HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Farewell 2011 - Welcome 2012!
Our awesome December campout was
held at the Daytona RV and Tropical Gardens Resort in South Daytona Beach.
We had 13 member rigs along with 3 guest rigs camping the weekend of
December 29, 2011 through Sunday January 1, 2012.
The weather was flawless, cool
(cold?) at times, then warming up just enough so everyone could be outside
gathered in groups either chatting or playing games, etc. (See photos on
Hosts and Hostesses were Steve and
Sharon Cormier along with Tom and Eivor Brown. What a fantastic weekend they
had scheduled for us. Sharon planned and presented several meals to our
membership and guests. More on those later....
Quite a number of rigs pulled in
early on Thursday and one of our rituals - for those who care to - is to
dine out for an evening meal...Jim Kelly suggested a place called Steve's
Famous Diner. Wow, it was also a fantastic place! I am sure I can state
unequivocally everyone left there fully sated as plates of food were piled
high with everything scrumptious! See photo of Laureen's eggplant dish on
this website! I heard nary a complaint and I believe some folks returned to
the diner on Friday!
Along with the help of Eivor,
Sharon provided lunch on Friday for members and guests who were present at
the campground: a huge plate of antipasto and bread. See photo on this
website. Delicious and very satisfying!
By Friday evening, we were ready to
dance! Our caller Ron Reardon was in top form - you could not tell he
recently had rotor cuff surgery. We thank him and Sue for being there with
us to celebrate the weekend.
Then came Saturday....
First thing at 8 AM Sharon, along
with Steve, Eivor and Tom Brown, presented breakfast: scrambled eggs,
sausage, homemade waffles, strawberries and all the trimmings. Later, board
members had their meeting while other campers went about with various
By 5 PM it was time for our potluck
dinner...however...this dinner was different and very exceptional - Sharon,
Steve, Eivor and Tom set out: ribs, pulled pork, chicken, baked beans,
coleslaw, large and small baked and sweet potatoes, rolls and all the
necessary condiments, etc. Very tasty and very well appreciated by all.
Ace and Ann Taylor celebrated their
55th Anniversary on December 30, so a large cake was brought in honoring
their achievement! Ann also received a huge vase of flowers from Ace which
was used as a centerpiece during the meal.
Saturday evening's dance was
great...3 squares on the floor for most of the time. It is always nice to
have guests walk in the door.
Personal note: While setting up in
the hall, the young lady who was at the front desk called me over and asked
me what we were going to do. When I told her we were square dancers she
replied she had never seen square dancing. I told her we would be dancing
Friday/Saturday and she said she would bring a friend on Saturday night to
watch us. Well, they came, but just at 10 when the dance was over. I quickly
went up to Ron and asked him if he would do a little something to show the
girls what we do....he had no hesitation whatsoever! We soon had 4 couples
make up a square to dance as Ron called a short patter and part of a singing
call. Thank you Ron for that! And thank you to the couples. I also noticed
several people talking to the girls afterwards, I could tell the girls
The afterparty followed the dance
to welcome in the New Year! Our hosts had plenty of hats and noise makers
I will not spoil Kaye and Dave Benne's surprise for the folks who were not
present over the weekend...however, congrats you two, on your new
Another awesome aspect of the
weekend: we gained more members! John and Dolly Ide, NSDCA Florida State
Represetatives, joined 082 as Associate Members. Sherye Bradley was
reinstated and Robert Wade and Sandie Galloway also became members.
Thank you to everyone, members and
guests, for all the help supplied to our hosts throughout the weekend!
January 4, 2012