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  Western PA Solo Canoe Rendezvous 2013
  Posted by: 85dragonfly on Oct-13-12 12:07 PM (EST)

A way in advance heads-up so y’all can mark your calendars - The 6th Annual Western PA Solo Canoe Rendezvous will be held on the first full weekend of June in 2013. This is Friday (May 31) through Saturday/Sunday June 1,2. It will be held again at the usual site at Cooper’s Lake Campground in Portersville PA. The Rendezvous is a gathering of solo canoe enthusiasts  in particular (though tandems are by no means excluded). It features various manufacturers and designers of solo canoes with demo models of their boats available for test-paddling; demonstrations of, and informal instruction in, FreeStyle paddling; assorted programs on various aspects of canoe design, construction, and use in the real world; food; sometimes some live entertainment (depends on who we can lean on) on one or both evenings (Fri and Sat)(perhaps a few members of the FreeStyle String Band shall be in attendance); Dead Fish Polo; a Candlelight Paddle on Saturday evening if the weather smiles; pick-up paddling trips on local streams/rivers;  informal gear/boat sales and swaps; a pot-luck Vegetarian dinner on the Friday night that can’t be beat: and Goodness Knows Whatall.  It is an opportunity to immerse yourself in solo canoes for 60 some hours (or more) to the exclusion of all other reality. An event which is informal and laid-back to a fare-thee-well.
Everyone is encouraged to bring their own solo craft, since at least part of the experience is being able to look over (and perhaps paddle) a large array of classic solo canoes that you just don’t see all that often. 
There is no charge for the Event per se, though the Campground does charge a modest fee for Day-Trippers, and of course assesses a fee for camping. This early in the game precise details as to scheduling, who will be attending, and the like are by no means set.  We will provide such info as it becomes available on the Rendezvous’ website   so check with us periodically.  That website will also contain info on directions to find us, and a link to the campground’s site so you may contact them directly as regards camping reservations (though there’s many acres of space in the area where the Rendezvous is held, and reservations are generally not really necessary).
And speaking of the website – one of our attendees in 2011 was Nelson Hermance, from the Chicago area. Nelson’s business, Fischer Software, is (among other things) the creation, design, and maintenance of websites. Nelson and Fischer very graciously offered to rehab/redesign  the site, and make a number of changes, and continues to maintain the site for us. For this Becky and I could not be more grateful. The archived pictures from our first five years give one a pretty good idea of what the event is like. Thanks Much, Nelson and Fischer Software.
So please do come – like the sign says, it’s a Very Nice Affair Indeed.

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  I'll be there
  Posted by: kayamedic on Oct-13-12 1:25 PM (EST)
It's nice to have something to do enroute to the Wisconsin FreeStyle event!
  Might do this instead of Raystown
  Posted by: RedCrossRandy on Nov-30-12 11:14 AM (EST)
for 2013. Much as I love Raystown weekend, it always conflicts with the Charlotte Nascar race and the Suwanee River Challenge which I've been dying to do. I imagine I'd probably see much of the same folks from Raystown at Cooper's Lake!
  Posted by: pblanc on Nov-30-12 12:46 PM (EST)
You will certainly see some of the same people there and as I recall, the camping fees are significantly more modest than they are at Raystown.

But you should be aware that Cooper's Lake is more like a pond that you can paddle the perimeter of in about 15 min or so. It is plenty big enough for the event and to try out boats, but if multiple hour-long paddles are your thing, you might get a bit bored.

If you like to paddle whitewater, Class II-III Slippery Rock Creek is less than 30 minutes away, assuming it has sufficient water.
  Also Lake Aurthur....
  Posted by: coronaboy on Dec-01-12 1:55 PM (EST)
is right around maybe 15 minutes away and is a substantial body of water...
  Isn't Moraine State Park nearby?
  Posted by: RedCrossRandy on Dec-10-12 9:19 AM (EST)
Good water there too! Is there a Saturday night pot luck supper too?
  Posted by: pblanc on Dec-10-12 9:52 AM (EST)
Moraine State Park is on Lake Arthur which is right next door.

There has traditionally been a vegetarian potluck dinner on either Friday or Saturday evening.
  west PA solo canoe rendezvous
  Posted by: 85dragonfly on Apr-11-13 6:09 PM (EST)
Just to check in and remind everyone – indeed the 6th annual (2013) West PA Solo Canoe Rendezvous is a Go for the first full weekend of June, which is to say Fri, May 31, Sat/Sun June 1,2 In keeping with the traditionally laid-back nature of this event, most stuff will take place on the Saturday, and we probably won’t know what that is until some time Sat AM. Friday tends to be a day of arrival, sayin’ Hi, and lookin’ at boats, lotsa visiting and catching up, though there are always a few of us around beforehand, and if the waters will allow, we may do some pick-up paddling on some local waterways. We expect some manufacturers to be present with some demo boats; there will be some FreeStyle instruction and exhibition; Dead Fish Polo is always an option; a candle-light paddle Sat eve if the weather smiles; possibly a Giant Schlalom buoy race (must be seen to be believed, but even one’s own eyeballs may not convince – loads of Fabulous Prizes!); some iteration of the FreeStyle String Band should be on hand for some (very) informal music in the evenings; the LAR Vegetarian Pot-Luck on Friday night for the fun (and taste) of it; and like that. Yeah the emphasis is on solo canoes, but tandems are equally welcome. Got a boat or some gear to sell? Bring it. There will be some food available on the Saturday and Sun Am – we’ll let you know about that a little closer. Details on Whatever available on the website as they are known. Questions may be asked there too – I try to monitor the site regularly for that purpose, but “regularly” is a relative term. Use “contact” to reach us directly. Do come. As we always say – and it’s true – it’s a Very Nice Affair Indeed.
  2013 Rendezvous update
  Posted by: 85dragonfly on May-12-13 1:36 PM (EST)
All is good for 2013. We know that Hemlock Canoe, Colden Canoe, and Dogpaddle Canoe and Woodworks will be on hand. Not yet sure about Placid Boatworks yet - they are still recovering from their disastrous winter fire, but are back in production again. Our local Boat shop, Wind 'n Water Boatworks will be represented, and we know a number of our FreeStyle friends will be along.

If there are enough folks around on the Friday, and they are interested, we may try a pick-up trip on one of our local waterways - this assuming there is decent water of course. It has been an on-and-off spring in that regard here.

The Vegetarian pot-luck is on for the Friday night, say about 6 or so, probably at the Big Top. Everyone is welcome, and don't worry a whole lot if you lack a contribution - there's always tons of stuff, and as I say, everyone is welcome.

We will have some sort of "continental" fare on the Saturday AM (coffee and stuff too), as well as lunch fixin's and dinner on Saturday. These are all handled by a local caterer. We'll have more precise details about all of that shortly, but for now, be assured that there will be food around if you'd rather not deal with your own the whole time. Expect some stuff on the Sunday AM as well - as I say details shortly.


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