Bird family and their descendants exhibited a
great deal of family spirit; they were ready to support and take a leading
part in societies and associations, always considering it their duty to
attend any public event if at all possible.
The family was fond of
sharing in community activities including sports. The names of the
Bird family may be found in old records as participants in canoe and
swimming races, skating and snow shoeing as well as in dramatic and musical
In the summers, the
family went down the Muskoka River by their launch, "Bobolink"
to their summer home at St. Elmo, Lake Muskoka, which Mr. Bird named
"Conestoga Lodge" after the neighbourhood which was his
home before moving to Bracebridge.
The Bird family
entertained their guests lavishly. Guests were awakened by a music box
each morning. If the family knew a friend was in town, a garden party was
organized for that afternoon. In the winter, there were snow-shoeing
parties, always ending at their back door, just in time for coffee and
doughnuts. Afternoon tea was always served