The Harbor at Rockwall prides itself on its small town appeal, with European-styled buildings framing sunsets quietly enjoyed by diners on a restaurant patio. The Rockwall Boat Show temporarily changes all that, though, as crowds cheer on stunt performers as the leap, flip, and form human pyramids while on waterskis. After catching the stunt show, visitors congregate around the antique wooden boats from 1930-1970s, including a Yellow Jacket Boat, or head to the vendors to see the modern vessels for sale.
Boat captains and stuntmen provide guests with the chance to get out on the water themselves. The captains run sailing demos around the placid waters of Lake Ray Hubbard. They also demonstrate the use of water-propelled flyboards, which use compressed jets of water to allow their wearer to fly, dive like a dolphin, and defeat fire by aggressively kicking it.
Oversized sunglasses, flowery leis, bright beaded necklaces—partygoers can try all of these on for size while getting their pictures taken in a Drama Llama Productions photo booth. An expert attendant accompanies the booth to the event to set it up and assist guests in photo-taking. Prints emerge in 7.5 seconds, so that revelers can get back to the party in no time. You can even upload pics immediately to Facebook, so that everyone you know can see how much fun you’re having at the party they weren’t invited to.
The Mesquite Bridal Fair attracts flocks of brides to the Mesquite Rodeo, trailing billows of white tulle behind them as they gather to acquaint themselves with companies vending more than 30 categories of wedding necessities. To avoid overcrowding, the fair whittles its merchant list down to an elite core of specialists, who can transport bridal parties to and fro, provide hair and makeup services, craft custom invitations, and capture video footage of the couple’s first crabwalk as husband and wife. Emcees distribute a prize to a lucky bride every half-hour throughout the fair, so that by day’s end more than 50 brides have won free gifts.
A connection to the sea is in US Coast Guard–licensed captain Scott Self's blood—and, likely, his name. Given Texas's high concentration of the surname Self, it's probable that Scott hails from a band of prisoners shipped over from the coast of England in the first half of the 19th century courtesy of the British Royal Navy. Each prisoner on these ships was dubbed a Seawolf, a title that would eventually be shortened to Self. It's certainly fitting, then, that Scott finds himself at home on the water—he's even twice retraced his ancestors' transatlantic trip aboard a 44-foot sailboat, once heading eastward and once westward.
Today, Scott shares his passion for seafaring during group and private sailing charters out of Lake Ray Hubbard's Bella Harbor. He operates a fleet of three vessels: Seawolf, a 40-foot catamaran built of Spanish cedar; Harbor Lights, a 57-foot air-conditioned double-decker powerboat; and Bucket List, a 37-foot carbon-fiber racing trimaran. The ships whisk passengers on peaceful cruises across the lake's calm waters, offering glimpses of scenic vistas, beautiful lakeside homes, and crystal-clear waters. Passengers also have the chance to steer the boat during complimentary sailing and boating lessons Scott doles out on every cruise.
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