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Florida: Mid-Florida Winnies

May 06, 2019

Florida: Mid-Florida Winnies
Harbor Lakes RV Resort
 
This was a great campout for our chapter. We had 12 coaches arrive on Sunday to get things started early. We had a total of 19 coaches in attendance from our club and we were fortunate enough to have our Eastern Area Representatives Tammy and Stewart Smith with us. The facilities were good even if we did get moved around a bit due to other commitments. The theme for the campout was a Garden Party for our 45th Birthday Party.
 
We started Sunday afternoon with our officers running to the local Sam’s Club to get food for our dinners. Since this was our birthday party campout, we decided to have the meals for free to all attending. We also had 4 couples for our hosts as the officers host the birthday campout.
 
Monday was a good day for arriving and our happy hour turned out to be very nice in our own private screened room near our coaches. We talked and got to know some of the new people who came to the campout.
 
On Tuesday we got together after breakfast in our coaches to head out to the Peace River Botanical and Sculpture Gardens about 30 minutes away. What a wonderful peaceful place this was. It is a work in progress but with such beautiful flowers and sculptures. The property was owned by Roger and Linda Tetrault. They started with 27 acres of wetlands and conceived the idea of botanical gardens with world-class sculptures and an art museum. The property abuts the Peace River and when completed will encompass the diversity of five (5) ecosystems including marshlands, wetlands, mangroves, uplands and a tidal basin. Upon completion, there will be an island amphitheater with flowering trees and plants year round. There will also be more than 15,000 sq. ft. of boardwalks and docks. Phase I, the sculpture garden, is now open with sculptures from international artists. Roger Tetrault still has a residence on the property today. It is a one bedroom mansion with a 4-5 bedroom guest house nearby. It is clear from the construction that he is not interested in close proximity of his guests.
 
Tuesday evening the officers treated us to a pasta dinner with all the fixings. They provided the bread and salad for us all to enjoy. A request had gone out for anyone interested to bring a dessert and the members stepped up. We had cakes and pies and some fruit to share. After dinner we played a dice game called Left, Right, Center.
 
Wednesday morning was a variety of egg and sausage casseroles. We even had a gluten free option for those so inclined and two different French Toast varieties. Along with the casseroles we had cut up fruit and finally got to use our coffee pots. The casseroles were well received and there was nothing left of the five casseroles. After breakfast we had our chapter meeting. In the afternoon, the ladies were treated to a class in a variety of crafts by Shirley Parks and Elaine Schilp. Shirley offered t-shirt braiding or wreath making and Elaine offered napkin ring making. Everyone had fun. Several ladies were able to finish their t-shirts in time to wear them that evening. We decided to start selling tickets for the 50/50 drawing during Happy Hour and continue through the meal to make sure everyone had a chance to get a ticket. Our dinner on Wednesday evening was a wonderful Baked Ham dinner with mashed potatoes and green beans. After dinner we moved to the billiard room to have our birthday celebration. The cake was great and so was the presentation by Tammy and Stewart of our 45th patch.
 
Thursday morning we had a variety of muffins with coffee and juice. We all said good-bye and wished all safe travels until we meet again. Our next regular scheduled campout is in May (20-23) hosted by Longs and Maddox. This campout will be held at Red Gate Campground in Savannah, GA. We wish everyone Safe travels until we meet again.