Just to give you a non-numeric idea of how many people came onboard Katherine Jane at the Wooden Boat Festival, I offer this photo. Brock and I decided long ago that we were NOT going to begin polishing the rails. They are bronze and would luster up to a beautiful, warm, golden color. However, the upkeep would simply not be worth it ~ neither one of us has the inclination to polish for three hours a week. And so we have been accustomed to the natural verdigris.
During the festival, people boarded on the starboard side and used the handrails as they stepped from Elmore to KJ. It wasn’t until after the festival that we noticed that they had managed to polish the bronze to golden beauty, simply by the sheer number of hands to touch it. Wow.
If you prefer a numerical estimate, I would guesstimate that we had easily over a thousand people on the boat that weekend. There were 15,000 through the gates and if even 10% boarded the boats, that puts us at 1500. There were hours every day when we had no less than 20-30 onboard the whole time. I made arrows and signs for a Self-Guided Tour, which cut down slightly on the number of times we had to answer the same questions. I couldn’t have done it without my awesome crew, who would take over when I started to get overwhelmed by the vast numbers of people filing through my home.
This, Rob, is for you. You and I both arrived at the idea that the rod holders would make ideal vases…and they did. Liz came through with some very pretty fall bouquets and I now think I need flowers onboard a lot more often! Gives her that extra touch of class…