Celebrating over 75 Years of Skiing and Lifelong Friendships

December 26, 2016            Vol. X, #7


Editors note: Don't worry, you didn't lose a day.  The eNewletter has arrived a day early so if you neglected to RSVP for the New Year's Eve bash, you have an extra day to get your act together.  Please don't delay, it makes Sue's life difficult and your party just might be disappointed.  See "New Year's Eve!" below.


 Inside this Issue:









1.  WADDY’S NO BAD NEWS REPORT -  Monday Dec. 26th, 2016

Good day!  I hope this finds you all well ensconced in the lingering Spirit of Christmas.  If, instead, you find yourself drifting toward football and Budweiser, I'll give you a tweak back in the right direction.  Here's a twist on my usual drivel about skiing and Caberfae (both of which I love very much).  I'll tell you a tale of the continuing magic of our Caberfae Ski Club. 

This year Robin and I decided not to travel to family, rather, enjoy a quiet Christmas alone at our house in the Manistee Forest.  We were within a day of accomplishing that Peace, but what a difference a day can make.  "It was the night before Christmas...."  Not really.  It was the day before Christmas, or thereabouts, when conversations with various friends in the club dining room, revealed that there existed a confluence of coincidences wherein we were not the only ones to have a quiet Christmas.  Robin knows the looks I give her when I want something, and almost immediately said NO!  But she listened.  I pleaded a case for Christmas dinner with friends.  Just a few friends.  She calculated, I expanded, she agreed.  I even offered to help with preparations and clean-up!  How could she refuse?  Her folly.  The more she agreed, the more I expanded.  Net result?  It was conspired that we would host an XC outing from our house at 2:00, followed by the usual post-ski cool-down with beer and wine in our basement.  One of our groomers had gone out early to set a nice track, and we ended up doing the 'meadows loop'.  All good.  Dogs and people, beer and wine.  Perfect.  This same group, now grown to 13 had contributed unusually tasty and elaborate hors d'oeuvres, and wines.  Normal cheap beer.  Whilst we had been skiing, and imbibing, Robin had been preparing the meal.  She had set-up our dining room for 13 to sit-down together.  Her meal was turkey, replete with all the traditional side dishes.  It was amazing, truly amazing!  The ambient lighting, the wintry landscape, and the smiling faces within.  We had built up appetites, so the meal was a tad quiet, but only a tad (?...).  Everyone in attendance was a club member, save one, and she had extensive history at Caberfae, and the club.  As dishes were being cleared from the table, a prominent voice suggested we should take turns telling of our histories/introductions to the club.  Now the fun kicked-up about four notches.  Family ghosts revealed, colorful tales confessed, lots of laughter, lots of sentiment.  It was clear we had an unusual bond in a unique institution- CSC.  A tough act to follow.  Gradually, we drifted into the living room, and took comfort around our fireplace.  More wines, beers, coffees found their way out of the kitchen.  I sat back quite contentedly in the rear of the room, with a good friend, and we observed, and commented on how fortunate we all are, and how wonderful this quiet Christmas had become.  I hope in the years to come, more and more of you will find yourselves reveling in such scenes. I know it has existed in generations prior to ours, don't let the Spirit falter.  Ever.  I could gush on, but won't. 

Those of you who have skied, know that on the hills, and in the woods, have been very good!  Maybe even excellent!  Snow-making and snow management seem to improve year to year, this one no exception.  We've even managed to create the beginnings of a path from back door of the club to access NP.  There's hope.

Club management and kitchen staff have also all upped their games!  All of Sue's helpers are older, smarter, more competent than ever.  They've even caught on to my conniving.  Busted.  If you're in an 'off' mood, just hang with kitchen staff for a few minutes, you'll be cured!  Club leadership/Board had been doing an outstanding job, lead by (non Board member/Club Treasurer {?}) Norma Roelfsema.  Norma is smart, energetic, pro-active lady who is well on her way to getting club reins just tight enough.  Thank you, Norma!!  Very comforting. 

Comfort?  My hint du jour- a couple weeks ago I decided to brave an unusually cold xc loop.  I took stock of various gloves and mittens, and found a pair of knit wool mitts that Sue had presented me some years ago as a gift, or thank you for who knows what.  Amazing!  My hands remained toasty the whole of the ski.  I later asked Sue what the heck!!  She said they're natural, quality wool, the stuff Nature provides to protect we dumb humans.  I think Sue still makes her mittens, another of her many skills.  Ask her... 

Oops!  All of Caberfae just lost power due to high winds.  This message and internet/email being brought to you by my gleaming red Honda generator, and very high winds.

It’s the holiday week, so I hope to see many of you here. 

Til then, be well, Waddy 

PS- "Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful." Norman Vincent Peale



   a.  LAST CHANCE FOR NEW YEAR’S EVE BASH!    I know!  I know!  It’s like almost the day-after-tomorrow.  But hey, if you haven’t made a reservation … and you know who you are … it’s time to do it NOW! 


If you want to be part of the New Year’s Eve fun you need to call your posse and send an email to Sue   Just to be clear, the date is December 31, 2016, starting with cocktails at 6:30 p.m. and dinner at 7:45.  Then join Club DJ “Wolfman” Glen Stout in the Stag's Head Lounge from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. for the CSC New Year’s Party.  Somewhere in there we’ll ringing in the New Year. 


The menu includes Chicken Supreme, Sliced Beef, Potatoes, Mixed Green Salad with Bread Basket, Mixed Vegetables, assorted Desserts, Coffee, Tea and Milk.  All this for only $18 per person! And yes, your guests are WELCOME!  Kids 12 and under, $10.  Champagne will be available for $3/glass, or $10/bottle.


So, why don’t you call your posse right now and let Sue know by Wednesday.  Could it be any simpler?  No!  I didn’t think so.  So, just do it!


   b.  VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR NEW YEAR’S EVE BASH!  If you would like to help get the clubhouse decorated for the big New Year's Eve party check out the sign-up sheets on the landing.  Many hands make light work.  For the guys who like to wear a tool belt, there's help needed assembling the dance floor. 


   c.  CALLING ALL BARTENDERS - With the season officially here it’s time to figure out who wants to rock it out behind the bar in the Stag’s Head Lounge!  If you’re interested in becoming a legend at the club, e-mail board member Shane Demek at, or Connie Houk at and let either of them know what days you would like to serve up the Bud Light’s to Marty, the Miller High-Life and Dos Equis to Waddy, and everyone else’s less predictable orders!  Also, please leave a reliable e-mail address and a phone number in the e-mail, so Shane or Connie can give you a polite reminder in case you dis-remember your shift … and a replacement needs to be dragged off the slope.

Currently Available Dates:

December: 27th, 28th,

January: 1st, 7th, 15th, 21st, 28th

February: 11th, 18th, 25th

March: 4th, 11th, 18th


*If possible, please give Shane or Connie a couple of different nights you would be available, in case multiple people want to bartend on the same evening.*


Things to Note:

Friday nights are available as long as there is enough interest and a board member will be around to help close.

There will be a small refresher required prior to bartending from a board member the day of, just to re-hash things like prices, how to use the cash register, and closing procedures.

Also, we are asking everyone to make the commitment on the night you are bartending to stay at the very least until 9 p.m. so all those closing down the slopes can still enjoy a nice après ski beverage.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact Shane, or Connie at

*A sign-up sheet will be posted upstairs near the bar after we have filled some of the slots.*


    d.   DO YOU LIKE KIDS?  Yeah, me neither.  But wait!  Would you be willing to volunteer as the Kids Club Leader for one of the three Kids Club nights (one in each month: January, February, and March)?  It might even count towards your Work Bee requirement.  Now it doesn’t sound so bad, does it?  If you’d like to learn more about this opportunity please contact club VP Paul Waug at  Besides, Caberfae Ski Club kids are pretty cool.


    e.  HEY VERIZON CELLULAR CUSTOMERS - How you likin’ your cell coverage while at the Fae?  Is it wacked?  Wanna have some fun with Verizon?  Try calling their Verizon Network Trouble Line at (800) 922-0204 and tell em' what you think.  Maybe you should call every day?  After all, the squeaky wheel gets the grease.  It works like a teeter totter … The heavier the pile of Trouble Tickets mounding up on one side - the higher Caberfae becomes on their priority list of Things to Fix.  Let’s see if the pile of Trouble Tickets can surpass the number of inches of base.  Hey, if they dump all their Trouble Tickets off at Caberfae, maybe Pete and Tim can build another peak?!?  I’ll bet they’d name it after them.



This is your club and we’d like to hear your ideas to continually improve the Caberfae Ski Club for the enjoyment of you and your family.  Let us hear your suggestions. Email us at:   If you have a story or an article you’ve written that you’d like to share with club members in the eNewsletter, please email or call the eNewsl


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Caberfae Ticket Agent available Fri, Sat., & Sun. until 11:15 a.m. 

Calendar of Events: 

Dinner Reservation Hotline:  

I Forgot to Make Dinner Reservation Phone Line: (231) 920-6769(Sue’s personal cell phone).

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Caberfae Peaks Resort: 


Board Members

Doug Frye, president, 

Steve Elenbaas, immediate past president,

Shane Demek, first vice president,

Paul Waug, second vice president, social chairman,

Doug Chesney,

Jeff Conradson,

Mary Jane Dewey-Canfield, board member,  

Connie Houk, board member, 

Robin Potthoff, board member, 


Club Secretary/Treasurer: Norma Roelfsema,

Assistant Club Treasurer: David Reiser,

Clubhouse Manager: Sue Egelus, 

Club Webmaster: Jim Neff,

Historical Committee: Bernie Bovee,  and

Paul Williams, 

eNewsletter: Pat Goggin, editor,   (231) 920-8592