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13th Annual Thanksgiving Warm-up and Food Fest

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13th Annual Thanksgiving Warm-up and Food Fest

Time: November 11, 2022 at 12pm to November 13, 2022 at 10am
Location: Sandy Beach Campground, Rio Vista, CA
Street: 2333 Beach Drive
City/Town: Rio Vista, CA
Website or Map: http://parkreservations.solan…
Phone: (707) 374-2097
Event Type: campout, and, potluck
Organized By: John LaTorre
Latest Activity: Nov 15

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Event Description

This is #13! It's time to be back together again to consume food and make merry! 

We are going back to Sandy Beach in Rio Vista, CA. This is our annual practice run and food fest  before Thanksgiving. Reserve sites soon as they may go fast if the sport fishermen/women come back this year.

It's a pot-luck, and I'll be roasting a turkey on-site. Electrical outlets will be available for people with hot pots and such,

Party Central will be at site #4. Bring food, wine, and wood (although wood may also be available on-site). 

Musical instruments are always welcome, particularly if accompanied by musicians.

As usual, I'll share my spot with another camper, and encourage you to to the same.

A few more things: the reservation section of the park's web site is a bit dodgy right now, and senior discounts aren't on the menu there. If you qualify, go ahead and reserve your spot at the going rate, and make contact with the park by phone to arrange a refund of part of the fee. The point is to grab your spot first, and settle the bill later.

The second thing: Note that all reservations must be made at least two weeks in advance of the date, and no "first-come-first-served" sites are provided anymore. But if you're late, look for the people willing to share a spot and hitch up with them. 

Third, all sites have electricity FOR FREE. Bring your electric heaters if you think you need them. (If you don't have one and need one, let me know and I'll bring one for you.) 

Brett made a little video about what kind of adapter you need if you want to use the AC outlets that are at every site (FOR FREE!). Here it is: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nOF7aCUfwZ0

Lastly, be aware that there are wild critters (raccoons, feral cats, etc.) that will go into any open camper that you're not around. So be sure to keep your doors closed.

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Comment by John LaTorre on November 10, 2022 at 11:05am

Thank you, Jane. I'm bringing the extra heater, adapter, and extension cord for anybody who needs it.

I've called Sandy Beach to see if they're selling firewood and left a message on their voicemail, but haven't had an answer. I'll call again this afternoon, and if I don't hear back from them, I'll assume that they aren't selling it, and will bring some from the store.

UPDATE: The park will NOT be selling firewood weekend, so bring your own. The Ace hardware store at 506 State Highway 12, Rio Vista will probably have some... we've bought it there in the past.

Comment by Melissa Boyd on November 10, 2022 at 1:16pm

We'll bring a bunch of firewood. Also, green salad and cornbread unless there are other requests.

Comment by diana harvey on November 10, 2022 at 1:30pm

JOhn. I'm bringing firewood too.

Comment by Melissa Boyd on November 11, 2022 at 7:36am

Slight change of plans. We'll be arriving Saturday around noon instead of Friday night. Randy is recovering from a cold (not Covid, tested negative) and we've decided that would be better. See you all tomorrow!

Comment by John LaTorre on November 11, 2022 at 9:36am

Thanks for the heads-up, Melissa. Give Randy lots of hot tea!

I'll be leaving for the site in about two hours (a friend of mine is in the hospital and I want to be around for more news on her). 

If you need to get in touch with me after that, my cell phone is 916-871-6637.

Comment by John LaTorre on November 11, 2022 at 9:40am

And our line-up seems to be:

As it looks like now:

#4: me/the Boyds

#5: Regis/

#9: Possibly open if Dave and Yolanda couldn't cancel

#11 Jane L and Denise/lev

#14 Gene/Diane

#18 Scott & Karla

Comment by David and Yolanda Carmichael on November 11, 2022 at 12:52pm

John, we received cancelation confirmation this a.m. for site #9 

Comment by regis101 on November 13, 2022 at 9:52am

We need pic's or it didn't happen.  Themz da rulz.  

Comment by Melissa Boyd on November 13, 2022 at 2:58pm

Added photos in an album called Sandy Beach 2022. Can you see them?

Comment by diana harvey on November 13, 2022 at 3:29pm

Melissa, thank you for taking so many photos of this event. They're great! I think I'm going to have leftovers for days...All the food was amazing too. See you all at the next event:)

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