“Where are the candy canes?!” Jake Yonkes shouted. That was his only complaint for the night.
The 8-year-old Coram resident gripped the wood railing as he watched boats, illuminated by Christmas lights, pass by in Huntington Harbor. His dad, Tom, a heavy-machine operator for the Town of Huntington, said he dragged his son to its first Huntington Harbor Parade of Lights after hearing about it at work.
Yonkes said he and his son arrived an hour early to get a parking space. As expected, he said, they were among hundreds who gathered on the dock in the parking lot of The Harbor Club, among other spots, to watch about 40 boats fill the harbor with rainbows of light and Christmas music and the occasional startling boom of a cannon being set off on the lawn of the Ketewomoke Yacht Club.
Yonkes said his son complained that it he didn’t want to go because it was too cold. The boy ended up perched on the exhaust side of a generator that was powering lights for fisherman on the dock below -- no longer feeling the 39-degree air, he requested candy from every vessel that passed by, at the top of his lungs.
Above, people pack the Coneys Marine vessel at the first-ever Huntington Harbor Parade of Lights. (Nov. 26, 2010)