N. Fl Gathering V

Discussion in 'Events' started by pineywoods, Nov 6, 2010.

  1. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★


    Jeff,

    Where are you staying? We were thinking of trying to come up for 1 night.
     
  2. pineywoods

    pineywoods Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead SMF Premier Member

    The guys putting up my greenhouse stayed at the Howard Johnsons last night and said it was very clean and the room was only 50 bucks which is much better than what he usually has to pay as he travels all over setting them up
     
  3. alblancher

    alblancher Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    Just looked at the HOJO  (love that name) and mapping software says its 27 miles (36 min) from Jerry's.  Looks like the Holiday Inn is 13.5 miles (22 min).   Like the rate at the HOJO but it looks like it's a pretty good haul from the event. 

    I guess I'm running out of time to decide between MC or car and between tent or hotel.
     
    Last edited: Mar 17, 2011
  4. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Al, Do you have the address for the Holiday Inn & directions from there to the event, or an address for the event so I could put it in mapquest? I want to try for 1 night up there, but don't know how long a drive it is.
     
  5. alblancher

    alblancher Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    I'll try and pm you a general area of the event.  I don't know the exact address off hand but it is in my Garmin and I use Streets and Trips to plan routes.

    going to pm you right now

    Al
     
  6. rio_grande

    rio_grande Smoking Fanatic

    Starting to get in sight,,, Was talking to Otter tonight and discussing tent and sleeping arangements. Looks like otter may be bringing some meat for Mark,,, Something that goes Baaa,,,,

    As much as I am looking forward to the trip it is closing in on me LOL
     
  7. tulsajeff

    tulsajeff Master of the Pit Staff Member Administrator OTBS Member

    I booked at the Hampton.. but I might just have to look into HOJO with that kind of a price!
     
  8. tom37

    tom37 Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Hey there Jerry, as much as I would like to attend, its looking like there is no way. 

    Just wanted to let ya know man, make sure to keep us up to date on high points of the event. Maybe next year, I hope.
     
  9. The wife would like an estimate of total attending so she can plan some desserts and such.

     -Tom
     
  10. pineywoods

    pineywoods Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead SMF Premier Member

    On page 2 of this thread post #37 there is a list of area Hotels and Campgrounds. All the hotels are right by the interstate and 1 exit apart it's either 7 or 12 miles between those exits but at interstate speeds that's not long.

    Al I will PM you the exact directions to the camp then you can just figure how far it is from the hotel exits to the camp.

    Jeff I have never stayed at the Hampton in but it's one of the newest Hotels here. I did used to stay at the Howard Johnsons about 8 years ago when we first bought the property and it was very clean. As I said a few posts back the guys that set up the Greenhouse stayed there Monday night and said it was very clean and they paid 50 bucks for the room.

    Tom the best estimate I have is 50-75 people
     
    Last edited: Mar 17, 2011
  11. tulsajeff

    tulsajeff Master of the Pit Staff Member Administrator OTBS Member


    I will be there.. and I would love to put in an order for some desserts. Tell your wife that there's gonna be 200 of us[​IMG]
     
  12. bmudd14474

    bmudd14474 Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Getting real close now.
     
  13. bamafan

    bamafan Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    Hope we can have a few days of the weather we've been haven't lately around NW Fla for the gathering. It's been awesome! Lookin forward to seeing everyone and meeting some new people.
     
  14. Hey, gotta question, first time coming so bear easy on this: Do you allow/encourage/discourage people from marketing/selling their seasoning sauce while at this gathering? What is the cost to attend? And how 'scheduled' is this gathering. By that i mean is it relaxed and no schedule? Or is it regimented?

    Respectfully,

    Sheppard Salter
     
  15. bamafan

    bamafan Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    Jerry (Pineywoods) will be along to answer most of your questions. No one was trying to sell anything last year that I remember. The schedule is cook,eat,swap recipes,have a beverage and start it all over. wasn't a real schedule to it. Just a good relaxing time with folks.
     
  16. eman

    eman Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member

    Buckley,

     As for marketing  and any cost ,i can't answer that ? .

     It is not really regimented. When we get there Fri. The wife and i will set up camp and then get to cooking the chicken ,sausage and shrimp Gumbo and crawfish etoufee. for Fri, night supper.

    We will be making a potatoe salad and i'm sure we will have sausage for poboys and burgers or chicken for those that don't eat good cajun food. others will be prepping the meat for the big smoke saturday

      breakfast sat. am and the TBS is flowing all day for the big smoked supper  sat. pm.

    Fri night is usually a night of greeting old friends (and new ones) and a bit of socializing.

    Breakfast again Sun . am.

    I can tell you that from fri night to sun morning you won't go hungry.

    Usually after breakfast Sun am we break camp , clean up and head backout on the road.

    If it is like the last gathering there will be folks there for anywhere  from  3 days to just  stopping by for supper sat. night.

     Hope to see you there.
     
    Last edited: Mar 23, 2011
  17. eman

    eman Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member

    Tim, Wasn't that you trying to sell me a bridge around Mobile? You know the one i get stuck on every time i head east?

    BTW, how bad is the lunch time traffic heading thru mobile???  I-10 / tunnel ?
     
    Last edited: Mar 23, 2011
  18. pineywoods

    pineywoods Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead SMF Premier Member

    We've never had anyone try to sell anything at the Gatherings. If you want to make up a little sign that you have something for sale that's fine but that would be about as far as I would be comfortable with as far as selling stuff. Most everybody is here to relax and meet other members and have a good time. We really don't have schedules like when we cook at home it's done when it gets done
     
  19. rio_grande

    rio_grande Smoking Fanatic

    Sellin stuff, what do you want to buy,,, I got it all.

    We are breathing around here again, Took the night off to get caught up on some sleep. THis weekend will be the final push for me to be ready to leave a week from saturday. Seemed so far away all winter now I could use another week to get ready..
     
  20. shooterrick

    shooterrick Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    T hings are back up in the air for Sandy and me.  The company owner notified me he will be gone the entire week leading up to the gathering.  I am tryin to get off early friday and drive in by 6pm friday night.  If I can't get some time off friday or if things go bad during the week I could find myself working Saturday!  Will know more next week but it is day to day now.  Sucks!
     

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