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Village Blog 2017-11-02T20:31:13+00:00

Keep in touch with your White Birch Village Family

Charlie’s tilt begins

The warmer temps are working their magic. Charlie is beginning to tilt and the ice is leaving the shoreline, even if just  a little.  We’ll keep you posted.

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By | April 10th, 2014|

Our winter wonderland

The snow keeps falling in the Northwoods. John is guessing we have had around 120 inches of snow this year and 6 more fell last night. All you can say is it’s beautiful outside. With the high amounts of snow the water tables should be looking good this year. But it also brings it’s challenges. John has been busy digging pathways so we can get into the homes to spring clean. He’s even debating renting a bobcat to start hauling snow.

Enjoy the pictures 🙂

Is it wide enough to open the door to Musky?

Is it wide enough to open the door to Musky?

Pathway to Wren

Pathway to Wren

The winding road to Hillcrest

The winding road to Hillcrest

Poor Charlie, he's buried in snow.

Poor Charlie, he’s buried in snow.

Hillside up to Bluebill

Hillside up to Bluebill

Path to the front entrance.

Path to the front entrance.

John is running out of places to put the snow.

John is running out of places to put the snow.

Snow piles are higher than the fences.

Snow piles are higher than the fences.

Mr pileated woodpecker has done quite the job on this pine tree at the end of the shuffleboard court. It will have to come down this spring. :(

Mr pileated woodpecker has done quite the job on this pine tree at the end of the shuffleboard court. It will have to come down this spring. 🙁

Heavy snow.

Heavy snow.

Sun peaking out from behind the trees.

Sun peaking out from behind the trees.

By | March 28th, 2014|

Charlie’s Sad

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Charlie is a little sad. He hasn’t gotten many guesses this year for when he’ll take the plunge. It’s not too late send us an email at [email protected] by March 17th with your date and time.

By | March 13th, 2014|

Ice Out Contest 2014

It’s that time again! Charlie made his trek out onto the ice today.

Make a guess as to when the ice will go out and when Charlie will fall though the ice. Two years ago Charlie fell through on March 19th. Last year Charlie fell through REALLY late, May 6th. The ice can go out as early as late March and as late as the first of May. So choose your date carefully.

When will Charlie fall through this year? It’s anybody’s guess and you could have the winning date and time. If Charlie sinks after dark he will be credited to the next day. John and Sue need some sleep too.

All you need to do is email us at [email protected] with your DATE and TIME of day as to when Charlie will fall through the ice. All entries must be in our email by March 15th. The contest is open to any age and the winner will get their name added to the plaque in the lodge lobby.

Good Luck and we hope you have fun with the fifth annual Charlie the Chipmunk Contest. John and Sue leave town on February 28th and not back home until March 17th. We’re heading off to sport shows. Our carpenter will be keeping an eye on Charlie for us. If there is any change during our absence he’ll get the pictures to me and I’ll update you. Otherwise, come back often after March 17th  as we will keep updating photos of Charlie.

As you will see Charlie had fun getting ready for his trek this year!

Sue has me all ready for the contest.

Sue has me all ready for the contest.

Look there's two of me! Guess which one of us gets to go out on the ice? The other one gets to stay warm and head off to the sport shows!

Look there’s two of me! Guess which one of us gets to go out on the ice? The other one gets to stay warm and head off to the sport shows!

Wasn't that nice of them to feed me before I headed out onto the ice. Is this my last meal?

Wasn’t that nice of them to feed me before I headed out onto the ice. Is this my last meal?

I decided it might be more fun to head out to the lake on a snowmobile.

I decided it might be more fun to head out to the lake on a snowmobile.

Instead they gave me a piggy back ride.

Instead they gave me a piggy back ride.

Here comes my chair.

Here comes my chair.

How many people does it take to get me situated?

How many people does it take to get me situated?

I told John and Sue they better leave me a shovel with all the snow we're getting this winter.

I told John and Sue they better leave me a shovel with all the snow we’re getting this winter.  Enjoy the contest!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By | February 25th, 2014|

Summer guests enjoying winter at WBV

Bill and Diane Schneider, long time summer guest of WBV, made their way up north to experience what winter is like. They had a blast trying snowshoeing for the first time. Bill headed out onto the lake with John for the first time in many years to go ice fishing. They weather was perfect Valentine’s Day weekend for them. They brought friends with them and said that they are definitely going to make this an annual event. We loved having them. This winter has been cold, but beautiful!!! We thank them for sharing their photos with us.

Snowshoeing

Snowshoeing

Bill checking out the creek.

Bill checking out the creek.

Our archway at night with the lights.

Our archway at night with the lights.

John and Bill heading out to ice fish.

John and Bill heading out to ice fish.

Snowshoeing the nature trail, right behind the barn.

Snowshoeing the nature trail, right behind the barn.

By | February 21st, 2014|

Fabulous Women’s Retreat

The village is a great setting for a women’s retreat! We hosted the 5th annual women’s retreat at the resort on February 8th and 9th. 18 women enjoyed being spiritually refreshed, spending time snowshoeing, great fellowship, laughter and good food. Our theme this year was Cafe Chocolat (by Group publishing) focusing on God’s Extravagant Grace. Needless to say chocolate found it’s way into the activities as well as each meal.

Snowshoeing the nature trail.

Snowshoeing the nature trail.

Service product - making shawls for shut-ins

Service product – making shawls for shut-ins

Reading the directions and choosing what stitches to use.

Reading the directions and choosing what stitches to use.

Showing off the final product.

Showing off the final product.

Great fellowship at meal time.

Great fellowship at meal time.

Dark Chocolate Linguine for dessert. Yum, yum!

Dark Chocolate Linguine for dessert. Yum, yum!

 

By | February 20th, 2014|

Calendar Contest Winners

The calendars have arrived and will be mailed this week. Thank you to everyone who submitted photos this season. John and I had over 200 photos to sift through to choose the winners. It wasn’t easy as there were so many great photos!

I ordered extra calendars. If you didn’t order one it’s not too late. Just give me a call with your credit card number and I’ll put one in the mail for you. The cost is $17 (includes shipping and handling). 2014 local events are also listed on the calendar for your convenience.

Congratulations to the 13 winners! Here are the winning pictures.

Front cover submitted by Melissa McCornack

Front cover submitted by Melissa McCornack

January submitted by Mike Mark

January submitted by Mike Mark

February submitted by Gene Wengert

February submitted by Gene Wengert

March submitted by Larry Harlan

March submitted by Larry Harlan

April submitted by Ray Peat

April submitted by Ray Peat

May submitted by Sam Halverson

May submitted by Sam Halverson

June submitted by David Schwenk

June submitted by David Schwenk

July submitted by Betty Steinmetz

July submitted by Betty Steinmetz

August submitted by the Hegg's

August submitted by the Hegg’s

September submitted by Phyllis Wlos

September submitted by Phyllis Wlos

October submitted by Rich Bugalski

October submitted by Rich Bugalski

November submitted by Ruth Pickering

November submitted by Ruth Pickering

December submitted by Tom Nelsen

December submitted by Tom Nelsen

By | December 2nd, 2013|

Fall Photos

We hope everyone had a blessed Thanksgiving, spending time with family and friends. Between family obligations, deer hunting and the holidays, we were on the road the entire month of November. the weather in October was not very cooperative for picking up leaves. Between the rain and the snow there are a lot of leaves that will be waiting for spring to be picked up.

I was given some great fall pictures from a couple of our guests that were here in October. Enjoy!

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By | December 2nd, 2013|

Shore Lunch Gone Bad

John and I participated this year in the Boulder Junction Chamber of Commerce haunted house. We had fun creating a twist of a shore lunch. Instead of the fisherman frying up their catch of the day, it was the fish having their revenge and roasting humans. Thanks to our partners in crime; The Aqualand Ale House and Michele from First Merit Bank.  Enjoy the pictures. Unfortunately the camera battery died before we could get many “in the dark” pictures.

Roasting the corpse. We even had "charred corpse" scent spray that added to the atmosphere.

Roasting the corpse. We even had “charred corpse” scent spray that added to the atmosphere.

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John found his "catch"

John found his “catch”

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Want to try some pickled baby?

Want to try some pickled baby?

Pickled baby  Yum! Yum!

Pickled baby Yum! Yum!

The muskies are getting their revenge.

The muskies are getting their revenge.

The "corpse"

The “corpse”

Staging the next victim.

Staging the next victim.

John having fun roasting over the campfire.

John having fun roasting over the campfire.

The zombie fisherman who was stalking unsuspecting guests.

The zombie fisherman who was stalking unsuspecting guests.

By | October 27th, 2013|