Hello to all PSGBOA members from the desk of your Rendezvous Chair:
Well, it looks like we’re turning the corner and spring is just about here. Your committee has been working hard putting together this year’s event and it’s shaping up to be a great time as always. We are finalizing cost estimates and should have registration forms e-mailed to everyone by the end of the month. We will post the form on the website as well (www.psgbowners.org
Lots of work has already gone into planning the 2011 Rendezvous. In particular, we have been working more with sponsors this year; the fee charged to our members for attendance typically covers only 60% of the cost of the Rendezvous and we rely on sponsorship to cover the rest. Tucker West and Bill Davis are working on this year’s sponsors, so if anyone has a suggestion, please pass it along (if you contact Bill Douglass or me we will pass the information on). As for speakers, we are wrapping up that end of things as well. We have been in touch with Bob Smith of American Diesel, and Peggy Hall, author of Get Rid of Boat Odors: A Boat Owners Guide to Marine Sanitation Systems and Other Sources of Aggravation and Odor. This year we are also asking Caterpillar and/or Cummings to speak. I am hoping to work something out with Nobeltec to speak with us about electronic charts and computer chartplotters.. If anyone would like to be added to our lecture session, please let me know a.s.a.p., as we only have a few spots left.
The event schedule is getting quite full. Friday night we will again have our potluck hors d oeuvres and wine tasting party on the main docks. Please make enough of your favorite hors d oeuvre to feed ten. This year we are requesting that everyone include an ingredient card for those that may have any allergies to certain foods. We are going to try to bring back the coffee and donuts in the morning on Friday and Saturday between 8 and 10 am (pending sponsors, as this is a surprisingly expensive treat). The days will be filled with events in the main tents, which is where we will also all gather for the Saturday night dinner. This year’s theme will be Mardi Gras featuring another terrific menu from Bill Shaw at Roche harbor:
HOSTED NEW ORLEANS HURRICANE BAR AND ICE COLD BEER
• Freshly Fried Hush Puppies with Sweet Peppers
• Tropical Hurricanes with Passion Fruit, Orange and Lime
• Louisiana's Famed Abita Purple Haze Beer
FAT TUESDAY CRAWFISH AND SHRIMP BOIL
• Low Country Seafood Dump
Live Crayfish, clams, mussels, Andouille sausage, fresh corn, red potato and chicken wings simmered in a pot with beer and Creole seasonings.
• Firecracker Peel and Eat Shrimp
Wild shrimp tossed in a boil of Cajun Mama's hot sauce, Cocoa Cola, onion, peppers and garlic.
CAJUN MICROWAVE OVEN ROASTED HOG
• Sweet Pepper & Garlic Glazed Whole Pig
Fresh Island raised pork marinated with chili’s, cumin, dark beer, garlic and herbs then placed in our roasting box and slow roasted for Six hours at the party site. Chef carved tableside.
BAYOU FAMILY BANQUET
• Southern Fried Everything with Cajun Remoulade
It's Golden Brown, it's Greasy and Sinfully Delicious. Served with your choice of dipping sauces.
• Fresh Catfish Filet
• Hand Cut Chicken
• Gulf Shrimp
• Dirty Rice and Red Beans
• Seafood Gumbo with Fresh Okra
• Ice Box Cucumber and Onion Salad
• Fresh Shrimp and Corn Salad
• Muffuletta Salad
For those of you bringing children or who just like a good movie, we will be playing Pirates of the Caribbean Friday night, over in the main tent. All children (and children at heart) are welcome. We will have sodas and popcorn.
As you can see, things are coming together quite nicely and it's all due to our great bunch of volunteers who keep this great event going year after year. We would appreciate it if everyone who is planning on attending this year would please get your registration forms in as early as possible. Registration forms will be e-mailed to all members by the end of the month and will be posted to the PSGBOA website (www.psgbowners.org
). This helps us out greatly with the last minute items that always arise. If you’re planning on coming up with another boat and would like to be docked together, please call Roche Harbor at 800-451-8910.
When we get closer to the Rendezvous, I will send out another e-mail with the final list of activities and a schedule. The event cost is $170 per-boat, which includes all of the events and Saturday night dinner/drinks for two. Additional adult dinner tickets can be purchased for $30 each, while children's meals are $15, including a smoothie bar. Chef Shaw will again offer a cooking demonstration on Saturday at 1pm outdoors. The theme this year will be Barbequing on the Boat, and as always should be well worth attending. The charge for the cooking demo is $25 and only 70 spots are available. You will be able to sign up for it when you register.
If there is anything I can do for anyone or answer any question, please feel free to contact me. I look forward to seeing everyone again.
Kind Regards, Greg Richmond
Greg Richmond firstname.lastname@example.org
Bill Douglass email@example.com