The following events are coming up in and around our lake:
- Christie Lake Association Annual Meeting
The annual Christie Lake Association meeting is planned for Memorial Day Weekend, as usual, rain or shine. The meeting will take place on May 28 (Saturday) at Noon Eastern Time at Matt & Ale Money's cottage in Rose's Landing on the south side of the lake. By Car: Take Hill Drive from 70th Ave (CR358). Take first right before mailboxes, then an immediate right and the first left down the hill towards the lake. By Boat: Behind Rose's Landing boat launch. Bring a chair and bring your neighbors! If a home near you has sold recently please share this information with your new neighbor. Please volunteer to join the board!
- July 4, 2022: Holiday Boat Parade
Decorate your boat and/or yourselves and leave from your dock at 2pm. The parade will form as we all move in a counter clockwise direction (at slow, no-wake speeds, of course). Join in at any point and enjoy a full lap around the lake to admire the costumes and decorations.Following the parade, those who wish to participate in a water toss competition can remain in the center of the lake for the "battle". To be environmentally friendly please consider competing with soaker guns or buckets of water and using only bio-degradable balloons.
- 2022 Astronomical Events
January 3-4: Quadrantids Meteor Shower (40/hr, best after midnight, from near Bootes. Moon will set early, leaving dark skies.)
January 7: Best View of Mercury! Catch the hottest planet just above the western horizon in the evening sky at sunset. If you're a morning person, wait for February 16 when it'll be highest in the eastern sky before sunrise.
April 22-23: Lyrids Meteor Shower (20/hr, best after midnight, from Lyra. The waning gibbous moon won't block out all of them, but it won't help, either.)
May 6-7: Eta Aquarids Meteor Shower (30/hr from Halley's Comet, best after midnight, from Aquarius. The waxing crescent moon will set early, leaving dark skies for this show. This is a Friday night, so if you are ready to open your lake house, shut off the lights and watch the skies!)
May 16: TOTAL LUNAR ECLIPSE! This will be a great show, with the moon turning "blood red" while high in the night sky. The penumbral eclipse starts at 9:32pm, with the umbral eclipse (far easier to see) starting at 10:27. Totality starts at 11:29 and ends at 12:53am Monday morning. Share your pictures!
July 28-29: Delta Aquarids Meteor Shower (20/hr, best after midnight, from Aquarius, with a new moon offering another great show.)
August 2: Saturn at Opposition: Best time to catch pictures of the ringed planet!
August 12-13: Perseids Meteor Shower (60/hr, best after midnight, from Perseus. The full moon won't be kind, but the brighter ones will still be visible over it.)
September 26: Jupiter at Opposition: Best time to catch pictures of the gas giant! Even binoculars will show Jupiter's moons.)
October 7: Draconids Meteor Shower (10/hr, best in early evening (which is unusual for showers), from Draco. The first quarter won't help, though.)
October 21-22: Orionids Meteor Shower (20/hr, best after midnight, from Orion, and the crescent moon will offer a decent show this year.)
November 4-5: Taurids Meteor Shower (5-10/hr, best after midnight, from Taurus (look for the red "eye"), but the full moon won't make this one very good.)
November 8: Another total lunar eclipse, but we'll be on the very edge of the umbral eclipse, so you might never notice it at right around moonset.
November 17-18: Leonids Meteor Shower (15/hr, best after midnight, from Leo -- with another bright moon. Sigh.)
December 8: Mars at Opposition: Don't think M&M's or Snickers, but more that taxi driver with five kids to feed. This is the best time to view the red planet!
- December 13-14: Geminids Meteor Shower (120/hr, best after midnight, from Gemini -- a waning gibbous moon won't help you see the small ones, though. Bundle up for this one, as clear skies often come with really cold nights!)
December 21-22: Ursids Meteor Shower (5-10/hr, best after midnight, from Ursa Minor -- another new moon might make this show worth checking out right before Christmas.)
Get more details about each of these events from this Astronomy Calendar.
In preparation for these heavenly shows, please turn off or dim your lighting, especially the large outdoor lights that light up the entire lake. Better yet, consider boxing your exterior lights! See the International Dark-Sky Association's web site for information and for suggestions on replacing your lighting with fixtures that provide light but still preserve the darkness for others.