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Campers' Group Bulletin - Winter 2016-2017   

It is the life of the crystal, the architect of the flake, the fire of the frost, the soul of the sunbeam. This crisp winter air is full of it. - John Burroughs

Saturday, December 31, Night Out, First Night Morris County, Morristown NJ
Join us for the 25th Anniversary of New Jersey’s biggest and brightest First Night event - First Night Morris County, a New Year’s Eve celebration of the arts with nearly 200 artists, over 85 events in 26+ venues representing dance, theatre, music, world cultures, visual arts and children’s events. We will meet at Malay Restaurant for Malaysian and Thai food at 6:30 pm. Ample parking and also the train station is close by; check out the map here. Even though this is billed generally as an alcohol-free event, you can bring your own beer or wine to the restaurant, or purchase at one of the nearby stores. If we choose, we can also visit one of the bars in town for a midnight toast!

Campers‘ Group is purchasing tickets (event buttons) in advance for the group. The number we buy will depend on how many RSVP, so please do so ASAP to provide us an early and accurate count. Your RSVP payment on Meetup.com will cover dinner (except alcohol) and a ticket to this event. Your First Night Morris County admission button gives you access to innovative, diverse and high quality performances ideal for participants of all ages. Click here to view the First Night program with descriptions of all performers and times. The venues are within close walking distance of one another and the historic Morristown Green, with dazzling fireworks shows at 9:15 p.m. and midnight! Free shuttles will also run throughout the evening, stopping at 8 different locations. Shuttle stops are identified on the event map.

To reserve a spot, send a check for $54 made out to Campers‘ Group, to: Campers’ Group, 48 S. High Street Mt. Vernon, NY 10550. Once the organizer or a trip leader is notified of receipt of your check, you will be added to the RSVP list. For immediate inclusion, pay $55.87 via PayPal on the meetup.com page for this trip. ***First Night tickets are non-refundable. We will provide a PARTIAL refund (less Paypal fee), for the restaurant portion only, if we are contacted by Wednesday 12/21. After then, we only offer this refund if we have enough people to cover our expenses, or can replace you to maintain the same attendance. Refunds are first come first served, and only after the event.***

Directions:
Take Route 80 West to Exit 43, Route 287 South. Follow Route 287 to Exit 35, Madison Avenue. Turn right at the end of the ramp, proceeding to traffic light on the corner of South Street and Madison Avenue. Turn right onto South Street and proceed to the center of town. All public Morristown Parking Authority lots are free on the night of the event. The event map identifies these free parking locations with a “P” as well as parking lot capacities. Metered parking is only free after 8pm. The Morristown Train Station is located .3 miles from the Morristown Green. The Morristown Train Station is on the Morris & Essex Line with Midtown Direct rail service, and it is also a stop on the NJ Transit bus line. You can walk from the Train Station to the Morristown Green in about 10 minutes.

Suzy 201-572-9782
January 13-16, Holiday Weekend Trip, Vermont Country House, Readsboro VT
Join us on MLK weekend for a multitude of winter activities in southern Vermont! Activities include cross-country skiing, downhill skiing, snowshoeing, hiking or even just exploring the quaint small towns in the area. We have reserved a very nice Vermont country house for our group. There are 4 bedrooms/2 baths plus a bonus room that sleeps up to 12 people. The house was built in 1850 and backs up to the Green Mountain National forest. It’s only minutes away from the town of Wilmington VT, Mount Snow and the local Spoonwood Creamery and Honora Winery. You can snowmobile, snowshoe or hike right from front porch to many miles of well maintained trails! Deer, wild turkeys, fox, geese, ducks, hummingbirds, etc. are found regularly on this property. This is also a wonderful place to see the beautiful night sky without light pollution. Bring your cross-country skis or snowshoes if you would like to ski or hike right from or near the rental property. For groomed trails (generally preferred) and cross-country ski and snowshoe rentals, we will visit Prospect Mountain Nordic Ski Center or Timber Creek Cross Country Ski Center adjacent to Mount Snow. For downhill skiing, Mount Snow is the closest downhill facility. There are also snowmobile tours available at Mount Snow, and High Country. Also, Zoar Adventure Center supplies several types of rentals. All of these facilities are about a 30 min drive from the house.

To reserve a spot, send a check for $125 made out to Campers‘ Group, to: Campers’ Group, 48 S. High Street Mt. Vernon, NY 10550. Once the organizer or a trip leader is notified of receipt of your check, you will be added to the RSVP list. For immediate inclusion, pay $129 via PayPal on the meetup.com page for this trip.

Trudy 845-544-0446 / Bernadette 239-289-3744
January 28-29, Cabin Trip, Thendara Mountain Club, Harriman State Park NY
Our friends at Thendara Mountain Club have invited us to stay overnight at their rustic cabin in Harriman State Park. The cabin (built 1929) has heat, electricity, a full kitchen, indoor men’s and women’s washrooms with hot showers, and heated bathrooms about 50 ft from the lodge. There are seven bedrooms with 2-4 cots each (rooms are shared). The cabin has a big main room with fireplace, comfortable seating, eating table and screened in porch. The weekend includes Saturday night dinner, Sunday breakfast and a bag lunch.

Meet us at the cabin on Saturday morning at 9:30am to join us on a moderately strenuous hike. Depending on snowfall, we may instead snowshoe or even cross-country ski. We may also carpool to the trail head. Later in the afternoon we will return to camp for a relaxing and well deserved happy hour in front of the fire! Dinner will be provided by the Thendara host for this weekend. Breakfast and sandwiches will be available on Sunday. Diet restrictions can usually be accommodated - just be sure to tell the host when you RSVP. You need to bring a sleeping bag or sheet and pillowcase. There are wool blankets and pillows available. On Sunday, after we have breakfast and prepare our bag lunch, we may go out again starting at about 11am from the cabin. The total cost will be approximately $45 (depending on what food the host brings to prepare), which will cover meals and lodging. You can also join us just for the Saturday hike for $7.

You can take the train or bus to Sloatsburg and can either hike in, ride a bike up scenic Seven Lakes Drive, or we can arrange to have someone from camp with a car meet you at the station. Feel free to bring a spouse, date, friend and well behaved kids, but sorry, no pets.

To reserve a spot, send a check for $7 made out to Campers‘ Group, to: Campers’ Group, 48 S. High Street Mt. Vernon, NY 10550. Once the organizer or a trip leader is notified of receipt of your check, you will be added to the RSVP list. For immediate inclusion, pay $7.50 via PayPal on the meetup.com page for this trip.

Kathy 973-600-4328 / Brian 973-615-1262
February 17-20, Holiday Weekend Trip, TMax-n-Topo’s Hostel, Lake Placid NY
We are finally returning to Lake Placid! This beautiful area has excellent cross-country skiing, also downhill skiing, sledding, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, hiking and many other activities in the spectacular high peaks region of the Adirondacks. Lake Placid is an interesting town to explore, having hosted both the 1932 and the 1980 Winter Olympics. We have reserved two rooms in the popular TMax -n- Topo’s Hostel. They are motel-style rooms, one that sleeps up to six and has a full kitchen and another that sleeps up to five and has a small refrigerator, microwave and coffee pot. Both private rooms have their own bathroom and shower. (We will need to discuss if we want to make them men’s and women’s rooms, or if they will be coed.) The downstairs common area has a very large kitchen, a dining area and sitting room. They have wireless internet and cable TV, and you can also relax on the large porch. The Mt. Van Hoevenberg Cross Country & Biathlon Center is a world class facility for cross-country skiing, ice skating, snow tubing, and even bobsledding or a tree-top gondola ride! Whiteface Mountain for downhill skiing, and a visit to the Olympic Museum can also be great fun! As luck would have it, our friends at Thendara Mountain Club are also staying in the area this weekend! We plan to meet up with them for a dinner, hike or other activity.

To reserve a spot, send a check for $104 made out to Campers‘ Group, to: Campers’ Group, 48 S. High Street Mt. Vernon, NY 10550. Once the organizer or a trip leader is notified of receipt of your check, you will be added to the RSVP list. For immediate inclusion, pay $110 via PayPal on the meetup.com page for this trip.

Ken 201-388-3685
Monday, February 20, Night Out, Fat Cat, New York NY
Join Terry and friends at Fat Cat (75 Christopher St, NYC) to celebrate his birthday, and for great live music! George Braith, a legend in the field of modern progressive jazz, with his band goes on at 9:00pm. There is a $3 door charge, and an open bar from 8:30pm-12:00am for Terry’s friends. For an additional charge, Fat Cat offers a wide variety of gaming entertainment choices, including billiards, ping pong, shuffleboard, foosball, chess and checkers, backgammon, scrabble, and more. You can also order from local restaurants and they will deliver into the club.
Terry 718-933-9807



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