So I wake up on Dunk morning and notice the water pouring off the icicles on the back window. Normally the temps are brutal cold on the morning of the Deep Creek Dunk and last year we had a storm on top of it that made it hard for people to even get to the event. My wife Betsy and I tentatively planned on going to the Deep Creek Dunk by snowmobiles 2016 but grew increasingly concerned at the warm morning we were experiencing. Continue reading Deep Creek Dunk by Snowmobile 2016
Greetings from Deep Creek Lake-Deep Creek Dunk 2014-Wisp. Mother Nature is granting us a much deserved reprieve from the snow over the next few days, which will make for a warm and comfortable (for the spectators, that is:-)) Deep Creek Dunk this Saturday. Temps are estimated to be in the mid-40’s. Shed those layers; here comes the heat wave!
Many kind-hearted folks commit to raise money and “do the dunk” each year and our manager, Bob Carney, is one of them. We will be there to cheer him on as well as many other friends that will be dunking this year. The pre-party begins at the Honi-Honi at noon and the after party flows to the The Black Bear Tavern in McHenry with the ever-so entertaining band the Davisson Brothers from 5:00-8:00.
In other news at DCL, Wisp has been constructing a Yurt Village over the last few months consisting of eight yurt structures. The new area will be used as the beginner ski & snowboard area in the winter and in the summer they will be used for golf operations, dining outlet and group meeting space. Wisp opened there new retail store, Outdoor Elements, this season with locations at the base lodge and in the White Water Lodge atop Wisp Mountain.
There is also a new Italian deli, Telli’s Deli, coming to the area in The Fort plaza right beside Deep Creek Sweets. I haven’t seen a menu yet but it’s always nice to have another dining option. And, if you haven’t tried Ace’s Run located at Will ‘O the Wisp then give it a try. They have a unique menu – from shepherd’s pie to angus beef burgers.
There have been some price adjustments on some properties here at the lake: http://mrislistings.mris.com/DE.asp?ID=56137737641. We can expect that inventory will pick up over the next few months as we head into spring/summer. There are always some vacation rental specials in March, April & May and it’s typically easier to get into properties for sale since the rentals are not back-to-back. Let us know if a trip to Deep Creek is in your forecast. Enjoy the rest of your week!
Greetings from Deep Creek Lake-Deep Creek Dunk-MLS Stats. Six inches of snow fell yesterday to add to our well-established base on Wisp Mountain. Watching the Sochi Olympics encourages me to take advantage of the fresh powder, although you will not see me trying any 720’s! Many folks have commented how beautiful Swallow Falls is this time of year. In a normal winter season we would have made several trips to the falls but taking a 1-year old on the snowy walking trails has limited us a little. All well worth it!
There’s plenty of time to register for the 16th Annual Deep Creek Dunk to benefit Maryland Special Olympics. The event takes place on Saturday, February 22nd at the Honi-Honi. Registration begins at 12:00 and the dunk begins at 2:00. The amount of registrants is so great that they send the dunkers in the water by groups. As a bystander, the entertainment is plentiful as it typically takes about an hour for all of the dunkers to make their way in and out of the frigid waters of Deep Creek Lake. Costumes range from trunks, bikinis, rock stars, cartoon characters and everything in between! Parking can get tight so you may want to arrive a little early and enjoy the outdoor music and pep rally that takes place beforehand. More details.
Below is a link to the January statistics from our Multiple List Service, used by all local real estate companies. Active listings are down but you will see that start to increase in the spring/early summer as sellers prepare for the summer selling season. Remember, this is just January statistics rather than a whole year.
We wish you the happiest Valentine’s Day and hope to see you at the lake!
Deep Creek Dunk Costumes-Deep Creek Dunk-2011. This year’s Deep Creek Dunk costumes really exceeded anyone’s imagination, a total participation by everyone and once again raising big numbers for The Special Olympics. My understanding is that the total amount of money raised is around $160,000 + for this wonderful charity. There were at least a thousand or so people outside the Honi Honi bar in full support of this growing event. This year the costumes were over the top and the amount of dunkers in costumes certainly increased. A few great ones that come to mind: Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, ZZ Top, Hank Williams, Ozzy Osbourne, Slash, Brett Michaels, Eton John, Prince, 7 Michael Jacksons, Captain America, Finding Nemo characters, Dreadlocks, speedos, spacemen, ice cube people, masked wrestlers, feathered masked woman, a cat woman, Indians, Hugh Heffner and his ladies, drag queens, The Village People, doctors, nurses, just to name a few! It was standing room only to see the judging of the costume contest. The “Legends of Rock” took top honors in the contest and were a heck of a lot of fun. I don’t think I have witnessed so many smiles and people having fun in a really long time. It was a great charity and family event and I have this strange itch brewing to maybe partake in the actual dunk next year.
Garrett County Special Olympics Dunk. This year’s winter season is far from over and in my mind we have a few more annual events left that help define what a special place we have here in Deep Creek Lake. It’s early February and we have snow flurries coming down at the moment. Tuesdays are always a great time on the slopes considering that the traffic has thinned out from the weekend. As we look ahead at the must-see events calendar, we have in our crosshairs the Deep Creek Dunk. This event takes place at DCL’s party hub, The Honi Honi Bar, and you can be sure that it will be standing room only, as always. People make their way by car, truck, snowmobiles, snowshoes, cross country skis, and I’ve even seen a lady pulling her children on a sled across the frozen lake. The event sponsors come in weeks ahead of time with chainsaws and other implements of destruction to cut out a huge area along the shoreline through the 1-2 foot lake ice to set the stage for the insanity. Dunk (not drunk as you may suspect!) participants get people to sponsor them ($50 per sponsor) and they literally bare all and jump into icy Deep Creek Lake to raise money for Maryland’s Special Olympics. Well, not bare all, but last year I did see a guy in Speedos with swim fins and a snorkel mask on, as painful as that may sound. That’s where this gets even more interesting…Aside from the body bearers, some people come dressed up in all kinds of unique, wacky, fun costumes which add even more enjoyment for spectators. Make the decision now; are you a dunker or a watcher? No matter what you do, don’t miss this exciting and fun event that revolves around raising money for a first class charity organization.
Although a surprise blizzard kept a few people from making it to the Deep Creek Lake Dunk, you could hardly tell by the huge crowd of people that came and showed support for the courageous 450+ dunkers, who braved the sub-freezing lake temperatures to raise money for the Special Olympics. Every parking spot within a mile radius was occupied by a pumped-up group of dunkers and supporters who were all there to show support for an exciting event, and a heartfelt cause. Some dunk supporters showed up on snowmobiles and even walked on snowshoes across a frozen snow covered lake.
Dunkers turned up the volume of craziness with wacky costumes from wrestler look-a-likes, gnomes, clowns, kings, wizards, vikings…..you name it. Of course, there were a lot of women in bikinis and unfortunately some men in Speedos! But at the end of the day, everyone involved had a fantastic time supporting all the dunkers who sacrificed a lot of goose bumps and, as the events sweatshirts advertised “shrinkage”, in icy cold muddy waters.
The fun carried over to The Black Bear Tavern through the afternoon and into evening with live music from the Davisson Brothers Band and Poison Whiskey. Everyone involved shared pride in participating in an event that traditionally kicks off the Special Olympics games at Wisp Resort. A total of $95,246 was raised for the cause. Good luck to all Special Olympians who start competition on Monday.
As Garrett County’s traditional weekend kickoff party fundraiser, the Deep Creek Lake Dunk, edges closer let’s all keep in mind during our entertaining, fun-filled weekend what it is we are all raising money for.
In 1962, Eunice Kennedy Shriver started a summer day camp for children and adults with intellectual disabilities at her home in Maryland to explore their capabilities in a variety of sports and physical activities. In 1968, the 1st International Special Olympics Summer Games are held at Soldier Field in Chicago, Illinois, USA. One thousand individuals with intellectual disabilities from 26 U.S. states and Canada compete in track and field and swimming. This one-woman crusade has bloomed into one of the most loved and respected organizations in the World.
I have heard stories about the athlete’s heartwarming camaraderie, their enduring enthusiasm, and the eternal spirit that burns deeply in the souls of everyone competing. After a guaranteed fun weekend at the Deep Creek Dunk with your family and friends, pick out a few hours early in the week and volunteer a little of your time to learn exactly what The Special Olympics spirit is all about. Share a hug, a smile, and encourage and cheer on these special Olympians as if they were your own. Volunteer Registration starts on Monday March 1st at the Wisp Resort Hotel in the Crawford Room 7:30-8:30 a.m.
Here is The Special Olympics Schedule at Wisp Resort.