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Special early edition Friday, March 6, 2015

Arrival information

RV arrival is via exit 273 (Rita Road); proceed a short 3/10 mile to turn left on Rocket Strav; go 2.6 miles and turn left on Brekke Road. Continue ½ mile to Brekke Gate on the right. Please have your E-ticket ready for the parking team when you arrive; early parking is available for Saturday night. If you arrive earlier than the date shown on your E-ticket, tell the parking team that you wish to sign up for Saturday arrival. RV parking time is 8:00 AM – 2:00 PM.

 

Looking for WiFi? Look for WiFiRanger!

Literally, when you see WiFi Ranger.com as a wireless connectivity option, click on it and stay connected! You’ll find free WiFi in the WiFi Café (in hospitality) as well as throughout many areas of the fairground and campground areas, sponsored by WiFi Ranger and Kelly Hogan. Kelly will be in the outdoor market area and in market booth #1 in Old Pueblo Hall; stop by and he will demonstrate the latest technology for boosting signal strength and keeping you connected! Don’t miss his presentation, Maximum Connectivity, Staying Online, Monday at 8:30 AM in Old Pueblo Hall seminar room 1.

 

We need Volunteers!

Yes, you can help! There are many fun jobs to do at Escapade! Come, join in the fun and volunteer to help drive transportation carts, serve popcorn or ice cream, or help out in hospitality or security. Review the seminar schedule to identify your free time, then volunteer three hours (or more!) of your time and earn the 55th Escapade volunteer pin and a chance to win the volunteer door prize – a catalytic heater, courtesy of RV SOLAR ELECTRIC! Sign up early; the volunteer booth is open Sunday in hospitality, so stop by and make your Escapade a fun and meaningful one.

Calling all Solos!!!

All “solo” RV travelers are warmly invited to join the SOLOs BoF each afternoon, beginning Monday at 4:00 PM, for a casual happy hour and get-acquainted time. Please bring your chair and beverage (and a snack to share if you like). There are also gatherings most nights after evening entertainment. You’ll find them at Soloville in the campground area.

 

Where’s your hometown? Visit the U S map in hospitality on the bulletin board and leave your mark! Locate your hometown and pin the spot so others can see where we’re from!


Good Neighbor Policy link:
https://www.escapees.com/Parking/Docs/boondocking%20letter.pdf

If you are staying at a local business before entering the Escapade, please follow the guidelines of the Good Neighbor Policy.

Travel safely!

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Escapade Extras Saturday, March 7, 2015

 

Arrival information

RV arrival is via exit 273 (Rita Road); proceed a short 3/10 mile to turn left on Rocket Strav; go 2.6 miles and turn left on Brekke Road. Continue ½ mile to Brekke Gate on the right. Please have your E-ticket ready for the parking team when you arrive. If you arrive earlier than the date shown on your E-ticket, tell the parking team that you wish to sign up for Saturday arrival. RV parking time is 8:00 AM – 2:00 PM.

Looking for WiFi? Look for WiFiRanger!

Literally, when you see WiFi Ranger.com as a wireless connectivity option, click on it and stay connected! You’ll find free WiFi in the WiFi Café (in hospitality) as well as throughout many areas of the fairground and campground areas, sponsored by WiFi Ranger and Kelly Hogan. Kelly will be in the outdoor market area and in market booth #1 in Old Pueblo Hall; stop by and he will demonstrate the latest technology for boosting signal strength and keeping you connected! Don’t miss his presentation, Maximum Connectivity, Staying Online, Monday at 8:30 AM in Old Pueblo Hall seminar room 1.

Food Drive

Each year we look for at least one local charitable organization to support while we are in the area. This year we will be sponsoring a food and essential supplies drive for a local Tucson organization call the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona. Please drop your nonperishable food and personal care items in the collection stations marked “Food Drive” located in hospitality, Old Pueblo Hall.

Entertainment at the Escapade

Sunday Evening in Thurber Hall, The Rivoli Review with Ron and Kay Rivoli, all American musicians.

Monday Evening is Brent Webb in Thurber Hall, the “Master Mind” will astound you!

Tuesday is Star Party- East of Pima Hall

Wednesday is Ham-O-Rama, not to be missed! See the many talents of your fellow Skps!

Thursday evening is the Farewell Party.

 

 

Just for fun….join us this week at Escapade, if you like, in wearing the colors of the day!

Shirt colors of the day!!

 

Sunday ~ Black (or event shirt)

Monday ~ White

Tuesday ~ Beige, or tan

Wednesday ~ Royal blue

Thursday ~ Chocolate brown (Staff-Black event shirt)

Friday ~ Red (Support our troops)



Handicapped and need a ride? Call Phil, your Handicap Host, for a ride to or from any event. His cell number is:

570-267-5317


Crafty??

Check out the Craft area in Old Pueblo Hall and sign up for a class to make a craft! Lots of fun things to do.

Be Careful Walking!!There is going to be a lot of pedestrians walking about the grounds. Please drive vehicles and golf carts VERY SLOWLY. Also, do NOT attempt to walk on the large stones near Old Pueblo Hall you could fall easily.

Miss Kay is Here! Watch for her and you may get a wonderful Miss Kay Hug!

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Escapade Extras Sunday March 8, 2015

Welcome, Escapade attendees!

Welcome to Tucson, AZ, and to the sunny desert southwest. Thank you for joining us at the 55th Escapade for a week packed full of RV education, fun, and entertainment! With a full seminar schedule, evenings with entertainment and socials, your week will be a busy one! In addition, the RV show and Escapade market awaits with everything for the RV enthusiast; you can shop ‘til you drop, or until Wednesday at 4:00 PM!

If you’re a “first-timer” at Escapade, dive in and pack everything imaginable into this week! If you’re an Escapade “old- timer” then you are considered an “official greeter” for all the first-timers! Welcome them with hugs and handshakes! Most importantly, be sure to learn something new and share it with your fellow RVers. It’s often said that we may meet as strangers, but we will part as more than friends after our week together. Join us as we carry on the well-known SKP tradition of “caring and sharing.”

Welcome to Escapade! Let the fun begin!

Big SKP hugs,

Bob & Molly

Wallace & Wanda

& the entire Escapade Staff

Catch a ride, thanks to MultiGenerational Wealth Strategies!

 

Need a lift to or from the activities area to the campground? Look for four- or six-passenger golf carts traversing the golf cart route and hop aboard for a lift to event buildings. (See your pocket map for the cart routes.) Stop by the MultiGenerational Wealth Strategies, booth 38 in the market, and say hello to Shawn Loring, and let him know that you appreciate the ride!

 

Thank you to An RVer’s Friend!

A huge thank you to An RVer’s Friend for sponsoring the Escapade Extras at Escapade! The Extras is your daily news and information source and is emailed daily to the email address of registered attendees. You’ll find printed copies each morning in the WiFi Café (sponsored by WiFi Ranger and Kelly Hogan) for your reading pleasure. Stop by market booth 87 to visit “Smitty” and Louise Smith and AN RVer’s Friend. Smitty and Louise have been full-timers for more than 6 years and have exhibited at hundreds of rallies, gathering an astonishing collection of tips and safety suggestions that they freely share with fellow RVers. Their booth is filled with numerous items to make your RVing lifestyle more enjoyable and safer.

Wi Fi Ranger will be available in the Hospitality Café. At this time it does not extend to the campground areas.

First Jam Session is Sunday from 1-2 PM in the Central Park Pavilion. Come make some music!

It’s about Adventure!

As RVers, it really is about adventure, and the journey is to be savored. For many folks, Alaska by RV is near the top of their bucket list. Ron and Juanita Kohn and the good folks at Adventure Caravans make the journey fun and the adventure memorable. They’ll also take you expertly to Alaska and back in the comfort and safety of your own RV. Join their presentations, RV to Alaska, Monday at 8:30 AM, and Guided RV Tours, Tuesday at 8:30 AM in Thurber Hall Room 2. Visit them in the market at booth #66. Adventure Caravans generously sponsors The Rivoli Revue and Brent Webb –The Master Mind, for your enjoyment this week.

Wear your Escapade name badge!

Your Escapade-issued name badge is your admittance credential to all Escapade events. Please wear it at all times! Badges may be checked upon entry to buildings and seminars and you will be asked to retrieve it to gain entry, if it is not displayed. Be sure to display your vehicle pass in your driver’s side windshield in clear view for the gate guard when re-entering the fairgrounds. Badges may also be checked upon re-entry, so please wear or take your badge with you when departing the fairgrounds.

Shirt color for Sunday is Black--Event Shirt if you have it. Monday is white.

Escapees RV Club is honoring all veterans attending the 55th Escapade with special veteran’s recognition. When you check in at registration, please tell them you are a vet and they will provide you with a red, white & blue ribbon to attach to your name badge. There is a veteran’s benefits seminar Wednesday at 1:30 AM in Pima Hall Room 1.

Please join other vets for a “meet and greet social” Wednesday, 4:30 PM in Thurber Hall Room 2. Please bring your beverage, set-ups and a snack or appetizer to share.

Thank a vet today!

 

Escapees SmartWeigh at Escapade: Escapees RV Club will again be offering its SmartWeigh RV weighing program at Escapade. You may visit the SmartWeigh booth in the market (Old Pueblo Hall) to get on the list for this vital service. Sign-ups are on a first-come, first-served basis, so sign up early!

Don’t miss the Tire Safety presentation, Monday, 1:30 PM in Thurber Hall Room 2 and Easy on the Asphalt seminar, Tuesday at 11:30 AM in Pima Hall Room 1 to gain a clear understanding of the importance of weight issues and RVing.

Are YOU overweight??

 

Crafters News

Knitting –Beginners and Intermediate

by Sharon Del Rosario- Mon. at 1:30-4PM.

Glass Etching will be offered on Monday from 8:30-12:30 - Roberta Fitchner.

Quilting Class instructor will be Lois Kropp.

Two tables will be set up for crafters to come and ‘craft with a friend(s)’.

Blood Drive

Sign ups will be on Sunday in the Hospitality Area from 10AM-2PM. It is reported that 100's of Blood Drives around the Country and particularly in the East have been cancelled in the past month due to severe weather. Blood supply levels are reaching critical shortages. The blood drive will take place on Wednesday.

Line Dancing Change:

Beginners Line Dancing will NOT begin at 7:00 AM. It has been rescheduled to start at 9:00 AM.Intermediate Line Dancing will begin at 10:30 AM. BOTH sessions will be held at the Central Park Pavillion.

 

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Extras for Monday March 9

 

7:00 AM – 8:00 AM

Christian Fellowship Service

Pima Hall Room 1

4:00 PM

SOLOs gathering daily

Soloville in CG (Bring your (non-alcoholic) beverage of choice, setups, and a snack to share to socials; in addition, take a chair to the SOLOs CG gathering)

Margarita Monday at the RV Show

Join Paul Evert’s in the Midway area for a margarita party!

4:30 PM – 5:30 PM

Friends of Bill W daily

Thurber Hall Room 1

Christian Fellowship social

Old Pueblo Hall Room 1

Ch. #51/6/36 Tri-chapter social

Pima Hall Center Room, East

Ch. #2 Rocky Mountain social

Pima Hall Center Room, West

Photography BoF social

Pima Hall Room 2

First-timers social

Hospitality, Old Pueblo Hall

Bring your beverage, utensils, & snack to share.

Post-Escapade HOP participants, please check in prior to Wednesday, 4:00 PM, at the HOP booth, in the market area for details regarding the Tucson at its Best and Tombstone & History HOPs.

Seminar: Tuesday, Pima Hall Room 1, at 1:30 Whiteknuckles and Wind storms presented by Henderson Line Up.

 

Visit the ROW!

Don’t let your week pass without visiting The ROW where you can learn about Escapee Chapters, BOF’s, and SKP Co-Ops. Be sure to check the Social Schedule and plan to stop by any or all of the Chapter/BOF get-togethers. They are a great place to meet an old SKP friend or make a new one! Play the ROW game and win a prize.

 

Shop the Market!

The Market at Escapade is located inside Old Pueblo Hall. The market is open Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM! Enjoy the Market Open House Tuesday 12:00 Noon – 1:30. Get some fresh, hot popcorn, served by volunteers and compliments of Miller Insurance Agency, in booth # 22, north end of Old Pueblo. Visit your favorite vendors and shop ‘til you drop!

Key speakers and featured presentations

Highway History & Back Road Mystery, Nick Russell, Monday, 1:30 PM, Thurber Hall, Room 1

 

Born Under a Wandering Star, The Joe & Kay Peterson Story (video)

Thursday, 8:30 AM,

Thurber Hall, Room 2

Nomads Social has been scheduled for Tuesday @ 4:30 Pima Hall Center Room.

 

Interested in Genealogy? Join the group! The SKP Genies will share a pizza party on Tuesday, March 10, 5:30 PM in Pima Hall Room 2. Bring your own pizza (or whatever you wish to eat) and your beverage. All SKP Genies and all SKPs interested in genealogy are invited. If you wish to order a pizza to be delivered you can call Pizza Hut: 520-663-5656.

 

Don’t forget the Food Drive!

Each year, Escapade supports a local community service organization with a food drive. Please bring canned or nonperishable food items and personal care items to be donated to the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona. Collection bins are located in the hospitality area.

 

All buildings are pet free, with the exception of certified service animals in work mode. Please be a responsible pet owner and clean up after your pet.

Ham-o-Rama needs all interested performers to come to try-out Monday at 4:15 pm, right here in Thurber Hall. It will be a great show if all of you talented Escapees show up.

It’s in the bag with Henderson’s Line-up!

 

The folks at Henderson's Line-up can take the ups and downs out of your travel days! Not only can they make the road smooth and easy, they extend a hearty welcome to Escapade attendees as sponsor of the welcome bags. Visit Robert Henderson and Henderson’s Line-up in the market area, booth 76, to say “Thank you” for sponsoring the Escapade welcome bags!

 

Please note that Pima County Fairground retains an Arizona State Chapter 6 alcoholic beverage license that prohibits alcoholic beverage service or consumption by individuals in fair buildings other than beverages sold and served by licensed Fair personnel. Please be respectful of the lawful policy.

 

Interested in a birding HOP that comes up on April 13-18, 2015. This is the perfect time to come by the HOP booth and sign up for that HOP. The Texas Master Naturalist is here at the booth and will be on the Hop.

 

Kay Peterson’s latest book

has her favorite

Thoughts for the Road

plus new stories.

Limited number available at

Escapees Club booth for

special Escapade price $15.

 

Monday shirt color of the day is white

Tuesday is Tan, beige, or stone

 

Update!! Blood Drive is on Tuesday, NOT Wednesday as previously stated.

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Escapade Extras for Tuesday March 10, 2015

 

7:00 AM – 8:00 AM

Christian Fellowship Service daily Pima Hall Room 1

 

12:30 PM

Ladies Tea/Social (Donation $1.00)

Pima Hall

12:45 Airstreamer's brown Bag Lunch--the Silver Bullets BOF invites all Airstreamers to have a Brown Bag in the Hospitality Area

 

4:00 PM

SOLOs gathering daily

Soloville in CG

Two-ingredient Tuesday at the RV Show Join Paul Evert’s in the Midway area for special drinks and snacks!

4:30 PM

Friends of Bill W daily

Thurber Hall Room 1

Chapter #32 Verde Valley

Old Pueblo Room 1

Pet Lovers’ BoF social

Central Park Pavilion

Chapter #20 Mid-Atlantic social

Hospitality, Old Pueblo Hall

Boomer’s social

Pima Hall Room 1

Class of ‘07 social

Pima Hall – Center

Chapter 24 Golden Nuggett social LOCATION: Bill & Barbara Trimmer's rig located in the WS area (behind Paul Everett RV Show - WEST side). See Barbara & Bill at Chapter 24 table on The Row 9-1 Tuesday. Bring beverage, snack to share & chair. There is plenty of parking.

5:30 PM

Genies BoF Pizza Party

Jam Session

7:30 PM Old Pueblo Hall

Bingo

Tuesday 7:30 PM Pima Hall

 

DONUTS FOR CARE!

TODAY - Tuesday - 7:30 AM until….

at WiFi Café, Old Pueblo Hall, Hospitality

The CARE cheerleaders and DONUT DIVAS sell donuts for CARE today! Let’s top the highest selling donut of $900.00 last year and beat last year’s proceeds of over $2,800! Come out early, support CARE, and enjoy a donut!

4th Annual Escapade HAIR-RAISING CHILI COOK-OFF, Thursday 11:45 AM!

OLD PUEBLO HALL

Win $175 cash for first prize; $75 for second place and $50 for third place! The fun starts Thursday at 11:45 AM in Old Pueblo Hall! Become the reigning ESCAPADE CHILI CHAMPION!! Visit the CARE booth to register as a participant and for official entry rules. Not a chili cook? Come, join the fun! YOU get to be the judge, taste them all, and vote with a buck or small change. All monies go to CARE! There will be games and other surprises in store at this fun Escapade event!! Earn the CONTENDER award pin for entering your pot of chili and the champ will proudly wear the CHAMPION award!! Sponsored by (none other than) Mac the FireGuy!

 

Market Open House… Tuesday 12:00 – 1:30 PM!

 

Join the fun in the market area with music, discounts, and shopping!!! Johnny Goodrum will entertain you; do your best to get caught having fun at the market open house….you just might be rewarded!

 

¡Bienvenidos! Chapter 8, The Mexican Connection, invites interested SKPs to attend their

Escape to Mexico Seminar

presented by Chapter 8 Presidents Lin & Maryke Hines Wed. 3/11, 3 PM, in Pima Hall Room 1, followed by our Mexican Fiesta social at 4:15 PM. Beverage & fiesta snacks will be provided.

 

Learn about Chapter 8’s group travel to Mexico, our 2016 Rally destination and the charity Chapter 8 shares as they rally south of the border. A number of Chapter 8 members will be present to answer your questions about the Chapter and Mexico travel.

 

Craft update

Easter Egg Air Dry Clay Class - Openings for three people.

 

Cube Herringbone Bracelet - Room for ten people.

 

Come in at 8:30AM on Tuesday morning to be part of either class.

 

What is a HOP?

 

A HOP is an Escapees Head Out Program, and you can learn about these wonderful group excursions Wednesday at 10:00 AM in Pima Hall Room 1. Lisa Koca, HOP director, will share information and discuss future HOPs with attendees.

 

 

Win an amazing ROSE PARADE HOP to the127th Pasadena Tournament of Roses spectacular Rose Parade in 2016, from Escapees RV Club! Experience the behind-the-scenes magic, and take away wonderful lifetime memories of the Rose Parade.

Don’t miss this exciting drawing at closing ceremony, Thursday at 3:00 PM, in Thurber Hall! (You must be present to win.)

 

 

Shirt Color of the Day

Tuesday is tan, beige or stone

Wednesday is royal blue

Thursday is chocolate brown or black (For staff)

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Extras for Thursday March 12, 2015

 

CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP SERVICE 7:00 AM

Pima Hall Room 1

PET PARADE 11:15 AM

Thurber Hall

CHILI COOK-OFF 11:45 AM

Old Pueblo Hall

JAM SESSION 2:00 PM

Old Pueblo Hall

CLOSING CEREMONY 3:00 PM

Thurber Hall

Thursday at the RV Show

Join Paul Evert’s in the Midway area for beer & Bloody Marys!

Heavy Hauler social 4:30 PM

Pima Hall, room2

RVillage social 4:30 PM

Thurber Hall, room 2

BINGO 7:00 PM

Pima Hall

Farewell Party with Johnny Goodrum 7:00

Old Pueblo Hall

 

Closing Ceremony

3:00 PM, Friday, Thurber Hall, General Assembly,

 

Closing ceremony begins promptly at 3:00 PM! Don’t miss the grand prize drawing from Adventure Caravans followed by the drawing for the 2016 Tournament of Roses Parade HOP from Escapees RV Club! Plan now to be in Essex Junction, VT for the 56th Escapade, July 24- 29, 2016!

 

Escapade Hair-raising Chili Cook-off! The fun starts today (Thursday) at 11:45 AM in Old Pueblo Hall. Get in on the competition, support CARE, and come, join the fun! Sponsored by Mac the FireGuy!

 

Tonight….Farewell Party with Johnny Goodrum 7:00 – 10:00 PM Old Pueblo Hall.

 

You can extend your stay in Tucson! Enjoy a few more beautiful sunny days and take in all that Tucson has to offer. Visit registration Thursday, 9 AM – Noon, to extend your stay through noon, Sunday, March 15.

 

Kay’s Creed

 

In life, all acts are like pebbles thrown into a pond. Acts of hatred produce ripples of anger and revenge. Acts of kindness produce ripples of love and hope.

At the end of this week, when we leave for new adventures, let us remember the philosophy of Escapees is caring and sharing and pray for the world to understand, as we Escapees do, that our greatest strength is our willingness to help each other. Kay Peterson

 

Escapade farewell party

You’ve worked hard this week learning about the RV lifestyle; it’s time to relax and have some fun! Join your old friends, new friends, and soon-to-be friends for the Escapade farewell party, Thursday, March 12, 7:00 PM, in Old Pueblo Hall. Bring your beverage (cash bar available) and a snack to share. Johnny Goodrum will be playing your favorite tunes for conversation or dancing. Don’t miss this final evening of Escapade fun with your SKP family.

 

56h Escapade, Essex Junction, VT, July 24 – 29, 2016

 

Plan now to be in the Northeast for a week of fellowship, fun, and first-class RV education at the 56th Escapade, July 24- 29, 2016 in Essex Junction, VT.

Situated along tranquil Lake Champlain where the Adirondacks meet the lakeshore, Essex Junction promises a warm welcome to Escapees RV Club and Escapade attendees.

 

With mild summer temperatures and beautiful fall colors, Vermont has a perfect season for everyone.

Champlain Valley Exposition Center in Essex Junction, VT will host the 56th Escapade; head east to Essex Junction and join the RV adventure.

 

We invite you to join us April 15-21, 2015 at SKP ACRE (ALL CHAPTERS RALLY EAST) in Sevierville TN. For reservations, please call River Plantation RV Resort (800-758-5267) today and specify that it is for SKP ACRE. Go to www.skpacre.com for more information.

 

Don’t forget the Food Drive!

Each year, Escapade supports a local community service organization with a food drive. Please bring canned or nonperishable food items and personal care items to be donated to the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona. Collection bins are located in the hospitality area.

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Final Statistics of the 55th Escapade

 

 

Rigs ~ 851 91 Rigs off site

 

Attendees ~ 720 walk-ins

1232 Registered

1952 Total attendees

 

34 Chapters on the Row

 

21 BOFs on the Row

 

Donuts for CARE ~ $6481

$2000 from Alliant Credit Union

$1500 from an anonymous skp

 

$900 from Rich Hokey and JJ

$66 from the Jammers

$281.92 from the CARE Bear

$545 from Christian Fellowship BoF $1000 from John and Susan Coleman

 

Chili Cook Off - $3894.22

 

CARE donations total almost

$12,000 from the

55th Escapade!

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