View Poll Results: What is your preference for Friday nite post-dinner activites:
Mixed Talent Show, which includes Karaoke 4 11.11%
I have a talent that I would be willing to showcase 0 0%
Quiet "meet & greet" at the clubhouse 19 52.78%
Trolling the campground for a campfire group to visit 18 50.00%
None of the above......I can't stay awake after dinner 1 2.78%
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Old 01-06-2012, 08:47 PM   #435
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A status update from site 128...
The campground is FULL of Aluminum!
Tonight's social was well attended...
Glowing Orbs are hovering over tonight's social chats...

Hi Ho Silver RV! Vernon, Sarah, Mac the Border Collie -
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Old 01-08-2012, 06:49 PM   #436
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Our First Canopener

Harry and I thoroughly enjoyed our first Canopener and look forward to seeing the many friends we made again throughout the year at other rallies and get togethers. The weather was great, Topsail was beautiful, and the food was delicious!! Our only complaint is that we did not have enough time! There was so much to do and see. We did have a little time to visit Seaside, Grayton Beach, and Watercolor. Absolutely beautiful!! I don't think we will wait until the next Canopener to return to Topsail. Thanks, Chief and all of your helpers, for putting this together for all of us to enjoy!!
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Old 01-09-2012, 06:53 AM   #437
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Hey, where are the pictures from the Rally?

We couldn't come down this year (waiting for our house to sell), and we could've really used the vacation.

So, I was hoping to see pictures and videos, and read about discussions.

Thanks, Chief, for all you do.
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Old 01-09-2012, 07:12 AM   #438
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How many people can you fit into the clubhouse.There was 100+ people.Most were inside but the rest were outside on the deck.This picture doesnt do it justice at all.I couldnt get everyone in it.This turned out to be a great Rally with temps in the 70's and 60's at night.What more could you ask for.
It was great seeing everyone Old and New.
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It just cant get any better than that.

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Old 01-09-2012, 08:58 AM   #439
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Thank- you Chief, Russ and Linda for all your hard work on this rally. We had a great time as usual!
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Old 01-09-2012, 12:45 PM   #440
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Thanks to Ron, Jenn, Russ, Linda, Annette, Joe, Greg and numerous others who made this such an awesome rally! We know you put in a lot of effort and it is appreciated! Goes to show that airstreamers can have a great time without a lot of rules and hierarchy and as far as I know no one ended up in jail......
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Old 01-09-2012, 12:53 PM   #441
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I think this was the best Canopener yet! Linda and I had a lot of fun and we really enjoyed seeing old friends and making new friends.

I wanted to publicly thank Chief for all of his efforts in organizing and leading this rally. He really put in a lot of work behind the scenes planning and working the details. His graphics skills are top notch too (the campground map and logo in particular). And thanks are also due to the many others who made contributions - whether it was labor in the clubhouse for setup/cleanup, Bloody Marys/Mimosas/Margaritas, tables, wine tasting, chili, name badges, or open house signs; you know who you are and thank you!

We can't wait until next year!
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Old 01-09-2012, 02:22 PM   #442
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Home in Gainesville again from an awesome Can Opener Rally, soooooo much fun and sooooo many great folks! We sure enjoyed seeing all of our great friends and meeting new ones!
Starting to think about ways to improve next years bloody mary recipe............... and how to store/serve more gallons of it..............
Safe travels to all and see y'all at the 2013 Can Opener - woohoo!
Annette & Joe
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Old 01-09-2012, 03:06 PM   #443
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I had planed on stopping by on Saturday during the open house period. But a funny thing happened, I ended driving over to Lake City and bringing my own Airstream home. New to me 1964 Bambi II. I hope to be able to make the Canopener next year as a camper.
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Old 01-09-2012, 03:49 PM   #444
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A thousand thanks for all the well wishes and expressions of gratitude. It was my pleasure to serve such a fine group of folks, and to know that maybe I added a bit of fun to your lives........I know that it will take me a couple of days to recover from all the fun that we had. Some may not have heard what I said Saturday night, so I think it bears repeating...."One person cannot make a successful rally." It does take a core of individuals to do the planning, etc., but even more importantly it requires participants to have a good attitude toward sharing and working together for the common good. I think every Canopener attendee should be congratulated for their contributions to the overall success of this rally. We must be doing something right, as how many Rangers/Volunteers (at State Parks, no less) welcome such a large group the way that the Topsail personnel support Canopener.....even volunteering to work on their day is amazing.

Russ (Luckyducks) will be your host for Canopener 2013. After two years, it is time for me to pass the torch and get some new/fresh ideas inserted into the equation. I will still be around to lend a hand (just between us.....I plan to do a lot more partying, and a lot less work next year ) Russ did give me the honor of announcing the official Canopener 2013 dates: Jan 4th-6th. He will start a new 2013 thread later. But, start planning now.

I am working on editing the Canopener 12 video, and should have it posted on YouTube in a couple of days......check back here for the link. I can already tell that condensing everything down to 10 mins may be a problem.

Again, thanks to everyone for making this a historical rally! I hope to see all of you during our future travels.

Jenn and I wish you the very best!

Dream like you're going to live forever, live like you're going to die tomorrow, and dance like nobody is watching!

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Old 01-09-2012, 06:51 PM   #445
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Great job to all the people that went above and beyond the call to have a great rally. It's our first CanOpener with our daughter and one we will always remember.

Looking forward to next year with all of you and meeting new friends.

Mike, Tina and Layla
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Old 01-09-2012, 08:11 PM   #446
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Sitting in a LOVE's just outside of Nashville on our way back to Canada with head full of memories and a heart FULL of joy. What an amazing experience being at CanOpener and meeting y'all! We are definitely IN for 2013 and I'll be thrift store shopping for something to top this years "costume" Thanks to everyone, especially Ron and Jennifer, Annette and Bill and Peggy and Tim and Alice and and and, so happy to have shared the beginning of this year with our new friends. WE'll be at Alumapalooza too...with (silver) bells on. xo Jojo and Rick
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Old 01-09-2012, 08:30 PM   #447
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Ditto to all comments. This was a great one and Pat and I really enjoyed it. I think I had an advantage over many as I was able to meet everyone since I handed out the name tags. Of course, I can't remember many names as my aged brain has limited space available! See you all next year.
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Old 01-09-2012, 09:09 PM   #448
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Thanks to all

Thanks especially to the locals that organized the 2012 Opener. Hope you have the best year yet, Ron and Jenn, Russ and Linda.

Bob and I had another great time and especially enjoyed the wonderful weather and the open house. Thanks to everyone for allowing us to tour your traveling homes and to meet you. What a wonderful group of people.

We feel like the rally is continuing here in Mobile as we're camped at City RV Park where the owners have 3 Airstreams including a '56 13 panel.

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