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Thursday, May 14, 2009
Sam and Tom got married!
Sam and Tom got married
Sam Ion is a close friend of ours, and a grand-daughter of one of Lake of Bays' first settlers, Tommy Salmon. Tommy was world famous for his abilities in crafting snowshoes and canoes. Sam is world famous for her travel writing. And, yes, over the years she has featured Bondi Village in her column!
So we're happy to share one of the great moments of Sam Ion's life with our readers. Congratulations, Sam and Tom! We look forward to seeing you here soon, for first-hand hugs and congrats.
ONE MORE TIME Sam Ion weds first husband for the second time at Sandals Anita Draycott
Son-in-law & daughter Nick & Jayne, Tom & Sam Ion, Anita Draycott, Joan Haines
13 MAY 2009: Here’s a destination wedding with a difference. On Friday May 8 Sam Ion, who has been writing about travel, with a specialty in all-inclusives, for more than 15 years, vowed “I do” at Sandals Whitehouse Resort in Jamaica. The twist in this love story is that Sam married her first husband, Tom Ion.
They first wed as childhood sweethearts in 1962. Shortly after they had two children, Russ and Jayne. By the time they were both 40 they had drifted apart. They divorced but always remained friends. Both remarried: Sam once; Tom twice.
In 2006, Sam’s second husband, Cam Norton, died suddenly of a heart attack while the couple were racing to make a connection at Vancouver Airport en route to visit Russ and Jayne, who now both live in Australia. Tom, who is an investment counsellor, seemed to know instinctively how to console Sam and help her with her grief and her finances.
A year later, their daughter Jayne, won a scholarship to the Mac World Expo in San Francisco. Both proud parents decided to fly down to celebrate the occasion. San Fran cast its magic spell and they fell in love again.
Unlike their first modest ceremony and honeymoon, the Sandals’ “WeddingMoons “ package delivered all the romantic bells and whistles the lovers could wish for, including 24-hour butler service, a couples’ massage at the Red Lane Spa, barefoot walks on the beach at sunset, flowers and cake by celebrity wedding planner Preston Bailey, champagne and dancing in a tropical garden and a torch-lit wedding feast under a full moon.
Daughter Jayne was the matron of honour and her husband Nick was the best man, The bridesmaids were Sam’s travel buddies: journalist Anita Draycott and Joan Haines, principal of Coastal International, who has handled public relations for Sandals in Canada for 18 years.
Sam, who writes a regular column for the Oakville Beaver, Peterborough This Week, Belleville Community Press and Winnipeg Lance, and who has slept at almost 200 resorts in the Caribbean, Mexico and Central America, can now personally attest to Sandals’ slogan: “Love is all you need. Everything else is included.” Posted by Nancy Tapley at 9:36 AM 0 comments
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Changing the Season
August is on the doorstep. We currently have no vacancies until September, and our guests are enjoying the lake, the calling loons, the quiet times and all the activities that go with a summer here at Bondi Village. Get out of the city, restore your soul...
This means that we are now accepting reservations for two night stays and weekend packages during September and October -- the fall colours are astonishing, and on our own 600 acre property, there are so many walking trails and lookout views that there's no need to battle traffic into the Park just to see the beauty! Algonquin is always amazing, but during high colour season, best seen mid-week. There are so many other wonderful places around where you can enjoy the autumn without the congestion of the road, and we are happy to direct you to them.
We have great deals during the fall season, for couples, up to small groups of 18 people.
And don't forget Winter -- we've got vacancies for Christmas! We'll provide the tree, and you bring the family.
We've got a fantastic place to gather, enjoy the scenery, relax by a fire, and spend time with family and friends. Whether a quiet couples' getaway, or a family reunion or a club outing , we've got your cottage waiting.
We'd love to hear from you. The experiences our guests have are precious to us. If you have photos you took at Bondi, we'd love to have those as well. You can email them to Nancy at email@example.com
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We are very proud of Napster, our tail-painting cat, who uses his lovely artwork to raise money for charities. This lovely little creature passed away July 2015, but left a huge legacy, having raised over $12,000 for various charities through the sale of his artwork. That artwork, through prints and notecards, is still available. Click here to visit Napster's Blog and visit the gallery of his tail-paintings.
Now sold around the world, he was honoured to have his artwork sold around the globe -- he even has a print with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
Click on the following links to enjoy a 'virtual ski' round some of our 15 km. of groomed track set cross country ski trails. Thanks to Altitude and Attitude, North Muskoka gets the kind of winter you can really enjoy. Huge thanks to Eric Prince, the creative mind that made this videos happen!
Click here to enjoy seeing a variety of our trails.
And Click Here for another cross country ski adventure.
and this one, in 2014, just days before the snow vanished, from Hawke Lake on down. Click Here
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