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OHANA: The mug one for realsies05/15/2015
Aloha Guys & Dolls!!!!
Ok, I promised to reveal more of this year’s Ohana mug soon, and guess what? Soon is right now (Someone tell Morrissey.)
So, once again, and for those who are joining us for the first time, we have a custom made event tiki mug each year at Ohana. We’ve been lucky enough to have sculptor, artist, musician, and all around good dude, Squid design our mug every year. And this year (like last year) he’s personally glazing and hand firing each and every one. Zowie!!! Show the guy some love over at http://www.squidart.com/
Now, the mug is available ONLY to Ohana attendees, and rather than have a huge line at the event to buy it (who wants to wait in line when there’s so much cool stuff going on??) we put the mug up for sale early. Then, when you check-in at Ohana, you can pick up your mug, and get down to the serious business of spreading the Aloha, worry free!!!
A few catches… one, as I mentioned, you have to have purchased a ticket to Ohana. Each ticket = one mug opportunity (buy 1 ticket, you can buy one mug… two tickets, two mugs, etc etc).
Also, it’s a VERY limited edition. We’ve got 129 of these bad boys coming in, and we expect another sell out (Why 129? Why not?), so if you want one, it’s best to pre-buy him.
He’s only $50. Yup, just $50, and will be one of only 129 ever made. Ever. In the entire universe… yours to own for one low installment of $50USD
And he goes on sale THIS Monday at Noon Eastern Standard Time. Just go to the website ( www.LuauAtTheLake.com ), and there will be a link in the menu bar at the top. To buy him, you’ll have to provide the EMAIL ADDRESS you used to purchase Ohana tickets, so if someone else bought tickets for you, have them buy your mug as well. Tell ‘em you’ll get the cash to them soon, and then drag it out until it’s uncomfortable. That’s always a fun prank.
Ok, so we good?Any questions?
Everybody want one?
Huh? “Whats it look like?” It looks awesome, ok?
You don’t believe me?
Ok, you DO believe me, but still want to see it?
Ladies & Gentlemen, I’d like to introduce this year’s Ohana mug…
“Pour Your Ick” (yup, that’s a Hamlet pun. See? I’m not an uncultured heathen after all… I’m a quite cultured heathen, thank you)
Sorry my photography skills suck, but it still looks pretty amazing, right? And its even better in person!!! Plus the top opening is so big you can eat that new Avengers Cereal out of it!!!
SO, again, this coming Monday (5/18) at 12:00 noon EST…. $50… attendees only… only 129 available.
Whats that? You cant wait until Monday? Me neither…
And you don’t have to!!!
Well, ok, for Your Ick you do, but, a little bird told me that there are a VERY few remaining CATT (Chicago Area Tiki Tour) mugs left for sale. Like “Count on one hand” mugs available and they are awesome. Hand made by PopTiki of Colorado…
Seriously, if you’ve got the mug itch, the CATT will help you scratch it. Check it out here: https://fraternalorderofmoai.org/events/catt/mugs_purchase.php
See ya for Pour Your Ick sales on Monday, and we’ll see ya at the Lake!!
OHANA: Cocktails, Contests, and Consternation05/13/2015
There’s a special treat for those who stick around to the end of the message, so bear with my semi-coherent ramblings.
And for those on the waiting list, I’ll be sending you an email soon to confirm that I’ve got ya, and how many tickets you’re looking for. All hope is not lost. (If you don’t have tickets and need to get on that list, goto http://fraternalorderofmoai.org/ohana/tickets.php to sign up)
OK, for today, we’ve got the Original, often duplicated, never imitated, faux-gold plated, carbon dated, bargoyle should be sedated, OHANA COCKTAIL CONTEST!!!
What makes our cocktail contest unique? ANYONE can enter!! “Even me?” Yes, even you Rinaldo, the ever-present voice-in-my-head. Amateur mixologists are welcomed and encouraged!! Head-voices are optional.
The simply amazing folks over at El Dorado Rum ( http://theeldoradorum.com/ ) are hosting the contest this year and we are stoked!!! Seriously, have you had their 15 Year Old Special Reserve? Sweet baby jeebus, that stuff is goooooooooooooooood. …
Sorry, I drifted into a rum-dream for a minute there. Anyway, yeah. Demerera rum… You know it, you love it, you need it (for a BUNCH of tiki drink recipes), and El Dorado is the king kong bundy grand-daddy of the stuff.
So, whats the catch? No catch. Make a drink using one (or more) El Dorado products in it; mix it and present it live to our panel of judges; win fame, fortune, and bragging rights!! (note: fame is limited to the Tiki resort for 24 hours, and the “fortune” consists of an awesome custom carved Ohana trophy and some goodies. Bragging rights are yours for one full year, until 2016’s cocktail contest. Failure to surrender bragging rights at that time may result in public depantsing and/or wet willies at the judge’s discretion)
Drinks are judged on Taste, Use of ingredients, and Presentation. And a quick thought here: Presentation USED to mean “Is it an appetizing color?” “Does it have a garnish?” “Is it in a cool mug?” That kind of thing. You guys have taken presentation to a WHOLE new level with songs, costumes, props, and all manner of shenanigans. And while that’s awesome, don’t let it prevent you from entering the contest. Taste is still #1, and if you’ve got a good original drink under your belt, by all means, whip it out. Don’t feel you need fire dancers and catchy jingle.
You can get all the details and enter by emailing the lovely and talented Nifertiki at [email protected] but here are some helpful tips:
1) You only have FIVE minutes to present your drink. FIVE (5). Not one second more. If you have a big presentation planned with dancers and a power point slide show, PRE-MIX your drink. Otherwise, mix it live, letting the judges know the recipe as you go, and serve it. After 5 minutes, you’ll be cut off (by a GONG!!!), so make sure that drink is done!! Practice at home with a stopwatch. Five minutes. Seriously.
2) Think in terms of easy to get, or easy to make ingredients. I remember running around one year trying to find a centrifuge for Prof Hummingflowah of WAITIKI. Now, his drink DID turn out freaking awesome, but most folks don’t have scientific/medical equipment in their home bars. Aim for a drink anyone can replicate.
3) Presentation STILL means look, garnish, and vessel. You need only make ONE drink in your favorite mug/bowl. Don’t feel you need to bring enough for all the judges (we’ll have sample cups for them), but make some extra garnishes. Smell is a big portion of taste, and if that fresh mint or hibiscus adds to the drink, make sure all the judges sample cups have it!!!
4) Have fun!!! In the end its all for the kids (and the bragging rights). And mixology is a hoot at any level. Take the drink seriously but don’t take yourself seriously, and you’ll do fine.
Again, to get in on the action and enter our 7th Annual Cocktail Contest sponsored by El Dorado, email Nifertiki at [email protected]
And now, for those of you who stuck around this far (or just scrolled to the end right when you read my caveat at the top… do you people eat your dessert first too? Cause if so, I wanna party with you guys. I’m a grown-ass man!! I should be able to start with dessert if I want!! Who came up with the “dessert last” thing anyway?)
Anyway, yeah… so here’s a little sneak peak at this years mug, loving designed, glazed, and personally hand-fired by our old pal Squid… Just a tease pic… you don’t get the money shot until the big announcement….
More details to come on this sucker REALLY soon.
Stay cool, stay dry, stay safe, and we’ll see ya at the Lake!
OHANA: Gong Gong Gone04/10/2015
Aloha Krazy Kats & Kool Kittens!!!
You guys are mental (in the best way possible), and you totally floor me year after year.
After a record breaking sell out at the Tiki Resort for rooms, you’ve gone and broken another record and set our fastest sell out of OHANA tickets ever!!
Yup, you read that right.
OHANA IS SOLD OUT!!!
I can’t thank you enough for the faith and support over the years, and keep in mind that by joining us, you’re helping to do something AWESOME in the world; Preserve Rapa Nui (Easter Island) and get kids an education. I mean seriously, how cool is that? How cool are YOU for helping out? Super cool!!! (I answered for you).
So anyway, if you missed out on tickets this year, all hope is not yet lost. You can get on our waiting list by filling out the official form on the web page: http://fraternalorderofmoai.org/ohana/tickets.php
If you DON’T wind up getting a ticket to join us, there’s always next year. We have NO “day of” or single day ticket sales (hey, it helps keep our attendee count honest), and I know you don’t want to be the asshat who crashes a charity event (We reserve the right to cook and eat any crashers, Captain Cook style).
But seriously, we usually have a few cancellations every year, so if you sign up quick, odds are that we’ll get you in.
And if you’ve got a free minute while you’re out there on the intarweb, you should check out what you did by attending OHANA last year: http://www.fraternalorderofmoai.org/news/index.php/2015/03/20/fom-2015-scholarships-awarded-by-the-easter-island-foundation
Go ahead… give yourself a self-high-five. You deserve it.
As usual MUCH more to come soon (cocktail contest, silent auction, room crawl, and all manner of shenanigans) so keep your eyes on your inbox, or go like our facespace page: https://www.facebook.com/OhanaLuau
Or do both. You’re wacky like that, I know it.
Again, thanks for the many years (or if this is your first time, thanks for THIS year) of support, and we’ll see ya at the Lake!
Just a quick one today, a full day BEFORE April 1st so you know I’m not foolin’ (no BROhana joke this year, I promise).
Tickets for Ohana are almost sold out!!! Buy them now or cry later. http://fraternalorderofmoai.org/ohana/tickets.php
The Kickoff Party remains sold out, but we have a waiting list set up. I promise to do my best to get everyone in. If you missed out on the Thursday kick-off and want on the list, send me an email. No guarantees, but again, I’ll try my best (its how I got all these Gold Stars on my homework!!!)
The Royer Swizzle Contest is going on NOW!!! We’ve got a few folks who requested an entry form, but we can do better than that!! I mean, seriously, do you understand what’s at stake here!?? (besides bragging rights?).
A CUSTOM swizzle, of YOUR design!!!!
The abso-freaking-lutely PERFECT accompaniment to that home/patio bar you spend way too much time at. And its super simple to enter. 1) Get an entry form (email Caroline(at)LuauAtTheLake(dot)com for one) 2) Make a short video (under two minutes) featuring Royer products. 3) Win the coolest prize ever and get internet famous in the process!!
Make your video silly, funny, serious, informative, frivolous… whatever you want! A black & white German existentialist exploration on the meaning of life from a MaiTai’s point of view? Why not? A stop-frame animated Beanie & Cecil homage that ends with one or both of them impaled on Royer swizzle sticks? Bring it!!! Check out www.Royercorp.com or https://www.facebook.com/RoyerCorp for inspiration!
Get those creative juices flowing, and go out and win win win!!!!!! Beat State!! Go local sports team!!! Rah Rah Ree, kick ‘em in the knee…Rah Rah Rass, kick ‘em in the other knee. Whoa. Sorry. March Madness (Hey, at least I have an excuse for my crazyness during the month of March, so you know I’m gonna take it)
Ohana Room Crawl needs hosts! As you probably know, the room crawl is one of my favorite parts of Ohana. Great bands interspersed with cocktails and Aloha from our attendees. It floors me every year. Anyway, I heard most of that tiki-biker gang is in jail, and there are a few “regulars” who cant make it this year, so we need to fill out some of the hosting spots. If you’ve been a crawler for years, THIS is the year to pay it back. Set up your room (as easy as a table and a chair.. no need to go mental with the décor), pour a few drinks, put out your tip jar, and become everyone’s best friend for 90 minutes!!
For real though, if you want to host a room, that’s super awesome and we’d love to have ya. Email geoffb91(at)gmail(dot)com to get more info. Remember, this is YOUR event. There’s a whole bunch of us who work to put the pieces together, but in the end its all of YOU who make this thing kick ass (and help Easter Island in the process!!). So step on up and show off those hosting/hostessing skills!
Much more to come later, and as always, we’ll see ya at the Lake!
OHANA: Get your swizzle on!!!03/12/2015
I Hope everyone is finally thawing out as everything up here turns to mud. I can actually see over a few of the snow banks, so I’m hopeful that spring is ready to happen any minute. And warm weather turns my thoughts to Ohana and all the fun we’ve got in store for you again this year.
But before we get into fun, a few housekeeping notes:
1) The kickoff party on Thursday is 100% sold out, but we’ve started a waiting list, so if you’re going to be in Lake George on Thursday, but didn’t get a ticket, shoot me an email and I’ll get you on the list. No promises, but I’ll do my best to make sure everyone gets in.
2) Ohana tickets continue to sell briskly as well. We’re down to “count on two hands” for Ohana tickets available, so be sure you don’t put that off too much longer. In fact, its even less ‘cause I need to buy my tickets this week!! (Yes, I buy a ticket just like you. There are no VIPs at Ohana. We’re all family. And its for a good cause!!)
And speaking of good causes (segue!!!) how about doing something awesome for yourself?? Like getting some FREE custom made swizzle sticks for that super cool home bar you have (or intend on building soon)?
To enter, all you have to do is make a short film (under two minutes) featuring Royer’s products. Easy Peasy Rice and Cheesy.
Get creative! Get internet famous! Get some kick ass swizzles (if you win)!!
To enter, just send an email to Caroline at caroline(at)LuauAtTheLake(dot)com and she’ll get you an entry form.
Here’s a bunch of last years entries to get your creative juices flowing: Royer Video Library
Some great entries for sure (especially the one from that Bargoyle character) but nothing that you can’t top. This year mine is going to be a post-modern socio-economic study of the plight of the American Farmer through interpretive dance set to Devo-esque repetitive “dada” EDM. But I’m not eligible to win, so don’t let the awesomeness of my idea scare you off.
Ok, so once more… send an email to caroline(at)luauatthelake(dot)com* to get an entry form with all the details. Make a video. Win coolest prize for a contest ever.*
It doesn’t get any easier than that folks! You don’t even need to be present at Ohana to win (although I reserve the right to claim and design your swizzle for you if you’re not there. Here’s a hint, it WILL have a tiki with gargoyle wings as its topper.)
So, get in on the contest, go buy your tickets (if you haven’t yet) and we’ll see ya at the Lake!!!
Much more to come soon.
OHANA: Lunch Hour Madness02/24/2015
Greetings and Salutations my Lords and Ladies of Aloha!
Ok, I’m gonna tl;dr this one right off the bat for those with short attention spans:
1) Room Crawl Hosts. We love ya, we want ya again (or for the first time) Email geoffb91(at)gmail(dot)com to sign up for a hosting spot
2) Kick-Off Party: SOLD OUT. If you missed it, but want in, email me and I’ll get you on the waiting list
3) OHANA tickets: Close to sold out. Buying sooner is better than later. Just saying.
4) Men In Gray Suits will be performing at Ohana!! Stoked to have them
Ok, more details on everything below:
Quite possibly my favorite aspect of Ohana, you guys just keep BRINGING it year after year with rooms that absolutely floor me. For those who don’t know, or don’t remember so clear from too many libations last year, the Room Crawl is where our attendees, out of the aloha spirit and goodness in their hearts, open their doors for a Round Robin cocktail party. Amazing drinks, décor, food, fun, and pure awesomeness ensue. If you’ve crawled in the past, and figure this is the year to “pay it back”..or pay it forward… or however you want to pay it, awesome!!!!! We’d love to have you. Don’t feel that you need to have over the top decorations, or that you need to feed or serve drinks to everyone. You do what you’re comfortable with. Open your doors at the beginning of your time slot, close them when the slot is done (or earlier if you want). Show off your host/hostess with the most/mostess skills, meet pretty much EVERYONE who’s there, and help make Ohana the big bundle of amazeballs it continues to be.
You can get more info, or just straight up sign up for a slot by reaching out to the right Reverend Thumper at geoffb91(at)gmail(dot)com More on the crawl in later emails (including my pre-emptive apology for cutting you in line. Sorry.)
Kick Off Party!
Yeah, those tickets went fast fast fast. We’re confirming the fire code, and double checking the head count to see if we can some more of you in, so all hope is not lost… and some folks may cancel, so if you’re going to be in Lake George on Thursday night, it would suck to leave ya sitting outside… so, again, email me if you missed out and want in, and I’ll start a waiting list. I promise to do my best. Have I ever let you down before? (don’t answer that!!)
OHANA: Luau At The Lake tickets… going … going…
Ok, really close to sold out on weekend tickets already too. I’ve been floored at the response this year (the Tiki booking all its room in two days, the kick-off party selling out in under a week) and the rest of the weekend isn’t far behind. We’d love for you to be part of it, but no tickie, no party… and once we’re sold out, that’s it. Come and join us on the dark side, but don’t wait too long… and don’t forget, just because you have a room at the Tiki does NOT mean that you’re into Ohana. You still need a ticket. And you need to buy it fast!!! Enough on the hard sell. You guys know the score. We sell out every year, we will again… I wish we could accommodate more, but the Tiki is only so big, and we like the size we have (big enough to be crazy, small enough to be intimate). So don’t delay, buy today!!!
Men In Grey Suits
These guys have been coming to Ohana for… ever. And I’m psyched that they’re going to get the opportunity to thrill and amaze you with their sonic skills. If you thought Canadians don’t surf…well, ok that might be true, but they sure as hell can rock the music of surfing!! You can check out the entire lineup and a lot of the planned shenanigans on the website (as well as buy your tickets!!) over at www.LuauAtTheLake.com
And as usual, for those who suffer through my babble, here’s a treat for you… Yes there is mug again this year. Yes its ONLY available to Ohana attendees. Yes Virginia, there IS a Santa Claus. And Yes , Squid is once again pulling out all the stops to make something special that needs to be on your shelf… mine too. I may sneak peek it when I get back form vacation, but expect the mug to be up for grabs in the next few weeks as well. Limited run again.. 127 I think? I don’t remember. I just pick prime numbers out of a hat and that’s how many we make… Anyway, just one MORE reason to buy that ticket.
Ok, its lunch time and I’ve got a craving for chic-fil-a… of course, when DON’T I have that craving? Seriously. There’s some sort of addictive pheromones in those sandwiches or something. Almost on vacation…screw it, I’m eating three. Fat bargoyle is fat.
See ya at the Lake!!
-Bargoyle, Devourer of Worlds… and chicken sandwiches
OHANA: Tickets! For reals. Pinky swear!02/04/2015
Ok, again, my apologies on the snafu on Monday. I had no idea it was going to take the credit cards folks that long to get us back up and running after the upgrade.
I guess their claim of “48 hours to process” meant business hours, during the work day, not 48 consecutive hours.
Anyway, we’re back on track and tickets absolutely positively (I sincerely hope) WILL be on sale this FRIDAY, Feb 6th, at 11.11AM EST.
For reals this time. No fooling.
We’re testing the system right now, working out the kinks, and making sure it will run smooth for Friday (so far, so good).
So, Friday at 11.11AM, just go to www.LuauAtTheLake.com and there will be a BUY TICKETS link on there.
If you have a room at the Tiki… awesome!! Lucky you! But you STILL need a ticket. So go buy one!!!
We’re holding the price at $90 for Ohana (and yes, that gets you into EVERYTHING…and includes the meal on Saturday night!!! A better tiki deal you will not find. I promise you.)
There are NO single day tickets (apart from the Thursday Kick-Off party which will also be on sale for $25) and security will be tight this year with extra folks hired to keep an eye on everything. As usual, crashers will beaten with Hawaiian War Clubs and cooked as part of the Saturday dinner (mmmm. Delicious long pig!).
It’s a charity event. Bad juju to crash charity. The Francis/Michaels wedding that’s going on at the same time over at the Fort William Henry… now THAT’S something to crash. I hear there’s a Make Your Own Sundae Bar at it!!!
Anyway, back to Ohana… tickets sell out every year. Tickets will sell out this year as well. Buy them as soon as you can. If the fact that the Tiki sold out ALL of their rooms in like 2 days is any indication of ticket sales… well, don’t put off buying them, that’s all I’m saying. We cap this sucker, and once all the tickets are gone, that’s it. Don’t get left out.
Oh, and don’t forget… when you buy your tickets, enter the name you want on your badge (and wear that badge at all times!!). If you buy more than one ticket, put a COMMA in between the badge names. And please, this year, can we try to keep those badge names short? I have to typeset them all by hand, and changing font sizes to get “The Wicked Withered Witch of the Great White Western Wasteland” to fit in that little box is a pain in the ass.
I reserve the right to shorten, abbreviate, and just plain old change any name that is too long. So if you want to be “2SeckC4U” for the weekend, go ahead and ignore my plea. ;)
Again, thank you to all of you for your continued support over the years. Ohana has become this amazing, awesome, incredible experience (it really IS more than an event) because of all of you. Because of the Aloha you folks all bring. Its an easy equation… you get out of it what you put into it… but I’m still floored at how much everyone has put into it… and just how cool of a gathering of great people its become. From the bottom of my heart, I thank you for that. It humbles me anytime I think about it.
Now, before I get all choked up, go on and get outta here! We’ll see ya on Friday for ticket sales… and then we’ll see ya at the Lake.
Snowpocolypse Kills Server!
How’s that for a fun headline!
I was going to go with some sort of Superbowl Hangover kind of thing, but Snowpocolypse is just so much more fun to say! And it gets even better when you add several exclamation points! Try it…. Snowpocolypse!!!
Anyway…. Aloha everyone! Just a quick message to let you know tickets for Ohana, Luau at the Lake, will not be going on sale today. There is some sort of glitch in the system between the website and the credit card processing place that is still being worked on. I know we work on Island Time so this probably sounds like an excuse for one of the programmers having too much rum…. is there such a thing as too much rum?… but this one totally isn’t our fault. At least I’m pretty sure it’s not our fault. And even if it is I’m still going to blame the credit card elves being on strike because of the Snowpocolypse!.
Stay tuned! We’ll get this sorted out as soon as we can.
OHANA: Tickets and Kick-Off Party and stuff01/30/2015
I’m shot out of a cannon today, so let’s get right to it.
First off, I know. “Straitjackets”. The one and ONLY time I actually use spellcheck, and it bones me on the big band announcement by “correcting” the band’s name. So, that’s over. Grammar, spelling, coherence… its all out the window!! Back to the good old days of my nonsensical ramblings:
Yes, tickets SHOULD be on sale Monday morning at 11.11am. I say “should” because we had to put an update on our merchant account on the intarweb, and the account needs to now be verified again by the credit card people. And even though we started this process at the beginning of the week, as of right now, we can’t verify that the verification of our re-verification has been verified… but we’re hopeful that it will happen before Monday morning at 11.11am. If it doesn’t, I’ll send out an email to all you lovely people on Monday morning, letting you know when tickets can be bought. Sorry for the possible snafu, but I’m still hopeful that all will work out in time. Fingers crossed.
For the TL;DR crowd: If you DON’T hear from me on Monday morning, everything is cool so go ahead and buy your tickets at 11.11am. Otherwise it will be rescheduled in an email you’ll get.
More Ohana bands… err, I mean band!
We are thrilled to have convinced The Outta Sites from sunny Los Angeles to come join us for Ohana!! Their sound is like the brash swinging offspring of The Dave Clark Five and Paul Revere and Raiders; just awesome 50s/60s garage band beats to make you shake your money maker and get the party rocking. Seriously, these guys are flat out amazing and we’re super stoked that they’re making the cross country trek to play for us. Bring your dancing shoes!!
Well, we’ve been to space, fought monsters, gone on a cruise, relived the prom, and traveled back to the 50s to go bowling… and this year we’re going even further back. Waaaaay back further than we’ve ever gone before.
How far back, you ask (knowing I’m to answer regardless)? How about One Million Years, BC? (your mind=blown, right?)
Yes, this year we’re going to start it all off caveman style with a Bedrock-A-Go-Go party on Thursday night.
We’ve got the outrageously talented Neanderthals to perform as we (bed)rock the night away, so you know you’ve got to be there! If you haven’t seen them before, prepare to be clubbed over the head with awesomeness. If you have, I’m sure you’re already chomping at the prehistoric bit to buy those tickets.
Food is included in the ticket price (the same finger foods/gnoshables we usually have… with a prehistoric flair!), and we’ll have prizes for best costume, great drinks (cash bar…bring cash!!), and all the usual shenanigans you’ve come to expect from us. So break out that old sleestack costume, throw on a leopard print loincloth, put a bone in your hair, and get ready to party the way they did 1,000,000 years ago… without the constant threat of carnivorous predators and man-eating plants.
$25 bucks buys ya a ticket in the WABAC machine to join us (What? Only $25!? Yup, that’s right! You can’t beat that with a club!) but tickets are limited so don’t delay… unless I delay you with the Credit Card snafu… then its ok to delay… and to not be upset at the delay. But only in that particular case. In all other cases, delays are bad, m’kay?
Still SOOO much more to tell you about, including the event mug, auction items, merch, room crawl, etc etc. Keep your eyes on your inbox and keep reaching for the stars.
See ya at the Lake!
OHANA: Super Happy Fun Time Announcement01/23/2015
Aloha cats & kittens!!!
Ok, I’m keeping the rambling stream-of-consciousness blather to a minimum on this one because we’ve got some HUGE news for all you Ohana-ites out there in TV land.
First, to reiterate from the last email I sent, tickets go on sale on the website (www.LuauAtTheLake.com )* on Monday, Feb 2nd @ 11.11AM EST.*
We’ve sold out every year, and expect to do the same this year, so don’t delay. S/he who hesitates, masturb….uhhh… doesn’t get a ticket, I mean. So don’t get left holding…errrr… don’t get left out in the cold. Buy your tickets on 2/2/15!!!
Why the hard sell, Bargoyle?
I’m glad you asked, voice-in-my-head!
Because this year, after a few near misses in years past…
well this year we’re thrilled to welcome to Ohana…
for their first time (and hopefully not their last)…
Yes, you read that right, Los Straightjackets will be performing at Ohana, bringing their dizzying array of sonic awesomeness to the Lake to thrill and amaze you.
So yeah, Ohana just got that much more awesomer this year. Boom! goes the dynamite!! (Do the kids still say that? Is that still a thing?)
Mega Huge Kudos and Mahalos to Jet Sterling (our fabulous MC, who is just nailing the bookings this year!) and to the members and management of Los Straightjackets. And of course, to all of you, our loyal attendees. This thing doesn’t happen without you.
So, be sure to go peep the Los Straightjackets website at http://www.straitjackets.com and buy some music and merch to get ya in the mood while we count the days until OHANA: Luau At The Lake.
Much more to come soon (including Kickoff Party info), and as always, we’ll see ya at the lake!!!
OHANA: <Humorous Non Sequitur>01/16/2015
Figured I’d better send a quick update on the goings on for OHANA: Luau At The Lake before I put myself into a beer and greasy food coma this weekend during the playoff games.
So, a few big ones for you today:
#1) TICKETS!!!! You want em. We got em. And they’ll be on sale on Monday, Feb 2nd at ….hmmm… 11:11AM EST (I love our webguy, GooneyBird, but I gotta mess with him.) You know the drill: There are NO tickets at the door; You need to have one to attend; And we sell out every year (seriously, thanks for that. Ohana wouldn’t be anything without your support year after year. You guys and gals rock!) . So set your alarm clocks or i-mabobs to remind you. Its just a few weeks away!!
#1a) And YES Virginia, there IS a kickoff party on the Thursday before the Ohana shenanigans start. We’re still working on those details as the roller rink wouldn’t let us bring in booze, so the 80’s roller-boogie party is out. L I know. Sucko. But maybe it’s a good thing? 200 drunks on tiny little wheels…what could possibly go wrong??? Eh, the backup plan is even better, so get ready to hear all about that super soon.
So anyway, kickoff tix should be up for sale on the 2nd as well, and I promise it’ll be worth your while to get to Lake George a day early. For really reals. I cant spill any beans yet, but you wanna be there.
#2) BANDS!!! Ok, so some of you will buy tickets just ‘cause you’ve come to trust me (poor misguided fools) when I promise you a great tiki-packed weekend. But for those who need convincing, there’s more than just the room crawl, silent auction, cocktails, amazing grounds, contests, freebies, great people, delicious food, and Polynesian show. Yeah, we squeeze bands in there too. And we’ve got two of my all time favorites (and hopefully yours) lined up and ready to go this year.
First off, joining us after a few year hiatus is the one, the only, modern masters of exotica themselves, WAITIKI!!! If you’ve seen them before, you know how awesome that is. If you haven’t, shame on you! I mean, if you haven’t, you are in for one hell of a treat!! There is no shame. There is only Zuul… I mean there is only music. Awesome, amazing, incredible music by some of the finest musicians I know.
And speaking of awesome, amazing, and finest, we’ve also got 9th Wave joining us again. I mean, lets face it, it wouldn’t be Ohana without these folks. They bring the fun, the surf, and the Aloha spirit like no other folks I know. Seriously, take the time to talk and hang with any of them (when they’re NOT on stage performing please) and you’ll see what I mean. Most of you already know. They are my kindred spirits; Kind souls on a journey to spread the joy of music and aloha. And unlike me (I can be a dick sometimes) they’re doing a great job at it!
Ok, its almost 5,30…on a Friday..and I’m at work, so I’m going abruptly wrap this up.
Much more to come soon, including some BIG announcements. Can’t wait to see you all. Have a great weekend, and Go <local sports team>!!!
Aloha and Happy New Year from the Ohana family of events.12/31/2014
Just a quick note to wish you all a safe and Happy New Year! <insert noisemaker sound here>. Looks like I missed the other December holidays, so I hope you and yours had the Meleist of Kalikimakas.
We’ve got MUUUUCH to announce really soon as the whole Ohana Gang is hard at work making sure we bring ya the best possible value for your entertainment dollars. We realize you have a choice in airlines, and want to thank you for flying Ohana Expre… whoa. Sorry. Maybe trying to finish ALL the eggnog before new years eve wasn’t such a good idea?
I’m not sure if that was rum or another nog-lump lodged in my brain (Seriously, this stuff is like drinking pancake batter…with booze!!! ) but I promise to write alllll the emails in 2015 in a serious and sober manner… I also promise to stop lying to you like that in 2015… Ok, maybe that was another lie, but its still 2014, so I can lie about lying, which…double negative…makes it a truth. Confused yet? So am I. I’m gonna go drink more pancakes and let the Ohana South crew holler at ya for a minute. For reals though, love ya, miss ya. Be safe out there, and we’ll see ya at the Lake!
-Uncle Flapjack ….errr, I mean Bargoyle
Ohana, Luau at the Lake
June 25 – 28, 2015
Hau’oli Makahiki Hou!
Happy New Year to you and yours and we hope your 2015 is even more fun!
While Uncle Flapj…..sorry, when Bargoyle was sampling the Nog for quality concerns the Ohana South Crew was slacking off under the palm trees taking bets on if that coconut was going to fall today or tomorrow. What? Its hard work trying to stay awake long enough when the warm breeze is blowing through the palm fronds…………………………………………….. Sorry, drifted off for a minute.
Anyway, Bargoyle and the Ohana North team have done an amazing job over the last six years to create an event unlike any other. It really is going to be a tough act to follow but I managed to sneak a copy of his master plan out of his secret headquarters so as soon as this coconut finally falls out of its tree we’ll finally get busy making Ohaha, Luau by the Sea just as spectacular as Ohana, Luau at the Lake continues to be.
Ohana, Luau by the Sea
October 1 – 3, 2015
OHANA: 2015 Dates & Hotel Info!!08/08/2014
Hi Everybody!! I was gonna just write a little hello letter to share my How I Spent My Summer Vacation essay, but I was told you’d rather hear about next year’s Ohana over my reviews of all this summers amazing geek films (Seriously, Godzilla, Guardians of the Galaxy, XMen, Captain America, Planet of the Apes… its been nerdtastic!!!)
So, drumroll please….
Ohana returns to Lake George next year June 26th thru the 28th, 2015. We’ll be having another kickoff party with some killer live music on the 25th, so as usual, if you can come out early, we’ll make it worth your while.
So put in for that time off!!!
I’ve also got hotel info:
You’ll be able to book your reservations at The Tiki Resort starting this coming Wed, Aug 13th at 9:00AM EST.
Please keep in mind that the staff is going to be swamped with calls, so be patient, and be polite. Keep that aloha flowing… they’re doing the best they can. And yes, you need to call them directly and mention the Ohana event to get in. The resort will be closed to the public once again.
Call them at: 518-668-5744, but again, do NOT call before Wed at 9AM.
If you’re interested in hosting a crawl room, we’ve got those attached rooms in the pool building and in the hotel building set aside, so send me an email and we’ll make sure to hook you up with those (again, only if you’re going to host a room).
The Tiki requires a two night deposit when you call, and all rates are for double occupancy yada yada yada. You know the drill by now.
Here’s next years room rates:
2 queens $179
1 queen & sofa $185
We’re also working on overflow hotels already, since you solks sold out the Tiki so fast last year, so even if you don’t get in, you can get on the waiting list and make a backup reservation elsewhere… but for now, get in!! Wait too long, and the rooms are gone!!
Much more info about the whole deal to come soon, but for now, get those dialing fingers ready for Wed AM.
Thanks for the continued support, and we’ll see ya at the Lake!!!!
ps. Seriously, be cool with the staff, and expect some busy signals/long hold times. They love us, but their small staff can only do so much when 300 people call all at once! lol
OHANA: Endless Summer!!!!!07/12/2014
Aloha Cats & Kittens!!!
First, I want to thank you all for attending Ohana: Luau At The Lake this year. Wowie zowie, that was something wasn’t it?? Every year seems to get better and better. Just when I think we’ve hit critical mass, and there’s no way we can top it, you folks come along and make me eat my words.
The room crawl this year!?? Off the damn chain!!! Seriously. HUGE mahalos to all who hosted. That was absolutely mind-blowing. And thanks to all our awesome vendors and volunteers and sponsors and the Arcturians who kept the event safe from the Greys and Reptilians.
For real, I could list off a zillion names to thank here, but I want to keep it brief (Read your Ohana Magazine for a full list of folks who deserve your kudos!).
Ok, next year… we’re still working out a few minor details, but we should have dates to announce in the next couple of weeks. We’ll let you know about booking rooms after we’ve got our dates locked in and everything is good to go. My apologies that this wasn’t set up ahead of time this year like we usually do, but never fear, Ohana will return to Lake George next year!! And we’ve got a new one down in Florida next year as well, so save your pennies!!
“But Bargoyle, what about THIS year?? I can’t wait until next year for all that awesome. I need some of that sweet sweet tiki stuff right now!!!”
Well, you’re in luck voice-in-my-head. I can’t help you RIGHT now, but there ARE more F.O.M. events on the horizon that will help scratch that itch!
The next one up is the Hot Rod Hula Hop, in idyllic Columbus, Ohio.
This is Hop #6, and its happening August 8th and 9th (less than a month away!!) and features the Supersuckers and the Coffin Daggers. Full luau dinner, hot rods, scooters, motorcycles, vendors, cocktails, and all the wild wacky shenanigans you’d expect from any event the Executive Committee is foolish enough to let us run.
And this year is extra special, as the ribbon cutting and dedication of George, the historic monkey fountain from the great Kahiki Supper Club, is happening during the event at the Grass Skirt. Come get your picture taken with George on this momentous occasion in tiki preservation!
Tickets are on sale now (Yes, RIGHT NOW!!) and if you want in on the dinner, you should buy them quick as they’re almost gone!
More info and tickets at http://www.hotrodhulahop.com
The summer is young, and we want to keep this party rolling, so come on out and join us in C-Bus!!!
Also, keep your eyes on your inbox for more info about next year’s Ohana and the return of the NeTT. And if anyone knows a place to get a good tiki drink in Wildwood, NJ, let me know ASAP.
Thanks for all the continued support. You guys and gals just flat out ROCK!!!!
PS. If you’ve got photos from this year’s Ohana, be sure to share them on the FOM’s webpage or on our facebook thingie. I still missed a ton this year and still need to live vicariously through your photos.
OHANA: The Last One (emails I mean, not the event)06/23/2014
Well, this is it folks. A mere few days away from Ohana, and I’ve got a UHaul full of goodies to get to Lake George (I feel like Santa!! And not just because of my bowl full of jelly!) and I’m sure you’re doing all your last minute packing, so I’ll make this (kinda) brief.
Here’s a quick rundown of how it all works (even if you’ve joined us before, give it a quick read), followed by an apology to you (yes, You!)
14 Easy steps to a fun and fruitful Ohana:
1) Check in to your hotel
2) Check in to Ohana (starting at 1pm on Friday).
3) At check in, give the volunteers the EMAIL address you used to buy your tickets.
4) Take the badges out of the envelope they give you, and wear them IMMEDIATELY and CONSTANTLY. Security will hassle you if you don’t have your badge on. Wear it at all times
5) Take the DINNER TICKETS for Saturday out of the envelope and put them somewhere SAFE!! No ticket, no food. Do NOT lose these.
6) If you bought a mug, put the COA in the envelope someplace safe (That’s yours to keep) and take the MUG PICKUP TICKET out and give it to the folks at the merchandise table to get your mug (they’ll be in the bar on Friday; Under the big top on Saturday)
7) Eat the envelope
8) Continue along the line and get your swag bag and TONS of free goodies (see full Uhaul comment above)
9) Get out of the way so the next folks can get their goodies. Keep that line a-movin!!
10) Follow the schedule in Ohana Magazine, on your badge, and in the envelope that you ate in step 7, and have a great time!!
11) During the room crawl, TIP the rooms you visit. They pay for all that décor and booze out of their own pocket. Throw them a buck or two. Spread the aloha, not the asshola.
12) Along those lines, PACE YOURSELF during the room crawl. Drink water. Know your limits. Don’t be the idiot puking in the bushes. We WILL all point and laugh on Saturday. If you’ve over-imbibed, go lay down. Don’t be a dick to other attendees because that demon rum got all up under your skin
13) Bid on some stuff at the Silent Auction
14) MOST IMPORTANT- Buy Bargoyle a drink.
Easy peasy rice and cheesy!!
Now on to that appology:
Ok, one of the things that I LOVE about Ohana is the equality. For this weekend, we ARE all family. There are no newbies (n00bs to you intarweb folks), there are no VIPs. We’re all the same. I buy my ticket just like you do. We’re all there for the same reason. To have a good time and to do something good in the world. And that’s freaking AWESOME!!!
And its why I feel like a jackass that I have to “throw my weight around” (and its getting substantial. Seriously. Fat bargoyle is fat) and pull rank, but there are two instances where I’m going to do it this weekend, and I want to pre-appologize.
First, dinner on Saturday night. Although I usually wait until after everyone has eaten before I go wait in line, I need to get the sound guys fed quick and ready to set up for the Polynesian Show. So, you’ll see me whisking them to the front of the line when dinner is served. This is just because of the timing, and I hope you understand. Anyone else tries to cut the line, you have my permission to throw pennies at them. And I’ll still wait until the end to get my plate of delicious roast pig & fixings.
The other time you’re gonna see me and think “Oh man, what a dick. He thinks he’s King Fart of Turd Mountain” is during the room crawl. I usually wind up with about 45 minutes free for each crawl block, and I LOVE to see what everyone does as far as decorations and themes and drinks, but I need to hit them quick and get back to work, so I cut the lines during the crawl. There, I said it.
I feel like an asshole that I do it. (Seriously… Childhood guilt that I still cant shake.) And I really am sorry. I promise to be quick. I don’t even grab a drink at each room… ok, yes I do, but I don’t necesarrily FINISH the drink I take at each room. I’m on the clock. I cant get drunk until late night!
So, appologies in advance for cutting the sound guys in the food line, and for my own selfish cutting on Friday night. I swear its not because I think I’m special (even if my mommy tells me I am), its just because I really want to see the rooms and don’t have the time.
But it IS partly your fault. You guys make this thing so freaking awesome, I want to see it!! And I’m getting to see more and more, thanks to the help of our generous Volunteers. Thanks to them, more and more is taken off my plate and I play a lesser role in the actual boots on the ground running of the event, and I’m loving it. I think I saw like half of EVERY band last year!!! That was unheard of in prior years. And I cant thank the folks who have picked up all the slack enough. It also means I’m not as burned out, and I guess we’ll keep doing this Ohana thing for awhile if you guys want it.
Cant wait to see you all this year! Safe travels everyone. Vaya con Dio, and we’ll see ya at the Lake!
OHANA: Pictorial Awesomesauce06/09/2014
Well, we’re getting down to it now. Down to the wire and much to be done to make sure Ohana rocks your socks once again.
And speaking of rocking, the final band and entertainment line up are on the website, so go peep that when you get a chance, and you can start to plan your day. Don’t forget to carve out some time to go play Mini-Golf and enter the fabulous mini-golf competition!
One of the other awesome events on Saturday is, of course, our Cocktail Contest, sponsored by Longitude! No need to be a “master mixologist”, as long as you’ve got a drink of your own that kicks a little ass, go ahead and give it whirl!! And if you’ve got the time and aren’t entered, go cheer these folks on!! Some of the presentations are absolute art. When a drink makes you want to take pictures of it as much as you want to drink it… well, that’s something special… unless you’re into that. I’ve seen your facebook profiles. You know who you are. Damn foodies, making me hungry all the time with the pics of deliciousness!
Anyway, there are still a couple of openings in the Cocktail Contest, so if you want to take a swing at it, email Kristiki at kristy(dot)bronner(at)gmail(dot)com and she’ll get ya all hooked up
And while we’re talking about ways to spend your day on Ohana Saturday, let me also give you a few ways to spend your money. ;)
As you know, Ohana is a charity event. We keep the ticket price low, just enough to cover costs, so that everyone can come and have a great time without breaking the bank. We try to maximize the aloha per dollar value, and I think we do a pretty good job.
So, how does the event make money for charity if we’re essentially giving the farm away on tickets?
This is our big earner for our EIF donation every year. EVERY penny of winning bids at the auction go directly toward the EIF donation (Same with the mystery drinks!). Sure, if there’s extra money from ticket sales, merch, etc, it goes to the donation as well, but the Auctions are where you help us make a difference in the world AND you get to bring home some cool stuff!!! Win-Win, big time!
I humbly ask that everyone check out the auction and make a bid. It doesn’t have to be a big one. We’re got plenty of small ticket items in there. Bid on CD or a pen or some trinket for $5. If you win, you put $5 right into helping Easter Island, and you take home your prize. Its not a lot to ask. Just be sure to come back at 4pm and see if you won.
If you’ve got deeper pockets than a $5 bid… then oh jeez lousie do we have some stuff for you to drool over…
This year, we’ve got a bunch of VERY cool “big ticket” items for you to bid on.
We’ve got a fantastic collection of art and artifacts directly from Easter Island, donated by the EIF:
If you like your art a little kitschier, we’ve got a long out of print artists proof of “The Big Mug” donated by SHAG (I believe custom framed by SAHG himself) :
(Sorry, I don’t have a photo, but that’s what the print looks like… only bigger… and cooler…and in 3 dimensions)
And not to be outdone, our old pal Squid took this year’s mug and custom glazed half-a-dozen to create some stunning 1 of 1 productions.
You wanna see ‘em? I’m sure you do
I’m calling this one “White Chocolate Explosion”
Where’s the explosion you ask? INSDIE the mug!!
Perhaps you prefer your color on the outside?
Then we’ve also got a collection of mutli-colored mugs, with the glazes painstakingly painted on by hand to create masterpieces like
I know, right??
And that’s just the tip of the iceberg!! There are all sorts of amazingly awesome goodies to bid on under the big top, so be sure to stop by during the day on Saturday and place your bids!! And yes, we’ll have machines to take credit cards, so spend now and pay later!!!
Good luck, and Mahalo!!!
And we’ll see ya at the Lake!! Much to do, much to do.
OHANA: Drama, Cocktails, & Mugs!!!05/05/2014
Hola y Feliz Cinco de Mayo!!!!
Well, before you go out and drink your weight in Dos Equis and margaritas tonight (I’ve got to work early tomorrow, so I’m just coming along for the Pinatas!) I figured we should chat about a few things, Spanish Soap Opera Style (note: I translated this all into English just in case you aren’t as fluent in Spanish as I am. Biblioteca!!!).
Juanita!! Get here into the kitchen here and sit down like a lizard?
I need to try to try to make this as painless as possible, but we need to talk. First of all, just know, its not you, its me. Well, ok, kind of you as well. And your secret brother, Rinaldo. I know you’ve been hiding him in the boathouse!! When pa-pa hears of this, surely he will have both of our heads!!
The point is, I’ve done something MUY terrible… I went and sold the last Ohana ticket, and now there’s none left. <sad trombone> I know. I should have saved it for you. And I didn’t. And I feel like the death of a thousand suns.
But I’ll make it better, my dear sweetheart, I promise. Just go to http://fraternalorderofmoai.org/ohana/tickets.php and sign up for the wait list, and if anyone cancels, I’ll get you in. I’m not the same without you. You complete me. You are a piece of mi corozone. Mi Amor. Mi …uhhhh… biblioteca!
Ok, fine, I cant speak Spanish OR write a Soap Opera, but we DID sell out of tickets. So huge mahalos to everyone who bought them, and if you didn’t, get on that wait-list.
Now, lets get on to some new stuff:
Our often imitated, never duplicated, partially sedated, (sometimes x-rated), corn-row braided, parmesan cheese grated, Cocktail Contest is returning again this year, with a few tweaks.
First off, its being sponsored by Longitude in Oakland, California.
What IS Longitude you ask? Well, lemme ‘splain it to ya:
Take one part tiki bar, one part safari, one part world travel, add Suzanne Long (mixologist extraordinaire), a BIG dash of class, and mix with delicious food and drinks, and you’re getting close. “Adventure bar” is the closest term for it, but really there’s nothing like it to compare it to. Think the old Adventurer’s Club from Disney…only with amazing drinks and food. Rumgaloosh!!!
Keep your eye on http://longitudeoakland.com/ for more info, and if you’re in town, or headed out west, it’s a MUST on your list of sights to see.
Now, as far as the contest itself, I proudly present the
Longitude Cocktail Challenge
For those among us who see the wild and exotic as an invitation; for those who leave their homes in the name of exploration; for those who bridge the world we know with the unknown, we propose a challenge: create for us a cocktail that celebrates the Spirit of Adventure! Bring YOUR sense of world exploration to the table and mix for us the very best cocktail we’ve had, and you just might find your cocktail on the menu at Suzanne Long’s brand new bar in Oakland, California, LONGITUDE!
An Invitation to Adventure
Every Good Adventure deserves a Great Cocktail – will you be the one to discover it?
Will you be the
Adventurer to heed the call and bring to the tent a cocktail fit for Kings,
Sheikhs or Emperors? Let the exotic melodies of Bali, the dusty sandy
winds of Egypt, the rich rainforests of Brazil and the deep roar of the African
lion inspire you to mix up tastes from the four corners of the world.
Your cocktail will be judged with the following criteria:
· Taste – Is it delicious? Would the judges order a second one?
· Originality – Drinks must be of your own creation
· Presentation – This means the glassware or vessel, ice, garnish, etc. Singing and dancing are nice, but this is about the cocktail itself. Does it look appealing, smell wonderful, etc?
· Usability – Is it reasonable to serve in a real bar? Is it easy to prepare? Are the ingredients readily available or simple to make from commonly available items?
· Spirit of World Adventure – Does the cocktail instill a sense of wanderlust to the drinker. Do you hear a lion roaring in the distance or the splash of the surf with each sip? Does it remind the imbiber of Ernest Hemingway, Amelia Earhart, Thor Heyerdahl or Karen Blixen? Is a pith helmet recommended headware?
Just as Trader Vic lauded those who were proven to be able to hold their liquor and remain Ladies and Gentlemen, we at Longitude and in this contest ask you to consider the True Spirit of Adventure. True Adventurers exude respect for all around them, and this contest is but one step in a lifelong journey. Be Ladies and Gentlemen, and succeed beyond your wildest dreams.
The contest is open to ALL attendees of Ohana. As usual, you’ll have five (5) minutes to present your drink (No more than FIVE minutes. You WILL be gonged. Please time yourself and plan appropriately), and this year there are more than just bragging rights and a cool trophy on the line!! Email kristy(dot)bronner(at)gmail(dot)com for more details and to enter. And as a tippler, I can’t wait to see what everyone comes up with! Good Luck!!
Cheers! And we’ll see ya at the Lake!
PS. Mugs are also sold out, but its possible we may have a VERY FEW more for sale shortly. We set the website to shut off just short of the 119, in case any break during travel. Well, this year, unknownst to me, Squid made a few extra to cover any breakage, so if ALL of them make it in tact, we may have more than 119 to sell (only 4 or 5 more, but more is more!) and you can possibly get in on one if you missed out. I should be getting them early next week, and I’ll go through them all and see how many we truly have. Email me back if you want on the mug waitlist. But only if you have an Ohana ticket, and did not get a mug. We’ll try to make sure that everyone who wants one can get one. Mahalo!!
OHANA: some stuff... oh, and the mug04/25/2014
Aloha everybody (he said sheepishly)
First, apologies for that last email. I rarely eat candy (or caffeine) and boy was I shot out of a cannon of crazysauce. I promise to stay away from the emails when high-on-sugar in the future. Rum… well that’s a different story. I was also going to promise to start proofreading these emails and using spellcheck, but I’d never straight-up lie to you, so lets just stick with the “not sugar high” thing for now. That’s a check I think you can cash.
Before we get to the new stuff, as usual, lets hawk some tickets!!!
Tickets!! Buy them!!! We’re into single digits of tickets remaining, no BS. Once we’re sold out, that’s it. Too bad, so sad. So don’t be a Sally Sadpants sitting on the sidelines silently seeking sympathy as we’re swinging at the soirée. Buy those tickets now! http://fraternalorderofmoai.org/ohana/tickets.php
And I’ll plug it one last time, the Royer Swizzle Contest. You don’t even need to be coming to Ohana to enter!! Its open to everyone, and its easy peasy rice and cheesy to enter! Make a video, get internet famous, win a custom made swizzle for your home bar. Its just that easy. Email me or Caroline ( Caroline(at)LuauAtTheLake(dot)com ) to get an entry form. If you don’t enter, you can’t win (or be pissed when I win!)
Ok, so lets get on to the one you’ve probably been waiting for …
Yes, our old pal Squid has once again created pure awesomeness using nothing but his hand-skills and brain-thinks. He is a master at his craft, a gentleman, and a scholar. (You think I’ve buttered him up enough? I’m trying to convince him to come out for the event again! Maybe a little more….) Webster’s Dictionary defines the word “Genius” as someone who… too much? Ok, yeah. Too much.
Point is, Squid kicks about 19 kinds of ass, and I’m psyched that once again this year, he’s lent his ass-kicking skills to creating the Ohana mug. So go show the guy some love at www.SquidArt.com . And be sure to bug him about attending this year. Seriously. I’m worried. He’s becoming a hermit. Send him an email and tell him to get his ass to Lake George!
So anyway, this year’s mug is a Papua New Guinea inspired masterpiece. And rather than write about it… a picture is worth a thousand words, right?
Say hello to Big Papua!
And trust me, that pic ain’t nothing compared to seeing him live and in color.
We’ll have more pics (bigger and in higher resolution) on the website shortly, but lets get to the important stuff:
There are ONLY 119 Ohana 2014 event mugs. Why 119? Why not? I like prime numbers, what can I say?
They are ONLY available to Ohana attendees. So, if you’ve bought a ticket, you can buy one!! Just keep in mind that we have 3 times as many attendees as mugs available, and they DO tend to sell out every year, so if you want one, you should pre-purchase him.
“Holy cow Bargoyle, I can pre-purchase one of those amazing mugs?” That’s right magic talking toenail, you sure can. No waiting in line at the event trying to buy one, no stressing about stock running out. You can get it all taken care of ahead of time. Thanks for bringing it up, and now I’ll explain it to the folks at home.
Starting Monday… THIS Monday, 4/28… at 11am EST, there will be a link on the website (www.LuauAtTheLake.com) that goes to the mug purchase page. You’ll have to enter the SAME EMAIL YOU USED TO BUY YOUR OHANA TICKETS when prompted, and our system will see how many tickets you bought, and allow you to purchase that many mugs. One ticket, one mug. Two tickets, two mugs. Three tickets, three mugs. Four tickets, four mugs. You guys get this right? ‘Cause this can go on pretty much to infinity. Infinity tickets, infinity mugs!
When you check in at Ohana, you’ll get a voucher to pick up your mug, and can go snag him anytime the Merchandise table is open during the weekend.
And the even better news… he’s only $50.
Custom carved and glazed, and hand fired by Squid himself… only 119 available in the known universe… only available to you, our amazing attendees… and only $50.
I know. I impress even myself sometimes.
So, Monday, 11am, $50, on the website: www.LuauAtTheLake.com Snag ‘em while ya can.
I love it when you call me Big Papua, and we’ll see ya at the Lake!
Aloha Boys & Girls!!
Today’s email is brought to you by the letter C (for crazy) and a belly full of Easter Candy. Really. I mean FULL of candy. I don’t think I’ve eaten anything but Easter candy for the last 30+ hours… or slept.
Seriously, I think I need to go to the hospital.
But before I go… I’ve got a TON of info to get out to you, and rather do it all in one long rambling mind-numbing sugar-induced insane email, I’ve decided to chop it up into Fun-Sized chunks. Like the 63 Snickers eggs that are currently dancing the meringue in my stomach.
So, you’re gonna get a couple emails this week, just giving you fair warning . I promise to not blow up your inbox so much in the future. And hey, one of these emails will be about the mug… is it this one? Read on to find out! (Hint: Its not. But there’s other good stuff. Don’t turn back now!!)
Ok, the usual Housekeeping:
Tickets are just about sold out. About a dozen left, so if you want in, now is the time to move on them!! http://fraternalorderofmoai.org/ohana/tickets.php
Also, we’re still looking for entries into the Royer Swizzle Contest. I shot my video over the weekend using my celphone. (Hey, they aren’t expecting Hollywood-stlye production values folks, and there are cases of FREE Custom Swizzles at stake!!!)
Email me or Caroline (Caroline(at)LuauAtTheLake(dot)com) if you want in. And for reals, you DO want in on this thing. Anyone can do it!! Mine’s just 2 minutes of me twirling a swizzle in my hand in Black & White to bizarre industrial sounds while a parakeet squaks “Royer” backwards (its almost a palindrome!) Its very David Lynchian and I eagerly await videos from all challengers. I realize I’m setting the bar impossibly high, but you should enter anyway.
Ok, and the last part for today, a few band announcements:
Bands!! We’ve got em!!
Well, that was easy.
As always, we’ll see ya at the La…
You want more than that?
Our very own MC and the golden voice of Ohana has been busting his hump booking bands this year, and its all starting to pay off. Seriously, mega mahalos and kudos to Jet for all the hard work. I cant announce everything just yet, but here’s what I can share.
I’m thrilled to announce that joining us again we have the hardest working (and nicest) folks in Surf… 9th Wave. They will be on hand to rock your socks and help you shake what your mama gave ya all weekend long.
And not only are they performing, but they’ll be teaching as well! Want to learn how to Go-Go dance like a pro to the rocking surf sounds of the weekend? They’ve got ya covered.
Hooping Hula a Go-Go will ramp up on Saturday afternoon where you can “Get down and twirl around with The Go-Go Natives (9th Wave dancers)! Join us for a
fun beginner Go-Go dance and hula hoop workshop. No experience necessary. All are welcome! “ ALLLLLL welcome!!! Go to the light… Go into the liiiiiight… Whoa, sorry. The sugar-crazy comes in waves… and speaking of waves, 9th Wave will be joining… oh, I already said that. Dammit! That was a good segue.
Anyway, I expect to see everyone grooving at the workshop, and using the moves you learn for the rest of the day! And I finally have an excuse to wear my go-go boots!
You want more? You got it!! Also joining us again are the Kahiki Serenaders. What can I say about these guys? They are the epitome of awesome. Pure exotica lovingly performed by some of the best musicians in the world. These cats bring it, and I’m super excited they’re able to join us again. Denny, Drasnin, Lyman… All your favorites done up right with a side of Aloha.
“But Bargoyle, that’s just not enough great stuff. You’ve got more right? I need more, because I have an insatiable need for the awesome, like eating an entire bag of miniature-sized Easter candy to the point where your mouth cant even produce saliva its so coated in chocolate and the sugar rush is so intense that everything is starting to look blurry and you’re sure that your heart isn’t supposed to beat this fast” you say?
Well, then you’re in luck. Because we also have The Stolen Idols joining us this year, all the way from Tampa, Florida. If you haven’t seen the Idols before… hooboy are you in for a treat! If you have, well you’re still in for a treat!!! These guys live and breathe Exotica. Seriously, do NOT miss these guys in what I can only assume will be their only Lake George performance this year! ;) I can’t express enough how thrilled we are to have these guys join us this year. I’m not even allowed to talk to them, so we don’t scare them off!! THAT’S how much we revere them!
Ok, much much much more to say, more bands, mugs, contest, and all sorts of super-coolness, but this one is already too long and the flashing lights coming through the window mean my ride to the hospital is here… or I’ve eaten enough sugar to see through time. Either way, I gotta bolt.
Long live the Aloha, and we’ll see ya at the Lake!
OHANA: Taste the fresh in every bite03/22/2014
I was originally going to compose an email called “How I spent my Winter” with a list of awesome amazing things I achieved, and all the cool stuff we’ve been lining up for Ohana… but then I realized the personal side of my list would only be one entry: “Froze my butt off”, so I figured it’d be better to just focus on the spectacular offerings of Ohana. No one wants to hear about my butt again.
So, without further ado, let’s celebrate the return of spring (in name only it appears… Is it EVER going to stop snowing and warm up!?) with a chat about one of my favorite parts of Ohana weekend…
THE ROOM CRAWL!!!!!!!!
Easily one of the highlights of Ohana, and more amazing every year, the room crawl is all about YOU. You folks just keep bringing it!! And of course we’re going to do it again.
For the uninitiated, the room crawl is a round robin, hosted by our guests, on Friday night. They open the doors to their hotel room (often decorated with a theme) and serve a cocktail and/or snacks to all the attendees. Their creativity, generosity, and Aloha know no bounds. Keep in mind that they do this out of the spirit of Aloha (and out of their own pockets!), and they make Friday night the over the top spectacle that it is, so if you visit a room, TIP them, and tip them well!!
If you’re an old veteran who constantly hosts, you have our unending gratitude, and we can’t wait to see what you have in store for us this year!
If you’ve been a crawler, and you think this might be the year to pay back some of that aloha by hosting, that’s double-plus awesome!!! We’d love to have ya, and can’t wait to see what you come up with!
Either way, to host a room you need to get in touch with our Room Crawl Coordinator, Reverend Thumper. Email the Rev at geoffb91(at)gmail(dot)com
And while we’re talking about the crawl, I should mention that long time sponsor Kona Beer will be a part of it again, so expect to see those super cool beer carts making the rounds! Go check them out at www.konabrewingco.com and give ‘em some love on the facepage at www.facebook.com/KonaBrewery
PLUS, our friends at DeadHead Rum are joining us again, and not only are they donating some killer swag for the bags, but they’re also going to host a room as well!! These folks get it. And they’ve got the coolest packaging in the entirety of boozedom. Hit up www.facebook.com/DeadheadRum and give ‘em the thumb and visit them at www.deadheadrum.com to soak up the awesome.
I have MUCH more to talk about, but I’m getting flak about the length of my email ramblings, so we’ll put a pin in it for now…
Except to say: There are just a HANDFUL of kickoff tickets left, and a couple handfuls of Ohana tickets. We’re getting close to sell out, so don’t hesitate, buy those tickets today!!
See ya at the Lake!!!
PS. Don’t forget about the Royer Swizzle Video Contest, where you can win custom made swizzles of your own design!! Email Caroline(at)LuauAtTheLake(dot)com to get more info and an entry form. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity, and you don’t even need to be coming to Ohana to enter!! Don’t let it slip by!! Get cracking on those videos!!
OHANA: More awesome to feast your eye-holes on!!!03/06/2014
Aloha HepCats and HepKittens!
First let me get the usual announcements out of the way, but then I have some HUGE news, so be sure to scroll all the way down.
1) TICKETS – We’ve got about 50 left. You know the drill. When they’re gone, they’re gone. And if you have a room at the Tiki, you STILL need to buy a ticket!!
2) HOTEL – There’s a waiting list at the Tiki. If you’re not on it, get on it!! But be sure to book a room at one of our overflow hotels so you have a backup plan. I can only fit so many of you who wind up roomless in my room, and no sleeping in the tub after last years incident!
3) KICKOFF – Still a handful of tickets for MoonBase Alpha featuring the rip roaring sounds of the Nebulas. Food included, bring your own space-helmet.
Ok. You ready for the news? Oh you think you are, but you’re not. Once again, we’re straddling the line between genius and crazy like a Lithuanian lapdancer, and this time we’ve got some great folks to join us out in the deep end of awesome.
Royer… you know ‘em, you love ‘em. They make our kickass swizzles every year, and have loaded the swag bags with keychains and goodies, and this year they’re going completely off the hook .
Royer has decided to sponsor a contest. The winner of the contest gets a custom made swizzle of your own design absolutely FREE!!!
(Actually you’ll get 2500 of them… one would be too difficult to share at parties.)
Let me say that again for the folks in the cheap seats… That awesome tiki bar you built in your basement or porch or back deck… the one you named and had a big party to christen it… you can get a custom swizzle, with your logo, name, skulls, flames, flying monkeys, or whatever you want on it, simply by winning the Royer Swizzle Challenge!!
So, what do you have to do to enter, you ask excitedly? Easy peasy rice and cheesy my friends…
Simply make a video (no longer than 2 minutes) featuring Royer products. Any of the swizzles or cocktail picks they’ve made are acceptable. Go hit up www.royercorp.com or visit them on Facepage at https://www.facebook.com/RoyerCorp (and hit that LIKE button!) for inspiration and to bask in the sheer awesomocity of their work.
You can make your video funny or serious or somewhere in between. Extol the wonders of Royer’s swizzles expert aerodynamics and their superior cocktail swizzling prowess (with charts and graphs!), or their use in cooking to spear delicious spam slices to pesky pineapples, or use them in construction as you build a scale model of Abe Lincoln’s log cabin out of swizzles from Frankie’s Tiki Room. The sky is the limit. Anything you want, just feature Royer’s amazing stuff!
To enter, you’ll want to get in touch with our own Princess Pupule via email at Caroline (at) LuauAtTheLake (dot) com, and all submissions become the property of Royer for them to use as they see fit (Hey, you might go viral and become internet famous!).
Entries must be received by midnight on 05/15/14.
The winner will be announced during Ohana this year, but need not be present to win…although that’ll be a bummer if you win and then you’re not even there.
Tell you what, if you win and you’re not there, I’ll accept the prize on your behalf… and I’ll even design it for you (What can I say, I’m a giver.) I’m picturing a big Lono with gargoyle wings…a “Bargoyle” if you will. C’mon, that sounds like the coolest swizzle ever, right? Hmmm… that DOES sound like a pretty cool swizzle… I think I have to enter this thing! Am I allowed to enter?
Ok folks…ummmm… nevermind all that stuff above. Forget I said anything. Mine will be the only entry and therefore the defacto winner, so all you creative awesome people just, you know, throw it neutral until the contest is over.
I keed, I keed. Enter early, enter often, and good luck to you all.
And as always, we’ll see ya at the Lake!
OHANA: tickets...on the moon!!!01/27/2014
Just a friendly reminder that Ohana tickets go on sale TOMORROW at 10.22AM. at www.LuauAtTheLake.com.
Again, tickets WILL sell out, so its better to buy yours sooner rather than later, just sayin’.
These are for OHANA: Luau At The Lake, in kitschy Lake George, NY this year. 6/27-6/29.
NOT OHANA: Luau By The Sea that will spring to life next year in south Florida. Tickets tomorrow are also NOT for Luau IN the Sea at secret oceanic base SL13 located on the sea floor in the Bermuda Triangle, nor Luau In The Snow up at Ice Station Zebra by the polar icecaps, nor Luau On The Moon at Moonbase Alpha. Those are all separately ticketed events.
No friends, tomorrow is Lake George’s time to shine in the spotlight, and we hope you can join us for the usual weekend of sheer amesomocity that we’ve got planned.
Oh, and in addition to Ohana: Luau At The Lake tickets, our kickoff party event (Thursday night 6/26/14) will be on sale tomorrow as well. $25 for an evening stuffed full of food, fun, and freakery; if you can join us a day early, its time well spent!
And you probably want to know what you’re in for if you come out Thursday, right?
Ok, I kind of lied up above, as the kickoff party is indeed going to take place on Moonbase Alpha.
What is Moonbase Alpha, you ask (knowing full well I’m going to tell you anyway, but humoring me because we’re cool like that)?
Well, even we’re not sure. We know it was built on the bottom of the moon, sometime in the last century, using misappropriated funds from a grant from the Children’s Television Workshop. Is it a secret James Bond super-villain lair? A shelter from the impending dangers of Y2K (Hey, it was built last century, remember?) An attempt to colonize the moon and cultivate the cheese therein? A top-secret cold war government listening station? An intergalactic bar and grill for alien tourists on their way to abduct our earthly livestock? Buck Roger’s vacation home?
I think its all that and more, so be sure to dress to impress in your best space gear as worlds collide… in Spaaaaaaaaace!!!
Live music from the far corners of the cosmos will delight your ears while intergalactic delicacies tickle your ribs and cocktails that are “out of this world!” dissolve your brain… in a good way!
It will be onsite again this year, and we promise to have the pneumatic airlocks working properly to jettison all attendees to Moonbase Alpha safe and sound. Getting back? Well, that’s a bit trickier, but we’ll try to have at least one tech stay sober enough to work the controls.
As always, it will be great time, so if you CAN get out early, you should. More details to come. And don’t forget to buy those tickets!!!
Mahalo for your continued support, much more to talk about really soon, and we’ll see you ON THE MOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOON!!!!!!!
OHANA: ticket info...plus a second Ohana!?!?!01/14/2014
I hope the new year finds everyone safe and sound, and hopefully above single digit temperatures at last! Perhaps the memories of Ohana past and the threat…errr, promise, of Ohana future will keep you warm. No? How about a Hot Toddy? Not doing it huh? Ok fine, you can turn on the space heater, but only for 20 minutes and make sure that door is shut tight! We’re not paying to heat the outdoors!
So, Ohana. What news have I about Ohana? Glad you asked. Big news actually!
First, Ohana tickets will be on sale during the last week of January…lets say, Tuesday the Twenty-Eighth at 10:22AM, because I like alliteration.
Tickets this year will be $90 each, and that’s still an ALL INCLUSIVE ticket. Yes, that includes dinner on Saturday night, the Polynesian show, access to the vendors, the silent auction, games, all the bands, the room crawl, amazing swag bags, and all the late night/mid-day/early morning shenanigans you’ve come to expect, plus a few surprises.
And YES we’re doing a Thursday kickoff event again this year but we’re still putting the final touches on that, so I don’t have a price point yet (but it’ll be cheap again and chock full of food, drinks, music and awesome), so if you can get out a day early, I promise to make it worth your while. Have I ever let you down yet? Don’t answer that! I’m happy in my bubble of denial.
Ok, so a quick recap… tickets.. $90, includes everything, 1/28/14 10.22am EST on the website (http://www.LuauAtTheLake.com)
Kickoff hopefully for sale at the same time, probably in the $20 to $30 area, more info to come on that front VERY soon. VERY VERY soon.
And remember, the event WILL and DOES sell out. Just having a room at the Tiki does NOT get you into Ohana. You need a ticket, and unfortunately we can only accommodate so many people, so be sure to buy yours early!!
Which leads me to the other big news….
We’d love for OHANA: Luau At the Lake to be bigger, but the venue can only hold so many people. We hate turning folks away every year. It makes me feel bad, and it effects the money we raise for the Easter Island Foundation (Don’t forget, Ohana is for charity!). And while I wish we could have Ohana every weekend as some have suggested, just to make sure everyone gets a chance to enjoy it… well, that would kill me. Plus, I’m crazy, but not THAT crazy!
So, as a compromise, we’ve decided to add a SECOND annual OHANA, starting Spring of 2015. This will allow more folks to experience the wacky awesome aloha that you guys bring, raise more money for charity, and keep the party going just a little longer each year. That’s just full of win!!
Yeah, you read that right. Starting spring of 2015, OHANA: Luau By The Sea will launch in beautiful, bright, sunny South Florida.
We’re already hard at work on it and will have more details to release soon.
I think we’ve already got a facepage and everything set up, so you can follow the developments there ( https://www.facebook.com/OhanaSea ), or you can always join the discussion over at the F.O.M. by visiting us at http://www.fraternalorderofmoai.org
As always, I can’t thank you enough for your continued support, and we’ll see ya at the Lake! (And next year, by the Sea as well!!!)
ps. Just in case it wasn’t clear, we’re talking about TWO Ohanas every year starting 2015. We’re still going to do our Lake George thing at the Tiki every year until we wear out our welcome. Who loves ya?
OHANA: Merry New Years!!!12/16/2013
Aloha from the frozen tundra of the northeast!!
A couple quick things I forgot to mention with the last email.
#1 Tickets should be on sale by the end of January, so keep your eyes on your email inbox or on our facepage for updates there. We’re going to keep attendance capped again, so be sure to buy your tickets early so you don’t get shut out. Oh, and a reminder, just having a hotel room does NOT get you entrance to the event. You need tickets as well.
#2 Tickets will be around the same price this year. We’re doing our best to hold the prices down. They’ll be sub $100 for sure, and they will be all inclusive again, including the meal on Saturday night. We’re also working on making that a little more “traditional Hawaiian” for next year. We used a new company this past year, and while the feedback on the food was VERY positive, I think we need to make it clear that we’re a Luau, not a BBQ Pig Roast. Lol.
#3 Not only have you already sold out the Tiki Resort, but we’ve got sponsors jumping on board to be part of the awesome-sauce again as well!! DeadHead, who’s rum was featured in the cocktails and helped with the amazing kick off party is back on board to make Ohana even more over the top next year. We love these guys! They totally “get it” and that rum has got to have the coolest bottle, ever!
Oh, and have you seen the glasses & pitcher Tiki Farm did for them?
OK, I’m probably biased because I really like The Pizz’s work, but holy crap, check this out!!
Limited edition, so if you want a set, better act fast!
Also, if you were looking for a Christmas idea for me, better order soon to make sure I get that sucker by the holiday. Just saying.
For real though, here’s more info right from DeadHead:
Deadhead Rum is proud to present you with our brand new Classic Cocktail Set. Designed for us by notorious lowbrow artist The Pizz and manufactured for us by world famous Tiki Farm, our cocktail set includes an oversized pitcher featuring hand-etched and hand-stained Deadhead Rum art as well as 2 accompanying hand-etched and hand-stained martini-style inspired mugs plus each set comes with an oversized swizzle stir stick to mix up your libation of choice. **
The pitcher measures an impressive 9 1/2” in height and has a 28 oz. capacity and each mug measures 4 3/8” in height and has a 4 oz. capacity. Manufactured in Guadalajara, Mexico in high quality, high temperature fired ceramic stoneware, this beautiful set is both microwave and dishwasher safe. With a total run of just 1,000 sets, each set comes individually boxed in a high quality tuck top box with signed and numbered commemorative art on the cover signed by Deadhead Rum founder and creative genius, Kim Brandi.
Ok, I’ll leave ya alone until after the new year. Hope everyone has a great holiday. Get crazy, but stay safe, and we’ll see ya at the Lake!!
OHANA: Luau At The Lake 201412/04/2013
Yeah I called you a pilgrim… I meant to send this before Thanksgiving, but there was just too much food to be prepared and devoured… so anyway, now that I’m out of my turkey induced coma and about 30 pounds heavier, I’m back with tidings of good news and my usual nonsense!!!
First off, we’re doing this OHANA thing again next year. If you were with us, you probably got a save the date postcard in your Swag Bag, and indeed, we’ve already completely booked the Tiki Resort once again. WHAT!?!?!? Already?!? You folks are awesome and mental, in the best of ways.
As usual, if you didn’t get a room at the Tiki, all hope is not lost. You can call them and get on the wait list, and we’ve got the usual overflow hotels; although I’m going to work with a couple more of the local “mom & pop” joints for those who like that retro flavor, so keep your eyes on the inbox for announcements soon if you want to roll Ohana retro style.
If you didn’t get a save the date, then make a note to SAVE THIS DATE: June 26-29th, 2014. The new website is up, and it will fill out as we get everything locked down. I hope you’ll join us again (or for the first time) and help make what is consistently my favorite weekend of the year just that more awesome.
And speaking of the awesomeness that is you…
Look at what you did…again!!!!
Sweet mother of Batman, you managed to outdo yourselves again!!! We even added a THIRD scholarship this year, thanks to your attendance and generosity at the Silent Auction and Mystery Drink Auction.
You guys humble me to the point of almost being speechless…. Almost. I can ramble on. It takes a lot to de-speechify me.
But for reals, a HUGE Mahalo from the bottom of my heart to all of our attendees, volunteers, sponsors, vendors, hosts… it doesn’t happen without you. And this past year it happened in a big big way. You folks rock!!
Anyway, I promise to only bug you maybe once more before the New Year, so I hope everyone is safe, sound, and happy through the holiday season.
May all of your Kalikimaka’s be Mele. Now if you’ll excuse me, I think there’s still some leftover pie that needs eating… not sure if its Grasshopper Pie, or just moldy, but we’ll find out soon enough.
F.O.M. & Ohana Luau at the Lake Announce 2013 EIF Donation11/04/2013
The F.O.M. is happy to announce our 2013 EIF Donation. An extra-spectacular Ohana in 2013 has allowed the F.O.M. the increase our donation this year & establish a THIRD FOM Scholarship to be given to a student from the island of Rapa Nui!
Maururu to all who have helped make this happen through enjoying the Ohana Luau at the Lake event, volunteering, & donations of your time, talents, art & collectibles to Ohana and the Silent Auction!! And thank you to all who have bid & bought at the Ohana Silent and our annual Mystery Bowl Auction, too, which have helped make this donation possible. It all truly makes a big difference!
You can read more HERE: 2013 FOM EIF Donation Announcement
A Big, BIG MAHALO to you ALL!!!!!!!
& Now onto Ohana Luau at the Lake 2014 – See You At The Lake!!
MORE on Ohana 2014 Here: www.LuauAtTheLake.com