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Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Carnivals are for the Young at Heart
There was broomball on Friday night, and a costume dance on Saturday for the 'grown-ups', but Saturday itself at the Dwight Winter Carnival was pretty much all about the kids. Which is just fine. There was certainly no shortage of small people there having a great time!
Here's a batch of photos from the day... From Bob Barnhardt receiving the Bob Palmer Award for Volunteers -- and Scott Hayden reading out the nominating letter, right through the afternoon.
Prizes were handed out for the best snow sculpture -- the turtle won!
Everybody gets a kick out of meeting Frosty, and shaking his hand (surprising warm, given he is a snowman). He had a big Fan Club, of all ages.
Speaking of Fan clubs, Sparky was there too, representing the Volunteer Firemen, giving Marie a big hug, and handing out Firemen's hats and high fives to the kids.
There was a real live Mad Scientist on hand, who attracted a passel of people, all getting down and dirty with an array of experiments. I wonder, though, how many people realized that the snake peeking out of her lab coat was the Real Deal? I know one of two folk who have a snake phobia and might have cleared the room. He was a cute little boa, though, who came and went around her neck and helped out with some of the experiments!
The indoor Bouncy Castle was a big hit -- after they got the power source sorted! This is what happens when a castle blows a fuse... it settles softly around its bouncing people! No worries, however, nobody gets flattened by a deflating castle, and it was soon back up and running!
There was no big team of Belgians pulling a wagon this year. Instead, there was a team of tiny ponies, taking the tiny kids around the parking lot.
It wouldn't be a Carnival if it didn't have Moose Tongues! Linda got a great one, even if it did seem to have an excess of syrup. Who could possibly complain about an excess of maple syrup???? No -one !!
Food is always part of a Carnival -- in addition to the lunch available, there was the pie tasting contest. Now, that's a tough job...
Outside, the Zorb track was set up and ready for action in the afternoon. Of course, if you'd had too many moose tongues, it might not have been the best plan! Kids and adults alike have a blast.
The firemen were on hand with their Rescue truck, answering questions and letting kids climb around the truck and blow the siren.
Log sawing, canoe races, snowshoe races and karaoke kept people busy outdoors all afternoon.
And the Algonquin Snowmobile club was on hand with their trail groomer. If you've ever wondered why we have the best trails up here -- this is the answer!
A great job from all the Carnvial Volunteers for working so hard for the community! Well done.
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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
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