Canadian Yachting May 2018 - 18
Story and photos by John Gallaugher
t's Friday afternoon at the Newport Yacht Club in Stoney
Creek, and that can only mean one thing - the members
are preparing for their end-of-the-week social event that
nobody wants to miss - yep, it's 'Mix 'n Mingle' time!
The event calendar, available online and emailed out weekly,
indicates this week's hosts are Marty and Lyn n, along with some
help from their neighbours. Most members have become famil-
iar with each other around the docks and there's been much
anticipation about this week's menu after the theme was
announced as "A Retro l 950's Diner." With the hosts and some
members decked out in their best 50's costumes, the barbeque
is sizzling and a "spiked" root beer float is served for dessert. The
music is all 50's hits, which strikes a soft spot of days gone by in
the hearts of some, while the dancing and mingLng carries on
into the evening.
These Friday night 'Mix 'n Mingle' gatherings have been on
the calendar For several years now, and with them came the
social life ex'Plosion the club so desperately needed. Countless
stories about the old Newport Marina have been in the rumour
mill around Lake Ontario For a number of years. Some might be
true, some are interesting, some caused a great deal of harm,
and others are just not accurate at all.
So, let's hop aboard the old ''Yacht Club Time Machine" For
a minute and go back to the beginning.
The original developers had a very unique concept in mind.
What could be better than a world-class marina with over 200
boat moorings, I 00 executive style homes, and extensive facili-
ties for the members? There was nothing like it on Lake
Ontario. The plans were approved and in the latter 1980s, the
excavation began on the south shore in Stoney Creek just a few
kilometres from the iconic Hamilton/Burlington Skyway bridge.
The developers' final price tag was in the $6.2 million range and,