TODAY WE ARE FEATURING THE WONDERFUL PHOTOGRAPHY OF BRAD THORNBERG who was on hand for the Woods and Water 2015 show at Gull Lake. Brad attended the show with C. Ben Thuringer – Vice President and Lodge Manager of Madden’s on Gull Lake, the host hotel for the week-long event. Together Brad and Ben give us another perspective of the Woods and Water show, all captured through Brad’s camera lens. – Texx
Post Cards From Madden’s on Gull Lake
Story & Photos by Ben Thuringer / Brad Thornberg
Matt & Texx – I cannot thank the ACBS and wooden boat community enough. The Madden’s team truly enjoyed all of their time with all of the attendees, a very fun group indeed. I thought I would share a couple of photo’s that a friend of mine Brad Thornberg took during the show.
“Cheerio” is the Thuringer Family boat. My grandfather discovered this boat under a cabin at Madden’s on the Lake in the late 40’s. It was used by the resort for doing lake tours and pulling water skiers into the 60’s. My father purchased it from my grandfather in the 70’s and restored the boat. It has a nice Gull Lake history.
It is a 1940 Chris-Craft Utility with the factory sedan option. It has the original Chrysler M powerplant. In the late 90’s Nisswa Classic Boats did a major restoration, the late Harrold at Nisswa has a lot of wood boat history on Gull Lake. He worked for Lee Anderson for several years.
We still use “Cheerio” on Gull Lake and invite our guests to join us for classic boat rides in the summer.
On Friday morning we inched our way up to the boat show at Bar Harbor in the fog, in “Cheerio” the Thuringer Family boat.
When Brad & I arrived at Bar Harbor on Friday morning it was a beehive of activity as everyone was launching their boats and getting them in position at the docks.
For those of you who may not know, Madden’s on Gull Lake was recently faced with a significant storm which damaged not only the resort, but many other structures in the Gull Lake area.
On July 12th at 6:00pm Gull Lake experienced a storm producing 100+ mph winds, this storm could be compared to a Category II hurricane. Madden’s evacuated the resort and closed for two weeks.
With the help of the hard working Madden’s team and local contractors, 65% of the resort and all of its amenities reopened on July 28th. Two of the local contractors that are helping with the project at Maddens are ACBS members and had boats in the show.
For 2016 Maddens will reopen the Wilson Bay side of the property with 90 new rooms and a remodeled Wilson Bay Lodge. Wilson Bay truly is going to be Minnesota’s newest resort. The real blessing is that no one was hurt during this tremendous storm.
The Woods and Water event was a huge economic boost for our area and we were delighted that 65% of Maddens could serve the event. – C. Ben Thuringer, Vice President and Madden Lodge Manager.
Then, later that day, after the mist burned off and the glorious sunshine provided some perfect fall weather at Gull Lake, today’s photographer Brad Thornberg jumped in his very cool 1965 PA-18-150 “Super Cub” c/w Aqua 2200 Floats to shoot the event from the air.
On Friday evening, Brad captures some spectacular shots of the boat show at the Bar Harbor Supper Club on Gull Lake from high above in his classic Super Cub. The fall colors were wonderful to see. (Not sure where I was during this flight, but I may have to give Brad my cell phone number for my next trip to Gull Lake. I think that Super Cub was the only thing I DIDN’T ride in during the show… – Texx)
The next day, Brad was back down to earth shooting on the water as the classic boats began to leave from the show docks.
Special thanks to Ben Thuringer & Brad Thornberg for sharing their great story & photos with us here at Woody Boater today. We appreciate you guys taking the time to put this together for us. – Texx
In closing, over the last few days some folks at the Fiberglassics.com Forum somehow confused Woody Boater.com (the daily news website) with Wooden Boat Magazine (the monthly magazine). This was in reference to some issues relating to the Mystic Seaport boat show last summer – which was organized by Wooden Boat Magazine (an excellent publication by the way) and the location of the summer ACBS Quarterly Meeting.
Woody Boater had nothing to do with that boat show.
To clarify, here at Woody Boater we love and respect all types of classic boats (and their owners), regardless of what they are made of, or when they were built. Both Matt & I have had or currently own fiberglass classic boats. We have developed excellent relationships with people like Bill Anderson and Del Van Emmerik (shown above in today’s story) and many others around the country.