The 2016 season is quickly approaching and we’re ready for a fantastic summer at IYC Spoke on the Water. NEW members, NEW docks and SIGNIFICANT improvements to the club will ensure a terrific season. We are currently focused on building a great team to ensure a smooth operation and excellent service throughout all areas of the club.
Paulo and his team are preparing boats for launch and some are already in the water. We anticipate all boats launched by mid-May if the weather continues to cooperate. Thank you for completing you work orders and submitting work orders…we have a lot of painting and waxing to complete this season. Your boats are going to look great!
Our new floating docks on the North end are installed and look great. Plumbing and electrical service is currently being improved and will be completed during the month of May.
Blockhouse is committed to ensuring both the Clubhouse and facilities are in excellent condition for the upcoming season. Spring is the best time to prepare, get all systems up-and-running, complete necessary repairs, clean and paint for summer season operations.
Looking forward to seeing everyone at the club!
David Lovas General Manager
What: Island Yacht Club / Spoke on the Water Kids Summer Camp Island Yacht Club / Spoke on the Water proudly announces a seven week Kid’s Camp beginning July 5th and ending the week of August 19th 2016. Kids ages 5 to 12.
When: July 5 – Aug 19, M-F, 9-5pm The Camp will operate 5 days a week from Monday to Friday, except for Week 1 and Week 5 departing from Dan Leckie Way at 8:45 AM arriving at IYC for 9:00 AM leaving the Island at 5:00 PM arriving city side at 5:15 PM during the 7 week period.
Who: IYC Member’s Children and Guests (Ages 5-12) Island Yacht Club / Spoke on the Water through Blockhouse Bay Management will operate the program and supervise the work of the Camp Director responsible to run the camp with counselors.
Where: Muggs Island IYC / Spoke on the Water will operate the camp out of the 3 North Shore buildings and kids will have access to the grounds north of the main clubhouse, the natural trail on the island, tennis courts and pool.
Cost: 350$ per week for members ($50 siblings discount) and $375 for friends + 20% discount for 4 weeks or more. To include lunch Monday to Thursday, there is an additional $20 fee.
The fee includes transportation to and from the island, hot lunch on Friday and 2 snacks per day. Activities include: tennis, swimming, arts & crafts, nature walks, canoeing, kayaking, sailing, visiting Center Island and various excursions, games and more.
It is my pleasure to write the first of what I hope to be many communications to the membership in my capacity as your Commodore. When I joined the Island Yacht Club as a power boater a year before the fire destroyed our old clubhouse, it never crossed my mind that I could end up assuming this auspicious position, but here I am!
After a milder than normal winter and now some intemperate spring snow, we approach what we expect will be a great boating season. The club’s renewal continues, with new floating docks for the north end already built and awaiting imminent installation and much planning has been done over the winter months by your Board of Directors, an active Social Committee and by the hard-working staff of Blockhouse Bay Management, under the leadership of David Lovas, our General Manager. Launching of boats will likely be under way by the time you read this.
Please mark your calendars for the first weekend in June. The Commodore’s Ball will be held on Saturday June 4th and the Sail Past, which officially launches the boating season, is on Sunday June 5th.
The Commodore’s Ball is not only our opening social event, but is the only formal event of our boating season. All boating and social members are invited to attend. Watch your mail and email for the invitation and please note the RRSP date as we are limited by space to a maximum of 150 attendees. Please join us for this great evening.
Please invite your families and friends to attend the Sail Past and the following reception on Sunday June 5th. There will be no tender fees for visitors and guests on that Sunday. Our boating members traditionally offer space to any social members who want to join us on the water, so all social members are invited to please contact David Lovas (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you wish to participate by accompanying a boating member. We are proud to perpetuate this longstanding yachting tradition.
And now for a sneak preview of some of the changes that await you this summer: We have applied for a License to permit beverage service at the pool as well as limited food service, thus eliminating the need to disrupt your poolside relaxation in order to get a bite to eat or a refreshing drink. Family-style dining options will be available on the weekends with value-focused menu options, addressing a concern raised by some members last season. Many new activities are planned, including a weekend shuttle to Centre Island from the eastern side of our nature trail across Pike Cut, the narrow waterway that borders our Island on the east. Many other events are planned, including themed dining nights, so watch for Telltales regularly in your Inbox.
For those that do not know me and wish to chat, I can usually be found on my boat, Panacea, which is docked at the far north end of the Club. I look forward to seeing you all on the Island.
Robert (Bob) Grossman Commodore
A MESSAGE FROM STAN & GUS, THE FOOD & BEVERAGE TEAM
We are happy to start the season with a lovely brunch buffet for Mother’s Day on Sunday, May 8th from 11am till 3pm.
Also, the kitchen will offer the bar menu on weekends during the month of May, which will include cold and hot items and of course sweets, starting May 1st.
The bar will be ready to draught you a cold beer or prepare a signature cocktail! So join us for a Caesar or hot beverage.
We are pleased to announce Benjamin Lokash will return for his 4th season to lead a new team of servers. We also hired a professional bartender to manage the beverage department of the Club, and create mild-to-wild drinks all summer.
The kitchen crew lead by Gus and his team are back, with more support to serve you delectable meals. We have created exciting new menus this summer to tantalize!
Finally we have a few events going on this month of May. Wednesday May 18th in the evening with 40 people, Saturday May 21st from 4pm till late with 50 people and Thursday May 26th for dinner with 120 people. These events are all confirmed.
We look forward to serving you this season! Please feel free to provide comments or suggestions throughout the season.
A LETTER FROM THE IYC SOCIAL COMMITTEE
Greetings! We are the IYC Social Committee: an informal group of fun loving members dedicated to helping make the 2016 season one of the best ever! Thanks to everyone who took the time to complete our survey this past winter. Based on your comments and suggestions, we’ve been hard at work these past few months planning several amazing activities . With more details on the way, we are delighted to announce some of these events in this issue of Telltales…
May 14 – Planting Day Cultivate your inner gardener as we transform IYC into the most beautiful club on the lake! Join us for a fun day outdoors planting flowers around the club.
May 23 – Meet and Greet Mix and mingle with fellow members on the front lawn. Come drink a welcome toast to our new members and enjoy the familiar company of old friends. Refreshments served.
June 4 – Commodore’s Ball Dine and dance at the formal event of the season! This IYC tradition celebrates the opening of our boating season with a gala banquet. No boat? no problem… Everyone is invited to join the festivities at The Commodore’s Ball.
June 5 – Sailpast IYC’s opening weekend continues with the traditional Sailpast. Steeped in hundreds of years of naval history, we hope everyone will want to participate in this time honoured event. Put on your best ‘blue & whites’ and join us for an on-the-water salute to our Commodore. Refreshments to follow at the clubhouse. No boat? No problem… all social members are welcome to ride with boaters. Contact Stan for details (email@example.com)
June 25 – Nature walk Take a walk on the wild side! Join us for this amazing opportunity to learn about the trees and natural habitat of our island. Natural Environment Specialist Julia Murnaghan will lead this leisurely walk along the new Muggs Island trail. Bring the kids and experience nature at IYC.
June 26 – Starlight Day Once again, IYC hosts a fun filled day of boating activities for Starlight Foundation families. The Starlight Children’s Foundation is a non-profit organization that lifts the spirits of seriously ill children and their loved ones with a variety of innovative programs, services, and events. Volunteers are still needed to help with activities. If you can assist, please send your name to firstname.lastname@example.org
July 2 – Canada Day Party Hockey, Bieber, Tim Horton’s and IYC: This weekend we’re celebrating all the things that make Canada great. Dance the night away as DJ Ira spins the tunes in the clubhouse and join us in cheering “Happy 149th Canada!”
July 9 – Movie night Pull up a chair and pass the popcorn… It’s Family Movie Night at IYC!
July 27 – Whisky night Explore the spirit world and learn what makes whisky the drink we love. Taste and experience five unique whiskies with author, blogger and industry insider Mark Bylok. Mark’s book, “The Whisky Cabinet” is now an Amazon best seller. Bring a friend and gain a new appreciation and understanding of this beautiful and complex drink.
Excited? We are! Fire up your calendar app and save these dates. More details about these events and others are coming your way soon. See you on the island.
ANNUAL MOTHER’S DAY BRUNCH
A MESSAGE FROM CONRAD AND BELLA
Hello IYC Members!
Just a quick note to let you know Bella and our chicks are doing very well! We’re looking forward to seeing you on the island soon. We noticed the marine yard team bundling all the plastic from the shrinkwrapped boats and preparing it for recycling, which pleases us. Also, when you’re getting your boats ready, please avoid spilling any oil in the lake. If you have oil you need disposed of, even just a smidgen, please let the management know and they will help you out.
See you all soon!
CONTRIBUTORS Joe Murphy – Marketing David Lovas – Management Stan – Food & Dining Gus – Food & Dining Conrad & Bella – Resident Peacocks
ABOUT CONRAD & BELLA Conrad and Bella are the resident Peafowl of Muggs Island. The collective term for these birds is “peafowl”. The males are “peacocks” and the females are “peahens”. The babies are called “peachicks”. A family of peafowl is called a “bevy”.
Conrad and Bella represent both the environment and island wildlife within Telltales.Their announcements will keep you informed as to ‘what’s going on’ from a conservation standpoint on Muggs Island.