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Wednesday, 01 June 2016 00:00

Caygeon unlocks another summer

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            You’ve seen them roaming around our Kawartha Lakes in ever increasing numbers the last few years—looking poised and elegant as they perch oh so casually on a fancy, floating board and swing a paddle like it wasn’t seven feet long.

            How do they do that?

            We’re talking about

Stand-up Paddleboards of course—or SUPs for short.

            Maybe you’re thinking you’d like to try it yourself. Maybe you already have—successfully or otherwise.

            Or maybe you’re thinking they’ll never get me on one of those things . . . never.

            Well here’s your chance to get up close and personal with an SUP and find out a bit more about them when Bobcaygeon “Unlocks the Summer” for 2016 this Saturday, June 4.

            There’ll be an SUP demonstration at Buckeye Surf and Snow at 2 pm.

            Perhaps paddling makes you think of the dogpaddle—the basic swimming stroke your favourite puppy does when she jumps in the lake to cool off on those lazy, hazy crazy days of summer. You know they’re coming.

            Every dog has his day, they say, and some of Bobcaygeon’s dogs will have theirs at Unlock the Summer too, when the featured Summer Dog Fashion Show kicks off at 10 am at Case Manor, 28 Boyd Street, which is functioning as party central for Unlock the Summer this year.

            Parking will be available at Case Manor itself, as well as at Tim Horton’s across the street and at Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church, around the corner at 18 Need Street.

            There’s a limit of 20 dogs, and they have to be under 20 lbs apiece, but for a $5 entry fee you and your dog will have a chance to win a $50 gift certificate prize from Paws and Claws.

            Entry forms are available at Case Manor, and judges will announce the winner at 11 am. Or just watch and take it all in. Dog shows are a spectator sport, after all.

            Maybe you prefer your watercraft to be powered by a motor rather than a paddle. In that case, the docks at Case Manor are the place to be to see the Classic Boats on display.

            Wind power is yet another option you can explore at Unlock the Summer when the Pigeon Lake Yacht Club—121 Boyd, across the highway and at the far eastern end of the street from Case Manor—hosts an open house to show off their dingy-style sailboats and keel boats.

            Come early for a free pancake breakfast starting at 9 am.

            Other Unlock the Summer activities in and around Case Manor include the requisite face painting, balloon twisting “by Matthew,” checkers and other outdoor fun.

            Don’t forget the summer barbecue from noon to 2 pm.

            And of course, there’s all the shops and restaurants the village has to offer, plus the excitement of the returning boaters, locking through the canal.

            The Bobcaygeon Farmers’ Market is back again for the season too. Find it at the Bobcaygeon Fairgrounds, from 8 am to 1 pm.

            Don’t miss the party, hosted once again by the Greater Bobcaygeon Chamber of Commerce. They’re all set to “Unlock the Summer” for us all: locals, cottagers and tourists alike.

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