Grindstone Park is a cottage community nestled in the beautiful wilderness located on the mainland peninsula along the west shore of Lake Winnipeg.
August 23, 2009:
Here we are at the midway point of our season. The weather has not been kind but that hasn’t impacted park activities. The new sign welcoming all to our cottage community went up July 30th. It was paid for and erected by the G.C.O.A. with the assistance of Parks who put in the posts. Five benches were also supplied by the G.C.O.A. and installed by Parks at both beaches. While the rain has played havoc with road conditions, it is being worked on at this time. Hopefully the addition of almost 10,000 yards of gravel will make a difference! You may have noticed new kilometre signs on the hydro poles along the main road in the park. They are placed on every second kilometre starting with 6. The 4K sign will be placed when the ditch is dry enough to cross. Grindstone Days, our 28th Annual summer celebration, was a huge success. Although it has been a rainy summer there was a respite for all the events on Saturday and Sunday. How lucky we were!
The Grindstone Harbour Authority put on a fantastic Fish Fry. Their first attempt and it was an unqualified success with a sell out of 350 meals. Two beautifully cooked fillets of pickerel, coleslaw, potato salad, bun, soft drink plus entertainment, it was perfect.
So many volunteers put in many hours to make the weekend a huge success for all. The children enjoyed carnival games, face Painting, races, prizes and icy treats. See some of the smiling faces in our photo gallery.
What an easy weekend for the cooks of each family with the pancake breakfast on Saturday, fish fry that night and hot dogs on Sunday. Around 600 pancake breakfasts were served. Thanks to the many people who were involved with the preparing and serving of these as well as the 650 hot dogs on Sunday.
There was a Talent show for young and old Saturday evening after the fish fry. The Art Show and Sale (displayed in two cottages) was once again a great success. What talented people we have at Grindstone.
The Save OUr Lake committee provided information on the plans for our new lagoon and proposed wetlands. They were once again collecting funds to provide prizes for the Manitoba Science Symposium.
The well run volleyball tournament, as in previous years, was enjoyed by both participants and spectators. Interest in volleyball continues to be strong at Grindstone with both the competitive and family divisions fully booked.
The Silent Auction was (as usual) a huge hit with all. There were many desirable prizes for young and old. The businesses serving the Grindstone community were very generous with prizes and it was much appreciated. Please continue to support our local businesses and advertisers (a complete list will be in the September gazette). Significant contributions were received from cottagers as well. Some large ones were prizes in themselves; others were combined make additional prize packages. Our thanks go out to all cottagers who collected and shopped for these, your time and efforts are appreciated.
After the Silent auction cottagers of all ages started signing up for the Poker Derby. This ever popular event was very well attended with 283 hands being played.
The Grindstone board would like to thank all of you who helped in making this event a huge success. Many volunteers were involved. From those that took on major responsibilities to those with a single task all were key in the success of the weekend. Visit the Photo Gallery. Better yet, submit your favourite pictures of the weekend. More details on our celebrations will be provided in the September Gazette. Please continue to enjoy the summer.