Memorial Day Weekend…..FUN!!!

First off, I would like to express my sincere gratitude to all those who are serving or have served our wonderful country insuring the freedoms we are so blessed to have.  Without your sacrifices we could not continue to be the great country we are today.  And for that, we are eternally grateful!  May God bless you & yours…and may God bless the USA!!!

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There were fun times had at the campground this Memorial Day weekend!  Last year the weather was scorching, this year surprisingly cool, in fact pretty chilly, especially in the mornings & late nights!  The campground was packed with campers, golf carts, kids, dogs, campfires & FUN!  Saturday morning started off with the 2nd Wacky Family Olympics competition.  We started out with 3 teams:  the “Booyahs”, the “Hutchs” & the “Wacky BGs”.  The competition started at 10’ish AM with “Wheel Me” or actually a good ole’ fashioned wheelbarrow race.  After many laughs shared by all, we continued to game #2, “Hole in One’ – 20 bean bag tosses for each team at the corn hole boards.  For game #3, “Hop till Ya Drop”, a tough 30 seconds of jump rope competition.  Team Wacky BG was packing a ringer!  One of their adult players is enrolled with a jump rope program…she actually did 82 in just 30 seconds!!  Her rope was smoking!  Once our jumpers caught their breath, we continued on to game #4, “Dress Me Blind”.  One adult & one kid from each team was given a basket of adult’s clothes.  The adult was blindfolded & had to “dress” the kid with the help of the kids’ instruction!  The funniest part…when they got to the “bra”.  From the pictures included, you will notice our 3 teams’ “kid” players were from ages 2-7!  It was funny to watch & even more fun to cheer on.  With game #5, we had a late team join the playing field…the “Plunketeers”.  This game was the most fun (expressed by all participating & spectators)…”Scrambled Eggs”!  Each team had 2 adults & 2 kids (or some had to do it twice if some of their members needed a nap!) & were given a metal spoon & 4 raw eggs.  They had to go down & back, down & back as in a normal egg race BUT we were giving the chance for some lead-breaking points!  For every unbroken egg at the end of the relay, teams could receive 5 bonus points!!!  Every team still had all their eggs…unbroken after the competition.  Everyone had so much fun, we decided to do a second relay.  Players seemed to be a little braver & a lot faster this time.  There was only one casualty (egg)!  Moving on to game #6, “Shoot Out at the Square”, a basketball shooting competition with 2 adults & 2 kids from each team.  Fortunately the campground has a kids goal so it kept it fair!  Funny thing…just like last year, the kids scored as much if not more than the adults!  Even better, the Moms out scored the Dads…teehee!!!  Game #7 was the last “teams” competition & the most risky,  “Blind Man’s Bluff”, a blindfolded obstacle course through the campground playground!  We decided to just take 1 adult & 1 kid from each team for the competition due to the challenges of the event.  The kid was blindfolded & the adult “guided” them through the course.  To the slide, up & over.  To the 3 playground rockers, rock 3 times on each.  To the monkey bars, climb up to top & back, back down.  To the swings, swing 3 times on just one.  To the merry-go-round, get on & adult spins 3 times….then run back to the starting line.  We only scored 1 fat lip on the jungle gym, I think the adult was trying to hurry her to quickly!!  Our Olympics finale`….was open to any kids that were at the campground at that time.  “Brain Freeze”, popsicle  eating contest.  It was messy, but not nearly as bad as last years 90 degree weather (and bees!).  All in all it was a great day & even though we didn’t have many teams, those that did play had FUN!  I also want to say a big THANK YOU to my Brother & Sister-in-Law, Carl & Lisa Pritchett & our youngest Daughter, Tori Fry for all their help & support this weekend with all the various festivities we were in charge of!  I couldn’t have done it without you!!! I love you guys!!!

We had a Hot Dog Awards Banquet to celebrate the competition & to present awards to our winners……drum roll……GOLD went to Wacky BGs, SILVER went to Booyahs & BRONZE went to Hutchs.  The Plunketeers were only 1 point behind Hutchs, not bad for starting the competition halfway through.

Sunday morning we had our annual Indy 500 potluck pitch-in breakfast at the Shelter House…..YUM!  Wasn’t much left on the tables, pretty well cleaned out everything!  Sunday night we had a surprise performer that played for almost 3 hours just for tips, Chris Hurst.  I guess he grew up around the area & always used to come down to the campground when he was younger.  He strolled in the campground Friday night with his guitar & was playing.  We asked how much he charged, long story short…we really enjoyed his talents Sunday night & hope to have him back real soon!

Monday everyone just did their own thing.  Some stuck around for a while, some headed home early.  We headed out on the boat!  It was much warmer than Sunday but was windy.  We got a couple of hours on the lake before the rain started in.  But for the most part it was a pretty good weekend….Hope yours was too!!

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HERITAGE LAKE CAMPGROUND NEWS!!! 5/20/2013

English: The American FlagSo we had a productive campground meeting on 5/18 morning!  Some of you might not be up to date on our “fundraising” ability…virtually there are NONE!  The HLPOA did not renew the gambling license for 2013 so we are not permitted to do any 50/50, pull tabs, raffles, bingo, anything that you “gamble” for. That being said, we have to work off of the remaining funds available from last years gaming.

  • With limited funds available, we will only be having one band this season (unless we get enough donations from campers to afford another band possibly Labor Day wknd) which is scheduled for Friday night 7/5 with Drop Dead Joker (have been here before) starting at 8:30pm!  They are pretty good & very reasonable.  It was scheduled for Friday night as not to interfere with viewing the lake’s fireworks on Saturday night.
  • We can try to do more karaoke on Saturday nights if there’s interest.  There are two different campers in the park that can offer their service & will do so for tips….so as long as we can get enough tips to make it worth their effort/work.  We should be able to get one of them to do so when we want to set it up.
  • ONLY FUNDRAISER WE CAN HAVE:  Silent Auctions!  We had great success w/last years auction & since it’s the only way we can actually raise money this year we voted to do 2 this season.  So starting now until July 4th we will be accepting “new & like new” item donations for the auction to start on 7/5 at Noon & run thru 7/6 4P when bidding will end.  Winners announced at 8PM with payments due then (check/cash).  Second Silent Auction will be Labor Day wknd!  So mark your calendars, clean out your closets & garage…help support the campground!
  • PLEASE NOTE:  we will be having the annual Memorial Day wknd Breakfast Potluck Pitch-in Sunday 5/26 9:30am at the Shelter House.  Please bring your favorite breakfast contribution, your own table service (plates, cups & utensils) & drinks. OH & your appetite!  Bon Appétit
  • PARENTS:  Please remind your children NOT TO TOUCH THE WILD BABY ANIMALS & EGGS in the park!  They will be abandoned by their Mommies & will die.  We have had duck eggs & baby bunnies disturbed.                                                 Also they are NOT TO RIDE ANYTHING ON THE SIDEWALKS OR UNDER THE SHELTER.  And please not leave their bikes (etc.) in front of restroom doors, someone’s going to get hurt.  Thank you for your assistance in this matter!
  • We have our monthly campground meeting the 3rd Saturday morning at 10AM every month (unless otherwise stated).  It sure would be nice to see more attendance, new faces, new suggestions, participation on the workings of the campground.  We seem to always have the same people there.  The same people donating their time, ideas, etc.  Don’t like how things are going…come, participate & stay informed!

I have updated the calendar page here on the blog so while you’re here be sure to check it out!  This Saturday is the Wacky Family Olympics!!!  Hope the teams are ready for some fun competition.  Don’t forget to charge up your phones & cameras, I’m sure there will be some great photo ops! And for the Hot Dog Awards Banquet Saturday night, please contribute a side dish (hot or cold) & a dessert,  Don’t forget your own table service (plates, utensils) & your drinks.  The campground will furnish the hot dogs, buns & condiments.  Here’s to a great, fun, safe Memorial Day Weekend!!!

With all the April showers….there better be LOTS of May flowers, and I don’t mean WEEDS!!

Dandelions-2

This weekend marks one whole month the campground has been open and running, hard to believe!  Unfortunately the forecast is suppose to be more of the same we’ve had practically every weekend, all weekend long….rain 😦   Was away from home the last couple days & when I pulled up Wednesday morning my yard had a beautiful sunny yellow & bright purple hue to it.  Wasn’t by my doing…but those pesky darn dandelions!  I loved the beautiful purple wild violets but unfortunately can’t just mow the dandelions.  It took me double-cutting the WHOLE yard to make it look good…it was a hayfield!  But when you live in the country & mow a yard that was once a farm field & you’re surrounded completely by farm fields you come to except those “wildflowers” want or not.

 

I would like to quick mention about your pets & ticks!  Last weekend when I walked Mater around the campground & up in the neighborhoods, we found & removed a tick on him.  Then we found another when we got him home…so please remember to check your furry friends often & maybe check the kids too!

Olympic Flag

Well it’s time to pick your teams for our 2nd Annual Wacky Family Olympics.  This year it will be the Saturday of Memorial Day Weekend, 5/25/13, starting at 10am at the Shelter House.  I will be posting a teams sign-up sheet on the wall of the storage building on the corner of the Shelter House.  We’re going to change it up a little this year.  Sign your team up listing your team’s roster.  Each team will participate in every event EXCEPT Brain Freeze – that’s open to all kids 12 & under – no team necessary!  Brain Freeze participants do not have to be a team member, it’s just a fun event for the kids that day.  There will be a $5.00 team entry fee (payable just before events begin 5/25) to help offset the cost of supplies for the events & for the purchase of hot dogs/buns for the awards banquet @ 7-8PM on 5/25.  As mentioned above, I will post a teams sign-up sheet at the Shelter House starting this weekend.  I will also post a list of the events (in order) w/level of physical difficulty & the number of team members needed for each event.  Please Note:  if we do not have at least 5 teams signed up by 5/18 evening we will cancel the Olympics & the Banquet due to lack of interest/participation.  It takes a lot of work & expense to do this event that’s why we want to make sure we have at least 5 teams!  We really had a lot of fun last year, I hope we see just as much participation as we did last year!!!  We won’t have the inflatable obstacle course this year due to the problem of fundraising but we do have a surprise planned for 7/6/13…will keep you posted!

Until next post…..be safe, be healthy & come on warmer weather!!!!

 

 

Mother Nature….have a heart!!!

So it was another COLD, WET weekend at the ole’ campground again this past weekend.  😦  Friday it was almost like a ghost town around there…very few campers!  Our usual Friday night dinner fare of roasted hotdogs over a blazing campfire was cancelled due to soggy ground surrounding the fire pit.  So four of us headed to Dave’s All American Pizza on US36 on west side of Danville, IN.  Quite a unique patriotic decor of military memorabilia. The food was pretty good, most of us had the salad bar, the prices were fair.  We have driven past many times but this was our first dining experience.  I am sure over the course of the camping season, we will probably dine there again.

 

There was definitely more life around the campground on Saturday.  We had our first monthly campground meeting at 10am Saturday morning.  We had a pretty good turnout, hopefully it’s a new trend and not because it was the “first one”.  Our elected President, Ron Riggen, had to step down to Vice President due to his election to the Heritage Lake POA Board.  He could not retain his President position and be on the HLPOA board.  That, in turn, moved the Vice President, Dave Fry, to the President’s position.  Soooo the gavel was passed!  The meeting was pretty uneventful until we reached the topic of expired gambling license.  For those of you not at the meeting, we are no longer able to do 50/50, pull tabs, bingo, etc., so our fundraising ability has pretty much come to a quick halt.  We’re not sure if the license will be renewed or what grandiose fundraising ideas we can come up with.  We welcome fundraising ideas, keeping in mind camper participation can be scarce.  Stay tuned for updates as we know it.

 

Ham and Beans with Cornbread, The Friendly Coo... Saturday actually turned out pretty nice considering all the storms we’ve had recently!  Our campground event calendar offered up a ham & beans dinner at 7pm in the Shelter House.  Even though we didn’t have a big turnout, we had a delicious dinner!  I would like to thank the Clements, the Woods, the Riggens, & the Gates that joined us (the Frys) for their contributions and in participating!  We managed to raise $16…woohoo!  I’m sure everyone in attendance took a little something home with them…GAS!  teehee ;-P

 

Thanks for tuning in folks….until my next post…be safe, be healthy…& come on BETTER WEATHER!!!

 

 

 

Opening Weekend…decent weather

 

It was great to see a lot of fellow campers this past weekend for the opening of the 2013 camping season!  It was pretty populated for being the first weekend open.  A lot of the campers used the weekend for just bringing their units in and getting them set-up.  Others already had them set up and were there to enjoy the socialization of the camp season!  Unfortunately the water softeners weren’t serviced in time for the opening weekend.  But I am told that they will be operational by Thursday (11th)!

 

Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium

 

We pulled in about 2pm on Friday afternoon…there were a number of campers already there and many more to follow yet that day and still more on Saturday.  Lots of busy people working on the units, their lots, their socializing…lol.  We had scheduled a “Welcome Back Campers” Family Movie Night in the Shelter House for Saturday night. We only got about eight takers.  I decided to show “Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium” starring Dustin Hoffman as Mr. Magorium, Natalie Portman as Molly Mahoney, Jason Bateman as Henry “Mutant” Weston & an enjoyable young boy named Zach Mills playing Eric Applebaum.  If you have never seen the movie, I highly recommend it.  It’s a great movie for the young and the young at heart!  I’ve watched it several times!  We only had to battle the pesky wind and the very cool temperatures.  Viewers retreated to their warm campers seeking shelter from the winds after the movie ended.

 

In closing, I will be posting an ingredient contribution sign up sheet in the Shelter House Friday (12th) for the Ham & Beans Dinner scheduled for 7pm-? Saturday April 20th.  Tickets are $1 ea. for 10yrs & up.  Please bring all your table settings and drinks you will need for your family.  Again, look for that ingredient contribution sign up sheet to be posted in the Shelter House this Friday (12th).  Hope everyone has a great week with all this warmer weather before we turn COLD again… 😦

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Get your camper running….head out to the campground…

 

…we’re looking for adventure….for whatever comes our way!  Born to be w-i-l-d.  Yes it’s almost that time!  Officially the 2013 Heritage Lake Camping Season begins on April 5th at 1PM.  I’m excited for the fun to begin!  But with the crap Mother Nature has been dealing us as of lately…one can only hope that winter hits the road & we can start to enjoy better weather!  If you remember, last year it was unseasonably warmer than it should have been for this time of year.  Sadly though we really never had a spring last year, it skipped practically from winter to summer.  But, this year I just want the cold, snowy, windy weather to take a hike & for it to just be comfortable enough to enjoy the amenities at the start of camping season….how about you?

 

That being said, it was decided that turning on the water in the campgrounds should be delayed a little longer to make sure we didn’t have any mishaps with frozen, burst pipes in the campground.  We sure don’t want to waste a bunch of money having to do unnecessary plumbing, let alone cutting into our camping season by delaying the “opening day”!!!

 

We are fortune to have Barb Woods return for another season as the Campground Manager, along with her equally hardworking other half…Ed.  Unfortunately for them, they have been unable to stay in their camper yet, due to the delay of turning on the water.  Not so sure these seasonal Floridians favored the weather they returned to…makes a body wonder…why trade that weather for this?  But we’re certainly glad they did!

Fireplace

 

REMINDER:  We’re having a “Welcome Back” family movie night & campfire at the shelter house starting at 8PM on Saturday night (April 6th).  We’ll have the wood stove all stoked up & blazing.  So bring your snacks, beverages of choice, comfy chairs, & probably warm blankets for the kick off of the 2013 Camping Season.  If there’s enough campers, we might even run our first 50-50 drawing.  We’ll see you there!