Summer’s fast approaching – so start making your Big Canoe plans

By Colin Bergen

Although it might feel like we haven’t fully celebrated a summer in ages, this much is certain: Come Memorial Day weekend, Big Canoe’s seasonal fun will arrive in all its sun-drenched glory.

Lake Petit and Disharoon, both recent recipients of some sweet upgrades, will become magnets for boating, swimming, fishing and all manner of water-fixated diversion. The Clubhouse will host themed gatherings, live music and, of course, some exciting dining specials. Playfield Park will become a gathering place for our Fourth of July weekend fete that will culminate with fireworks over Lake Petit on July 3.

Below is a list of summer events, activities, eats, and more in Big Canoe this season. Remember to check back for updates, especially with the Independence Day weekend events, as we will continue to add more details in the coming weeks.

Beach Club/Lake Disharoon and Wildcat Pools – The aquatics amenities will soon be opening for the summer, with a major overhaul of the Beach Club.

At Lake Disharoon, a newly constructed seawall and an extended beach have remade Big Canoe’s top summer family destination. Starting at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 28, you can try out all that’s new at the Beach Club, including new stand-up paddleboards, kayaks, and a floating dock for the watercraft. Of course, there’s the return of the rockslide and the inflatable water park. Sample a snack or grab a meal from the expanded Beach Club menu. And from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, May 29, vibe to the sounds of a steel drum player.
Both amenities are open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., seven days a week, from Saturday, May 28 to Sunday, July 31. Beginning Aug. 1, the Beach Club will operate on a weekend basis until Sept. 5, and the Wildcat Pool will be open every weekend until Sept. 25.
Day rates for both amenities are $10 per day for Property Owners, $20 per day for visitors.
Outdoor Aquatics Memberships, which give access to both the Beach Club and the Wildcat Pools, are available by contacting Membership Director Teri Sawyer at 706-268-1092. Cost: $146 for individuals, $289 for a family membership.

Summer Kick-Off Party for Kids and Teens – School’s out and what better way to start the summer than with a party? The Racquet Club will be hosting a kick-off party for kids ages 8 – 12 and teens 13 and older from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. May 29. Pizza will be provided, and partygoers will get to play tennis. Cost: $10. Register here. Info: Lois Koepke at

Expanded Beach Club Menu – From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Beach Club will be offering a menu that includes chicken strips, pizza, french fries, salads, sandwiches, and fruit as well as beer, wine, and other grown-up beverages.

Wildcat Grab-and-Go Menu – Wildcat Recreation will also have an enhanced menu with salads, wraps, fruits and canned cocktails. If you’re feeling like something not on the menu, you are welcome to bring in outside food and drinks.

Pearl White Summer Party – Memorial Day means you get to break out your favorite white attire, and the Pearl White Summer Party will help usher in the season in this Big Canoe 50th Anniversary event. Look for the dessert bar, beer and wine, and specialty drinks while the tropical sounds of steel drums provide the entertainment. At sunset, there will be a champagne toast at the beach and a pearl treasure hunt. Reservations are required and participants must be at least 21 to attend. 7 to 9:30 p.m. Sunday, May 29, behind the Canoe Lodge; Cost $25; Info: Lois Koepke at Register on the POA Website calendar here.

Fourth of July Weekend Celebration – From the much-anticipated family celebration in Playfield Park to the Pioneer Chicken Stand Band’s performance at the Clubhouse to fireworks on Lake Petit, this Independence Day weekend is packed.

Pioneer Chicken Stand Band will bring its brand of country to the Clubhouse Veranda to help kick off the Fourth of July weekend. Friday, July 1. $5 cover charge. This is part of an ongoing summer series of artists performing at the Clubhouse.
Playfield Park will host an old-fashioned summertime gathering with all the festival fixings from a watermelon-eating contest to an assortment of food and beverages that includes such festival staples as cotton candy and popcorn. There will be inflatables to play on and oversized toys to play with, including a rock-climbing wall, the Big Kahuna water slide, Circus City giant combo slide, giant Legos and a host of carnival games. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 2. Cost: to be announced. Info: Lois Koepke at
Fireworks for our 50th Independence Day celebration will be launched over Lake Petit and will be on full display from the viewing area on Playfield Park from 8 to 10:30 p.m. Sunday, July 3. The show is open to the whole community.

Patriotic Dog Parade Help your pups show off their American pride during this Independence Day pooch procession. Prizes will be awarded for most patriotic, most original, pup and parent lookalike, and best in show. At Playfield Park at 9 a.m. Sunday, July 3. Rain date is at 8:30 a.m. Monday, July 4. Info: Lois Koepke at





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