Thursday, October 24, 2013

Mellow Autumn and Winter Preparations

Starting the day after we published the last blog entry it has been one exciting happening after another keeping us all on our toes.  One of our biggest events was the Teddy Roosevelt Dinner that we hosted where the Roosevelt impersonator Joe Weigand performed marvelously to give a very real sense of the man and what he stood for.  

 Hay rides were enjoyed by many of our guests this season as the leaf colors were outstanding and the weather was beautiful and comfortable as well.

On Sept. 14th Joe Wiegand gave a riveting performance as Teddy Roosevelt, telling us of his origins, career and especially his storied ride from the Newcomb forest to the North Creek train station on his way to take the oath of office as President of the United States. 

And was gracious to take this photo with Mindy and me as well as with many other fans.

 The following day, Sept 15th, a beautiful wedding was held on our lawn and a great time was had by all.

 The food was delicious

And the wedding couple enjoyed a very special day.

Throughout the fall we've had numerous bus tours bring guests for lunch and dinner.  They all have enjoyed themselves immensley

Meanwhile, preparations for the coming winter season go on as planned.  We're making some fairly significant improvements to the Ski Shop that we think will be well received.  Ivy Mulligan has been busy ordering the gear and merchandise that people have been asking for, as well as reorganizing the retail space in the shop to better display it all.

Behind the counter and the ski tuning center will be more accessible

Mindy's Dad, Dennis is staying with us for a few weeks and will be helping out with a variety of tasks.  Here he's putting on another coating of polyurathane onto the new lunch counter we've put in.  Mark Millington designed and built it.

 We've been putting a lot of effort into upgrading the signage throughout the property.  We'll get close to half of all the signage on the trail system repainted and refurbished for this season.  The remainder we'll leave for next year.

New signs for the trails down to the Ski Shop as well.

Here is the beginnings of a bridge replacement project on Hooper Loop

 The foundation is in

And the decking goes on

Here, Mark is working on one of the grooming snowmobiles to get it ready for the season.

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