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.

HLC 2016 open sites-selection mtg

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!



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!

WOW…what a great 4th of July weekend!!!

What a great weekend!  Hope everyone had a great 4th of July!  The campground was busting at the seams…so to speak.  It was obvious when you walked through the “full” campground that everyone was having a good time this past weekend!  The weather was great…except for our early Sunday morning rainstorm. 😦 But after that great entertainment brought in Saturday night most probably didn’t even hear it come in unless you were one of the tent campers…then you probably “felt” it.

I want to say a BIG thank you to Debbie Palmer, & others that assisted her efforts, for recruiting donations to hire the Chasers Band out of Indianapolis.  Unfortunately since we have limited ability to raise money for campground activities, we now have to rely on donations to fund bands for the holidays.  So anyone that’s interested in donating to the campground entertainment fund make sure you get w/Debbie Palmer, hoping to be able to hire for Labor Day weekend.  Do not recall her lot # but she’s on the north corner lot by the shelter house.  Thanks again Debbie for all your efforts.  And speaking of the band….everyone really enjoyed them!

Then we had the annual Heritage Lake fireworks celebration.  Spectacular!  They were a little late getting started but once they got it going…OOOO’s..&..AAAHHHH’s echoed across the lake coming from boat to boat.  Thanks to all of those that work so hard all year long in planning, fundraising & orchestrating such a show.  I’m sure they’re already starting on 2015!

I bet there were a lot of tired, sunburned folks trying to resume their normal life, routine today!  And the holiday foods…don’t know about you, but I seemed to “stuff” myself way more than I should have.  Now trying to get back on track in many ways.  Sure hope you all had as much fun this weekend as we did!  But if you were at our little summer paradise aka Heritage Lake Campground….I KNOW YOU DID!

Mark your calendars:  the monthly campground meeting is coming up on 7/19 at 10am at the Shelter House.  We are looking to fill a board member position as well as the Treasurer’s position (must be a campground board member).  Please spread the word & we’ll see you at the meeting!  Until then…..happy camping!!!

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!


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.

RESCHEDULE….Old Mother Nature fooled us!

Well…maybe we shouldn’t blame Mother Nature…maybe the Weather Person(s) that we decide to put so much faith into their predictions…LOL!  It was very disappointing that we cancelled our original HL Campground Site Selection meeting for 3/2/14, especially for the dismal “storm” that really never showed up!  However, we WILL be holding the (rescheduled) meeting this Sunday 3/9/17…same time….same place (1:00PM @ the HL Clubhouse)!  Hope to see lots of our campers there, New & Seasoned, alike.  Also, want to apologize to those that did not get the word about the cancellation.  This is why it is important to be electronically “connected” for ease of notification, as well as, staying current with what is happening!  Please remember to submit your email addresses at one of the meetings (which you can share on the meeting sign up sheets always present at EVERY meeting) or join the blog and I will try to keep you up to date as well as you can message me!    Thanks!    Cheryl Fry

Oh Boy…..let the selections begin!!!!

The 2014 Heritage Lake Campground campsite selection meeting is this Sunday 3/2/14 at 1PM at the HL Clubhouse (usual place). Since it’s not fair to list the available sites that will be up for grabs come Sunday, I can at least give you the amount available….16 sites! I am hoping next season I will be able to post them prior to selection so that campers will know ahead of time what’s available. But since we didn’t have emails for everyone to let them know they would be posted on this blog we couldn’t this year….so let’s encourage others to “get connected” to allow us all to be more informed! And just a reminder that you can follow the blog to get up to date postings anytime they’re posted! There will be an email & residence (if you want) address sign-up sheet at the meeting.

Good News: We have 4 new HLPOA camper families coming in this season too! Guess our little slice of heaven is starting to get noticed and hopefully more will want to join in and maybe even have a “waiting list”…wouldn’t that be great!

Just a short post, will post again after the selection meeting. Looking forward to seeing everyone…it’s been a horribly cold LONG winter & from the looks of it (MORE SNOW Sunday/Monday) it’s not over yet 😦

Family Day 2012 at Heritage Lake Campground

Heritage Lake Campground Family Day 2012 I believe turned out to be a fun day enjoyed by many of the young & the young at heart!  We had a lot of campers participate in Wacky Family Olympics (inaugural).  There was much work to do to get everything ready Saturday morning for all the events & festivities for the day.

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We (the Frys) first participated in a Wacky Family Olympics at Wolfe’s Campground, Americus, IN, where we seasonal camped prior to Heritage Lake.  But, I’m no stranger to wacky family games.  It used to be a tradition every summer for my Mom’s side of the family to get together once a year & each family compete in wacky events.  We did lots of stuff.  One of my favorites was balloon shaving.  Usually we went to my Aunt & Uncle’s private gravel pit in Greenfield, IN.

As for these games, we kind of made up our own rules & even had to bend or create as the day went along (culprit…Dizzy Relay…so sorry you fell!!).  It went like this…..prior, we had sign up boards at the Shelter House for ten events.  The only event set was obstacle course, so it would be free to play on the rest of the day, the slide would be cooler in the morning for competition.  We would then just call the next game as the mood/temperature would regulate, & we were flying by the seat of our pants being the inaugural.  Going with the “Olympics”, we kept the GOLD, SILVER & BRONZE format.  Each event would have a 1st place scoring 5 points, 2nd place scoring 3 points & 3rd place scoring 1 point.  After the last event, we’d tally up the points & have our winners.  We had ten teams that competed in various events of the ten events scheduled.  A few families competed in all the events, some competed until it was time to cool off at the lake.  We lost about 4 teams to the heat & SWIMMING!  But, the ones that stayed & competed through out the day didn’t really mind that there were less teams…takes LESS TIME to finish out the games.

The inflatable obstacle course was up & ready to go by 9:30am.  We decided to kick off our ten event Olympic competition with the obstacle course at 10am.  Two teams of four competed against each other for the top three times to place & score.  Competing we had the Laffins (4 of 5 teenagers from Lot 5) course time:  1.07mn.-FIRST, the Eagles (4 boys under 12) course time:  1.09mn.-SECOND, the Drunks (4 Dads) course time:  1.21mn.-THIRD, the Triple X (4 kids under 14, Lot 5) course time:  1.22.0mn., the Packers (4 adults, Lot G) course time:  1.22.4mn.,  the Martins (2 adults, 2 kids Lot 10) course time:  1.43mn., the McCalls (3 generations! 2 adults, 2 kids Lot 34) course time:  2.03mn., the Knuckle Heads (family from Lot 16, 3 adults, 1 kid) course time:  2.08mn., the Blues (family from Lot 5) course time 2.10mn., the Wolves (4 kids under 5, Lot G) course time:  2.59mn.  Let’s just say the kids were usually quicker than the adults, climbing up the slide & trying to get situated to slide down took some maneuvering.

We had a short break of about 15-20mns. Then we proceeded to Dizzy Relay.  Two teams of four competed against each other for the top three times to place & score.  Two members of each team stood about 25ft across from each other, two teams racing for best times.  First players race to bat, place bat end on forehead then other end on ground (bending over) circle around the bat 7 times then, carrying bat, race to the other side to hand off to next player, repeating until each team finished. The Blues time:  1.13mn. FIRST, the Packers time:  1.15mn. SECOND, the Knuckle Heads time:  1.20.2mn. THIRD, the Triple X time:  1.20.5mn., the Laffins time:  1.20.8mn., the Martins time 1.21.3mn., the Drunks time:  1.21.6mn., the Eagles time:  1.29.6mn.  Boy the times between 2nd, 3rd & 4th were within tenths of seconds! (Another good use of the smartphones!!! stopwatch 🙂  We did however have a little trouble with the event.  A member of the Blues team was dizzy from spinning & running, lost her balance & fell causing the race to stop.  So under the circumstances we made an executive decision (our right being the administrators of the “games”..lol).  We would use 2 members from each of the teams (Blue & Triple X) time each team & double to make it as if 4 participated.

After another break of about 15mns., we were on to event #3…Dressed W/No Place to Go.  Two teams of four competed against each other for the top three times to place & score.  Two members of each team stood about 16ft across from each other, two teams racing for times.  Each team was given a laundry basket with 2 button shirts, 1 polo or 1 tee, 1 long sleeve sweater, 1 bra, 2 pairs of shorts, 1 pair pajama pants, 2 neck ties & 1 large pair of sunglasses.  At go, the first players would have to put all the clothes on.  Button shirts had to have at least 2 buttons buttoned! Ties had to be tied.  Legs & sleeves were suppose to be on but seems as though some participants didn’t like following the rules & made up their own (Packers were penalized).  After players are  dressed, they ran across to their team mate, stripped off their clothes, unbutton, untie (some not realizing they were stripping one layer too many…thanks for the “show”!)  Let’s see how they did.  The Packers time 7.10.7mns. -FIRST (that even included 75 seconds of penalty), the McCalls time 7.46.5mns -SECOND, the Knuckle Heads time 9.16.8mns. -THIRD, the Laffins time 9.17.1mns…really close!, the Drunks time 10.39.3mns., the  Triple X time 11.02.3mns., the Martins time 12.11.4mns.

Next on the docket is event#4 with out delay, Brain Freeze!  This event was unlimited players from all teams…but you couldn’t be older than 12, sorry Parent & Grandparents.  Such a fitting event for such an extremely HOT day!  The kids all loved it.  I think it was a little hard for some more than others.  We had contestants as young as 2 and up to 12.  We took 3 -6′ tables end to end & the edges where filled about 70% by contestants.  The remaining 30% made up of voluntary adults to “cut the tops & keep every contestant refilled.  Rules being you must eat all the “frozen” out of each pop, the juice didn’t matter.  It was timed for 3 mns.  Unfortunately I only recorded the top 4 winners.  Sorry to those of you that braved the freeze without recognition, but hope you enjoyed the treat.  Zack of team Martin -FIRST, managed to chomp down 4 1/2 freezer pops (Zack was awarded later a honorary winning freezer pop & large pack of glow sticks for his achievement),  Wyatt , of team Knuckle Heads & team Eagles -SECOND, made 4 freezer pops disappear.  Jacob of team Eagles -THIRD consumed 3 freezer pops.  We had way too many freezer pops left so the surplus was enjoyed by everyone wanting a little cool break from the HOT day.

We have a great Shelter House relatively centered in the campgrounds.  We tried to adapt most of the events to take advantage of the shade & abundant seating.  And for the most part it wasn’t too bad.  Shoot, I think some of us actually got to meet & talk w/some of our fellow campers for the first time.

With a quick clean up completed (hosing off the tables & picking up freezer pop trash), we gathered teams & asked for each team participating please pick two of your best corn hole players for the 5th event…Hole in One.  Each team got ten corn hole bags to be split between two team mates.  Object…get in all 10!  The three highest scoring teams place & score.  We had to have a tie breaker, only one player (of two that threw) received 5 more throws.  Here’s how it scored:  the Packers scored 5 (2 + 3) -FIRST, the Knuckle Heads scored 3+ (3 + 0 + tie breaker 1) “Great Job Wyatt!, Mikey sucked!” -SECOND.  The McCalls scored 3+ (0 + 3 + tie breaker 0)…sorry McCalls -THIRD. The Drunks scored 2 (0 + 2), the Laffins scored 0, the Triple X scored 0, the Eagles scored 0.

We met back at the basketball goals for Shoot out @ the Square, the 6th event.  Each team had 4 players, kids &/or adults, any combination.  Twelve and under were to use the kids goal, thirteen plus used the standard goal.  Each player got 5 balls at designated distance.  Three highest scoring teams placed.  Triple X (4 kids) scored 11 out of 20 for FIRST, the Knuckle Heads scored 10 out of 20 + tie breaker points of 7 out of 10 (from two selected players) -SECOND, the McCalls scored 10 our of 20 plus tie breaker points of 2 out of 10 (from two selected players) for THIRD, the Drunks scored 8 out of 20 and the Laffins (the teenagers! & most of the points came from the petite little lady that played on their team!) scored 8 out of 20, you go girl!

It was refreshing to get out of the blazing sun & back under the Shelter House for our 7th event….Sticky Team Relay.  This event was a real challenge!  The HOT temps didn’t help.  Teams of 4 players were lined up.  Each player was given a toothpick.  The first player was given a large marshmellow.  The object was to pass the marshmellow to the next player without using any hands.  First three teams to reach the 4th player will place & score.  If you drop the marshmellow, you will have to start all over again.  And the winners were:  the Laffins -FIRST, the McCalls -SECOND, the Eagles -THIRD, the Little People, the Knuckle Heads, the Triple X teams were struggling, the game was called to get on with next event.  Personally I think there was just too much giggling going on for some….right ladies?!

The 8th event was for the young & young at heart…Jumping Ja-Who-So-Fat.  (Remember that “ole sayin”? I spelled it sounds?)  Every team selected 2 players to compete for the most completed jumps in 1 minute.  Unfortunately, we had to step out into the sun since the ropes wouldn’t clear the rafters of the Shelter House.  The jumps were:  the Laffins had 229 (120+109) -FIRST, the McCalls had 140 (33+107) -SECOND, the Knuckle Heads had 98 (38+60) –THIRD, the Little Folks had 73 (42+31), the Eagles had 59 (43+16).

For the 9th event….Laundry Day.  Two teams of four competed against each other for the top three times to place & score.  Teams were given a laundry basket filled with very wet laundry to run about 20 ft. to a clothes line to hang & run back with the laundry basket.  The 2nd player then runs w/empty basket, down to clothes line & removes clothes placing laundry & clothes pins in basket.  This continued until all four players had gone.  The teams were instructed they MUST have all their clothes pins (25) at the end of their run to qualify their time.  Funny thing most of the contestants were MEN!  Guys, thanks for being such great sports!!  Times:  the Laffins time 2.01.2mns. -FIRST, the Drunks time 2.13.7mns. -SECOND, the McCalls time 2.26.6mns. -THIRD, the Little People time 2.32.54mns., the Knuckle Heads time 2.55.8mns., the Triple X time 3.40.7mns.  Ladies I’m thinking either these men have had “laundry” practice at home or maybe they need to help w/”laundry” since their so good at it!!!

Our final event for the inaugural WACKY FAMILY OLYMPICS 2012….#10, Pick Your Seat!  Musical chairs w/a twist…each player must supply their own lawn chair.  Each team selected two players.  The team’s lawn chairs were separated & set up in circle facing out.  Players (team mates separated) were to stay in line, no passing until the music stopped then…find YOUR chair.  Last player seated is out & their chair eliminated.  Best standings or I guess in this case…best “seatings” were:  the Little People -FIRST, the McCalls -SECOND, the Laffins – THIRD.  I have to share something that the Laffin guys (teenagers) did that was such a sweet gesture.  They were left w/many of the small kids competing so they made sure they lost by allowing the little ones to sit down before they did so the little kids could continue.  Thanks guys!

The Hot Dog Awards Banquet would start at 5pm, at the Shelter House.  The campground supplied the dogs, buns, condiments & service ware.  Each team wanting to attend was to bring a covered dish or dessert, their own beverages.  We had a lot of appetites show up with so many yummy contributions.  Thanks everyone for participating not only in the games over the course of the HOT exhausting day, but the Awards potluck feast as well!  We received a lot of compliments, David & I, for doing all this & multiple expressions of great fun that was had by many!  It was a lot of work & preparation, exhausting & FUN!!!  Oh & forgot…HOT!!!  Thanks to all of you for not making all our efforts in vain!

OH…and the winners are:

The Laffins with 21 total points scored for the GOLD!

The McCalls with 15 total points scored for the SILVER!

The Packers with 13 total points scored for the BRONZE!

Remaining team standings:                                                                                           The Knuckle Heads with 12 total points scored.  The Blue with 5 total points scored.  The Eagles with 5 total points scored.  The Little People with 5 total points scored.  The Martins with 5 total points scored.  The Triple X with 5 total points scored.  The Drunks with 4 total points scored.

Thanks again everyone that competed, assisted, supplied, observed & just support the fun filled day!

15th & Hulman (band)

The 15th and Hulman Band

After the Hot Dog Awards Banquet, we cleaned up the Shelter House for the next act…the Band “15th & Hulman”.  They started playing at 8pm until 11pm.  The group has performed here at the campgrounds prior times before.  Everyone attending seemed to enjoy themselves from the youngest to the oldest.  Some were fortunate to be able to sit at their campsites & take in the entertainment w/out leaving the comforts of home.

Others decided to venture to the lake to watch the annual Fireworks over Heritage Lake.  It took them a while to get started but they were very pretty once they got the show started.

Hope everyone had a great 4th of July holiday weekend celebration here at Heritage Lake Campgrounds!!!