Saturday, 25 July 2015

First Nations Sweat Lodge - Friday July 31st

1898 Native American Sweatlodge

On Friday July 31st, we will have the privilege of a very special ceremony by a very special guest. Jake Charles of the First Nation of the Chippewas of Georgina Island will be performing the traditional sweat lodge ceremony at Bare Oaks Family Naturist Park.

Traditionally, the First Nations people had no shame about their bodies and truly lived in harmony with nature. Their culture was very much in keeping with naturist ideals. We believe that by holding this traditional sweat lodge ceremony in a naturist environment it will make the experience even more authentic.

Jake describes the ceremony as follows:
The Sweat Lodge is a sacred place where First Nations People go to pray and gain spiritual healing. It is a way to connect to spirits and ask for guidance in life. Resembling a sauna, stones are heated in a special fire just outside the lodge. To help gain access to answers of the participants questions, songs are sung on a drum and medicines are burnt. The ceremony of the Sweat Lodge has lead to a positive and progressive lifestyle and encourages positive thinking and well being. 

The sweat will be held at dusk and it will probably last about an hour (for beginners). It is not recommended for any individual with high blood pressure. There will be a smudge outside of the lodge and then the only medicine used within is cedar. If a person becomes too uncomfortable, they are free to leave at any time. Participants should drink lots of water that day and not to eat a large meal before (small meal/snack an hour before).

The cost is $35 per person and limited to 10 people so reservations are required. Please speak to Kim at the office.


Photo: "Sweat lodge, covering raised. Sioux, 1898." by Bratley, Jesse Hastings, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Museum Support Center, Suitland, Maryland

Thursday, 16 July 2015

Bare Oaks Players Performances



The Bare Oaks Players are very active this season! They've been expanding the stage, getting sound and lighting equipment, and rehearsing a number of plays:

“Tiffany and The Genie”

Written by Jeffrey Fiske, inspired by “The Fisherman and The Genie”
From Tales of 1001 Arabian nights.
Friday July 17th, 2015 @ 8:00pm, Saturday July 18th, 2015 @ 11:00am,  and Saturday July 18th, 2015 @ 4:00pm
FREE ADMISSION

Playbill One:

“As night to the Day”

By Dan Ebbs
Forty-year-old Michael returns home to help his mother who is struggling with memory loss. Over the course of a morning, Michael sees her through the eyes of another and learns that there's a side to her he didn't know. 

“The Death of Me”

By Norm Foster
John dies unexpectedly, only to discover that his bucket list in life is a rolodex of missed opportunities. Perhaps he can get a second chance?  This theatrical gem of a comedy is written by Canada's most prolific and produced playwrights.

Saturday July 25th, 2015 @ 8:00pm, Saturday August 1st, 2015 @ 8:00pm, Saturday August 15th, 2015 @ 7:30pm, and Saturday August 15th, 2015 @ 9:15pm (if required)
TICKETS: $10/person
Ticket reservations can now be made using email bop@bareoaks.ca

Playbill Two:

“10,000 Cigarettes”

Written by Alex Broun
How many cigarettes is enough - 1, 2, 3 . . . 10,000? Four sisters face big questions in this fast paced, imaginative, funny and moving play.

“Upton Manor”

Written by Dave Amor
English aristocrats find themselves suddenly penniless and facing eviction from their ancestral home. Enter a Canadian entrepreneur who gives them hope.

Saturday August 22nd, 2015 @ 8:00pm, Saturday August 29th, 2015 @ 8:00pm, Sunday September 6th, 2015 @ 7:30pm, and Sunday September 6th, 2015 @ 9:15pm (if required)
TICKETS: $10/person
Ticket reservations can now be made using email bop@bareoaks.ca

TICKETS FOR THE SEASON:

If you want to reserve for both Playbill One and Playbill Two, you can: $17.50/person
Ticket reservations can now be made using email bop@bareoaks.ca


Saturday, 11 July 2015

Administration Transition

Administration transition

Managing Bare Oaks Family Naturist Park is a substantial task. You have to look after members, visitors, staff, and all facets of operations. You need to know a little bit about everything because you are responsible for coordinating the implementation of it all. The manager deals with all the fields that we are involved in such as hospitality, retail, food-service, grounds-keeping, transportation, waterworks, sewage treatment, electrical distribution, telecommunications, etc...  It really is the proverbial jack of all trades and master of none!

Nikki has done a fabulous job as manager since she took over. But those who know Nikki know that she is also a fabulous Yoga instructor. She is very empathetic and loves to help people. So last winter, Nikki decided that she does not enjoy the operational side of her job at Bare Oaks and would prefer to focus on Yoga and other forms of holistic wellness. But because she loves the park, she also offered to continue through the summer and train her replacement.

LeeAnne started with us in March and has been learning all aspects of the business of running a naturist park. She has been slowly transitioning into the manager position since her arrival. Nikki will continue working with her through the summer and early fall so the changeover should be relatively smooth. So far, LeeAnne has shown herself to be a quick learner who doesn't shy away from responsibility. Her background working in a laboratory means that she has a solid understanding of process and procedure. She is definitely committed to the job having moved her whole family from Markdale, Ontario in order to take the position. We look forward seeing her grow into the job – in more ways than one since she and Andrew are expecting their third child!


Photo: LeeAnne at the steering wheel and Nikki holding the clipboard.

Tuesday, 7 July 2015

Bare Oaks' Got Talent – July 18


Join us for Bare Oaks' Got Talent on Saturday July 18th. You can:
  1. Perform
  2. Be a spectator-judge
You can sing, dance, play an instrument, juggle, or anything else you think others will appreciate.

The audience will vote for their favourite act who will win the Bare Oaks' Got Talent trophy.

Performers: there will be a live band available to accompany you if you want. They have a number of tunes that they already know. There is a list here. But you can also ask them to play something else – send an email with the details of what you want to GotTalent@BareOaks.ca or talk to Nikki in the office.

The show will start at 7pm outside the Bare Bistro but will move indoors if the weather is inclement.



Monday, 29 June 2015

Electric Vehicle Charging Station

Chevrolet Volt plugging into the Chargepoint station at Bare Oaks

There has now been a Chargepoint Electric Vehicle (EV) charging station at Bare Oaks for about a year. The dual-port station is part of our commitment to the environmental aspect of the naturist movement. It is free for registered visitors and members. We didn’t think that it would get much use so we were surprised by the number of cars we’ve seen charging in the past year: A couple of Teslas, Chevrolet Volt, Ford Fusion plugin hybrid, Nissan Leaf, and a Smart electric.

Visitors should request a charging session when they register at the office. Members who will regularly be using our charging stations should order a card from Chargepoint. After you receive it, please come to the office to have it authorized for our charging station. You then won't have to come to the office each time you want to charge your EV.

Here are various places you can see the listing for our charging station:
There are 3 basic types of car chargers:
  • Level 1 – Your standard 120 volt wall plug
  • Level 2 – A 240 volt specialized charger, usually with a J1772 connector.
  • Level 3 – A high-speed charger that will recharge a car to 80% in 15-20 minutes.
We have a dual, 6.6 kW, Level 2 charger. Of course, it’s not as fast as a Level 3 charger. But most people who come to Bare Oaks Family Naturist Park want to stay for a while. This charging station makes getting here well within range of just about any EV owner in the Greater Toronto Area.

Some people criticize the high cost of the cars. But price keeps dropping as the technology improves. Like anything else, somebody needs to invest in the beginning so that new technologies can develop. In addition, an EV will save you money too. Depending on the car you have, driving a kilometer on electricity will cost you 75%-85% less than using gasoline. And electric motors require much less maintenance than internal combustion engines.

Another criticism is that the electricity used by the cars creates as much pollution when it is generated. But that is not correct:
  • As the Plug 'n Drive website explains: "because power stations run more or less continuously at efficient cycles, an electric car fully charged with coal or fossil fuels still produces less emissions than a gas car." But our province does not generate electricity exclusively from fossil fuels.
  • Ontario has eliminated all coal-fired generating plants.
  • 23% of Ontario's electricity is generated using water power
  • Ontario is investing heavily in the development of clean electricity generation through solar and wind power.
  • 58% is generated using nuclear which does not generate greenhouse gases or airborne pollution. Of course there are other concerns with nuclear generation.
So even if we take the greenhouse gases created by electricity generation, EVs make sense. Plug 'n Drive did the calculation:
The average driver in Canada drives 20,000 km over the course of a year. In that time, a gas car would emit more than 3,500 kg of C02 into the air – while the EV would emit just 340 kg. If just five per cent of Ontarians switched to electric cars, Ontario could reduce its C02 emissions by over 1.9 billion kg. 

Interested in an electric car?  Plug 'n Drive has a list of EVs available in Canada.


Wednesday, 10 June 2015

Volleyball News!


Michele Rauter has joined us for the month of June to help develop Bare Oaks's volleyball program. She will be participating in our 9th GTA Naturist Volleyball Tournament where she will provide coaching in clinics for all all players at all levels.

Michele is a self-described flower child from the great north; born and raised in North Vancouver, BC. She spent most of her youth on courts, tracks, and fields as a multi-sport athlete. Excelling in many but deciding on One, she attended the University of Wyoming on a full volleyball scholarship which began her path around the world. She followed that with professional play in 3 European countries: Finland, Germany, and Switzerland.

Along the road came trophies, injuries, travels, and many great people! Beach volleyball naturally came calling and she eagerly answered; ready for a new challenge and a softer play ground. Time, training, and travel were spent on the sand within Canada and the US; largely in Southern California which was her base for some time. In the mix of all her volleyball play, she typically coached in off-season; elementary through university, boys and girls, sand and hard court, internationally. If they were listening, she was sharing!

Michele first learned about naturism/nudism and nude volleyball when she agreed to be part of ESPN's team at the Naked Volleyball Superbowl at Whitethorn Lodge in Pennsylvania . That experience was published in the October 19 2009 ESPN Magazine's Body Issue. (there is also a video) It was the beginning of Michele's love of naturism and nude volleyball.

She now resides in the Caribbean, on a tropical island named Roatan, where she continues to coach and works as a massage therapist, yoga instructor, and inspirer.

Michele will be playing on the Bare Oaks team this Saturday at the Hope Volleyball Tournament in Toronto. (De Bares 17G)

www.BareOaks.ca/Volleyball





Saturday, 6 June 2015

The Bare Bistro


We are very pleased to announce that Kevin Linkie is now the independent operator of the Bare Bistro at Bare Oaks Family Naturist Park. Kevin has been a regular for many years. He is very excited about combining his enthusiasm for the park with his passion for food. Not only does Kevin have a friendly and engaging personality but he is also a professional chef with years of foodservice experience. He has many ideas and has already implemented a few of them. But it will take some time for him to catch up with all facets of the business he has taken over.

Of course, this means that after more than 5 years of dedication to the Bare Bistro, Liz has decided to try something new. Being an entrepreneur can be rewarding but it can also be very challenging; particularly when running a restaurant that is mostly seasonal. We wish her all the best with her next venture.

Until the fall, the Bare Bistro is open for lunch and dinner every day. It is also open for breakfast on Saturday and Sunday. For complete details, visit the Bare Bistro's website: www.BareBistro.ca or contact Kevin by email: info@BareBistro.ca.


Sunday, 31 May 2015

WIFI Internet at Bare Oaks – Survey

Bare Oaks is considering installing a dedicated fibre-optic internet feed. That would provide speeds of more than 1,000 megabits per second which is more than enough bandwidth for everyone to watch video services like Netflix. But the cost is very high. So before we proceed, we need to make sure that there is enough demand to cover the expense. Please help us by answering a few questions.

Take the survey: http://skyclad.me/internet

Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Bare Oaks Players Auditions


The Bare Oaks Players are holding auditions for the 2015 season - by appointment only. Call 905-473-6465 or email bop@bareoaks.ca (preferred).

To audition, you need to have a piece prepared to present to the 3 Directors (Royce, Marc and Judy) that is not from the current playbill. It’s OK not to have it memorized and it should not be more than 4 minutes long.

Dates currently available:
  • Thursday April 30th @ 7:00pm. 7:30pm, 8:00pm and 8:30pm
  • Saturday May 2nd @ 10:00am, 10:30am, 11:00am, 2:00pm, 2:30pm, 3:00pm
  • Sunday May 3rd @ 2:00pm, 2:30pm, 3:00pm
  • Thursday May 7th @ 7:00pm. 7:30pm, 8:00pm and 8:30pm
  • Saturday May 9th @ 10:00am, 10:30am, 11:00am, 2:00pm, 2:30pm, 3:00pm
  • Sunday May 10th @ 2:00pm, 2:30pm, 3:00pm
To see the playbill for 2015, visit the B.O.P. Blog. (you can also subscribe to receive their updates)

The Bare Oaks Players is an independent group of Bare Oaks members who share their a love for  theater and produce live performances.


Saturday, 25 April 2015

Volunteer Day and Member's Meeting - Saturday May 2

Naturist Volunteers
It's time again for our annual volunteer day. While there are many people volunteering all year, this is the day we set aside for a massive volunteer effort to get things ready for the season. We are told that it is also a fun day that many people look forward to. A big thank you to the multitude of people willing to give up their time to make Bare Oaks Family Naturist Park a better place.

Volunteer Day -  Saturday May 2, 2015

10am to 3pm

  • Everyone is welcome! Lunch will be provided, free of charge, for all volunteers.
  • Jobs vary from laying screening on pathways, to deconstruction of cabana, to building a ramp on the deck, to weeding the mini putt.
  • There will be projects suitable for all abilities and levels of ambition.
  • Non-members who volunteer will not be charged any day fees. (please register at the office)

4pm to 5:30pm – Members' Meeting

All members are invited to come and get an update on what's happening at Bare Oaks Family Naturist Park and ask questions.