Monday, November 12, 2018

Fall 2018 Issue of Ripples

Photograph courtesy of Paul Zink

Fall 2018 Issue of Ripples

Lakeport Board and Committee Chairs

Board of Directors
Mary Sapp, President
Paul Renard, Vice President
Alison Yeloushan, Vice President
Kay Quam, Secretary
Kevin Burke, Treasurer

Committees and Volunteers
Book Club – Linda Rosenberg, Coordinator
Disaster Recovery Committee – Jerry Beiter, Chair
Landscape Committee – Carol Leos, Chair
Maintenance Committee – Paul Renard, Chair
Neighborhood Watch Committee – Chuck Foster, Chair
Social Committee – Diane Zoukis, Chair
Standards Committee – Kelly Driscoll, Chair
Welcome Committee – Carol Leos, Chair
Webmaster and Listserv Administrator – Tom Barnett
Editor for Ripples, our community newsletter – Stephen Sapp
Fill doggie-bag stations and keep community dock clean – Annabelle Hammer

Social Committee

October’s dock party turned out to be a great community event that allowed residents both to appreciate the improvements to the dock and the area around it and also to enjoy time with one another. Thanks to MaryAnn Hoadley (along with Sandy Laeser and Karen Cook) for coordinating and setting up for the party and to those who brought dishes to share and helped out in various ways.

We’re happy that Diane Zoukis will be Lakeport’s new Social Committee chair. She is already setting up a Holiday Progressive Dinner for the two buildings at the west end of Lakeport and will be happy to support efforts of others who want to set up their own progressive dinner. If you like parties or are interested in getting to know your immediate neighbors better, why not volunteer to help organize a progressive dinner this holiday season for the residents in your building and the one next to you and/or volunteer to host one of the courses: drinks/appetizer, main course (or two people could co-host this course), or dessert?

Diane also intends to organize a community-wide “block party” next year. If you couldn’t make the party to celebrate the dock, be sure to plan to attend Lakeport’s 2019 Block Party. In addition, she plans to continue the traditional TGIF gatherings. If you are willing to host a TGIF by providing the venue (with guests asked to bring wine, beer, or an appetizer) or if you’d like to join the Social Committee, contact Diane at

The New Lakeport Dock

For years, Lakeport residents have been looking forward to our new dock, and it is now complete! Kayakers and paddleboarders, picnickers, casual loungers, and Canada geese have all been enjoying the new structure. Happily, the geese seem to have confined themselves mostly to the new floating dock section, which is MUCH easier to clean than the old dock. Dip a broom in the lake, scrub a bit, and voila.

We’re in the last stages of getting the dock lighting in place with the bollard replacements, and this year’s landscaping is complete. In the late spring of 2019, we will be inserting water plants into the biologs to continue our eco-friendly restoration of the shore line, and we are working with Reston Association to have a trash can installed and maintained. A design for two new benches has been created but installation will be postponed until spring to avoid the impact of this winter’s weather. RA finished their paving the of the path next to the dock in time for the dock party in early October. That grand opening party was a big success and an opportunity for the neighborhood to view and enjoy the project—many thanks to Mary Ann Hoadley and others for organizing and supporting the event.

It was a long haul, but the end result is a beautiful dock that was built within budget and will be a Lakeport asset for the next 50 years. Thank you to the dozens of people who made this all possible!

Ripples Recipe

Contributed by Mary Sapp


  • 6 egg yolks
  • ¾ cup white sugar + 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 2/3 cup (whole) milk
  • 1¼ cups heavy whipping cream (no carrageenan, with at least 36% butterfat)
  • ¾ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 pound mascarpone cheese, room temperature
  • ¾ cup strong brewed coffee (or espresso), room temperature (make 1 cup in case you need more, or even 2 cups if you want to drink some!)
  • 6 tablespoons rum 
  • 2 (3-ounce) or one 7-ounce packages hard ladyfinger cookies (can order Balocco Savoiardi Ladyfingers through Amazon)  
  • 2 + 2 tablespoons (approximately) unsweetened cocoa powder

IMPORTANT: Make two days in advance so flavors meld in refrigerator, and allow two hours to assemble.

1. Make coffee and let cool. Take mascarpone from refrigerator to soften. In a small saucepan, whisk together egg yolks and ¾ cup sugar until well blended. Whisk in milk and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture boils (should take around 5-8 minutes). Boil gently for 1-2 minutes, remove from heat, and allow to cool slightly. Cover tightly and chill in refrigerator 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes.

2. After an hour, whisk mascarpone into yolk mixture until smooth. In a medium bowl, use electric mixer to beat cream with vanilla and 2 teaspoons sugar until stiff peaks form. Then gently fold whipped cream into mascarpone until basically uniform.

3. In a flat container long enough to hold a ladyfinger (I used a small square Tupperware; a pie pan should also work), combine ¾ cup coffee and 6 tablespoons rum. Quickly dip ladyfingers (don’t split) in coffee mixture, turn over, quickly dip other side, and arrange one layer of soaked ladyfingers in bottom of a 7x11 inch dish (use just under half of first package since bottom of dish isn’t as wide as top). Spread half of mascarpone/whipped cream mixture over ladyfingers, then sift around 2 tablespoons cocoa over the top. Repeat, using rest of ladyfingers and mascarpone/whipped cream (but not the cocoa). Cover and refrigerate for two days (toothpicks with plastic wrap work well to cover). Shortly before serving, sift more cocoa over top until it’s covered. Consider adding shaved chocolate on top.