CA: Chardonnay Travelers

collage of photos with people at various sightseeing locations

May 20-23, 2021
49er Village RV, Plymouth
Chardonnay Travelers

We have finally gotten  “back on the road again!” After a couple of false starts, the Chardonnay Travelers has finally been able to have its first complete outing of 2021!  As you all may have noticed, it has been really hard scheduling club outings due to the residual issues left behind due to Covid-19. Understandably, the RV Parks are still a bit uncertain about what they are allowed to do regarding facilities and Groups, etc. Art and Fred are actively trying to find Parks that have open clubhouses that are willing to take group reservations – which continues to be a bit hard right now.

On May 20–23, 2021 the Chardonnay Travelers had its second outing of 2021. The outing took place at the 49er Village RV Park in Plymouth, CA. The weather was comfortable, though we did briefly get rained on one afternoon, and the Park and its facilities were fully open. We were lucky enough to be able the use the Park’s large clubhouse for our scheduled events and activities. It was really nice to be able to socialize with our members safely, since everyone was immunized. For many of us it had been more than a year since we had seen each other and it was great getting reacquainted and caught-up on news and family. Social Hour/Dinner on Thursday evening was “Hearty Appetizers”. Everyone pitched-in…and it is certain that NO ONE LEFT HUNGRY!  The evening was free to socialize or just relax.

On Friday, our Hosts, Scott & Carol Kenyon and Fred & Gay Bryner, had a guided tour scheduled to visit the Knight Foundry in Sutter Creek. The Foundry is America’s last water-powered foundry and machine shop. It was established in 1873. It is just like it was during the Gold Rush era with unique historic equipment and machinery still in place in its original context. Our guide was very informed and he showed us many of the items and tools that were produced there at the foundry and demonstrated how the machinery was powered through a water-motor centralized pulley and belt drive system. Very interesting and well worth the visit. After the tour, several of the members explored Sutter Creek, got lunch, and checked-out the area. Dinner that night was take-out ordered from the local Mexican restaurant, Colina De Oro in Plymouth. After dinner we played Card Bingo there in the clubhouse. We had several members that were multiple winners that night! Nice evening.

On Saturday morning, we held our Club Meeting in the clubhouse. Fred Bryner, President, introduced the guests that were with us this weekend: Johnny & Debbie Zinck, who are owners of a Winnebago-Forza RV. They live in Napa. Happily, Johnny & Debbie have decided to join the Chardonnay Travelers! Welcome, Johnny & Debbie! We are glad to have you with us! Mandel & Margo Berenburg, who were members of our Club several years ago and had moved out of the area. They now live in Manteca and are proud owners of a Newmar RV and will be able to participate as “Extended Guests”. Welcome back, Mandel & Margo! Fred mentioned that the schedule of events for 2021 is officially complete and all of the outings have at least one (1) host scheduled. Art & Fred are busy working on the schedule for the events for 2022. Any suggestions for outing locations for the upcoming year of 2022 are welcome -- please let Fred know.   

On Saturday afternoon, Carol Kenyon provided interested members with a glass-etching activity. We all made handled-drinking jars with our etched initials. She had members’ pre-cut initials ready ahead of time so that it was quite easy to set up. It was great fun! Saturday’s Dinner was a pot-luck event.  Scott Kenyon made “Scott’s Forgiving Buffet Chicken” for the main dish and everyone else brought salads, rice, or desserts. As usual, no one went home hungry! After dinner, several members stayed and played Mexican Train. Great fun! On Sunday morning everyone brought their breakfasts to the clubhouse for a Get-Away-Breakfast. The hosts provided sweet rolls and two members brought fruit salads.   After that everyone packed-up and started home. It was really nice to see everyone again after so long.  We are all looking forward to “setting those wheels in motion.” If there is anyone interested in joining us at one of our outings please check in on our newly/revised  “2021 Chardonnay Travelers website”,  http://www.chardonnaytravelers.com,  supported by Webmaster, Bob Anderson. If you would like to join us anytime this year please contact Fred Bryner, President, at [email protected] We would love to have you join us!

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