Greetings and Happy New Year to All of
Our Customers of 1994
As 1994 draws to a close, we once again take this time
to reflect upon the past year. When we first embarked upon our journey
as owners of a resort, we had great expectations of what we could
accomplish. Little did we know just how much effort it would take,
or the amount of satisfaction we would derive from it. Our guests
give us so much more than we can ever give them. Their generosity,
encouragement, helpfulness and caring have sustained us throughout.
We are among the lucky ones who truly love what we do.
No-Smoking, No Pets Cabin in 95
1994 Results: Annual
Black Oak Fishing Contest
List of Area Restaurants
Something New At
From Our Guests - "Best"
Biscuits and Gravy
This past year was one of our roughest
in many ways. In January, Betty had gallbladder surgery right before
the Chicago Sports Show. In July, Bettys mother was in the final stages
of Alzheimers Disease, and we knew she was dying. Betty spent
as much time as possible with her until her death in August. We held
the funeral in Chicago. Trying to run our business during this time
was very difficult. But our guests came through for us as always,
showing so much compassion and understanding, that we somehow made
it through. Were so very grateful for you all.
We also had an unusual number of
unexpected breakdowns, catastrophes, you name it. Bettys car had the transmission quit
on the trip to Chicago in January. Michaels lower unit on his
Ranger quit in March. We almost lost our cat, Little Blackie, when
Kala took a chunk out of her pelvis and back. She survives, minus
her tail. Our freezer quit in July.
We still have our three old dogs.
The cats now number four. Bettys been walking the dogs every day on Ozark Isle,
so expect to see a slimmed-down version of them all. Michael is still
Oaklands Fire Chief and Betty is still serving on the Chamber
of Commerce Board.
Our Lodge Fund glass jug netted us $411
in September, and is once again growing. We had a lot of fun with
this, and I now have a long list of Preferred Seating
guests. Our top contributor: Rodney and Renee Poynter (Table 1 by
the Window!). We thank you all!
We continue to plan for our lodge.
We plan to begin construction in the fall and be ready to open
in 96. Were
glad now that we postponed this project last year. As it turned out,
we wouldnt have been in quite the financial position we had
hoped to be in due to all the unforeseen events.
Once again, were so thankful for all our wonderful
guests, for their support and sympathy during a tough year, and for
all the wonderful memories of good times we had. We look forward to
seeing you all in 95. We will again be at the Chicagoland Sport
Show at OHare Expo Center January 27 thru February 5 (Booth
822). Look for our new exhibit! We hope to see you there!
No-Smoking, No Pets Cabin in 95
Last year we converted Cabin 7
into our first NO
SMOKING cabin. With such a positive response from our guests,
and with more and more people quitting, we have decided to convert
a second cabin to a No Smoking/No Pets cabin. Our customers
have requested this, and even though we want to assure you that we
love animals and want you to continue to bring them with you, there
are those among us who suffer from allergies or asthma, who need to
have a place to say where they can safely breathe. Well still
have 7 cabins without restrictions. Weve decided to make Cabin
6 No-Smoking and Cabin 7 No Smoking/No Pets. We may have to shuffle
some of our guests to other comparable cabins to do this. We hope
that with your cooperation, we should be able to make everybody happy.
We offer several types of discounts for our guests
that you need to know about.
Repeat Customer Discount -
We offer a 10% cabin discount to returning guests on subsequent stays
with us. This discount applies to any confirmed reservation WITH DEPOSIT
RECEIVED BY JANUARY 20. Reservation must be for three or more days.
This discount is our way of showing our appreciation to you for the
greatest compliment we can receive: Someone who likes what we have
to offer and comes back over and over.
Referral Discount -
We also offer a referral discount to our REPEAT customers. Whenever
we receive a reservation of three or more days from a new customer
who was referred to us by you, 10% of that new customers cabin
stay will be discounted off your next stay. Word-of-mouth recommendations
are the best free advertising we can get, and we want to pass the savings
on to you.
Our off-season begins November 1 and continues through March 15.
Come see us after the crowd has left and treat yourself to the most
peaceful vacation ever.
Weather is mild here year round, and you can still enjoy
the outdoors minus most of the tourists.
We offer 25% off our regular rates at this time on stays
of 3 days or more. No other discounts apply.
We also offer 10% AARP discounts during October.
(Rate based on first 2 people)*
Fireplaces in Bedroom and Living Room,
with Microwave, Color TV and VCR,
and Twin Beds in Bedroom, Double Sleeper
in Living Room, Sleeps up to 5 People
Daily $52.00 Weekly
Deluxe 1-Bedroom Cabin
(Rate based on first 2 people)*
Whirlpool Tub for Two with Separate
Bed, Brand-new Appliances, Carpeting
Central Heat and Air, Skylights,
Deck. Fireplace in Living Room and in
Full Kitchen including Microwave,
Sleeper Sofa in Living Room, 25
Color TV with VCR, Natural Cedar
Sleeps up to 4 People.
Daily $72.00 Weekly
Deluxe 2-Bedroom Cabin
(Rate based on first 4 people)*
Whirlpool Tub for 2 with Separate Shower,
in each Bedroom, Skylights: 2 in Bathroom,
Living Room, Wood Deck 16 X 28
the Lake, Native Stone Raised Hearth
in Living Room, Full Kitchen Including
Two Queen-Size Sleeper Sofas in
Room, 25 Remote Color TV with VCR,
Heat and Air, Natural Cedar Exterior, New
Carpeting & Furnishings, Sleeps up
Daily $92.00 Weekly
|*Each Additional Person
- 28 Foot Lowe Classic (1987) - Gas extra
Jet Skis, Scuba Equipment
Available Upon Request
- Bass Pro
|V-17 Guide Boat, 40 HP Electric Start Motor, Foot-Controlled
Trolling Motor, LCD, Live-Well, Swivel Seats, Lockable Rod Storage
|15 HP Motor
|Trolling Motor w/ Battery
Ski Boats, Jet Skis Available
Scuba Equipment Upon Request
* Weekly rates for boats and motors include one free
tank of gas.
|3-Day Nonresident Fishing
|7-Day Nonresident Fishing
|14-Day Nonresident Fishing
|Annual Nonresident Fishing
|Annual Nonresident Trout Stamp
Results: Annual Black Oak Fishing Contest
This year had bigger fish in five
categories than last year (Smallmouth, Kentucky, Crappie, Rainbow,
White), and smaller in three (Largemouth, Walleye, Catfish). We
had no entries for Bluegill or Lake Trout, but we added a Brown
Trout. So, Id say the fishing
is as good as ever, even on a bit of an upswing as far as size. The
winning White Bass is the largest weve ever recorded since we
began our contest in 1987. The winning Brown Trout is also the largest
ever recorded. (Both caught by girls!) The women are
gaining on the men, winning THREE categories.
Most of the winners are again from our home state of
Illinois. Art and Gregg Comer and Glen Householder have now won for
three years in a row. Category winners were caught in every month
from March through August, and also in November.
Michael once again beats out one
of our winners: This time in the Rainbow Trout category. He beat
6 lb. 7 oz. Rainbow with a 7 lb. 5 oz. beauty (the record rainbow
ever caught), caught downrigger fishing at 8:30 a.m. on July 20, using
a pink and chrome Northport Nailer at 50 feet. Michael now holds two
records: This years rainbow and last years 11 lb. 4 oz.
walleye. Not to worry, Glen, since you were the only winner this year
in two categories (Rainbow and Kentucky Bass). Michaels win
doesnt officially count in the contest, of course.
All contest winners will receive an additional 10% cabin
discount on their next stay with us, plus Black Oak cap or T-shirt,
and also a wall plaque recognizing their achievement. Winners names
will also be on our Black Oak Annual 1994 Fishing Contest plaque at
the resort. Congratulations to you all!
4 lb. 2 oz.
November 25, 2 p.m
2 lb. 2 oz.
April 20, 8 a.m.
|Channel Catfish (Blue)
16 lb. 3 oz.
Art & Gregg Comer
Minnow Jug, Shad
5 lb. 9 oz.
August 25, 12:20 p.m.
Lindy Rig, 38 Ft.
6 lb. 7 oz.
Blue & Silver Pro King
Downrigger, 30 Ft.
3 lb. 15 oz.
Downers Grove, IL
April 20, 8 p.m.
4" Chartreuse Berkley
"Catch and Release"
4 lb. 5 oz.
March 15, 8 a.m.
Black & Silver Floating Rapala
3 lb. 5 oz.
June 2, 5:30 a.m. Green & Silver Pro Spoon Downrigger, 40,
7 lb. 5 oz.
Elk Grove Village, IL
July 7, 7 p.m.
Plastic Worm, Natural
List of Area Restaurants
Potato Skins, 178 Club, Bull Shoals
Gastons, overlooking the White River
The Top Kat, State Line in Missouri
The Front Porch, Yellville
Bamboo Garden, (Friday & Saturday
The Back Forty, Mountain Home
Chelseas, Mountain Home
Bamboo Garden, Mountain Home
European House, Mountain Home
Ginos, Mountain Home
Best Prime Rib
178 Club (Saturdays)
NO SMOKING Establishment:
Dutchman Restaurant, Mountain Home
Some of our guests, such as Art
and Gregg Comer, are great live-bait fishermen who consistently
bring home the fish. Weve
seen the local fishermen outfish the tourist primarily because they
are not averse to fishing with live bait. OK, downrigger fishing
is a close second on these waters also. But, when the fishing is
tough, give that nightcrawler, minnow, or crayfish a try!
As we welcome
you back in 1995, look forward to something new at Black Oak!
Were planning to begin construction of The
Lodge this fall. We are so excited about this. Its been
ten years in the making, and even though weve come this far,
we wont be satisfied until we are truly a Full-Service
Resort. We hope to have something for everybody: A dining room,
private club, soda fountain, entertainment theater (dish and big screen
TV), workout facility, pool table, laundry facilities, gift shop,
and even a reservation desk. We also hope to have a kenneling facility,
and an observatory. But since the lodge wont be complete until
96, you probably want to hear about whats new for 95.
· New 25 TV with remote
for Cabins 6 and 7
· Storage lockers for dock
forget you, Rodney)
· New cranberry carpeting for
· Clock radios in all cabins
· Two new Queen Sleeper Sofas
for Cabin 6
· Another new fiberglass fully-rigged
From Our Guests
This year, Id like to pass
on what it took me all these ten years in Arkansas to learn how
to make: That great southern specialty, Biscuits and Gravy. The
funny thing about it is: Guess who showed me how? Renee Poynter,
of Palos Hills, Illinois! But, her husband Rodney has southern
Best Biscuits & Gravy
1 pkg. Giant Pillsbury Southern Style
prepared to pkg. directions
1/2 pkg. (1 lb. size) mild or
hot (to taste) bulk pork sausage
2-1/2 cups milk
8 T. flour
Salt, pepper to taste
Brown sausage in skillet, breaking into small pieces
as it cooks. Add flour to milk. Blend well with wire whisk. Add salt
and pepper. Add seasoned milk/flour mixture to skillet. Cook over
med-hi heat until thickened and bubbly. Boil for 1 minute. Should
be thick. If too thick, thin with a little milk.
Note: Drain sausage if too much grease. This will depend on the sausage
used. You will want a little grease left in pan. Best made in large
Weve been discovered by journalisms
finest. Staying with us this year were Dick Weisz and Sue Wright.
Dick writes a column on running and walking for the Daily Herald
in the Chicago area.
Dick walked with Betty many mornings
on Ozark Isle, and a friendship was formed. With an invitation
from Dick to come up and be part of the Chicago Marathons
volunteer organization, Betty and brother Bill were treated to
a wonderful experience: Helping out at the 4-mile mark at the Marathon,
and the highlight of the trip, an invitation from Dick to attend
the press conference, where Betty got to meet Joan Benoit Samuelson.
Dick, thank you so much!
Also, Black Oak Resort was featured
in an article on
Ozark Getaways in the December 3 issue of the Baxter
Bulletin (Mountain Home). Fame has found us!
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