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Sunday, February 2, 2014
Painting the Town White
AO had the only car on the Main Street this weekend. Right outside their flagship store. That's fair, since they were providing a whole pile of snow toys for the occasion.
Well, Huntsville decided it needed MORE snow, So they shut down Main Street and Rivermill Park, trucked in all the snow they could get a truck around, brought in the ski groomer from Arrowhead Park, set up a Snowboard Park and brought Winter to the Downtown.
It was called the Winter Comedy Festival -- and that's not because you could find yourself laughing at the snow-biking Moose in blue and yellow, but because headlining at Deerhurst and the Algonquin Theatre they had stand up comics, including Brent Butt and Jim Belushi.
Now, to be honest, I'm not sure how much shopping was going on along Main Street, but the Fun was unlimited.
Ski races came to town, and so did the Jack Rabbit ski program from Arrowhead.
Breanne doesn't get poles until NEXT week, but she didn't care, zipping back and forth along the Main drag. She was more than happy to show me her new skills. Skiing is for Life, and is one of the best sports to have in your portfolio.
A pause at the Warming Centre set up in Partners' Hall resulted in some crazy face painting effects. We saw a LOT of this design out and about!
Age was not a factor! Face Painting isn't just for Kid's when Huntsville paints the town.
You really can't have a Festival without music, and there was a rotating live show taking place on the Ny-Dock dock by the Royal Bank. Never mind the snow that was falling like it wanted to be on a Christmas card, the day was mild, and the music was mellow.
A bar crafted from ice housed the Beer Tent. Now, me, myself, I'm not such a fan of cold beer when I'm standing outside in the snow, but to each their own.
Three Guys and a Stove were also out on the street, keeping people well fueled with soup, burgers, sandwiches and hot drinks.
Something new, and quite interesting, was the Craftsman Challenge. Five identical (well, the plans were identical) Garden Sheds were being built on the street, over the three days. They would be judged for the best workmanship, and then the sheds will be auctioned off at the Cottage Life Show, with the proceeds going to Habitat for Humanity.
What with our Mike being in the Construction course at Georgian, we felt honour bound to cheer for these guys...
It made for a really fun weekend, brought out the 'crazy winter hats', and lots of warm smiles.
In Rivermill Park, AO had set up a Riglet Park, a tiny little snowboard park where the widgets could be introduced to the sport.
Thanks to Chris Occhiuzzi for this photo of Dante learning how to balance on the board!
So here's a cheer to Huntsville, and another cheer for a winter that can be played with, by all ages.
You should be putting this Festival on your List for next year, if you missed this one. Or even if you didn't... It's a great time.
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...