Winter has arrived in the Poconos! Why not jump-start the New Year with a “just what you need” weekend in Buck Hill? Need to work off the effects of all those holiday parties? Cross country skiing, sledding, skating, ice hockey and paddle are all worth the effort. Need to warm your soul and refresh your spirit? Yoga, insightful fireside chats, and congenial gatherings at the Grille or Paiste Pond fill that bill. We’ve got it all!
Start your weekend off right with Saturday Yoga, at 9am, at Paiste Pond Chalet. That’s right, Sunday Yoga is now Saturday Yoga with Genise Gentry, and the same rules apply. A minimum of 5 participants is needed, so sign up at www.signupgenius.com or with Mary Lowengard at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you need to cancel, please do so by noon on Friday to avoid being billed.
The Buck Hill Art Association will host the winter session of its popular Sketching the Seasons, this Saturday, January 14, at 11am, at the stone bridge near Red Rock. This four part series is designed to encourage artists and novices capture the stunning natural beauty and imposing architecture of our community. No need to register; just bring your crayons, colored pencils, paints, sketch pads and easels to the bridge and channel your inner Monet. Who knows, painting with mittens may become a new technique!
Following your chilly en plein air experience, the Art Association invites you to warm up at a Fireside Chat with two New York City artists Saturday evening, at 7pm, at the home of Beth and Geoff Goldwater, 223 Huckleberry Lane. Professional artists Erica Prince and Shane Jezowski will discuss their art, their mediums and their experiences with beverages and hors d’oeuvres, but you might want to reciprocate with a contribution to the BHAA. The Goldwaters suggest parking along their Ledge Drive entrance, across from Frank and Ginny May’s home.
On Sunday, from 5-6pm, The Fairway Grille invites cottagers to gather for Happy Hour which has played to rave reviews this winter, and not just because house wines are $5, draft beer, $3, and appetizers are 50% off. It’s a relaxing way to end the day with friends and neighbors. Come see for yourself!
The popular Martin Luther King Weekend Pot Luck Dinner will be held Sunday, January15, at 6pm, at the Paiste Pond Chalet. What began as an attempt to lure Buck Hillers away from their cozy cottages on a cold mid-winter holiday weekend has become an anticipated Buck Hill tradition. Plan to bring your favorite dish and beverage along with the whole family to this fun party, but you must RSVP by this Friday. Click here for more information and to make your reservations.
In addition to these scheduled events, the Paiste Pond Activities Center will be open all weekend (Saturday through Monday) from 10am-6pm. Don’t let the need for skates, sleds, hockey sticks or other equipment curtail your fun – the Stop and Swap area in the Chalet may have just what you’re looking for.
Karl and Ann Weiler want to give a grateful shout out to our Chief of Security. One evening during the holidays, after a delightful outing in New York City, the Weiler’s vehicle lost traction because of black ice half way up Wintergreen. Several unsuccessful attempts by their driver forced them to cautiously back down Summit Drive and call Security. Andy quickly reached them, and after making sure they were on level ground to avoid falls on the icy surface, put them in his truck and got them safely home to a warm and relaxing fire and cocktails. There was an upside to this experience, chilling in more ways than one – for the first time in a long time, Karl says Ann sat on his lap since three people couldn’t fit in Andy’s truck! Thanks go out to Andy and his entire team for the special service they provide around the clock, regardless of the weather.
Susan Worth Reilly checks in to tell us that work continues apace on the Inn even as winter has descended on Buck Hill. The big news is that hard demolition has begun on the middle, six-story section of the Inn.
The big prehistoric looking “grabber” is at work biting off sections of the Inn which are lowered to the ground and then methodically sorted to separate metal, wood, etc., from the concrete. Once separated all materials are disposed of in the appropriate fashion.
Demolition has started on the top floor of the middle section of the Inn and all the asbestos shingles have been removed by high lift from the Inn cupola. Most of the remediation and removal on the stucco portion of the Inn has been completed.
In other news, environmental remediation has begun on the new West Wing. For those who might not know, the new West Wing is actually the free standing building on the west side of the Inn. Known to some as the “time share” building, it was constructed in 1958.
Despite the arrival of winter and the attendant snow fall, SRI is steadily at work at the site, absent only on an actual snowfall day. To date low temperatures have not been a factor in the operations, and all in all it has been a smooth start in the New Year on demolition.
As we close out ’16 and ring in ’17, the Conservation Foundation would like to thank the many residents who have contributed in so many ways to the steady progress of the project.
Theatrical Gems, the Barrett Township based production company, recently received a $500 donation from Mary Ruvane’s Little Green Book Shop – itself a community gem! Located on Route 390 in Mountainhome, the charming non-profit book shop sells new and used books, offers a variety of educational and artistic programs, and supports the cultural arts in and around Barrett Township. The shop’s long term goal is to establish a new playhouse and arts center to promote the villages of Barrett as a desirable place to live and vacation. Mary reminds us that their books can be searched online as well as on their shelves, and new books can be ordered at competitive pricing. Classes in theater arts, creative writing and perhaps drawing will be offered in March, and you can expect to find details in future BreezeMails. You can contact Mary at email@example.com or 570 595-BOOK.
After a hugely successful Bingo Night, Lot and Cot is dealing the cards and getting ready for its Casino Night scheduled for February 18, at 6:30pm, at Paiste Pond Chalet. Dinner and a cash bar will add to the fun and games, but just like Las Vegas, you must be 18 or older to attend. Childcare will be available at the Camp Club Building. You can sign up your child(ren) by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org – registration is required. Stay tuned for more details, but mark your calendars now. Contact Ginny May if you’d like to be a dealer at email@example.com.
The Communications Committee is always looking for evocative photos depicting Buck Hill’s activities, amenities, natural surroundings, etc. If you have photos you’d like the committee to consider you can now upload them at the new Media Uploader on the Buck Hill website home page under “Cottage Community,” using this link: www.buckhillfalls.com/media-uploader. Keep those photos coming!
Wednesday Chair Yoga, Friendly Community Center, 3pm
Thursday Happy Hour, Fairway Grille, 5-6pm
Saturday Yoga, Paiste Pond, 9am. Register with Mary Lowengard at firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday Mah Jongg, Kerby Library, 1-4pm
Monday, January16, trash and recycling pick-up; Monday, January 23, trash pick-up
Monday Chair Yoga, Friendly Community Center, 3pm
Tuesday Bridge, Kerby Library, 1pm
Lot and Cot Casino Night, February 18, Paiste Pond Chalet. Childcare available at Camp Club Building register with Angela Croffut at email@example.com
The next edition of BreezeMail will be issued on January 25. Please send items for inclusion to firstname.lastname@example.org by Sunday evening, January 22. Items received after that time will be held over for the next edition. Thank you!