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Thursday, August 1, 2013
A Turn of Foot and Harmony: Clam Race 2013
What a host! Napster came out immediately when the Muskoka Music Men arrived for the Annual Clam Race, the running of the Chowder Bowl. He got right in on the action, too. If they'd let him have a microphone, he'd likely have sung some karaoke with them.
Hats come out for the Clam Race as well.
Taffy and Dave were both looking very debonaire.
Daniel got truly into the spirit with a Fascinating Hairstyle -- it almost qualified as a Fascinator!
While John 'branched out' with his head gear.
We are delighted whenever the Muskoka Music Men can come for any event. For the Clam Race, they MAKE the day. Without them, this would just be about clams racing for glory, but with them here making their wonderful harmonies, it becomes a true Event. Our guests very much enjoy them, and you'll see lots of them singing along. And that is what music is all about!
Shelley and Kitty took over the task of recording and marking the clams. This is a hectic job, as the clams come up to the Start, and they handle it with aplomb.
Our friend Gord Bell, from Beauview Cottage Resort, came over to enter a clam and cheer the racers on. He assisted Brian, our resident Clamologist, with the task of "marching down the clams" to the start line. Numbered clams nestle in the 'official' muffin tin that helps keep them sorted into numerical order for an orderly placing on the start line.
Mike and Dave were on duty for the official Fireworks that mark the start of the race and signal to the underwater clams that it is time to extend that foot and get going.
Once clams are running, it is all about enjoying the Music Men, some camaraderie and munchies and the softness of the evening before we all gather again in the morning for the Official Finish, when Brian will measure the tracks and we'll see which Clam ran farthest.
That is followed by presentation of the very coveted "Chowder Bowl." Clams have raced at Bondi for 28 years, and our guests tell us that their Clam Race medals and trophies have pride of place in their homes. No surprise there...
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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...