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Dear Cottage Life

After reading “Launch Plan” (Mar/Apr ‘19), I’ve been thinking of the things that have gone wrong with my boat launches. When you get to the ramp, I suggest unhooking the trailer lights. The water and the lights don’t get along. I keep forgetting this. The bulb number for all my trailers is 1057. I know this for a good reason. —JOHN NELSON, SAND LAKE, ONT.


I read “Party of 40” with great interest (Mar/Apr ‘19). Our lake is fairly large, with many cotages and a village. On one island is a clubhouse, which normally is the summer centre of activity.

In 2018, a friend and I started a rotating Friday aternoon get-together on the lake, called “Cinq et Sept” with the intent of having cotagers meet for social time outside the club seting. To ensure there was not a lot of prep work for whoever is hosting, everyone brings their own refreshments and snacks.

The irst time we got together there were three couples. Word quickly spread, and by the end of the season, we enjoyed the company of up to 50 people. It has become a real lake success. People now vie for the opportunity to host, and we have more than enough volunteers so that no one hosts more than once per season. This popularity requires atendees to bring their own lawn chairs. Most of our cotages are boat access only, so arranging for dockage or sharing rides is an interesting logistical exercise.

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Cabin fever! As we dive headlong into spring, our May issue will get you ready for the new season. In this issue: Yannick Bisson’s dream retreat The A to Z of cottage hosting How to throw a party at the lake that’s fun for all ages Chef recipes for epic barbecue feasts An easy DIY host gift you can make Solutions for extra sleeping space How to de-skunk a dog and handle other cottage emergencies Getting your boat’s paperwork shipshape Boating tip! Install an in-line fuel filter for your outboard Pick up the May 2019 issue today!