Experience The Dolly Steamboat by Lynette Carrington Businesses and corporate groups are often seeking exciting events, team-building experiences and fun getaways to share. In all of these instances, the road leads out to Canyon Lake where the Dolly Steamboat is ready to provide the experience of a lifetime!In its infancy in 1979, the Dolly Steamboat could accommodate a few dozen people and occasionally bus loads of people would come out to experience the natural beauty of Canyon Lake. Since that time, the boat has grown into a majestic sternwheeler that can accommodate up to 140 people and it is certainly ideal for groups looking for something fun to do. Weddings, school groups, engagement parties and special interest groups have all discovered the magic of Canyon Lake aboard the Dolly Steamboat. PR Director and namesake for the Dolly Steamboat, Dolly Kennedy says, “Owners Jeff Grimh and Cindi DeLoseur have done such a wonderful job at promoting it and continuing the legacy. It’s pretty special. They keep the boat in such beautiful condition and continue doing things to improve it. Everything they’ve done since taking over ownership has just been spectacular!” More than 35 years later, the Dolly Steamboat continues to grow in popularity.“I’m thinking that a car dealership or a real estate broker who might have employees working for them… When they want to recognize a top producer or salespeople, this is what they can do. They can recognize a few people or the entire group,” Kennedy explains.“I would love to see more professional groups go out.” Do you head up a networking group? The Dolly Steamboat would be the most unique place to host a networking group that you could imagine!Dolly Steamboat has done fun cruises for the Red Hat Society on several occasions, Black and Bling with Janie DeAngeles (a senior group that likes to have fun, similar to Red Hat Society) and many other businesses and groups. Imagine the possibilities of breaking away from a normal business routine and experiencing Arizona’s beauty with your work or professional group!Kennedy adds, “Gift certificates are available for those wishing to thank a new home buyer, an out-of-state buyer, or for a group or team that exhibited outstanding results. Show your staff how much you appreciate them! A gift certificate is a great way to give a treasured memory... one that lasts a lifetime!Discover the beauty of Canyon Lake during a daily 1 ½ hour Scenic Nature Cruise. You will learn about our desert plants and saguaros along with the some of the desert inhabitants that are found along the lake including bald eagles, water fowl and other birds. Keep your eyes peeled and you just might see some of the many big horn sheep herds that can be spotted climbing amongst the canyon’s steep trails.The Dolly Steamboat Twilight Dinner Cruise is 2 ½ hours and includes a full buffet dinner as you watch the sun sink behind the cliffs and capture the desert beauty as the moon rises and the stars reveal themselves. Private charters are also available for just about any event. The Dolly Steamboat has full catering available for guests who need it. There is also a 2 ½ hour Astronomy Cruise (including dinner) with Dr. Sky, Steve Kates who will give cruise guests a breakdown of the night sky and interpret the constellations in a fun and engaging way, complete with a huge telescope. For additional information on the Dolly Steamboat, a photo gallery and directions to the Canyon Lake Marina, visit www.dollysteamboat.com. For any other questions or to arrange private charters or corporate events, please call (480) 827-9144.