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Stone Soup Weekend

It is looking to be a great time at Stone Soup. For over 30 years we have held this event.

Those coming just for Saturday will pay the normal park entrance fee. For anyone camping at the group site or family campground, your camping fees include the park entrance fee.

Camping for the youth group site with running water and toilets will be $5.00 per night adult/ $1.00 per night youth. You can also camp in the family camp ground. You can also make reservations at the family camp ground but hurry.

Agenda ( you can do the parts you like or everything):

Friday - Those that will be camping will stop in the office to register on your way into the park. Lenny will be gathering the money in the camp site. You will be able to bring your car in to unload and then park your car back out in parking lot. There will need to be 50+ tents set up in the area so keep that in mind when setting up. We will use one or two of the fire pits for a group fire. Park closes at sunset.

Agenda Saturday:

8:30 Meet at the Pavillion 9 (Cypress) for 7 mile Dead River hikes. Please bring, sun screen, bug spray, snacks, and at least 1 liter of water or a bottle to fill before we head out.

10:30 short hike - 1 mile nature trail for kids or 3 mile hike on the Florida Trail Loop (1 miler/kids hike led by Carol MacInnes / 3 miler led by Marcie Clutter)

12:30 - Kids place the stones in the soup to get us started with the reading of Stone Soup

12:30 –1:00 Lunch (bring your own) & FTA Chapter meeting.

1:00 kids table/activities

12:30 - 1:30 Bring your items for stone soup to the Cypress Pavillion where Joe will be the head cook in charge. We will have the stones, pots, water and fire. You need to bring a meat or veggie to add to the soup. We will have a meat and a meatless pot of soup. Also, please bring an item to pass that would go with the soup. Make sure you precut the meat or veggie into soup size pieces ahead of time You may also want to bring a bowl. I will have everything but a paper bowel is not the best for soup. If you are arriving late – after 1:30, please bring canned items so they have time to cook.

1:00 – 1:30 auction of hiking, camping, or other new or lightly used items. Bring your money or check book so you will not lose out on the great items. Also bring those items to donate to the auction so we can raise some money for the trail (all money will be used to help the trails.)

2:00 & 4:00 Saturday and 11am Sunday Fort Foster is the only standing replica of a Second Seminole War Fort in the United States. Guided Tours of Fort Foster are offered; weather permitting, Saturdays at 2 pm & 4 pm and Sundays at 11 am. Your step back in time will begin at the park's concession located in parking lot #4. From there a tram will transport you to Fort Foster where you will see the only authentically reconstructed fort from the era of the Second Seminole Indian War (1830s). Allow approximately one-and-a-half hours for the tour.

3:30 Soup is on!!!

5:00meet at the group camp site for a fire and friendship around the fire ( you do not have to camp). The group site is located across the parking lot from the Pavilion

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  • Catherine

    I am too lazy to post pics everywhere, so here is a link to some in my Flickr account http://flic.kr/s/aHsjDC9Grs

    January 19, 2013

  • Brian L.

    Thanks to everyone for a really great time at the Stone Soup Weekend from Brian and Sandy. It was a relaxing experience and we couldn't have had better weather!
    If anyone happened to find a small blue cooler with a blue brick ice pack in the bottom please let us know. It's kind of old and beat up but has done lots of travels.... Looking forward to seeing some of you again in the near future :)

    January 14, 2013

    • Brian L.

      Thanks Nicky for the reply, maybe someone else saw it and picked it up!

      January 14, 2013

    • Tracy H.

      Brian when I was leaving the park on sunday I saw two wild hogs running off into the brush. One had a blue cooler tied to his back with glow stick necklace para cord.

      January 15, 2013

  • Catherine

    This is the first time my niece has been tent camping and on a night hike. Thanks to everyone who helped make it a wonderful experience. I have a feeling many more camping and hiking trips will be in her future.

    1 · January 14, 2013

    • lois v.

      Thanks to Ashley, and all Destiney had a grand time. She forgot to get Ashleys telephone # ours is 352=796=1201. Grat time! Looking forward to March.

      January 15, 2013

  • Lenny C.

    1 · January 15, 2013

  • Jim J.

    Had a great time. Haven't been out camping more than a year, great feelings. Thank all organizers and volunteers who put the event to gather. I enjoyed my very 1st Stone Soup very much. Thank you!!

    January 14, 2013

    • Brian L.

      Great Pictures you posted... very creative. Love the flying squirrel!

      1 · January 14, 2013

    • Carol M.

      Your photography is stunning!

      January 15, 2013

  • Rick G.

    We had an awesome time! As always...it's great to be around like minded good fun folks! My kids had great fun...my little girl didn't want to leave. :-) A big THANKS to all who made this happen! Already looking forward to next year. :-) See ya'll soon!

    1 · January 13, 2013

  • Lenny C.

    Hat's off to all donors and the following business's who donated to our auction. (Please forgive me if I omitted anyone)

    Alligator Bob
    http://www.gatorbob.com/

    Go 2 Outfitters - Gary and Sally Secunda
    http://www.go2outfitters.com/

    Bill Jackson's
    http://www.billjacksons.com/

    January 14, 2013

  • lois v.

    Getting together with good friends, good food, quiet walks, but best of all, this year, so many wee behaved children! Great to see these children enjoying the great outdoors!

    1 · January 14, 2013

    • Lenny C.

      Yes! I think we had about 10 kids camping! Outdoors beats electronic addiction any day!!

      1 · January 14, 2013

  • sue b.

    WONDERFUL!

    January 14, 2013

  • Marilyn G

    Fantabulous!! Thanks to all the folks who worked hard so the rest of us could have a great time! 'Preciate Ya!

    January 14, 2013

  • Mike

    Lots of fun, and nice seeing everyone again. Thanks Lenny

    January 13, 2013

  • Anna B.

    Stone soup weekend was very organized fun and relaxing. This is a great group. The night hike was so cute, with all the people and kids lit up like aliens with glow sticks. The day hikes were very nice, and it was fun to see adults enjoyng their child side on an abandoned tractor, and picking sour oranges was fun too. The fire circle was great,. with plenty of socializing. sunday morning breakfast was nice, and even the ranger came by and took folks on a private tram rour. Stone soup was a success.

    January 13, 2013

  • james m.

    4 star

    January 13, 2013

  • Carol M.

    The tradition continues! Another great Stone Soup weekend with lots of fun for all ages. A deep thank you to all the organizers, hike leaders, cooks, prep and clean-up crew, contributors to the auction, and everyone who attended who made this such a memorable event. The Park Ranger for the Fort Foster tour was also awesome.

    January 13, 2013

  • Tracy H.

    Enhance your hiking experience. Join us Saturday for our NIGHT HIKE, we will hike the 3.2 mile loop trail. We will hike at a safe but moderate pace. We will take our time as needed so everyone can have fun as we make our way through the woods and along the banks of the river. We will stay close together and will have one of the best sweeps in the business. I will have glow sticks for everyone. Bring a headlamp and or flashlight. Lenny,Tom and Carol MacInnes are the first three to show interest in this hike so they will get the first Pick of glow sticks. We will assemble at the camp ground at 5:45. We will plan to head out at 6:00 and be back in plenty of time to enjoy the campfire.

    1 · December 30, 2012

    • Susan H.

      I can leave easily enough afterwards, right?

      January 11, 2013

    • Tracy H.

      Susan, so sorry I did not get your message. I was running around like crazy trying to get my gear etc together and wrap up my work week on Friday. Wish it would of worked out differently. We sure would of liked to have you come along. Hope to see you soon.

      January 13, 2013

  • Anna B.

    Great time, and fun activities. Thanks to Lenny and everyone that helped make it so special. Some were asking about the little stove I have that is made by Traildesigns- they make each one for whatever pot you have. Hope that helps. Till next time!

    January 13, 2013

  • Drylar

    Had a fun time. Too bad I couldn't stick around longer. School duties call. Nice to have met the new faces, and seen some of the old faces that didn't make it to the Holiday Fun Weekend.

    January 12, 2013

  • sue b.

    i will be camping both nights--i am bringing the hot dogs/buns/condiments from the holiday party--can also bring potato or pasta salad to go along with it--can have the dogs ready about 4:30-ish on-they can be warmed up whenever anyone wants them

    sunday breakfast-i am bringing eggs and OJ--anyone wanting to join in and bring bkfst items would be great--worked out well last year

    also bringing a bundle of wood--more wood the better!

    see everyone then!!! looking forward to it!

    1 · January 4, 2013

    • sue b.

      will be good to see you also!! been a while--i think James brings lots of bacon--biscuits or hash browns maybe--just a thought

      January 8, 2013

    • Marilyn G

      OK, I'm bringing a bag of hash browns. Does your stove have 2 burners? If not, I'll bring mine too. If it does, I'll just bring a frying pan and utensils. Also, I'd appreciate it if you tried to save me a tent spot...I can't come today.

      January 11, 2013

  • AlligatorBob Y.

    I regret due to a heel spur, plantar facia having developed in my right foot I won't be camping/hiking with you guys Saturday. Very very painful. For now the recommendation is limited walking, arch supports and stretching calf muscle to reduce tightness.
    I was having trouble on the last two hikes I attended and was unable to complete the coarse.
    Have Fun!
    Alligator Bob

    January 7, 2013

    • Lenny C.

      Bob, we were hoping you might have some gator tail scraps to toss in the pot!!

      1 · January 7, 2013

    • AlligatorBob Y.

      I thought you guys were all veggie heads. I'm an omnivore and will eat anything that does not eat me first!!

      January 11, 2013

  • Tracy H.

    Still looking for night hikers. Attention: Rick G, Lilian, THYoga, Chuck S, Monica, Ben McPherson, JAMES COUTURE, Brenda, Sue, etc. No pressure here, just kidding around.

    January 10, 2013

  • Marilyn G

    Is pasta an acceptable ingredient for the soup? Sounds really good to me!

    January 10, 2013

    • Catherine

      Sure is Marilyn, I am bringing a big pack of them.

      January 10, 2013

    • cathy m

      I talked to Joe Spooner who is head chef of the cooking crew for the soup. Pasta is fine but everyone remember to wash and cut up all your vegtables and meat prior to bringing them on Saturday.

      January 10, 2013

  • Catherine

    I am heading to Sam's Club tomorrow morning. Looks like Sue is bringing everything but the kitchen sink...lol. Joking aside is there anything I should pick up? Missing from the list?

    January 10, 2013

    • sue b.

      hmm kitchen sink--i can arrange that :)

      January 10, 2013

    • Catherine

      Thanks Lenny. I am not surprised Sue. See you both soon!

      January 10, 2013

  • sue b.

    my opinioin-we can never have enough firewood!

    sunday breakfast--i am bringing a dozen and half eggs and juice-James C is bringing bacon-Anna pancake fixings--sounds like a feast! even if you are not camping please come back for the sunday morning breakfast

    and don't forget friday night hot dogs and salad--

    see you this weekend!

    January 8, 2013

    • cathy m

      Camping this weekend looks like is out for me. Joe Spooner needs a ride on Saturday and I offered to bring him to the event.

      January 8, 2013

  • lois v.

    I enjoy night hikes. Please count me in! Maybe, Tammy and Destiney, too.

    January 7, 2013

    • Tracy H.

      Great your in!!!! The weather should be good.

      January 8, 2013

  • kevin

    don't forget wood.

    January 7, 2013

    • Tracy H.

      Thought you would just bring some in your sled Santa.

      January 8, 2013

  • Anna B.

    I will bring all the tables Friday, so feel free to use them anytime, the tops are plastic, the bottoms metal, so they might be damaged in high heat situations, so I just usually cover them in foil, or put heat pads on.
    Feel free to use them for anything, except high jumping, line dancing, graffiti practice, snow boarding....

    January 7, 2013

    • Lenny C.

      thanks so much Anna.. I told Alan to take a look at your post. I don't think they will be subject to any heat. The soup kettles stay on the stove I believe. Anyway I told the soup staff to look at your post and they will let you know if there is any concern for the well being of your tables.

      January 7, 2013

  • Anna B.

    I will be auctioning womens sized 10 never worn water proof Vasque hiking boots Most excellent. :)

    January 7, 2013

    • cathy m

      Gee, how about a size 7?

      January 7, 2013

    • Anna B.

      If I grow anymore, I will be in mens sizes. I should go barefoot and buy more glowstiks instead:)

      January 7, 2013

  • Tom

    Lenny, we are still below the 60?

    January 7, 2013

    • Lenny C.

      Tom, for the group site I believe we are hovering around 45-50. There are 3 or 4 camping at the family campground.. So Nicky and ken should be fine...

      January 7, 2013

  • Lenny C.

    Anna Brusa, the soup prep crew asked in a separate email if any of us had a sturdy folding table they could use for Saturday. I know you said you already had a couple packed in your truck for the Sunday breakfast.Would it be OK to use one of them in the Pavilliion area on Saturday? Please post a reply here and/or contact Alan Bailey at: [masked].

    January 7, 2013

  • Anna B.

    I will bring seceral folding tables, and they are already in my car ready to go. Two 4 foot, one 6 foot, and I use a personal table at my site, if needed, we can add that. Looking forward to this getaway!! It will be too good.Good to know, no dogs allowed. I will get the babysitter.

    January 7, 2013

  • JUSTIN S.

    I will be getting there around sun down on friday, will we have a way into the park if the gate is closed and locked?

    January 6, 2013

  • Tom

    Reminder: Please bring any camping, hiking, or great items you think someone would like to buy for the auction. All money will support trail work. Also, bring an item for the soup. You may also want to bring a soup bowl. I will have some paper bowls.

    Reread the agenda. Post if you have any questions.

    1 · January 6, 2013

  • anne w.

    Hi....I used to camp with my family at Hills. river st. pk. when I was a little girl....brings back very fond memories. It is a beautiful, natural environment of "old Florida". If I choose to participate in some of the activities on Sat. and Only camp Sat. night, will there be any problem? Anne

    1 · January 5, 2013

    • Lenny C.

      Anne, no problem at all... please just confirm if you are camping on Saturday... we look forward to having you join us...

      January 5, 2013

  • Deb R.

    Lauren and I have four pounds of bacon and two Coleman propane stoves if you would like us to bring along for Sunday breakfast.

    January 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Found the propane grill. We're all set. See everyone on Friday

    January 5, 2013

  • Anna B.

    I will bring all the forks knives napkings cups and bowls and spoons for breakfast and for stone soup if no one offered, as i have alotttt.
    I am bringing my propane stove, so anything will cook in a fry pan will work How bout I the ham or sausage for breakfast? I also found a package of buckwheat pancake mix.should anyone want. Glad to help.

    1 · January 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Let me check.on the propane griddle if not We can bring our class c over there and use our generator. Can't wait

    January 5, 2013

  • Rick G.

    Happy New Year to everyone! Hey, just wondering who all is bringing thier kids. I'm planning on the bringing the family and I have an almost 5yr old girl and a 7yr old son. Just wondering if they'll have some playmates? :-)

    January 1, 2013

    • Elizabeth P

      I love the see families with small children enjoying the great outdoors. I look forward to their gleeful giggles around the camp.

      1 · January 4, 2013

    • Carol M.

      Hi Rick. Cobie has a soccer game in the morning and will be coming in the afternoon on Saturday. We still don't have a GPS yet (but someday) :-).

      January 4, 2013

  • Elizabeth P

    Remember how icy cold it was last year?

    1 · November 7, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    We will be on site 3. Would be happy to have a pancakes Sun.morning for all. Have a large griddle, 2 boxes of pancake mix, butter, sugar free syrup, peanut butter. Bring what ever else you would like

    1 · January 4, 2013

  • Lenny C.

    OK! Looks like we have about 30 or so who indicated they are camping in the group site for one or both nights. There is still plenty of room for additional campers. For the benefit of those campers new to this venue and our jokes about extension cords, this is a non electric campground- with powered lights in the restrooms. Please do not bring extension cords!

    Tracy - looks like your night hike is going to be a hit!

    January 4, 2013

  • Carol M.

    Oh, Yes! I am interested in the night hike!

    December 30, 2012

    • Tracy H.

      Great news !! It will be fun, see you then.

      December 31, 2012

  • Brian L.

    Tracy, I will be joining you. FYI, there will be a new moon that night, it sets at 7.45 pm so it will be dark in the forest.
    Lenny, Sandy & I will be camping on the group site, and I can bring some firewood for Saturday night.

    1 · December 31, 2012

    • Tracy H.

      This is good info. I had to look this up, I thought it had something to do with vampires and we may have to cancel the hike. The new moon is the phase of the moon when it lies closet to the sun in the sky as seen from earth. The moon and the sun have the same elliptical longitude. What this means is bring a backup flashlight. Glad your coming Brian !

      December 31, 2012

  • Deb R.

    Hike sounds like fun, Tracy. Lauren and I are looking forward to it.

    December 30, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    We will be on site3

    1 · December 9, 2012

  • Tom

    No reservation for the tent group site. Just bring $5 per night.

    November 25, 2012

    • JUSTIN S.

      Thank's for the info. Tom.

      November 25, 2012

  • JUSTIN S.

    Quick question, do I need to make a reservation for the group tent site, if so, who do i need to contact to make one?

    November 25, 2012

    • JUSTIN S.

      Sounds good, I plan on being there Friday. Thanks for the info.

      1 · November 25, 2012

  • james m.

    we will be camping in pop-up at lot 83

    November 25, 2012

  • Carol M.

    We are camping....3 adults, 2 children.

    November 9, 2012

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