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Sunday, May 3, 2009

Robin Hood Goes High Tech

The Friends of the Library hosted a very innovative fund-raiser today. An Archery Tournament, held at Ross and Anne-Marie Tapley's Logging Chain Lodge drew in over 80 participants from as far afield as Burks Falls and Beaverton. All age groups were well represented. It was great to watch the youngsters taking part, enjoying being outside, in the woods, and obviously keen.

While there were targets set up near the Food Booth, the real action was across the road. Participants worked their way along a trail, with various targets set up. Some of the target lanes came with instant prizes -- Algonquin Highlands Trail Riding stables, for example, was handing out free trail ride vouchers to anyone who scored a bulls-eye at their target. By lunchtime, they'd handed out 22. Evidently the archers had steady hands and good eyes! Other prizes were handed out at the end of the second go-round.

The Friends were pleasantly surprized by the response to this fundraiser. "We'd have been really happy to get 45 people," Anne Marie told me. "To get over 80, that's amazing." Logging Chain Lodge offers an evening of archery every week during the summer to their registered guests, and it is a popular activity at the resort.

Young Max certainly has the knack -- during the lunch break, playing around with the targets, he knocked his own arrow. A true "Robin Hood" manoeuvre!

It was a great way to spend a day. Watching Lorne from Algonquin Archery cut arrows to customized lengths, fletch them, and send them on their way; checking out the high tech bows -- it was all an education for me.

Next year, I'll be out there, armed and dangerous, with more than my camera! Congratulations to all those involved. Great idea, and great response.

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