2005 Fete (Gabon RPCV Annual Reunion)
- From: Bob Nikola
To: All RPCV's that attended the 2004 fete and to those who did not.
First, my hat off to Mike and Rebecca Crane for hosting the Fete in
Burlington Vermont. It's nice to see that we have graduated to yet
another level of Fete-Dom!
Having hosted the 1988 Fete at our home in Point Pleasant NJ., Mary
and I realize what tremendous planning is involved to make it all
happen and applaud your toil. You two did a great job and all the
little extras were a really a nice touch, which made it a great
Fete! Mary, Jimmy and I thank you very much for all the time and
work you gave which paid off because we were relaxed and happy!
As we are all (unfortunately) getting a little older we are sure you
know that planning must be done way in advance to ensure securing a
good site for upcoming Fete's. Mary and I have already visited a
potential site for the 2005 Fete. The site that we chose is Murray
Grove, Lanoka Harbor, NJ (found on the web). The tentative date is
August 19-21, 2005 Friday afternoon through Sunday morning. The site
and has everything we need and then some, clean beds, many bathrooms,
large swimming pool, activity fields, playground equipment for the
kiddies, picnic area for a great BBQ and more! We also did some
cursory calculations regarding the anticipated costs which we will
share with you.
The first 50 Fete-er's (that's the max the site can sleep) can be
accommodated (with a bed) at the site proper; other Fete-er's in
excess of the first 50 will have the option of very nearby tent
camping and motels. First come first serve!
The cost ( if a minimum of 50 adults is not met additional costs will
incur) for 3 days, 2 nights, food, drink, a T-shirt and a lot of fun
is: First 50 Fete-er's, adults(children will have to sleep somewhere
in their parents room) $100.per adult. Children under 18 free--this
includes full use of the facility, a bed (2 nights with clean linen),
food (5 meals), drinks (until you float) and an official 2005 Fete T-
shirt. (not bad!) The cost for Fete-er's who delay or choose not
stay at the site is $50. total (pretty cheap) this includes
everything as above, except the bed? (you must make other sleeping
accommodations). Because of the site insurance guidelines tents are
not permitted on the site.
We fully understand that if you travel far for only a 3 day vacation
really doesn't cut it, so Mary, Jimmy and I always try to incorporate
the Fete into a longer vacation, just a thought. Atlantic City,
Wildwood, Ocean City and a lot of other Jersey Shore destinations are
pretty popular. Jersey airports are Newark and Atlantic City.
As Mike and Rebecca can attest to, this is a ton of work, and
regardless of what Mary said, WE are willing to do it. However we
need to get a sense of your interest, so talk it over with your loved
ones and if this works, let us know SOON, they are already booking
We hope everyone who attended the 2004 Fete had a safe and happy trip
Peace and Love
Bob, Mary and Jimmy Nikola--- nikboat@...
Home phone 732-892-0402