Autumn Rituals: Football, Shotguns, and THE FALL CAMPOUT! (all you ever wanted to know and really wanted to ask—right here!)
Sure fire signs that Fall is here: The opening of dove season. The first full Sunday of NFL games. Fishing solely with dry flies. Scrounging for the turkey call in the garage. Leaves loosing the fullness of their verdancy. The almond harvest. THE CBA FALL CAMPOUT!
For most of us living in California’s great Central Valley, autumn is a welcome relief to our furnace-like summer temperatures. Oddly enough, temperatures begin to rise again from October 13 though the 19 as CBA members and friends gather in Lodi for the annual Fall Campout and some really hot picking.
The October week long picking & gathering will return to the Lodi Grape Festival & Harvest Fair grounds at 413 East Lockford St. in Lodi, California. As usual day visitors are free, RV’s are welcome for $25 per night and tent camping will lighten your wallet a mere $10 nightly. As usual, there will be a wonderful dinner served Saturday night (Oct. 18) which includes a wonderful dinner performance by the popular and venerable Foothillbillies Old Thyme String Band. These guys and gals have performed at the Father’s Day Festival, Bear Valley Music Festival, The State Fair, and at the famous “A Winter’s Night Yeow” shows, just to mention a few of their venues.
The Valley is truly one of the few locations in California, aside form our far northern reaches, where one can feel a real change of season. The days are warm and the nights are crisp. Of course that nocturnal cool triggers a massive change in color in our plethora of deciduous tress. The respite from summer heat and the end of the harvest leave the air clear and golden. The conditions are right for 24/7 picking and visiting. Besides the week long picking binge, Saturday dinner and show, there also is the annual meeting, instrument raffle drawing, last chance to vote for CBA Board members, announcement of the election winners, and the perennially popular Sunday general membership meeting.
As always, we are seeking volunteers to help with the gate, dinner and other sundries. If you would like to lend your able hand or merely have a question about the Campout, calll David Brace at: 209-534-9284 or email him at [email protected] or email Marc Alvira at: [email protected]
What: CBA Fall Campout
When: October 13-19
Where: Lodi Grape Festival & Harvest Fair grounds at 413 East Lockford St. in Lodi, CA
RV’s $25 per night (Full hook-ups available. First come, first serve.)
Tent camping $10 per night.
Day visitors gratis.