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Sunday, March 20, 2011
Good Cheer, Good Friends, Good Music... can't beat that...
The fine folk who make up the congregation at the Hillside Pioneer Memorial Church understand the humour of the saying, "It's okay to pretend to be Irish at St. Patrick's, because we pretend to be good at Christmas."
Maybe so, but they are certainly "GREAT" at St. Paddy's Day! They make St. Patrick's Day special, with Noah's Larks lifting up their voices in song, along with a packed room, for their annual Sing-a-Long. This year, the theme was Goldies and Oldies, and the singers did themselves proud.
There is something very special about people gathered together, making their own entertainment, and the entire room joined in with voice, feet tapping, and even a little table top percussion.
There was even some high stepping dancing taking place in the kitchen! (where the ladies thought they were safely out of sight!)
You couldn't have heard a pin drop, because the full house was all singing along, but you also would have been hard pressed to find someone not enjoying themselves, not involved and attentive. The kind of house a performer dreams of! Really!
Joined by the Silver Strings, a group from up Kearney and Emsdale way, to provide some variation, the Larks welcomed a packed house for the evening. There were jokes strategically placed at each table, so everyone could join in the telling. Several people went "off script" to tell jokes of their own, and the whole place rocked to laughter.
With a little fiddle music, some banjo, an assortment of guitars and a ukelele, all backed up by a keyboard, the evening rolicked along nicely, with an intermission for cake and sandwiches.
The whole room sang along as the Noah's Larks lead off the familiar, friendly songs -- A Daisy a Day; I've Got Sixpence; Dust on the Bible; The Unicorn; Ain't She Sweet... and more and more. Dave and Charlie got right into the spirit with their rendition of A White Sports Coat, and a Pink Carnation...
Marg, heading up the fundraising committee, even managed to fit a great little info-mercial for one of the Church fundraisers -- the sale of a streak free microfibre cloth. Let me take you along on this sales pitch, because Marg was brilliant. For a pittance -- $4/each or 3 for $10, you get the KB Wonder Cloth. "People tell me that they just can't stop cleaning," said Marg, "because it's just that easy with this product. Just wet it, wring it, wipe any surface. Streak free, lint free, spot free... using only hot water, it's eco-friendly, and," she paused, "Gender friendly." Now, being someone who's idea of house work is to sweep the room with a glance, and who hasn't done windows since she got a computer that does, I might have been a tad sceptical, but Marg spiked those guns by giving me a sample. Dash it all, she's right. This is one funky little cloth that just kind of lures you into wiping down every surface (including the cat, not recommended) Give her a call at 705 789 5883. After all, it's time for Spring Cleaning!
These social moments are the glue and heart of a community, and it is wonderful to see so many people out taking part. In a communication age where it is increasingly difficult to communicate, where conversation and information is exchanged in text messages and twitter updates, an evening like this reaffirms that people need people, that face to face conversation will never be improved upon by a blackberry, and that there is a timeless magic in coming together to make your own cheer.
Don't overlook our specials for COUPLES! As well as families and groups, we offer great deals for couples looking to just get away.
You can check our availability on-line. We work hard to keep this current, but it may lag actual bookings. And it may not be 100% accurate...
We do have vacancies throughout July and August, but not that many... so you should scoop up yours! In fact, there are only about nine vacancies left for this summer!! We've got your cottage waiting, but you should call now!
We much prefer to keep the personal touch, and to discuss your booking the 'old-fashioned' way, directly, person to person! This helps us ensure that we've got your booking just the way you want it.
1 888 300 2132 or 705 635 2261 or email us. We've got your cottage ready!
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
And Click Here for just one more...