They came, they conquered, they left. who? the children of course! Six of them all the way from Virginia, the Horne tykes and their pals, Sam, Jack and Elizabeth. There were the usual water sports, kayaking, boating, fishing and -- from Jack -- a couple of unexpected swimming adventures (ok, there was some sort of pirate ramming and boarding of kayaks, I'm told! ); a harrowing climb to the first peak of Tongue Mountain (see adds to Club list); and an equally boring trip up to Ft. Ticonderoga!!
Labor Day, 2006: a virtual parade of friends and family beginning with Mike and Traci O'Shea, the delightful Megan and newborn Ryan. Brief though the visit, a good time was had by all. Hoyts, Sorels, Rousos, Pecks, Vicki and Beth (friends o' brother Charlie from nyc) families, all followed and there was the usual campfire and third floor shenanigans, a spot of swimming and kayaking and boating though the Penn Damn again made its sad mark, probably for the last time. We welcomed two new members of the Black Mountain Summit club--Leigh and Kathy, but sadly, cold water ensured no additions to the Sweetbriar Island Club!
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The heavy rains of Spring lifted for our July vacation, so we went about the usual sunning and kayaking and swimming largely to the accompaniment of big cottonballs of clouds in a sunny royal blue sky. Sweet! The water was clear and warm (73) and very high from all the rain—our campfire area and the meadow were a bit mushy. But the only real flies in the ointment were actually mosquitoes, which forced us out of the shade, or into a haze of repellent and citronella. The delicious little Helen was nearly chewed alive! As usual, the Lake View proved a swell spot to curl up with a book: check out our new Reading List feature. And for MORE on these doings including photos and FILM clips, see Camp Life! For additional artful shots by Daniel Horne at dawn, see Through the Eyes Of.
. . . the Virginia and Ohio Hornes visited the fabulous David Smith show at the Guggenheim
In Memoriam: William W. Horne Sr. (1924- Feb. 2006): for more on Bill, pix of the funeral and the reception, and an ode, see "Through the Eyes"
Mom & Dad dancing, 2003
Mar. 2006: Bill achieves ramming speed . . .
. . . liftoff . . .
. . .iced!
Xmas 2005: Will, Helen, Daniel
Run for it! (w/ Nemo)
Thanksgiving 2005 brought the Ohio and Virginia Hornes together at the Lake View for a gorgeous snow-filled holiday.We hooked up with friends new and old--the Wards, the Spindlers, the Halls--did the usual napping, eating, reading, puzzling and snowballing, and topped off the weekend with Tony Hall's blowout 50th B-Day at Cate's. A good time, we surmise, was had by all.
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Spring / Summer 2005 (Click on photos to ENLARGE)
Sweetbriar hero Helen Horne (click to enlarge)
Memorial Day 2005
July 2005 Two weeks at the fabulous Lake View during which we were joined at times by the Ohio Hornes, Charlie and Adrienne, Kate, the Doomansand our other pals from Chelsea, the Isensees. The Fourth of July celebration in Bolton Bay was perfectly sited for our deck viewing this year and received a rousing honk of boat and other Hornes upon its splendiferous conclusion.We forged ahead through the sometimes rainy days, bravely hosting a picnic party inside, and turning it into a festive gathering of most of the above, along with the various Bartletts, the Florida Hornes, the Halls, the Suffolks, the Colbys, the Hoffmans, the Wards, and the Smiths. There were games of Risk, tubing and even some sailing on the Tanzer, crazy tippy though Dan and I found it. (The boys also took sailing lessons while Helen sharpened her tennis and swimming to the point she became on this trip the YOUNGEST member of the Sweetbriar Island Club!) We partook of birding, powerboating, kayaking, and reading, and a swim in Log Bay topped off with a little hike up to Shelving Rock Falls. A final visit to 14 Mile Island for a bbq hosted by Dick and Claire, and that was that.
at home at the lake view
Helen & Granny
Picnic at 14 Mile Island
dinner at The View
Helen, Scout, Soleil, Daniel
Carroll at the Finish
GrillMeisters, Sr. and Jr.
Warren's Big Fish
"14 Mile Island resident Dick Bartlett congratulates Lake View resident Bill Horne..."
Shhh! Filming in progress...
Memorial Day, 2005 The Campbells decamped from Brooklyn and the Dan Hornes joined us from Ohio for another rousing May opening involving cleaning and raking and painting, the playing of Kronthor, pizza-making, some moderate drinking, a bit of sunbathing, a bit of boating and the filming of a major motion picture. (See above, with Helen playing, yes, a domestic!)
March 2005 The Lake View was a most hospitable destination for various Hornes and friends enjoying their first winter as guests at the newly heated House. There was all kinds of lake-oriented activities as Lake George, as usual, froze completely over, with 20 " of ice. Cross country skiing, hiking, hockey, the usual carousing. Water temp, though, was @36 degrees so no takers for the LVH Polar Bear Club. For more on winter events, see the fotos in News & Events. Also check out the new Dome Island Club, a most prestigious new winter exploration club.
Winter 2005 (Click on Image to enlarge.)
Lake View at rest
Bloodies on ice
Hockey Team, March 2005
xc-skiing the lake
Nice goal, Helen!
from the dock
Ed, Steve, Henry off Sweetbriar
fratboys on ice
Fall 2004 The Lake View will be only partially closed this winter, as we add some heat to the back portion and anticipate spending Thanksgiving and other (ski?!) weekends there. Hooray! We have also added a treat for the children-- and solitude seeking adults-- a small sleeping house that was built some 60 years ago, and which features the very windows that were once in the steamer that plied the waters between Bolton and the Lake View. (see below!)
The Lake View opened as always--thanks to the Ohio and NYC Hornes (click on foto to right to enlarge) for pitching in--the countless chairs to carry, shutters to open, porches to sweep--so much easier with a big crew of hardy souls. We even had a little time to boat and swim, with our first seasonal addition to the Sweetbriar Island Club : Ms. Kathy Horne. And our first Round the Horne-r, Mary Horne, who completed an entire circuit of the island in fairly heavy boat traffic in late July. The July venture also featured several additions to our Bird List, the installment of new sculpture, and the construction of three camp benches --an altogether productive outing. But in August, W.W. Horne Jr. threw the gauntlet at Mary Horne's feet by rounding Sweetbriar and returning in 20 minutes flat: Will Mary rise to the occasion? Or perhaps submerge: can an underwater swim be next?
And we enjoyed visits from relatives and old friends, among others the Campbells, Broadbents, Sorels, the Hoyts, Mr. Hayes, the Florida and Ohio Hornes. As far as we know, and as we are so fond of saying, a Good Time Was Had By All.
Memorial Day 2004 (click to enlarge)
the playhouse in 2004
steamer window in the playhouse
Dooman, Hayes and Hoyts with 3 Hornes (see dog)
Helen and her driver (Will)
Dan and Grampa at work on new adirondack benches
Hijinks with Grampa
Sam with Bubble!
Wettest season ever---mushrooms galore
Mary Kicks to the finish in first Round Sweetbriar swim ever