1st Annual Great Plains Gathering

When I put a feeler out there a couple of weeks ago about an event in the Great Plains in 2017, several people responded positively without even knowing any details.  Thanks for all of the responses.  Your responses have encouraged me to plan an event for our LOA friends.

It is now official.  The First Annual Great Plains Gathering will be Sept. 21-24, 2017.  The dog days of summer should be over, the cold of winter will not have started, and if Mother Nature cooperates we will see some of the first colors of fall.  It is, according to some, the most beautiful time of year in Nebraska.  If you are interested in attending, mark your calendars.

I am still not quite sure of the location. as I have 1 possible central Nebraska and 2 possible eastern Nebraska locations.  I am visiting each site to determine which will be the best place for the event.  I will decide on a location in the next couple of weeks to give people an opportunity to make reservations early and ensure we can be clustered together.

I am excited about getting people together from all over, and offer an opportunity for people to see the beauty of an area of the country that many have not yet visited. 

I will post more details as they come available.

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if I may try to help people attend the rally, be advised that the loop is full, and there is no longer a waiting list being held by the organizer.   From this point on, it is up to individuals to act quickly if and when a site comes available because of a cancellation.  

Fortunately, there is a feature on ReserveAmerica where they will notify by email, all who request to be so advised if there is a cancellation.  

ReserveAmerica will email simultaneously, all who have asked for this to happen.  It's up to you to act as soon as you see the notification for you are competing with the rest of the world for the newly available slot.

Below is an illustration with the steps by which you can sign up to be notified if a site comes available.   Realize it is for the specific dates and in the specific loop in which we will gather.  Arriving September 21 and staying for 3 nights afterwards, in Oak Bluff Loop

First, log on to ReserveAmerica's site and find Ponca State Park, Nebraska
Second, go through the process of filling out the boxes 2 through 5, as if you were going to expect one to be available.  You will get a screen that says there are no sites available.

IT IS AT THIS TIME THAT YOU SELECT THE LINK AT #6 on the illustration.  Fill in your email address and if an opening occurs, you (and everyone else) will be sent an email saying there is an available site.
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The response for this gathering has been great!  We now have 26 participants, and we are full.  If there are people who would like to attend but have not yet registered let me know by posting on the discussion thread.  I will start a waiting list, and then if someone who has reserved a space cannot attend for some reason, you can take that party's campsite.  Click HERE to go to the discussion thread.

Doug n Bonnie posted:

You might want to amend your post to reflect the Sept "2017" date....

Thanks.  I'm looking at how to fix it, and I'm not getting anywhere.  I'll keep tinkering.

NEW INFORMATION:

The 1st Annual Great Plains Gathering will meet in the Oak Bluff Campground at Ponca State Park in northeast Nebraska.  This is a beautiful area of rolling hills, forest, and cropland along the Missouri River. 

The Oak Bluff Campground is well shaded and protected from wind.  The sites are relatively close together, so we will be able to go between them easily.  I will try to figure out how to insert a link to Reserve America to make it easy to reserve a site, but in the mean time, if you Google Ponca State Park Campsite Reservation you will get ReserveAmerica. 

I suggest you reserve a site soon if you would like to come, as there are already some sites in the campground reserved for that weekend.  Nancy and I are in site 47.  If you look at the Reserve America map, draw a line along sites 45, 47, 64, and 63, and reserve sites along that line and to the right of it, we will be able to set up a good community area and walk between sites easily.  The shower house and a play ground are in the loop to the left of that on the map.

Added 12/29/16:

The response for this gathering has been great!  We now have 26 participants, and we are full.  If there are people who would like to attend but have not yet registered let me know by posting on the discussion thread.  I will start a waiting list, and then if someone who has reserved a space cannot attend for some reason, you can take that party's campsite.  Click HERE to go to the discussion thread.

 

 

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