The following are club activities and photos that occurred in 2012.
Articles & Photos from 2012
NASTAR National Championships—Winter Park, COby
J.R., Morgan and Joy Thacker attended the NASTAR Nationals in Winter Park, CO. After the first day of racing, Morgan was in first place in the 17-22 year old silver division. Joy was in 3rd place in the 40-44 year old bronze division. By the end of the second day of racing, Morgan won her division and Joy finished 3rd in her division. After appetizers and drawing door prizes, the former Olympians had an autograph signing session. The weather was a balmy "record breaking" 60 plus degrees.
CSC Spring ConventionMyrtle Beach, SC
Notes from Spring Convention
Twenty Mashers ventured to Myrtle Beach this past weekend for the annual Crescent Spring Convention. A fun time was had by all....
Friday night was spent chatting up vendors and celebrating the new incoming President’s Birthday, followed by a DJ Dance party.
"Bikers and Babes" was the theme for the Saturday night party. Special Thanks to Lisa Mabry for making the do-rags and Lisa Beregi for providing the Tattoos.
Beach Olympics Repeat Champions!!
During the day Saturday, ETMM defended our Beach Olympics title and won the Tug O’ War Cup again. The following Teams placed during the Beach Olympics helping secure our repeat as Champions:
- Mini-golf: Abe Lincoln (3rd, Men’s); Beth Dison (2nd, Women’s); John Combs & Beth Dison (Lowest Team Score)
- Golf: Mark Dison, Mark Mabry, and Alan Stevens - 2nd
- Horseshoes: Doug Baker & Mark Mabry - 1st
- Bocce Ball: Mark Dison & Josh Penley - 2nd
- Corn Hole: Doug Baker & Abe Lincoln - 3rd
- Slalom: Jill Kaufman, Cindy Penley & Josh Penley - 3 way tie for 1st
- Beach Run: Jill Kaufman (2nd, Women’s); Josh Penley (1st, Men’s)
- Tug O’ War: Frances Edwards, Mark Mabry, Margo Payne, Cindy Penley, Josh Penley, Larry Trivette, and Team Coach Lisa Beregi
Racks by the Tracks
It was a scorcher of a day for the event, especially sitting on blacktop with the sun beaming down. But then again umbrellas aren't made just for rain and helped afford some relief. I myself didn't sample the variety of beer available, but from what I hear, was quite good. I did however sample quite a few tasty ribs with my favorite going to Phil's Dream Pit BBQ. It will be interesting to learn who the favorite was. An excellent concoction that I've never seen before was the "BBQ Sunday" by The Smokehouse. It consisted of BBQ beans, pork, and coleslaw all stacked in a cup which was awesome! And, what a great way to easily serve a meal! Cheers to a successful event!
ETMM, Asheville, Palmetto Rolling on the RiverUSA Raft on the Nolichucky by Dale Strother
On Saturday June 23, 2012, representative of the four best clubs in the Crescent Ski Council met at USA Rafting in Erwin Tennessee for the 2nd Annual Rolling on the River rafting excursion. There were 36 of us in all. While Ull (the Norse God of winter, archery, hunting, skiers, and snow shoes) was not especially kind to us this winter, Coppertone (Florida God of Spring, Summer, and Bikini’s) was awesome! We had a few showers in the mountains during the week preceding the trip, and the water levels came up about a foot Friday night. The day broke with a little fog, but this quickly burned off, and we had a wonderful blue sky 85 degree day with plenty of water to enjoy our trip down the river.
We started the day with a briefing. Keith the crew chief for the day is a 20 year veteran of the river. He gave us instructions on the proper use and the improper use of a paddle. It turns out that it is entirely proper to use the wide flat end to propel your raft on command down the river. It is improper to use the t-grip on the other end to knock teeth out of the mouth of your guide or fellow rafters. He told us about the black bear habitat on one side of the river, and the red neck sanctuary on the other. He said it was preferable to play with the bears and suggested that we not make eye contact with the red necks as they view that as a sign of affection (and quickly begin picking out familiar banjo tunes).
The ride from Erwin to Poplar North Carolina was beautiful and we spent a good bit of time riding thru Rhododendron thickets that were in full bloom. At the put in point, we met the remaining guides who had gone ahead, and had the rafts inflated and ready. We divided up into six man crews and were soon floating down the river. The first quarter mile is nice and flat and this is when the guides give some instructions on what they need us to do and what commands they will use. After that the rapids come up in pretty quick succession. We had a very experienced group of guides and they did a wonderful job. We did have a few swimmers. Dan Hudson of Palmetto seemed intent on cleaning out the male population of his raft leaving poor Annabelle to take command and save those who remained aboard. She was calm in the face of adversity, showed nerves of steel, and everyone was recovered without incident.
The water levels and the current were good. We were able to float a section called the Rock Garden which happens rarely. The trip from top to bottom took about four hours. By 2:30 or 3 were back in Erwin. Our own Barb Lang had arranged some great snacks for after the trip. Many others brought out dishes and we had a good time hanging out with each other and the guides for several hours. By the way, Barb and Larry Trivette also served as the models for our trip t-shirt this year. I am sure you will see these worn proudly many times in the future.
Many of us also stayed in the Nolichucky Gorge camp ground next door. As expected, by about 7:00 we were gathered around a fire, cooking meat, enjoying a cold one, and retelling the day’s events. Dan Hudson was explaining how it was Wayne Bailey of Asheville who took out the male population of their boat. Of course Wayne was unable to defend himself because he had gone home already. We all just nodded understandingly, and Annabelle said "it’s OK Dan, we all love you". Some new friends from Montana were helping to keep the fire hot and to finish off some moonshine. I think I can say without reservation that a good time was had by all.
I want to thank a few people in particular. Matt Moses of USA Raft and his staff did a great job for us again this year. Alex Czukkermann of Asheville used this as an opportunity for a family reunion. He brought 14 of the 36 people on the trip. He’s a great guy and this is a wonderful family. Again, Barb Lang was enormously helpful in bringing the after trip refreshments. I want to thank “LD” at the Nolichucky Gorge campground for providing a great place to hang out, and for keeping a lid on all those rowdy Girl Scouts. I want to thank Ellen Cortright for supplying all the plates and utensils we needed.
I also want to thank Mark and Carol McCall for being an inspiration to us all. This is a couple who are reaching what most people think of as retirement age. Instead of slowing down, this great couple is actually picking up speed. Sunday morning I went over to their tent to say good bye, but the place was zipped up and quiet. The previous days rafting had been tiring and we all stayed up pretty late, so I thought they might have been taking a nap before heading out. A few minutes later I saw them walking across the camp ground and went over to say my good-byes. They had not been napping. They had found a section of the AT and had gone out for a hike before the ride home! How cool is that! I know I express the feelings of a lot of folks when I say I want to be just like them when I grow up!
A lot of people were already asking about next year so I will confirm that there will be a 3rd Annual Rolling on the River. I am establishing the weekend after Fathers Day as the weekend will do this until further notice. Put it on your calendar and come have a ball with us next year.
I’ll close for now by saying thank you to everyone. I don’t know how the group could have been better. I hope you all have a great summer and see you in the Fall.
4th of July Partyat the Mabry's
Captain for a Day & Lake Partyby
The Dawn of Hope is located in Johnson City, TN. It is a day residence facility for mentally and physically challenged adults. There are approximately 300 adults who are benefited by this wonderful facility. The residents are truly special people, as are the staff. Many thanks to them as well!
What started off as iffy weather, turned out to be a great day for CAPTAIN FOR A DAY. We left Sonny’s Marina for a cruise on Boone Lake. The Dawn of Hope residents and counselors had a great time, as did all of us. There were some regular residents and some new ones. Twenty-one residents came. After the cruise we went to the Stevens/Bays dock for a BBQ lunch. After lunch the residents boarded their buses, upon which they were given their gift bags filled with goodies. The day was loaded with lots of smiles, laughs, and warm hearts. For those who missed this event, hope you can make it next year.
There are many who need a big thanks, for without you, this event would not be possible. Many thanks to:
- John & Terrie McCue, Don & Joan Sinn, Wayne Bays, Larry Trivette, and Alan Stevens for providing the boats;
- Wayne and Alan for reserving the port-a-potty (a big life saver);
- Aaron & Cindy Hawkins for cooking the BBQ;
- Alan and Lisa for hosting and setup at the dock;
- Ed & Cyndy Dance for providing the hats and bags;
- Sonny’s Marina for letting us use their dock;
- Jim Conrad at WCYB TV FOX Tri-Cities for coverage of this event.
- All those who provided “goodies” for the gift bags;
- All those helpers who came and helped load the boats, while on the boats, and at the picnic;
- and of course Princess who was a big hit.
If I forgot anyone, I apologies. Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU!
Bahamas Cruiseby Barb Lang
The cruise was a 5-day cruise to the Bahamas leaving from Charleston, SC aboard the Carnival Fantasy. The ship departed Thursday September 27th at 4 PM. There were two days at sea, both Friday and Monday. The ports were Nassau and Freeport (Saturday and Sunday). The ship returned to port at 8 AM on Tuesday.
Recently a group of Mashers headed to Charleston to board the Carnival Ship Fantasy en route to Nassau and Freeport to enjoy the warm Carribean Sea. What an awesome Trip! We were so fortunate to have calm seas and endless Sunshine. Sandy was kind enough to hold-off as we all know that the Bahamas has been one of her targets as she has just starting tormenting the US as I write this. I must say that Carnival cruise line does hold up it's claim to fame as the "Party Ship".
A big congratulations goes out to James Countiss and Teryl Rock during this trip as they exchanged vows of their love for each other at Sunset one evening. As a one and only time, I got to preside over this special event!
I think the pictures will speak of all the fun...
Wine Tastingat the McCue's
Many Thanks to John And Terry for hosting another great wine tasting at their beautiful home on Boone Lake. There were plenty of various wines and appetizers to enjoy and I'm sure some folks found a new favorite. Enjoy the pictures and we look forward to hopefully another party next Fall!
Kiwi McCue is the cute pup in Halloween Lady Bug garb...
CSC Fall Conferenceby Barb Lang and Stan Mosley
Another beautiful Fall conference has come to pass, and all too quickly. Hurricane Sandy caused some rainy, misty weather, but that's been OK since there are plentiful restaurants and stores to dodge into. For the skier blood in us, She is also causing snowfall in the Appalachians which brings on smiles. There's word that Sugar Mountain may even open to be the first resort in the East to start the season. How strange that it's in the 80s on Friday, wet snow on Sunday (and people pick on Buffalo, NY). I captured some pics of the Halloween party which is always great, so take a look!
The photos are:
- Gumby and Pokey—Barb Lang (Gumby) and Larry Trivette (Pokey).
- Alan Stevens as the Hunchback (of Notre Dame or Tennessee-you pick) and his fair maiden, Lisa B.
- Cody and Chloe as Mice-what a doll baby Chloe is!
- Fred Rowland as the perfect Santa.
- Buddy as the "Cereal Killer"
- Gary Wolford from Nashville Club offering help to the Tennessee Volunteers. Oh how they need some with that loss to SC...
- Sarah Clemons of Sports America as a "Jelly Fish".
Much Thanks to all the organizers of this great event! And everyone get busy getting those ski's out
Season Kickoff Partyat the Mabry's
Many Thanks to Mark and Lisa Mabry for hosting another great Season Kick-off party at their beautiful home! As always there was plenty of tasty food and great friendship in celebration of being a Mogul Masher-also known as ETMMite! With temperatures soaring into the 60s we all know this is mother natures way of letting us decorate outdoors for Christmas, but then toward the end of the week temperatures are suppose to dip just in time for Sugarfest. So for the Season Kick-off let's pray for snow so we can get out there and play! Also, we are in need of racers to get out on the mountain and show the other clubs who is number one! So if you, a friend, relative, or acquaintance are interested or not-try it! You'll have a blast!
Cheers to all the Mogul Mashers and the upcoming season!
Christmas Partyat Alan Stevens'
Many, many THANKS to Alan Stevens and Lisa Beregi for hosting another fantastic Christmas Party with a special twist! We know there is a lot that goes into the prep work and want to thank you for hosting! As always there was plenty of tasty food and great friendship in celebration of being a Mogul Masher! For those of you not in attendance the special twist was a celebration of Barb Lang’s 50th birthday, so instead of Dirty Santa, Barb got to open a bunch of fun birthday gifts, so nice and some of the gag-gift variety. For those of us there, the funniest part was that it took well into the 4th gift for Barb to clue into Dirty Santa Birthday twist!