Marinas are a great place to meet people. I sometimes compare the docks to dorms or an apartment building -- we all have our own room/house/boat -- but it's a big community. At Harborview we have the added benefit of the surrounding townhouses and condo buildings. Yay! More people to meet!
People think of marinas as a summer destination but we don't let a little wind and cold keep us from getting together. Last Saturday we had a community potluck to celebrate the holiday season.
This was the beginning of the amazing spread. The far end is crock-pot central. No one went hungry. There was ham, mac-n-cheese, a cheese plate, apple salad (I need that recipe), sauerkraut, etc., etc., etc.
And I would be remiss if I didn't mention the awesome oyster stew. This is only about half of the oysters I found in my bowl.
I did find time to take a picture of the tree. I understand that at least one of our friends couldn't bear to part with her holiday decorations yet doesn't have room on her boat so she shares the wealth with the rest of us.
I can't take credit for anything, but here are a few tips for hosting an event at your marina:
- Choose a date and time. Remember that many people travel as the holidays get closer. Kudos to the team that chose a mid-December date.
- Put a food sign-up sheet in a central location. For us, it was in the marina lounge. Everyone has access and could add their name whenever it was convenient. Sure, there are loads of electronic ways to do this but sometimes good ole paper and pencil makes life easy.
- Don't forget plates, plasticware, cups, napkins, ice, and a BIG trash can.
- Consider the electrical needs of certain dishes. Many crockpots will keep food warm but some people like to plug in.
- Invite the marina staff! The staff at Harborview are part of the marina family. The party was held during office hours so they could participate.