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Opening Weekend 2018

posted May 7, 2018, 5:11 AM by Steve Bowyer   [ updated May 7, 2018, 5:21 AM ]

The 74th Annual Opening Weekend at Meadowbrook on the Pine featured, good weather, high water, big fish, old friends, and a continuation of the greatest of family traditions.  Eddie Mowinski won the trophy with a 20 1/4 inch brown from Old Maid's Hole but was challenged when Chris landed a 19 incher at Log Jam and Kaitlyn netted
a 17 incher at First Hole.  My personal highlight was watching 75 year old Sue Hilty showing pictures of herself, (in the Meadowbrook albums), at Opening Weekend in 1948 when she was 5 years old to a slightly confused 6 year old Kaitlyn Bowyer.

Deer Season 2017

posted Dec 4, 2017, 11:15 AM by Steve Bowyer   [ updated May 7, 2018, 5:27 AM ]

This year's deer season was very slow as we saw the fewest deer in recent history.  Some of this may be due to a decrease in the number of bow hunters actively hunting and remarkably bad weather for the first week of gun season.  However fewer deer seems to be the general feel in the entire area.  We did have a little success as Michael Bowyer harvested a doe from Rye Patch wooden ladder stand on Opening Day October 1.  The only other deer taken was a doe from the Rye Patch gun blind by Ben over the Thanksgiving weekend.  It is a good thing we don't measure success solely in deer harvested but in time spent in the woods with nature as well. 

Opening Weekend 2017

posted May 8, 2017, 5:49 AM by Steve Bowyer   [ updated May 9, 2017, 8:31 AM ]

A beautiful but cool weekend greeted all who attended the 73rd annual Opening Weekend at Meadowbrook on the Pine.  The river was a little high but good fishing awaited those prepared to brave the cold mornings.  Brent Mowinski won the trophy with a 22 1/2 inch brown.  It was the biggest trout he has ever landed and the second biggest to win the Opening Weekend Trophy. This was the second consecutive year when the weekend had to be moved a week later than the traditional Opener of the last Saturday in April.  It was the consensus that this date change should become permanent.  So until further notice Opening Weekend at Meadowbrook on the Pine will be celebrated on the first Saturday in May.  

New Shingles on Back of Tackle Room

posted Apr 29, 2017, 2:13 PM by Steve Bowyer   [ updated Apr 29, 2017, 2:28 PM ]

A recently discovered leaky roof called for quick action.  This was a serious problem because the leak occurred not far from the newly added five tap keezer.  We knew this day was coming as this project has been on the to do list since 2011.  Luckily Chris, Ed, Terry, Susan, Mike, Lisa, and Steve were able to complete the job in two days the weekend before this year's Opening Weekend.  Special recognition goes to Parker and Kaitlyn who occupied themselves for most of the time the work was being done.  The good news for me is this should be the last Meadowbrook roof I have to repair.  

Opening Weekend 2016

posted May 10, 2016, 5:33 AM by Steve Bowyer   [ updated Feb 22, 2017, 11:58 AM ]

Perfect weather blessed the 72nd Annual Opening Weekend at Meadowbrook on the Pine.  To no one's surprise a Mowinski, Brent, won the trophy for the 10th time.  Susan's parents Jerry and Terri Seifert made their first Opening Weekend and were a welcome addition.  A new activity, Katy's Art School occupied children and adults alike.  By all accounts this year was one of the best ever.

Labor Day Weekend 2015

posted Sep 10, 2015, 11:42 AM by Steve Bowyer

We had a small crew this year so we kept the projects manageable. The wires in the Guest Cabin and on the front porch were painted to help hide them.  The fire pit wood pile was restocked.  A new microwave shelf was installed above the electric stove and a new plug on it's own circuit was added to alleviate the breaker problem when the toaster, coffee maker, and microwave run simultaneously.  The biggest project was removing the biffy with the hope we will have a new bath house before too many years go by.  Much of the old biffy's siding was saved, hopefully we can use some of it for the new biffy/shower.  Thanks to our hardworking crew - Steve and Lisa Bowyer, Chris Bowyer, Katy Washburn, Ben Bowyer, and Maureen Gehbauer.

Opening Weekend 2015

posted May 6, 2015, 2:28 PM by Steve Bowyer   [ updated May 6, 2015, 3:15 PM ]

The usual suspects arrived on Friday April 24 for the 71st annual Opening Weekend of Meadowbrook on the Pine.  They were greeted by good weather and bright lights.  The Summer House, Guest Cabin, and Tackle Room had all been recently rewired and many new light fixtures had been added  Beer on tap also awaited guests brave enough to enter the Liar's Den.  Fishing was slow and although many hours were invested few trout were caught.  Michael Bowyer was the winner with a 17" Brown caught Saturday morning at Stump Hole.  However this was not the most exciting thing that happened to him this weekend.  On Friday he was offered and quickly accepted his new dream job with Hoyt Archery in Utah.  Congratulations Michael!

Meadowbrook Rewired

posted Apr 19, 2015, 4:37 AM by Steve Bowyer   [ updated Apr 19, 2015, 7:21 PM ]

A long overdue upgrade to Meadowbrook has been completed.  Almost every wire in all three buildings has been replaced.  The only exceptions are the kitchen and front porch which had relatively new wire.  The breaker box has been moved
from the bathroom to behind the hallway door, away from the hot water heater.  Twenty seven new light fixtures have been added.  There are plugs and switches every place you always wanted one.  No more blindly climbing the stairs and groping for the string to turn on the light before whatever was lurking upstairs found you.  Thanks to the efforts of Jerry Seifert (Susan's dad who took a week off work to come help), Terry Anderson, Chris, Michael, Susan, Kathy, Lisa, and Steve we have a safer and much better lit summer house, guest cabin, and tackle room.  

Opening Weekend 2014

posted Apr 28, 2014, 1:02 PM by Steve Bowyer   [ updated Dec 1, 2015, 10:27 AM ]

The 70th Annual Opening Weekend was memorable for all the usual reasons but also for the five new people making their first appearance at Meadowbrook. Kenn Andrews, Katy Washburn, Maureen Gehbauer, Kathleen Fraser, and Andrew Cannaert experienced their first Opening Weekend at Meadowbrook on the Pine.  We also had Sue and Richard who made their first Opening Weekend appearances in the late 1940's and early 1950's.  Not surprisingly the winner was a Mowinski.  This time and for the first time it was Bryce with an 18 3/4 inch Brown beating out Ed by 1/2 inch.  Opening Weekend

Tackle Room Painted - Labor Day Weekend 2013

posted Sep 3, 2013, 7:06 PM by Steve Bowyer   [ updated Sep 4, 2013, 5:19 AM ]

For the fourth time in this writer's memory the tackle room has been repainted.  After much prep work by Chris and Steve the crew of Michael, Susan, Ben, Lisa, Kathy, and Chris applied the first coat on Saturday.  Plans for a second coat were rained out until Tuesday when Steve, Lisa, and Chris finished the job.  For some photos of the crew at work follow this link.  Tackle Room Painting Labor Day 2013.

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