Jim Krynicki was spending a vacation day out clearing a trail in woods near his house when the messages on his telephone answering machine began piling up.
He returned to find one from Gina Purtell, director of Allens Pond Wildlife Sanctuary, another from Neal Van Sloun, owner of Sylvan Nursery where Mr. Krynicki has worked for 16 years, now as head of maintenance.
“I saw the phone light flashing and kind of had an inkling what it might be all about,” Mr. Krynicki said. He knew that this was Allens Pond rubber duck race day and remembered that Mr. Van Sloun had purchased a duck apiece for him and others at Sylvan awhile back.
“I called and found out that my duck had won the grand prize” — dinner for two anywhere in the world.
He next called his wife Melissa who was at a birthday party with their 6-year-old son Alex.
“Her reaction was the same as mine. Wow!”
Mr. Krynicki knew better than most what his duck Sunny (named by his son Alex) was up against having helped release the racing ducks at the derby’s start in the channel at Barney’s Joy a few years ago. “They are all at the mercy of the tide and the wind — it’s quite a sight, all those ducks floating along.”
They haven’t yet chosen a precise dinner location for their all-expenses-paid dinner for two, round trip airfare and two nights lodging.
“It really hasn’t all sunken in yet.”
But they do think they’ve narrowed the selection down a bit.
“The Mediterranean somewhere. It’s a place we have always wanted to go but never really thought we would.” This time of year would be good — nice weather and things aren’t as hectic at the nursery.
The odds against Sonny were greater than ever in this, Allen Pond’s tenth annual Duck Derby.
Jennifer Costa of the wildlife sanctuary said that this year’s anniversary was a record breaker with 5,866 yellow rubber ducks competing in the sanctuary’s biggest annual fundraiser.
There were lots of other winners in both the duck derby and the races on Sunday morning.
A total of 55 ducks brought prizes to their owners.
Second place, a $300 shopping spree at Lees Supermarket, went to Justin O’Connor of Lexington, Mass.
Third place, a $250 gift certificate to Sylvan Nursery, was won by Arch Horst of Cambridge, Mass.
Fourth place, a golf foursome at Allendale Country Club, went to Donna Ginsberg of Oakhurst, NJ. (See complete list below).
On Sunday, 18-year-old Mohammed Daud of Swansea was the top male finisher in the Duck Derby 5K with a time of 18:36 and Stacie Jaeger,28, of Saratoga Springs, NY, was the top female finisher with a time of 21:21 (all results are available online at www.coolrunning.com).
Scott Costa edged Dan Nashold for top honors among Westport runners, coming in just behind RC Smith of Little Compton.
From there, a crowd of youngsters tackled the Totally Quackers Obstacle Course before heading one field over at the sanctuary for the Duck Derby Festival. There participants enjoyed a barbecue, homemade desserts, blues from Neal McCarthy & Friends, and a silent auction and live plant auction, with plants donated and auctioned off by Fred Dabney of Quansett Nursery.
|Duck Derby 2013 Prizes||Value||Duck Name||Prize winner name||City/St|
|1. Grand Prize||priceless||Sunny||Jim Krynicki||South Dartmouth, MA|
|2. Lees Supermarket Shopping Spree||$300||Chief Ducky||Justin O’Connor||Lexington, MA|
|3. Sylvan Nursery Gift Certificate||$250||Den Mother||Arch Horst||Cambridge, MA|
|4. Allendale Country Club Foursome Golf w/o Cart||$240||IMSURT 4||Donna Ginsberg||Oakhurst, NJ|
|5. Dartmouth YMCA – Two Youth Memberships||$240||Page||Elizabeth Scharlack||Brookline, MA|
|6. Residence Inn – One Night Studio Stay & Breakfast||$200||Ryder||Mel Yoken||New Bedford, MA|
|7. Lloyd Center Family Membership & Kayak Tour for 2||$150||Chris||Amy Burnes||South Dartmouth, MA|
|8. Carol Veiga – Original Drawings||$150||Melvyn 2||Cynthia Sachs||Newton, MA|
|9. Henley House B&B – One Night Deluxe Stay||$135||Abby||Diane Gilbert||Dartmouth, MA|
|10. Carabiner’s Indoor Climbing – Party for Six||$132||Lila||David Low||Arlington, VA|
|11. Salt Marsh Pottery Gift Certificate||$115||Tony||Antonio Santos||North Dartmouth, MA|
|12. Country Woolens Gift Certificate||$100||Metro 10||Wendy Born||Philadelphia, PA|
|13. Osprey Sea Kayak Adventures Gift Certificate||$100||Bob||Robert Clifton||Westport, MA|
|14. Wind Drift Studio – Sharon’s Murals & Faux Finishes||$100||Pierced||Dorothy Piranian||Boston, MA|
|15. Carabiner’s Indoor Climbing – Beginner Package||$90||Violet||Patricia Holst||Westport, MA|
|16. ArtWorks! Family Membership||$85||Kinloch||Brandon Cherenzia||Swansea, MA|
|17. Tripp’s Boatyard & Marina – 2 Life Preservers & Flag||$85||Dana||J.F. Brayton||Westport, MA|
|18. Mass Audubon Family Membership & Gift Pack||$80||The Quacken||Joanne O’Neill||Franklin, MA|
|19. WRWA Membership, Tote Bag & Book||$80||Jolie Faye||Mark Montigny||New Bedford, MA|
|20. Cape Cod Cupola Gift Certificate||$75||Quacker||Wendy Henderson||Dolores, CO|
|21. Sisters of Solace Holistic Healing Gift Certificate||$65||Doodles||Nadia & Andrew Belov||Sherwood, OR|
|22. The Comfort of Touch Gift Certificate||$60||Raba||Dorothy Piranian||Boston, MA|
|23. Ocean Explorium Family Membership||$60||De-Duck-tion||Leah Boles||South Dartmouth, MA|
|24. New Bedford Whaling Museum Four Admissions||$56||Ducky Dasher||Amanda Silveira||Nashville, TN|
|25. The Back Eddy Gift Certificate||$50||Rocco||Marina Gunning||South Dartmouth, MA|
|26. Black Bass Grille Gift Certificate||$50||Goompa||Terrance Connolly||Cedar Grove, NJ|
|27. Dartmoor Gifts Gift Certificate||$50||Ned||Morris Furtado||Westport, MA|
|28. Dartmouth Building Supply Gift Certificate||$50||Kiwi||Merilee Kelly||Taunton, MA|
|29. DNRT Family Membership||$50||Caroline||Barbara Ferri||South Dartmouth, MA|
|30. Flora Gift Certificate||$50||Maggie||Pat Connelly||Tiverton, RI|
|31. Folia Merchandise||$50||Rory||Horace Wildes||Dartmouth, MA|
|32. Norton Gallery Gift Certificate||$50||Alec||Jean McBride||Westport, MA|
|33. The Packet Gift Certificate||$50||Callum #10||Kate Mackenzie||Brooklyn, NY|
|34. Partners Village Store Merchandise & Gift Certificate||$50||#1||Peter Bullard||Dartmouth, MA|
|35. Sisters of the Wool Gift Certificate||$50||Adillion||Jo-Anne C. Masson||Acushnet, MA|
|36. Westport Apothecary Gift Certificate||$50||Duck Dasher||Frederick Lima||Westport, MA|
|37. A.S. Deams Gift Certificate||$35||C Mommy Duck||Gary Charpentier||Providence, RI|
|38. Ace Hardware Gift Certificate||$25||Ryman||Thomas Johnson||Worcester, MA|
|39. Ageless Beauty Medical Spa Gift Certificate||$25||Thelma||Diane Hartnett||Westport, MA|
|40. Beach Plum Café Gift Certificate||$25||#8||Patton Tabors||Cambridge, MA|
|41. Bittersweet Farm Restaurant Gift Certificate||$25||Matthew||Holly Schenck||Providence, RI|
|42. Davoll’s General Store Gift Certificate||$25||#1||Naomi Cardoso||Westport, MA|
|43. Details & Design Gift Certificate||$25||Mikey||David Low||Arlington, VA|
|44. Head Town Landing Country Store Gift Certificate||$25||Megan the Monster||Megan Zottoli||Woods Hole, MA|
|45. Ninety Nine Restaurant Gift Certificate||$25||Henri||Joan Freed||Deerfield, NH|
|46. Naughty Dawgs Express Gift Certificate||$25||Jamesam||Jeanne Leffers||Warren, RI|
|47. Not Your Average Joe’s Gift Certificate||$25||Marcia #4||Christopher Bosso||Boston, MA|
|48. Peckham’s Greenhouse Gift Certificate||$25||Chase||Megan Kelley||South Dartmouth, MA|
|49. Peckham’s Greenhouse Gift Certificate||$25||Gray||Michael Jupin||South Dartmouth, MA|
|50. Salon Blue Gift Certificate||$25||Marionette||Andrea Fournier||Fall River, MA|
|51. Salon Blue Gift Certificate||$25||Mimi||Lawrence Perez||Warwick, RI|
|52. Pine Hill Service Station Gift Certificate||$50||#3||Shawn Maloney||Harwinton, CT|
|Stealth Duck lunch for 2 and free coffee for one month at F.A. Simmons Store)||Speed Demon||Mary Sedney||Westport, MA|
|Slacker Quacker (one duck for 2014 Derby)||Happy Plover||Caron Rocha|
|Decade Duck (a flock of ducks for 2014 Derby)||Danny||Judith Medeiros||South Dartmouth, MA|