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Saturday, July 11

July 11, 2015 12:17 pm

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Week 28
Saturday, July 11, 2015

Sunrise: 5:21am Sunset: 8:38pm
Local Weather (Subject to Change!)
Another gorgeous day in Vermont with abundant sunshine and high temperatures around 86 degrees.

Guest News
We are thrilled to announce the return of so many wonderful guests here today! As part of the Schreier Family Reunion we are pleased to welcome back Florence Moore of Cincinnati, OH, The Schreier Families of Garden City, NY, Frank and Cathy Nash and their daughters of Rowayton, CT, and Betsy Davis of Kendall Park, NJ. We are pleased to see Mr. and Mrs. Johnson of New York, NY returning today. As part of the Brons Family Gathering we are glad to welcome Mr. and Mrs. Cooley of Needham, MA, Mr. and Mrs. Snyder of Fairfax, VA and Mr. and Mrs. Brons of Laurel MD. It is great to see Mr. and Mrs. Wilson of Marrick, NY arriving today. Welcome back to The Andersons of Sandwich, MA. Mr. and Mrs. Smulian arrive today from Brooklyn, NY. Glad to see The Amsbary Family from Needham MA today. Mr. and Mrs. Meyer from Cedar Grove, NJ are back! Happy to see that Trish Desantis and her Family have chosen to return today from New Canaan, CT. Welcome back to Margret Joyce of New Canaan, CT. We are glad to host The Harris Reunion and welcome back The Harris’ of Paoli, PA and The Maggart Family of Nashville, TN. Welcome back to Mr. and Mrs. White of Upper Saddle River, NJ. Today marks the beginning of The Smyers Reunion. We are pleased to welcome family matriarch and patriarch Mr. and Mrs. Smyers of Wethersfield, CT. Also arriving today are Mr. and Mrs. Smyers of LaFayette, CA, Donna Smyers of Asamant, VT, The Lane Family of Saint Louis, MO, The Kaufmans of Boston, MA, The King Family of Lincoln, MA, The Eusdens of Big Flats, NY and The Smyers Family of Marblehead, MA. Also arriving today we are happy to welcome Mr. and Mrs. Phipps of Summit, NJ.

Wedding News
We are thrilled to be hosting the wedding of Molly and Mark today! Wishing you a lifetime of love and happiness!

Resort News
Welcome Teens! Our program has changed this year. Meet with our counselors at 10am Sunday morning and plan YOUR week YOUR way. Choose from a menu of activities and create a teen approved schedule. Every day can be different. Your week will start with Mocktails on Sunday evening at the Gazebo. From there it’s all about you!

Bingo News
Thursday is always a fun event enjoyed by all! Ellie from Colorado won the Regular Bingo. Postage stamp was won by Kathy and Joe, while Picture Frame also went to Joe from Connecticut! X-Marks the Spot went to Andrew from New Jersey. The High Stakes was taken home by Will from Colorado. Bre from New York won the Losers’ Bingo and the Black Out went to Oscar from Virginia! Congratulations to all of our winners and a big thank you to everyone who came out to participate! Look forward to our next Bing Night Sunday!

Name That Tune
“Do you believe in rock and roll? Can music save your mortal soul?”
First correct answer of the day gets a prize from the front desk! Look for the answer in tomorrow’s Breeze
Yesterday: “Raindrops keep falling” by B.J. Thomas ~ Congrats to Ford Young for knowing it first!

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“Basin Harbor Club” by Iris Halpern

August 17, 2014 2:59 pm

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“Basin Harbor Club” by Iris Halpern

Twelve years ago while reading Travel and Leisure magazine for families, I came across “Basin Harbor Club,” a resort on Lake Champlain, Vermont side. I can’t remember what intrigued me but I convinced my husband that this remote enclave was worth the effort.

Although other times of the year, we are very adventurous travelers, we will be making our annual trek to Basin Harbor again this August. Our twelve year mark is modest in comparison to other families who are second or even third generation guests.

What makes this resort such a treasure? Much of the reason lies in the fact that in its 127* year history of ownership by the Beach family, not much has changed. There are long-standing traditions that may appear antiquated and cumbersome in today’s fast paced casual world but are valued by my family as part of the “Basin Harbor culture.” For example, in the main dining room, boys over the age of 12 and all men must wear a coat and tie to dinner. Girls and women wear “summer cocktail” attire. A leisurely served dinner overlooking Lake Champlain completes this old fashioned picture. My daughter has grown up knowing that three hour dining room dinners are the “norm” at Basin Harbor.

Evening is in sharp contrast to daytime at Basin Harbor when the grounds are busy with kids at Basin Harbor “camp” while other guests enjoy tennis clinics, games and tournaments, hikes, waterfront sports, bike riding or the best activity of all, sitting and reading in one of the many colorful Adirondack chairs that dot the property. The porch where engaging conversations take place is also a personal favorite. In addition, with three gourmet meals a day, eating seems to be a constant activity.

Each evening at Basin Harbor also offers long standing traditions. We know for example, that Wednesday is always Harbor Fair, Sundays the dock dinner, Tuesdays the story tellers come, etc. One year when the economy was a challenge and the Story tellers were cancelled, even the teens were distraught. You don’t make changes at Basin Harbor.

What you do make at Basin Harbor are memories. We have a Basin Harbor “family” as we meet the same people each year. We have celebrated the birthday of one of our members each summer, talked about upcoming bar/bat mitzvahs, planned for entering high school and as the oldest of our group are now college age, that topic looms large in our conversations. We have developed a special bond as we “live” together for one week each summer, a magical seven days where all our needs are provided and relaxation is our only goal. We have the luxury of enjoying each other, watching our kids pass through each Basin Harbor tradition and experiencing the beauty of Lake Champlain. Our kids have “graduated” from close supervision at “kids camp” (ceremoniously moving age groups each summer) to total independence on how they will spend their time. As our daughter heads out to breakfast at 8:00 am, we remind her that dinner is “our time” and we will see her again then.

I treasure these memories the entire year and although I long for our annual Basin Harbor visit, there is a moment of bittersweet feelings as we arrive and leave. The week goes too fast and I am reminded that life goes even faster. How fortunate we are that we found a place where technology free old-fashioned tradition feels so very right.

Wednesday, July 2

July 2, 2014 1:04 pm

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Sunrise 5:10am Sunset 8:40pm

Local Weather (Subject to Change!)
It’s going to be another hot one with a high near 88! There is also a 50% chance of showers and thunderstorms!

Guest News
We would like to Welcome back Michael & Ruth Banchik to Basin Harbor! Welcome back Ms. Maria Lines who is coming to us all the way from California. Welcome back to Yuri & Jane Paraszczak from Pleasantville, NY. Welcome back to Matt & Nancy Hickerson, also from NY! We would like to welcome back Mrs. Margaret Ratcliffe-Lee from Wayne, NJ. Welcome Ms. Eleanor Lindberg and family from Greenwich, CT! Basin Harbor would like to give a very warm welcome to Jewell Westerman, Josh McKain, and their families who are all here for an 80th Birthday Celebration! We also want to wish Mr. Emmett Wilson a very Happy (and slightly belated) Birthday! He turned 10 yesterday! We hope you had a wonderful day Emmett!

Resort News
There is a lot to do today at Basin Harbor! We are gearing up for the holiday celebrations and special events.

Start the day’s activities by dropping the kids off at the Tennis Shop for some early morning Tennis instruction and fun before they head to Kids Camp. Looking to stick together for the afternoon? Try out the Family Fishing Tournament! This is a free event happening at the Waterfront, fishing poles will be available to borrow and bait to purchase. Sign up with the Concierge!

Keep the kids cool with swimming lessons! Our own Colin, a sophomore at the University of Vermont, is giving swimming lessons to kids of all ages! He has been a swimming instructor for three years and has raced competitively for many years as well. Your children will be swimming like champs in no time! Call Colin at the pool (ext. 894) to set up your lesson!

Don’t miss out on some wonderful local products at Middlebury’s Farmer’s Market! Open from 9am-12:30pm, Middlebury is just a 25 minute drive south of us. Here crafts, cheeses, breads, and veggies vie for your attention! While you are in town, meander across the Walking Bridge to the other side of town and check out the shops. Or grab some lunch at any one of the delicious restaurants within walking distance!

Did you know…Racewalking has been an official Olympic sport for over 90 years. Distances vary from 1 mile to 95 miles. Racewalking usually is not the most popular sport of the Olympics. We won’t be Racewalking, but we do invite you to take a stroll with our Basin Harbor Ambassador, Sadie, this afternoon! She will answer any questions you may have about the property and the activities we have going on here.

Tonight is the first of our Wine Dinner Series! Enjoy an evening of fabulous wine and food with our own wine connoisseur, Joss Vandal, and our guest host for the evening Ines Giovanett of Castelfeder Winery. Our Chef has prepared a special menu to go along with our special wines, so make your reservation now for this fantastic event!

Looking for some late night entertainment? Middlebury College is hosting an Open House in their Observatory! Sky gazers join Jonathan Kemp of the Middlebury College physics department to view Saturn, Mars, and other celestial sights through state-of-the-art telescopes. The Open House is free and open to the public, but will take place only if the sky is at least mostly clear. If the weather appears uncertain, visitors may call the observatory at 443-2266, after 7:00 PM on the evening of the Open House for a status report. See the Concierge for more information.