-like determination was no match for the cunning of the SS Minnow manned by a deadly combination of Villager and Administrator. We warmly thank Gastley’s Moving and Storage, Latsha Davis & MacKenna Attorneys at Law, and Feiser Funeral Home for their support, and we can’t wait for the thrills and the spills coming up in June 2015.

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Oliver Hazan
Cross Keys Village - The Brethren Home Community
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