Grandfathered in and Tradition Go Hand in Hand

Grandfather in with Scott's Oquaga Lake House

Grandfathered in and Tradition Go Hand in Hand. Being “grandfathered into” in a legal sense means that a rule does not apply to something that happened before the rule was made. I think I have a perfect exampled of this keyword. Not only that: In this blog we even have a great grandfather. He is Raymond Scott.

  • Ray Scott is the owner of Scott’s Oquaga Lake House. It has been in the Scott family since 1869. In the featured picture, son-in-law Gary Holdridge is on the right. Gary’s son, Michael, is on his left.
  • Patty Holdridge stands with her daughter: Michelle Hallock is on her left.  Great grandmother Doris Scott is on the right.

However, his blog is not about a person. It is about a showboat:  Scott’s Showboat of Song. The poem was offered to me by the Oquaga Spirit. First, read the poem. Then I’ll reveal the line that describes its special status. The poetry is available as a product on However, I’d rather recite the poems from memory in person. I’m available for poetry presentations. Contact at  Many of the blogs on this website were Oquaga spirit inspired.

Grandfathered In is Scotts Showboat parked for the night.
First edition cover for my book of poetry, The Oquaga Spirit Speaks.  Boat parked on right.

Scott’s Showboat of Song is Grandfathered

Scott’s Showboat of song
Daily circles the lake:
Giving lake house guests
A melodious afternoon break.

Leaving a trail of ripples,
Circling to the left,
As the toot the horn
They sing from musical clef.

The kids run to the docks
To hear the tunes they love;
Sung by the guests on the boat
Seated below and above.

 The notes blown on the trumpet,
The chords struck on the grand
Make it a musical mobile

On a covered stand.

What pleasant memories
For those who live around
Who quickly run outside
To listen to its sound.

This celebration of music.
A floating hymn of praise.
Will stay with all the tots
Into their adult days.

So where’s the grandfather clause? Since its founding, the showboat daily circles to the left. Check the 2nd line of the 2nd stanza. All other boat traffic circles right.This is  decreed by the lake association. However, one day a year Scott’s pays  token homage to their rules. It circles to the right. On that day I wish my readers could hear the commotion around the lake!
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Al Smith, a beloved entertainer that regularly came to Scotts.


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