Mount Dora ComeAround After Action Report

Posted: 5/10/2018

Mt Dora is a quaint town in North Central Florida which provided a great place for a comearound.  We had 32 attendees at the Southern Palms RV Resort in Eustis Fl.  At this event were many new faces.  Attending their first was Randy and Laurie Harris ’73, Pete and Cindy Miller’76, Jim and Catherine Heffernan’81, and Marc Farris’70.  I was happy to see how well every new member integrated themselves into the group.  Also attending were Angela Brady ’83 and Dan Brady ’82 who while not RV owners, live in the local area.

At Southern Palms we were also fortunate to have an indoor room for our use.  That building had a full kitchen, lots of room with tables and chairs, air conditioning, and even WIFI.    With 16 rigs and our large RV Chapter banner in prominence, we made a stirring sight.

The week was full of activities for all.  This comearound represented to me a bit of a “changing of the guard.”  Here the classes in the 70’s and 80’s represented the majority instead of the classes in the 50’s and 60’s.   The class of “70 had the largest attendance with four classmates present.

Monday was arrival day which included the dinner by firsties and a meet and greet happy hour.

Tuesday began with a Trolley Tour of Mt Dora.  This acquainted everyone with the town.

After that nights happy hour we had our first of two potluck dinners.  This was followed by something new, three trip reports comprising pictures and commentary.  Tom Shields presented on some of their hiking in the Glacier Nat Park area, Dale Gange presented on their Alaska trip, and Tom Wolfe presented on a Vanuatu trip.   These did run a bit longer than I had hoped, but I think the audience was still very attentive.

Wednesday  We visited a local German bakery for lots of sweets.  Later we had a group dinner at a nice restaurant, Pisces Rising.  Sunset was right as we departed, and produced quite a few pretty pictures.

Thursday we started with a Casual Bike ride to a nearby park (about 8.5 miles total) I of course did not tell anyone about the hills we would have to climb and cruise down.  Everyone did fantastic and it was a pleasure hosting the ride.  Comments all week said we should do more bike rides.  Several people requested a second ride to go on, and they reported having a good morning ride along the lake

We then went into Orlando to visit a plastic manufacturing facility.  Everyone was amazed at the process which included film extrusion, printing, and conversion into products like bread bags.  This was followed by heavy appetizers which were arranged to be provided by past attendees for new attendees.

Friday  We started with the beef breakfast which Jim Roberts has organized on previous comearounds. It is always well received and was great again.  This time the men did the cleanup.  Following were the board meeting and the general meeting.  At the board meeting we transferred the wheel to our new chapter president Jack Parry ’67.  Of note Jay Williams ’67 has done a great job for the past seven years.

At the White Elephant sale Jim did his usual great job and helped us collect about $430 for the chapter.

Saturday  We departed for the farmers market and then the Horner Morse Museum.  The Tiffany glass collection there is amazing.  After dinner we met in Mt Dora for a unique “walking wine tour” We visited seven shops which each had four wines to sample – wow lots of wine.  We did all make it back to our cars and then the RV park without anyone tripping on a curb or anything major.

Sunday   This was a sot of rest day for some, but was supposed to be a road bike ride day for a few.  Unfortunately the rain came in that morning and resulted in a shortened ride. I can say spirits were not dampened though.   Sunday evening was Margarita night. This time we had a margarita taste off.  Jim’s classic margarita won and there was plenty to go around.  This was followed by our second potluck dinner. Wow, lots of food again.

Monday   Departure day started with the firsties providing a very healthy breakfast of donuts and muffins (OK – it was not healthy, but it got everyone going)

It was sad to see the RV park pretty empty was we departed.

Special Notes   (As anyone who read the POD knows there were lots of notes)

We had lots of assistance from everyone there, but appreciated Jay and Patti Williams for their pre-event advice.  Tom and Ellen Shields provided help for setup and teardown.  (they also provide the dice and domino’s for the many unscheduled game nights – I think there were five at least)  Angela Brady also provided lots of bottle of wine from their extensive collection all week, and at the auction.

Conclusion   If you missed the Mt Dora first every comearound, you missed a great event.  Make sure you attend the RV chapters coming events.

Thanks, Dale and Su Gange


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