Wednesday, 19 December 2007

Sandy Hessel's Mother

To live in hearts we leave behind, is not to die.
Thomas Campbell (1777-1844)
Source: Hallowed Ground


Sandy Hessel's Mother, Joyce Dugdale, passed away peacefully, with her family at her side, at 07:45 P.M. Monday December 17, 2007. Cremation has taken place, until her remains can be buried alongside her husband. Donations can be made to the Southlake Regional Health Center, to either the Cancer Clinic or the Respiratory Clinic, in her name.

A memorial (wake) will be held at a future date...

Our condolences to Sandy & Ken...

BTW, if you received an email that said "403 Forbidden" just ignore it. It seems to be some mistake generated by the email service (Feedblitz) that sends out Blog updates.

Wednesday, 21 November 2007

Nude TV Commercial

This is a great TV commercial!! If only the entire world was so comfortable with their bodies! Until then, you can only experience this kind of freedom in places like Bare Oaks.

(If you can see the commercial below, just go to http://www.elave.ie/nothing-to-hide/)


Friday, 9 November 2007

Christmas Dinner and Dance

NOTE NEW DATE: DECEMBER 8TH
(This event was originally scheduled for Nov. 24th.)

Dinner & dance.
Christmas always comes early at Bare Oaks!
Time: Dinner 7 p.m.
Dance 9 p.m.
Price: Dinner $20.00/person
Dance only $10.00/person
DJ: Peter
Chef: Kathryn

Menu:
  • Breads & Butter Caesar or Garden Salad
  • Turkey with stuffing, cranberry sauce and mashed potatoes
  • Baked Red Snapper with sweet tai sauce & citrus
  • Sweet potato crispy fritters
  • Beef & rice filled cabbage rolls
  • Cheese zucchini puff (veggie)
  • Steamed vegetables
  • Selection of desserts Coffee & tea available BYOB

R.S.V.P. by Nov 30th to Kathryn @ 905-473-7668

Wednesday, 17 October 2007

Seasonal Water SHUTDOWN

Unfortunately, the cold weather is coming fast which means that we need to shut down the seasonal water supply. (that's everyone in Beckett Circle (including the washrooms) and a few connections in Helios Circle)

The shutdown is scheduled for Monday October 29th.

If you have a trailer at Bare Oaks, we strongly recommend that you get it winterized. Failure to do so could result in damages that would be expensive to repair. If you would like a recommendation on who can provide you with this service, please contact the office.

Of course, Bare Oaks is open all year and you are most welcome to continue using the property and your trailer throughout the winter.

Tuesday, 9 October 2007

Trailer Sales

Trailers for sale are now listed on the Bare Oaks website.

http://www.bareoaks.ca/Bare-Oaks/Trailer_Sales.html

We list both used trailers for sale in the park (only one right now) and new trailers.

As far as new trailers are concerned, we're offering the Timber Ridge Series Trailers by Woodland Park Inc.

Bare Oaks is not the dealer. We're too small to be a trailer dealer. The dealer is Cedar Beach Trailer Sales over at Musselman's Lake in Stouffville. In selecting a line of trailers to recommend to our members, we wanted to make sure it was the best quality. When we asked Cedar Beach why they were selling Woodland Park, they told us that when you sell trailers that are staying in your campground (Cedar Beach is also a very large campground) you have to sell a product with the highest quality possible otherwise you never hear the end of it from your members! Well if that's good enough for Cedar Beach (they've been in business since 1929!) then that's good enough for Bare Oaks.

Each unit is completely customizable so you don't have to buy somebody else's idea of what your trailer should look like. Financing is available based on your credit history. Depending on your financial situation, you may qualify for 100% financing amortized over a period of up to 20 years.

Cedar Beach is a very professional organization. They are willing to spend the time with our members to explain the options. They know Bare Oaks Family Naturist Park and are familiar with our requirements. They are nearby to ensure a quick and efficient installation.

The proof seems to be in the results in that we have already sold 3 Woodland Park Trailers!

If you are interested in a Woodland Park trailer, you can pick up a brochure in the office or contact us for more information.

Of course, you are free to purchase any trailer you want. There is no restriction on where you buy your trailer. All trailers must be in good condition. Trailers 10 years or older may not be accepted. Please check with the office before buying any trailer!



Thursday, 4 October 2007

Members' Meeting




Get an update on the season and come ask all your questions. Don't rely on the rumour mill. Get the facts directly from the source.

Saturday Oct 20, 2007
4 pm – 6 pm

Volunteer Thank You Lunch




Thank you lunch for all who volunteered of their time or resources to the park. If you are one of them, please join us!

Saturday Oct 20, 2007
11:30am - 1:30pm
Catered by Kathryn.

Friday, 28 September 2007

Thanksgiving weekend



We have two events for the Thanksgiving Weekend!

Do both or choose one!

1) Saturday Oct. 6 – Dinner & Dance catered by Kathryn ($20/person or $5/person dance only)
  • Please R.S.V.P with Kathryn before Oct 3 2007 (905-473-7668)

2) Sunday Oct. 7 – Potluck dinner by Heather (Free but you have to contribute)
  • Let Heather know what yummy food you are bringing. Email heather.g@sympatico.ca or call Sandy in the Bare Oaks office at 905-473-6060
Menu
Bare Oaks Thanksgiving Dinner & Dance
catered by Kathryn


Date: Sat Oct 6, 2007
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Place: The New Forest Room
Price: $20.00 per person ($5/person for the dance only)
- Pumpkin Bread & Butter
- Roast Turkey (Carved on Location)

- Traditional homemade stuffing
- Homemade gravy

- Fresh cranberry sauce
- Mashed potatoes

- Steamed vegetable medley

- Maple butter yams

Vegetarian option

Stuffed peppers with rice & homemade tomato basil sauce


Selection of desserts
Coffee Tea

Please R.S.V.P
Kathryn before Oct 3 2007
905-473-7668

Enjoy the Dance after dinner with D.J. Peter

Friday, 14 September 2007

Newfie Boil Up

Newfie Jigs Dinner

Braised corned beef brisket with
Cabbage, turnips, carrots potatoes & split peas
topped with boiled dumplings

Served with:
Garden salad
And Breads for dipping

Dessert:
Brownies & Home made cookies

Cost: $10.00 pp
++++++++++++++++

Also available a la carte:

Beef burgers, vegi burgers, sausages,
chicken breast & salmon patties

$5.00 pp

RSVP Kathryn @ 905-473-7668

Tuesday, 11 September 2007

Bare Oaks Office Hours


Summer Hours are over until next May. For the rest of the year, the Bare Oaks Office/Store will be open 7 days per week from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m.

Visitors are welcome to register anytime during those hours. Visitors with reservations for campsites or motel rooms should contact the office during business hours if they plan on arriving after the office is closed. Arrangements can be made for late arrivals.

Of course, our facilities are always open to members using their key fob.



Wednesday, 5 September 2007

New Playground !!



The new playground is finally finished thanks to countless volunteer hours over the last 2 months. We will have a small official grand-opening on Sunday September 9th at Noon!

Signs!



The final sign is up! There are now signs on Highway 400 northbound (exit Davis Drive) and on Highway 404. (exit Mulock/Vivian) From there, smaller signs direct travellers northbound on Woodbine, eastbound on Mt. Albert, and finally northbound on Kennedy Road.

I've had many questions about the signs so here are a few of the most common explanations:

Wording
The smaller signs say "Bare Oaks Naturism" because of limited space. The signs are produced by York Region and we had a limited number of characters we could use. "Bare Oaks Family Naturist Park" was therefore out of the question! "Bare Oaks Park" would have fit but it seemed too generic. Given that our icon is a campground, people might have showed up with the wrong idea! (BTW, we didn't get a choice of icon either.) "Bare Oaks Naturist" would have fit but that seemed like an incomplete name and it sounded like you were visiting a 'thing' instead of a place. We finally settled on "Bare Oaks Naturism." While that is not the correct name, it at least suggests that our 'campground' has a unique and special philosophy.

Highway 400
The Davis Drive exit was chosen because it is the only road that goes all the way through to Woodbine.

Highway 404
The Mulock/Vivian exit was chosen because there was no room left for signs at the Davis Drive exit.

Green Lane & Woodbine
There is no sign pointing the way on Greenlane at Woodbine. That's because we're limited in the number of signs we're allowed to have. We needed one at Davis Drive for those who have come across from Highway 400. We needed another sign at Mulock/Vivian for those who exited from Highway 404. We also needed to send people north on Woodbine and then east on Mt. Albert Road because Kennedy does not go through just north of Davis Drive.

Thursday, 30 August 2007

Labour Day Weekend!



It's looking like a great Labour Day Weekend!!

Sunny and highs of 26C (78F)
For weather updates, click here.
  • Spa Day II on Saturday
  • Dinner and Dance on Saturday
  • Dinner on Sunday (and possible dance)
The pool cover has been replaced so the water is warm again!
The playground is finished (thanks to a great deal of effort from many, many volunteers!) and just waiting for sand.
Labour Day Weekend Menu

Saturday

Dinner & Dance 6:00 – ???
On the Front Deck

Main Course
Prime Rib of Beef (au jus) carved on location
Poached Atlantic Salmon
Chicken Satay (grilled)
Eggplant Parmesan (Vegetarian)

Mini New Potatoes
Maple Butter Yams

Salads:
Caesar
Garden Mixed
Platter of Vegetables

Breads & butter

Desserts:
Chocolate truffle cake
Blueberry Lemon Buster
Bailey’s cheesecake
Assorted Fruit

$20.00 per person
R.S.V.P. Kathryn @ 905-473-7668
Leave a message

Sunday

Dinner 6:00 – 7:30
On the Front Deck

Main Course
Honey Glazed Ham (carved)
Chicken Cacciatore
Scalloped au gratin Potatoes
Orzo & Vegetable Pilaf (Vegetarian)

Salads:
Cabbage & Carrot Slaw
Caesar Salad

Desserts:
Cookies, Squares & Fruit

$15.00 per person

R.S.V.P. Kathryn @ 905-473-7668
Leave a message

Tuesday, 21 August 2007

Corn Roast this weekend!



All you can eat corn!
Saturday, Aug 25
6 pm at the clubhouse

Meal: 2 people for $25
Corn only: $5.00

Menu:
Garlic Bread
Fettuccini Alfredo
BBQ chicken Legs & Thighs
Baked potatoes (with butter and sour cream)
Corn Boil (all you can eat!)
Cookies, squares
Fresh fruit

Wednesday, 1 August 2007

Long Weekend Activities


Saturday Aug 4


Dinner by Kathryn on the front deck
Dance @ the Front deck/lawn with D.J. Peter

Sunday Aug 5

SPA DAY
Reflexology by Violet $25-½hr
Ionic Detox Foot Bath by Debbie $25 - ½hr
Facial by Liz $25 - ½hr
Reikki Massage by Dean & Dorothy $25 - ½hr

PIG ROAST on the front lawn
Dinner by Kathryn @ the front deck (for those who prefer other meals)

FIREWORKS by members at the OUTBACK

Monday Aug 6

Holiday – Rest and Relax

The first Monday in August is generally a holiday all across Ontario but it is not a statutory holiday according to provincial legislation.

The concept of a midsummer holiday in Toronto dates as far back as 1869 when the then council came up with the idea of a summer break. In Toronto, the day is generally called Simcoe Day after John Graves Simcoe the first Lieutenant-Governor of Upper Canada and the founder of Toronto. In most municipalities, it is known as the “August Civic Holiday”.

Friday, 27 July 2007

Bare Oaks Exposure in Media Coverage



We have had a lot of exposure in recent months. The coverage has been very positive. (pardon the two puns) It's great to see that the media treats naturism as a real option. Of course, they can't resist having some fun with the expected puns. That doesn't bother me since naturism is fun and it is indeed a strange concept to the textile world. Humour is the best way we handle things that make us feel uncomfortable. It's certainly better than reacting with fear, insecurity and anger. That was the old reaction to the idea of naturism.

We have had two article in the Toronto Star on June 4th and June 30th. (those are unfortunately no longer available online) We were on the cover of the June 7th Era Banner. We had several mentions on radio stations Q107, CFNY and CFRB. On June 4th, Rogers Community Channel did a story on the park and its name change. On June 13 Global TV News did a story on the hot temperatures in Toronto and how people could cope. It featured a brief portion on Bare Oaks. On June 29 Global TV News did an excellent story on the upcoming volleyball tournament. On July 12, CITY TV did a very good piece on the pétanque tournament and open house during Nude Recreation Week. That particular story ran several times over the next few days. As well, MTV did a story at Bare Oaks that I missed but I am awaiting a video tape. Naked News has shot several segments and plans to shoot more in August. (they have limited outdoor options) Slice TV (formerly LIFE Network) shot a brief segment for a wedding planning show which is yet to air.

Click to view:
June 7 Era Banner
June 4 Rogers Community TV
June 13 Global TV News
June 29 Global TV News
July 12 CITY TV News

Thursday, 26 July 2007

Golf tournament - MORE INFO

Bare Oaks Golf Tournament
Saturday, July 28
Tee-off is at Noon
Shotgun Start
Entry Fee is $8
Registration starts at 10 a.m. on Saturday
(or in advance during normal office hours)

Potluck dinner and awards at 6 p.m. in the Outback.


Tuesday, 24 July 2007

Golf at Bare Oaks!!

Golf Tournament at Bare Oaks this weekend!

Each hole has been cleverly created and sponsored by the campsite holders.
Work your way around the park for fun and prizes!
Young and old can participate. Bring your favorite club or borrow from someone there.

As usual, we have full food services available on the weekend. Meals are served all day on Saturday and Sunday.

Saturday Dinner Special
2 people for $25 starting at 7pm

Assorted Breads with butter

Greed salad
Caesar Salad
Mixed Greens
Assorted dressings

Meat Lovers Lasagna (with 4cheese blend)

Fettuchine Alfredo
With wild shittake and button mushrooms

Marinated Grilled Chicken Breast with lemon, thyme & garlic
Served with Mango/citrus slaw

Cold smoked salmon platter with capers, scallions lemon dill puree & toasted rounds

Carrot Cake

Monday, 16 July 2007

Motorcycle Show Canceled




Motorcycle Show – Canceled

Unfortunately, due to scheduling conflicts and miscommunication, this event, which was originally scheduled for this Saturday July 21, has canceled for this year.

We apologize for any inconvenience or disappointment this late notice may have caused.

Tuesday, 10 July 2007

Petanque Tournament on Saturday



PETANQUE TOURNAMENT

This Saturday!
(July 14th - Happy Bastille Day!)

$7 per player including lunch!

(Because this is also our Open House, there are no additional grounds fees.)


Sign up early by e-mailing: info@BareOaks.ca

Sign up: 10 a.m
Play starts at: 11 a.m.

Fun tournament on Sunday Morning!

Wednesday, 4 July 2007

Volleyball Tournament a great success!!

The 1st Annual Greater Toronto Volleyball Tournament at Bare Oaks was a fantastic success! As one long time member said, he's never seen the place so busy in 17 years. All of our campsites were full. However, we could have accommodated a much larger number of players since most people came with tents and were happy to share sites.

Nine teams competed and the play was both fun for the players and entertaining for the spectators. Many families came and the children's activities included water balloon games, arts and crafts, Fill the bucket races, bead necklace building, bocce Ball, sand castle building. There were campfires with guitar and singing on most nights, a live band played on Saturday. Sunday night saw karaoke on the front deck, an impromptu Texas Hold 'em tournament in the lounge, and several billiard and dart game competitions.

We were even featured on Friday's Global TV News. You can see the clip by clicking here.

We owe a great deal of thanks to the members of London's Forest City Family Naturists who donated a tremendous amount of time, energy and enthusiasm to the tournament.

We've already started planning for next year's tournament which will be even bigger and better!

Tuesday, 26 June 2007

Volleyball Tournament Weekend




The Volleyball Tournament is coming together very, very well!

We have many registrations already and we hear that people are coming from far and wide to participate. It may not be the biggest naturist tournament but it certainly will be a good one for our first event.

A few highlights so far:
  • The new sand court is ready almost finished.
  • The 3 grass courts have been setup.
  • Nudles has a full food menu for the weekend and an events liquor license. (beer only)
  • 40 new 8' picnic tables have been delivered and just need to be assembled.
  • Kids events have been planned by several volunteer moms.
  • Officials referees have committed their time.
  • The Fabulous Flashback Band is playing on Saturday night.
  • Canada Day Nude Karaoke with Don & Laura on Sunday night.
  • We have lots of volunteers working to set things up. (but we could use more!)
  • A press release has been sent out. Click here to view.

Thursday, 14 June 2007

Volleyball court almost ready!


As you can see, the new sand volleyball court is almost ready. Just in time for the July 1st long weekend tournament!

It's going to be great! Lots of people have reserved and we expect a great turnout for our first Greater Toronto Naturist Volleyball Tournament at Bare Oaks. In addition to the games, we will have a live band and lots of other activities.

First Annual
Greater Toronto Naturist Volleyball Tournament

June 29th – July 2nd

A, B, Novice Plus, Novice and Teen Novice Divisions

(No Co-Ed Restrictions)

Show up and find a team, everyone plays!
  • Friday 4 on 4 and Monday 3 on 3 tournaments
  • Saturday evening blind mini-sand tournament
  • Saturday and Sunday - 6 on 6 tournament, all teams guaranteed playoff spots on Monday.
  • Campfires (bring your instrument and / or your voice)
  • Children’s coordinated activities
  • Court-side music, Live Band, Indoor Karaoke and Open Mic.

Wednesday, 13 June 2007

When it's hot, take it all off to cool down!



It's really hot out there but nothing beats taking it all off and going for a swim! Ah the feeling of the hot sun and cool water on bare, unencumbered skin... there nothing like it!

The salt water system was definitely worth it. The water feel so smooth and silky. I'm amazed that I am able to comfortably open my eyes in the water. In traditional pools, I have to keep my eye closed otherwise I get itchy red eyes. This feels totally normal!

The solar heater is fantastic. Within one week of opening the pool in May, it heated the water to 27 degrees Celsius (about 80F) and yesterday, it exceeded 32C (90F) We had to turn it down. 100% of the heat was generated by the sun. No fossil fuels were harmed in making this heat!

Monday, 4 June 2007

Toronto Star Articles

There are two articles about naturism in today’s Toronto Star. The main article, ‘Interest sags in nude retreats’ is about clubs in Toronto being for sale or sold. It evolved from an Associated Press press story about a week ago on the aging of the naturist population. Those who followed that story know that I disagree with the inference that naturism only appeals to old people. My point is that most clubs started in the 50’s and 60’s and it’s a natural evolution that many of those clubs are in need of renewal. It was not my intent to make Bare Oaks look good in relation to others. However, the reporter did her job and called around other clubs to get more information. Glen Echo, in particular, was very forthcoming with information. I certainly can’t complain. The article will now be read more widely because it has some controversy and conflict. But people will also read that Bare Oaks is where the renewal starts!

Interest sags in nude retreats
Jun 04, 2007 04:30 Am
Robyn Doolittle
Staff Reporter
Nestled among the rolling hills and lush forests of the Oak Ridges Moraine, 100 acres of Eden is up for sale, on the northern tip of the GTA...
http://www.thestar.com/article/221188
(NOTE: This link will only work for 14 days)

A step-by-step guide to help naturism get its mojo back

Resorts shouldn't hide their purpose, and a flush toilet is nice
Jun 04, 2007 04:30 Am
Stéphane Deschenes, owner of Bare Oaks Family Naturist Park has the following strategy on how to save the nudist movement...
http://www.thestar.com/article/221187
(NOTE: This link will only work for 14 days)

The Toronto Star has a bigger circulation than any other newspaper in Canada. Even though its circulation is concentrated in the Greater Toronto area, it still managed to beat the ‘national’ distribution newspapers. It has an average weekday circulation of 443,024 copies. Its weekday reader is 982,000. (a single copy may be read by several people)

Monday, 28 May 2007

New brochures are here!


With the arrival of the new Bare Oaks Family Naturist Park brochures, the name change is now complete. We are officially open and promoting ourselves under the new name. The following press release is being sent to media outlets:

Nudist Club Changes Ownership and Name East Gwillimbury, ON – May 28, 2007

Bare Oaks Family Naturist Park is the new name of a club that has its roots as far back as 1972. It was then that the Toronto Helios Society first formed on newly acquired land north of Toronto.

Most recently, the property was known as The New Forest Family Naturist Resort. In a transaction that was more of a transition, the former owners sold the property to Stéphane and Linda Deschênes.

With the new name comes a new motto: Traditional Naturist Values in a Modern Setting.

“We wanted to focus on the traditional values of naturism: respect for self, respect for others and respect for the environment. Nudity is just one of the ways we live up to those principles” said Stéphane Deschênes. “In traveling the world, I observed that naturist clubs who try to be too inclusive by softening their philosophy often lose their reason for being.”

The ‘Modern Setting’ refers to amenities that meet or exceed current expectations. Fully-serviced campsites, a computerized reservation system and wireless internet are just a few of the many modern services available.

“In the mid-20th century, naturists were happy with simple facilities and the bare essentials. Today, just like textile campers, naturists expect to commune with nature without having to give up the comforts of life.”

Monday, 21 May 2007

Keith is full of ‘bull’


Tuesday night is Dart Night at Bare Oaks downstairs in the New Forest room. It is organized by John. For the last two weeks, a small group has convened for conversation, cheer and play. Last week, Keith won the night. As you can see in the picture, he’s full of ‘bull’.

Monday, 14 May 2007

Eat all weekend!


For the first time, we’re going to have food service available all weekend! Chef Kathryn Munro is going to provide catered meals the Saturday, Sunday and Monday morning. She has put together a fabulous menu!

On Saturday night, we will have our monthly dinner and dance – also catered by Chef Kathryn Munro.

Thursday, 10 May 2007

The new Bare Oaks map


We have just posted, in the amenities section, the new illustrated map of Bare Oaks. It will help visitors visualize the many features of the property. It was drawn by a very talented artist named Martin Lane. One of the advantages of an illustration is that as facilities are added, the map can easily be updated. It’s also a great way to show a large space because you don’t have to worry about scale.

You can see a larger format version by clicking here.

Tuesday, 8 May 2007

It feels like summer!


The sun is out and the predicted high is 26 degrees Celsius but the thermometer reads 30 on the front deck. The leaves are just starting to sprout and the Trilliums are blooming everywhere! As I update this Blog from the front deck, someone walks by and the fragrance of suntan lotion reaches me. Now it really feels like summer!!

Monday, 7 May 2007

Prices reduced for overnight camping


In reviewing our prices for overnight camping, it was clear that we were discouraging overnight visitors with our prices. As such, the overnight camping prices have been severely reduced. But keep in mind that if some prices seem ridiculously low (e.g. $5/night) it’s because they don’t include the ground fees.

See our rates at: www.bareoaks.ca/Bare-Oaks/Rates.html

...and yes, we do accept Canadian Tire money ;-)

Sunday, 29 April 2007

Seasonal Water is ON


The seasonal water system is now working so all trailers now have access to running water.

We need to remind you that although the water is filtered and chlorinated, we do not meet the Ontario Ministry of the Environment’s standards for drinking water.

The York Region Health Inspector tested our water in March and told us that we met regulation 252 because he believed that we were a trailer park or campground with less than five service connections. However, because we are a campground with year-round use and more than 5 connections, we must meet regulation 170. (Municipal Residential Drinking Water Systems)

We are currently working to meet regulation 170. We are waiting for an engineer’s report which is required to register the water system with the Ministry of the Environment. Until then, we must notify you that you should “bring water to a rapid rolling boil for at least one minute before use.”

Thursday, 26 April 2007

Singles policy


As a result of a question/criticism on an internet discussion forum about the Bare Oaks single policy, I posted the following message. I thought that others would also be interested in reading it.

Bare Oaks Family Naturist Park does not have any rules against single men. There are many single male members and a few single females. However, we do feel the need to maintain a gender balance. Theoretically, that could mean that we would exclude single women should they make up more than 60% of the membership. Realistically, I understand that only men will be affected. There are always more men in north American naturism because far more single men are comfortable with nudity than single women. It is an unfortunate reality that single women are worried about how they look, feel unsafe alone, and are concerned that they will draw unwanted attention from single men looking for a partner. We could spend a lot of time discussing whether that is right or not. It doesn't matter since it is the reality and I don't know how to change it.

Why is maintaining a gender balance important? Because a predominantly male population makes women uncomfortable. Yes I know that some of you reading this will argue that it doesn't bother you. That's probably because you are seasoned naturists. We plan on growing our membership from non-naturists. With people who are still getting used to the idea of naturism, gender balance is important. About 2 or 3 years ago, I had, on two separate occasions, the opportunity to introduce single women to naturism. Because it was in the winter, my wife and I took them to an ORB swim. As you probably know, the ORB does not maintain a gender balance. As a result, their swims are generally 90% men. I did not warn the women in any way nor did I point it out to them during the swim. Yet in both independent instances, the women volunteered that they were uncomfortable at the swim because of the large number of men. You have to understand that to a newbie, gender is very evident in a naturist environment. Sadly, neither women has ever been willing to try naturism again as a result of their first experience.

I don't like keeping anyone out who wants to try naturism. I was a single man for many years who was forced to find female friends to accompany me to naturist clubs. It wasn't easy. Today, Toronto does offers single men other options. I have visited naturist clubs all over Canada, the USA and Europe. I've looked at all of the situations when it comes to club policies. I knew that the policy would not be popular with single men. As much as I hate the singles policy, I cannot find a better solution to the problem.

Wednesday, 25 April 2007

Mosquito & Black-fly Control


Bare Oaks is committed to reducing nuisance of mosquitoes and black flies on the property. However, we are not willing to use any chemicals that poison our environment or harms humans and animals.

East Gwillimbury has a mosquito control program that uses a non-chemical, biological agent called Bti to reduce the number of mosquitoes at the larval stage. Bti is essentially a non-toxic substance found naturally in nature. Bti is a biological control in the form of a bacteria that quickly kills the mosquito and black fly at the larvae stage, that is, before they develops into a flying, biting adult. The larvae are destroyed within 24 hours and the Bti biodegrades within 48 hours. Unlike chemical options, Bti is very selective in that it does not harm any other insects nor does it poison the birds that eat those insects.

Bti is harmless to humans, pets and the environment. Bti is also known by its brand name Vectobac and Aquabac. East Gwillimbury uses helicopters to distribute Vectobac onto the main breeding sites of the spring Aedes mosquito in the month of April. It is this species that causes the excessive biting problem from May to mid-July.

Both Aquabac and Vectobac is suspended in particles of corncob for application. The corncob particle allows the bacteria to fall through trees into the larval habitats in the wooded areas, common in East Gwillimbury. The corncob particles also reduce the chance of the Bti drifting in the wind, away from the targeted snow melt ponds.

Bare Oaks has purchased Aquabac and will be enhancing the town’s program by spot-treating the standing water on the property throughout the spring and summer.

We have also purchased four Mega-Catch™ Mosquito Traps. They attract mosquitoes from as far away as 150 feet using their integrated lighting display which produces light in the visible and invisible spectrum at oscillating frequencies known to attract most mosquito species.
Mosquitoes also navigate to the source of the air plume enriched with Octenol, a synthetic component of human perspiration which emanates from the base of the trap. The color, shape and vibration of the trap and the texture of its exhaust skirt excite the mosquitoes and cause them to begin probing .

The slow-release CO2 gas system replicate a key element of human respiration by releasing quantities of pure CO2 at varying rates over fixed intervals to produce a concentration gradient in the air plume emanating from the lower part of the trap. Mosquitoes use this concentration gradient to navigate their way to the trap.

Finally internal infra red heat sources cause the mosquitoes to enter the trap where they are swept through a high speed fan and into either a wet catch container or a catch bag where they expire.

The four units will be placed at strategic locations around the clubhouse lawns. If we find them effective, the program will be extended to other areas of the property.

Should anyone be interested in purchasing a unit for their campsite, they are available from Canadian Tire.

Click here for the Megacatch Ultra ($549.99)
Click here for the Megacatch Premier ($399.99 – no CO2 emission)

Tuesday, 24 April 2007

Recycling


We now have large recycling bins for paper, glass, plastic bottles and cans. The recycling bins are located near the clubhouse. Please make sure to sort your recyclables in the appropriate container. Remember, every aluminum can you recycle saves enough electricity to keep a TV going for 4-5 hours!

Also, please do not put any chemicals, pesticides, batteries, fluorescent bulbs, used oil, paint or other hazardous waste in the dumpster. Those chemicals will contaminate the environment if dumped in a landfill. They need to be taken to the hazardous waste depot. Computers, microwaves, smoke detectors, computer monitors and other electronics are also hazardous waste because they contain heavy metals and, in some cases, radioactive materials. If you live in York Region, click here for the closest hazardous waste drop-off. Otherwise, your home community will have a hazardous waste drop-off location you can use.

Please do not leave your large appliances or furniture at the park. At home, you can put those out for pickup by your municipality. We have to pay heavy fees every time the dumpster is picked up. One desk or mattress can half fill the dumpster.

Monday, 23 April 2007

Incredibly warm Sunday!


It was great to see how many people turned out for the hot weather and sunshine on Sunday! Other than the fact the leaves were missing and the grass was brown, it felt like a hot July day. It is also clear that we will have some parking challenges when things get really busy. It’s certainly a great problem to have!

Tuesday, 10 April 2007

Where's the free coffee?

Many people have asked for expanded food services. When members and visitors come up for the day, they want to relax and sometimes that means having someone else do the cooking and cleanup. That’s certainly true of country clubs. They all have restaurants. Like them, we would like to have a restaurant and maybe even a liquor license in the near future to improve our members’ experience at Bare Oaks. Unfortunately, restaurants in country clubs and campgrounds don’t make any money either. The challenge for a restaurant at Bare Oaks is having enough sales to support itself given that it won’t have any walk-in traffic other than the members and visitors. Since many of those have cooking facilities in their trailers, the potential business is limited. Bare Oaks will have an expanded food service and we consider it to be a service not a profit centre. But there is a limit to how much money Bare Oaks can afford to lose on food and drink services. In order to keep a wider selection of food and drink, we now charge for the coffee. You can be assured when you come in every day that there is hot coffee waiting for you. The store now has a much wider assortment of drinks and snacks than in the past. But with greater selection comes greater waste and cost so you will find the prices are consistent with convenience stores in the textile world. The other change we have made is to turn over responsibility for all food and drink to a contractor. His name is Malcolm Scott and while he has limited expectations of profit from this new venture, he is passionate about food and, most importantly, about naturism at Bare Oaks. Just as Kathryn Munro’s catering of our dinners and dances has drawn rave revues, we hope that Malcolm’s food and drink services will keep members happy while providing him with a modest profit. If you have any complaints or suggestions for Malcolm, you can reach him at extension 320.

Saturday, 7 April 2007

New Events Posted

Events to the end of the year have now been posted. Some are still light in detail. Keep checking as more information will be added as events details are firmed up. As well, we expect additional events will be added!

Friday, 6 April 2007

Website Launch

It has been a lot of work but the new site is finally up. There is more content missing including a French-language version.