Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Let's Talk Vintage #39: The Spirit of 76 Boat Parade

Welcome to Let's Talk Vintage!

This is where a bunch of vintage lovers get together here on my Bella Blog and talk shop. Not just any old talk... we're talking vintage finds, loves, collections, projects.... if it is about vintage, you'll find it here.

This week I am sharing about the fun time we had as judges for the boat parade on the lake where we have a lake house.

Because we were the winners last year with our NYC skyline and taxi, we were able to pick the theme for this year. We chose "Spirit of 76." When we announced the theme last year we didn't realize that July 4th would actually fall on the day of the boat parade. What an extra special touch!

There were all kinds of patriotic colors and flags everywhere.

A wonderful, impromptu moment happened too.
One of the boats started playing the "Star Spangled Banner"
and everyone started singing along. Many placed their hands over their hearts.  The fact that it was July 4th, 239 years after we declared independence, made it all the more special.

We even had some adoring fans on the "sidelines!"

We loved so many but could only pick one winner.

We even saw Ben Franklin!

Our choice was none other than Betsy Ross herself!

Loved how they placed a rocking chair right on the front
of the boat!

We had such a great time ... after the parade was over
we all went to the "post parade" barbecue that has been happening there since 1991.

We announced the winners and handed out some vintage "Spirit of 76" prizes

Well, another year is behind us... but we look forward to finding out next year's theme.

Proud to become part of the tradition!

Here are this week's features:

Raggedy Bits (love that blog name!) shared her
rocking chair transformation. Beautiful!

made this awesome lantern
from vintage cheese graters!
The woman knows how to work
metal into magic!
and Penny of Penny's Vintage Home
found these awesome
silver plate pieces on a treasure hunt.
I'd say it was a success!

 found a bag filled with these yo yo fabric pieces
and turned them into a patriotic wreath.
Three cheers for the red, white and blue!
and speaking of patriotic,
wowed us with her
Victorian style July 4th décor!
and Joyce at Quilted Nest
creates displays for a shop where
she volunteers. I love how
she uses an "inspiration piece!"

Now it's your turn: Let's Talk Vintage!

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Penny @ Penny's Vintage Home said...

I always look forward to joining the party each week...thank you for having us! What a nice surprise to see my post featured this week...I grabbed a button to put on my sidebar! Have a great week...hugs..

Tuula @ Thrifty Rebel Vintage said...

Thanks so much for hosting the party and for featuring my grater lantern. It's such a treat! Have a wonderful week!

Rita C at Panoply said...

What a great post, Jill! Gosh, the scene of the boaters in a moment of reverence to our nation with the Star-Spangled Banner made me tear up - that had to be just an awesome sight. Love your pick for the winner. What a great group of people to share community with. Thanks for hosting.

Joy@aVintageGreen said...

So glad you shared the boat parade. Thanks for Lets Talk Vintage 39.

Anne's Attic - Design said...

Such a fun post today. It looked like fun. Thank you for hosting, I always enjoy this party! Jo

Deanies Stash said...

I enjoyed hearing about the boat parade and seeing the patriotic photos! Thank you for a fun party each week!


My thrift store addiction said...

Hi Jillian, that boat parade looks FUN! Thanks so much for featuring my yo-yo wreath and also for hosting! Blessings, Cecilia

Gina @ VictorianWannaBe said...

Hi Jillian,
How cool is that boat parade, that did work out perfect that your theme fell on July 4th weekend. Such cool designs. Everything tied together perfectly! And lots of patriotism going on there too.
Thanks so much for featuring my Liberty Blue.
Have a great week,

Diana said...

SO much fun on the lake! A beautiful week-end making beautiful memories. Thanks for sharing. And thanks for hosting as well :)

Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

Betsy Ross sure looks comfortable perched out there in her rocking chair. What a fun way to celebrate the 4th of July. Thanks for sharing at Vintage Inspiration Party.

Heidi | Mysweetcottage.com said...

Thanks so much for hosting this fun party!

Sam - Raggedy Bits said...

Thank you so much for featuring me!!! What an honor!! :-)

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

That parade looks like a lot of fun! I really enjoyed all of the decorating for the 4th at our lake, too!