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Party of 40

What’s better than dinner at the the lake? A moveable mystery dinner at the lake

I’m reminded of Lord Ronald in Stephen Leacock’s story.

But unlike Lord Ronald, who lung himself upon his horse, 40 or so cottagers ling themselves into their boats and drive madly of in all directions. Not because they’re angry, but because they’re hungry.

It happens once a year, every summer, in one of the most complicated dinner parties imaginable. Everybody atends and virtually everybody hosts, which means everybody has to navigate the perilous shoals of this water-access Georgian Bay community near MacTier, Ont. I grab my PFD and jump in the boat that’s been assigned to take me to the next stop on the watery route: Appetizers, part two, the second of four stages.

Appetizers, part one has already happened, co-hosted by Richard Crouch and Jamie Crichton at Jamie and Beth Hartung’s cottage. More than a dozen boats crowded in, rating of one another. This is always the starting point—at 4 p.m.sharp— and the only place where everyone will come together. Richard watches the arrival from the big front deck. He’s the architect of the Woods Bay Travelling Mystery Dinner, but Jamie and Beth have a larger deck, so the party begins here—unless the weather’s bad, in which case it moves to Richard’s place next door. He can accommodate more people indoors

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Back together! Time to reunite with the cottage and all your favourite people and traditions. The Mar/Apr issue gets you ready to kick off a new season! Try these make-ahead breakfasts that let you feed everyone, no matter when they—or you—get up! Come aboard on a one-of-a-kind travelling dinner party Take a look inside a stylish modern update with a cherished family cottage at heart Ramp up your boat-trailering skills for a perfect put-in Navigate getting permits for removing water weeds Get space-saving tips from a tiny, chic DIY cabin Pack smarter: expert tips for weekend warriors Clean your eavestroughs, protect your projects, and build a fender system for your boat Stock up your workshop with a super-grabby glue and the saw blades you need Build a cool mountain-inspired shelf in a day Plus: Real estate 2019: Don’t miss our guide to vacant land to find out what to know before you buy