View Full Version : EVENT: Heartland Chapter Rally: MA, Shelburne - 9/25/2015 to 9/27/2015

08-31-2014, 10:26 PM
1753 Mohawk Trail, Charlemont, MA 01370


Country Aire Campground
1753 Mohawk Trail ( Rt 2 )
Charkemont, MA 01370
www.countryairecampground.com (http://www.countryairecampground.com)
Pets ok?: Yes - Limited to Two per rig ; Rabies Document Required
Pet Fee: None
Pet Restrictions: No Rottweilers / No Pit Bull
WiFi available: Yes ( limited Bandwidth - plan on using Cell Data )
WiFi Fee:
Cell Coverage: Excellent Verizon
Golf Carts: No Rentals; Personal Carts permitted ( with proof of insurance )


From: 9/25/2015 to: 9/27/2015
Number of sites held: 50 ( 17 W/E/S and 33 W/E )
Site fee: - Discount of $4/night off 2015 prices (not set yet). current prices are $30/$35 for w/e and w/e/s respectively
Club Member Event fee:
Non-Club Member fee: $20.00
Potluck: Yes
Potluck date: 9/25/2015
Potluck time: 6:30 pm


Event Leader: recumbent615(click to contact) (//heartlandowners.org/private.php?do=newpm&u=7907)

Campground Map:


Sites in Yellow are W/E/S ( most have cable available )
Sites in Blue are W/E ( Site #1 - Site #15 have cable Available )
Sites with Red X Through them are not reserved for our use.

Please select a site when making your reservations and select a W/E site if you do not require a Sewer hook up.

Additional Info:
Sites will be a mix of W/E and W/E/S all sites have 50A service and most sites are Pull through.

Sites are being held for the rally including the week prior and week after the rally weekend.

Sites are being held up to Aug 17, 2015 when they will be returned to the Campground.

A Deposit of 1 night will be required at the time of reservation. [Update - Reservations made in 2014 will have the collection of the deposit deferred until January 2015 ]

Reservations are to be made directly with the Campground with CC over the phone as they do not accept reservations on line.


1) Kevin Barrett - Site 33 -- 9/22 - 9/29
2) Glenn & Sharon Van Wickle - Site 34 -- 9/22 - 9/29
3) Pat & Ed Hickman - Site 35 -- 9/22 - 9/29
4) Steve & Mary Thompson - Site 47 -- 9/24 - 9/28
5) Glenn and Fran Schaaf - Site 37 -- 9/23 - 9/28
6) Elliot and Helen - Site 36 -- 9/24 - 9/27
7) Marcus and Natalie Weeks - Site 40 -- 9/25 - 9/27
8) Tim Davin - Site 45 -- 9/24 - 9/27
9) Pat and John Gaines - Site 46-- 9/25 -9/28
00) S. Dupras - Will be day-tripping
10) R. Frieswick - Site 39 -- 9/24 - 9/27
11) Duane and Debbie Clause - Site 52 -- 9/23 - 9/29
12) Bill and Jeanne Mohlenhoff - Site 55 -- 9/24 -9/29
13) Who's In ???

We have turned over the available sites back to Country Aire but there are still a few sites available.

09-02-2014, 08:12 AM
Holding the First Reply for Additional Information regarding this Rally. There is a lot to do in this area and during the time we will be holding the Rally.

09-02-2014, 11:45 AM
Congratulations Kevin, Glenn and Sharon! Looking forward to the first Mass Chapter Rally! Good job!

09-02-2014, 09:32 PM
Looking forward to it. You picked a great campground.

09-18-2014, 05:22 PM
Kevin Fran and I signed up today for the rally. We are on site #37 arriving 9/23 and leaving 9/28. See ya down the road!!!

09-21-2014, 06:10 PM
Folks, I have just attended my very first Eastern States Exposition ( the Big E ) and let me tell you it was a blast.

This is the Largest Country Fair in the Northeastern US. and it runs for two weeks every Fall. We have scheduled our Very First Massachusetts Rally smack dab in the middle of next years Fair. Our Camp ground is about 45 miles from the fairgrounds making a day trip something that could easily be done. A few things to keep in mind for your planning. Weekends are absolutely the busiest and if you can plan to arrive early or stay late and attend on a weekday, I believe you will find that to be more enjoyable. as an example, On Saturday they had an attendance at the fair of over 170,000 people and it was elbow to elbow everywhere we went. Just moving around was difficult. Today was not as bad but it was starting to ramp up as I was getting ready to leave.

This is only one of the great things that can be scheduled during or around the Mass Rally next year - I have also added a poll to this thread with a few of the things that we could schedule or arrange to do as a group please add your thoughts - even if you have not committed to the event yet. we are a full year away and we already have 10% of the sites taken.


10-14-2014, 08:55 PM
Helen and I are signed up for site 36. Looking forward to helping in any way we can to make this a GREAT rally! How about a visit to the Bridge of Flowers?

10-20-2014, 08:57 AM
Great Eliot,

What is your arrival/departure dates. we will be posting up a list of area attractions, on this thread in the next few months and as many as possible in each goody bag, there are so many things to see and do in the area. The Bridge of Flowers is a great location and is only a few miles from the CG. We will be at the end of flower season and right at the start of the western NE foliage season.

really looking forward to this event ( not that I want to wish next summer away already ) in the fall 2015!

10-23-2014, 05:32 AM
my wife and I would be interested in going. Is it an open event for any heartland owner?

10-23-2014, 05:49 AM
my wife and I would be interested in going. Is it an open event for any heartland owner?

Hi marcusweeks,

Heartland Owners Club members can attend rallies anywhere. Take a look at the Club Information (//heartlandowners.org/content.php/128-heartland-owners-club-portal). There's even a free introductory membership.

10-24-2014, 12:54 PM
thanks. i did fill out the free membership, will upgrade in December 9 ( my Christmas present to myself ). i called and left a message at the campground, they are now closed. hopefully they check messages at some point. Marcus

10-24-2014, 04:32 PM
Welcome to the "Club" Marcus, You should hear back from them, I know they were planning on a very busy fall, doing upgrades and adding sewer to a number of sites before the Freeze along with all the other post season work/repairs that have to happen. It may take them a few weeks to get back to you. if you don't get word back from them in the next few weeks please let me know.


11-19-2014, 08:44 PM
I'm in!, site 40. Also bringing the golf cart.

11-19-2014, 11:47 PM
That is great Marcus looking forward to camping again. Camping for me is over until March officially as I have pulled the hitch out of the bed of the truck and loaded the bed with sandbags for the winter, spring can not get here soon enough for me!

07-06-2015, 03:17 PM
Well - Summer is in Full Swing, and I have been way too busy with work. But lucky for me Glenn and Sharon have been busy lining up contact and acquiring some really cool swag for our Very First Massachusetts Heartland Chapter Rally.

Below is a very detailed list of activities that are in the area, the NW corner of Mass is a beautify location, especially in the early fall.


Meander along the Mohawk Trail

One of the oldest designated tourist and scenic routes in the country, the Mohawk Trail traces its
roots to the post glacial age. While the peoples of the northeast had neither the wheel nor the horse,
they created many footpath trade and travel routes throughout New England. One of the most heavily
traveled - and one of the most famous today - was the path call the Mohawk Trail.

The Mohawk Trail has gained a world wide reputation for its scenic beauty, both natural and man-made.
It carries on its ancient trade route heritage via the many unique shops, inns and villages that
line its path. The Mohawk Trail truly is a "highway of history." Stretching from the Massachusetts-
New York line to Millers Falls on the Connecticut River, is the actual 63 mile East-West highway.
Reminiscent of early American life, the Mohawk Trail provides the traveler of today with well over 100
attractions; country inns, gift shops and public and private camping areas nestled amid the seasonal
changing beauty of the Berkshire Hills and Connecticut Valley.

The Eastern States Exposition

The Big E – as it’s known - is billed as "New England's Great State fair". It is the largest agricultural
event on the eastern seaboard and the sixth-largest fair in the nation. The Big E is inclusive of all six
of the New England states: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and
Vermont. Each of the New England states is prominently represented at the fair. Located in The
Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts, the Big E is held every autumn in West Springfield,
Massachusetts. Open Sept. 18 – Oct. 4 It has EVERYTHING! 1305 Memorial Ave, West
Springfield, MA

17th Annual North Quabbin Garlic and Arts Festival

There's something for everyone in the family at this scent-sational festival. Enjoy the bounty of
amazing, regional artists, farmers and organizations. Relax and Celebrate life with stellar music and
entertainment on two solar powered stages and throughout the rolling fields. Gain inspiration with
over sixty inspiring presentations and activities, plus exhibitor demos, fabulous kids art and nature
activities, and garlic games galore all weekend long. Travel the garlic globe with celebrated local
chefs demos, energize your life with incredible workshops in the renewable energy and healing arts
tents. Held at Forster's Farm located at 60 Chestnut Hill Road in Orange, Saturday, September 26
…10:00am - 05:00pm

Old Deerfield Craft Fair

Old Deerfield Craft Fairs are held on the front lawn of Memorial Hall Museum in June and September.
Each fair has 200+ craft exhibitors from 18+ states with colorful displays and crafts demonstrations.

Kemp-McCarthy Museum of the Rowe Historical Society

The Rowe Historical Society owns and operates the Kemp-McCarthy Museum. The museum has an
extensive collection of local artifacts and antiques. Highlights of the collection include antique quilts,
19th century dolls, period costumes, china and glassware, sleighs, furniture, photographs, cookware,
tools, farm implements and an original 19th century hearse. The Kemp-McCarthy Museum also has
many valuable photos and literature from the Davis Mine, the Hoosac Rail Tunnel, and the Yankee
Atomic Electric Company.

Arthur A. Smith Bridge

The original Arthur A. Smith Bridge was a single lane bridge built in 1868 which served as a main
crossover for the North River in the western portion of the town for 120 years. The bridge was named
for Civil War Union Army veteran Arthur A. Smith whose land was the site of that first bridge.
Replaced in 1951 by another wooden structure, it in turn was removed in 1991 to dry land by oxen
team in preparation for an extensive restoration. The 99 foot bridge was added to the National
Register of Historical Places in 1983. Fully restored in 2007 it is open for pedestrian traffic. From Rt. 2
on the east side of the Deerfield River, take Rt. 112 north to the section of Colrain known as
Lyonsville, turn left on Lyonsville Road and you will see the bridge.

Bissell Covered Bridge

Just a few hundred feet north on route 8A in the center of Charlemont is the newly rebuilt 92 foot
Bissell Covered Bridge, the third bridge on this site. The original bridge that crossed Mill Brook was
built about 1840 and was replaced in 1951. The current bridge, which reopened in May of 2009 after
two years of construction, replaces the old bridge which had been closed to vehicular traffic in 1995.
The site of the bridge was added to the National Register of Historical Places in 2004. It took several
years of discussion with the residents of Charlemont and state engineers before it was agreed to do a
restoration of the bridge rather than demolish it and erect a modern concrete and steel bridge. As a
compromise the new bridge has some special added support and guardrails, but to the casual
observer the new wooden covered bridge maintains the character of the two preceding bridges at this

High Ledges Wildlife Sanctuary in the Town of Shelburne

The High Ledges Wildlife Sanctuary is owned and maintained by the Massachusetts Audubon
Society. It is arguably the most beautiful 586 acres in the Region and is accessible year round. On an
extensive trail system, High Ledges boasts a large inventory of native plants and wildflowers and is a
haven for naturalists, photographers, and everyone who appreciates scenic views and unspoiled
terrain. Among them, 20 species of Orchids and 30 species of ferns. Wildflowers many of them rare
are best viewed May through September. October features fantastic fall foliage views of the Village of
Shelburne Falls, the Deerfield River valley and Mt. Graylock. When winter snows carpet the
sanctuary you can navigate the trails on snowshoes. The sanctuary is open all year dawn to dusk.
Visitors are requested to comply with regulations such as: No pets on or off leash. Don't pick any
plants. For a complete list of these regulations plus directions contact the Massachusetts Audubon
Society: Take only pictures, leave only footprints. There is a small admission fee for non-members:
$3.00 for adults, $2.00 for children and seniors .

Explore Deerfield’s History

Deerfield was the northwestern most outpost of New England settlement for several decades during
the late 17th and early 18th centuries. It was the site of intertribal warfare and several Anglo-French
and Indian skirmishes during its early history. Visit the many museums in town too.

Mohawk Trail State Forest

A clear, cold river cascades through Mohawk Trail State Forest along a rocky streambed. One of the
most scenic wonderland areas in Massachusetts, the state forest offers visitors a taste of real
wilderness in a rustic setting. Over 6,000 acres of mountain ridges deep gorges and tall old-growth
trees support a diversity of plants and animal life. 56 wooded campsites are available seasonally,
and six overnight log cabins are available year-round. Discover miles of rivers and streams for
excellent trout fishing, a swimming area, and a day-use picnic area. The state forest is located along
and named for the Mohawk Trail a historic Native American foot path that connected the Connecticut
and Hudson River Valleys. Sections of this route are open for hiking today as the Mahican-Mohawk
Trail. The forest is open May through mid October from sunrise until sunset. A $5.00 fee per vehicle is
charged for parking.

Crab Apple Whitewater Inc.

Crab Apple Whitewater is New England's largest Whitewater outfitter. Established in 1983, the
original family still owns and operates all trips daily. Great service with a personal touch is their
family's guarantee for your adventure with Crab Apple. On the dam-controlled Deerfield River, Crab
Apple runs full day and half-day river trips from Mild to Wild. Raft trips are all guided by a great staff of
guides who love the river and look forward to showing their guests the majesty of a river trip's
scenery, wildlife and excitement. Self-guided, half-day trips in inflatable kayaks called "Funyaks" are
also very popular. Eight miles of river and small rapids at your own pace through the Berkshires is a
great way to spend an afternoon.

Natural Bridge State Park

Discover a geologic wonder at this 48 acres park. Examine the only naturally formed white marble
arch and man-made white marble dam in North America, and tour an abandoned marble quarry. The
"natural bridge" for which the park is named, according to geologists, is 550 million years old bedrock
marble, carved into an arch by the force of glacial melt water over 13,000 years ago; one of the best
places in New England to demonstrate the effects of glaciation. The bridge spans rushing Hudson
Brook as it twists and tumbles through a steep 60-foot deep gorge. This site was an active
commercial quarry from 1810 to 1947, producing coarse-grained white marble used in local buildings
and cemeteries. From 1950 to 1983 it was a privately owned and popular roadside tourist attraction
off the Mohawk Trail. Natural Bridge became a state park in 1985, to preserve its unique geologic
features. In the summer months, knowledgeable park interpreters are on hand to explain the natural
forces that created the bridge and its more recent human-related history. There is a ¼ mile walkway
above and through the chasm, and a 0.5 mile wooded walking trail. The park is open from Memorial
Day - Columbus Day 9am - 5pm. Parking fee is $2.00.

Poet's Seat Tower

From almost anywhere in Greenfield, look east for a view of the town's favorite landmark - Poet's
Seat Tower. From its lofty perch atop Rocky Mountain on the ridge that forms the eastern boundary
between Greenfield and the Connecticut River, the tower commands a near 360-degree view of the
lush Pioneer Valley. Poet's Seat Tower sits on a 190 million year old (early Jurassic period) 150-foot
thick basalt lava flow overlooking the Franklin County shire town of Greenfield and the Connecticut,
Deerfield, and Green River valleys.

The Basketball Hall of Fame

The NEW Bigger, Better, Bouncier Basketball Hall of Fame includes 40,000 square feet of interactive
exhibits, multi-media activities and basketball programs on three levels.

Susan B Anthony Birthplace Museum

Although Susan B. Anthony lived in Adams for only the first six years of her life, she was greatly
influenced by the beliefs and aspirations of her hometown Quaker community. Her great-grandfather
was a pioneer settler here and one of the founding members of the East Hoosac Meeting. Anthony
devoted the greater part of her life seeking justice as an abolitionist against slavery and as a
suffragette for the rights of woman to vote. Her inner light guided her through the darkness of this
world. The gift shop at the Birthplace Museum house many gift items, which are made by local
female artisans of the Berkshires. These unique gifts include handmade jewelry, pocket books, bibs
and potholders, quilts and much more; perfect for this holiday season. They also sell a large variety of
books for children and adults about the suffrage movement, as well as many other topics. 10:00 am -
4:00 pm, Thursday-Saturday and Monday, Sunday 11:30 am - 4:00 pm It is a "must See" when
visiting the Northern Berkshires. Admission: $6.00 Adult / $4.00 senior citizen $3.00 Student / Free
children 6 and under.

The Bridge of Flowers

The Bridge of Flowers is the only one of its kind in the world. Built in 1908 as a trolley bridge across
the Deerfield River, between the towns of Shelburne and Buckland, the 400-foot, five arch concrete
span was abandoned with the passing of the trolley line 1928. Antoinette and Walter Burnham's
vision of transforming the structure into a flower bridge became a reality in 1929. The project was
spearheaded by the Shelburne Falls Woman's Club and is still under their leadership through the
Bridge of Flower Committee. Over 500 varieties of annuals and perennials are planted and tended by
local volunteers who work with the head gardener and her assistant to ensure continuous blooming
throughout the season.

The Shelburne Falls Trolley Museum

A fun time of trolley car rides, pump car rides and more for the entire family!
Visit the operating museum, located near the Historic Bridge of Flowers .

West End Pub

In Shelburne Falls, head outside, there's riverside dining overlooking the Bridge of Flowers.

Western Gateway Heritage State Park

The Heart of the park is the Visitors Center Museum. Several beautifully restored buildings that were
once used to store freight and commodities surround a cobblestone courtyard at this former railroad
yard. The buildings are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. This urban park uses
historical artifacts and exhibits to bring to life the controversial and danger-filled construction of the
Hoosac Tunnel, one of the greatest engineering feats of the 19th century. The tunnel was dug 4.75
miles through Hoosac Mountain, linking Massachusetts to Albany, NY. 200 men lost their lives
building the tunnel, which is still being used today. An audio-visual presentation takes visitors back in
time, where the sounds of dripping water, pickaxes against stone, explosion, and debates re-create
the hardship and heroism of the tunnel's construction. Programs and exhibits on history, science,
culture and environmental are offered regularly to the public. Visitors Center hours: Open 10am-5pm
day except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's days. Admission and parking is free.

Magic Wings

Magic Wings Butterfly Conservatory & Gardens consists of a 14,400 square foot facility that includes
a 4,000 sq. ft. glass conservatory filled with butterflies, moths and tropical vegetation. Walking into the
conservatory on a cool day is sheer joy. It is a peaceful sanctuary for all who enter.

Yankee Candle Flagship Store

Here at the Deerfield Village store is where you'll find 400,000 candles in over 200 different famous
Yankee scents. It's a unique, entertaining world of New England charm, fairy tale fantasies, and
hands-on, interactive candle making that's fun for every age The flagship store draws 3 million visitors
per year and is one of the largest tourist attractions in the state, second only to the Freedom Trail. It
offers visitors not only the greatest variety of Yankee Candle scents available, but also a unique
atmosphere with a variety of interactive exhibits and a Candle Making Museum. Open Daily 10-6

Avery & Sons General Store (1861)

If you can't find it at Avery & Son then you don't need it! This is an old school general store. You can
buy a great steak, some outdoor clothing, hardware, kitchen, camping, and home improvement
supplies all in this one store. This is a one of a kind place not to be missed on your Mohawk Trail
drive. Main Street, Charlemont

Hail To The Sunrise

A monument in Charlemont, Massachusetts. The monument features a prominent statue of a
Mohawk Indian and a reflecting pool. It is a major feature of Mohawk Park, a roadside park located
beside Massachusetts Route 2, the Mohawk Trail.
The bronze statue depicts a Native American man in traditional wardrobe looking eastward with his
arms extended. He faces the direction of the rising sun and is said to be greeting the Great Spirit. The
casting stands upon a large boulder. A tablet in the shape of an arrowhead at the base of the statue
reads: "Hail to the Sunrise - In Memory of the Mohawk Indian." The pool is lined with 100 inscribed
stones from various tribes and councils from throughout the United States.

The Emily Dickinson Homestead

The Dickinson Homestead, where Emily spent all but 15 years of her life, was mentioned frequently in
her intensely idiosyncratic and strikingly modern poetry. Devoted Dickinson readers visit the
Homestead and The Evergreens, the Italianate home built next door by Emily's brother Austin
Dickinson, to walk today where Emily walked and to see what Emily saw.

Plan Ahead

Tell Kevin, Glenn & Sharon that you are having such a great time at this 1st Annual Massachusetts
Chapter Rally that you just can’t wait to sign up for next year’s … and we already have a great
location in mind! More about that at the Rally.

And I want to thank Glenn and Sharon for all the detailed research on the area and the compliation of this list; I knew when we decided on the location that there was a lot to choose from ( can there be too much ) but even I was suprized with the list.

Looking forwared to Some Camping!

07-07-2015, 01:11 PM
Hey, Kevin,

Pat and I will be joining you for your first MA Chapter Rally. We will arrive Fri 9/25 and depart Mon 9/28. We are booked into Site #46. Thanks for your work on this.

Hope your truck is performing well now. We just did a 5 week trek through The Maritimes with your truck's sister. She did great!



07-14-2015, 05:52 AM
Hi Kevin ~ We're all set on site 33 coming in on Thursday night ! My wife ad I have both done the zip lining several times at Berkshire East and we're heading up son to try the new mountain coaster. Those of you even curious about the zip lining, PLEASE PM me and I can offer some inside help. There are different levels for all abilities and level of courage. See everyone soon Tim

08-10-2015, 07:30 PM
Well the tele tag sure took long enough.

#52 09/23 - 09/29

08-17-2015, 09:18 AM
Bill and Jeanne Mohlenhoff will be joining you for your first MA Chapter Rally. We will arrive Fri 9/24 and depart Mon 9/29. We are booked into Site #55.

08-17-2015, 12:41 PM
Kevin and Glenn we would have loved to come to your first rally however we are restricted with out dogs and our permanent dog sitter will be heading off to his third year of college in a few weeks. We want to wish you all the best and I am sure it will be a great success. Can't wait to see the pictures that will follow.

09-03-2015, 08:15 PM
Hi Kevin,

Valerie and I (Bob) just made reservations today. Sorry for the late notice but we are new to this. Can't wait to attend the 1st MA rally after attending our very 1st rally in Verona NY. We look forward to meeting new friends and reuniting with others that we met in NY. We will be coming in on Friday 9/25/2015 and leaving on Tuesday 9/29/2015. We are on site #53.

Bob and Valerie Dufek
And our Beloved Saint Penelope
2015 BH 3750FL
2014 Ram 3500 DRW
HOC #2858

09-03-2015, 08:31 PM
Hi Kevin,

Valerie and I (Bob) just made reservations today. Sorry for the late notice but we are new to this. Can't wait to attend the 1st MA rally after attending our very 1st rally in Verona NY. We look forward to meeting new friends and reuniting with others that we met in NY. We will be coming in on Friday 9/25/2015 and leaving on Tuesday 9/29/2015. We are on site #53.

Bob and Valerie Dufek
And our Beloved Saint Penelope
2015 BH 3750FL
2014 Ram 3500 DRW
HOC #2858

I've said it before, these rallies can be addictive. Can't stop at just one.

Glad you can make it to the MA rally. Unfortunately Ginger and I aren't going to make this one. My job is taking me out of state that week. Dang work.

Enjoy and safe travels.

09-03-2015, 08:46 PM

Sorry you, Ginger and Madison can't make it but totally understand. We were glad to of met you in NY and can't wait till we meet up with you again. We definitely look forward to attending many rallies in the future.

Safe travels to you to.

Bob and Valerie Dufek
And our Beloved Saint Penelope
2015 BH 3750FL
2014 Ram 3500 DRW
HOC #2858

09-03-2015, 10:08 PM
Bob and Valerie,

That is great I look forward to meeting you.


09-14-2015, 05:09 PM
Hi Kevin. .....I found my info....here I am! Lol

09-17-2015, 08:11 PM
T Minus One Week!!!

We are a week away - and things are falling into place! Excited to meet my Fellow MA Heartland Owners ( the ones I have not met yet ) and seeing others that I have not see all year long.

Email is going out tomorrow with details on schedule and the heartland gives back. We have selected a local food bank right in Shelburne Falls - and they will be coming out to meet with us and collect our donations on Saturday. For those of you coming out in advance of the weekend Glenn, Sharon and I will be there trying to figure out what we are doing :)
and wrapping up the details that I am sure we had not thought of ahead of time.

Safe Travels all - And See yo in Shelburne Falls!

09-17-2015, 08:31 PM
Can't wait, See you there!!! Safe Travels!

Bob and Valerie Dufek
And our Beloved Saint Penelope
2015 BH 3750FL
2014 Ram 3500 DRW
HOC #2858

09-17-2015, 08:34 PM
Mary and I have been looking forward to this weekend for sometime now. Can not believe we will be there in a week.

09-18-2015, 08:59 AM

Our First Mass Chapter Rally is Just One Week away! This is to communicate some details of the proposed schedule, No super big news, but just some minor changes to schedule and more details on what is going on:

Attached is the Document that we have been posting on what there is to do in the area and believe me there is a lot to choose from.

For those of you thinking about a trip down to the Big-E Fair, Great – Be aware that weekends are the busiest time for the faire and traffic is heavy so an early start is a must. If your schedule permits I would suggest that you attend on a week day, Monday – Thursday and take in the other things in the area on the weekend.

Time Table / Schedule:

Thursday Dinner:

For those who will be in camp on Thursday at dinner time, we are planning on selecting a local restaurant to eat at. Details on Wednesday
This will be a self pay event

Friday Dinner at the pavilion: 6:00 PM

We were Originally panning a Pot Luck – that will now be on Saturday
Pizza dinner – and some Guest Speakers

We will have Bruce Bacon – From Bauer Products joining us
Bauer Products has generously donated some of their products for the benefit of our Club.

BYOB – soda and water will be provided
We will have a 50/50 Raffle (Heartland Gives Back)
We have some door prizes – donated by Heartland and others.
Bon fire @ 8pm at pavilion


Breakfast – Coffee/OJ and fresh pastries from a local bakery @ Site 33 ( time to be determined )
No day time events planned – see attached list of things to do and see
Dinner – Pot Luck dinner @ pavilion :6:00 PM

Soda and Water
Second 50/50 Raffle

Bon Fire @ 8Pm at pavilion


Breakfast – Coffee/OJ and fresh pastries or donuts from a local venue @ site 33
Bon-voyage to those who are leaving us
Afternoon Cheese and Crackers ( and wine while it lasts ) at site 33 @ 3:30 pm
Second Pot Luck – Or not – lets discuss at breakfast – for those who are staying over ( looks like there are 8 Rigs staying until at least Monday or Tuesday

Heartland Gives Back Cause:

Heartland has a tradition of giving back to the communities that they Rally in: For this rally we have selected a local Food Pantry. I have attached their flyer in PDF format and included the items that then need most below.

Cereal, cold and hot
Canned soup
Canned vegetables
Canned fruits
Canned yams
Microwave Foods
Peanut Butter & Jelly
Canned Ravioli
Macaroni & Cheese
Baked Beans
Pasta and noodles
Spaghetti Sauce
Cake Mixes
Salad Dressing
Fruit Juice
Dish Soap
Paper towels
Toilet Paper
Hand soap
Mouth Wash


09-23-2015, 01:46 PM
Well we are all set up and rigs are starting to roll in. Glenn, Sharron and I have been working out the details of our plans. Always working I say. This morning we got together to taste test a selection of baked goods to select the local bakery that was going to supply our faire for Sat morning ... I know hard to take but someone has to do it... I want to thank Pat and Ed for jumping in and helping out ... ( saved me at least one or two extra pounds )

WE are also working on finding a local restaraunt to dine out at tomorrow night for the early arrivals. if you are planning on being here for 6pm tomorrow night and would like to join us for dinner please send me an email @ kmb@kmbit.com and let me know... it would be good to know who is planning on going. I'm headed out shortly to scope out a few local locations that have been recommended to us.

Saturday night we will have the Pot Luck Dinner and we will also have the director of the regional food bank on hand to accept our food donations as well as the proceeds from the Friday night 50/50 Raffle that is going to be held for their benefit.

Look forward to seeing you all this weekend!! The Weather could not be Better for Camping !!!

09-24-2015, 10:18 AM
32 new solid lug nuts - check
Case of Progressive Products Liquid tire balancer - check
New Viair compressors later today - check

Well right now it is set - we do not have wheels to travel with. But, if they arrive and get installed by tomorrow, we will still make the run, just stay later.
Was really looking forward to checking out the Bridge of Flowers that we passed on the way home last week.

So much for comparing internet connectivity Kevin ........

09-24-2015, 11:34 AM
Work will keep Mary and I home today. We will see all of you Friday morning.

09-24-2015, 12:34 PM
Duane, I'll be here until Tuesday - I really do hope you two can make it up late or other wise. Keep me in the loop sir!

Steve, We'll see you tomorow - Work keeps getting in the way! :)

09-25-2015, 06:17 AM
Looks like it's going to be a beautiful weekend for a Heartland Rally in MA. We are so bummed we can't be there. 1300 miles so far this week for work. Can't wait to be done. That many miles, I should be heading somewhere fun, not this crap.

Have fun!! Post some pics.

09-25-2015, 09:23 AM
We are a no-go. My truck is dead, accelerator pedal position sensor went. And with it being a manual transmission, no one carries one in stock. If the one my buddy ordered is right, we'll be late. If it's not, which I doubt it is, we hope you all enjoy the weekend.

09-25-2015, 10:41 AM
Duane, I'll be here until Tuesday - I really do hope you two can make it up late or other wise. Keep me in the loop sir!

Just got word, wheels will shipping out Monday .....

09-28-2015, 09:19 AM
A Big Thanks to Kevin. Sharon & Glenn on their first Mass. Rally. Fran and I had a great time seeing everyone again. We are heading north for a little leaf peeping. See ya down the road!!!

09-28-2015, 11:43 AM
Thanks for a great Rally. Not sure how you arrange it but that moon thing was cool. Everyone have a safe trip home, and safe travels.

09-29-2015, 08:53 AM
A great first Massachusetts Rally! Thanks to Kevin and Glen & Sharon.

09-29-2015, 03:50 PM
Thank You Kevin, Sharon and Glenn for a great Ma. rally. Valerie and I had a great time and look forward to seeing everyone down the road again at future rallies. Safe Travels to all.

Bob and Valerie Dufek
And our Beloved Saint Penelope
2015 BH 3750FL
2014 Ram 3500 DRW
HOC #2858

10-03-2015, 08:41 AM
Great job Kevin, Sharon and Glenn. Jeanne and I had a great time and hope to join you for future MA rallies.