3/6/16 Site Selection Meeting – Sites Available

Oh the excitement at the annual campsite selection meetings….

The new 2016 camping season set to open April 1st this year.  Please remember you must have your 2016 annual Heritage Lake POA Maintenance & Siltation Assement fee ($237) paid before you will be allowed to camp this season.

Now for the excitement….our campsite selection meeting will be at the HL Clubhouse/Office on 3/6/16 at 1PM, as usual.  I have been supplied a site map showing the available sites for this camping season.  Sites marked in yellow will be available for this season at the selection meeting.  Please click on link below to see map of sites available.

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There are several sites that have been occupied for some time that are available this year.  You may want to consider making a move!

We’ll see you at the selection meeting this Sunday!

 

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First official 2016 HL Campground meeting…

Greetings fellow Heritage Lake Campground Seasonal Campers!  I was encouraged at our annual January preseason campground meeting, to revive the HL Campground Blog.  Brings to mind a famous saying from one of America’s favorite past time movie…”if you build it they will come.”  I’m hoping maybe this year….if I blog it they will read/follow!

So, with a room of about 25 attendees, our first official 2016 HL Campground meeting was held at the HL Clubhouse today at 1PM.  It’s always an enjoyable meeting getting to see camping friends after 3 months of winter hibernation.  Getting to catch up with friends and find out how all their families are doing.  It’s also great relief when there’s no bad news shared about any of our fellow campers!

There was a whole new crew of officers heading up the table this year.  Jason Wile – President, Rebecca Warrick – Vice President, Jason Plunkett – Secretary & Shane York – Treasurer.  On behalf of the former officers from the previous year, we wish you best of luck in your new positions you hold.

Our next gathering will be for the annual preseason campsite selection meeting to be held at the HL Clubhouse on Sunday, March 6 at 1PM.  This can be an exciting time…campers changing up campsites for bigger, better or more convenient sites.  This year there will be extra sites available to choose from for those that might be interested in making a change!  With eliminating the “guest campers” this year, only POA members will be allowed to seasonal camp in the HL Campground.  The rule was changed during the last camping season due to lack of sites available for fellow campers being able to have family members rent sites especially during holidays when the campgrounds would be packed to the gills!  When the state regulated there could only be one camper allowed per site, some of our big families could no longer have their families staying with them and there were no available sites since they were filled with seasonal “guest campers”.  There were also complaints at the HLPOA office from POA members (non-seasonal campers) wanting to occasionally camp, or had visitng family or friends needing a site, that wasn’t able to get a site. The 8 “guest campers” sites from last season will be available at the selection meeting.  If there is a list of sites available, I will try to share them prior to the selection meeting 3/6/16.

If I have further information to share about the selection meeting, list of sites available, etc., I will “keep you posted”, so please check back.  Better yet, follow the blog and it you will be notified with new posts!  Until then, wishing you great weeks ahead and stay safe!

Camping Season IS here!

Well it was a busy Memorial Day wknd at the campground!  The weather was GREAT!  It’s about time, we’ve had so much cold, rainy days kicking off our 2014 camping season 😦   So we were due for a really good wknd & better yet an extended holiday wknd!Campground 7-12 (5) 🙂

The campground was bursting with lots of young campers.  It’s great to see more kids riding around & playing together this year!  Thankfully we have had new young families join our little community this year.  I know the few kids we have had welcome the new friends they are making this season!

By the way if you haven’t checked out the new website that Charles & Jinger (campground managers) created yet…here’s a link to do so now!  http://heritagelakecampground.webs.com/  If you’re a Facebook person, they also created a Facebook page..ck it out & Like the page!  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Heritage-Lake-Campground/419616524841642

FYI…some of our campers have decided to organize together & take donations through out the season for entertainment funding to get bands for 4th of July wknd & Labor Day wknd.  Donations are strictly voluntary, but if you would like to enjoy having a band on mentioned holiday wknds this is your opportunity to help out.  If you would like to donate to the entertainment fund, you should see Debra Palmer, Mary Lou Palmer or Charles & Jinger will make sure to get it to the right person as well.

The weather prediction for the wknd is sunny & hot….great for “boating”.                That’s where we’ll be!!! Hope you have a great wknd!

 

More sun….no more rain, PLEASE!!!

2014 HL Campground camping season has began…our seasonal campers have been straggling in.  This last weekend, the campground was pretty active with folks trying to get their sites back in order after the electrical crew had been in during the off season & installed new 50amp metered service to all the sites.  Things are kind of a mess but Charles & Jinjer (cmpgrnd mgrs) are doing their best, weather permitting, to fill sink holes, tractor tracks, etc. In fact, some campers are addressing issues at their sites themselves.  The great thing…No more blowing fuses or having to turn off something to plug in something else…YIPPEE!!! Ladies…you can run those blow dryers or curling irons without fear, all while brewing coffee, or running the water heater on electric, or any type of electric appliance.  Next hurdle….adjusting to the monthly bill for electric.  An added expense this season, but well worth the expanded, DEPENDABLE service!  Thanks Blake & HLPOA for the needed improvement!

The campground is 93% full going into our 3rd wk of the season!  NOTE:  Our first campground meeting for the season is this Saturday 4/19 at 10am in the Shelter House.  We have been told that Blake Price (HL Property Mgr.) will be in attendance for this meeting to speak about the new electric service & how billing is going to work.  Campers….you want to have a say on what’s going on with our little community (campground), it’s important that you sacrifice about an hour a MONTH.  Meetings are always the 3rd Saturday of each month (unless otherwise posted) at 10am in the Shelter House.  Have questions or concerns….be there, be informed!

Good news….LP tank exchange will soon be offered at the campground in both 20gal & 30gal tanks.  It should be up & running at least by May 2nd.  Our prices will be cheaper than surrounding retailers & generally at other tank exchanges the 20gal tank actually only contains 13gal…ours will contain 18gal!!! So more bang for your buck & cheaper to boot!  We’re so excited to have that added convenience.  This will be discussed at the meeting also.  The tank exchange service should be a good fund raising opportunity for the campground especially when word gets out around the lake!

In closing, I want to wish all my readers a blessed Easter or Passover.  I hope you have a great holiday with family & friends.

 

2014 Camping Season….here we come!

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Welcome to 2014 HL Campground Season

Welcome to 2014 HL Campground Season

As they are trying to beat the deadline for April 4th, opening day for this year’s camping season, the electric crew is hard at work!  Please remember to stay clear as to not make their job any harder in meeting that goal!

Hoping Mother Nature is kind to us for moving in…NO RAIN or SNOW PLEASE!!! It should be a busy, messy (due to the weather & all the excavating for the new electric service), confusing, exciting, frustrating…but mostly just ready to get into the “summer” swing of the camping/lake life again!  The winter has been cruel in so many ways, to so many people throughout the US, everyone is just sick of it & wishes it would MOVE ON!

On to important matters….I can’t express enough about being “connected” with the campground & knowing what’s going on…and participating.  If you don’t take the time to come to meetings, or to ask questions (campground board members..please), you are missing out on what might be very important information, as some have come to find out recently.  😦  Make sure Charles & Jinjer Bragg (returning Campground Managers & on staff starting 4/1) have your current information:  mailing address, emergency contact info, phone numbers, email address(es), etc.  I can’t express enough about how important that is for emergency situations!  Cheryl Fry, blog manager, is also collecting information to compile a handout list for anyone that would like to share their info with fellow campers, strictly voluntarily.  Another way to be informed is join the blog.  I hope to be more frequent with my posts & pictures this season.  But I do need your help…feel free to submit special notes, dates, pictures that you want shared on the blog & I will get them on.  I have created a new email address strictly for contact with blog information sharing or if you need to ask me something:  heritagelakeblog@gmail.com

Well keeping it short…haha!  Hope we see you sometime during opening weekend..April 4th.

Where Did the Summer Go?

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Seems like yesterday we were getting our campers ready for a wonderful summer filled with activities & good friendly weekend gatherings.  Then in almost the blink of an eye…we are starting to get our campers, sites & boats ready for what will seem like an endless cold miserable winter season.  I don’t know about you but I DON’T LIKE THE COLD!!!  The cold season seems to linger on & on longer than the warm season.  We have had some summer this year!  This had to be the best camping & boating season in some time.  Hopefully next summer will be more of the same! 🙂   We were fortunate to find great Campground Managers to fill the sudden open position. Thank you Charles & Jinjer Bragg & your two adorable daughters for taking on the challenge.  Hopefully you plan to return for the 2014 season!!!   I for one have never seen the women’s restroom cleaner!

Expect changes when you return next spring…new electric is being installed during off season.  “Ladies, no longer should you have to unplug something to be able to run something else to keep from popping the breaker…yeah!!!”  But with new/better services one must pay the piper (so to speak)….monthly electrical bill.  And to me, that’s ok.  I would rather keep the seasonal rate down & pay electric (that I have control of).  This should work out in our favor because in the future when other improvements are needed, there should be room in the budget.

At the conclusion of the last monthly meeting September 21, the campground board voted on officer positions.  Your 2014 Campground Officers are:  Rob Morgan – President, Jason Plunkett – Vice President, Ben Hinshaw – Secretary & Ron Gates – Treasurer.  As requested by a camper at the meeting, I will be posting the 2014 campground rules here on the blog for your review/reference as soon as I receive them.

In closing a reminder:  there’s a pitch in bean dinner in the Shelter House October 5th.  There is a Halloween Celebration on Oct. 12:  Costume party with trick or treating for kids from 6pm-7pm, games and karaoke from 8pm-12am. Costume required to attend!

Pre-season update….

Just a quick note…there’s a work day planned for Saturday 3/23 at 10am. at the campground to get trees that have been dropped, cut & cleaned up to get ready for camp season opening day on 4/5.  Hopefully the weather will be kind & allot many volunteers to make the job go quicker!  Hope to see you there!

The site selection meeting on 3/3/13 went well, no problems, no ruffled feathers, all in all a fairly smooth, quick meeting!  Season activity calendars were handed out to attendees.  So if you were not at the meeting be sure to get your copy from Cheryl Fry on site 38.

Hopefully the weather decides to cooperate so we can enjoy the start of the camping season!

 

 

Another HOT weekend!!

Well there wasn’t a lot of campers this weekend, but we enjoyed another hot, sticky weekend.  We did get a little relief on Thursday afternoon when it decided to rain…although it was more of a tease, I think, for the thirsty crops, gardens, flower beds, lawns, etc.!   The temperature dropped after the shower, making the evening pretty enjoyable.

I last posted on Friday (6/22) morning before Donna & I headed out for the items needed for Dirty Bingo & Wacky Family Olympics (6/30).  We set off with goals of hitting garage sales in Greencastle (IN), plus 3 more stops.  We stopped at 3 different garage sales.  We were able to find some clothes we need for the Olypmics, some kitchen stuff for Dirty Bingo prizes & I picked up a darling little summer dress with clear summer heals (perfect for the dress).  We made a quick stop at Krogers for needed bottled water & beer.  Then our favorite place….Dollar Tree!  I usually spend way more than I should in there but I get a lot for what I spend.  I just know it doesn’t take long when you keep throwing stuff in the cart thinking it’s just a buck & end up an hour later totaling out at like $50.  But in all fairness, I doubt I would get a most of that stuff, that cheap, even at Walmart!

By the time we returned to the campground, the Bloody Mary session was about to begin.  Friday nights at the campground, for our group, usually ends up fairly simple as far as meal planning.  Usually there’s four of us that just roast hot dogs or sausages over the fire.  Sometimes we’ll peal off the label & open a can of sauerkraut or maybe some coney dog sauce .  We heat it up around the edge of the fire pit.  We all contribute side items (the simpler, the better).

Saturday meals that’s a different story.  We have some pretty elaborate spreads!  We’ll settle on an entree, in which everyone contributes their portion of meat.  It’s pretty much like a potluck dinner…good food, good friends, great beverages.  Who could ask for anything more?  We decided we needed to eat early because we were bringing “snacks” to Dirty Bingo later that night.  Our food of choice (trying to keep simple) Stuffed meat cakes filled with your choice of diced multi-color sweet peppers, onions, mushrooms, cheese & spices, I forgot to pack the bacon pieces 😦  Our menu also included:  coleslaw, potato salad, garden salad, macaroni salad, cottage cheese, salsa (I love Chuck & Dave’s Salsa we get at Sam’s, fresh salsa w/garlic), monkey bread, iced brownies & oatmeal cookies.  The really sad part…there were only 6 of us eating together.  But you know what, that’s what makes it still feel like camping (even in our hotel on wheels) when you have potluck pitch-ins, family reunions,summer picnics..just having large family gatherings where you really got to actually play with your cousins & get to know them.  But sadly that’s sort of a dying tradition. And that just gave me an idea for a future topic.

Dirty Bingo        All in all….I think everyone that was there…enjoyed it & from comments we got before we left this morning, would be interested in doing it again.  For those who didn’t play, I’ll explain the “jest” of it.

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There were “white elephant” prizes that were designated as kids (12 & under) & adults (13 & over).  Whether you have your participants bring a wrapped prize or you supply the prizes & charge per card.  You start out just doing regular bingo until all prizes are gone.  Then…you start stealing from others!  If you bingo you get to look around & take from someone else.  If there’s multiple bingo’s.. they are done in order called.  A prize can not be stolen more that once for game called.  It’s always so much fun to have some of them be the hot “steal” & they get passed around numerous times.  After this continues for many bingo’s the caller will warn of nearing last bingo.  We take turns in opening prizes to get laughs on what winners end up with.  So if you didn’t make it to our first Dirty Bingo night, you might want to next time.  And for the record, there were mainly 2 boxes that were stolen the most…a Bacardi rum box that contained 2 glass mixing bowls (auction treasures) & 1 bag of Christmas cookie cutters (garage sale bargains)….enjoy Rob!  Second one was a big, kind of short but long plain box that felt like it had nothing in it.  The only sound that was heard…a little sand/dirt that was in the box from being stored out in our pole barn.  But I knew what was in the box!  I bought it & I boxed it, after a diligent search for just the right box.  I must share, there was some cheating going on, some were hiding their prizes…shameful (lol).  When Donna & I were shopping at Dollar Tree in Greencastle, I found these ginormous flyswatters for a BUCK!!!  (I knew I should have bought one for myself also…hopefully they still have them when I go back next weekend!!!) Congrats Danielle on the awesome…ginormous flyswatter…that could be used for many purposes….some a little naughty too  ;-).  Oh….Wyatt….you should have offered to trade your gift w/one of the girls.  I hope you didn’t throw them away…2 new packages of good ponytail holders in a cute little flower box for safe keeping, even Moms can appreciate those kind of things. The fun part is…you never know whats inside your prize.

Until my next post….everyone have a safe week & we’ll look forward to next weekend!  Stay tuned for Wacky Family Olympic updates or stuff/props I may need to borrow for the  events………Please & Thanks……………Cheryl

As ready as I’m going to be….

So I thought doing a blog would be easy.  I guess if you’re a very “sociable” person it might be.  I tried doing the everyday thing but I got way behind…couldn’t always think of much to talk about or thought what I had to talk about would be uninteresting.  So I’m going to give it another valid try just reporting wknd activities ….***H L Campground Happenings***

There’s usually plenty going on, I’ll just have to remember to take notes to get all the particulars.  I didn’t get started opening wknd, because I’ve been procrastinating.  Plus David won’t stop pestering me about it so you might say I’m doing it to shut him up!

I have an events page that you will be able to review for upcoming activities at the campground.  As soon as I know of things, I will be sure to pass them along.  Feel free to leave comments (concerns) , I’m open to suggestions.  Second page is a short Hello page.  Third page I will be adding is a “Tell me what you think” page as a line of communication to share with others visiting the blog.  Here you could also make suggestions for activities to do on wknds, things to help raise money for the campground to fund fun activities.

Also wanted to note, at the last campground meeting (6/16/12, 10AM @ Shelter house) we agreed to try a “game night” that will always be the same night of the morning campground meetings (Saturdays only).  Each month we’ll name a type of game we’re playing like euchre or left right center or other types of card, dice, whatever.  The campground meetings are almost always the 3rd Saturday of each month, 10AM @ Shelter house.  Those evenings we’ll have a rousing game that evening, 8PM @ Shelter house.  We haven’t set 7/23 game night “game” as of yet, will keep you posted!

Tomorrow, we head to the campground.  I will continue to work on preparing for the “Wacky Family Olympics” on 6/30.  We will also be getting everything ready for “Dirty Bingo Night” on 6/23 @ 8pm.  Hope you come, it’s so much fun!  Check out the events page for more info on each!……..see ya at the campground!