Hitch 'N' Go  #082
Kissimmee, FL

May 2009


Sanlan Ranch in Lakeland, FL was our Chapter's home away from home during the third weekend of May. Sanlan Ranch is an attractive, quiet campground with a beautiful hall large enough to accommodate our dancing and other activities.

Tom and I, along with Jim & Laureen Kelly, were the hosts/hostesses. In honor of Armed forces Day, we decorated the tables with red, white and blue tablecloths along with red, white and blue centerpieces. Laureen even found candy in flag-draped wrapping which we scattered about on the tables. We thank George and Sandy Oakes for once again loaning us their Uncle Sam statue. He stood proudly keeping his eyes upon us as we danced and dined.

Thanks to Jim Kelly and Tom Hartwig for serving up our pancake breakfast on Saturday morning. The blueberry pancakes were a big hit. The day was pleasant enough for us to be able to eat outside.

After breakfast, several of the men went golfing. Soon after they returned, we gathered in the hall to try a new activity. We had a cakewalk, or, as is known to some, musical chairs. Laureen baked an apple cake and I baked a carrot cake - our two winners, Bonnie Gearhart, and Eivor Brown, kindly donated the cakes to our pot-luck supper. Thanks to all our members (who were able) who were good sports and participated.

Although we endured several storms and two power outages, we still were able to enjoy our two nights of dancing with our caller, Charlie Pergrossi and cuers Jan and Pete Shankle.

Our next three months will be social get-togethers, no dancing, until we meet again in September. Some of us will meet at Jetty Park in June. Several couples will be traveling to Rayne, LA in July for our International Camporee and finally a number of us will camp together at Disney's Fort Wilderness in August. As usual, I will look forward to reporting back on all the adventures and fun we plan to have.

Jeanne Hartwig,

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