2018 Lake of the Woods Cottage Show & 56th Annual General Meeting
Share your passion for lake life!
Monday, May 7, 2018 • Victoria Inn, 1808 Wellington Avenue, Winnipeg
Lake of the Woods Cottage Show: 1pm - 7pm
56th Annual General Meeting: 7pm - 8pm
2017 Cottage Show Recap:
No better way to kick off ‘lake season’!
It felt like summer outside in Winnipeg on Monday, May 1; inside the Cottage Show it was easy to imagine enjoying all that summer at the lake means.
With 92 exhibitors this was one of our biggest Cottage Shows ever and all the bases for lake life were covered. Whether visitors were looking for something for their cottage, watersports, information on lake living or tips for living green at the lake they could find it at the 26th Annual Lake of the Woods Cottage Show. As always, there was a real sense of community at the show as members met up with old friends and neighbours to reminisce and make plans for the coming summer at the lake.
Dozens of visitors filled the aisles within minutes of the doors opening at 12:30 p.m., with hundreds more following in a steady stream right up until the show ended at 6:30 p.m. They kept exhibitors busy as they checked out all the displays, asked questions and in many cases made purchases. There was still time for visits with old friends, chatting with LOWDPOA directors and staff, and gathering info on living green at the lake from the LOWDPOA environmental exhibit.
A huge effort on the part of many goes into this annual event and each individual, organization and business involved shares the credit for its success. It is the support of LOWDPOA members, Lake of the Woods area businesses, service providers and municipalities who make an effort to attend and exhibit during the Cottage Show that make the event what it is. Collectively, we are able to bring Lake of the Woods and Kenora to Winnipeg for the day to welcome back our summer residents and visitors.
Feedback from attendees and exhibitors, gathered in conversation and from dozens of evaluations, was overwhelmingly positive and also provided some creative ideas and suggestions for next year. If we measure the day by that feedback, the flow of people and the smiles on the faces of visitors and exhibitors alike, it was a great day – one that we are going to build on to make next year even better.
55th Annual General Meeting Recap:
Noted by some members as the best ever!
There was a great turnout for the 55th Annual General Meeting held May 1 where members were caught up on LOWDPOA business and programs. President Nancy Salmijarvi reviewed the past year’s work, calling on the Environment and Government Affairs committee chairs to assist in outlining LOWDPOA programs and initiatives going forward. She also presented the Membership/Communication committee report highlighting not only the high priority realities we face with regard to membership development, but also the plans being developed and put into action to address these realities. The AGM wrapped up following the Treasurer’s financial review presentation and election of new directors.
Members who attended the AGM were in for a special treat following the business portion of the meeting and stayed to enjoy the screening of the video Lake of the Woods: a History by Water on the big screen. Sean Kavanagh, of CBC TV and longtime Lake of the Woods summer resident who is featured in the film, captivated the crowd with his commentary on the production process. There were lots of questions for Sean, ’the guy in the boat’, and he answered them all, adding some personal lake anecdotes that were both interesting and entertaining. Those present were treated to sneak preview of the sequel, which is not yet released publicly. These excellent videos were produced by another longtime summer lake resident and well known musician, the late Greg Lowe, for the City of Kenora’s Lake of the Woods Discovery Centre and the Township of Sioux Narrows-Nestor Falls Northern Ontario Sportfishing Centre.
To our exhibitors - who set the stage
To our corporate sponsors - Q104 Kenora & Garriock Insurance
To the volunteers, directors & staff who ran the show
To all the LOWDPOA members who joined us for the afternoon
You are the Lake of the Woods Cottage Show; you are its success! There’s no better way to kick off summer than with you!
List of 2017 Cottage Show Exhibitors >> Click here