Tuesday, January 14, 2014

And So Another Year Begins

So here we are once again starting a new year.  There's been a lot going on since we last had a chance to post pictures so here are some of the highlights:

New Years Eve Dinner with music and Ballroom dancing with MC Paul Loguercia.  A great night to remember.

Mindy's niece Abigail dancing with son Andrew.

Clowning around

 Family photo 

Just Mindy and Don ringing in the new year

The week of Jan. 12th was Senior Week and we went on some very nice outings and treks.
 Naturalist Judith Harper led a group on a hike through Don's property in Johnsburg to show some of the wildlife and land features there.

Standing on a beaver dam

The snow came early this year.  Skiing at Thanksgiving

The Skishop is all set for another great season

And everyone's ready to go

Thanksgiving Wine Tasting Dinner

Ski Director Ivy Mulligan giving a backcountry survival talk

And bridge building and trail maintenance

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.

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Moving Into Autumn

As the cooler days of fall are upon us, we are pleased to tell of all the things that are happening here this season.  We are offering many Fall specials and packages to entice everyone to take time to enjoy this beautiful time of year at Garnet Hill.  Check out the web site at www.garnet-hill.com for details.

The movie "Approaching Normal" has begun to move from the editing studio out into the public for the first time.  We held a private preview gathering at the Tannery Pond Community Center in North Creek on Friday, 9/6 which was very well received by the press and more than 100 attendees.  The movie is a touching, charming and at times, quite dramatic tale of a family reunion that takes place at the lodge and the dramatic interactions of the family members as they grapple with each others problems and circumstances but ultimately are brought closer together.  We are awaiting word of it's acceptance into several Independent Film Festivals for later this fall and winter.

Members of the original cast filming on location on 13th Lake

The Editor, Author and Producer after the Preview at Tannery Pond Center

The movie team answering questions after the movie showing

A beautiful selection of hors d'oeuvres was served prior to the movie preview.

On Labor Day Weekend we had Frank Hooper and his wife, Janet join us for a special dinner where we got to know him. As the cousin of the original owner of the Hooper Mine, Frank grew up on the Garnet Hill Lodge property and shared many insights and memories with us about how things used to be here.  We are very appreciative of his interest and enthusiasm for the lodge today.

On Wednesday, 9/11, we had a great group of vintage car enthusiasts from the Glens Falls area join us for lunch and they were gracious to park their cars on the lawn for a little photo session afterward.

 Neighbors and friends gathered for a dinner party in honor of Woody and Elise Widlund who have contributed so much to the region with their generosity and hard work and now have moved from their home at Garnet Hill to be closer to their children and grandchildren.

And finally on 9/13 we hosted a Tour Bus Group for lunch and had this opportunity for a group photo on the lawn afterward.