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Fourth of July 2011

If you’ve been reading along with the blog, you’ve learned about family traditions at Madden’s, Madden’s 4th of July Traditions, and behind the scenes for our 4th of July fireworks. I even posted about the Beach Party  that took place Sunday night. Hours and hours of preparation have led up to this one day. Our staff in all areas of the resort have been working hard non stop! They fed 450 at the cook-out!

Now that we’ve spent all of this time preparing we are a little sad that it is over. We hope you’ve enjoyed your stay with us. Weren’t able to make it this year? Join us next year! We’re taking reservations already.

Below is a photo recap of the events from yesterday’s Fourth of July celebration at Madden’s.

Zambelli Fireworks spent all day preparing for the magnificent firework show

Adventure Cove Kid's prepare their float for their parade around the resort

Mom gets a snapshot of the kid's before taking off for the parade

The Adventure Cove Children's Parade

The massive buffet line at the evening cook-out. Not including the dessert station or an individual station for each meat.

Enthusiastic Madden's servers prepare for the cook-out

Families relax after the cook-out meal before the fireworks

Hundreds of guests pack the deck and first hole on Pine Beach East course to watch the fireworks

Guests fill the first hole on Pine Beach East Golf Course awating the fireworks

Boats fill Steamboat Bay in front of Madden's marina awaiting fireworks

Madden's employees Fred (left) and Jackson (right) sing the national anthem before the fireworks begin

It was tough to get any photo that showed the magnitude of the fireworks. I’ll leave it to your imagination… Join us next year and find out.

Happy Birthday America, Elizabeth


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A Fourth of July Family Affair

The Lind cousins on the 4th of July at Madden's

The Lind Family has been coming to Madden’s for years including visiting over the Fourth of July. For them it has become a family tradition. To learn more about their story, I talked to Chris Lind, one of six siblings in the Lind Family. He shared some of their family’s favorite memories of Madden’s:

Can you describe a fun tradition you’ve had at Madden’s?

For many years, our family has rented the Lake House. Each year we make a campfire down by the lake in front of the house. Our favorite part is the annual ghost story by the fire. We have 20-25 people in our party each year and we make a big production out of it. My four kids still talk about the ghost stories and can’t wait for the next one.

Another tradition we have is in honor of our mother, Carole. We hold an “Oh Shoot” best ball golf tournament each summer. Our mom got her first and only hole in one on the Social Nine course several years ago and let’s just say our mother was not known for her golfing ability. She was always the driving force behind us returning to Madden’s every year. We’ve only missed 2 or 3 years since about 1969!

The Lind Family's "Oh Shoot!" Best Ball Tournament

What was your favorite 4th of July at Madden’s?

Each year the kid’s at Adventure Cove decorate a float, make props and then parade around the resort. We will always remember the years when our kids were young and they participated in the parade.

Lind granddaughters, Sara, Lindsey, Allie, & Ashley in Madden's 4th of July Parade in the early 2000's

What is your favorite thing to do on the 4th of July?

The cook-out at Madden’s is wonderful. Then we usually go up to Pine Beach East course at the first tee and get a table together. We listen to the band, drink, and chat. It’s nice because you can see the boats lining up for the fireworks, see the band, and overlook the course.

Why is Madden’s worth coming back to year after year?

Madden’s has the whole package: great golf, great boating, great service. It’s a place we can relax, enjoy each other’s company, and make wonderful memories. Our mother passed away about 18 months ago and I think it was her favorite place to be with us. It is nice to reminisce.

The Lind's at Madden's 4th of July Cook-out 2004. Grandma Carole in center.


Posted by on June 29, 2011 in Family Time, Madden's Events


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The 4th of July Tradition at Madden’s


Some traditions like Christmas tree decorating and great-grandma’s secret recipe are passed down from generation to generation. Others can grow out of things as small as a game of hide and go seek or a couple frames of lawn bowling.

So what is your tradition? Take a minute to think about it…

While you’re thinking, let me tell you about ours.

The 4th of July

The 4th of July is a tradition at Madden’s. And it’s not just a one day affair. Depending on what day of the week the fourth is on, we plan 3 or 4 days of activities, celebration, and fun. This year, we have 4 full days! I don’t have space to talk about the whole 4th of July experience, but let me tell you about the festivities on the 4th.

The day begins with your choice of activitives: fitness class, tennis lessons, and horseback riding are scheduled. Plus you can enjoy any of our recreation choices like biking, trap shootingwatercraft and the many Tennis & Croquet Club’s offerings.

Next is the event many of the children look forward to: a parade! The chidren in the activity program at Adventure Cove prepare a float with decorations and then do their own parade around the resort. A much cherished memory for many.

Then the annual cook-out: this isn’t just any cook-out either. The menu consists of rotissare chicken, trout, ribs, steaks, burgers, brats, and hot dogs with sides of potatoes, corn, fruit, and salad. Is that enough for you? It usually is for the 650 people that join us! And the cook-out is open to the public. Please register in advance at the front desk if you’d like to join us.

After the cook-out, folks start heading up to the deck at the Inn for live entertainment. From the deck, there is an incredible view of the lake to watch all of the boats pulling up for the fireworks.

By 10 pm, boats have filled the bays surrounding Madden’s with just feet between each of them. Entertainment by Dave Hudson will begin at 10 pm in the O’Madden Pub. At about 10-10:15, fireworks will fill the air for about 20 minutes using about 1000 pounds explosives! Need I say more?

Why not add another tradition to your family memories? Join us for the 4th of July.

What you need to know:

Where: Madden’s on Gull Lake
When: July 1-4, 2011
Cook-out: July 4, 6-8 pm
Fireworks: July 4, 10 pm


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