Manchaug Pond Foundation Events

Cleanup of Manchaug Pond Watershed

Posted October 27, 2017   Let’s do it!  – A clean up event for a great cause and in beautiful weather and during autumn foliage season. Join the Manchaug Pond Foundation Board of Directors, members, and friends tomorrow morning, Saturday, October 28, 2017 in a fall clean-up event of the Manchaug Pond watershed. We’ll be out in force picking up the lake’s coves and shoreline, watershed roadsides, and public access boat ramp of litter and potential threats to water quality. Meet anytime from 9 AM to 12:00 Noon at the State Boat Ramp on Torrey Road in Sutton to team up with others, get gloves and garbage bags, and grab some refreshment and conversation. In cooperation with the Town of Sutton Highway Department and in continued support of a completed Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) S. 319 Non-point Source Pollution Grant, educational information on residential Low Impact Development (LID) techniques such as landscaping with buffer zones and rain gardens to limit runoff of fertilizer nutrients and pet and livestock wastes will be offered to participants as made possible by the water quality grant. As all live in a watershed, additional resources for educators, students, lake visitors and residents are …

Reserve your race day t-shirt. Today!

Run, Walk, Cheer’em on! Today is the last day to reserve your THE DAM Race t-shirt and get your name bold, black, and forever on the back! (read more…)

Manchaug Pond Foundation Safe Boating

Kayaking or canoeing? Lifejackets Required!

Posted September 14, 2017 Did you know life jackets are required for cold weather kayaking in five states including Massachusetts? From September 15th through May 15th life jackets are required, yes mandatory, for all person’s kayaking and canoeing on Manchaug Pond and all other Massachusetts waterways. It is not enough to have the life jacket in the boat, all persons on board a canoe or kayak must wear a life jacket/PFD at all times. Seasonal cold water temperatures combined with rough water, rain and windy conditions which occur suddenly on a lake, even 380 acre Manchaug Pond, leave a boater at risk. Your safety is of utmost concern, don’t be caught of guard! Compliance with state boating rules and regulations are enforced with safety inspections performed regularly by town, state and environmental police at Manchaug Pond’s public access boat ramp and on the water. Visit our Safe Boating page for your safety check list, boating rules and regs and courses, and where to report an accident/incident. If cold weather boating in the other states of Connecticut, Maine, New York, and Pennsylvania, check the local laws to make sure you are in compliance as dates and requirements vary.    

Manchaug Pond Foundation

Don’t Miss the Annual Business Meeting & Breakfast

posted August 16, 2017 Calling all members…  it is time for the ANNUAL MEETING of the Manchaug Pond Foundation! This Saturday, August 19th at the Dining Hall of the YMCA Camp Blanchard, Manchaug Road in Sutton, we will hold our annual business meeting –  8th for the Foundation and 50th for the MPA!   Pay your dues online today or at the door on Saturday to attend!  9:00 AM the coffee will be on and a homemade breakfast buffet will be served for all to enjoy. At 9:30 a.m. Guest Speaker Jason Newton will present The Old Connecticut Path. An early Native American trail, the Old Connecticut Path traversed the Manchaug Pond watershed to become “the major highway” of early settlers in the great migration west. Historian Jason Newton will take us on the historical route with special focus on the journey the path took in our own backyard along the shores of Manchaug Pond using old maps, photos from today, and his wealth of knowledge! The Business portion of the agenda will commence about 10:00: Approval of the Minutes Treasurer’s Financial Report for 2016 and 2017 to date Election of the Officers by the Board of Directors Review/set budget …

Manchaug Pond Foundation Poker Run

2017 Poker Run Fundraiser for Manchaug Pond

Update July 30, 2017 This year’s event was very successful with great participation. The Fundraising Committee is pleased to announce the following 2017 Poker Run Winners: 1st Place: Rene Morrissette with Two Pair, Aces over Tens $ 444.00 2nd Place: Tim DeMeo with two pair, nines over fives $ 266.00 3rd Place: Paula DeMeo with two pair, fours over twos $ 178.00   Posted July 29, 2017 Don’t forget the on-lake Poker Run! Tomorrow, Sunday, July 30th starting at 1:00 p.m.  No boat? No problem as we can play your hand for you so you can play from home! The Fundraising Committee of the Manchaug Pond Foundation offers an afternoon of fun on the lake with a Poker Run from 1:00 to 3:00 PM to benefit Manchaug Pond. Play alone or get a boat load of friends, family and neighbors or play from home to cast off for a few hours of poker on the lake. Will you win with a straight, flush, full house or pair? Play a hand… or two or three! Check out the scorecard here! So fill your boat and make the rounds from dock to dock to collect your poker hand. Each hand will cost …

Manchaug Pond Foundation Boat Decorating Contest

Time to enter: 8th Annual Boat Decorating Contest!

posted June 27, 2017 The celebration continues with the Fourth of July celebrations on Manchaug Pond with the 8th Annual BOAT DECORATING CONTEST to be held Sunday, July 2nd!  Manchaug Pond has a long history of boaters flying Old Glory, and blowing horns, trumpets and other noise makers in celebration as they “parade” around the lake!  Let’s keep the tradition going with all boats both big and small, decorated or not, joining in the festivities.   Register your entry to be eligible to win a trophy and cash prizes! Past competitors have decorated everything from a paddle boat and a kayak, to rowboats and jetskiis, to bowriders and pontoon boats with themes limited only by the imagination.  Entrants will gather at 1:00 p.m near the Blueberry Island sandbar where the Judges’ Boat will begin reviewing all pre-registered entries. After the Judges’ Boat has had a good look at all the entries, we’ll do a slow cruise allowing full viewing of your artistically decorated entry and the crew’s acting ability and enthusiasm giving both the judges and all shoreline and roadside spectators a sight to remember! If you don’t want to be eligible for prizes you can skip the registration and …

The Social: Contests, Door Prizes, Activities and More!

This year’s Members’ Social, Saturday, June 24th from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., looks to have a more festive flair thanking you for 50 years of service to Manchaug Pond as the Manchaug Pond Association and the Foundation! Dues donations for your family are payable at the door making the event free for all paid members! Bring the children as we have special crafts and activities just for them! Here’s what you can expect: DOOR PRIZES: All attending, adult and children, can enter their name to win their choice of 10 door prizes and one grand prize to be drawn every 15 minutes from 11:15 AM until 1:45 PM. You must be present to win. Grand prize is a special edition 16 x 20″ 3D Lake Art oak-framed wall art with a $325. retail value. PHOTO BOOTH: Take a selfie with friends and neighbors in a large Manchaug 50th Polaroid frame and other special props. CONTESTS: Oldest Member Youngest Member Oldest MPA Tee-shirt (check the cedar chest or the attic for your entry!) MENU: The President and crew will have the grill fired up with a menu which includes marinated chicken, hamburgers and hotdogs; garden, macaroni and potato salad; chips …

Manchaug Pond Foundation

This Saturday: Members’ Social & 50th Anniversary Celebration

Get together at the Members’ Social to bring the Manchaug Pond season into full swing! An old time cookout with door prizes and family activities for adults and children alike are planned as we celebrate 50 years of action for Manchaug Pond! This year we’ll be down at the YMCA Camp Blanchard boat house and waterfront from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM, Saturday, June 24th serving up a menu reminiscent of past MPA meetings of hamburgers and hotdogs with old favorites of Paul’s seafood chowder and Helen’s Bakery fudge brownies. Special activities, games and contests are planned for all ages!  Contests for the oldest vintage MPA t-shirt, and for the oldest member and the youngest with fun prizes awarded. Door prizes will be pulled every 15 minutes with a grand prize of a large, beautifully framed Lake Art map of Manchaug Pond awarded at 1:45 PM – only those at the event can win!  A 50/50 raffle with the winner taking home half the cash will also be drawn. Children of all ages are the focus for family fun with activities and crafts ranging from building a”Lake in a Bottle”,  making paper bear dolls and a house for pollinators, to …