Ohana: Luau at the Lake is right around the corner. As we get ready to make our way up to the Tiki Resort in Lake George, NY, here are a few things to ponder as you pack for and plan your trip.
One of the first things we learned was to bring CASH. From putt putt golf to some of the local shops and especially the resort bar, cash is king as a lot of places do not take credit cards.
Speaking of... PUTT PUTT golf: It is everywhere and easy walking distance from the resort. Embrace it, Play it, and Enjoy! Hold on to the score sheet and compete in the Annual Mini Golf challenge. See if you have the goods to take one of those trophies home.
Lake George is a lovely time warp tourist town (Let's do the time.. oh wait). Make some time to take a steam boat ride or visit Fort William Henry for some of the best views of the Lake and surrounding Adirondacks.
If boats, forts, and pretty views are not your thing, wander the downtown area and explore one of their many shops and wacky museums like the House of Frankenstein or The Alien Encounter and Research Center. Hmm a F.O.M. Test Labs expedition may be in order for that one.
Meanwhile back at the Tiki Resort:
If you arrive early, Thursday night's festivities at the Moon Base Alpha Lift-Off party are the must do event of the evening. Don't forget to pack your costume and prepare to rock out to the sounds of The Nebulas!
Mornings at the resort can be peaceful, picturesque and, hmm, very bright. Make sure to fortify yourself at the resort cafe before taking on the day. Coffee and brown food for me please...
Friday evening brings along the creative and crazy annual room crawl. This endurance test for the liver is a marathon not a sprint. Don't be that guy or gal who needs to take a nap in the bushes when the parties going strong, you never know what tomfoolery you will miss.
Laze away the day in the pool or chill out sipping your favorite cocktail at the Paradise bar. While at the bar check out the juke box which has Martin Denny's 45 among the choices.
Music starts by the pool on Friday at 5 with the TarantinosNYC, Kahiki Seranaders, with 9th wave closing the night out at 10. Saturday the music kicks off at 3 with the Concussions, followed by Stolen Idols, at 4:30. But wait there's MORE...
Saturdays bring on the busiest day of the Luau. On top of the great music we have the annual Cocktail competition sponsored by Longitude and the Blind Rum tasting challenge sponsored by the Miami Rum Festival.
Under the big tent make sure to visit the vendors and sponsors tables. While there you can sample the spirited offering from our sponsors Barritts Ginger Beer, Blue Chair Bay rum, Brinley's Shipwreck rum, Cockspur rum, Deadhead rum, Kona Beer, Novo Fogo, and Rhum Clement You can also check out the wares of Tortuga Tile Works, Fashion Tramp, Zombie Oasis as well our other great vendors! Down the center aisle make sure to view the vast selection of items you can bid on at the Silent Auction. Bid Early, Bid Often! It's for the kids!
No matter where you are, a Ukulele jam may happen at any time. Grab a drink from the Paradise Lounge and savor them. The jams are AWESOME!
Around 5:30 you are going to want to grab a seat by the pool; at 6 the annual Mystery Bowl Auction will commence. This is an excellent opportunity to bid on some rare and custom Tiki bowls that will be presented to you with a special libation and Mystery presentation for your enjoyment. Repeat after me: Bid early, Bid often, ITS FOR THE KIDS! (Not to mention fun to watch!)
Immediately after auction the Luau and Polynesian show are the must see - must do event of Saturday evening. Pick up your food, take a seat and enjoy the show as the moon rises over the Tiki Resort. After the show sit back relax and check out the Drive-In movies. You may just see the entries for the Royer Video competition.
Sunday morning, that radioactive ball we call the sun will bring a new day and it will be time for us to pack up and take our trains, planes, and automobiles home. But wait, you have a hangover? Well, make sure you stop at the Hangover Brunch and find the cure that works for you. Say "Aloha" to friends new and old.
Keep the Torches Burning,
—Tagata Maori Rogorogo