Monday, 15 September 2014

2014 - Summer OK’s - Pirates of the Caribbean - Review

Wasn’t that a party!” is probably the best way to describe our 2014 Olympic games.  In true Ski Club spirit, the Bum Biters, the Inside Edge (I.E.), the Okanagan Club (O.C.), Victoria Alpine Club and the Pacific Ski Club joined in for an unforgettable weekend of non-stop fun.

Who will forget the Ghost Ship rising from the briny sea with Jack Sparrow and all the nefarious pirates, in full regal complete with kelp, on opening night.  Terry the Toy-man, with help from everyone around, set up lights, tents, tables and pirate paraphernalia  while Shirley from O.C. provided campsite with theme decorations.  O.C. provided tables full of food, beer, wine and (a) cup so that the traditional Welcoming Party became another memorable night.  Almost everyone was in full costume.

There were Jell-O Shooters at the volleyball games, a sport where everyone and anyone could simply stand up and get into any of the numerous matches.  In the final ‘Gold Metal’ game, where ‘athletes’ stopped for shooters, beers or ciders, the Bum Biter, O.C., I.E. Pacific team won 3 out of 5 games (sorry no Victoria members played) to wrap up that event.  Then from the distant horizon, Skull Island with (a) Palm Tree appeared with I.E. members and barrels of Dark, Navy RUM!  Lots of rum and mixers - on ice - for sailors and athletes alike !!!

The world premier of ‘For Whom the Bell Tolls’ was held in which everyone around the playing field was asked to take a turn at setting the record of hitting all three Olympic Bells in the shortest time.  In the end, after every 2 pairs of players had been pitted against the clock, the ‘Super, Incredibly Awesome Team of Nicole & Gary, and Sally & Robert, became the World and Olympic Record holders with a time of 5 seconds flat!!!

Jack Hanna’s stage, minus the legs, was set up in the lower field with the help of so many hands that the band, One Night Only (with Susan their GM), was all set up hours in advance.  Once they began playing, this incredible group, with many a cameo appearance from both John Francis on his electric guitar and Lester on vocals, belted out the best dance tunes anyone can ever recall.  Everyone danced.  The music never stopped.  The band played 4 hours straight with musicians vanishing in the ‘fog of the briny sea’ for pee breaks while the rest of the group layed it on!  O.C. even brought down a keg of beer, and we had full service and free beer all night long! Bocci Ball and Beer Drinking, both Sunday events, saw more friendly competition.  Anyone who wished to play, grabbed the Jack (Sparrow) and the balls and went out onto the pitch for hours of fun.  Later, just before dinner, 16 players sat down for the ‘All Out’ beer drinking contest.  No silly cups to toss, simply open your beer, suck it back as fast as you can, cup on head (up-side-down) and the next player begins until the fastest drinkers rose to the jubilant cheers of the wild and hungry crowd.  Gary then challenged Mike to the 2 man beer drinking, arm wrestling contest.  Mike out drank Gary but with considerably more spillage!

12 tables were brought to a campsite with everyone’s help, decked out with ‘linen’ sheets and catered hot food, to satiate the most dastardly of pirates, arrived (did you notice Little Red Riding hood - actually the Big Bad Wolf - in her red costume?).  This year all the clubs sat down for an unforgettable dinner together.

That evening Gary, Mike and John Francis played live guitar by the fire at camp 18.  This was followed by an outdoor theatre night where a Jimmy Buffet festival movie was shown.  Then, as in each of the nights, various clubs members invited everyone who wished to some campsite, or members went off in groups, for a lovely evening chatting, just relaxing or singing around a campfire.

Sunny, from O.C. won this year’s Bottle Cap Races and vowed to organize this super fun event next year!

Larry established his dominance in golf by beating every golfer by at least one stroke while Sally shot an ‘awesome’ 55 to just squeeze out Andrea for the ‘Lady’s Golf Slipper title.  Yet, who will forget Joe, the Butter Cup, who shot that ‘relaxed’ 275 yard drive off of the first tee.  In an interview for the PSC Boot Press, he later remarked, “ I can shoot better than that as it only takes practice.  I play about 120 games a year.”

What was different this year? - its best to let the members speak for themselves:
  • Sandy O.C. - It was awesomely great!
  • Shirley O.C. - I loved the comradery!
  • Kathy and Harold (member since 1972) - never once before was I ever included in a game.  I loved it - these were the best games ever - no inter-club competitions!
  • Glen Bum Bitter - the non-competitive Volleyball!
  • Chris Bum Biter - more inter-club activities!  Meeting (with) each other

Thanks Andrea (I.E.) for being the over-all co-ordinator this year.  As promised, this year was more like that first year at Kalamalka - nothing planned, but so much fun was had that we have been doing “it” for over 40 years now.  The only losers to this year’s games were those who stayed away and missed it all.