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Cindy Devonshire Editor Saturday, July 23, 2016

 

Look for the Welcome Wagon on your way in! We’re all set up and waiting for you. The AWESOME parking crew will have you parked in no time.

These GPS coordinates 44.496399, -73.123746 will put you in the Escapade entrance gate. Safe travels!

 

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 ~ Navy Blue (event shirt)

Monday ~ Black

Tuesday ~ White

Wednesday ~ Royal Blue

Thursday ~ Tan or Beige)/event shirt for staff

Friday ~ Red (Support our troops)

 

Miss Kay is here at the 56th Escapade! Look for her to get your special Escapee’s hug!

 

Getting mail at the Escapade

Please have mail sent to arrive not before Friday, July 22, nor after Wednesday, July 27 (all mail received after Wednesday will be returned to sender),to:

 

Your name, SKP #

C/O Escapade,

Champlain Valley Exposition Center

105 Pearl Street,

Essex Junction,

Vermont 05452

The mail room is in Expo South near the vendors.

Looking for something to do with your time? Want to give back something and help others in their time of need? Consider volunteering with the American Red Cross. The DOVEs are a Certified BOF that assists RVers who volunteer with the Red Cross.

 

General Delivery Mail

Please be aware that General Delivery mail will be sent to the MAIN post office in Essex, VT. The post office near the fairgrounds is a branch office and does not receive General Delivery mail

Travel Safely

See ya’ll soon!

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Escapade Extras for Sunday July 24, 2016

 

Welcome, Escapade attendees!

Welcome to Essex Junction, and the Sugar Maple state. Thank you for joining us at the 56th 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!

 

Helpful hints: Please be aware that your temporary water lines are sitting above ground and the water is hot during the day. If you need to cool it down, you may want to consider running it outside to conserve your holding tanks.With this heatwave in Vermont, there have been electrical issues throughout the state. In the Escapees spirit of caring & sharing, please be conservative with your electric usage. Use propane with your appliances as much as possible. We’re all in this together!

 

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. Stop by the MultiGenerational Wealth Strategies, booth 52 in the market, and let them 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 hospitality area for your reading pleasure. Stop by market booth 23 to visit Kassandra & Ed Dennis and AN RVer’s Friend. Kassandra & Ed are full-time travelers as well as members of Escapees Boomers and the Mexican Connection. They enjoy sharing their collection of tips and safety suggestions with fellow RVers. Their booth is filled with numerous items to make your RVing lifestyle more enjoyable and safer.

Welcome, Escapade attendees!

Welcome to Essex Junction, and the Sugar Maple state. Thank you for joining us at the 56th 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 & the entire Escapade Staff


 


 

ADDITIONS TO SEMINAR SCHEDULE:

UPS & DOWNS OF SUSPENSIONS, Gary Wheeler Monday, 8:30 AM, Blue Ribbon, Rm 3

LINE DANCING: Note location change to Hospitality area—see signs!

 

HUNGRY?

The Sausage Shack is open Monday – Thursday at 7:30 AM serving breakfast items; lunch items begin around 11 AM. You’ll find them at, directly across from EXPO South. Serving brats, Michigan dogs, lobstah rolls, Philly cheese-steaks and lots more!

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, Understanding Guided RV Tours, Tuesday at 8:30 AM, and Great River Road by RV in Blue Ribbon Room 1. Visit them in the market at booth #11. Adventure Caravans generously sponsors Jimmy Travis and The Marlins, for your enjoyment this week.

 

Escapees SmartWeigh at Escapade: Escapees RV Club will again be offering its SmartWeigh RV weighing program at Escapade. You may visit the SmartWeigh booth (#6 in the market, EXPO South) 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 A Weighty Matter, Monday at 1:30 PM in Blue Ribbon Room and the Tire Safety presentation, Tuesday, 8:30 AM in Blue Ribbon Room 2 and 1 to gain a clear understanding of the importance of weight issues and RVing. Are YOU overweight??

 

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 may be asked to retrieve it to gain entry, if it is not displayed. Badges may also be checked upon re-entry, so please wear or take your badge with you when departing the fairgrounds.

 

Escapees RV Club is honoring all veterans attending the 56th 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 in Blue Ribbon, Room 3 at 3:00 PM. Please join other vets for a “meet and greet social” Wednesday, 4:30 PM in hospitality, EXPO South. Please bring your beverage, set-ups and a snack or appetizer to share.

Thank a vet today!

 

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Escapade Extras for Monday

Monday, July 25

7:00 AM – 8:00 AM

Christian Fellowship Service

Blue Ribbon, Room 4

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 at the RV show area for a margarita party!

 

4:30 PM – 5:30 PM

 

First-timers social

Hospitality, Expo South

Bring your beverage, utensils, & snack to share.

Friends of Bill W daily

EXPO Annex, 2nd floor

Christian Fellowship social

Blue Ribbon Room 1

Chapter #20 Mid-Atlantic social

Blue Ribbon Room 3

5:30 PM

Genies BoF Pizza Party

Blue Ribbon, Room 2

 

 

 

 

First-timers social!

All first-time attendees are invited to the First-timers social Monday, 4:30 PM in hospitality, Expo South. Please bring your beverage, setups (plates, utensils) and a snack to share. Get to know your fellow SKP first-timers and a few old-timers too at a traditional SKPs happy hour!

 

 

Key speakers and featured presentations

 

Born Under a Wandering Star, The Joe & Kay Peterson Story (video)Thursday, 8:30 AM, EXPO North

 

 

Shop the Market!

The Market at Escapade is located inside Expo South. The market is open Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM! Enjoy some fresh, hot popcorn, served by volunteers and compliments of Miller Insurance Agency, in booth # 47, south end of EXPO South. Visit your favorite vendors and shop ‘til you drop!

 

 

 

Interested in Genealogy? Join the group! The SKP Genies will share a pizza party on Monday, July 25, 5:30 PM in Blue Ribbon Pavilion, 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 Dominos in Essex Junction: 802-363-5856

 

 

 

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 trivia game and win a prize!

 

Don’t let your week pass without visiting The ROW where you can learn about Chapters and BOF’s. Be sure to look at 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!

 


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 24, to say “Thank you” for sponsoring the Escapade welcome bags!

 

Craft Announcements

1. Due to illness the Quilt binding class and scrappy quilt class are canceled.
2. A second beginner rug hooking class with space for 4 has been added on Tuesday
from 12:30 to 3:30.
3. Linda is looking for all the quilters who are planning to come and quilt.
4. Need any info on who the quilts were being donated to.

FYI. Marion Kerns is in ICU here in Burlington so I can't talk with her and get the above info.

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 Food Bank of Vermont. Collection bins are located in the hospitality area.

 

 

 

Just a reminder: We are excited that the new Xscapers group is here at Escapade for their Convergence and Kidscapade and we are asking that everyone drive carefully – especially near the State Building. There are somewhere between 40 and 60 children on the grounds and they are MUCH faster than us adults!

Please note that all seminars are one hour in length. At the top of Page 34 of your program book there are 3 seminars under the 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. heading. These 3 seminars are from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. – only one hour. The ROW is open from 10:00 till 2:00.

Coffee & Donuts are for sale near hospitality every morning from 7:30 until around 10am Monday-Friday. All sales benefit CARE. Rumor has it it’s pretty quiet around 7:30 in there. You early risers might get the best donuts!

Line Dancing has been moved from the 2nd floor of the Expo Annex to the hospitality area.

The seminar: On The Move with Verizon Wireless, scheduled for 1:30 Monday has been canceled.

Shirt color of the day for Monday - Black

 

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Shop ‘til you drop! Wednesday, 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM; last chance to shop the market!

 

Craft Show and Sell in the Ware building, 12:30 PM to 3:30 PM (handicapped ONLY may enter at 12:00 noon)

 

Escapade Hair-raising Chili Cook-off tomorrow! The fun starts Thursday at 11:45 AM in EXPO South. Come, join the fun and the competition! Chili-cookers, get your pots ready!

 

Don’t forget the Food Drive! Each year, Escapade supports a local community service organization with a food drive. Please bring canned or nonperishable itemsin Blue ribbon Room 1 and personal care items to be donated to the Food Bank of Vermont. Collection bins are located in the hospitality area. Let’s show this wonderful community that Escapees CARE.

Lost and Found – Check to see if you are missing anything. They have about a dozen items to return to their owners.

Boodmobile

1.The Bloodmobile will be parked near the Plaza in front of the North and South Bldgs on Wednesday.

2--please bring a picture ID,

3--Any problems or questions, call Jodie Scales. 832-260-6307. Thanks so much!

Social Announcement – Chapters 6,36, and 51

Wednesday, July 27 at 4:30

Location: to be held in place of ROW.

Bring a snack to share and your drink of choice.

Questions – See Chapter Row Reps.

Feedback Forms

Tell us what you like! (or not!) Attendee feedback surveys may be completed online. Registered attendees will receive an email with the link to complete your feedback forms online. You may obtain paper forms in the Escapade office or at the Volunteer/Info/booth.

 

7:00 AM – 8:00 AM

Christian Fellowship service

Blue Ribbon Room 4

4:00 PM

SOLOs gathering daily

Soloville in CG

Wine Wednesday at the RV Show

Join Paul Evert’s in the RV Show area for wine & cheese!

 

4:30 PM – 5:30 PM

 

Friends of Bill W daily

EXPO Annex, 2nd Floor

Geocacher BoF social

Blue Ribbon Room 1

Veteran’s get-together social

Hospitality Expo South

Mexican Connection BoF

“Fiesta Social”

Blue Ribbon Room 3

DOVE’s meeting/social

Blue Ribbon Room 2

 

Mexican Connection: RV Travel to Mexico Seminar & Fiesta Social!

Chapter 8, The Mexican Connection, invites interested SKPs to their RV Travel to Mexico seminar presented by 2017 Wagon Masters, Jim & Cynthia Ponder, Wednesday, 10:00 AM, in Blue Ribbon, Room 3. Learn about Chapter 8’s group travel to Mexico and the charity and goodwill Chapter 8 shares as they rally south of the border. Chapter 8 members will be present to answer individual questions about the Chapter and Mexico travel and a drawing is held for a small Mexican blanket.

The Mexican Connection, Chapter 8 social takes place Wednesday, 4:30 PM in Blue Ribbon, Room 3 and all interested SKPs are invited to attend. Members will be on hand to share experiences and answer questions about group travel to Mexica and the rally in San Felipe, Baja CA in February, 2017. Snacks and beverages are provided by Chapter 8. Bienvenidos!!

 

Northern California Mother Lode Chapter 38 is gathering for a group photo at the stage in Expo North on Wednesday at 4:00 p.m. All Chapter 38 members, including those who have joined here at Escapade, are encouraged to come by and your picture will be in the next newsletter. Stop by our ROW booth for more info or to join us.

 

Enjoy the video presentation “Born Under a Wandering Star; the Joe & Kay Peterson Story” Wednesday, 10:00 AM in EXPO North . Get an “up close & personal” glimpse of the founders of Escapees RV Club with this fascinating re-telling of their life story.

 

 

Volunteers Needed

Take your Escapade experience to the next level by volunteering to be on staff. Sign-up sheets are available for potential volunteer staff positions for the 57th Escapade, in Tucson, AZ March 19-24, 2017. Give a little of your time and join the fun!

 

 

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

8:30 a.m.

Blue Ribbon Room 3

Chapter/BOF Officers meeting! If your Chapter Officers are here, please plan to be in attendance. If no officer is planning on being here and you know of a chapter member that is in attendance, please ask them to represent your chapter in this meeting.

Shawn Loring, CEO and Teresa Moore, COO, will be presiding over this important meeting.

 

Boondockers Social is at 4:30 on Thursday in Blue Ribbon Room 2. Bring your beverage of choice and a snack to share.

 

Wednesday is the last day to order your official Escapees name badges. Stop by the Club Booth and they will make it for you!

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Cynthia Devonshire, Editor Thursday July 28, 2016

 

CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP SERVICE 7:00 AM

EXPO Annex, 2nd floor

PET PARADE 11:15 AM

EXPO North

CHILI COOK-OFF 11:45 AM

EXPO South

JAM SESSION 2:00 PM

Expo annex, 2nd floor

CLOSING CEREMONY 3:00 PM

EXPO North

Thursday at the RV Show

Join Paul Evert’s in the RV Show area for beer & Bloody Mary’s!

Sower Social

4:30 p.m. in the Blue Ribbon Pavilion, Room #1. Bring your own drink & snack to share (if you like). All are welcome!

Boondockers Social

4:30 Blue Ribbon Room 2. Bring your beverage of choice and a snack to share.

A farewell Xscapers social is set for tomorrow at 6 p.m. at the Xscapers and Kidscapade building.

 

BINGO 7:00 PM

Blue Ribbon Room 1

 

Farewell Party with Johnny Goodrum 7:00

EXPO South

 

Closing Ceremony

3:00 PM, Thursday, EXPO North, 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 2017 Tournament of Roses Parade HOP from Escapees RV Club! Plan now to be in Tucson, AZ for the 57th Escapade, March 19 - 24, 2017! Also, the videographer is planning to have the drone flying above Expo North tomorrow immediately after closing ceremonies. We would love to see as many people as possible outside waving at the drone!!

Escapade Hair-raising Chili Cook-off! The fun starts today (Thursday) at 11:45 AM in EXPO South. Get in on the competition, support CARE, and come, join the fun! Sponsored by Alliant Credit Union!

You can extend your stay in Vermont! Enjoy a few more tranquil days and take in all that the Burlington area has to offer. Visit registration Thursday, 9 AM – Noon, to extend your stay through noon, Sunday, July 31.

Shirt Color of the Day – Beige or Tan

Event shirt for Staff for Closing Ceremonies

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, July 28, 7:00 PM, in EXPO Southl. Bring your beverage 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.

57th Escapade, Tucson, AZ, March 19 - 24, 2017

 

Escapees Traveling Song

From Alaska and the Provinces to Sunny Mexico

From Atlantic to Pacific and wherever else they go

There’s a group of folks who have found out what it’s like to be set free:

They’re the one who proudly answer to the name of Escapees.

 

Oh the throbbing of the engine and the humming of the gears,

And the sound of tires on pavement is like music to our ears.

And o spirits reach a high that can’t be matched by any drug.

From a firm Escapees handshake and a warm Escapees hug.

 

Kay and Joe, our founders, are the very best of folks;

She is noted for her cooking and her husband for his jokes.

We are thankful to the Petersons for giving us our start:

They’ll ever more be number one in each Escapee’s heart.

 

SKPS are caring people and they’ll serve you in your need.

S stands for sharing and that’s the first part of their creed.

K is for the knowledge that they’re eager to impart:

And the P stands for the place to park you rig when it gets dark.

 

We’ve given up our fixed address for something better yet.

And we travel with the finest people that we’ve ever met.

So keep your home fires burning friend, as long as we’re alive.

Our home is where we park it---send our mail to Rainbow Drive.

By Frank Amick #31205

Sung to the tune of the Battle Hymn of the Republic

 

Plan now to be in sunny Arizona for a week of fellowship, fun, and first-class RV education. Plans are already well underway for the 57th Escapade, March 19 – 24, 2017, in Tucson. Please join your new Escapade Directors, Duane & Jean Mathes, for an activity-filled week at the newly-renovated Pima County Fairground, amidst the unspoiled Southwest desert area.

 

 

MAIL--The following people still need to pick up their mail at the mailroom tomorrow between 11:30 and 1:30: Kate Grass & Clinton Norrell. If you are expecting General Delivery, you must pick it up at the Essex Junction post office at 22 Essex Way.

Coffee and doughnts tomorrow at 7:30! Come and give hugs goodbye to all your friends!

 

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 Food Bank of Vermont. Collection bins are located in the hospitality area.

Smart Weigh -turn in your paperwork at the SmartWeigh booth which will be at the market entrance area tomorrow between 9 & 11 a.m.

 

A very special Thank You to Bob and Molly Pinner for their YEARS as Escapade Directors and the many, many hours that they have spent behind the scenes to make the Escapades such a wonderful experience for so many people. We wish you many happy and HEALTHY years to come. Enjoy those grandchildren!

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Couture Maple Shop asked that we express their thanks for making them feel so welcome on Wednesday. They were thrilled that so many attended their seminar, and delighted that so many stopped by their table to buy maple products.

 

 

The Vermont Food Bank will be picking up the donation boxes Friday morning around 10am. If you have anything to contribute, please drop it off on your way to the Hitch-Up breakfast. The food bank thanks you very much!

 

 

 

Friday, July 29, 2016 Escapade departure update

 

 

Final Statistics of the Escapade:

 

17,000 gals. pumped by the honey-wagons.

 

The ROW game prize was won by Craig Moore and the Volunteer Door Prize was won by George Newsom.

 

Jody Johnson won the Tournament of Roses Hop prize.

 

Bill Mikiewicz won the Mega Rally trip ($4,595 value) given by Adventure Caravans.

 

Chili Cook-Off winners (and their CARE donations) were:

#1 - Alliant Credit Union ($3,687.00)

#2 - Brenda Neil ($796.23)

#3 - Linda & Zoe ($346.51)

Other teams ($1,171.15)

 

Total CARE $$ from Chili Cook-Off = $6,000.89

 

The Donut Divas raised $2,716.14 and Alliant Credit Union gave back their $175 first prize award for a grand total of $8,892.03 for CARE!!!

 

See you all in Tucson, March 19-24, 2017!!

Thanks for attending the 56th Escapade in Essex Junction! We were blessed with pleasant weather and happy folks; we hope you’ve enjoyed your week at Escapade, created some memories and made some new friends.

 

Don’t forget the Hitch-up breakfast in the morning (Friday) 7:30 AM – 9:00 AM!

 

Thanks for joining the Chili cook-off and supporting CARE!

 

We have received word that Mark Hall is out of surgery and all went well. I am sure Mark and Dortha would appreciate your continuing prayers.

Shirt color of the day:

RED to support our troops!

Thank you for taking part in the 56th Escapade!

All exit gates will be open for departure tomorrow.

The dump station is open; follow the DUMP STATION signs and then follow the EXIT signs to exit at Gate B.

 

Don’t forget the Hitch-up breakfast tomorrow (Friday) morning, 7:30 – 9:00 AM

(no donuts….. we promise! )

Departure is by 12:00 noon on your scheduled departure date.

 

Thank you for joining ESCAPEES RV CLUB at the 56th Escapade and travel safely!

 

SKP hugs to each of you!

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Guest Caseyj

Excellent write up! This is the approach that we all can appreciate and hopefully you can do the same next year. Thank you Cindy and Phil.

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