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dgrosvold
 Monday, September 15 2008 @ 04:01 pm EDT (Read 3789 times)  
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Come join us!

Lora and I cordially invite members of the AOAS and guests to a star party at our ranch on Hale Mountain. The Star Party will be held on Saturday, November 1, 2008. We'll start with a weenie roast at about 6:00 PM, and then move to the observing area as dusk approaches. You're welcome to come up earlier to set up.

This is a great dark sky site in NW Arkansas, and we should have an excellent time. We have an excellent view to the south, with very little sky glow.

Folks are welcome to camp overnight, and we do have 30A electric hookups for about three RVs if you want to bring them.

Unfortunately, electricity will not be available at the actual observing site, so bring your battery packs. We will try to have a cookout on Saturday evening.

One more thing - It gets COLD up here, so dress appropriately. Clicking on the image at left will give you a larger satellite view of the ranch.

I will add more information about the cookout as we get closer to the date.

Got questions? Ask away...


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 Wednesday, September 17 2008 @ 01:31 pm EDT  
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Me and the wife will be there, if the weather cooperates.

I am really looking forward to it.................. Laughing Out Loud

Do I need to bring any food.......a covered dish perhaps?

I am going to try to aquire a little of your Digital camera knowledge, if there is time........... Rolling Eyes


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 Wednesday, September 17 2008 @ 10:46 pm EDT  
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Count me in Dave! Big Grin And like Leonard said, we can help out with food and drinks ect...

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 Thursday, September 18 2008 @ 06:30 pm EDT  
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Hey guys -

Glad to hear you will be able to make it! We haven't decided completely on the food stuff yet. But I thought we would plan that out at the next meeting October 3rd. Larry - we'll let you know after the planning session, since I don't expect you will make it to the meeting.


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 Monday, October 20 2008 @ 03:11 pm EDT  
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Hi All -

Well, the Star Party is now 12 days off, and I promised to get something together after the October meeting regarding the vittles.

Food - We aren;t planning anything complicated. We'll have a hot-dog roast, and the club has offered to bring the hotdogs and buns. So - what we need are volunteers to bring the other side dishes, like beans, potato salad, coleslaw, condiments (relish, mustard, and ketchup,) and chips.

Lora and I will furnish the grill and the plates/cups/flatware, and napkins, and things like a table, etc. We have a nice fire ring in the back yard, and afterward we can adjourn to the observing field. The afternoons are getting shorter, and dusk on November 1st will fall at 5:18:56 PM Local time, so we should be prepared to start eating at 4:30 PM. We'll move to the observing field after that, but you're welcome to come earlier in the afternoon to get set up. We'll have the signs up by noon.

Also - everyone needs to bring their own beverages. Lora and I don't serve alcohol up here, but if you want to bring a few beers or something that's up to you. We'll try to have a couple of ice chests full of ice, and maybe some hot cocoa later in the evening.


Here are some simple directions to our place if the web maps are just too hard to follow:

From Van Buren take Hwy 59 north to Evansville. When you get to Evansville, turn right at the Post Office (That's County Rd 3 - Hale Mountian Rd.) Follow CR3 for 5-1/2 miles. If at any point you're in doubt, remember to bear left. It's all paved so you don't have to worry about gravel roads. You will come out on top of Hale Mountain at about 4.25 miles, and then the road will run fairly straight for about 7/8 of a mile and then bend to the right. Go another 4/10 of a mile, and you will see our mailbox on the right with the number 18966 on it. Turn right just after the mailbox, and then you will find yourself facing 4 driveways. Take the 2nd one on the right, just around the left side of the two stone pillars. I'll post a photo to show you what to look for.

From Fayetteville, take Hwy 62 (Exit 62 on I-540) West through Farmington. and continue on through Prairie Grove. Continue 4 miles past the traffic light in downtown Prairie Grove to Ark Hwy 45. Turn Left onto Hwy 45 and follow that down through Canehill, and then Clyde. At Clyde, Hwy 45 will head to the right. Follow 45 approx. 2.5 miles to Country Road 3 (Hale Mountain Rd.) Turn left here. There's a big sign for the Morrow Country Store at this turn-off. Follow CR3 down into Morrow past the Morrow Country Store and on 2-1/4 miles past the store up to the top of Hale Mountain. Now follow the paved road for another 1/2 mile. The road will curve around to the left. At the end of a white/grey rail fence you should see our mailbox on the left with the number 18966 on it. Turn left just before the mailbox, and then you will find yourself facing 4 driveways. Take the 2nd one on the right, just around the left side of the two stone pillars. I'll post a photo to show you what to look for.


Right now, the weather looks like it's going to cooperate - sunny and cool. Currently, the predicted high for Morrow, AR on November 1st is 66, with a low of 43. Since our place is on top of the mountain, figure about 5 degrees cooler than that. Be sure to bring warm clothes - it's usually fairly breezy up here as well, so you'll want them . I'd suggest some of those "hot Hands" chemical heat packs for the coat pockets, and definitely wear some thermal headgear.

The stars are wonderful this time of year up here (or down here, depending on where you're coming from.)

Please let me know wha you intend to bring for a side dish, so that we can plan if we need to fill in. We're looking forward to seeing everyone.


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 Sunday, October 26 2008 @ 10:36 am EDT  
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Hey Dave,

I am looking forward to this! Big Grin I'll bring some beans, potato salad, chips and hopefully clear skies...

See ya there!


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 Wednesday, October 29 2008 @ 11:28 pm EDT  
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I talked the wife into making one of the best cakes you will ever put between your lips (No Kidding).......Coconut Cream Cake...............

I'll bring a couple of liters of pop and chips also.....



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 Friday, October 31 2008 @ 02:09 am EDT  
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Hey all -

We're getting close! I thought I'd post my phone number in case anyone needs it. You can call 555-555-0125 if you get lost and need directions. We'll be here.


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 Sunday, November 02 2008 @ 11:59 am EST  
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Barbara and I had a great time at Dave and Lora's Diamond Bar G Ranch Star Party! The company, food and seeing conditions were outstanding! What a wonderful home! It was great to have those six scopes all lined up and appreciate the different views each provided. Cool


 
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 Sunday, November 02 2008 @ 08:30 pm EST  
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What a good time! Awesome hospitality, tasty vittles and wonderful dark skies... Thank you Dave and Lora! I hope you schedule another gathering in the spring.


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 Sunday, November 02 2008 @ 11:35 pm EST  
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Ditto, ditto......

Great food, Great company and Great Skies......What more can we ask for?


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 Monday, November 03 2008 @ 02:51 pm EST  
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Lora and I had a great time! We really enjoyed having everyone out for a great star party. We will definitely do this again. Thanks Mike, Barbara, Larry, Leonard, Gayle, Kenny and Kelsey for coming and making this a great event!


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