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2017 Daddy-Daughter Dance

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Save the date and plan to attend the 2017 Daddy Daughter Dance on Saturday March 4, 2017 at the Troy High School Auxiliary gym.  The 2017 dance theme is “Hip-Hop” . Come dance the night away with your daughter and fellow dads. Snacks and refreshments will be provided.
What: 2017 3Fires.org Daddy Daughter Dance
When: Saturday March 4, 2017 6:30pm – 9:00pm
Where: Troy High School Auxiliary Gym
2017 Theme: Hip-hop
 
Cost: $10 per family at the door
 
This is a family event for all daughters to attend with Dad. Alumni also welcomed!

April 22-23, 2017: Family Waterpark Weekend

 

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The 5th Annual Family Water Park Weekend is going to be held at Great Wold Lodge Sandusky, OH Saturday April 22-23rd.   Registration is currently open Now-February 22nd for the limited block of rooms reserved.  The room rate for a kids cabin suite which sleeps five using promo code 1704THRE_001 is $199.04.  Water Park passes for up to five guest are included, additional guest are $50.00  Check-in is at 4pm with use of the water park starting at 1pm.
You can register online from the following website:

http://www.greatwolf.com

Use Group Code: 1704THRE_001

Reservation Telephone Number 866-965-9653

Cutoff Date: February 22, 2017

You must register before this date.  The group reservation is now closed.  You can still attend, but you will have to pay the regular rate.

 

Feb 25, 2017: Sledding at Beverly Hills Park

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Join us for hot chocolate and sledding at Beverly Hills Village Park

Google Map

Feb 10-12, 2017: Family Ski Weekend

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The snow is flying, and it’s time for the second annual 3-Fires ski weekend at Otsego Resort in Gaylord Michigan!  Last year was a blast, and this year we planned much further in advance and got a better deal!  This year we have 26 rooms blocked off (sold out!  You can still try for a room not in the block) in the Tyrol Lodge for the weekend of February 10-12, 2017.  These rooms will go quickly, so book now!  We were able to get great rates, much better than any other resort up north.

Otsego is a private club with a ski area that is pretty nice (compares to Boyne Highlands).  There are never any lines, and it is very safe (no public is allowed).  There is sledding, skating, lots of terrain, snow-shoe hiking, fire pits, large game room, babysitting, ski lessons, and much more.  You can rent skis or board if you need to, and there is a pro-shop if you need to buy anything.  Make your reservations now by calling 989-732-5181, and telling the front desk clerk that you are part of the “Three Fires Longhouse Group”.  Make sure you reserve for the weekend of February 10-12, 2017.  If you prefer to have a room that opens out into the common area, ask for a room in the “Tyrol Tunnel” part of the lodge (there are only 12 rooms in this area of the lodge, so act fast).

Rooms will be $148/night including tax and fees.  Rooms are typically two queen beds, so plenty big for each family (or two dads and two kids sharing).  If you don’t mind a tight squeeze, you can fit 6 to a room if you are ok with two of the kids sleeping on air mattresses or in sleeping bags on the floor.

Food will be on your own – – bring food, or use one of the restaurants on site.  You can purchase breakfast vouchers when you check in for $10 each (buffet is awesome, so this is a good deal).  We will probably collect from everyone interested, and get pizza in the common area for Sat night.

Cost for ski tickets are relatively cheap compared to other places up north:  Adult for 1 day $66.00, 2 day $100.00;  Teen (13-17) 1 day $54.00, 2 day $99.00;  Juniors (9-12) 1 day $47.00, 2 day $85.00;  Kids (8 & under) $5.00.

This is a family weekend, so bring the entire family!  Reserve now, because space is limited!

Schedule for the weekend:

The schedule for the weekend is as follows (pick and choose the events you will attend):

Friday Feb 10:

Noon:  Check-in any time after noon at the Main Lodge.

2pm-8:30pm:  Lifts open.  Ski or hang out in front of one of the fireplaces in the Main Lodge or go for a snow-shoe hike on one of the trails.

6pm-9pm:  Dinner is on your own.  Eat on-site at the Duck Blind Grill (Main Lodge) or go into town.

9pm:  Dads get-together at “The Logmark”, just steps away from the Tyrol Lodge.

Sat Feb 11:

7am-9am:  Breakfast at the Duck Blind Restaurant in the Main Lodge (Great buffet – – buy $10 vouchers with your room).  Or eat on your own in your room.

9am-8:30pm:  Lifts open.  Ski or hang out in front of one of the fireplaces in the Main Lodge or go for a snow-shoe hike on one of the trails.

Noon:  Lunch is on your own.  Go back to your room or buy lunch at the “River Cabin” at the base of Lift 5 (roaring fire, food and beverages)

2pm:  3-Fires Hot chocolate party and group pic at the fire-pit at the base of Lift 5 (Free, Sponsored by Otsego)

4:30pm-6pm:  Sledding at the Tow-Rope Hill.  Don’t let the kids miss this, it is a blast!!  Bring your own sled, or use one of the “gently used sleds” available on-site.  Parents participate, or watch from the Logmark balcony overlooking the hill.

7pm:  3-Fires Pizza Party at Tyrol Lodge (Free, sponsored by the 3-Fires Council)

9pm:  Dads get-together at “The Logmark”, just steps away from the Tyrol Lodge

Sun Feb 12:

7am-9am:  Breakfast at the Duck Blind Restaurant in the Main Lodge (Great buffet – – buy $10 vouchers with your room).  Or eat on your own in your room.

9am-4:30pm:  Lifts open.  Ski or hang out in front of one of the fireplaces in the Main Lodge or go for a snow-shoe hike on one of the trails.

Noon:  Lunch is on your own.  Go back to your room or buy lunch at the “River Cabin” at the base of Lift 5 (roaring fire, food and beverages)

Afternoon:  Depart back to Detroit with exhausted kids sleeping the entire way!

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Jan 22, 2017: Family Skate Night at Skateworld

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Please join us for Family Skate Night Sunday January 22 5:15pm to 7:15pm at Skate World of Troy 2825 E Maple Rd Troy, MI 48083. Three Fires Longhouse will have private use of Skate World during this time. There will be no charge for admission, $3 skate rental, $5 inline skate rental, or bring your own. Please feel free to invite a guest.

Jan 27-29, 2017: Winter Campout

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Winter Campout will be at YMCA Camp Storer located in Jackson, MI which by far has the nicest lodging of any of the YMCA camps (Camp Storer Web Page).  Each lodge has 4 bunk wings and a large common area with seating and a fire place.  We are asking that you register as soon as possible so we can get an accurate headcount and secure a third lodge like last year.  The cost per person is $80.00 for the weekend.

The Snow Snake Race is back for 2017 and it looks like we will have snow this year!  Attached is the official snow snake regulations and build guidelines.

If you’ve got any questions about camping, check out our Camping page for more information.

Nov 6, 2016: Hike at Bald Mountain

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Hike @ Bald Mountain Recreation Area, Sun November 6th 1pm–3pm

Family and Friends Event – Everyone Welcome!

Bald Mountain Recreation Area has a number of family-friendly trails. We’ll be hiking about 2.1 miles on the White Loop, with the option of hiking further on the Blue Loop. Come enjoy a Fall walk in the woods. Trails are jogging-stroller friendly, and leashed pets are welcome! Don’t forget your camera, we’ll be walking around several scenic undeveloped lakes.

We will be meeting at the White Loop parking area at Predmore Rd and Harmon Rd. We’re meeting at 12:45 SHARP(ish). Please be sure to bring water and snacks for the hike and wear comfortable, sturdy shoes. The group will leave the parking lot more-or-less together at 1pm and walk clockwise to the left from the parking lot. Please plan to stop at the midway point – marker #6, at the bench – for a group picture and apples.

Parked vehicles should have the new Michigan Recreation Pass. Passes are available at the Secretary of State when your plates are renewed.

Trail details with a description of what you can expect to see:
White/Blue Loops – Bald Mountain

Sponsoring circle: The Pretty Shields Circle

The parking lot is at the intersection of Predmore Rd and Harmon Rd (black diamond #1 in the trail map):


Bald Mountain North Trails

Oct 8, 2016: Bike the Creek

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Patch Event/Family Event!
When:      Sunday, October 8th, 2016
Time:        Meet at 1:00 pm (Group leaves at 1:15 pm)

Where:    Rochester Municipal Park (400 – 6th St – Rochester MI, 48307 – google map)

We will meet at Rochester Municipal Park and bike north to the Paint Creek Cider Mill

Why: It’s a blast! Ride the Paint Creek Trail (former C&N Railroad Bed, now the pristine Paint Creek Trail). Snarf some doughnuts and cider.

Who: Family Event / Recruiting Event! Friends Welcome!

Sponsored by the Pack of Fireflies!