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Wednesday, August 6, 2014
Clam Race, Opening Day -- the Hats come Out, and so do the Proposals
Tonight was the kick-off to the 29th annual running of the Clams, for the coveted Chowder Bowl.
A record 72 clams came to the post -- with fabulous names, like Baggage Clam, Clam Kadiddlehopper, iClam, Shellfire, Chocolate Chip Coquille, Blonde Clambition, Not Who He Clams to Be, and Chris Clamfield...
I could go on. 64 more times, but you get the gist. The names are a big part of the fun of this event.
So too is the spirit of the occasion. The wonderful Muskoka Music Men come to provide the music for the occasion -- and to them Much Thanks! They have a big concert coming up on August 16 at the Algonquin Theatre, and it is a great evening. You should go.
But we digress... At Ascot, the fashionistas turn out in force for the big race, and hats are de rigeur. So, too, at the Clam Race, where the Dept. of Silly Hats went into overdrive.
Kudos to Leslie, for creating a fantastic fascinator out of a coffee filter and some feathers and bark. Her daughters Vivi and Nora were rocking it with fascinators of their onw, fashioned from onion bags. How tremendously creative!
Mike borrowed headwear to come as a Christmas pudding, while Rachel and Jill went for the sophisticated angle.
Dawn came looking like she'd stepped off the plane from the Ascot Derby.
Even Taffy got into the spirit, with a fascinator of her very own.
Team Kelly had spent the afternoon crafting matching hats that were "all the news" (so to speak!)
The Muskoka Music Men have their own hats, and no matter what they have on their heads, they make fabulous harmonies. Check out that medal that Ken is wearing -- that is from the year that their entry, My Wild Racing Clam, scooted into medal contention.
It takes a village to run a Clam Race -- thanks to Brian, the resident Clamologist, who made sure all the clams got to the start line in the lake in an orderly fashion; to Kitty and Dave who took over the duties of registering participants (and suffered the writer's cramps that went with the numbers this year!) Shelley and Dan worked hard to get the nailpolish numbers onto those racers...
Carol and Sarah had a snack table, with some of the tastiest dips you could ever want -- all created on the fly by Carol!
Dave and Mike were in charge of the pyrotechnics that let the Clams know (since it is harder to hear underwater) when the start is official. The fireworks display this year was excellent, and didn't set fire to the willow tree, so that is progress...
But THE MOMENT of the evening came when David got onto one knee, brandishing cheap fake flowers, and asked his fiance Megan if he could have her Clam in Marriage...
Every romance needs a great sense of humour. Megan said yes, and they 'joined clams' and raised a really tacky pink flamingo wine glass in honour of the occasion. What good sports.
They are getting married on Sept. 13th, and we hope they will live Clammily Ever After.
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...