Greetings and Happy New Year to
All Our 1992 Customers
The New Year is underway, and as
we reflect upon the past year, were thinking about all of
our guests from last season, and hoping that 1992 was a good year
for you and yours.
Look What You Can Look
Video Club News
Comments on Our
From Our Guests - Mexican
List of Local Restaurants
1992 Results: Annual
Black Oak Fishing Contest
Lunker For The Record Books
Dont Miss Our
A Better Route To Get Here
Pick A Month
How To Stop Worrying
And Love Your Vacation
As for us, as we take stock of
the year just passed and reflect on how things went and where were going, we realize
we just got through one of the toughest years weve had! This
was mainly due to our ambitious undertaking of building our duplex,
going out on a limb financially, and getting construction finish
just minutes before our first reservations walked in the doors to
occupy the cabins. Somehow we survived, but it was definitely stressful!
(Michael is still reeling!)
So, we look forward to next season with no major construction
projects for 1993. But first, we want to let you know how things progressed
First, that duplex, which we are most proud of, was
finished in April. It turned out better than we anticipated, and is
very popular with families and groups. It consists of two 2-bedroom
cabins back-to-back, with a connecting door between. Some new features
added are: Double swing-away brass wall lamps over both king-size
beds, massive native-stone fireplaces going all the way up the cathedral
ceilings in the living rooms, radiant heat lamps in the bathroom,
and in-line heaters in the whirlpool tubs. We also used a cranberry
color carpeting throughout, which look luxurious! Also, there is a
roof overhang with a covered front porch. These features are in addition
to all the standard features you are used to in our deluxe cabins:
25-inch color TVs with remote, central heat and air, full kitchens
including microwaves, separate living rooms with two queen-size sleeper
sofas, skylights, whirlpool tubs, separate showers, and wood decks
spanning the entire back length of the cabins. Each time we add a
new cabin, we seem to improve on the design.
New V-17 Bass Tracker.
New 15 HP Mercury motor.
Levolor mini-blinds in all 1-bedroom
New cranberry colored carpeting in cabin
New Enviro-Shade canopy installed by
provides a breezy shaded spot for those who
dont care to fry by the pool). Its becoming a
Four additional Tropitone pool chaises
and another table.
New high-powered telescope for stargazing.
As in every year, we had our maintenance
projects: pool electricity rewired, fence repaired, dock road resurfaced,
plus other things that arent always obvious, but have to
We also acquired some cats, thanks
to our customers coaxing them out of the woods. Weve come to the conclusion that
you cant own a resort and not have at least a few strays arrive!
Of course we still have all our dogs. Unfortunately, Herbie is the
only one that likes cats!
Were now gearing up for the 1993 season, and looking
forward to another busy year. Well be in Chicago for the Chicagoland
Sport Show at OHare Expo Center January 29 thru February 7
in Booth 822. Those of you in the area, stop by and see us. We hope
to see you all again in 1993.
for 1993! Look What You Can
Look Forward To....
This year were looking forward
to a comparably restful season, with no major construction project
for the first time in six seasons. We do have many plans though.
Our next major goal is still our
lodge. In 1993 well
finalize our plans for the lodge and improve our financial standing
with our bankers, paving the way for another trip to see our loan
officer. If all goes as planned, we should be ready to start construction
in 1994. We will be interested in your input on what youd like.
We already are planning for:
Dining area overlooking the lake (possibly
Deck with barbeque pit
Observatory for our telescope
will also include our living quarters.)
We do have a few projects for 1993:
Recarpeting two of our deluxe cabins
(#6 and #7)
Replacing the double beds in all 1-bedroom
new queen-size beds
Reupholstering our pontoon boat seats
Purchasing another V-17 Bass Tracker
Replacing our V-16 Bass Tracker
Replacing our larger outboard motors
For those of you who like to try new things on vacation,
consider taking an introductory scuba diving course in our pool. Or,
you may opt for the 4-day open water course which qualifies you as
a certified scuba diver. For more information, contact Jim Jensen,
PADI Instructor, at (870) 431-8855.
Video Club News
Last year, we started a video club,
which immediately became very popular. We are living in an entertainment
age, and we cant escape it. We even had two honeymooning couples who did
nothing (almost!) except watch flicks. We have expanded our library
now and have over 100 of the very best movies ever made. We even had
two movie critics from Florida who enjoyed our selection immensely.
For a very reasonable cost of $20 a week, we will open up our library
of films for your viewing for your viewing and throw in the VCR. Youll
not be disappointed with our selection!
Our guests, as usual, deserve some space in this newsletter.
Each year we meet some special people and welcome back old friends
from years past.
As usual, we lose some of our best
customers each year because they move here! This year Jim and Marlene
Ryan bought property here in Oakland. They arent quite ready
to move here yet, but soon they will be our neighbors.
Sometimes we get a group of people
at our resort who dont all know each other, but hit it off so well that it is
magical. This happened with the group that came down the last week
of June. The ringleaders of this group are Rodney and Renee Poynter
and Jasper Tavolacci and Susan Steinhofer. Nothing stands in the way
of these people having a good time. Now add two new customers to this
group: Pete and Marian Baratta. Pete owned a restaurant in Oak Lawn,
Illinois, and he and the entire group got together and had a cookout
that was the best weve ever been to. Every single customer came
to this cookout, which was a first! Pete did the ribs (18 slabs of
baby back ribs). They were absolutely wonderful! Pete started them
in the oven, and finished them on the grill for about the last 15
or 20 minutes. Of course, the sauce was a conglomeration of everybodys
bottled sauces combined with some of Petes secret spicer-uppers.
We kept the menu simple. We had KFCs coleslaw (the best!), watermelon,
corn on the cob, garlic bread, and baked beans and salad. We set up
our new telescope and looked up at stars, had a little too much to
drink (all in all, a memorable event). During the week, all the guys
went downrigger fishing together in Rodneys huge boat (one of
the largest weve had), and just got along famously. We cant
wait till next year!
There were other memorable times too numerous to mention,
but we remember the campfires behind our cabin, the cookouts we had
there at night, great dinners we were invited to, and some memorable
trips out on the lake with our guests on our pontoon. Also, conversations
at poolside with the most interesting people from all walks of life,
and long walks on Ozark Isle. Our life might be very dull indeed,
except for these great people. Thank you all. We hope you enjoyed
your stays with us as much as we did.
From Our Guests
John and Connie North, of Park Ridge, Illinois served
this great Mexican Casserole at one of our gatherings this past year.
1 1/2 lbs. ground beef (approx.)
1 medium onion, finely chopped
1 green pepper, finely chopped (optional)
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 can enchilada sauce (mild or spicy)
1 small can green chili peppers
1 pkg. large flour tortillas
1 16-oz. pkg. grated cheddar cheese
Brown beef; drain. Add onion, green
pepper, chili peppers, soups and sauce. Simmer 30 minutes. In 13x9
baking pan, layer tortillas and ground beef mixture, starting with
tortillas and ending with beef mixture (approx. 3 layers). Bake
45 minutes uncovered at 325°.
Sprinkle with cheddar cheese, return to oven and bake until cheese
is melted and bubbly. Remove from oven. Let stand 15 minutes before
serving (otherwise it will be sloppy). Serve with sour cream on
the side. Connie recommends using spicy enchilada sauce!
Arkansas was the beneficiary of
a great deal of publicity last year with Bill Clintons presidential
campaign and ultimate win! We were astonished that potential presidents
would take such nasty swipes at our state. We were embarrassed
by the lengths these men would go to win an election. While our
state is not perfect, we do have some things of which we are very
proud, one of which is its great undeveloped natural beauty and
unpolluted waters. We have good roads, good people, and we are
one of the best places to retire in the country due to our tax
structure and low costs.
The Mountain Home area can boast
being listed #1
for Great Lifestyle at Low Cost in the publication The
Retirement Letter. Our area has consistently ranked near the
top choices as best places to retire, and continues to
climb. We recently received a ranking of the #1 Place to Live
for Personal Safety, based on having the lowest violent crime
and property crime rates, in the publication Retirement Places
Rated-1990 by David Savageau and published by Prentice Hall
We also benefited from all the
hoopla over Bransons
phenomenal expansion as The Next Nashville. Many of our
guests took a day trip to Branson and were pleased with what they
found! The entertainment is first-rate, with something to suit everybodys
taste, and the prices were less than expected in most cases. About
the only complaint we heard was the traffic. Your best bet is to park
your car as soon as you get there and go the rest of the way on foot
or by shuttle. So, if you want to spend your week far away from the
crowds, but still be close enough to spend a fun-filled day at Branson,
then Black Oak is the place to be. We maintain the latest information
about the shows and the numbers to call. We can get you there the
easiest route, or if you dont want to drive, there is a tour
bus in Mountain Home that takes trips to Branson.
One more publicity piece that we
are justifiably proud of is an article about our area in the Fort Worth Star Telegram
June 7, 1992, which mentioned Black Oak as one of the finest resorts
on Bull Shoals Lake.
List of Local Restaurants
Best Fried Chicken:
Durbons Restaurant, Promise Land
Potato Skins, 178 Club, Bull Shoals
Gastons overlooking the White
Top Kat Lounge, State Line in Missouri
Cream of Broccoli, Durbons Restaurant,
Bamboo Garden (Friday & Saturday
178 Club, Bull Shoals
The Back Forty, Mountain Home or
The Top Kat
Chelseas, Mountain Home
Bamboo Garden, Mountain Home
Best Place with a Gimmick:
The Front Page, Mountain Home.
Entrée plus two vegetables start
then while you eat, servers come around
with free extras like hot
rolls, ham and
beans, fried okra, and more!
My ALLTIME favorite Pigout Place:
STILL the 178 Club
Best Organic: The
Newest Restaurants in Area:
Casa De Montanas (Mexican)
Reel Em In Catfish
Annual Black Oak Fishing Contest
Whatd I tell you? The fish caught were bigger
this year! We had some of the biggest fish weve seen since starting
business in 1985. We caught the biggest Largemouth, Walleye, White
Bass (tied with last year), Crappie, Catfish, Brown Trout, and Rainbow
Trout ever recorded in our contest from 1985 onward! We did have a
larger white bass, but it was never officially entered (4 lb. 6 oz
caught 2 years ago by Glen Householder of Illinois). With three back-to-back
years of good spawns, the fishing should be dynamite in 1993! Also,
we seemed to catch more largemouth than in previous years, and most
had to be turned back because they were under the new 15-inch limit.
So next year well really be getting the keepers.
Another point of interest is that
all of the fish except one were caught by our repeat customers.
So, if you came down and didnt do sensational the first time, remember that experience
counts on a lake, so dont go lake-hopping when the best lake
is right here! Of course it should go without saying that you should
Also, were still seeing the popularity of catch
and release. Notice that two of our winners released trophy fish.
Art Comer inadvertently became our third catch and release winner
on his 16-pound catfish, when, after weighing it, it broke the line
and swam away. Maybe Art will nab it again in 93.
We tried to provide you with lots
of information about fishing Bull Shoals in our contest statistics.
When available, we provided information about weather conditions.
Notice that a high pressure system produces good fishing. Also
overcast conditions. Notice that with downrigger fishing, the depths
vary considerably, so go ahead and experiment. Notice we had another
uncannily lucky angler in Jerry Logan, who fished for almost two
weeks before finding that perfect combination of depth and weather
and time to catch two contest winners, both on the same day on
downriggers at 43 feet! He persevered and deserves to win! Its
more than just luck!
Illinois was again the leader with
the most contest winners. And congratulations to our nephew Scott
MacKay for finally getting a winning fish. Scott has worked this
resort every summer since we opened, and fished every chance he
got. Were please
you won, Scott! And thanks to Linda Vogel, we kept the women in the
We had winners in every month from
March through September, so time of year isnt as crucial as youd
All contest winners will receive
a 10% cabin discount on their next stay with us, plus a Black Oak
cap or T-Shirt, and also a wall plaque recognizing their achievement.
Winners names will
also be on our Black Oak Annual 1992 Fishing Contest Plaque at the
resort. Congratulations to you all!
8 lb. 8 oz.
Blue Metal Flake Grub
3 lb. 13 oz.
Jig & Pig
Purple & Green
Catch and Release
10 lb. 8 oz.
Blue & Silver Little Cleo
Downrigger 95 feet
7:15 A.M. Overcast
Catch & Release
2 lb. 7 oz
|German Brown Trout
5 lb. 8 oz.
6 lb. 8 oz.
Pro King Spoon
Downrigger 43 feet
Pro King Spoon
Downrigger 43 feet
We have some good news about walleye
fishing. For years Ive been nagging Michael to go out and learn how to catch walleye.
Hes a bass fisherman, and never really spent time trying to
figure out how to catch these great, big, good-tasting fish. Well,
besides having excellent luck catching them with his downrigger technique,
hes learned another very simple trolling technique that is
producing nice walleye in the 4 and 5 pound range. He uses live nightcrawlers
and catches them even in the summer during the daytime when fishing
is usually slow. So, when you come down, ask Michael to show you
what to do.
For The Record Books
A new world record was set for
brown trout on May 9, when Howard Rip Collins of Heber
Springs landed a 40 pound, 4 ounce brown trout fishing the Little
Red River in Arkansas. The previous world record brown trout, 38
pounds, 9 ounces, was also caught in Arkansas on the North Fork
River in 1988.
Speaking of records, we are waiting
for the record walleye for Arkansas to fall one of these years.
Arkansas Game & Fish
Biologists predict the record could be broken out of Bull Shoals
Lake, based on the samplings they have taken. The Arkansas record
now stands at 22 pounds, 11 ounces.
Miss Our Spring Opener
Each year in the spring, the Oakland
Area sponsors a tournament for our customers. Its a 100% payback tournament
and is only open to registered guests of the resorts. This keeps the
tournament fair by excluding the top local fishermen. The date this
year is Saturday and Sunday, March 13 and 14. Call us and well
send you an entry form with all the details.
A Better Route To
Hardly a week goes by without one
of our guests staggering in and complaining about the trouble they
had getting here. You should remember that we are in the Ozark
Mountains, and we havent yet
straightened out all the roads. You should check with us before you
leave on the best routes to take. Do Not Trust Your Motor Club,
or, worse yet, Those Computer Mapping Programs (they are the worst
From the North: Sooner or later you should wind up on
I-44. Get off I-44 at Route 5 (Lebanon, Missouri) heading south. From
there you are approximately 110 miles from our door. Stay on Route
5 into Arkansas. Take Route 202 west about 8 miles to Black Oak. Warning:
If you look at a map and see a better route, you should call and talk
to us first. There are a couple of other ways that will work, but
there are some others that will get you into trouble with twists and
turns, lack of passing opportunities, and slower speeds.
From the South: Routes 65 and 62
are good routes to take, depending on what direction you are coming
the route wed take from Little Rock. I-40 west to Conway (Route
65). Route 65 north to Route 235 a bit past St. Joe). Route 235 northeast
to Route 14. Route 14 north approximately 3 blocks to Route 62. Route
62 east to Gassville (Route 126). Route 126 north to Midway (Route
5). Route 5 north to Oakland (Route 202). Route 202 west 8 miles.
Pick A Month
Anytime is a good time to visit Arkansas. But if you
want to pick a month with something special for you, check out these!
January - Eagle Watching
February and March - Walleye
March thru May - Crappie
April - Springtime Flowering Trees
(Dogwood, Redbud, Plum)
April thru June - Trout
May and June - Downrigger Fishing or Motor Trolling
May and June - Largemouth
June - White Bass
July and August - Night Fishing
August - Stargazing (Perseus Meteor Shower)
September thru December - Craft Shows
October - Fall Colors
November and December - Spotting (not shooting)
August and December - Sunsets
How To Stop Worrying
And Love Your Vacation
When you take your vacation, you
sometimes really need the rest and relaxation more than anything
else, especially in this age of two-income families. So, just with
you in mind, we are now offering maid service. The service is optional
at a nominal charge, but it could greatly enhance your vacation.
Not having to worry about housekeeping for a week should be very
desirable to many of you! Kristi, who many of you already know,
will be at your service to clean your cabin for you every day,
every other day, or once mid-week, at a reasonable cost of $6 per
cleaning. For a weeks stay, your cost would be only $36, or only
$18 if you choose to have the service every other day. Theres something most relaxing about coming back to a sparkling
clean cabin after a long day out on the lake or other pleasure pursuits.
Its also really a convenience if two families are sharing a
cabin and want the convenience of a clean bathroom every day. For
the $6 charge, Kristi will clean your bathroom, change your towels,
make beds, vacuum, and do whatever else you request that she can
get finished in 45 minutes. Of course, if you want more done, she
will be happy to work longer for an adjusted charge.
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