Monday, December 29, 2014

Join us at Old Kinderhook New Year's Eve!

New Year's celebrations happen all around the world and typically begin on December 31, continuing on into the early hours of January 1. Common traditions include attending parties, eating special New Year's foods, making resolutions for the new year and watching fireworks displays. At Old Kinderhook, we'll be celebrating in a new way. Bring the family to our Lake of the Ozarks ice skating rink for a day of celebration or come party with us that evening!

Early New Year's Celebrations

The earliest recorded New Year's festivities date back to 4,000 years ago in ancient Babylon. For them, the first new moon following the vernal equinox marked the start of a new year. They celebrated with a massive religious festival called Akitu. The festival lasted 11 days with a different ritual on each day. Civilizations around the world began to develop sophisticated calendars and each pinned their own date for the "New Year," which coincided with an agricultural or astonomical event. In Egypt, the year began with the annual flooding of the Nile and the Chinese new year started with the second new moon after winter solstice.

New Year's Day on January 1 

Over the centuries, the Roman calendar eventually fell out of sync with the sun and Julius Caesar decided to solve the issue by consulting with the most prominent astonomers and mathematicions of his time. It was he that introduced the Julian calendar which closely resembles the Gregorian calendar that most countries still use today. As part of his reform, Caesar instituted January 1 as the first day of the year, partly to honor the month's namesake, Janus the Roman god of beginnings. Romans celebrated by offering sacrifices to Janus, exhanging gifts with one another, decorating their homes with laurel branches and attending raucous parties. In midieval Europe, Christian leaders temporarily replaced January 1 as the first of the yar with days carrying more religious significance such as Devember 25 and March 25. However, in 1582, Pope grgory XIII reestablished January 1 as New Year's Day.

New Year's at Old Kinderhook 

Join us at the Ice at Old Kinderhook for a day of family fun on December 31! The ice rink opens at 10 am and we'll be having cookies and a milk toast at Noon! Admission is $12 and includes skate rental, session fee, S'mores and Hot Cocoa, plus a complimentary milk toast with cookies. "Ring in the Noon Year" with us at The Ice at Old Kinderhook.

That evening we will be having a New Year's Eve bash for the adults featuring an Elvis impersonator. The event will begin at 9:30 pm and run until 12:30 AM! Dinner and drink features will be available prior to the event. Room features are $99 per bedroom and $79 for each additional night you'd like to stay. Enjoy a complimentary champagne toast at midnight. Contact 573-317-3560 for reservations.

Old Kinderhook wishes you a very Happy New Year! We hope to see you here to celebrate the beginning of a new year with us!


Make Old Kinderhook Your Place at the Lake by calling 888-346-4949 today! 

Friday, December 19, 2014

The Adventures of Whitney the Elf

Whitney, the Old Kinderhook Elf, arrived at The Ice at Old Kinderhook during our Grand Opening on December 4th. Since she has been here, she's gotten herself in all shorts of shenanigans! While her arrival has been well received, she has one minor issue with sprinkling glitter on our guests. Santa has since informed us that Whitney has been doing this since she was a baby. The glitter is not harmful, just very bright and shiny! If you see Whitney the Elf and don't want to be showered with sparkles, just say "no glitter, please." Instead, you may receive a complimentary S'more's Pack, Hot Cocoa or simply a "Merry Christmas!"

Whitney's Adventures

1. Whitney the Elf took the Zamboni for a ride on her second day here.  We sure hope she knows how to drive that thing! 

2. That Silly Elf Whitney has been relaxing in the pedicure chair at the soon-to-be-open Spa.  She wanted to make sure it was ready for all of our amazing guests to enjoy! 

3. While the Chef was busy baking cookies, Whitney the Elf made quite a mess!  She even left us a message in the pile of flour. 

4. Crazy Elf Whitney was caught hanging from the chandelier in The Trophy Room.  If you see her next time you're there, tell her to get down before she falls! 

5. Guess who had to be first in line for her figure skates?  Yep, Pretty Elf Whitney! 

6. Whitney the Elf is trying to block guests from getting into the front gates that are always open to the public.  Next time you see her, tell her to be a nice elf! 

7. Whitney the Elf isn't sure how the treadmill in the Community Fitness Center works! I guess elves don't like to exercise. 

8. Crazy Elf Whitney has also been trying her hand at golf!  Silly little elf...

9. Whitney the Elf was caught taking baths in our Lake of the Ozarks lodging units. Make sure if you see her bathing in your tub, you tell her to scram! 

10. Whitney the Elf was spotted eating an entire pizza at the Cocoa Cabana!  Make sure she doesn't take a bite of yours while you're out skating! 

Whitney the Elf carries snowflakes in her pocket from time -to-time, that can be redeemed for a free skate session. Wink at her and you may get one!  We hope to see you soon at The Ice at Old Kinderhook.  Whitney the Elf and all the Staff here at Old Kinderhook wish you a very Happy Holiday Season!

Make Old Kinderhook Your Place at the Lake by calling 888-346-4949 today! 

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Celebrate the Holidays at The Ice at Old Kinderhook!

"The Ice" at Old Kinderhook makes the perfect gathering place for all your special occasions! We feature the ONLY ice skating rink at Lake of the Ozarks. Enjoy skating on our 80'x100' rink seven days a week. If you missed our Grand Opening last week, be sure to stop by and check it out this Holiday Season!

Successful Grand Opening

The Grand Opening of The Ice at Old Kinderhook was held on December 4, 2014.  The event was a huge success!

  • An estimated 500 people attended
  • 200 pairs of skates were issued
  • Great performances from the Releve Dance Academy, the Mizzou Synchronized Skating Club and local pond hockey demonstration
  • Ken Morrows meet and greet went very well 

Holiday Ice Schedule

The Ice at Old Kinderhook will be open additional hours over the holidays.  Join us at The Ice morning, afternoon or evening over Christmas break:

  • Christmas Eve:   11 AM - 4 PM
  • Christmas Day: Closed 
  • December 22 - January 5: Open Skate 10 AM - 10 PM

S'mores with Santa

Throughout the Holiday Season, enjoy s'mores with Santa at The Ice!

    • Saturdays 10 AM - 2 PM 
    • Sundays 1 PM - 3 PM

The Ice at Old Kinderhook offers seasonal skating, along with cozy fire pits for roasting S'mores and drinking hot chocolate available at the new cabana.  Pond hockey leagues will be forming, so contact us if you're interested.  During the Summer months, the ice rink will transform into The Sand at Old Kinderhook, which will include 2 full-size sand volley ball courts. Visit our website for more information:  

Make Old Kinderhook Your Place at the Lake by calling 888-346-4949 today!