Greetings And Happy New Year To All Of Our Customers Of 1993
Its that time of year for
taking stock, looking back over the past year and starting to look
forward to 1994. As in every year, we are struck by the satisfaction
we get from what we do. No other career can quite compare to ours:
sharing with our guests some unforgettable moments, getting to
meet new and fascinating people, and getting to know our regular
guests better with each visit.
Nonsmoking Cabin in 94
Something New On Your Vacation
Results: Annual Black Oak Fishing Contest
Guests Take Center Stage
Black Oak Guests Get Surprise
Our Guests - Pasta Salad
New At Black Oak!
List of Area Restaurants
Guests, Hello Neighbor
In a way, this was one of our easiest
years, but there is always that challenge not to become stale, or
to lose perspective as to what is important. We havent forgotten
that people are what really is important. We are reminded of this
in so many ways: The calls, cards, and letters from our guests; their
generosity to us, either pitching in and helping, or having us over
for dinner or cookouts, or sometimes even a surprise gift! How can
we ever possibly repay your kindness? All we can do is let you know
just how much we appreciate you all, and promise you that we will
continue to try and make our place better for you each time you return.
With that thought in mind, let
us tell you what was accomplished here in 1993. We did give ourselves
a little break by not doing a major construction project. Michael
really needed that break, after five years in a row of one major
construction project after another! We have a goal in mind for
our next project that many of you already know about, and that
is our lodge. But we never completely rest. In 1993 heres
some improvements we made.
. Purchased another
V-17 Bass Tracker
. New heat/air conditioner unit in Cabin 3
. New queen-size beds in all our 1 - bedroom cabins
. New carpeting around outdoor whirlpool
. New cranberry carpeting in Cabins 6 and 7
. Seats recovered on Lowe Classic Pontoon
. New 115 HP motor on Michaels Ranger
. Another Enviroshade canopy by the pool
We continued to provide an Orientation
Fishing Trip to our guests, and we still have the Video Club, with
many more selections added. We also will still offer optional Maid Service by Kristi
for those of you who might truly want to relax in your cabin after
a hard day at play. The cost is still $6 per day.
We still have our dogs, who are all getting old. We
lost Towanda, our first cat that came to stay, from feline leukemia.
We still have cats, though (two at the moment). Michael is still Fire
Chief here in Oakland. Betty is now serving on the Board of Mountain
Home Area Chamber of Commerce, and is Secretary of the Fire Department
Auxiliary, and Editor of the Fire Department Newsletter. Always some
bad news, too. This past Thanksgiving night, a fire completely destroyed
the trailer home of Tracy Hinds, the young girl who helps Betty. The
family got out moments before the trailer was completely engulfed.
There was no insurance, so they lost it all. The community has rallied
to help the family. If any of you wish to help Tracy and her family,
please call us.
To sum up, we had an excellent
year overall. Michael was able to recover his charge. We are less
in debt. And so, we thank you for another wonderfully fulfilling
year, and we look forward to seeing you again in 94. We will be coming to the Chicagoland
Sport Show at OHare Expo Center January 28 thru February 6
in Booth 822. Stop by and see us.
Nonsmoking Cabin in 94
Were pleased to announce that we are turning one
of our two-bedroom cabins (#7) into a No Smoking Cabin
for our guests. If youve already made a reservation for that
cabin and are a smoker, we will be moving you either to cabin 6 or
8 instead and switch you with whoever requests the cabin from these
two other cabins. We will try in every case to assure that this cabin
is smoke-free, but there may have to be rare exceptions for this
first year, since we have already taken so many reservations in advance
for the cabin. We would appreciate your cooperation so we can provide
this service to our many nonsmoking customers.
New On Your Vacation
For those of you who like to try new things...
For those of you ho 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.
Annual Black Oak Fishing Contest
No, there arent any typographical
errors, even though there are three fish weighing exactly the same
(6 lb. 3 oz.); but what a coincidence.
Youll notice our record fish started in April
this year. Normally, theyd start in March, but we did have an
unusually cold spring. We also had record heat this summer, but it
didnt seem to hurt fishing at all, with big fish caught every
month from April thru August, and again in October. Probably our
cold spring kept the water cooler longer.
Some repeat winners again this
year. Art Comers
catfish beat his last years record by one pound. Its probably
that same fish that broke the line after he weighed it in last year
(my prediction came true). Jerry Logan didnt repeat, but his
wife Joanne won this time instead. Also, she was the only woman winner.
Illinois had the most winners (again). We also have
an eight year old among our winners: Gunnar Bristow caught our biggest
rainbow trout. Also, Glen Householder won in two categories (White
Bass and Lake Trout). He really deserves to win, since both fish are
the largest ever recorded in our contest in those categories.
Finally, we are proud to announce
that Black Oak Resort actually won the walleye contest, when Michael
caught his biggest walleye ever, weighing 11 pounds, 4 ounces on
July 22 at 11 a.m. (sunny and hot) on a Lindy Rig at 32 feet. The
walleye was 29-1/2 inches long with a 19-inch girth. It was also
the largest walleye ever caught by anyone at our resort. He had
witnesses, too. He was fishing with guests, Bill Immke and Phil
Golladay. However, he disqualifies himself from the contest, since
hes really a pro fisherman, and well
give Joanne Logan credit for winning with her little fish.
Two honorable mentions: We had
a young boy, Chris Walton, catch a 12 oz. Bluegill (one ounce away
from tying the record). He was big time disappointed he didnt win, but we asked him if
he would like to release the fish so someone could catch it again
when it got bigger, and he did! What a big sacrifice for a young man
to give up what was for him probably the biggest fish hed ever
caught! We are proud of you, Chris. Come back and catch it next year!
Also, though we dont include
rough fish in our annual contest, we must mention one special catch
this year. On July 29, on a sunny and hot high noon, Ray Cutrer,
of Algonquin, IL made quite a catch when he landed a 20-pound gar,
55 inches long, while fishing a lindy rig at 30 feet (also fishing
with Michael and Bill Immke). Bill Immke must be ready for his
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.
6 lb. 3 oz.
Saint Louis, MO
Black & Green Bomber
2 lb. 14 oz.
Hoffman Estates, IL
Chartreuse & Blue
Double Deep Wee-R
6 lb. 3 oz.
May 24, 11:18 a.m.
Black & Gold
Pro King Spoon
Downrigger 34 ft.
6 lb. 3 oz
Black Scale & Gold
Pro King Spoon
Downrigger 40 Ft.
3 lb. 4 oz.
July 1, 8 p.m.
Black & Gold
Pro King Spoon
Downrigger 44 Ft.
N. Aurora, IL
April 30, 10:30 a.m.
Silver & Black
4 lb. 1 oz.
June 2, 8 p.m.
Orange & Yellow Spotted
Pro King Spoon
Downrigger 30 Ft.
April 15, 6 p.m.
Windy, Cold, Rainy
Downriggers and Lindy Rigs
We keep seeing the summertime fishing
getting better and better as our guests become more experienced
in fishing with both downriggers and Lindy Rigs. So be sure and
talk to Michael before coming down to be sure and have the proper
equipment for the time of year youll be fishing.
93s Hottest Lure
The hottest lure this year was the black and gold Pro King Spoon,
used for downrigger fishing. But, before you rush out and buy some,
it could be entirely different next year. If youll notice, some
of the lousiest weather produced the best fishing, and best times
of day were late morning and early evening.
Guests Take Center Stage:
The Year Of The Family
The most striking trend among our
guests last year was the number of families that gathered together
to vacation at our resort. With the nuclear family all but extinct,
keeping family ties strong takes a concerted effort. What we have
seen heartens us. Wed
like to tell you about two families that really stand out, who go
that extra mile to bring their families closer.
The Zeman/Beck/Ruvarec family are
a three generation
high-energy family that have now shared two years
vacation with us. The know that to have a memorable vacation, you
have to create the memories. They begin by creating a song about their
vacation. They end by awarding trophies (to everyone). Theres
loads of fun in between, with singing, games, fishing, swimming (and
NO videos either). This is a full participation group! Their Vacation
92 song was sung to the tune of The Beverly Hillbillies.
Heres their 93 song:
Sung to the tune of Gilligans Island
Just sit right back and youll
hear a tale,
A tale of a mighty ten.
Who started from this little town
About 3 a.m.
The mates were mighty fishermen,
The skipper short and blond.
Ten fishermen set out that day,
For a one week tour, a one week tour.
Vacation started getting fun,
The fishing spots were hot.
The girls want to take Uncle Bills boat out,
But he said NOT, but he said NOT!
One day the Lowe set anchor
In the middle of this great big lake.
We swam, tubed, fished and skied,
And had a lot of fun, and had a lot of fun.
So that was our vacation
To good ole Arkansas.
We plan to come back next year,
So loo-ook for us, so loo-ook for us.
We eagerly await their 94 return visit and their
next song, purportedly to the tune of The Adams Family.
Another dynamic group is the Duclos
family, which is also a three generation family from all over the
country that meet at our place for two weeks each summer, also
for two years now. The family originated in Arkansas, but their
children are all grown up and scattered to the winds, many with
their own children. They come in from Iowa, Virginia, Texas, California,
and Mississippi to reunite at our resort. This past year the family
held the christening of the newest family member, Hannah Wilson.
The christening was performed by close family friend, Fr. Thomas
Boyce, of Shelby, Mississippi. All thirteen of them gather for
meals at Moms (Dellas)
cabin each day. This huge reunion is always meticulously planned
by daughter, Leslie Wilson, with never a hitch. They will once
again be joining us this summer, and we welcome their return.
There are many other families who vacation together
with us each year. All share the wisdom that family is of the greatest
importance. Each year we learn a lot from our guests, and this year
was no exception. Thank you all for the lessons learned!
Ten Year Black Oak
Treated to a Surprise
This year, we began our tenth season,
and we thought it would be nice to recognize those loyal customers
who have been with us since the beginning. What we chose to do
was to have a price rollback for their tenth year anniversary with
us. So, when they received their bill, it was based n our cabin
rates in 1984. My, how our prices have changed! Needless to say,
everyone was very happy, and some of them decided to come down
more than once. Here are our loyal first years customers. We are grateful for your friendship and loyalty,
and hope were all around for our 20th anniversary!
and Irene Peshel, Indiana
Bob Upton/Bill Sligar Group, Illinois
John and Mary Conley, Hazelwood, MO
Bill and Pat Margenau, Webster Groves,
Karen Vogel, Springfield, IL
From Our Guests
Sisters Teresa Jesenovec and Peg Householder, of Waukegan,
IL both get credit for this absolutely wonderful pasta salad recipe.
I normally pass on pasta salad because it has a sour taste. This one
is not like that at all, and because the broccoli is stir fried instead
of raw or boiled, it has an altogether totally different taste. A
guaranteed winner, I promise.
strips bacon, cut into 1-inch pieces
1 lb. pasta
1/2 lb. broccoli florets, chopped
2 T chopped onion
Parmesan (to taste)
Cook bacon until crisp. Remove. To drippings, add broccoli
and onion. Stir fry until slightly cooked. Meanwhile, cook pasta,
drain. Mix pasta with broccoli and onion and drippings. Add bacon.
Sprinkle with parmesan. Blend.
As we welcome
you back in 1994, look
forward to something new at Black Oak!
Our next major goal is our lodge,
and theres no
way we can swing it for 1994. Were still shooting for a grand
opening in 1995. Plans are to take our ideas (and yours) to an architect
this year, and have the plans ready to show our banker this fall.
But we still will be making some changes in 1994!
of our dock, scheduled to be completed April.
more stalls and a larger swim deck.
- New cranberry carpeting in Cabins
3 and 4.
- Replace two of our older sofas
with new queen
- New roofs on two one-bedroom cabins.
in all deluxe cabins.
- 25-inch remote color TVs in all
List of Area Restaurants
Potato Skins, 178 Club, Bull Shoals
Gaston's, overlooking the White River
The Top Kat, State Line in Missouri
The Front Porch, Yellville or
Bamboo Garden, (Friday & Saturday Night)
The Back Forty, Mountain Home
The Top Kat
Chelseas, Mountain Home
Bamboo Garden, Mountain Home
The Front Porch, Yellville
A Taste of Old Chicago, State Line in Missouri
Best Prime Rib
A Taste of Old Chicago (Saturdays)
NO SMOKING Establishment
Dutchman Restaurant, Mountain Home
We do lose some of our best customers this way. They
move here! This year, two of our good customers have done just that.
They are Jim and Marlene Ryan, from Blue Island, IL and Gene and Lorraine
Hicks, from Glen Carbon, IL. Welcome to our beautiful state!
Investment in your future
Arkansas is not for everyone, but for more and more of you, the
time is right for thinking about living in a place thats still
clean and pure, uncrowded, virtually crime-free, with one of the
fastest growing economies in the nation. If you care to know more,
contact Vicki Jensen, at (870) 431-8355 or (870) 425-6282. Vicki
is a licensed real estate broker with Gilbert Realty. Vicki will
be happy to send you more information on the area and if you wish,
schedule an appointment to meet with you and show you around when
you visit Arkansas.
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