Sun Letter June 2014
Sun Letter Issue 3
Sun Letter Issue 2
Most people don't seem to know about the Private Messaging feature of our Forums. Private messaging is a great way to get in touch with other Solair members and associates. If you would like to contact another member or associate simply log onto the Forums (Members section of our website.) Click on the Private Messages tab, then click Compose.
You can start typing the user's name who you want to send a message to, or click the dropdown list on the right to see everyone. You can also click on the little "chat bubble" under a user's name on a post on the forum to send a private message. If you don't know the user's exact username please contact the Office for help (we have a bunch of Bob's, Mike's, David's, etc.)
After you compose your message and hit Send the recipient will be notified via email that there is a message waiting on the website. Notification will also pop up next time you log in if you have a message waiting for you.
No personal information is divulged during this messaging and your email is kept private at all times.
For more information or discussion please respond to the forum post here: http://www.solairrl.com/members/forum/camp-facilities/156-private-messaging
Sun Letter Issue 1
If you heard about a lifestyle that provided a sense of freedom, pleasure, relaxation, and self acceptance; a safe, natural and healthy environment for children; plus a community of caring friends.....wouldn't you be a bit envious? These are some of the benefits of the nudist lifestyle that we at Solair enjoy, a lifestyle that allows you the right to be clothes-free in appropriate places.
Thousands of people have discovered the joy of nude recreation but unfortunately misconceptions and stereotypes still exist. Our goal is to promote factual knowledge about nude recreation in order to appeal to and enlighten more women, families and young adults.
To this end, Solair has formed a new chapter of WINR specifically to reach out to women who would like to try a nudist experience but who may have concerns or questions about what to expect. Our group consists of female members who are single, married or partnered; of all ages and sizes; and from diverse backgrounds.
Last year we implemented a new camp calendar which you have probably seen. On our website simply click the Calendar link on the menu. Once there, you can view either Month, Week, Day or List views. Move forward and backward with the arrows on the far left or jump to a specific date using the Jump button.
At first glance you'll see that different types of entries are in different colors. If you click the small triangle right above the date in the middle at the top of the calendar you'll see why. Our calendar is actually made up of 5 individual calendars: Recreation, Meetings, Camp Events, Weekly Events and Kids' Events. You can turn on or off the various calendars to show exactly what you want to see.
Finally, after all that, you may not ever need to go to the calendar on our website at all. The 5 calendars are actually Google Apps calendars and are accessible from many different devices and computer programs, including iPhones, iPad, Android devices, Microsoft Outlook and more. The details of how to do that are beyond the scope of this article (it's different for each program or device) but here are the addresses you can use to subscribe to the ICS feed for each calendar:
Camp Events: http://www.google.com/calendar/ical/solairrl.com_6gfugu9anlcqepjinhgqlc3plo%40group.calendar.google.com/public/basic.ics
Weekly Events: http://www.google.com/calendar/ical/solairrl.com_cmsb6fcs2i9qg0f1jrq71598uk%40group.calendar.google.com/public/basic.ics
Kids Events: http://www.google.com/calendar/ical/solairrl.com_14dtfovav11up8mdsd2t135s28%40group.calendar.google.com/public/basic.ics
If you have any questions about any of this post on the Forums.
Spring Fling Dance April 20, 2013
Cinco de Mayo, May 4, 2013. Dinner at 6:30, DJ 8 PM - Midnight
Saturday, March 16, 2013 8PM-Midnight with DJ Dave
Saturday, Feb 16, 2013 8PM-Midnight with DJ Chris.
Are we up for a Mayan pot luck dinner on Fri Dec. 21st to celebrate the end of the world according to them? No leftovers allowed. It also marks the beginning of the Winter solstice. At the Community Center 7 pm on Friday. BYOB and plenty of it in case the inevitable actually does transpire. Where else could be better? Confucius says: It's either the end, or day 1 of the rest of our lives. (Dance music provided by Bill. This is not an official Solair event.)
Theme - Toga Party
Dancing with DJ Howie
New Year’s Day breakfast
I am pleased to announce that the Town of Woodstock has approved extending the camping season until Sunday, November 4. This will allow for the seasonal rentals to be used on November 3 so that the renters can enjoy the Halloween Party and stay on the rented sites overnight. Please make sure to close down and vacate the site by Sunday, November 4 by 4 PM.
The Solair website now has forums! They are currently in beta testing but are open to all registered members and associates. Go to the Member section of the website and login with your username and password. This will be a great way to keep in touch with people and what is going on in camp when you can't be here.
The forums are private and available ONLY to registered users of the website, limited to Solair members and associates. Other than your login name all of your information is kept private, although if you would like to add a picture and other information to your profile that is your choice.
If your login name includes your last name or other information you would prefer to keep private, please either change it in your profile or email the office to have your login name changed before you post anything.
Please Note: The forums are here to foster polite, respectful communication. Personal attacks, vulgarity and spamming will simply not be tolerated and will result in being immediately banned from the forums. Have fun and keep it civil!
The Sunshine Cafe will be closed on Monday and Tuesday of next week (8/13 & 8/14). The old refrigeration equipment will be removed on Monday, and the new equipment will be installed on Tuesday.
UPDATE: The Cafe will be closed one additional day, Wednesday, and will reopen Thursday 8/16.
Stuffed Pork Roast with sauteed apples and butternut squash.........................9.00
Grilled coconut lime shrimp over hawaiian couscous.........................................9.00
Check our specials board for Saturday and Sunday Breakfast and Lunch specials....
Chicken Souvlaki...marinated diced chicken grilled with peppers, onions, and tomato, topped with feta cheese and served with grilled pita wedges, hummus, tzaziki & a stuffed grape leaf................................................................................9.00
Shrimp Marinara...grilled shrimp over artichokes, spinach, and pasta, topped with marinara and parmesan...9.00
Cheesecake topped with strawberries.............................2.00
Check our specials board for Saturday and Sunday Breakfast and Lunch specials....
Pool party tonight instead of a movie! Don't miss it!
Weekend Dinner Specials - August 3-4
Prime Rib Au Jus (we will have plenty this time!) with potato and vegetable.....10.00
Seafood Linguini...chopped clams and shrimp in a garlic butter sauce over linguini...8.00
Orange Glazed Chicken over rice with vegetable................8.00
Check our specials board for Saturday and Sunday Breakfast and Lunch specials....
Please note the new hours and updated menu on the Sunshine Café page. Also, please remember that the grill and fryolators shut down 15 minutes before closing.
DJ Bobcat will be playing the tunes for a pool party tonight at 8 PM instead of the movie.
See the attached PDF to download the complete AANR East Convention schedule.
Thursday, July 12. 2012:
|6:00pm||Dinner -BBQ for Convention volunteers (invitation only please)|
Friday. July 13, 2012:
|6:00 pm||Dinner-Outside Pavilion - Italian Fare ($12 pp)|
|7:00 pm - Midnight||Welcome AANR-East Wine Social/ Pool Party|
|8:00 pm||Duck Pluck in pool|
|8:30 pm||SMS Event -Single Malt Scotch tasting with donation to AANR's Legal Defense Fun|
Saturday. July 14, 2012:
|10:00 am||Ladder Ball (Single elimination -doubles)|
|11:00 am - 3:00 pm||Body Painting (Judging at 3:30 pm on the beach)|
||Shuffleboard (Single elimination -doubles)|
|12:00 pm||Lunch break|
|1:00 pm||Pickle Ball (Single elimination -doubles)|
|1:00 pm - 4:00 pm||Nude Poker Stroll (meet at Tennis Courts)|
|3:00 pm||Volleyball (no more than 6 per team)|
|6:00 pm||Dinner-Outside Pavilion - Hawaiian Luau Buffet ($25 pp)|
|8:00 pm - Midnight
||Dance -Taren Yelle Band|
Anyone who has gone to the AANR Convention in New York has probably played pickleball there, or at least observed a game. Pickleball is mini-tennis game that is sort of a combination of tennis and ping pong, played on a badminton size court. It is a fun game that anyone can pick up quickly and play. It doesn't involve quite as much skill as tennis but watch out, tennis players - it's not as easy as it looks! It can be played as singles or doubles.
There is a growing contingent of people at Solair who would like to play pickleball and we're hoping a bunch of people from Empire Haven will come visit for the AANR Convention, so one extra line has been chalked on the far tennis court to let it double as a pickleball court. Right now we have some custom made paddles (thanks, Ron!) but official paddles and balls will be arriving soon.
For a quick read of the rules take a look at http://www.pickleball.com/Rules.aspx and browse around that site for more information.You can also find a lot more information here and official USAPA rules.
Or stop by to grab Bill for a quick game - I'll play any time. See you on the court!
Reminder. . . . . . . . . .
2012 Amateur Horseshoe Tournament
Saturday – June 30th (Rain Date July 7th)
10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Team Elimination Matches
32 Individual Entries Maximum (16 Teams)
If you don’t have a partner, one will be provided for you by lottery.
Trophies will be awarded to Winning Team.
SIGN UP AT THE OFFICE
Starting July 1st, the volleyball players will be having an adult volleyball clinic every Sunday 11:00 - 12:00.
All are welcome, from first timers to novice players, and the merely curious.
Volleyball is a great camp activity and I hope to see some new faces.
Ken of Lou
There will be a pickle ball demonstration at the tennis court on Saturday at 5:00 p.m.
Come on down!
Solair 2012 wine glasses for sale in the office store for $5.00 each. Please stop by to check them out.
Al & Deb will also have wine glasses for sale at their site through next weekend.
And . . . many people at the wine tasting were interested in purchasing the wines that were sampled. Here is the list (all purchased at Yankee Spirits in Sturbridge):
Barefoot Sauvignon Blanc
Twisted Pinot Grigio
Lindemans Bin 65 Chardonnay
Sutter Home White Zinfandel
Bolla Pinot Noir
Little Roo Cabernet Sauvignon
Walnut Crest Malbec
Citra Montepulciano D'Abruzzo
We will not be holding our regular Saturday 3 p.m. Social this week
due to the Wine Tasting and Silent Auction this Saturday at 6:00 p.m.
Wine Tasting brought to you by Al & Debbie
Auction brought to you by Recreation and the generous donations from members
Hors d’oeuvres prepared by Sharon F.
Great music by Dave C.
Conversation provided by friends. . . . . . . . . .
Barbara – Recreation Director
We will be having the final meeting for the convention on Sunday, June 24 at 10 AM. If you have signed up to help at past meetings, please attend this very important meeting. Also, if you would like to help and have not signed up, you are welcome to attend. This meeting will be to explain the itinerary and assign tasks. We are hoping for a large turnout so that we will all be able to help a little and enjoy the week also. Coffee and pastries will be served.
Saturday, July 21st and Sunday, July 22nd
10 a.m. – 4 pm in the Pavilion
All Arts & Crafts Welcome
Invite a friend to enter.
You do not have to be a Solair Member
To sign up, see Joellen W. Hawkins
No gate fees will be charged to non-members who enter the Art Show only.
Corned Beef & Cabbage with baby carrots and potatoes.......................7.00
Chicken Florentine over rice with sauteed mixed vegetables.................7.00
Baked Cod served over broccoli with cheddar cheese topping, choice of potato and vegetable............7.00
Check our specials board for Saturday and Sunday Breakfast and Lunch specials....
Just arrived! On sale in the office now.
75th Anniversary men's and women's tank tops, t-shirts. $10
Embroidered 75th Anniversary hats. $10
Towel Clips. $7.00
Get yours now!
Dear Members and Associates,
It has been a mild winter but we have been going strong improving our campground in anticipation of the AANR Convention and the celebration of our 75th anniversary. We have made some exciting improvements with still more to come.
I am pleased to write to all of you this morning to let you know that our shower area and hall is complete and looking fantastic. Vance, the tile guy, did a great job and I am sure that you will all be pleased with the new shower. He has completed everything with the exception of some minor repairs that he will do when he comes to put in the floor for the hot tub. Please use caution when entering the shower area because we now have curbs about 3 feet in off of both walls with the center open for passage. This is a necessary component to aide in directing the water to the drains and to keep any over flow from going into the hallway.
In addition to the new shower and hall areas, the shower controls have been completely rebuilt with new guts and new shower heads and the drains have all been re-plumbed. These upgrades should give us years of carefree use of the showers.
Our new hot tub is currently being built in Virginia and when complete, Al C and I will be taking a road trip to pick it up. We are looking for any member or associate who has, or knows where to get one at a reasonable cost, a 14 foot or larger box truck that we could borrow to make the trip. We are expecting to make it round trip in 2-3 days and of course will return it fueled and in the same shape that we got it. If anyone has one we can borrow, it would save us a considerable amount of money in rental fees.
This tub is a state of the art tub with multiple jets and an energy star rated pump with variable speeds. We will receive a credit from the State of Ct for this pump and it is so efficient that it will save us hundreds of dollars per year compared to the old pumps. We are hoping to have it installed by the St Patty's Day Dance. Because of the way it needs to be installed, we will have a brand new tile floor around the tub that will match the new shower and hall.
We have finally made some headway in the remodeling of the Arent Pavilion and are expecting the permits to be issued in the near future. We have had the pole evaluated and as expected, what we planned to do to repair it is exactly what we need to do. This recommendation will be included in the finished, certified plans being developed by a licensed engineer. We are hoping, at the very least, to get the doors and windows replaced and to get the decks built this spring.
Lastly, the well project is nearing completion and we are currently having the conduit installed to pull the wire to the new well. The plans have been submitted to the state and once the permit is issued we will begin tying our 2 wells together and supplying the camp with all the water we will ever need. We have a promised date of April 1 to have the project done as long as there are no more hurdles.
We have a fantastic season planned and will continue to work diligently to make Solair the best nudist resort in the AANR family. Sheila and I hope to see all of you this Saturday for the Valentines dance and the unveiling of our new shower and hall.
Dear Solair Family,
Another wonderful season at Solair has passed and we are again in hibernation mode at camp. Although we did not have the good graces of the weather gods, we still had an exceptional year financially. This past year brought us record snows, several power outages, a hurricane, a full-fledged tornado, snow in October and lots of rain in June. Our gate was slightly off from the previous year but considering the horrible weather we had at times, I would say that we had another banner year. We welcomed many new people through our gates, several of whom became associates. Overall, 2011 was a great year with many more positives to offset the negatives.
We accomplished so much in camp this year, thanks to all of you for your hard work and contributions. Whenever a call went out for help you were there with smiles, strong backs and willing hands. We always had fun, with lots of laughing and joking around but we never lost sight of our mission, making Solair the best place to hang your hat. A thousand thank you’s to all of Solair, we are truly a community of friendship and love, a home away from home, a family.
This past year saw many changes in camp. We opened our new sun deck on time and in budget and it has been a hit from the get go. The new deck added almost a thousand additional square feet of much needed seating area at the pool. The new chaises, 25 in total, were always occupied and there were many positive comments from our guests. We also instituted a new smoking policy, limiting where people can smoke as well as opened a new, welcoming smoking deck at the pool. The new policy was accepted camp wide and we have implemented it without any problems. Thank you to the smokers who saw the need for this and welcomed it with open arms.
We continued to work towards making our camp more secure by closing off as many of our borders as we can. We have repaired and replaced our entire fence now and have only gated access for vehicles in the back entrance. The renovation of the Arent Pavilion has begun with preliminary plans being submitted to the town. We have bid on and won the right to host the AANR East Convention for 2012. It will be held on July 9-15 and 2012 will also be our 75th Anniversary celebration and we are planning on combining the two to make this convention the talk of the AANR community.
2012 will also see many new upgrades to the camp in addition to the Arent Pavilion being refurbished into rental units. We have a completely new floor for the shower/hall in the community center being installed in January. We will be having a new hot tub for the 2012 season along with a new private shower area outside.
So as you can see, although the camp is in hibernation, we are hard at work making Solair even better. We will be holding our first formal meeting in the community center on December 31 at 11AM for all those who signed up for the committees for the convention and the anniversary. We ask that all team captains and their helpers attend as well as anyone else who would like to participate in making these events happen. We at Solair never do anything half assed and I am confident that we will have a great turn out for what will be the kick off of an exciting season at Solair. Feel free to bring an appetizer to share with the attendees and the office will provide sodas and waters. Please email me or the office to let them know that you will attend.
In closing, Sheila and I would like to wish all of our Solair family the very happiest of holidays and a prosperous, healthy New Year.
Members and Associates Only
Enjoy Solair off season in one of our warm and cozy cabins.
Reserve one night and get the second night free!!
Call the office to make your reservation.
We have a 48 hour cancellation policy.
As of Friday, still no power or Internet/TV but we're planning on having a good weekend anyway. The Office, Community Center, and Sunshine Cafe are all operating. The showers and bathrooms in the Community Center are working. Time to come to Solair and get back to nature! The beach and pond are nice and we're looking forward to some good weather this weekend. Who needs electricity, anyway?
As of right now, Thursday morning, we are still without power but are cautiously optimistic that it will be on by Saturday. We have been informed that all of Woodstock will have power by then so keep your fingers crossed.
As of right now, the only thing that has been canceled is the dinner. All other activities will be on, with or without electricity. Have generators, will party: Saturday's dance with DJ Chris is on, Sunday's annual meeting is a go, AANR East award presentation is on, bonfire with slide show and music by Dave C is on and Monday's memorial service is a go.
It is supposed to be a beautiful weekend so come and enjoy the last hoorah of summer with your friends before our snow birds head back south. Hope to see you all there.
According to Blockbuster Dave power is still out in camp. CL&P has said that it may be out until Saturday, but who knows? Cable TV and Internet are also apparently still out. Luckily the new office generator installation was completed last week, so the office has power and there is also minimal water avialable in camp. There are a some personal portable generators floating around camp.
Dave reports that there isn't much damage anywhere. The worst seems to be a tree that came down behind his yard. Dave is still planning on the lobster dinner this weekend, power or not.
Update: Note that the pool and hot tub are shut down for the duration of the power outage. President Paul said that even if power is still out by the weekend camp will remain OPEN. Just be prepared to actually "camp."
Update From President Paul: The camp is open for your enjoyment even though we still do not have electricity. We have many fun things planned for this weekend and we are all hoping for the electricity gods to come through and power us up. For the time being, everything is a go. Keep checking back throughout the week for updates and cancellations. The annual meeting will be held regardless of whether or not we have electricity. Even if you do not come in for the activities, please make sure that you come in for the annual meeting, your vote counts. We will also be discussing the AANR East convention that we will be hosting next year and we are expecting an AANR official to come in to give one of our own a special award. It would be great to have as many people there as possible to congratulate the recipient.
Keep watching the website and Twitter for more updates as we get more information. The office will probably also send out email updates.
The 9th annual Solair Health Fair was held on Sunday, July 31, 2011. This yearly event was again deemed successful, with 91 registered participants consisting of 52 Members, 22 Associates and 17 Visitors. Corey and Ronna, who have been coordinating the health fairs, received many positive comments about this year’s event; one participant emphatically wrote, "Keep this every year!".
We would like to heartily thank the volunteers, who were kept quite busy and did a great job in their assigned activities: Bill (AED demo), Laura (skin checks), Janet and Joan (glucose testing), Beverly and Bob (blood pressure readings), Martha (body mass index readings), Pam (massages), Al (relaxation), Kimberly (material organization), and Carol and son (nutrition and skin product demos). Bob N. provided creative signage, Pat P. provided posters, and Erik N. provided new health materials. A special thanks to our reliable crew, Alvaro, Rich, and Wayne, who helped in setting up and breaking down.
We are also grateful to the office staff and any others who helped to make this event the success that it was. And please continue to offer your suggestions to either Corey or Ronna if there is anything you would like to see at next year's health fair.
We are still looking for folks to accompany us to the AANR East convention in August from the 17th to the 21st. We are going to make a pitch to try to secure the AANR East convention for 2012 to coincide with our 75th anniversary. If you are interested in joining us please let the office know as soon as possible. We would like to have the largest contingent of any club there.
The new smoking area near the pool has been completed thus allowing us to implement the new smoking policy ground rule 3.3 in its entirety. Effective immediately, smoking is permitted only in disignated smoking areas as is put forth in the following ground rule:
3.3 There is a strict smoking policy and smoking is allowed only in designated areas throughout camp. All smoking areas are clearly marked and only camp-supplied cigarette disposal receptacles are to be used.
Smoking is allowed on member sites, and while in personal vehicles, however appropriate receptacles must be used. Smoking is permitted on the upper canteen deck only during evening functions in the community center. There is also a 10 feet no smoking zone around the pavilion, and all other camp operated structures.
Smoking is also prohibited on camp wooded trails.
We currently have the no smoking areas identified and are having signs made to identify the smoking areas.
I would like to thank everyone for adhering to this rule to help Solair limit the amount of public smoking by creating smoke free areas.
After several long weeks with many interruptions, thanks to Mother Nature, I am proud to announce that the final deck on the Community Center is complete. This deck ties all of the decks together and you can now go from the pool area to the canteen deck without having to walk through the building. It is a very large deck as is obvious when you look at the 25 new lounge chairs on it and how much room is still available.
We decided to change the style of rails that are on the deck to a ballustrade system. This is mainly for ease of repair, you can change out 1 or 2 ballusters if they should warp or break instead of changing out a whole lattice panel. Cost wise, it is a much less expensive system to install and maintain and we have the added benefit of a more conventional, and in many folk's opinions, a much prettier rail system.
I would like to thank the many folks who came out to help this past week as well as throughout the project. It is not an easy venture to undertake such a large project and without the help of these folks, it would have been an impossible task.
We have one final deck project to complete in the next few weekes up near the gardens for the smokers. The plan is to have this deck, complete with new canopy, complete by July 4. If the weather holds it will be done.
Last Saturday afternoon I stood back to look at what the border fence workers had put together. I was absolutely taken back at what had been accomplished. I was very proud of what we had done. The group went right to work. We were a well oiled machine! Boards went flying up and were instantly nailed in place. People were not saying "look what I did" instead they said "what can I do next!"
Saturday was great day for me and I thank the volunteers very much.
Solair is now on Twitter at twitter.com/SolairResort. Follow Solair for instant website updates and other important announcements!
There was NO damage to any Solair property, trailers, or cabins from last night's storm.
On Saturday June 4th I want to continue work on the border fence. The fence posts are mostly up and we need to fasten the slats. We will need holders, levels, extension cords, some sturdy rope, and nailers. I am bringing a compressor and a generator. With 10 or so people we can do this quickly. Cordless drills and other instruments of mass destruction would be welcome. We can meet at the front gate at 9:30 a.m. Hope to see you there.
Tom C Planning and Construction
Today's ceremony has been canceled due to weather. It will be rescheduled for a future date.
Many of you have been asking about the deck and when it will be started and completed. I am happy to say that last Friday and Saturday we were able to make some headway in the construction. We actually were able to get the most difficult part, the 4 foot wide walkway connecting the 2 decks, started and with any kind of luck on Wednesday we will finish framing that section. I want to extend my thanks to Al, Harry, Mike and Steve who came out to assist with this task.
We will continue to work on the connecting walkway on Wednesday and will start the main deck on Thursday morning. The plan is to work Thursday through Saturday and we could use some help. We have 2 decks that need to be built and if we could get all the framing done on both of the decks it would be great. So, if you have any time to give this week or weekend, please come join us. No need to be experienced to join us, just your enthusiasm to help make Solair better.
A belated thank you to all that helped with the spring cleanup. A special thanks to Doc Rob for bringing his real cool John Deere tractor with the post hole digger. It helped getting the perimeter fence repairs off to a good start. All the bathroom floors were painted and leaves raked away. The beavers clogged up the pipe under the road and Ron and his crew risked cold water and a swift currant to clear the debris from the pipe. Tim and his crew got beach area ready to go. The pizza crew provided a great lunch that we all enjoyed very much.
Thanks to Barbara of Bob. The new roll-up pavilion enclosure is up and looks top notch!
So we are off to great start and when the weather cooperates we can finish up what we started.
Thanks again, Tom C.
At long last the winter is releasing its grip on camp! I am so ready for warm weather. So on the weekend of April 2nd we are going to turn on the water.
We will meet about 9:30 Saturday morning at the rec center. The water turnoff volunteers professionals from last year are invited to participate.
This means you Gail!
Of course any volunteers are welcome.
We expect to be done by 1 p.m. We should have a lunch. Hot dogs, Hamburgs? Donations will be gratefully accepted!
Planning and Construction