Hitch 'n Go 082's own version of March Madness took
place the 3rd weekend of the month at Cypress Campground & RV Park in Winter
Two couples arrived early on Wednesday the 13th of March. Thanks to George
and Sandy Oakes for the tasty birthday cake for Tom Hartwig; we
gobbled it up quick!
By Thursday afternoon, we had 6 more couples arrive. Dinner plans were soon
made with 2 couples eating in, 2 couples going to Sonny's and 4 couples
dining at Outback. Quite a few members went to the campground's Jam Session
later that evening. John Ruppel played his banjo and sang, much to
Friday we had almost all present with the arrival of 4 more couples. One
couple was unable to arrive until Saturday morning and another couple came
by on Saturday to socialize and join us for potluck.
Four men went golfing Friday morning.
Al and Mary Teschner were host and hostess for the weekend with help from
other members. Due to the campground using the big hall for bingo for
its residents, we danced Friday night in the smaller hall. Quite small, with
a pool table taking up a fair amount of the room. So, our caller Ron Reardon
set up his equipment by an open window which enabled us to dance both inside
and outside! It was different and fun!
Saturday morning found us in the big hall enjoying a pancake breakfast. Soon
the board meeting followed and before we knew it, it was time for lunch -
our hosts had meatball sandwiches ready for all of us.
After chilling out for the afternoon, not to mention our cooks working hard
preparing their concoctions for our chili cook-off, it was time to go to the
We had 9 members with chili entries - there was chicken chili, hot and spicy
chili, mild and medium chili. Ace Taylor, Lloyd Floyd and Bill Kopp were our
brave tasters and judges. After a slight deliberation the winners were
announced: 3rd place went to Sue Reardon, who was awarded a can of black
beans; 2nd place went to Leda Nofsinger, who was awarded a necklace and 1st
place went to Jeanne Hartwig, who was awarded a necklace and a spear! I can
tell you...Jeanne Hartwig's recipe appears on most Bush's kidney bean cans
at any supermarket! But, I can't tell you her one secret ingredient she
Both our Friday and Saturday dances were visited by residents from the
campground. Walking into the big hall on Saturday was a real eye-opener,
with most of the chairs occupied by visitors from the park! It was hard to
pick out a member of our chapter among the folks! They were so enthused to
see us dance!
It was wonderful to see Carl Rod and his wife Betsy, a big thank you to him
for cueing rounds.
We were very happy to have several guest couples from other camping chapters
and clubs dancing with us both nights. We now have another
associate couple in our 082 family: welcome to Pop and Sally
After several tips, Ron had the members get a non-dancing partner onto the
floor and we had a great time not just showing the folks the fun we have but
we had them dancing with us and truly enjoying themselves! Ron does a super
job putting the folks at ease, keeping them moving along and showing them
how much fun square dancing truly is!
Check out the photos on this website at: 'See us in action'. Thanks to
George and Sandy Oakes for taking photos along with me, using my camera and
March 19, 2013