The Snowbirds FAT POINT Rally & FreeLOAders Festival is January 14-16, 2020 south of Punta Gorda, Florida.  A small gathering is anticipated so register if you want to escape the northern snows.  Snow is almost unheard of here unless you watch the TV news.  Weather is generally good but can also swing with cold fronts & rain.  We will order 80 degree sunny days and 60 degree nights but the resulting celestial delivery may be unpredictible.

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The location is semi-private property owned by the Quinces, your hosts for this event.  Our dirt house sits in the middle of three lots with a circle drive access around the house off a newly paved road.  There are some areas of shell gravel fill used for visiting FreeLOAders east of the house and the rest is scrub grass.  Most of the area is shaded with mossy oaks and palm trees.  It will be a boondockers paradise where we can fit about 15 rigs here without squeezing too much so we are targeting that number to start for reservations and will keep a wait list of 5 for overflow & cancellations.  

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We’ve picked three days for the core gathering but expect shoulder stays from those interested.  Come early, stay later if you wish.

Day 1 - Tapas Party Introductions - this will be a group get together about sunset at 5 to 6 pm having everyone bring a favorite appetizer dish to share and to meet everyone else at the gathering around a bonfire, weather permitting.  We expect most people to already be here or arriving by this time.  (We don’t plan dinner since there is usually enough to eat with just the shared tapas)  The day can be spent nesting, meeting new friends and getting over the travel blues.  Shopping and hardware are nearby.

Day 2 - Smoked Ribs BBQ - we will spend the day smoking a dozen baby back ribs and will have a group BBQ in the evening at 5-6.  Other meats, fishes or your Tofu’s  can be done with the Weber gas grill.  We will have a list of other bbq dishes for the feast....corn, salad, baked beans, cole slaw, potato salad, pickles, pasta salad, etc.  This can be a free day for those that want to explore the area or recreate....golf, fishing, biking, birding, beaches, etc.   .....or for shopping the outlet malls.  There are also the Ringling Circus Museum in Sarasota and the Edison Ford estate complex nearby in Ft Myers which are good attractions.

Day 3 - Paella Pit Potluck - we will prepare a community paella and have a potluck supper.   The Paella is a boiled rice dish big enough for everyone to get a taste.  Campers can bring a new favorite dish to pass as they clean up their unit.  We will have a Lance Walk before dinner at 4 pm when all units will be open for inspection of layouts and modifiations.  Then the fire gets lit to cook the paella.  This is another free day otherwise doing whatever you like.

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Additional event details will be added as time goes by and 2020 creeps up on us.  We’ll add pages for the Roster (let us know what you are bringing for equipment & # of people);  Potluck Menu (let us know what you are dishing out will be so we can balance the fare); Resources (let us know your needs like Propane, etc.);   Amenities Available (host provided or available items);  and Things ToDo (a list of local sites and activities).

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Anyone familiar with SW florida, please let us know some of your favorite places and things to do.  Ask questions and make suggestions - Thanks.  This is going to be an easy going gathering of friendly freeLOAders.  There is no cost to participate as we love free campgrounds!  Pass it forward!  We’ll do a 50/50 raffle instead of event donations to defer any minor costs and all donations of alcohol will likely be consumed before the event ends.

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Plan to bring firewood!

Jim & Vaughn

enjoy!

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 Shoot for the moon, even if you miss you’ll be among the stars! 

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Fat Point ROSTER (Second Edition)

Hosts:  Jim & Vaughn Quince

Accepted Invitation:

  1. Keith Poliska
  2. Gus . Lance 1130 TC . Dodge 3500 Quad Cab
  3. Rick Jelinski . Lance 1985 TT . Dodge Durango
  4. Blazin Saddles 61 . Peter & Joanne Blais . Lance 1191 TC . Chevy 3500 crew dually.
  5. Cam & Karen Benedict . Lance 855 TC . Ram 3500
  6. Joe K & Cyndi . Lance 825 TC . F350
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Expressed Interest (on the maybe list), see if their plans comes together 

  • Wheelholder . Lance 830 . Silverado crew 3500
  • Dave & Lisa . Lance 1475 .
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If you have an interest to reserve or join the maybe list, please send details.

thx, Jim

616-745-1240 (leave a message!)

 

This is a listing of the On-Site Amenities available for this Lance Gathering Event....

  • Shell gravel and grass campsites in two primary areas (east & west)
  • Two fire pits, one by the house and one in the open on east side
  • Two Raised Decks, for sun or shade (10 x 24 & 8 x 30) by house
  • Ground deck platform, some tables & chairs
  • Palm trees, mossy oaks, tall pines.... for shade
  • Large Brick Patio area between drive & house
  • Weber gas BBQ, Paella Pit, Propane Smoker & WFO
  • Picnic Tables
  • Hot tub, Outdoor Shower
  • Softened washdown water (non potable well water)
  • 3 accessible 110 amp outlets on house, Two 30 amp RV outlets, house & shed
  • Two 2000 Honda Generators available
  • Parts & tool shed (aka Quince Hardware), air compressor, pressure washer, shop vac, etc.
  • Vacant land on either side of our lot

 

??? ....let us know if you have any questions

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We are about 10 minutes from I-75, either the Jones Loop Exit to the north or from Tuckers Grade to our east.

It’s about 5 minutes north up Burnt Store Road to Publix & Walmart, Home Depot for shopping or gas stations, and just another few miles north to Punta Gorda on the river.  There is a 1/2 scale Vietnam Memorial wall there near Lashley Park.

Propane fill is available in Punta Gorda or nearby us just south on HWY 41 at Hanson RV.

Dump stations (maybe?) at nearby campgrounds, but call first:
We Recommend - Sun n Shade RV - 6 mi (south on Hwy 41) $10
..........Also?  Pine Island KOA - 27 mi SW; Waters Edge RV - 7 mi (north by airport); or Alligator RV - 2.5 mi (by walmart)

Local Attractions:

Punta Gorda, Cape Coral, Ft Myers, FM Beach, Pine Island, Gasparilla Island, ICW.

Babcock Webb wildlife management area to the east of I-75 (80,000 acres) 4 miles away!  https://myfwc.com/recreation/l...ckwebb/things-to-do/

They also offer Primitive Camping at the WMA !

The Matlacha artist community is at the bridge to Pine Island, Berts Bar waterfront, a fresh fish shop......also Lazy Flamingo restaurant in Bokeelia & places in St James City on Pine Island.

Edison Ford Estate in Fort Myers is a day trip .... https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wik..._Ford_Winter_Estates

Ringling Estate in Sarasota is also worth considering https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wik...ngling_Museum_of_Art

We are on the flyway for Punta Gorda so a few flights of Allegiant Airlines are seen. Also, at twilight and dawn there are flocks of cranes that go back & forth from northeast to southwest.  

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Please let me know what else might be of need or interest and I will edit notes.

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