First 'Float Your Boat' event hits the waters of Lake Afton

Published online: Aug 19, 2010 News Petra Chesner Schlatter -
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They really floated! Little tykes (with the help of their parents, of course) crafted their very own boats out of empty two-liter soda bottles or gallon milk containers, sticks and masts made of an assortment materials and placed them in the placid lake.

Ashley Makovsky, 5, and her mother, Jessica, used fabric to decorate their vessel. There were folks of all ages. Doris Rowbotham was visiting her family from Lake Erie. Jeremy and Julia brought their kids, Lily, 4, and Violet, 18 months. Doris is actually the great-grandmother. "I love it," she said. "I enjoy it here a lot. They have a lot to do for the children. Living in Lake Erie is great, buy I enjoy being here with the children."

"We always come here to go fishing and to feed the ducks," said Jeremy. Outside the Old Library by Lake Afton, he and his wife saw the sign for the children's activity.

Float Your Boat drew a capacity crowd to the Old Library by Lake Afton on West Afton Avenue in Yardley Borough. Susan Taylor, executive director of the Yardley Historic Association, said her group has other events for children, including story and music hours and the magic show around Halloween.

"We usually have capacity crowds for them all," Taylor said. "The turnout for `Float Your Boat' was excellent. It's certainly fun to see families using Lake Afton in ways other than feeding the ducks and fishing."

Rico Rodriquez was working with his daughter, Riley, 4, inside the old library, which once was packed with books and was a real working library. On Saturday, Aug. 14, the place was packed with kids instead. Riley's mom, Beth, was holding Regan, who is 1 ½ years old.

Beth said she and Rico have both lived in Yardley all of their lives. "I've lived here my whole life and I haven't seen an activity like this," she said.

"Go! Go! Go! Alright - look at it," yelled Kevin Radabaugh. It seemed as though the grown-ups were having more fun than the kids. He and his wife, Victoria, brought Colby, 4, Zachary, 2, and Matthew, three months. Victoria made a boat for him, "but it sank," Kevin lamented.


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