Thursday, 31 December 2009

Bare Oaks in Toronto Star

A photo taken during the Canadian Naturist Festival at Bare Oaks last August has finally made it in the newspaper. It's in "The year in pictures: the favourites" feature on page A3 to today's (December 31st) edition of the Toronto Star. The photo was originally scheduled to run last August but was pulled by an editor because of concerns that it might offend readers.

Rick Madonik, a photographer with the Toronto Star, took a number of pictures that day. But this one was his favourite. Can you identify any of the subjects?

Also available online at: Note that while the online version shows 19 pictures, the picture at Bare Oaks is only 1 of 3 pictures in the printed edition.

Tuesday, 29 December 2009

Membership ID cards

We finally have a system to issue our new Bare Oaks membership cards. The new identification is pre-printed on one side with an image of Lake Beamor and the Bare Oaks logo. The other side is customized with the member's picture and identifying details.

In addition to providing identification, the cards are also useful for getting discounts. Some of the larger naturist resorts provide a discount to Bare Oaks members.

In keeping with the naturist philosophy, we did our best to make the cards more environmentally friendly. They are printed on a material called CornCard™ which is made using a corn-based plastic from NatureWorks LLC. This biopolymer named Ingeo™ offers more disposal options and is more environmentally friendly to manufacture than traditional petroleum-based plastics. It can be composted or recycled. If burned in an energy-from-waste plant, it provides more energy by weight than wood or newspaper with no volatiles and low residue. The manufacturing process is also more environmentally friendly. They are continuously reducing the waste,  greenhouse gas emissions and non-renewable energy use in the manufacturing process.

To get your card, just come into the office anytime during our regular business hours and we will take your picture. Right now there's only one person trained to print the cards so you may have to wait a few days to receive it. But we will be training more people in the next few weeks.

A big thank you to Kim, a long-time Bare Oaks member, who works for Identicam and helped us acquire the necessary equipment.

Wednesday, 23 December 2009

The Hot Tub is working! (but not quite open yet)

Yes, the hot tub is finally working. After an unbelievable number of challenges and delays, it is finally operational. The photo features Peter (who has been doing much of the work and coordinating the rest) bravely sacrificing himself to test the water. We have experienced many, many small issues: a week's delay because of the heater needing service, 2 weeks' delay to diagnose and repair a faulty electrical panel, 2 weeks to replace a brand new relay that failed, (special parts that must be ordered can take weeks to arrive) another week's delay to replace hoses that were too short, and I could go on and on...  But it is now working!!!  Lots of pressure, no leaks and plenty of heat!

But... it's not open yet. As a commercial facility, the new hot tub has to be approved by the department of health. Stay tune to this blog for that final announcement!

As well, the room hasn't been completely repaired and cleaned up. As you can see in the picture, we've also replaced the windows and we will be redoing the floor. But if you don't mind the mess, we will open the hot tub to regular use as soon as it is approved.

Wednesday, 16 December 2009

Holiday Hours

Just a reminder that the Bare Oaks office/store will be closed on December 24, 25 & 26 as well as on January 1.

We are generally open everyday, including holidays during the summer, but we are closed on New Year’s Day (Jan. 1), Family Day (3rd Monday in Feb.), Good Friday (Friday before Easter), Thanksgiving Day (2nd Monday in Oct.), Christmas Eve (Dec. 24), Christmas Day (Dec. 25) and Boxing Day (Dec. 26).

But facilities are always open to members using their key fob.

Sunday, 13 December 2009

Olympic Torch coming near Bare Oaks

The Olympic Torch Relay will be passing near Bare Oaks Family Naturist Park on Friday December 18th. Of course, they won't be nude like the Greek athletes were in the original olympics. Given the weather right now, that's probably a good idea.

The torch will be coming up Yonge Street in Aurora in the morning. It will enter Newmarket around 10:30 a.m.

There will be a special stop/celebration in Newmarket on Friday around 11 a.m. at the new community centre in Newmarket. (performances begin at 10 a.m.) From there it will go up Bayview/Prospect to Davis Drive. And then up Leslie and into Sharon/East Gwillimbury. It will be passing by Mt. Albert Road around 1:15 p.m. (the closest it gets to Bare Oaks) From there it will continue up to Keswick.

Keep in mind that it's a run. It will go by in seconds. (except for celebration points like in Newmarket) So if you want to see it in a particular place, get there early or you might miss it.