IL: Cardinal Capers

Cardinal Capers
Northern Illinois Winnebago International WIT Club Local Chapter
June 2022

Kampground and Country Music
June Campout 

When – Thursday, June 9 – Sunday, June 12
Where: Kentuckiana Kampground 27585 Kentuckiana Road, Mackinaw, IL 61755
Phone: (309) 449-3274
Hosted by Ann Polson, Wagonmaster. If you have not reserved a spot, please contact Ann at [email protected]

The Kentuckiana Kampground is located near Hopedale, Illinois south of Peoria. The campground features country music on Saturday nights, with a house band and guest performers. They describe it as a cross between The Grand Ole Opry and Branson in a relaxed atmosphere.

Friday night we will have our dinner out. Stay tuned for details. Potluck Saturday night before the show. Ann is supplying the Italian Beef, and suggests the rest of us to bring a side or dessert. 

If the first Cardinal Capers outing of the camping year could be described in one word that word would be HOT! We were at Tom’s Campground in Dodgeville, WI, May 11-14. Members attending were Bruce and Kathy, Jerry and Delores, Jim, Richard and Tina, and Toby and Barb. Wednesday, we had our Happy Hour and the monthly meeting. A nice breeze cooled things off enough for us to enjoy our first hot dogs over the fire followed by s’mores. On Thursday the temperature set another record. We enjoyed breakfast at Café Country Kitchen in Dodgeville. Bruce and Kathy had trouble with their refrigerator and made the decision to head for home. They phoned our great sponsors, Winnebago of Rockford who said they could order them a new fridge and install it in June! Our Happy Hour on Thursday was followed by the potluck supper, with a wide variety of foods. Three desserts? Can’t get much better than that! Friday morning Barb and Toby had to leave because of personal commitments. The remaining members were thankful it was a bit cooler and more comfortable! The members then traveled to Mineral Point to see the grave of Allen Ludden, Betty White’s husband. She will be buried next to him eventually. Friday night, the fish fry at a local pub, Stroz Bar and Grill in Hollandale was a busy place. The fish fry and the salad bar were delicious! They visited Grandview near Mineral Point, WI. Grandview is a tribute to an amazing folk artist/farmer who spent years putting mosaic on his house, buildings, and art pieces on his property. It was back to the campground for the campfire and a piece of pie for dessert. Sunday, they enjoyed the assortment of finger foods and fruit. Conversation was great and after breakfast they all prepared to head their separate ways. Thanks to Frosts for filling in for Watnes on Friday and Saturday! 

As shared on Facebook, Roelf fractured his tibia, had surgery to repair it, and is recovering at home now. Roelf and Claudia’s travel plans for the summer are on hold for the time being. Please keep sending good thoughts and prayers for his speedy recovery!
David had knee replacement surgery at the end of May and is now recovering. We hope to see David and Lynn very soon.

The third campout of the season will be in Pearl City Illinois at the Emerald Acres Campground, July 7 – 10, 2022. Please call the campground to reserve your site. (815)-443-2550.
Hosted by Jim and Ginger Gastel, Wagonmasters. Please also let them know if you are attending. (815)-266-8288

We are going to Country View Campground in Mukwonago, WI September 8-11. The campground is holding the sites we reserved last year but you need to phone them with your reservation by JUNE 7TH! The town’s Maxwell Street flea market/antique/craft event takes place that weekend and the campground usually sells out that weekend. Please call them at (262) 662-3654 right now when you are thinking about it! Don’t miss this fun weekend just because you forgot to call!

The 2022 Winnebago Grand National Rally will be held July 17 – 21, 2022 in Forest City Iowa.
The schedule of events is posted on their website:

Barb Watne
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(815) 508-4371

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