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Campers' Group Bulletin - Spring 1997

Campers' Group Bulletin - Spring 1997

Hail Hale-Bopp! That's the name of a comet that's planning to have a close encounter with the earth from mid-March to mid-April. We'll go comet-watching in Staten Island in March and in Jenny Jump State Forest in April.

At our annual meeting this February, we decided to make a one-year experiment: in 1997, we'll give a discount to people who receive the newsletter by e-mail. We hope to spend less on postage, use fewer trees and lick fewer envelopes.

To reserve space on a trip, call its leaders Sunday to Wednesday of the previous week, before 10 PM. If you need information earlier than that, call David Levner at 718-897-1448.

To go on a camping or cabin trip, you must be a member. You can mail us your dues or pay at the site. One year's membership costs $12 for an individual or $18 for a family ($8 or $12 if you receive the newsletter by e-mail). Make out your check to Campers' Group and send it to David Levner, 63-36 98th Place, Apt. 5J, Rego Park, NY 11374.


ACTIVITIES

Saturday March 15, Party, Pot Luck Dinner, Staten Island, NY
Share a pot luck dinner by Neysa's fireplace, but bring your own marshmellows. After dinner, we'll take a walk through historic Snug Harbor in Staten Island to search for a comet. Members and their guests welcome. NO CALLS BEFORE MARCH 8.

Neysa Linzer 718-815-7277 (or 800-252-4638)

April 4-6, Jenny Jump State Forest, Hope NJ
From the astronomical observatory in the park, we should get one of the best views of the comet. There will be telescopes and amateur astronomers to help explain what we're seeing. If you don't want to camp out, you can come for the day (or evening) on Saturday. Flush toilets and hot showers. NO CALLS BEFORE MARCH 30.

David Levner 718-897-1448

Sunday April 20, Bird-watching Walk in Pelham Bay Park, Bronx, NY
Take a hike in the biggest park in the Bronx. We might see songbirds, hawks, osprey and dragonflies. Bring binoculars if you own them and a prepared lunch or food to cook on a grill. Accessible by public transportation. NO CALLS BEFORE APRIL 13.

Angel Cardenas 718-601-2551

May 3-4, Cabin Trip, AMC Fire Island, Atlantique, NY
Help AMC get its Fire Island cabin in shape for 1997. You'll get a chance to garden, weed, clean, paint and do light construction work. The cost is $20 for one night's lodging and four hearty meals. You'll also earn a free pass to stay at the cabin for one night during the summer (worth $20). Flush toilets and hot showers. Limited to 10 people. Accessible by public transportation. NO CALLS BEFORE APRIL 27.

Don Borden 914-699-5749   Myrna Murchison 212-928-4678

Sunday May 18, Roosevelt Island Walk, Queens, NY
Join us for an easy hike on this little known paradise between Queens and Manhattan. We'll walk the trail on the island's perimeter that leads past a lighthouse and includes panoramic views of Manhattan and Long Island City and city bridges. Meet on the Queens side for a walk across the bridge to the island, or join us later at the island's only subway stop. Later we'll take the sky tram to the city for dinner. NO CALLS BEFORE MAY 11.

Judith Gross 718-392-3288

May 23-26 (Memorial Day Weekend), Hickory Run State Park, White Haven, PA
Our group site extends deep into the forest. Lake swimming, excellent fishing, 30 miles of hiking trails, mountain biking, Boulders' Field (a National Natural Landmark), and all-you-can-eat pancake breakfasts at the Hickory House. Outhouses by the site, flush toilets and showers by the lake. Limited to 20 people. NO CALLS BEFORE MAY 18.

Anne Gruber 212-826-6495   Neysa Linzer 800-252-4638

Tuesday June 3, Mailing Party, Queens, NY
Help us mail the summer newsletter and we'll buy you dinner. (You can have spam, spam, spam, spam or spam.) Be the first one on your block to get the summer newsletter.

David Levner 718-897-1448

June 13-15, Taconic State Park, Millerton, NY
See mighty Bashbish falls, or swim in Rudd Pond. Boat rentals available. Hiking, bicycling. Near Alander Peak and Brace Mountain. Hot showers and flush toilets. NO CALLS BEFORE JUNE 8.

Ben Hager 718-829-0446   Israel Sacolick 718-252-7655

Saturday June 21, Mermaid Parade, Coney Island, NY
Welcome summer with this annual rite of passage which draws a colorfully-dressed crowd of sea-floats, mermaids, mermen and marine critters to the famous resort. Dress as your favorite sea-creature for a parade and costume-judging on the boardwalk, or just come to watch, eat cotton candy and Nathan's hot dogs and enjoy the amusement park. NO CALLS BEFORE JUNE 15.

Judith Gross 718-392-3288


CONTACTS:
  Benevolent Dictator   David Levner    718-897-1448   levner@panix.com :-)
  Treasurer             Cathie Carmen   718-463-2431

  World-Wide Web home page: http://www.campersgroup.org