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Old 05-04-2004, 08:56 PM   #337
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What happens if we lost our pretty peice of white paper that they sent back....the one that says it should be posted???? I'm sure I'll find it, but just in case.....???
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What happens if we lost our pretty peice of white paper that they sent back....the one that says it should be posted???? I'm sure I'll find it, but just in case.....???
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Ok, time to get serious, we are only about 5 weeks away from the rally (can you believe I just said time to get serious? What the heck has come over me?)

Anyway......

This is going to be a HUGE group. By my count currently, we have now taken up more than one full wing of the campground. I've spoken with Jack and unlike last year, this year is going to prove to be a real character builder to do the optional group dinner (potluck). Brandi had suggested that we might also consider a breakfast depending on how the majority of the group feels (again both totally optional for those that wanted to participate).

However, as Jack pointed out, this might require a small army to get some picnic tables together for a group this large (should the masses want to do it again like last year). It was a little bit of a struggle to get the tables ready for a group of 14 campsites, let alone now 23 or 24. Now it's already been looked into about getting a location to do this, but in the spirit of being informal and practical, those ideas kind of didn't make sense as it would require a very small drive to haul everything including people away from our beloved Airstream and Argosy RVs (ok, and one SOB--but it's a rental) to this location I think near the main gate of the park. For those who were there last year, you know how far that is and the concern. Those that weren't there last year...you'll just have to trust us!

So before folks start knocking there heads together on how best to accomplish this (if we still feel this is something we all want to do), do folks feel that we should again have a potluck type gathering for a dinner and/or possibly a breakfast for this who get up before 1pm? Remember this is still a non formal type event, so there is little structure to this weekend, still the question remains, there were some distinct highlights last time. One was the potluck and the other was the campfire I believe. Both could be a challenge and I suppose this is a long way of saying...

Is there still interest in this? If so who?

What do you folks think?

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BTW...other suggestions are always welcome, so don't think that just what I posted is it.
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Old 05-05-2004, 01:17 AM   #341
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I'm not familiar with the layout, but if it's a problem, could we do a progressive-dinner kind of thing? Where maybe one group of trailers is responsible for the appetizers, the next for salads, the next for entrees, the next for dessert?

Certainly, not everybody would have to participate and, certainly, anybody who comes by my aging little coach, assuming we arrive in no more than a couple of pieces, would get fed regardless.

I'll have to roast red peppers & cook edamame before I leave ... will put that on the list right above "see about getting a hitch added to the truck."
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Old 05-05-2004, 05:28 AM   #342
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potluck

in reading postings, i see where the colorado vac rally is famous for their "chili dump"...maybe we as midwesterners should have our own style of debauchery....ie: stone soup, burgoo, brunswick stew...in the spirit of freeform informality..
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Progressive dinner...

Since there's going to be from 40 to 50 folks milling about, I kind of like Summerkid's progressive dinner idea. To someone flying over, I'm sure it would look like a swarm of bees going from hive to hive, but it would be a great way to mix, and be less of a logistics problem if we made five or six small groups of tables rather than a single spot of ten or fifteen. It would also give some organization to the 'potluck' so we don't have twenty-five salads and no main dishes or twenty-five desserts...

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Chili Dump ??????

Hey Norbert
Martha Stewart would roll over in her jail cell. You'd be hard pressed to find a more unappetizing name for a food? I would call it Mexican Hobo Stew.

P.S. Is this the longest thread known to man .......or what?
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# 1: Do some of us now need to feel guilty about being part of the problem?
# 2: Longest thread in history? Just proves we can say more about less and have fun saying it--campfire may last til dawn!
# 3: progressive wagon circle dinner sounds like a good plan. That moves everyone around to see "babies" on display too. Maybe someone can designate areas by site numbers and assign the type of dish: those in the group can either contact each other and Plan (capital P) or let the offerings within the category be a Surprise .
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Food?????????

I was planning on a chocolate milk diet throughout the weekend....

I'll have the Margarita Dump at my place. Not a chili fan anyway.

This sounds like a good plan, the bonfire will be interesting, maybe someone can bring a record player, and we can play musical chairs Meets musical campfires.

Looking forward to it!!!!!!!
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Pot Luck Saturday Night

We have a nice gathering point where we all can bring our lawn chairs to sit and burn a campfire but our limitations are strictly with the number of picnic tables available. The campground has no additional tables so we are limited to moving the tables at our individual sites to the campfire location.

Last year our group of 14 units were actually more folks than what the tables we moved could support, when considering the food and seating space. We only got by because some folks thought cooking time was 6PM and others of us thought it was eating time. So some of us were eating while others were still cooking their entree.

We could still gather together at one location with the idea that the tables will be reserved for food only. Everyone would just need to bring their own seats and we eat off our laps. Not much difference than what would occur if we did a progressive dinner.

I'd rather try to keep the trailer tours and food separate, just out of courtesy for those opening their doors for tours.

If this is agreeable to the group, then my suggestion officially is to move enough tables late Saturday afternoon to the campfire area for the purpose of holding food only. Everyone would bring a dish although each unit would be responsible for their own entree. So escentially the pot luck would be side dishes or deserts only. Keep in mind that we aren't asking for you to feed the entire group with your contribution alone so bring enough to feed 6-8 folks.

Depending upon weather you could spread blankets on the grass, bring your own portable tables, or eat at your chairs.

Watcha think???? Now if you guys want to to a breakfast too, have at it. Maybe one of you can step forward on that note. I'm a late riser so you will see me after breakfast.

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More input requested:

Another further thought since we are bringing movies, I'm considering doing the movies on Friday night leaving the campfire for Saturday. I know not everyone will be there Friday, but I'm afraid that trying to do the campfire and movie on Saturday (and remembering we've got the dinner to do also) might be difficult to pull off.

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Greetings Jack!

The Potluck on Saturday with Movie Night on Friday sound great to me.

I had a thought about something that we really enjoyed at the last Wagon Wheel Rally that I attended in South Dakota, and something that seemed to go over well at last year's Midwest Forums Rally - - the idea being home made ice cream. I would be willing to prepare the custard and bring as many as three freezers (two antique reproduction hand cranked units and one modern electric unit). We could have three different flavors of ice cream - - or what we did for the Wagon Wheels Rally French Vanilla and Chocolate Dream ice creams, and fresh fruit sorbet (no milk or sugar) <a special recipe that I developed for my friends who are diabetic and/or don't tolerate milk products>. The only thing that I would ask is for volunteers to crank the hand-cranked freezers. This could be done as part of the potluck or as a social on one of the other evenings. The three freezers at the Wagon Wheel Rally served approximately 48 people with a fair amount left over.

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Maybe we can get those kids with lots of energy to help crank. Now if you can work up a tread mill contraption, we could also get our 4 legged travelers to pitch in. We will have lots of those in attendance also!

Thanks for your offer. As I remember correctly, because of the enlongated eating hours last year, your ice cream was pretty much at the end of its life for the late eaters. This year we will make sure that every one is clear about food time, assuming you all want to do this.

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