Fennboree 2016 was a giant success by any measure. Kudo’s to it’s tireless organizers, Cynthia and Sacha as well as Tom and Coreda for coming all the way from Pennsylvania to help get things set-up and tirelessly cleaning up when things were done. Tom and Iron Will for their great grilling and cooking efforts….
We had one area for Friday’s activities and a separate, larger area for Saturday’s activities. Folks attending came from as far away as Tasmania and as close as Santa Fe.
I wish it could have lasted longer but if that were the case we would have had to give Cynthia a one way ticket to the loony bin. Her efforts, both before the event and during, were relentless and greatly appreciated.
We figure there were about 80 folks there for the Friday night campfire and about 200 for the Saturday afternoon trivia game, schmoozing and evening campfire.
Forrest showed up at the Friday evening campfire and again on Saturday afternoon. He said the crowd was terrific and he told me afterword that he had a great time.
When Forrest arrived on Friday evening the crowd broke out in spontaneous applause and Forrest graciously removed his hat and waved it in the air in acknowledgement. As far as I know he didn’t hand out any clues but he greeted and talked with folks individually and in groups for hours. ( I did notice that Strawshadow took off early after chatting with Forrest and did not return on Saturday…did he learn something new??? )
There were a handful of children and plenty of us old geezers in attendance soaking up the New Mexico pine and oak landscape at about 9,000 feet. The altitude affected a couple folks and unfortunately spoiled their weekend but the grand majority operated fine in the mountains north of Santa Fe.
On Saturday Sacha had a Trivia game for the adults and a treasure hunt for the kids…
There were a few brand new faces like Don from Colorado and many regulars including WiseOne, Old Drum, Tim Nobody, Spallies, Strawshadow, Frank, Keri, Julie and Brandon, JDiggins, Timberwolf, Golden Retrievers, DaisyMae, SarahTulsa, Cynthia, Sacha, Bill, Canyon Down, Sandra, Carolyn, Hunch, Slurbs, Karen, Jeff, Wisconsin Mike and Christine, Amy, Renee, Katya, Melanie, Boomer Girl, Iron Will, Brooke, Seattle Sullivan, Ellen, Ming, William, Jeremy, Michael, Desertphile and many, many more. ( listing names is always dangerous because I have a horrible memory and I end up hurting people’s feelings whose names I left out )
Folks broke into small groups and couples to chat about all things Fenn as well as conversations about the best way to make smores; good hiking shoes, where to get the best maps and “family” stops while out searching.
The great Iron Will and Spallies cook-off was a tummy filling success for me personally. I sampled plenty of Spallies Pineapple pies and more than my fair share of Iron Will’s Apple Butter pies. Who cares if there was a winner. It’s sort of like choosing which superhero is best. The important thing is that both pies were scrurmpdeleicious and if you didn’t get a chance to try both I feel very sorry for you.
Tom took 1,700 pictures while there and when he gets home he will edit that number down some and post the final selection for us. So plenty more photos are coming and I hope some personal accounts in the comments below….
Don’t forget the Essence of Fennboree Photo Contest. It is open now. You can find out more about it HERE. I have the prizes and as soon as I get home I will post them as well as a closing date for the contest.
Those who missed the Fennboree this year…Remember Fennboree 2017 is not that far away..
A good time was had by all…!!!!!!!
Here are links to Tom’s photos-