A Bear Lake Reserve “Happy Birthday, America!”

By Bear Lake Staff / August 4, 2015

Fourth of July Blog and Photos Submitted by Homeowner Diane Genaro-White

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From the moment you see the Greeters Cottage you feel the patriotic spirit of the Fourth of July Weekend…flags flying and bunting draped on the gates to welcome you.

We look forward each year to the 4th of July weekend at Bear Lake Reserve and pause to reflect and be thankful for those who have served in our country's honor! We look forward each year to the 4th of July holiday at Bear Lake Reserve and pause to reflect and be thankful for those who have served in our country’s honor!

I love anything that makes us pause and count our Blessings, and take a moment to appreciate our freedom and all that we have in our country.

Charlie and Diane White, left, pose with Jim and Gail Greenwood, right, during the Mill Pond Members Only Pot Luck. Homeowner friends Charlie and Diane White, left, and Jim and Gail Greenwood, right, during the Mill Pond Members Only Pot Luck.

Being in this beautiful community set in a breathtaking environment makes you pause and realize what a special place Bear Lake Reserve is, and what wonderful people the BLR staff and owners are!

Bear with Flag in Planter Bunting and Flags_Cottage

What would the Fourth of July be without adding a few patriotic touches to your home to honor the reason for the holiday?

Hospitality Manager Matt Smith mans the grill during the Mill Pond Pot Luck over 4th of July! Hospitality Manager Matt Smith mans the grill during the Mill Pond Pot Luck over 4th of July!
HOA Manager Adam Forand poses with side dishes that our homeowners brought to the Mill Pond Pot Luck over 4th of July! HOA Manager Adam Forand poses with side dishes that our homeowners brought to the Mill Pond Pot Luck!

During this weekend we enjoyed the Owners Pot Luck at the Mill Pond Pavilion, where the staff did a great job of grilling brats, burgers, and chicken, while the owners brought a side dish or dessert.

Mill Pond Pot Luck The Mill Pond Pot Luck over 4th of July was a great place to reconnect with old friends and make some new ones!
Allen and Bruschi Family at Mill Pond Allen Jones of the Marlin-Atlantis Development Team with Homeowners Dale and Cindy Bruschi!

It was a great time to re-connect with old friends, and make new ones!

Little friends, furry friends - we're all friends here!  : ) Little friends, furry friends – we’re all friends here! : )

Also a time to watch the joy of a young boy make friends with a beautiful Irish Setter, or another boy make two new friends as he caught a red salamander in his sister’s shoe!

Boys and Salamander Shoe There’s a salamander in that shoe…

Theres a salamander in that shoe Salamander shoe

The music was provided by Paper Crowns and we all enjoyed the background music for the evening, and two boys were inspired to dance to the music.

Little dancers during the Paper Crowns live music performance at the Mill Pond Pot Luck. Little dancers during the Paper Crowns live music performance at the Mill Pond Pot Luck.
The Paper Crowns performing at the Mill Pond Pot Luck over 4th of July Weekend at Bear Lake Reserve! The Paper Crowns performing at the Mill Pond Pot Luck over 4th of July Weekend at Bear Lake Reserve!

Of, course, the highlight of the weekend was the firework display at the Amphitheater, where friends gathered to watch an extraordinary display with the beautiful mountains as a backdrop.

Ready for the fireworks!  Don and Suzanne McAliley, center, with friends Ben and Ginger Main. Ready for the fireworks! Don and Suzanne McAliley, center, with friends Ben and Ginger Main.

We will look forward to celebrating America’s birthday next year, right here at Bear Lake Reserve.

Incredible Fireworks at Bear Lake Reserve - photo captured by Homeowner Andreina Bates! Incredible Fireworks at Bear Lake Reserve – photo captured by Homeowner Andreina Bates!

“God Bless America, Land That I Love”

 

Note from the editor: Thank you to Homeowner Diane Genaro-White for submitting blog and photos and to Homeowner Andreina Bates for the great shot of our fireworks show!  To see more photos from the 4th of July weekend at Bear Lake Reserve, visit our website, follow us on Facebook, or connect with us on Twitter!