First Watch August 2020

I find it hard to believe I’m writing the August First Watch already!  For the most part, during this unusual summer, I think we have been blessed with favorable weather, and I hope you have found some opportunities to get out on the water.

A very warm welcome to our new members: Peter and Peggy Carney and Gary and Marilyn Turnamian.

 The past month we offered our chapter members to join a couple of new socially distanced get togethers:

 On July 18th, Adam, Jess and Sue Retersdorf hosted an informative boatshop talk, followed by the option to join in a tour of Great Sacandaga Lake. Our chapter members enjoyed an informative talk at Reets Boatworks & Bayside Marina. Adam’s shop is very impressive and was full of numerous projects. Adam patiently explained all the steps necessary for the completion of each boat and answered lots of questions. They also served us a delightful breakfast! We then moved on to his recently acquired marina, complete with brand new floating docks, served by electric and water. He also has a fleet of brand new rental boats.  Some members continued the day in their own boats for a beautiful afternoon on the Great Sacandaga Lake.  Thank you to Adam, Jess and Sue for hosting our first summer event!

On August 1st, Sally & I hosted the first Northern Lake George Historical tour on a beautiful, but very busy lake! Bright blue skies and plenty of sunshine made for a perfect day with a great turnout for our 1st Northern Lake George Historic Tour. Walkie Talkies and a preprinted guide helped to facilitate the narrative given by Ed. We met by boat, north of 14 Mile Island. The tour meandered North through the Narrows stopping at 13 locations along the way. Some highlights included 8 historic Hotels, the Knapp Estate and the bones of the Minne-Ha-Ha, resting in 5 ft of water. We learned about eagle nests high on Tongue Mt. and Peregrine Falcons on beautiful Deer Leap. As we passed a historical chapel and threaded the tranquil “Eye of the Needle”, we learned about Isaac Joques and the naming of Lake George. Other stops before we ended in Hague included Sabbath Day Point, Silver Bay YMCA, and Arcady Bay.  Upon reaching Hague beach, folks had the option of pre ordering a meal for dock side delivery from the wonderful The Hague Firehouse Restaurant. The end of a very memorable day!

***Upcoming Event DATE CHANGE***:

The Southern Lake George boat tour previously scheduled for Saturday, August 29th has been changed to Monday, August 31st.  Time to be announced.  Be sure to sign up for what is sure to be an informative tour of Millionaire’s Row, led by Ed Scheiber and our own co-treasurer Carol McCarthy. Sign up by email to

As we approach September, we are still looking for socially distanced ideas to offer you…our members! Send me an email or call (518) 469-3600 with any ideas. Below is a glimpse of these past events. There are many great images posted on our website.or on FaceBook.

Seas the Day,  Ed and Sally Becker