Water Carnival Weekend, August 25-27

The Annual Water Carnival Weekend sponsored by the Lake Boon Association will be held from Friday evening, August 25th to Sunday afternoon, August 27th 2017. Most activities are held at the Town Beach/Pine Bluffs Recreation Area off Sudbury Road in Stow. All events are open and free of charge to Stow and Hudson residents. The Association offers these events in appreciation for the many friends who support the organization’s environmental, educational and civic programs during the year.

The Lake Boon Water Carnival is a tradition dating back over 100 years, shortly after Lake Boon became a summer destination for Boston area vacationers. It is old fashioned summer entertainment for all ages, carrying on many events similar to those held at the end of the summer season in the early 1900s.

Water Carnival Weekend Activities include:

Friday Night 8/25, 7:30-11:00 p.m. – Music Boat & Lighting of the Lake
The music boat once again features Groovestone, and will begin in the second basin before dark at 7:30 pm, going around counter-clockwise and then into the first basin about 9:30. It should arrive at the town beach by about 9:45 p.m. Local musician Paul Rogoshewski will be performing at the beach starting at 7 p.m. People are welcome to come by, picnic, listen and wait for the music boat to arrive.

If you follow along on the lake with the music boat please make sure your boat has lights. Stay safe!

Lake residents are encouraged to participate in “lighting of the lake” with small lights or luminaries (but not bright flood lights please) along the shoreline. In case of bad weather the music boat may be postponed to Saturday night. For info, call 978-562-2203 after 6 p.m. for a recorded message.

Saturday 8/26, Water Carnival Beach Day:
Stow Town Beach/Pine Bluffs Recreation Area
9:30 a.m. – Canoe & field races for all ages
12:00 noon – Lunch and entertainment
1:00 p.m. – Beach races and games

Prizes are awarded for many of the races. There will be activities like face painting, balloon toss, pie eating contest, and much more. Bring a picnic or purchase a grilled lunch prepared by the Lake Boon Association. A variety of LBA T-shirts, sweatshirts, beach bags, hats and lake history books will also be available for purchase.

Sunday 8/27,  – 10:00 a.m. Historical Lake Tour
Residents are invited to join Don Hawkes aboard a pontoon boat for a slow cruise around the lake, pointing out the famous and infamous highlights of Lake Boon’s past and present. Adults and older children wishing to join the cruise must make a reservation with Don Hawkes at 978-881-4251. The tour will embark from 11 Hale Road.

Sunday 8/27, 2:15 – 4:00 p.m. Annual Decorated Boat Parade
Residents decorate their motor boats, kayaks or canoes with a theme of their choosing and compete for bragging rights and trophies as they tour the lake, sharing their creativity and humor with those on shore. Meet at the first basin buoy. Check back for more information about the parade route.

Update on Ari “Danger” Day

Organizers of Ari “Danger” Day, celebrating the life of Ari Schultz, have written that due to the revised nature of the event and in an effort to allow for maximum attendance, the Schultz family has generously requested that ticket prices be reduced to an “at cost” price.

Effective immediately, there will be two ticket categories available. Those who simply want to attend Ari Danger Day can purchase an event ticket at only $5. A food ticket (that includes up to 2 drinks) can be purchased for $25.

The event will take place on Saturday, August 19 from noon to 7 p.m. at the Pine Bluffs Recreational Area on Sudbury Road in Stow.

Important notes:
A ticket ($5 or $25) MUST be purchased, in advance, in order to attend event.
A FOOD ticket ($25) must be purchased in advance in order to partake in the BBQ buffet.

These restrictions are due to the town’s requirement that organizers know how many attendees will be there and so that they can insure there is enough food for those who would like to eat at the event.

For those who have already purchased tickets, please feel free to contact organizers at aridangerday@gmail.com for a refund of the ticket price difference.

Here is the ticket link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ari-danger-day-a-celebration-of-life-tickets-35933371682

Here’s a link to the event on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/176700506200222/

Ari “Danger” Schultz

It’s with great sadness that we pass on a message from Ari Schultz’s family: Ari passed away on Friday night, peacefully, while listening to the Red Sox.

Ari’s sunny outlook in the face of every challenge was a true inspiration, along with his family’s determination to not just care for their own son, but to ensure that all families with children facing cardiac issues have care and support, and to encourage more people to enroll as organ donors.

Bill Conley reports that the Ari Danger Day planning team has been in touch with the Schultz family and have decided to alter their event on August 19th to be a celebration of Ari’s life. The fund raising aspect of the event will not change and all funds raised will go to the Schultz family either directly from the event or via the Greg Hill Foundation.

Our thoughts are with the Schultz family and friends.

Lend a hand and have fun on Ari “Danger” Day, noon to 7 p.m., August 19

There will be a great opportunity to help out Ari Schultz and his family on Saturday, August 19, as Ari “Danger” Day takes place at Pine Bluffs recreation area here on Lake Boon, from noon to 7 p.m.

Ari, 5 years old, was diagnosed before birth with a life threatening heart condition, and has since had 5 open-heart surgeries and 20 different heart procedures, including a heart transplant in March. While battling rejection, Ari’s family discovered a major mold problem in the walls of their house, which keeps Ari from coming home in his fragile state. Because insurance will only cover removal of the mold and not the cost to rebuild the home, the Shultz family needs our help now more than ever.

The organizers’ goal is to raise money to help the Schultz family alleviate medical (direct and indirect) and construction costs. Together with The Greg Hill Foundation and Battle Road Brewing Company, along with some awesome bands and our great community, they want to put together an event that will help Ari and his family get through these extremely difficult times.

Ari “Danger” Day will be a day of music, games, food and drink, as we team together to help Ari.

HOW CAN YOU HELP? Organizers are looking for donated services, items, and volunteers to help make Ari “Danger” Day a success! There are many ways you can help which include, but aren’t limited to, food & beverage, entertainment, event supplies, sponsorships, and more! Please email AriDangerDay@gmail.com for more information.

Learn more about Ari at echoofhope.org.

Learn more about The Greg Hill Foundation and how it is helping the Schultz family here.

Learn more about rebuilding Ari’s home here.

Check out the Facebook event page for the latest news. Thanks!