Well the winter time is a very social time for island folks. There are volley ball leagues, dart leagues, card parties, highschool basket ball games, pot lucks. Tippers, Skyway, Brewery, Tony's, store, post office and gas station all stay open.
But what really makes or brakes a winter is if we have ice. We all pray for ice. If the lake freezes than you know the fun is on. Ice fishing dictates the day, then there are ice parties, island hopping get togethers, and lot's of inter island socializing. We visit with all the islands...including both Pelee and Kelleys. And if it is cold enough the lake will freeze enough to travel to the mainland across the ice. And if that happens it is like a highway out there between the islanders and local mainlanders day tripping both directions. We go on adventures...one winter a group of about 40 of us, from PIB, MBI, and NBI, all went for a snowmobile cruise across the lake. We stopped on almost all the islands, PIB, MBI, NBI, Gib, Green, Sugar, Rattlesnake, East Sister, Middle Sister, West Sister, North Harbor Island, Hen Island, Pelee Island (but everyone from Pelee had gone to the Bay for the afternoon) Middle Island and last Kelleys. We put over 80 miles on our machines that day.
If you would like to see some pictures of some ice parties you can go to middlebass.org click on photos scroll down and you will find luau ice party photos in the 2004 section and then ice party pictures off of North Bass in the 2003 section.