Summer 2010 Thunder Beach Newsletter

June 25, 2010

President’s Report: Snow birds start to fly north in droves; green thumbs gear up for the garden; the tennis court nets suddenly appear and the grills start to sizzle at the Friendly Corner Store; all signs that summer is on the horizon. Despite a cloudy start to Saturday, Mother Nature spoiled us over the May long weekend with balmy temperatures, sunny skies and above seasonal highs compared to last year where temperatures hovered just above zero. Cottagers took full advantage of the warm weather and the beach was bustling with activities. People were decked out in flip-flops; out and about sporting their summer attire and fireworks could be seen lighting up the evening sky! In terms of beach updates, the website made a big splash this year. We had better than expected on-line membership registration. The feedback on the site has all been very positive from members. The TBA Executive would like to thank Mark Macdonald once again for all of this hard work and ongoing support of the website. Please mark down Sunday July 18th on your calendar for the TBA First Annual Art show at the clubhouse, rain or shine from 1pm – 5pm. There will be painters, sculptures, pottery, customs rugs and live music by Karla Crawford and John Dymond. Admission is free but donations to the TBA would be greatly appreciated! The Executive is pleased to announce that Andrew Bolt has volunteered to organize the August event. For all you Indiana Jones die hard fans, the theme will be African safari. You are doomed to have a good time. Finally, the golf tournament is all teed up for Saturday, August 21st at Midland Golf and Country Club. Please get your 4 somes together and come on out for a swinging good time. I look forward to another great summer and serving as your President. Kindest regards, David Northcott

Thunder Beach Association’s First Annual Art Show Wine and Cheese Social

Located at the Thunder Beach Clubhouse, rain or shine, Sunday July 18, 1-5 p.m., admission is free. Artists will be donating 10% of their sales to the Clubhouse. Live Music with Karla Crawford and Jon Dymond and a book signing with local historian, Bill Northcott. A cash bar will also be available. Artists include:
  • Rod Prouse, Abstract Landscapes, Acrylics and Mixed Media, Tiny Beaches;
  • Carol Currie, Contemporary Landscape, Acrylics, Midland;
  • Clautro, Sculpted Paintings, Acrylics on Wood, Midland;
  • Melody Madden, Landscapes, Textile Artist and Acrylic Paintings, Orillia;
  • Jamie MacLean, Oils, Landscape, Toronto;
  • Donald Pettit, Oils, Landscape, Tiny Beaches;
  • Hugh Niblock, Water colours, Figurative, Midland;
  • Sylvia Jeson, Oils, Expressionist, Midland;
  • Jennifer Lawton, Mixed Media, Abstractions from Life, Victoria Harbour;
  • Marlene Bulas, Acrylics, Contemporary Landscape, Whimsical, Coldwater;
  • Luba Huzan, Rug Design, Coldwater;
  • Lisa Harpell, Marble Sculpture, Elmvale;
  • April Gates, Blackbird Pottery, Stoneware, Handpainted, Haliburton;
  • Eugene Nicolcev, Photography based on Aluminum, Toronto.
“Featured Artist” John Hartman

August Event — Out of Africa

out of africaThe August 7th beach event is on. We have made the theme an “Out of Africa” theme so khaki’s and safari attire is acceptable, loin-clothes not so much. Come and enjoy a G & T or a Pimm’s followed by a wonderful meal to the sounds of an African beat. Doors open at 6:30pm with reserve seating for parties of eight or more. Tickets are still available but are selling fast. If you wish to volunteer contact Andrew Bolt at 533-2049.

Click here to buy your August event tickets now

More Events…

  • Lobsterfest - July 3
  • Beach Volley Ball Tournament - July 17
  • Men’s Doubles - July 24
  • Women’s Doubles - July 31
  • Mixed Doubles - Aug 14
  • Kids Triathlon - Aug 8 (Sunday)
  • Golf Tournament/Dinner - Aug 21
View the full calendar of events.

26th Annual Thunder Run

Sunday August 1, 2010 4:30 p.m. Walk Start 5:00 p.m. – Run Start Rain or Shine at Clubhouse All ages (children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult), sizes, shapes and speeds welcome.

Summer 2010 Children’s Program

by Kathy Mihaichuk After a “not so warm” summer of 2009 we are all looking forward to two hot, sunny and fun filled months at the Thunder Beach Children’s Program. Each year brings many changes to our counselling staff. This year I am pleased to announce that our Head Counsellor responsibilities will be shared between Jacki Mihaichuk and Chris Garisto. Jacki and Chris have been at Thunder Beach every summer of their lives and have been very active campers, baseball and football players and coaches and have been on the counselling staff for the last 3 years. They both bring their enthusiasm and love for Thunder Beach to this position. Working with Jacki and Chris are a wonderful group of counsellors who are ready to make the Thunder Beach Children’s Program a memorable experience for all our Thunder Beach kids. The month of July will see Grant Winter, Meredith Bond, Michael Humeniuk, Hailey Burton, Cassie Hanson, Victoria Evans, Molly Khorshid and Windemere Jarvis hard at work and in August, Katie Houston, Meg McCarthy, Katie McNamara, Mac Chapin, J.P. McNamara and Chris Houston will take over with their talents and enthusiasm. Our CIT program continues this summer and we are excited to offer positions to Andrew Yull, Curtis Kohler, Brianne Hanson, Nels Guloien, Allana Brandt, Courtney Blair, Matt Wilcox, Jackie Orr, Jack Chapple, Brendan McCarthy and Thomas Heron.

Our first day of camp will be Monday, July 5th and our last day of camp will be Wednesday, September 1st.

Although we hope for hot, sunny days each and every day of our Thunder Beach summer, the weatherman does not always cooperate. The following are the procedures that are in place for any of those inclement weather days. Rain or Shine, Playschool and Sports Camp will go on. If there is heavy rain or a thunderstorm, the sports kids will be brought inside the clubhouse and appropriate activities will be organized. Tennis Lessons will be cancelled if it is raining or if the courts are wet. All efforts will be made by the counsellors to squeegee the courts but if the courts are wet at 10:15 am, the lessons for the morning will be cancelled. No other activity will be put in place of the lessons. As most of our Wednesday Night and Teen Night activities are held outdoors, if the weather is bad the activity will be cancelled for that evening but will always be rescheduled. If at all possible, the decision to cancel will be made by 6:00 pm. Notices will be posted at the Clubhouse and the rescheduled date will also be indicated. Important Reminders: For the safety of all of our campers, we must insist that all children attending tennis lessons and the tennis tournaments must be wearing proper running or court shoes. If they are not, they will not be allowed to participate. Also, the minimum age to attend Playschool is 3 years of age. We are very excited when new little campers are able to join our playschool program but we must insist that they be 3 years of age and toilet trained to attend on their own. We would be happy to include younger campers but they must have their babysitter or parent stay with them. Finally, one man’s trash is another man’s treasure … Our playschool program is always looking for “good trash” that our budding artists will turn into their “amazing treasures”. Your donations of egg cartons, toilet and paper towel rolls, plastic paper towel rolls, plastic containers and jars, etc. are always appreciated. As always, if you have any questions, comments or concerns regarding the Children’s Program please do not hesitate to contact me. See you at the beach.


Bruce Binning Bruce Binning passed away on Tuesday, March 9th in Toronto Bruce was a close friend and cottage neighbour (to the east) of Doug and Diane Jones at Thunder Beach for over 30 years. His wife Kay and four sons and daughter-in-laws and 11 grandchildren survive him. Father Thomas Joseph Day Sadly Father Thomas Joseph Day passed away peacefully on Saturday May 22 at age 75. Son of Thomas Joseph Day and Carmen Dupuis. Brother of Jacques, Gerald ( Virginia), David ( Jean), and Blair (Elizabeth) Surrogate parent to Tam (Bich) and their children and Phin ( Shannon) and their children. Father Tom also leaves many nieces and nephews. Father Tom was ordained to the priesthood on June 2, 1962. Father Tom served as Pastor at many churches in the Toronto area, as well as the Port of Toronto and Pearson International Airport. He was chaplain of the Ontario Provincial Police for many years. Trustee of the Metropolitan Separate School Board. Tom's pride and joy was the Cardinal Carter Breakfast Club for students which he founded. Tom was known in the Thunder Beach Community by everyone and will be sadly missed. Max Craig (1914-2010) by Barbara Craig My dad, Max Craig, passed away peacefully on March 7th at 95. Dad first came to Thunder Beach at the age of 4. His dad heard about the beach from his butcher in Penetanguishene who thought it might be a good place for him to take his young family. So Dad, his brother, mother and father began camping at the beach next to the first creek. Dad would tell all about those early Thunder Beach days describing how their dairy products were placed into the creek for refrigeration and that the provisions would be put up into the trees at night to prevent bears or cattle from getting into them. We’ve come a long way since those days. Most people probably know Max as the proprietor of Craig’s Store which operated at the beach from 1949-1969. Dad often bragged that if he didn’t have what you wanted that he would have it the next time you came in. The store was an old fashion general store carrying everything from pop to drug items to groceries to gasoline and everything in between. Dad was very proud of the TBA honorary lifetime membership that he and Mom, Eva, received in June of 1991 for their service to the community. Dad felt that Thunder Beach was second only to the Garden of Eden. He so loved Thunder Beach and his ninety one summers there. Mom and I will be at the cottage on Centre Beach during June and July. We love seeing old friends and reminiscing about the Beach. Please stop by.


Simmons/Papastathis Maria and Mark are happy to announce the birth of their first child, a boy. Constantine Dean Joseph was born on March 26, 2010 weighing 7 lbs 2 oz. Proud grandparents are Tula and Dino. Cole/Telfer Heather and Greg are happy to announce the birth of a baby boy. Robert Cole Telfer was born on Wednesday Feb 17th, weighing 8lb 12 oz. Robert is welcomed by his sisters Kristyn and Danielle, grandparents Murray and Carolyn Cole and many aunts, uncles and cousins. Inrig/Gage Melissa and Bob are happy to announce the birth of a baby boy, Ryan Robert Malcolm Gage. Ryan was born at Mt Sinai Hospital on Thur May 20,2010 weighing 7 lbs 11 oz. Excited sister Taylor, Uncle Jeff, Aunt Jan, Haylee and Keon. Proud grandparents Mal and Susan Inrig.

Attention dog lovers of Thunder Beach

WC Fields is reputed to have said…’the more I learn about people, the more I enjoy the company of animals’… those sentiments are easy to understand when you see the amount of canine fecal matter that is regularly Abandoned on our community’s beach by some of our community’s dog owners. We do have a bylaw stating the dog owners should practice poop and scoop and keep dogs on a leash, but not all our dog owners have the courtesy to pay heed to this. Thanks go to those dog owners that do comply. This callous disregard for others all too often causes hard feelings within the community. It is a shame that such a beautiful beach can be soiled and spoiled for so many by so few, an inconsiderate few. So please dog owners, think of your neighbours, respect our beach, protect our children and grandchildren and be a good neighbour! So the new motto for the year is BAGNAPUP…be a good neighbour and pick up (your dog’s) poop.

The Thunder Beach Dock

The Thunder Beach Dock officially opens for gas service July 1st Canada Day and will officially close September 6th Labour Day. Days of Operation:
  • 7 days a week
  • Hours of Service:
  • 9am to 12pm,
  • 1pm to 4pm everyday
For the month of June, the dock gas service will be provided each weekend , Saturday and Sunday. Hours of Service: 9am to 12pm, 1pm to 4pm.

Swimming Lessons

Cassie Hanson, certified Red Cross instructor, is offering private swimming lessons to the kids of Thunder Beach. Red Cross levels 1-7 are available for a minimum of 8 half hour classes. Please note, any children above level 7 wishing to improve stroke development are also welcome. Swimming lessons for children wishing to work on their swimming skills and not work towards their levels are also available. For further information please contact me at your convenience:
  • Phone: (905) 847-6029
  • Cottage (after July 1, 2010): 705-533-4851
  • Email:
  • Private Lessons: 20$ per half hour class

The Thunder Beach Association (TBA) with respect to the above advertisement for Swimming Lessons does not endorse, approve or recommend these lessons.

Open air burning by-law

This By-law was amended to restrict the ordinary Class A open air fires to 1 meter in diameter, with a 3 meter setback from any combustible material (tree, bush, building etc), and to forbid fires between 2 am and 8 am and when wind velocity is more than 20 km per hour. For larger areas like farms, where more extensive brush burning may be required, a larger fire is permitted with greater setbacks under Classes B and C Burning Permits.

Obtained from: Issue No. 35 Spring/Summer 2010, Report on Council page 5

Georgian Bay Thunder

Georgian Bay Thunder is a motor cycle ride that is taking place on Saturday July 10th. It is for Community Link, which is a non profit organization, that helps the less fortunate in our community. The ride will go through Thunder Beach specifically Green Point Rd at approximately 1.30 -2.30 and will be accompanied by the OPP.

2010 Beachwear Available

Beachwear will be available again this year at both July and August field days. This year there will be t-shirts, hoodies, hats and as a bonus — beach towels!

Cottages For Rent

  • Le Chalet - #7 East Beach Rd 4 Bedrooms – fully equipped Park 4 cars – or 416-486-0188
  • 2 bedroom cottage available June 13 to July 11 on Green Point Road 1 double bed, 2 single beds 3 piece bathroom, fridge, stove, microwave, BBQ no smoking no pets phone 705-533-2883 or 905-857-4741
  • Center Beach Road 3 bedroom, available July/August Please call: 416-654-4062, 905-859-9959,
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