Starting June 1 you can register for the 2014 RVing Women Convention. Convention fee is $180 for RVW members if you register by August 30. The campsite fees aren’t listed yet, but I’ll update as they are posted.
Sites will be available starting October 2. This year there are more than 250. Some have full hookups with 30-amp services, some water and electric and some set aside for boondocking. For boondockers, generator hours won’t be limited and honey wagon service is available in addition to three dumps sites.
I checked just now and was able to download the 31-page program. You can go to their website to read it online (click top box on right that reads “Festival Guide: download here”), or click here to download the PDF (it’s 8 MB) onto your computer.
I plan to arrive August 1st and stay through Sunday morning. While I’m anxious to get to Lake Superior, I am also wanting to enjoy being with Great Lakers and viewing as many of the films as possible. Lots of great films just waiting for our viewing pleasure! I’m a movie nut, especially independent and foreign films. A couple of my favorites from this past year were Hedgehog (loved this movie) and Hugo (in 3D).
Ruth Robb sent this lovely article and photos about the June rally in Niles. She also sent the article off to RVW Magazine so Great Lakers keep your eye out for the printed version in a few months. This is from Ruth:
What a rally! The Bluegrass Festival in Niles, MI was the focus for the weekend, but much more went on. Thursday and Friday started with rain and cool temperatures, but Saturday morning greeted us with sunshine and warmer temps.
Thirty women gathered Thursday evening at the Riverfront Campground shelter for a welcome meal of sloppy joes, chips, coffee, cookies, and don’t forget the bread-and-butter pickles. It was an evening reuniting with friends and meeting new friends. The warm food on a chilly and rainy day put everyone in good spirits.
Friday the music went on in the rain. Some attended the festival while others hung out at the campground. The campground was wonderful with a pond in the center and the Dowagiac River along one side. Friday evening we had a great dinner at the Riverfront Cafe. The service and food was fantastic. There were reservations for 25 people and 32 showed. They quickly added seating and proceeded to serve everyone in one-and-a-half hours!
Saturday most of the women spent the day enjoying the many bluegrass bands. In the evening we had a potluck. Of course there was plenty of good food.
The send-off breakfast on Sunday morning was prepared by the hostess, Ruth Robb. There was an egg casserole, juice, coffee, and pastries to get a good start to the day. Many stayed for the day to go kayaking. Seven kayaks launched, and fortunately, despite some rough waters, seven kayaks and wet kayakers later emerged.
For those who stayed for another night there was some reminiscing around the campfire that evening. Great Lakers have another fine, friend-filled, and fun RVing weekend to remember.
Skye King and Joy Bondy stepped up to the plate by organizing a July 13-15 Great Lakers rally. The rally will be held at the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Campground near Mt. Pleasant, MI, and the Soaring Eagle Casino. Make your reservation through Skye (248-547-2545 or skyeroi at yahoo dot com) and not the campground.
Rates are $17-$19 a night for water and electric (30 or 50 amp). One site only has 20 amps, but Skye says ” we will work it out as we get there.” None have sewers, but there is a dump station. There is a bathhouse with showers. Plan to bring your bathing suit to enjoy the outdoor swimming pool (below), and if so inclined, take the “free” shuttle to the casino. Click here for a map and here for a brochure.
I found this interesting reading on their website about why the campground is known as The Hill. Sounds wonderful:
The campground is affectionately known to local community members as “The Hill.” Memories of ancestors, loved ones, and years gone by are sheltered among the canopy of oaks, maples, white ash, and cottonwood trees that grace the landscape. Located on a no-outlet road, The Hill is generally a quiet and peaceful campground with a calming breeze and shaded sites to keep you comfortable. The Hill has long been a place for Tribal members to come and relax with friends.