Atlanta or Athens, wherever they’d come from in the summer and they would stay there all winter. There were just very, very few of us that had houses on the lake that we lived there 12 months a year. Most of the houses, if any, had air conditioning and no heating; so, of course, you couldn’t stay in the wintertime. In the summertime, the air was plenty cool at night, so you didn’t need an air conditioning. There were few people that stayed during winter on the lake. Sometimes, the lake would even freeze and there would be big places with ice on it. I had dreamed of going ice skating on those, if I had had ice skates, an d if the ice had been thick enough. and then paint on the varnish. It would be just abso- lutely beautiful. It would shine! You couldn’t really tell if it was wet or dry, because it was so shiny. It looked wet all the time. I learned early on as a child that you always asked before you touched. Because if it was wet, and not dry, you would have your fingerprints on it and they would have to redo that whole section of the boat. So Hall’s Boathouse was pretty much shut down in the winter except for the refinishing of the boats. And that’s the time, too that Hall’s Boat House (and) the other houses on the lake would work on their docks, because the Georgia Power Company let a lot of water out of the lake. You could get underneath your dock and underneath your boathouse and work on it. At that time, you would replace the rotten wood or put some more wood in to the dock to make it sturdi- er. That’s what went on in the wintertime. I love the lake today as much or more than I did as a child. It is my “hap- py place” and when I go there, I feel like I am still that young girl floating on an innertube in the clear, cool water on Lake Rabun. It changed in winter because there were no tourists, and few people living on the lake so the candy truck didn’t come and the Coca-Cola truck didn’t come be- cause there was nobody there to buy the stuff. In the wintertime, my dad and the people that worked for him would refinish the wooden Chris-Craft boats that are so popular (on the lake). I was just thinking the other day, we would be in the shop and we’d have the heaters going, because it would be so cold. They would sand all the wood and paint down to the bare wood, 49 About the Author: Christina Keller My name is Christina Keller and I am a 12 year-old sixth grader at Rabun County Ele- mentary School. I’m not exact- ly sure what I want to do in life yet, but I’m creative and love art; so, I want to have a career that contains a lot of imagina- tion. I want to be the best person I can be. I love playing sports. I play basketball, run cross coun- try, play softball, and love the outdoor lifestyle.