Staying safer for the Water Carnival—revised schedule of events

The Water Carnival will go on, with those events that can be held safely so get your boat parade ideas percolating! We’ll have fun—at a distance—with tentative plans as follows:

Friday, Sep 4 – Music Boat and Lighting of the Lake. We hope that families can enjoy the music and views from shore or on the lake on well-lit boats. We do not want to encourage large shore parties and the music boat will not stop for them. We also want to discourage people from congregating at Pine Bluffs beach.

The music boat will begin in the narrows at 7:30 pm, going around the first (north) basin counter-clockwise and then into the second (south) basin about 9:15 pm going counterclockwise. All are invited to sit by the shore or go out in a boat, canoe or kayak (all must have lights) as the Lake Boon music boat passes by. Lake residents are encouraged to participate in “lighting of the lake” with small lights or luminaries (but no bright flood lights please) along the shoreline. In case of bad weather the music boat may be postponed to Saturday night—watch for an email or call 978.562.2203 after 6 pm for a recorded message.

Saturday, Sept 5 – Sailing Regatta. The usual field and beach events on Saturday are cancelled since they cannot be held safely. Instead, we plan to hold the informal sailing regatta beginning at 9:30 am at the Pine Point buoy in the first basin. The course will be determined based on the winds prevailing at that time. Other boaters are welcome to observe the excitement—we had a capsize last year—but please allow sailboats their right of way and clear air upwind.


Get creative!

Sunday, Sept 6 – Boat Parade. Families will decorate their boats to continue this century-long tradition or to watch from their waterfront. Again, we want to discourage large shore parties and no shore party prize will be given this year. We plan to have voting for the best decorated boat by texting so Boonies all around the lake will be able to participate. There will not be a party afterwards but prizes will be awarded, including the revered and coveted traveling Lake Boon Boat Parade Trophy!

The parade begins at the First Basin Narrows Buoy with registration on the water before 2:15 pm, and continues counter-clockwise around the first basin and then to the second basin. We want to thank past supporters including Main Street Pizza, Honey Pot Hill Orchard, Stow House of Pizza, Brothers Pizza, CJ’s of Hudson and Sudbury and the Lake Boone Ice Company.

Monday/Labor Day Sept 7 – will be reserved as a rain date for the sailing regatta or boat parade.

All details will be confirmed as the dates approach.

Encore! Sunday afternoon tunes return to Lake Boon

Another day of music is coming up on Sunday, Aug. 16th, from 2 to 6 p.m. when the Dwayne Haggins Band returns to Lake Boon.

Cindy Curley is hosting at her Penalty Box dock at 166 Barton Road. To respect social distancing, we are asking that people only congregate on/in the water.

The band will only be playing for contributions and tips so please be sure to take care of these guys. Their PayPal address is :; for Venmo, please use : @dhaggss

We will also have a tip bucket out at Cindy’s dock so, alternatively, you can bring cash on that Sunday.

Let’s fill the first basin with boats and floats … and great MUSIC!!!

Lake Boon Commission meets August 4

The Lake Boon Commission will meet at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, August 4. The meeting will be held via a Zoom Meeting (Internet). Public participation via calling in or using your computer is encouraged. You can download the link for the meeting and call-in number here on the Stow town website.

1. Public Comment
2. Meeting Minutes – Review/Vote
3. Police & LBC Patrol Update with Q&A
4. Bills to Pay – Review/Vote
5. FY21 Budget – Discuss
6. Weed Treatment & Drawdown – Updates/Next Steps
7. Lake Boon Rules/Regulations – Update/Next Steps
8. Hallock Point Working Group – Update
9. Old Business/Follow-ups
10. New Business
11. Date of Next Meeting
12. Adjourn

Stow Selectmen to take up Lake issues on July 14

Note agenda items affecting Lake Boon in bold below. Check back on Monday, July 13 for zoom info.

July 14, 2020
7:00 p.m.

1. Public input
2. Chairman’s comments
3. Correspondence
4. Update: Pine Bluff Recreation Area and Beach Use for Summer 2020 – Laura Greenough, Recreation Commission
5. Discussion/vote re: Certificate for Randall Library Trustee Tim Reed
6. Discussion/vote re: Certificate for 100-year-old Stow Resident Claire Kennedy
7. Discussion/vote re: Appointment to Conservation Commission – Douglas Morse
8. Discussion/vote re: Appointment to Recreation Commission – William Sieller
9. Discussion/vote: Joint Boards Meeting re: Ch. 61 (Right of First Refusal Option) Hallock Point Road
10. Liaison reports
11. Adjournment