Okay, now let's everyone take a deep breath, exhale slowly while counting to 10.......
I will be the first to admit that I am not thrilled with Rockahock. Even though June 08 is 11 months away it is the only campground that is near Williamsburg that could accomodate us. I can expand further out towards richmond but as others have pointed out we now have 2 events planned for virginia next year. The event sites are on opposite ends of the state seperated by "APPROXIMATELY" 4 hours (your milage/speed may vary). I doubt anyone attending the Walnut Hills event will be willing to travel that far to visit Williamsburg. A Richmond campground would still be about an hour drive to Williamsburg which I can see people doing.
I will take a look at Annapolis but when I looked for campgrounds to attend my Naval Academy 25 year reunion I didn't see any public campgrounds nearby. Dave is there a campground you can recommend?
The only complaint I have heard on Gettysburg so far was the fee's at Drummer Boy. They were not spelled out so let me just list what they are "listed" at. (This does not include any discount which Rick and Jeana may have negotiated) http://www.drummerboycampresort.com/rates.html
Fri and Sat nights - $60 per night
Every other night - $50 per night
Assuming a 10% discount we are still talking some serious money. Now for that price you get cable. WiFi is available for a fee (we can ask that they throw in free wifi for the group but don't know how receptive they will be - can't hurt to ask)
Rick/Jeana do you have any details on the pavillion (it may have been earlier in the thread, it just doesn't show up on the review I am looking at now.
I realized the potential can of worms when we open up the "candidates" to eview and comment by all and my ego was well prepared for the responses. I chose to do this because we want to come up with a location/venue that will be attractive to many (never going to please all). Rockahock had too many give and takes for me to get a clear view of which ones were more important than others (A/c or price, location or cable, etc.)
I wanted to know what you thought and I appreciate all the comments. Please try and dircet your comments to Lisa/Rick/Jeana and I. Everyone's input is welcome and everyones preferences are equally important to us. It is okay to say you would not attend if it is held in a certain campground, or that you would attend if it was near some attraction you have always wanted to visit; that lets us know how strongly you feel about it.
I will go back and take a look at where other regional rallies are scheduled that year - it does make sense to offer diversity and spread the opportunities geographically.
VABLUEBIRD - Thank you for your efforts to add another opportunity to gather together for good times. In my opinion there can not be too many opportunities. Congrats on locking in a location and wish us luck as we keep evaluating possible locations. I tried to convince the lady at American Heritage campground to bump the group that is meeting there the weekend we wanted. I told her we thought of their campground and that weekend before the other group did we just didn't call first but she wouldn't budge.
Keep the ideas AND opinions coming (just direct them at us)and we will keep looking for the best overall location. It is out there we just need to look harder and your inputs help.
Bill and Lisa