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Friday, August 5, 2011
It was delayed one day due to rain on Wednesday morning, but the 88th Annual Anglican Church Regatta stepped it up on Thursday.
Congratulations to Lumina Resort, our next door neighbours and very good friends. Not only did they do a stellar job of hosting the Regatta, but they are currently celebrating their 90th season as one of the premier destinations on the Lake of Bays. Great to see Tec out there paddling, along with the next generation in both canoes and swim races!
Their dining room is open to the public, too -- with advance reservations, and a lot of people aren't aware of that. Chef Sean does an incredible buffet every Sunday, and great meals all week long.
Heather Manuel, the fearless leader of the Anglican Charge in Lake of Bays, somehow manages to be almost everywhere at once, and still keep smiling!
A large, meal-plan resort, Lumina is easily able to absorb the additional crowd of people along their sand beach for the regatta races. Competitors from the other area resorts -- Bondi, Foxwood, Port Cunnington and Nor'Loch, as well as local residents and cottagers, all enjoyed a day of brilliant sunshine and calm waters -- a good thing if you are trying to learn how to paddle a canoe in the Crab Race (where you face the stern, and paddle towards the stern, with the rest of the canoe sitting high behind you like the tail of a dog.
26 canoes came out for some of the bigger races, and there were lots of young contestants in the 11 and under races too, so it was fun for all. A great silent auction and plenty of door prizes also added to the fun of the day. Not to mention the Bake Sale... The crowd was a little smaller this summer: perhaps the power outage that left Port Cunnington and Bondi in the dark, with staff needed at the resort to cope with that, had something to do with that. Still, there were lots of folks along the shore, and lots of cheering.
These community regattas are a great way to spend an afternoon. Lumina won the overall high point trophies this year, and well deserved that was. Thanks to Karen from Nor'Loch, who oversaw the scoring; Rob from Foxwood, who stood in the sun all day to judge, and to all the rest of the volunteers who worked so hard on this event.
Me? They just handed me the microphone, to talk about the history of the Lake, tell some bad jokes, and get the racers out to the start lines. That's the easy part. It's the work behind the scenes that makes the day.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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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...