October 14th, 2012 - Tim-100809 said:
Had a great hayride last night down to Clinton Falls. Went over the "haunted" Edna Collins covered bridge. Enjoyed a terrific dinner then down to the campfire for pumpkin carving contest results and lively conversation and games. Didn't get to bed until after 2 am for some! Hope everyone is having a fun time!!
October 13th, 2012 - Tim-100809 said:
Having a great time with a great group of people! Everyone down at the campfire cooking. Dutch over peach cobbler, hobo stew, baked beans over an open fire. Smells terrific! Had a rosary service at noon, recited prayers and sang hymns. Going to 5 pm Mass as a group, then back for dinner and possible a hay ride. Weather might become a factor later on but we're praying it misses us.
October 5th, 2012 - Tim-100809 said:
Howdy Folks! Just a week away from the camp out. The leaves are changing color quickly due to the severe drought we had through spring and summer. Since August 1st, we've had over 15 inches of rain, so NO problem with a fire ban. As long as the wind stays down, we should have plenty of color and leaves on the trees next week. I have enjoyed co-hosting this event, and hope you will all enjoy some Hoosier Hospitality! My farm is definitely secluded and quiet. The view of the night sky is spectacular. Looking forward to having a great time with a great group of Catholics. See you Friday, 10/12
October 3rd, 2012 - Mary-363093 said:
Down-on-the-Farm Shooting schedule:
Friday 5-6pm: Olivia, Janet, Kathy, Matt, Dawn, Brian Mc, Rob L.
Sat 10-11am: Helen, Nancy, Josh, Dennis, Shae, Jamie
Sun 10-11am: Joe, Michelle, John K (IL John), Rachael, Pat, Rob St.
Bring your earplugs, can get kinda loud while you're waiting for your turn.
Anxious to see how many sharp-shooters we have in our group......
October 3rd, 2012 - Mary-363093 said:
Just a thought - guess 'pumpkins' are on the brain....
If there are any farm attendees who have room to bring extra pumpkins to the farm to sell to those who may NOT have room to bring their own......will you please post here (and on CAMA Indy FB) to make that offer? It would be a lot easier on travelers to know they can just pay you for their pumpkin when they get to the farm. Thanks.
October 2nd, 2012 - Mary-363093 said:
That's the right checklist, Hilda. It's the one we made up for this event. Tracy offered to post our info on her event website so it would be readily available to those no longer on CM. All that info is here on the Event page as well. We tried to spread the word and all details as best we could so everyone would come prepared to have a wonderful time!
Dawn - your lunch sounds yummy! I'm jealous you already have your checklists done - guess I better start thinking about my own personal stuff, huh? :)
Ahhhhh, the Indy Glow - I'd forgotten our term. I just love it, it fits so well!
October 2nd, 2012 - Dawn-58330 said:
I have my checklists going-- one for shopping, one for food, one for spiritual stuff (one of my tasks for the weekend) and one for packing. :)
I have my tent all ready to go. Hilda, we have plenty of room for air mattresses, ourselves and our stuff. :)
If anyone wants to join me for Hobo Stew (my version of a tinfoil meal) for a lunch let me know, and I'll tell you what you need to bring for us. We can coordinate things. I don't anticipate a lot of people wanting to do this because Mary and the whole gang have planned fabulous meals for us for dinner.
I am getting all kinds of sweet ideas for campfire food, fun and friends. I promise not to stick you on a roasting stick until you turn golden brown and gooey! I do promise to laugh, sing and bask in the glow-- of the Camp Fire and what we call the Indy Glow (we're an iridescent- fluorescent kind of crowd!)
September 30th, 2012 - Mary-363093 said:
Sounds like everything and everyone is on track for a fantastic weekend! As Hilda said - have that checklist from the Event page handy when you pack your things - make sure you have everything. Don't forget your lunches and drinks, flashlight and batteries, and WARM layers of clothes and bedding.
Rosa - yes, pack bug spray and sun lotion. You may not need it, but pack it just in case.
Foil meals are great! You can add what you want - sausage, more veggies, sprinkle some Mrs. Dash in it before you close it up and cook it. MAY want to bring an oven mitt to hold it with while you are unwrapping it.
Helen - we've called those 'banana boats' since we were kids - good memories! Really yummy. We also made them using a hot dog bun - spread the pb, line it the long way with banana slices, add the chips, marshmallows, etc - and toast it up. Very tasty.
We do have some marshmallows there for the campfire. I brought a few boxes of graham crackers too. Bring your own chocolate if you want the full s'more experience.
September 29th, 2012 - Rosa-802355 said:
I Want to thank Mary for all her help. I know I was one of the last person who join this event. Thanks again and I am just exciting to go. I am waiting for some confirmations to let me ready for this event.
I need an advice should I bring a repelent. There is a risk for mosquito bites eventhough we are in fall. I LOOK FORWARD TO MEET WITH ALL OF YOU
September 29th, 2012 - Hilda-184281 said:
I just programmed my GPS (a.k.a. my Garminfone) with the address... Mary-363093, your directions were a great help to get it spot on!! So, tent - checked (thank you Dawn!); GPS device programmed - checked; rest of the camping gear and supplies - heading out the door with the checklist (to make sure I don't miss anything)... I'm excited about this event!!
September 29th, 2012 - Tim-100809 said:
I noticed on the forum thread Mary posted about what people were making for their lunches and whether they were going to tackle a camp stove or open fire. Since the fire pit should be going, I thought I would mention a simple meal I call a hobo pack. I make mine with sausage cut into pieces, potatoes, maybe some squash or other vegetables, onion, some season salt, butter and double wrap it in tinfoil and stick it in the coals of the fire. Wait for a little while and viola', a terrific hot meal.
September 28th, 2012 - Mary-363093 said:
MAIN menu items for our weekend - there will be a few other sides as well:
Fri dinner - sloppy joes, hot dogs, green beans, pasta salad (available all evening to feed late arrivals)
Sat bfast - Egg & sausage casserole, muffins, fruit
Sat dinner - mostacchioli (pasta w/ meat sauce), rolls, tossed salad, green beans
Sun bfast - bacon-egg-cheese casserole, muffins, fruit
Sun 3pm dinner - pulled pork sandwiches, potato salad, tossed salad
PB & J sandwiches are available for each meal as well.
NOTE: If the above foods are unacceptable to you for ANY reason, please bring your own simple replacement meals. Unfortunately, the kitchen will be unavailable - we need the facilities to prepare and serve the planned menu items, so bring things that don't need heating, unless you bring a camp stove to do so. Thanks.
September 27th, 2012 - Mary-363093 said:
Aw Miss Mary - it's not gonna be the same without you - you will be missed. We think you're pretty darn special. And what's this about a whip? Now don't be scaring the newbies.....LOL!
You'll like this one - the clue for who is a Host Team Member on our weekend - their name tag includes a MUPPET STICKER!!! Mana mana, my friend.
September 27th, 2012 - Tim-100809 said:
Hi folks! Just a little over 2 weeks until the 4th annual campout at the farm. Looking forward to seeing/meeting everyone. Please pray for good weather! We've had lots of rain over the last 3 weeks so NO problem with a burn ban! Bonfires will be a highlight of our evenings. We'll see you soon!!
September 26th, 2012 - Rosa-802355 said:
Hello Everybody. I just joined the group the last week. I hope Mary can receive my payment and registration form on time. I have a short time to find out if somebody (ladies) from the group has a space available in their tent for me. I promise I am not going to disturbe your sleep. I am very silent. and I also am looking for a person who is going to go from Chicago. Please let me know thank you, and I pray everything is going to be OK specially weather and we may have fun. It will be nice to meet with all of you soon.
September 23rd, 2012 - Mary-363093 said:
Registration is closed.
If you haven't communicated with us about getting your final forms / payments mailed no later than Monday 9/24, you'll just have to catch us next year.
We've got a great group attending this year. There are all kinds of jobs to be done,(and believe me, I"ll be recruiting many of you on the spot, lol) - but the main one now is everyone please pray for great weather!
September 19th, 2012 - Mary-363093 said:
Directions went out tonight to the email addresses listed on the registration forms. If you did NOT get them, please let us know. They went from the gmail account.
Indy is blessed to have several people willing and able to help make this weekend a wonderful experience for all. We have something special among us - you'll feel it during the weekend.
September 18th, 2012 - Hilda-184281 said:
Mary - Thank you for the update! I believe everybody agree that you are doing a great job (personally, I know how that goes 'cause I coordinated a CM event 2 years ago but personal & work challenges impeded me to get it to the finish line). I'll be checking my email for your email! :)
September 18th, 2012 - Mary-363093 said:
Had a few folks ask so am updating everyone - I have not cashed ANY checks yet - will get them in the bank next week. I'm working on emailing directions to everyone - running into a few computer glitches. Also, 'real life' keeps interrupting my schedule for getting farm stuff done, lol. Bugger!
September 18th, 2012 - Tim-100809 said:
Hi Dennis, I'm at the farm full-time now. Things have been a challenge as both tractors are inoperable at the moment and the washer started leaking last night. I moved some of the wood you dropped off last time. I have secured the hay wagon so the hayride is a go. The tractor issues are minor but I need parts for the diesel. I'll be working out here all weekend so come out whenever.
September 15th, 2012 - Mary-363093 said:
I see a few more folks are interested, and some already got in touch with me about sending in their registration. This is going to be a great crowd!
Directions being emailed by Wednesday. If you don't get them by Friday, get in touch.
Dennis - thanks for all the wood - we may have to do a 'S'more Toast' in honor of you!
September 10th, 2012 - Mary-363093 said:
I will be emailing the address and detailed directions to registered attendees sometime next week. Look them over, plug it into tyour GPS, and if you have ANY questions - get in touch with us before the week of the farm outing. Phone reception is spotty out in the country.
Note: We will try to mark all the turns on those country roads. Ribbon, paper lanterns, signs - we'll have SOMETHING there to let you know it's one of the turns.
August 22nd, 2012 - Tim-100809 said:
Good news! The burn ban for Putnam County was lifted on Monday. We still need rain to continue so please keep praying! Dennis, I will be out at the farm for a bit on Saturday if you wanted to bring out another load of wood. Hopefully more rain will mean we will have some leaves left on the trees and some color as well. The drought has taken a toll on IN this year. I really hope it's over.
August 20th, 2012 - Mary-363093 said:
We're up to 37 attendees now! I want to welcome:
1. Patty F., Avon, IN, CM 148888
2. Lisa G., Cloverdale, IN, CM 572677
3. Norm F., Bainbridge, IN (guest of Lisa G.)
4. Nancy E., Noblesville, IN, CM 513644
5. John K., Forest Park, IL, CM 830856
6. Liz D., Harrodsburg, KY, CM 727974
August 20th, 2012 - Mary-363093 said:
I'll be sending out the address and directions to all confirmed attendees in the next week or so. Will send them to those on this site first, then those to our local group CAMA Indy on FB - pls request to join there so you are sure to get the directions. I'll use regular email for all remaining attendees. Please drop me a fast / one line confirm when you receive them. Look it over, plug it into your GPS, and make sure you're comfortable with getting there, ESP if you plan to arrive after dark. This is out in the country with lots of hills, turns, and twists. if you have any questions - ask them WELL BEFORE the weekend. Most of the host team will be there by Thursday, and phone reception is spotty, so you may not be able to reach us after Wed night prior to the camp out.
August 19th, 2012 - Mary-363093 said:
PRELIMINARY list of confirmed attendees. (This list is just what I've processed to date, I know more registration forms are on their way and I haven't checked the PO Box in a few days, so don't panic if you aren't on here yet if you've already sent it in or contacted me about it.) I'll also post this in the Forum Meet Ups thread.
2012 Indy Farm Camp Out Attendees
1. Dennis U., Plainfield, IN, CM 754668
2. Jamie U. (teenage daughter of Dennis U.)
3. Joshua U. (teenage son of Dennis U.)
4. Shae B. (Jamie Us teenage friend)
5. Ann N., Indpls, IN, CM 226128
6. Deanne H., Creston, IL, former CMer 328308 no longer on file
7. Rachael H., Creston, IL, (teenage daughter)
8. Rosemarie B., Richmond, IN, CM 58633
9. Joan G., Lynn, MA, former CMer
10. Michelle Y., Pittsburgh, PA, CM 641892
11. Rob St. Amand, Carmel, IN (Indy area), CM 362135
12. Kathy D., Fountain Valley, CA, CM 311531
13. Olivia C., South Pasadena, CA, CM 91031
14. Andrew S., Cincinnati, OH, CM 85878
15. Eric B., Greenwood, IN, CM 44550
16. Hilda V., Columbus, OH, CM 184281
17. Rob L., Florence, KY, CM 598533
18. Mary S., Nashville, TN, 37216
19. Matthew S., Muncie, IN, CM 443387
20. Dawn F., Erlanger, KY, CM 58330
21. Ron O., Sandusky, OH, CM 565573
22. Helen S., Springfield, IL, CM 407474
23. Patrick T., Cicero, IN, CM723080
24. Donna S., Franklin, IN, CM 83441
25. Chris B., Anderson, IN, CM 50555
26. Brian M., Anderson, IN (teenage son of Chris B.)
27. John K., Port Huron, MI, CM 739712
28. Mary Lukins, Carmel, IN, Cm 363093
29. Tim Tobias, Danville, IN, CM 100809
30. Regina S., Addison, IL, CM
August 19th, 2012 - Mary-363093 said:
Still several 'maybes' and a few 'Yes' attendees without registration forms in. Please get those in ASAP and also message me to tell me what's up - I'll try to work with folks as best I can for a bit longer. I'm working on our budget, meal planning and counts, etc, and really need to know our final number of attendees. Thanks!
August 17th, 2012 - Mary-363093 said:
Liz - if you mailed it on the 13th, you're in. I haven't processed all of them yet, but some folks mailed them on the 15th, so I'm giving the post office some time to get them here.
Anyone who mailed it this week should be ok. IF you have NOT sent your forms in and still want to attend, please get in touch and I'll do my best to work with you for a few more days. But hurry!
August 15th, 2012 - Liz-727974 said:
I have some camping gear, but I'm not sure if my registration made it on time. I mailed it out on the 13th, the day I signed up on the site. So, if I get accepted I can bring some things. I used to have a camp stove. If I get accepted I will see if I can find it. It has been awhile, since I have been camping. Please Pray that I get accepted.
August 14th, 2012 - Mary-363093 said:
Ok ladies and gents - who can help Hilda with some camping gear? Any gal have extra tent room? Post here please so she can know what's available. Tks!
Tim - PRAYING LIKE CRAZY! I have a good feeling about it tho - God always seems to take care of our outings.
Anyone with a camp stove / propane - pls bring it to share. I'm not above making s'mores over those.......:)
August 13th, 2012 - Hilda-184281 said:
Mary, I didn't see your answer to my earlier post (from last Thursday or Friday) until now; my registration and check should arrive to your P.O. address by the deadline date stated in the Registration Form. At the present I don't have any camping gear; I've eyed a family tent that could buy and share; on the other hand, if there's a lady willing to share her tent please let me know. :)
August 11th, 2012 - Mary-363093 said:
Welcome to all the new attendees - you'll have a great time - just like Dawn and Rosemarie said.
Hilda - we're accepting registrations and checks by regular mail only time year. The deadline is Monday but just let me know it's on the way so I'll look for it. Yep, the old "the check is in the mail' really rings true for us! LOL!
Post here if you'd like to share tent space or need help with other supplies. We're asking ALL campers to loan their extra equipment out, help out the new attendees and long-distance travelers.
ESP looking for additional camp stoves, folding tables, etc if you have them. Anything you have that you THINK might be useful - bring it to share please.
August 10th, 2012 - Dawn-58330 said:
Mary and Hilda, we'd love to have you join us!!! I promise that I will do whatever I can to help you feel comfortable and at home. I know the rest of the Indy Crew will, too. I've spent time with most of the people on the attending list, and while I am really excited to see my friends again, it is always a really great pleasure to get to know new people. I have a few new friends from last year's campout that have over the course of the year become some of my closest friends.
August 10th, 2012 - Hilda-184281 said:
Quick questions: Is it possible to pay the activities fee via PayPal? Can we send the registration by email? I've been thinking about attending this event for a long time & now I'm inclined to actually go. I've only gone camping once in my life and that was way long ago... and on the beach. I remember it fondly ... despite the first night jitters, when I went to bed determined to go back home the next day, I stayed the weekend and enjoyed the experience (and the company) very much. I'm having jitters again but I'm getting motivated to give it a try.
July 27th, 2012 - Mary-363093 said:
Wow I love all the interest the Chicago weekend generated! You Indy folks did us proud!
Anyone looking to carpool - post where you're coming from and what approx days/times you will travel - see if anyone wants to join you.
Everyone coming onto the property needs to submit a registration / liability release form in advance, with appropriate payments - kids and day visitors included. No daily charge for day visitors. There is a $5 per meal fee if they want to join in on any of our 'provided' meals, and they need to mark which exact meals those are on the registration form so our counts are correct. Everyone needs to supply their own dishes or mess kit (including cup and utensils), drinks, snacks and lunches.
July 25th, 2012 - Tim-100809 said:
Hi Everyone! Just off a great weekend in Chicago with a fantastic group of CM'ers! Just a reminder the deadline is fast approaching! We have made some major changes this year due to the size of the event and out of pocket expenses from last year's outing. Add to that that our lovely host Mary(363093) is recuperating from surgery, and I just sold my home, so lots of things going on at the moment! Please pray for rain!! We need it desperately! The farm outing will be a blast and I will guarantee you will have a good time! Just ask the folks who have attended in the past!
July 24th, 2012 - Mary-194040 said:
Do you need a form if we will only be attending during the day on Saturday, Oct. 13? I read this as no cost for day visitor and add $5 if plan on eating there. I'm hoping to have a Florida Sunshine visitor and don't want to commit to the entire weekend this for in advance. Big B-day weekend for me (4-5 on 10-11-12! Woo Hoo)...hope to be dancing on tables again...ha!! :)
July 15th, 2012 - Mary-363093 said:
Registration / Liability forms and $35 Activity fee is DUE ONE MONTH FROM TODAY. Please get those in on time.
There is a minimum number we want in order to justify ordering the porta-johns - we don't want to put our own cash out up front and get stuck with the balance personally.
REMINDER - ever person who will be at the farm needs a signed registration form turned in. Thanks much - should be a great time!
July 15th, 2012 - Mary-363093 said:
Cheryl - it's open to families, but we do need a registration form for every person attending. In the past we've had folks from all over the country come to Indy for our outings. There are people driving and flying in who are bringing stuff with them, and also if you post here that you are looking to room in another lady's tent or need to borrow a sleeping bag or whatever - try to work it out so you don't have to bring as many things with you. Post publicly because I'm sure several attendees have extra things they may be able to loan out - but the hosts aren't in charge of that part. Or write directly to some of the other gals you see posting to see if they can help you out.
We are doing everything we can to help with rides for those folks traveling via public transportation to Indy - but we need to know as far in advance as possible what the exact schedule is to work it out. Most of the host committee will be at the farm at least a day early setting up. Anyone who wants a ride should post publicly and see if other attendees might be able to help out. Until we get registration forms in - we don't know anyone's schedule or how they plan to get here.
Hope you can make it!
July 14th, 2012 - Tim-100809 said:
Hi Rebeca, yes we can discuss it in Chicago and see what needs to be done. I would think UPS ground would be the way to go, but the USPS might be a good way to ship it as well. The dimensions and weight will be the determining factor. I ship computer parts all the time and some are quite big and bulky(21" CRT) so I know a bit about the shipping business.
July 12th, 2012 - Tim-100809 said:
Asking all who view our event page to pray for rain! We are reaching a critical drought stage and have been under a burn ban since before the 4th including cancelling all personal fireworks. The lake is down about 2.5 ft. The campfire is a big part of our outing but we are in dire need of rain so that things will green up and the burn ban lifted. I will keep everyone updated as to the county status on the burn ban. Thanks everyone!
July 3rd, 2012 - Dennis-754668 said:
I guess it must be Christmas in July, aye Helen... I'll get right on the facebook thing...hehe... The farm outing is creepin up on us fo sho Helen, its gonna be October before we know it, so, maybe all these "Maybees" on the attendee list, should be gettin on board, aye.
June 26th, 2012 - Mary-363093 said:
Tim - you aren't going to quiz us on that technical name, are ya? If so, just fail me now so I can relax. LOL!
That's cool about the kids taking them to school. I may talk to you about supplying one for Gabby this fall.
David - porta-johns were the FIRST thing Tim and I discussed on our improvement list, lol. And yep, one down near the mens' camping area is a FOR SURE. But bring those baby wipes because the hand wash station will be up the hill closer to the house.
June 26th, 2012 - Tim-100809 said:
Mary, the technical name is craspedacusta sowerbii.
nas.er.usgs.gov/queries/factsheet.aspx?SpeciesID=1068. You can use the link or Google it! The DNR rep that came out to the farm was very knowledgeable. The kids took them to school and they lived about 4 weeks in a tank. They usually appear in August, but I believe they might show up much earlier(now) because of the extremely hot weather. Just another unique feature of the property.
June 25th, 2012 - Mary-363093 said:
Sounds good to me, Tim! Thanks for the amenities for us gals. :)
I still pause for a second when you mention the freshwater jellyfish. I never knew there was anything other than saltwater jellyfish until you said something. Never too old to learn, are we? SEE everyone - this is an EDUCATIONAL weekend too! LOL!
Looking forward to a lot of fun!
June 24th, 2012 - Tim-100809 said:
I have been thinking about this for a while now. I know Mary has been pretty clear it is kinda rough out at the farm. Since we have decided to use porto-lets this year, it should save significantly on the septic system. So, I have made a command decision that the ladies can use the showers(2) in the house to clean up. Limit it to 5 minutes and I don't think we'll have a problem. As far as the lake goes, there is NO grunge. My lake has pristine water quality as the DNR certified my lake because of the "freshwater" jellyfish that reside in it. At the time it was certified, there were less than 50 bodies of water in the state of Indiana that contained the jellyfish. So, guys, we can wade in if it's not super cold! lol
June 22nd, 2012 - Dawn-58330 said:
Rebeca! We'd love to have you join us. Please do not let the logistics dissuade you. We will figure out a way to meet all of your needs. We all can coordinate sharing tents, etc. Those of us driving in are more than happy to help out those who are eager to join us but are flying in.
June 10th, 2012 - Mary-363093 said:
All right - Michelle and Nancy will be there!
I'm loving the comments - I forgot about the lion we all had to look for! :) Luckily, there was no actual danger, the men were prepared to take care of any wild animals that came near us. We all were perfectly safe.
June 10th, 2012 - Rob-598533 said:
I'm definitely looking forward to this. Helen, I can teach you some of the finer points of euchre if Dennis can't. I played every single day at lunch my junior year of high school. It was so popular around our high school that people used to joke that knowing how to play euchre was a graduation requirement.
June 10th, 2012 - Mary-363093 said:
Yay Dawn and Chris will be there - they are a core part of the host team!! Those gals know how to camp!
Jonathan - welcome to the Camp Out! Hope you can make it. There are a few of us native Michiganders among this group - I was born in Detroit, had relatives that lived for years on James Dr near Universal Mall.
June 9th, 2012 - Christina-50555 said:
Farm Outing Yes!!!! I still have my dip bag from girl scouts, so doing dishes will be a breeze. I think I might get one of those pie irons and make something yummy. I think I need to start experimenting over the fire pit now so I have my recipes down to a science.
June 9th, 2012 - Mary-363093 said:
I'd love to get some card games going while we're there - bring em, Dennis!
Helen - I can only imagine what gorgeous things you can create being surrounded by all that inspiration!
Ann - you're another one who will come this year WITHOUT an injury. You had a wing in a sling last time, right?
June 9th, 2012 - Mary-363093 said:
Dennis - we'll gladly accept the wood and will probably put you in charge of PYRO that weekend. You seem to be the right man for that job, lol.
Monica - you enjoyed our Chili Cook Off - wait until you camp out with us. It's a LONGER time with us, full of crazy fun!