More than seven businesses sailed their boats on Carroll Creek for the 2nd annual Sailing Through Winter Solstice Project this weekend.
The boats are displayed all winter long and designed to fit each local organization’s mission.
“So, the Sailing Through Winter Solstice Project is a great way to make Carroll Creek even more beautiful than it already is all winter long,” said Melissa Muntz, Visit Frederick, Communications Coordinator.
Each boat represents a different business or organization in the community. The groups designed and named each boat.
“We decided to lighten things up a little bit, so, this year, we’re putting seven boats in the creek, and then, we’ll have one on land,” said Peter Kremers, Chair, Color In The Creek.
The Rotary Club of Carroll Creek had 10 members working on their boat, called the Carroll Creek Clipper.
“So, for us, Carroll Creek Park is part of our mission. So, to have a boat there was natural, very much natural, and we enjoy it,” said Bernard Gouin, Rotary Club of Carroll Creek.
At the end of the season, there will be an award for the organization who raises the most charities.
“It’s to raise money for charity, so, all the money that’s raised has to go to a Frederick-based 501c3,” said Kremers.
“In the summer, we have Color on the Creek, which brings beautiful flowers and lily pads to the creek and really just makes this area gorgeous, Now, we have a winter counterpart,” said Muntz.
“I think the beauty of the festival is the diversity of all of the boats, colors and shapes,” said Gouin.
All boats will be lit up from Nov. 24 to mid-February.
The eighth boat is set to be showcased in Frederick’s annual Kris Kringle Parade. After the parade, the boat will be featured at Brewers Alley rooftop bar.