Nov 27, 2019

Annual XMAS Photo Walk - Festivus

Where & When:

Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019 – Meet at the Prince of Wales Hotel (at the corner of Queen/Picton & King) in Olde Towne, Niagara on the Lake – 8:30am

Festivus is a secular holiday,  normally celebrated on December 23rd. It was originally created by American author Daniel O’Keefe. O’Keefe created the day to commemorate his first date with his wife in 1966. The concept of Festivus was mainly meant as an alternative to the pressures and commercialization of the Christmas season.

The event was popularized by O’Keefe’s son, Daniel O’Keefe Jr, who was a writer on the Seinfeld television series. Festivus was featured in a Season 9 episode titled “The Strike”.

The theme of our 2019 Christmas Photo Walk, in Niagara on the Lake will be to exercise our creativity to capture our interpretation of the typical Festivus traditions, O’Keefe and Seinfeld versions, in a photographic challenge.

Seven Festivus Traditions

1) The symbolic Festivus Tree is uniquely different than a traditional XMAS Tree.
2) The O'Keefe Festivus had other uniques traditions, symbols and props.
3) There were no costumes for Festivus, however in the O’Keefe version hats were often worn.
4) Most of the Festivi in the O’Keefe family had a theme. One was, “Is there light at the end of the tunnel”.
5) In both the O’Keefe and Seinfeld versions there is a unique Festivus dinner.
6) In the Seinfeld Festivus, immediately following the Festivus Dinner, the “Airing of Grievances” takes place.
7) The Feats of Strength are the final tradition observed in the celebration of Festivus, celebrated immediately following the Festivus dinner and the Airing of Grievances.

Your Festivus "Artistic Director" (the “outings guy”) has crafted a photographic challenge for those interested in participating in this Festivus Photo Walk. If you are interested see the Artistic Director for the specific challenges.

For those interested we will conclude our walk at the Harp Irish Pub for lunch and refreshments. 

Hope to see you there.

Dave Lindey

Mar 24, 2019

Outing - Verneers

Brenda Dennis has organized an outing to Vermeer's Garden Centre for April 6, 2019 at 9:00 am.

This is always a really fun outing.

A friendly reminder that this is a place of business and the owner has graciously allowed us to photograph on the property. PLEASE be respectful of customers!

Bring you tripod and your creativity.

More info about Vermeers Garden Centre
684 South Pelham Rd.

We hope you can attend.

Mar 18, 2019

Spring Photo Tour - DATE CHANGE

Tupper Lake - Adirondacks Spring Photo Tour
May 30 – Jun. 2, 2019
Leader Contact:  Dave Lindey at 905-325-5254 (cell)

PLEASE NOTE: I have changed the dates of the Spring Photo Tour to the Adirondack Park to May 30 – Jun. 2, 2019.

Please make your arrangements accordingly. Also Please let me know if you are planning to attend with an email.


Dave Lindey

Mar 13, 2019

Tupper Lake - Adirondacks Spring Photo Tour

Tupper Lake - Adirondacks Spring Photo Tour
May 31 – Jun. 4, 2019
Leader Contact:  Dave Lindey at 905-325-5254 (cell)

We are planning a Spring Photo Tour to the Adirondack Park for May 31 – Jun. 4, 2019. I’ve purposely scheduled this trip around a new moon to take advantage of the night sky opportunities. In addition to night scenes, this area has plentiful and classical Adirondack scenery, wildlife, wildflowers potentially rewarding us vibrant sunrises and spectacular sunsets. Although this time of year does not present the mystical mist and fog that is experienced in late summer through the fall we may get surprised.

Personally I have photographed in this area however I am not as familiar with it as I am of the Central Lakes region. The High Peaks Region are also within driving distance which provide amazing mountain range possibilities. I’ll do my best to have a flexible bank of opportunities and I’m sure we won’t be disappointed. The Night Sky in the Adirondacks is magical especially with the New Moon happening on June. 3. With clear skies the Milky Way will be very visible. 

Wildlife subjects that we may encounter could be Bear, Turkey, Deer, Otter and Beaver.

Spring birds will be migrating through the area.

Base of Operations:

Shaheen’s Adirondack Inn
314 Park St.
Tupper Lake, NY
Terry & Robyn Doolen
Rates Quoted: One person nightly - $83 plus tax, Two persons nightly - $88 plus tax

If you are interested in joining us please fill in the sign-up sheet and call to book your room.

Dave Lindey