sing around a real campfire! while camping!

  • May 16, 2014 · 5:00 PM
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INTRO TO CAMPING 101:  i haven't done nearly enough camping in my life.  i want to get good at it by starting small & easy.  this is step 1 - car camping close to home.  are you in the same boat?  anyone can do this.  of course having some experienced people around too would be great for mentoring newbies like me.

the benefits of car camping are:  you can bring whatever you want because your car has room.  you can bring an air mattress, chairs, grill or camping stove, hand drum, guitar, kayak, bike & a big cooler.  trips to a store are easy for forgotten stuff.  it's inexpensive.  i chose dates just before memorial day in order to avoid summer crowds, the worst of the bugs & price increases, and the temperature should be just right for sleeping outside.

reservations:  i propose that we get a bunch of tent sites close together.  make your reservations through reserveamerica dot com for sites 125, 122, 126, 119 and 117.  there's room at each site for 2 tents and tents can be shared.  if more than 10 people want to go, the other tent sites are right up close to this little group.  coordinate splitting a site with someone on the discussion board so everyone knows what's available.  (bonus - sharing sites means everyone pays half price!)  please be sure to post updates when spots are taken.  don't forget to read the reservation policies & campsite rules.

equipment:  a basic cheap tent & sleeping bag from job lot or the back of your closet are fine for this mild environment.  some gear stores rent them if you don't want to buy.  backpacker dot com & other websites have great gear lists.  of course you can ask specific questions here but we're all ultimately responsible for bringing our own stuff.  this includes food - having a pot-luck meal would be fun (discussion board) but plan to feed & hydrate yourself.   dress for both daytime & evening temperatures.  a rain jacket is always a good idea.

fires are allowed so don't forget the s'mores, chairs and instruments!  consider bringing a few copies of words for songs you want to sing with the group.  (note 'with' the group - it's fun to hear from everyone so one person should not be monopolizing the proverbial mic).  campfire wood should be bought at the campsite, not brought in from elsewhere, to avoid bad environmental consequences.

of course being in this group environment means being considerate of others, being helpful, not taking undue advantage, blah blah blah.  you're all nice so that's not really an issue.  i ask that dogs are left at home for this one event please.

1-2 weeks beforehand we can plan daytime activities like a bike ride or whatever people are up for.  it might even be warm enough to swim!  (thinking about that now, in early february, is the whole reason i'm planning this event haha).

last paragraph i promise:  let's start with the meetup RSVP, see how much interest there is then make camp reservations.  now enough with beaurocracy, let's make plans to have some fun!

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  • Bill Crudale, J.

    I am quite disappointed. I drove down last night only to find all the campsites empty. Did anyone put out a cancellation notice?

    May 18

    • shannon

      i asked for cancellations. last i knew 11 people were still going.

      May 18

    • Seth

      Sorry Bill! That is frustrating. I wasnt able to make it, neither was Shannon and with the rain, it was a bit confusing. Apologies. Hope to see you next time.

      May 21

  • A former member
    A former member

    FRIGGIN WEATHERMEN!!

    May 17

  • Len L.

    Looks like Im stuck at work Wanted to go up early and set up on dryish ground but I don't want to set up tonight and be wet all weekend. If people still go and it stops raining for a while I'll set up tomorrow but it doesn't look good at this point.

    May 16

  • Tim

    Hi all unfortunately I called fishermans, and they said no day use. RI parks and recreation said something different, but I guess we have to go by fishermans.

    May 16

  • Bill Crudale, J.

    What's plan B for tonight?

    May 16

  • Esther J. B.

    I may be the craziest as I have just purchased a tarp, rope, torches, fuel, rain ponchos, EZ light grill and get this, bathing suits. Lol all will keep if u all decide to cancel.

    May 16

    • shannon

      summer hasn't even started! you have tons of chances to use all that stuff.

      May 16

  • Seth

    Weather is looking up for saturday. Im hoping to come by Saturday night! :)

    May 16

  • joseph s.

    anyone who has not already cancel if you change reservation till late in summer there is no cancellation fee maybe we can reschedule over the summer

    May 16

  • Tim

    How late can we play music until?

    May 16

  • A former member
    A former member

    Isnt Saturday the worst of the 2 days.....I don't care about camping I just want to play guitar now...lol

    May 15

  • Luke M.

    Wish I could make this one, but I'm out of town.

    May 15

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry to miss this, I was informed tonight that I need to babysit the grandkids Sat., and they are way too little... stay dry!

    May 14

  • Pete

    Sorry guys, I signed up about 3 days ago wishfully thinking I could actually get there by dark after work... but that likelihood is fading. Setting up camp after dark in the rain is sounding even more difficult. A camping night session is a great idea, but I'm going to cancel. Have fun!!! I can't wait to get to another. Was thinking of hosting/organizing a session in New Bedford if there's any interest...

    1 · May 14

    • A former member
      A former member

      Are you near the beach in New bedford? I have a large amount of space in the Peter Pots area of West Kingston, as well...

      May 14

  • A former member
    A former member

    omg..the drama....my show got rescheduled so now I can go. I would need a spot for Sat night..should I book or can I split costs? I have my own tent, a grill with griddle, a coleman stove, a cooler, a lamp, and misc other stuff...and my guitar and Ipad with every Beatle song chord sheet!!!!!! I have to leave Sunday AM.

    May 7

    • A former member
      A former member

      Jessie..thanks for the heads up. I likely will target a future meetup as well. I sufferred cancellation fees when I cancelled the site but if you for some reason get saddled with costs I'll help out when we meet. (which I hope we do some time.) john

      1 · May 13

    • Jessie M.

      Thanks John. I hope we meet too. Yeah, they charged me $19 in cancellation fees. Rather unreasonable really, especially given this much notice. But don't worry about it, especially since you already paid the same fees. Thanks for keeping chivalry on life support.

      1 · May 13

  • Tim

    I love the idea. I am a car camping veteran. Is this adults only? I need to figure out if my boys 11 and 13 could come. I have a massive tent (16x10) is it too big for the spots?

    May 2

    • A former member
      A former member

      maybe those of us with teenagers could have our own sing-a-long around the campfire at a slightly separate location????

      May 12

    • shannon

      ask to become an organizer - you can schedule a family weekend. :)

      May 12

  • A former member
    A former member

    well... we just discovered a major schedule conflict... our son is performing at a concert on Friday night. So we cannot go until Saturday if at all... we'll keep you posted :)

    May 12

  • Tim

    rain! unfortunately mother nature does not always cooperate. Just wondeing if there are any thoughts on what to do if this happens.

    May 12

    • A former member
      A former member

      too far ahead to worry about the rain... winds can shift.

      May 12

  • Jesse

    Glad to see some new stuff from the group! Unfortunately we can't go to this event (so jealous of you all!) but we look forward to future summer evening PACS events!

    May 11

  • Tim

    Any tips for inexperienced campers? Such as what food to bring, and what will be available for cooking?

    May 7

    • Tim

      Most important tip. Look at the ground before placing your tent down. Any little ridges or galleys are where rain water will go.

      1 · May 8

    • Jessie M.

      GOOD tip. Thank you.\

      May 8

  • shannon

    ok friends who has a campsite they can share with john? we need that beatles songbook! haha j/k (kinda)

    1 · May 7

    • Jessie M.

      Sorry about my delayed reply. Was hanging with my daughter and didn't check my messages until an hour ago. But I'm game entirely for splitting site 127. I'm pretty sure that I don't need a while site to myself, just me. Looking forward to this event! C U there!

      1 · May 7

  • Jessie M.

    Ok, figured it out. I booked John's spot, site 127, through the park's website (C U at a Sat. meetup John). Looking fwd to mtg everyone!

    1 · April 28

    • A former member
      A former member

      i had to cancel that spot...but just found out my gig got rescheduled to July so I might still go. I dont have a site though.

      May 7

  • A former member
    A former member

    My family and I are signed up! Our children are ages 14 and 16. Thought I would make sure that this event will be appropriate for a family... (i.e., clean language and appropriate behavior :) We're looking forward to musical fun ... my husband and our son play guitar (but just learning).

    May 1

    • shannon

      my intent was for this event to be adults only, even if i didn't spell it out that way.

      1 · May 2

    • A former member
      A former member

      ok... we'll figure something out ! thanks.

      May 5

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi, I live close by ( West Kingston),
    I was just wanting to drop in on Fri., sat. with a guitar, and some small percussion instruments. Do you think there will be room for parking?
    ( I will look at Fisherman's info as well...)
    Thanks,
    ~K

    May 4

    • shannon

      yes - the tent area appears to be only about half full so far. i'm sure you'll be able to find a place. glad you'll be dropping by!

      1 · May 4

  • shannon

    it's almost here! yay! here's an update.
    daytime activities: i propose that we talk during breakfast (BYO) about what we want to do each day. bring gear for your choice of biking, walking, fishing, beach, kayaking, tennis & basketball. i will have maps/directions ready. option to regroup at lunchtime (BYO) & do something else for the afternoon. all gather for supper (BYO) & then the guitars come out!
    other little details: the campground & all state beaches are smoke free.
    please remember to leave no trace at the end.
    let's take turns buying firewood or everyone can chip in a dollar. important to buy it there instead of bringing from home to prevent the spread of tree diseases.
    ready set go!

    May 3

  • Len L.

    I wouldn't count on that. Most of us haven't been together and don't know each other well. many are unknown including myself. I wouldn't bring my children.

    2 · May 1

  • A former member
    A former member

    oh!... and I can bring my fiddle! but I haven't played for years.

    2 · May 1

  • Jessie M.

    Hi, I'm Jessie, new to the group and I'm really interested in going to this event because it sounds FANTASTIC! I am a reasonably experienced camper but don't know the camp site. HELP? Not originally from the area.

    April 28

    • shannon

      what do you need to know? :)

      1 · April 30

  • Megan

    This looks really cool

    April 25, 2014

  • Dr. Nate D.

    This sounds awesome. I am an extremely experienced camper and have worked my way all the way up to RV camping. Unfortunately, I won't be able to attend this one because I am going to be traveling out in San Juan, PR and a few other Caribbean Islands during the entire month of May.

    April 24, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am cancelling 127 today ..if sites are all booked up mine will be free today....bummed.

    April 17, 2014

    • shannon

      :(

      April 22, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      bought a new tent and everything..hope there will be others..would be cool if someone could host a backyard bonfire or something.

      April 22, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    just got a call for the 17th to play for a party.....I have to cancel now and hope I get credit for the site....next time.

    April 17, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    My band just booked a show on the 16th...is it worth coming down Saturday am and staying Sat night?

    1 · March 14, 2014

    • shannon

      see the above description - you'll need to reserve your campsite or share someone else's. there's a campsite map on reserveamerica.com that will show where we'll be. not hard to find.

      March 25, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      I booked site 129..I am there by myself BTW

      March 26, 2014

  • Eric O.

    Can you attend the campfire time even if you don't camp with the group?

    1 · March 25, 2014

    • shannon

      sure. but you might not be able to drag yourself away after having that much fun. :)

      March 25, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      I thought this was all about sleeping on the ground?....oh we're going to do fun stuff too?

      March 25, 2014

  • Steve P.

    Something happened to my account -- i don't know what -- and i wasn't getting any messages. thought it odd, so i checked today, and fixe it. hope i haven't missed too much. still looking for 1-2-3 people to play with in small sesions. thanks

    February 15, 2014

    • shannon

      just fyi - only people who are going to this event will see your message.

      March 7, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    OK..I'm not really conducting fire worship rituals...127 has room for another tent. OH and do we have like a common interest song list? Maybe we can identify 12 songs that everybody knows and that we instrumentalists can all learn?
    just an idea..

    March 5, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      like I said, just an idea....never been to a meetup with this group and would like to be able to accompany singers with a guitar. I'll just wing it.

      March 7, 2014

    • shannon

      ideas are good. as you can see from past meetups, everyone typically brings a few songs. we bring a few copies of each to spread around & play from everyone's suggestions. everyone is in the same 'winging it' position. the spontaneity & surprise are fun!

      March 7, 2014

  • Tim

    I was about to book, and will do so soon. However I noticed that online the sites only go in even numbers and that I did not see anything for 117, 119, and 125?

    February 24, 2014

    • Tim

      Is the check in/check out 5 for everyone else?

      February 28, 2014

    • shannon

      check-in/check-out times are the same for everyone, every day. meetup times are closer to when we'll most likely arrive & depart. we'll have our stuff packed into our cars by 11 in case there are new people coming in to the tent sites. however nothing is stopping us from using the park for the rest of the day.

      February 28, 2014

  • Len L.

    just booked 119 will have room for another tent if someone wants to share

    February 25, 2014

    • Esther J. B.

      Thx Len, unless I'm confused it looks like I'll share with you and Shannon and Beth-Anne are a match too. Thx

      February 26, 2014

    • Len L.

      Sounds good. I'll save your spot. Should be a great time.

      February 26, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I will be conducting fire worship rituals at 127 if anyone with a fire retardant tent wants to join me.

    February 26, 2014

  • shannon

    so excited to see people signed up already!
    book whenever you want. i only waited b/c i wanted to know i wasn't going alone - would have kinda defeated the purpose. sites are booked individually.

    February 8, 2014

    • Beth-Anne

      I will share, Shannon if the invitation is still open.

      February 26, 2014

    • shannon

      sounds good!

      February 26, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    if its clear..and there is a view to the sky,.. I'll bring my scope

    1 · February 25, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    at 127..hope I'm not too far from the action.

    February 25, 2014

  • shannon

    has anyone else made a reservation? don't leave me out here alone! : )

    February 13, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      just booked 127

      February 25, 2014

  • Steve P.

    sorry in florida for a wedding that weekend.

    February 15, 2014

  • deb

    Toughness isn't the issue...I have major arthritis and a physical job and really can't risk not being able to do it come Monday! I would drive out for some activities, so it would be great if you would post some when we get closer to the date. : )

    February 11, 2014

    • shannon

      i want the group to decide together so yeah, it will be easy to find on here.

      February 11, 2014

  • deb

    I also have not done as much camping as I would have liked, but I fear my days of sleeping on the ground--even with an air mattress--are behind me. Will there be any events, day or eve, to which a non-camper can "drop in"?

    February 11, 2014

    • shannon

      sure we'll be playing outside during the day - maybe a bike ride, a hike or some beach time, all depending on the weather of course. most importantly we'll be singing around the campfire! we'll decide the details during the last week or two beforehand. i do encourage you to give camping a try in this most accessible of settings - you're probably tougher than you think!

      February 11, 2014

  • shannon

    my reservation is made! yay! i got tent site 117. my 2nd tent spot is available for anyone who would like it. splitting the payment for 2 nights comes out to $18.50 per tent. makes summer feel a little closer!

    February 9, 2014

  • Esther J. B.

    Sounds like fun

    February 9, 2014

  • Beth-Anne

    Ok...sounds like a great time...I am wondering when we should book a site? or are the sites booked by group?

    February 8, 2014

    • shannon

      book whenever you want. i only waited b/c i wanted to know i wasn't going alone - would have kinda defeated the purpose. sites are booked individually. and 1 reservation has room for 2 tents to double your fun. perhaps someone who has rsvp'd will share your site.

      February 9, 2014

  • LaurieS

    Camping is my most favorite activity! !!

    1 · February 8, 2014

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