Tanamakoon Alumni

10 days until the
Camp Tanamakoon 90th
Anniversary Alumni Cocktail Party

Just because you can’t make it to Lambton on November 8th doesn’t mean you can’t join in on the fun…
As of right now, 5 of our unique and priceless silent auction items are up for ‘online’ bidding. Take a look, and make a bid! The process is as follows:

  1. Look over the list of items and descriptions below. All are camp-related or inspired, and all will be part of the auction on November 8th.
  2. If you’d like to make a bid, send your name, phone number, and bid to, with the subject heading “Tan Auction Bid”. Bidding is open now!
  3. Even if you do not yet want to make a bid, but want to be included in subsequent emails about the auction and bidding, also let us know at
  4. On the evening of Wednesday, November 5th, an email will be sent to all those who bid or expressed interest, listing the current high bids and bidders. New bids are then welcome until midnight on November 7th.
  5. The highest bid at that point will become the starting bid for these items at the cocktail reception at Lambton at 3:30 on Saturday November 8th. These items will form part of the broader silent auction with additional items.
  6. At 5:30PM on November 8th, a final email will be sent out to the online bidders, listing the highest bid at that moment. Interested bidders must be waiting by their email, and respond with any higher bid within 10 minutes.
  7. The final chance for bids will be given to the Lambton attendees, and the auction will close at 5:45. The winners will be announced immediately following this, and arrangements will be made for payment and delivery of prizes.
  8. Enjoy your prize J

Feel free to email with any questions about the prizes or the process. It might be a slightly awkward process, but hopefully it will engage the broader Tanamakoon Alumni community and highlight the wonderful work and generosity of our donors! Funds raised from the auction will go towards future Alumni events and communications…. Especially as we head towards the 100th anniversary!
Item #1: Summer Weekend in Algonquin (2 people)
Donated by: Kim, Marilyn, and Laura Smith
Value: priceless                   Starting Bid: $300 
Many of us have been up to Algonquin Park since our camp days, but few alumni have the opportunity to truly immerse themselves in a summer day at today’s Tanamakoon. Two people will be welcomed to the Camp and for a chance to spend a couple of days next summer with all of the current campers and staff. Come on a weekend and go to Theatre Night and Music Night, or come during the week and go to activities and maybe even a cookout.
Do all of the things you loved to do as a Camper and share your camp memories with our current campers and staff.
Item #2: Dinner for 2 at Bartlett Lodge
Donated by: Kim, Marilyn, and Laura Smith
Value: $130             Starting Bid: $80   
Join us to find out why a dinner at Bartlett Lodge is a “not to be missed” night out in Algonquin Park. A ride in our motorized freighter canoe begins an unforgettable evening. Bartlett Lodge has established an unsurpassed reputation for fine dining. A 5 course contemporary cuisine meal for 2 people will show you Algonquin Park’s Resort Dining at its finest.  We are able to prepare special dishes for those with allergies or dietary restrictions.


Item #3: Ray Kettlewell Quill Paddle
Donated by: Ray Kettlewell
Value: now priceless                     Starting Bid: $75   
“The Last Paddle” – a quill soloing paddle – made and generously donated by Ray Kettlewell. Now retired, Ray is a longtime camp friend, having engaged in the paddlemaking program and canoe staff pre-camp training and  Adult programs over the past 35 years. Beautifully crafted and balanced, “RayK” paddles, with their trademark loon, have been a fixture at Tanamakoon for decades. You may choose to use this paddle for a quiet solo evening paddle, or to hang on a cottage wall as the work of art that it is.
The paddle is 62" in length (35" blade, 27" shaft).

Item #4: Kindercamp Weekend (1 child)
Donated by: Kim, Marilyn, and Laura Smith 
Value: $295             Starting Bid: $125
Your children have been sung camp lullabies and have listened to your camp stories…. Now give them their first “very own” Tanamakoon experience…. At Tanamakoon girls age 4-6 can have their first overnight camp experience for 3 days in early or late summer. The program will allow your daughter to participate in activities, such as crafts, archery, canoeing, fishing and games. Campers will also go on a cookout and have a chance to be in a ‘skit night’.

Item #5: Weekend at Gaultois Inn, Newfoundland (2 people)
Donated by: Jane (Toller) Pitfield
Value: $550             Starting Bid: $300 
Your genuine escape begins here… Let the Gaultois Inn introduce you to Newfoundland’s best kept secret: an authentic outport culture nestled in the Fiordlands of the dramatic Coast of Bays. This beautiful Inn, owned by Jane Pitfield, is open from mid-May to mid-October annually. Jane is happy to welcome 2 people to the inn for a 3 nights’ stay, including all meals. Also included in the visit is hiking on local trails, and sea kayaking along the majestic shorelines.

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