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Campers' Group Bulletin - Winter 1998-99

Campers' Group Bulletin - Winter 1998-99

Beat them Winter blues. Get out your footsie warmers, dust off your mukluks and get ready to have some fun plowing through that fluffy, white stuff. We promise you'll be warm (indoors) next to a cozy, tranquil fire or in a heated cabin trip. If you've never x-country skied, these trips are great opportunities to learn. Lessons are available for beginners and intermediate skiers, and some of the trails will challenge even the experts. You can also downhill ski, hike, ice skate or snowshoe. Or join us at our February potluck party and bring some photos or stories of last year's fun-filled days.

To reserve a space on a weekend trip or day event, call the leaders between Sunday and 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. Also send all deposits for cabin trips to this address.

ACTIVITIES

Friday, December 25, Christmas Dinner, Manhattan
Celebrate the holiday with friends. We'll meet for a Manhattan adventure and a meal in an ethnic restaurant to enjoy the spirit of the season. NO CALLS BEFORE DECEMBER 20.

Murray Bernstein 718-638-6496

January 1-3, Frost Valley YMCA, Oliverea, NY
Begin the new year on the right trail. You can now view the stars through a telescope in the newly opened observatory. Two nights lodging and five meals (Saturday breakfast through Sunday lunch) for $135 per person, with discounts for children. X-country skis and snowshoes provided, but bring your own ice skates. Limited to 10 people. For those with special dietary needs, please make your request at the time of reservation. To reserve, send a check for $135. NO CALLS BEFORE NOVEMBER 29.

Eliot Kipnis 718-499-6618, David Levner 718-897-1448

January 15-17/18, LaAnna Youth Hostel, Cresco, PA
Join us for an activity-filled getaway in the Poconos. The hostel, a rustic lodge set in the woods by a gently rolling stream, is near hiking trails that can be skied on if the weather cooperates. We won't be far from Promised Land State Park and Tobyhanna State Park. The hostel has a fully-equipped kitchen, hot showers and flush toilets for $12 per person per night. Only two hours from N.Y. City and Philadelphia. NO CALLS BEFORE DECEMBER 13.

Denise Drossos 718-435-3160, Dan Bachmann 908-874-4935

February 12-15 (Presidents Weekend), High Peaks Base Camp, Upper Jay, NY
All Winter sports and a comfortable lodge. Nearby Lake Placid has indoor and outdoor ice-skating rinks; go to Mt. Van Hovenberg and Cascade for x-country skiing; Whiteface Mountain for downhill skiing. All equipment can be rented, and you can purchase lessons. Or explore the back country of the Adirondack High Peaks Wilderness Area. The base camp is heated and has a restaurant and bathrooms with showers. Two nights and two meals (Saturday and Sunday breakfast) for $20 per night, per person. Since this trip is a long drive, try to get one or two days off following the 14th/15th so you can extend your stay. To reserve, send a check for $40. NO CALLS BEFORE JANUARY 12.

David Levner 718-897-1448, Jeff Crump 212-932-3470

Saturday, February 20, Day Trip, Minnewaska State Park, New Paltz, NY
Minnewaska is the best park for x-country skiing within a three-hour drive of New York City. Bring your own skis or rent them. Lessons available. NO CALLS BEFORE FEBRUARY 14.

Joanne Hawker 212-690-3795, Robert Vanterpool 212-234-9440

Saturday, February 27, Party, Escape the Winter Blues Pot Luck, Brooklyn
Party with good food and fun people. Bring your favorite ethnic dish or beverage. Limited to 25 Campers' Group members. Accessible by public transportation. NO CALLS BEFORE FEBRUARY 21.

Brian Ribner 718-253-3063

Tuesday, March 9, Annual Meeting, Brooklyn, NY
Meet to plan our agenda for the coming year. How many Summer camping trips should we have in 1999? Which parks should we visit? How can we improve the way trips are led? How should we attract new members? Should we set up a reserve to bail Ms. D. out for collecting firewood in a national recreation area, as it is bound to occur again in 1999? We need your opinion! Members only. Located near public transportation.

Denise Drossos 718-435-3169

March 12-14, Cabin Trip, Pocono Environmental Education Center, Dingmans Ferry, PA
Winter sports and environmental education at this wooded preserve. Two nights and five meals (Saturday breakfast through Sunday lunch), $100 per person. You can rent x-country skis if there's snow. For a few extra bucks you can relax or practice your laps in the indoor swimming pool. To reserve, send a check for $100. NO CALLS BEFORE FEBRUARY 10.

Christine Forkner 212-874-1112, Kirsten Andersen 914-923-9428


CONTACTS:
  Benevolent Dictator  David Levner    718-897-1448  levner@panix.com :-)
  Treasurer            Cathie Carmen   718-463-2431
  Non-Dictator         Denise Drossos  718-435-3169  msdteach@worldnet.att.net

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