Thursday, March 01, 2018

F7 - More Reflections in the Ice


The Second Annual 

F7 Gatherette

February 2018


This past Family Day weekend, a group of us braved the Canadian winter to attend the second annual F7 Gatherette! We held our event at Fox's Haven, halfway between Sudbury & North Bay. Whether it was playing outdoors, eating delicious food, or relaxing by the roaring fire, everyone had a wonderful time with friends!!

Uh-Oh, DeeDee's sinking in the snow!!

The Foxes Den, where most of us slept, looks out onto the snow covered landscape. What a view!!!

The setting sun reflects off the ice after a day of fun times!!

G'night everybody!!!!


This is the *BEST* way to make bagels!!!

A grey morning means it's warm enough for snowy fun!

We slid down the big hill to the dock, then all the way over to the island. Then we slid down the island hills and came all the way back over the lake! It was magical!!!

We made a snow family!

And I made a snow fort!

DeeDee played with dough ...

And then he braided it ...

And it turned into bread monsters!!!

Wow, we had some great meals!!!

Packing up to go ... we had a great time!!!


See you all next year
for the third annual F7 Gatherette,
February 15 - 18, 2019
at
Fox's Haven near Lake Nipissing



Sunday, January 14, 2018

The Return of F7


F7 Gatherette
Friday February 16th to
Monday February 19th (Family Day)
at
Fox's Haven
near Lake Nipissing

Two years ago, an intrepid crew of ferocious fae braved the -40ยบ temperatures for the first ever F7 Gatherette. And boy what a fabulous time we had! If you missed it, or if you were there and want to reminisce, you can reflect on our time in that winter wonderland.

Sadly, the venue that hosted the first F7 is no longer available, and last year we were unable to hold the event (the facilities on the Land aka Amber Fox are not winterized).


But good news! We have now found a permanent home for the F7 Gatherette, Fox's Haven, just northwest of Lake Nipissing. The new venue is a four hour drive north from Toronto, four and a half hours west from Ottawa, halfway between North Bay and Sudbury. The secluded site features 170 acres of varied terrain, including sandy areas, rocky flats, forested trails, and even a lake containing an island!!! The main cabin features a fully functioning bathroom, kitchen, and large main room for communal activities. The Fox's Den is the main sleeping cabin. And both of the main buildings are fully winterized. :)



Because this is a site we need to rent, and because of the limited indoor sleeping facilities (maximum 16 people), as we did for the previous F7, we will be using a system of pre-registration with payment guaranteeing your spot. See below for details, then hit the big red registration button at the bottom of the page.

Now, do you remember what the seven Fs in F7 are for? Well, neither do I, lol!

But this year, the seven Fs will be:
F1 = Frigid: Yep, we can pretty much guarantee it!
F2 = February: It’s when we’re going!
F3 = Family Day: Monday. An Ontario holiday.
F4 = Fabulous: Yes, we are.
F5 = Faerie: That's us folks!
F6 = Festival: Isn't it always?
   at
F7 = Fox's Haven: The new location!!!


So what is F7 all about, and why do we call it a gatherette? Well, F7 is kind of like a faerie gathering, but much smaller (maximum 16 people). And it is mostly indoors, with nobody camping, because, well y'know ... winter. But we will still have fabulous communal meals, circles and yoo-hoos. And just like any faerie gathering, the activities will reflect the desires and abilities of the fae folk who attend.

Should we decide, we can have rituals, massage chains, a Know Talent Show, saunas (there is an amazing sauna attached to the main cabin), board game sessions, snowball fights, building snow forts, tobogganing,  ... even creating an outdoor sweat lodge. The only limits are our imagination, and our warm underwear!

As usual, the meals will be vegetarian, communally-prepared, and elegant beyond imagining. The cost of food is covered in the registration fee (see below).

The main cabin and the Fox's Den are the two winterized buildings. The Fox's den sleeps ten in four double bunk beds and a double fold-out couch. The main cabin has two bedrooms, one with a bed that sleeps two, and the other with a bed that sleeps two and two single bunks. Note that these two bunks are the only single beds available, so chances are you will be sharing with someone. Please let us know who you would like to share a bed with in your registration.


We are asking attendees for $90 each for the long weekend, which is $30 per night. We think this amount will allow us to just cover our costs. Most of the registration fee is the fixed rental cost, with the large part of the remainder being food. Payment can be made by Interac e-Transfer, PayPal, or by cash in Toronto. Since we never want finances to preclude anyone from attending our events, if some of you can afford to pay more, we can then offer discounted spots to those who need it. Please let us know when you register if you can be a sponsor or need financial assistance. Thanks!

Hurry, hit the big red button to register now, as there are only sixteen spots available! Your place is guaranteed once your payment is received. Once you’re registered, you’ll be provided the address, and added to the Facebook event where we can plan things such as carpooling, meals, and activities!!

This is going to be a fantastic gatherette!