With Christmas behind us, it’s time to get serious about our Gypsy Gathering rally February 9-13 in Casa Grande, Arizona. We have more reservations coming in every day, and I have had several suggestions for seminars folks would like to see. We are trying to make all of those seminars happen, but I still need some help finishing out the seminar lineup.
My friend Cheryl Green is a consultant with Creative Memories and will be presenting seminars on digital scrapbooking, and a hands-on workshop on scrapbooking and card making. Cheryl presented her seminars at our Ohio Gypsy Gathering in September and it was a big hit, so we’re excited to have her joining us in Arizona.
We have also had several requests for a seminar on geocaching, and I have added one to the schedule. I’m not sure who will be presenting it yet, either myself, or do I have an experienced geocacher out there who is interested?
Someone also suggested a seminar on map reading. Yes, even with GPS units and computer technology, there is still a place for maps in this high tech world of ours. I’m trying to put that together now.
Several people have asked about a cooking seminar, or a seminar dedicated to convection cooking. I know we will have at least one cooking seminar, and I’m trying to find someone to cover the convection class now. And before you ask why Miss Terry doesn’t present that class, she doesn’t use a convection oven and much prefers to stick with her conventional gas range and oven.
It’s going to be a fun rally, and we look forward to seeing a lot of you there. At our first rally we had 185 RVs, and this year we had 254. Can we top that number this time around? Terry and I have to walk a fine line with our rallies; we need them to be big enough to cover the expenses and hopefully some of our effort, but we don’t want them to get too big and start losing the small, informal feeling we have worked to create for our attendees.
We are also investigating alternate locations for future Western rallies. With the changes in management at the Pinal County Fairgrounds in Casa Grande, I’m not sure if we will be able to continue using that venue. From the very start, Terry and I have debated whether we should return to the same place every year for our rallies, both east and west, or if we should take them to new locales. We’re still not sure which way to go with that. Casa Grande is convenient to snowbird hotspots like Phoenix, Tucson, and Yuma, as well as all of the RVers who go to Quartzsite every year. But what about someplace in California, Oregon, or Washington? Maybe later in the year? What are your thoughts?
Several people have suggested that we hold our established winter Western and fall Eastern rallies in familiar locations, and then have a third floating rally that might be anywhere, during the summer. Miss Terry quickly reminded me that there are only so many weeks in a year, and that I pull her in enough different directions at once as it is, so I guess we’ll stick to two rallies a year.
Thought For The Day – Sometimes when I’m angry, I have the right to be, but that doesn’t give me the right to be cruel.