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Lake George NorthEast Truck Camping Jamboree Report

The Lake George NorthEast Jamboree in New York was last week – August 24-28, 2016 – at the Lake George Escape Campground.  About 70 truck campers gathered for the event.  This was definitely not a typical rally being that there was a murder mystery, a potluck of pies, and two BINGOs.

Truck campers at Lake George Escape Campground, New York

Above: Truck campers at Lake George Escape Campground, New York

Mike Tassinari, aka Mikeee, and Joe and Marianne Zecca did a fantastic job of organizing the activities, even hiring a bus so that the rally participants could explore the nearby town of Lake George.

Pie Night at Lake George Rally

Above: Pie Night at Lake George Rally, photo taken by Karen Parsons

Wednesday night started the rally with a potluck of pies.  From blackberry to apple, several tables were filled with delicious desserts.

Camping with friends at the Northeast Jamboree in New York

Above: Hanging out with friends, photo taken by Maggie Karam

After conversations and pie, a meet and greet campfire was started.

Campfire at Lake George Escape Campground

Above: Campfire meet and greet, photo taken by Maggie Karam

Thursday was registration and a Torklift All-Terrain Landing gear demonstration.  Around noon, many participants boarded a charter bus and went into Lake George for a tour of the lake on the Minne-Ha-Ha paddle wheel boat, and a tour of Fort William Henry.  The night ended with fireworks over the lake.

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The Lake George Bus, photo taken by Gus Postreich

The Lake George Bus

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The Minne-Ha-Ha paddle boat, photo taken by Gus Postreich

The Minne-Ha-Ha paddle boat

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Gus and Marcia in Lake George, photo taken by Angela White

Gus and Marcia in Lake George

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Aboard the Minnie-Ha-Ha, photo taken by Angela White

Aboard the Minne-Ha-Ha

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Ft William Henry in Lake George, NY, photo taken by Maggie Karam

Ft William Henry in Lake George, NY

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Fort William Henry Tour, photo taken by Gus Postreich

Fort William Henry Tour

On Friday, the murder mystery actors got up early to attend a meeting about the event that night.  Joe Zecca gave us instructions on what to do and we had a chance to meet the fellow actors.

Decorating the Deadwood Saloon

Above: Decorating the Deadwood Saloon, photo taken by Gus Postreich

After the meeting, several rally attendees showed up to decorate the hall.   At 10:30am there was a BINGO with raffle tickets as prizes.

Mikeee making hot dogs for the group

Above: Mikeee making hot dogs for the group, photo taken by Maggie Karam

At 5:00pm hot dogs and beans were served for dinner, followed by a beer and wine tasting at the Deadwood Saloon, the scene of the murder mystery.

Deadwood Saloon Cast

Above: Deadwood Saloon Cast, photo taken by Gordon White

Rally attendees were surrounded with the twenty actors and actresses.  Harry Highstakes, Billy the Bartender, Poker Alice, and many others shared some interesting information about their characters.

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Building the set for Deadwood Saloon, photo taken by Gus Postreich

Building the set for Deadwood Saloon

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Building the set for Deadwood Saloon, photo taken by Gus Postreich

Building the set for Deadwood Saloon

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The Browers, photo taken by Gus Postreich

The Browers

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Gary and Cinda Whistler with Maxwell, photo taken by Gus Postreich

Gary and Cinda Whistler with Maxwell

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Mikeeee in jail, photo taken by Karen Parsons

Mikeeee in jail

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Henrietta High Stakes and Gus, photo taken by Marcia Postreich

Henrietta High Stakes and Gus

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The Bandido Twins, Black Barbara, and Sally Starr, photo taken by Karen Parsons

The Bandido Twins, Black Barbara, and Sally Starr

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Jesse Wales and Taffy Garrette in jail, photo taken by Karen Parsons

Jesse Wales and Taffy Garrette in jail

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The Money Family, photo taken by Gus Postreich

Elizabeth Money, Minnie Money, and Montgomery Money

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Billy the Bartender and Poker Alice, photo taken by Karen Parsons

Billy the Bartender and Poker Alice

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The French Trapper and Sally Starr, Saloon Girl, photo taken by Maggie Karam

The French Trapper and Sally Starr, Saloon Girl

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Gambling Jack and Anna Belle, photo taken by Gus Postreich

Gambling Jack and Anna Belle

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Clay Coldwell, the Gambler, photo taken by Gus Postreich

Clay Coldwell, the Gambler

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Black Barbara and Marcia, photo taken by Gus Postreich

Black Barbara and Marcia

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Sheriff Sam, photo taken by Gus Postreich

Sheriff Sam

Mikeee also handed out the newspaper sharing vital information about each character.  There was a jail, a saloon bar, and signs to really make you a part of the Deadwood Saloon.

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Mitch Maverick killed and Marshal Dalton taking care of it, photo taken by Gus Postreich

Mitch Maverick – Traveling Businessman is killed and Marshal Dalton is taking care of the situation

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Fur Trapper and Montgomery Money, Land Investor, photo taken by Gus Postreich

Fur Trapper and Montgomery Money, Land Investor

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Harry Highstakes, photo taken by Bill Dobbins

Harry Highstakes, Saloon owner

Doug Colfer’s character, Mitch Maverick, was murdered, and Joe Packard’s character, Montgomery Money, was the murderer.  It was an exciting night of pure entertainment.

Left-Right-Center game

Above: Left-Right-Center game, photo taken by Gus Postreich

Saturday started with a Torklift Wobble-Stopper demonstration followed by the Left-Right-Center game.  Mikeee led a Newbie Seminar that was very informative.

BINGO under the tent

Above: BINGO under the tent, photo taken by Gus Postreich

At 3:00pm was the second BINGO of the rally; ice cream BINGO.

Buffet dinner at the rally

Above: Buffet dinner, photo taken by Kathy Stolica

Dinner that night was a buffet with many appetizers, main dishes, and desserts.  After dinner, the Zeccas were presented with a gift for being the WagonMasters and Mikeee received a plaque from the northeast group.

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Mikeee Tassinari and Marianne Zecca, photo taken by Angela White

Mikeee Tassinari and Marianne Zecca

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Mikeee Tassinari accepting his gift, photo taken by Angela White

Mikeee Tassinari accepting his gift

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Wagonmasters, Joe and Marianne Zecca, receiving a gift, photo taken by Angela White

Wagonmasters, Joe and Marianne Zecca, receiving a gift

After that was one of the grandest raffle tables ever seen at a rally.  Marianne made about 20 different baskets with themes like Italian, Mexican, wine, bath, and Christmas.  She even had some wrapped mystery prize boxes.

Hanging out with friends at the Lake George Rally

Above: Cheryl and Carl, photo taken by Kathy Stolica

Farewell breakfast at rally

Above: Farewell breakfast on Sunday, photo taken by Gus Postreich

Sunday was the farewell breakfast with coffee, sausage, eggs, french toast, and more!

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