Lake Berryessa’s Monticello Ski Club Wins Prize At Napa Christmas Parade

 Lake Berryessa’s Monticello Ski Club Wins Prize at the Annual Downtown Napa Christmas Parade

by Lucie Hock, MSC Treasurer

 It all started back in August when Carol Dunn told us that she always wanted to be in the Napa Christmas Parade. We were all on the dock and we casually said, “let’s do it this year”. I don’t think that any of us really believed that it would happen, but as the weeks went on we actually started to talk about it more and the more and we started to prepare.

Our participants were: Lonny Lopez, Michele Matson, Mike and Carol Dunn, Troy Grinbergs and Stacie Grinbergs, Frank and Lucie Hock and, of course, Gio Dunn, Kalyssa Grinbergs, Siena Dunn and Trevor Grinbergs.


 And after one trial run decorating the boat in the court at our house one evening a few weeks before the parade, we were all in. Before we knew it, it was November 24th and time for the parade.

On the day of the parade, and after weeks of preparing, it took all of us four hours to prepare the boat with 10' lighted candy canes, fog and bubble machines and hundreds of LED lights. Speakers along the boat trailer and inside the back of the truck provide great Christmas music too.

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At first it seemed almost overwhelming, but the hard work was fun.

And then we raised the Lake Berryessa MSC Flag! This new flag will fly at the ski dock in 2019.

MSC Flag

 Lonny was in charge of the generators, music and the fog and bubble machines. He did an amazing job. At one time, right in the middle of the parade we lost power. You could hear a thousand people saying, “AWWWWWWW”. Lonny had the power back up and the music blasting and all the lights back on in less that a minute. The crowed cheered! You were really amazing Lonny. Thank You!



I have to give this special tribute to Troy Grinbergs. Troy worked endless hours on the huge lighted candy canes, the lighted wreath that hung between the candy canes. He provided out bubble and fog machines, amazing LED lights for underneath the boat, and the list goes on and on. “Everyone” worked really hard, but Troy was the star of this parade!

Trevor and Gio were our water skiers. Troy took wood skis, put some wheels on them, lighted them up with LEDs and they were ready to go. These guys were amazing. They held onto their lighted ski ropes and rode these boards behind the boat all the way through the parade. The crowds absolutely loved it!

Trevor and Gio Parade.

The crowds were so amazed by the boat and the skiers. We were told it was the first boat ever in the Napa Parade and this was their 55th year! People were screaming, hooting, whistling and applauding. It was amazing to be a part of this!

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And here is the best part. Out of MORE THAN 50 PARADE FLOAT ENTRIES, we won FIRST PLACE and the $500.00 PRIZE MONEY for the BEST LIGHTS IN THE WHOLE PARADE!!!! Yay!!                       © Peter Kilkus 2018