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Marching On

Happy March!

Here it is, the month that’s supposed come in like a lion and go out like a lamb.  We can’t say that lion exactly describes the forecast for the first few days, but clouds and snow showers will be with us for sure.  It’s been a strange winter – snow storms followed by big thaws, with much of the white stuff getting lost in Southern New England before it makes its way here.  The Lake hasn’t gotten permanent ice, just a skim that forms and reforms as wind blows it away.  But the writer is definitely looking forward to the lamb part of March!

We’ve seen lots of eagles as a result of the open water.  A couple of days ago, while enjoying a walk with the herd of BHC dogs, five eagles wheeled overhead, conversing among themselves.  I wanted to be sure it was eagles so I fired up iBird on my phone, and played the call for Haliaeetus Leucocephalus (testing you on your Latin).  Suddenly, the birds were making tighter circles at lower altitudes.  They definitely had taken note of the intruder!

The Ranger Room renovation is coming along nicely.  The interesting thing about construction in existing buildings is that you never really know what you’ll find when you get in there! Just this week, the old beams were blasted with walnut shells (akin to sand blasting) to eliminate old flaking whitewash.  We will have pictures to show you in a couple of days when the entire floor of the area near the bar is exposed down to the old carrying beams.

Executive Chef, Christian Kruse, has been paying visits to area farmers whose items you’ll find on this year’s menus:  Robert Bruce of Vergennes grows lovely greens and baby vegetables, Peter Coleman of Plainfield is making delicious sausages and preserved meats at Vermont Salumi, and Phil Wagner of Bridport is producing wonderful grass-fed beef at the Wagner Ranch.  Yum!

Golf Pro Paul Meunier is off to the Boston Golf Show this weekend with Tim Lynk and Sarah Morris from the Sales Team and Jen Wyman from the Everything Else Team.  If you go to the show at the Seaport World Trade Center, be sure to stop by our booth and say hi.  We’re keeping our fingers crossed that we could be golfing in a month or six weeks!

We can’t wait for opening day on May 17th.  Grab your dogs and join us for Woofstock, a weekend of all things dog.  What better way to celebrate late spring than a fun getaway with your favorite canine? Fanny, Rosie, Piccolo, Ava, Oscar, Vinnie, Scout and Bromley will be waiting to play with you.

We regret to say that John Schisler, one of BHC’s most loyal guests, had decided that his health won’t allow his annual visit in 2013.  John and his late wife, Ann, have been vacationing here virtually every year since 1962, and we’ll miss his smiling face on the back porch of the Lodge, his “office” during his visits.  We’ll miss you, John, and we wish you well.  It won’t be the same without you!

We hope that spring starts soon (not too soon for those of you who are skiers and boarders!) and puts you in the mood for planning your summer vacation.

Best wishes from your Basin Harbor Family – Pennie