Monthly Archives: February 2016


Marina at-prizer-point

Thursday, February 25, 2016

It’s the time of year when boaters, boat owners and houseboat owners in Kentucky, Indiana, Illinois, Tennessee and Ohio begin to consider where to commit to an annual boat slip to call home for the summer boating season ahead.

Each year Prizer Point Marina & Resort gets lots of questions from boat owners about how boaters should weigh their options to find the marina that fits them best for an annual boat slip on Lake Barkley in Kentucky Lakes. So, here are a few things to consider:

  1. Decide what additional amenities you would like to enjoy when staying on property. For example, Prizer Point Marina & Resort caters to families looking for fun on and off the water. With 2 pools, a peddle cart track, jumping pillow, outdoor movies and more Prizer Point is more than a Marina-it’s a family recreation center.
  2. Choose a Marina & Resort with restaurant, marina store and boat repair and maintenance. That way you can spend your liesure time actually on the water fishing, cruising or tubing and not driving around running errands.
  3. Choose a Marina & Resort where you can bring friends…but where they don’t have to sleep on your boat.  At Prizer Point Marina & Resort, we know you want to share the fun of boating, house-boating and yachting-but not the small sleeping quarters! That’s why we offer lakefront lodging for friends and family.
  4. Be sure to book by April 1 and SAVE on your annual slip for boats up to 80 ft!  Call us at 270-522-3762 or visit


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February 15, 2016

The Best Ways to Keep Everyone Entertained

When you think of a family reunion, what’s the first thing that comes to mind?   Is it old-fashioned games like potato sack races? What about learning a little bit about family history?  Hanging out with cousins you just met for the first time and debating the merits of your favorite bands or baseballs teams? Or how reconnecting with cousins you haven’t seen in 20 years?

The fact is, a family reunion should offer something for everyone—no small task for reunion planners. The secret lies in preparing a variety of events and having downtime as well.  Here are a few ideas to get things started:

Get Gamed
Although you may not have been a gamer as a kid, many of today’s tweens and teens are. Consider setting up a video zone and host a gaming tournament. Some KOAs even offer Wii’s on-site to accommodate family-friendly, sports-related “battles”.  If someone in your family has an RV, they may even offer to host the tournament in their rig.

Rent a Boat / Go Fishing
Getting out on the water in a Pontoon, Tritoon or Fishing Boat is a great group activity!  Kids can rent tubes or skis from the marina store at Prizer Point, Dad can fish and Grandma can enjoy a cruise on the Pontoon.  There is just something peaceful and communal about being out on Lake Barkley together-it’s where some of your best family reunion memories will be made!


Going Old-School
While there may be a little moaning at first, there’s nothing better than getting out your family’s favorite board games or decks of cards and setting the up on the plethora of picnic tables found at KOA. Put games for younger kids at one table (with an adult to referee) and games for teens and adults at another. Scavenger hunts are another fun activity for kids (and adults!) and a KOA campground is the perfect place to play. Here are a few lists to get the hunt started:

Bingo and charades work, too. And those potato sack races mentioned above? Kids still love those, along with three-legged races, Red Rover and other games. Of course, bean bag toss is always popular.

Dance Off!
Talk to the KOA manager and see if you can host a dance for your family outdoors or in the pavilion in the afternoon or early evening. Put the teens in charge, but make sure they incorporate songs from all decades, including 50s beach blanket tunes, 80s rock anthems, and a few of today’s artists as well. Get everyone moving and consider giving prizes or crowning a “king and queen” with the best (or worst!) moves.

Climb (Your Family) Trees
Ask family members to bring family photos and copies of stories or genealogy records they’d be willing to share. Set up a laptop and scanner and assign the tech-savvy folks in your group the job of getting them scanned in for easy sharing. Then add them to your reunion e-mail list, website or Facebook page (Your KOA hosts can help you with finding a great spot to plug in). Make sure to get the names of people in the photographs as well as any other information that can be provided—future generations will thank you for it. And while you’re at it, pull out that phone or video camera and collect some life stories from the folks who are there. It’s a great way to bring history to life. Here are a few ways to get the conversation started: Capture Your Memories | Family History Questionnaire

Recipe Swap!
Are you the only person to have your great-aunt’s macaroni salad recipe or your grandpa’s one-of-a-kind barbecue rub blend? A family reunion is ideal for sharing them, along with the stories of why they and other recipes hold a special place in your heart or in family lore. Create a family recipe book or blog, or add them to your family website or Facebook page.

Chill Out
Find a cool spot, pull out the camp chairs and just take time to talk. Ask questions, share your own stories or listen as others share what’s important to them. It’s a great way to learn more about your family, whether it’s your grandparents or your own kids.  And that’s really what family reunions are all about. Here’s a questionnaire to get started: Family History Questionnaire

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Family Reunion Planning Guide at Kentucky Lakes

February 9, 2016

5 Steps to a Successful Event

Planning an event with so many moving parts and different stakeholders (who you presumably care about) can be daunting. Breaking a big project into smaller parts can be a good way to get started. Here are 5 steps to making your family reunion a manageable and memorable experience for everyone:

Book It
Set dates and reserve the site for your family reunion 12-18 months in advance if it’s a large reunion, or 6 months in advance if it’s a small get together. The larger the group, the longer amount of time needed to ensure you are able to get reservations.

Build the Team
Make assignments well in advance. These could include who will be in charge of the finances, who will head up activities, who will cover lodging (RV, tent or cabin) and who handle meal sign-up and menus. Here are a few easy meal checklists for dinners; you can use the same model for breakfast and lunch. Delegation is key to success.

Communicate, Communicate, Communicate
Make sure you’ve got the whole family included, then create an e-mail list, website or Facebook page(check out this article on tips for organizing people over the web). Good old-fashioned snail mail and/or phone calls still may be in order for family members who may not be as tech savvy.

Make It Fun!
Consider all of the ages of the guests who’ll attend, and ensure you create opportunities for fun at every level,  from toddlers to great-grandparents. Kids and teens may love heading to a water park during the day, and a tour of the area sights might appeal to those more senior.

Preserve the Memories
Select specific people to take photos or videos—just to make sure as many great moments are captured as possible. Print out several copies of this Family History Questionnaire and gather family memories, history and recipes.

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