Last evening Brenda and I were guests of the CT River Museum and spoke at fund raiser event “Havana Nights”. The event was dreamed up by Chris Dobbs, the Executive Director of the museum. He’s a creative guy and came up with the dinner idea after hearing me talk at an SSCA Seven seas Cruising Association event that I held at the museum in June. It was an intimate gathering of supporters of the museum with attendance limited to about 30.
The event, appropriately, was held on the hottest evening yet of the summer on the deck overlooking the beautiful CT River and what a wonderful evening it was.
I brought Pandora to their docks for the evening and decked her out in her finest. It was fun to show the guests the very Pandora that carried me and Brenda on our adventure. I have to admit that getting her into the slip with current and wind opposing, took a few tries. However, “no loss of life” and a successful landing. The table was set up banquet style and was beautifully appointed with decorations evoking Cuba. What a lovely view. Pandora wasn’t alone looking fabulous in the sunset glow. I just love this lovely yawl. However, I can’t say that I have ever seen her off of her mooring. She’s a looker to be sure. It was an intimate gathering and everyone seemed to have a great time. I was touched that they paid a “pretty penny” to raise funds for the museum and came out on a sultry summer night to hear our story. All and all it was a perfect evening and one that Brenda and I were honored to be a part of it. Oh yeah, and nobody fell asleep during my talk. Whew!
It was indeed a Havana night moment and brought back so many memories of our trip.
The level of interest in visiting Cuba is amazing and the opportunity to share our voyage with others is very rewarding. Amazingly, I have ten talks scheduled with three under my belt so far but none will rival the intimacy of the moment that we shared last night.
In the many posts that I wrote while visiting Cuba, I tried to capture the “essence” of the country and our experiences. When I was back home I wrote this post in an attempt to sum up what it was like to be there.
Last night was a ton of fun and we were so pleased to be a part of such an extraordinary evening and to be able to share our visit to such an extraordinary country.
Cuba is great, you should go too. Don’t delay. Go now.