Monday, January 24, 2011

79 Degrees of Separation

I woke up this morning to a brisk four degrees Fahrenheit outside. I also woke up to a mini panic attack about Convention 2011. While that event is six months away (and at least 79 degrees warmer) for some reason it occurred to me that I didn't have all my ducks in a row and that I wasn't feeling comfortable about the event. So, this morning, I came into the office and tackled it right away. Thankfully, my past self anticipates the crazy thoughts of future Seth and everything was more than alright. However, this does provide me with an opportunity to share some more details with everyone about what exactly Convention 2011 is going to entail.

As announced previously, we will be staying at the Mountain Laurel Resort in White Haven, PA. The Mountain Laurel is owned by the same group as the nearby Split Rock Resort. This means that we will be able to take advantage of all of the amenities of both properties! We will continue to use the 3 day Convention schedule as it seemed to work out pretty well last year. So, let's start with the fun stuff.

Friday afternoon will see an optional paintball outing to Skirmish Paintball, located in Jim Thorpe, PA. You will be on your own for transportation, but we will organize a group rate through PA DeMolay. Please remember, as with almost any paintball field, this event will be field paint only!

Friday evening starts the official program of Convention, beginning with dinner (we'll discuss food in a bit.) That night everyone will go to Split Rock Resort to have a beach side BBQ along a private lake. Once the sun goes down, everyone can head over to Split Rock itself to play video games in the arcade, tennis, billiards, bowling, ping pong, wallyball, and go see a movie in a private, resort only, theatre!

Saturday will see all the usual business items, but Saturday evening will wrap up at H2Oooooohhhh! Indoor Waterpark, also located at Split Rock Resort. The park has several water slides, a wave pool, and a flow rider (a machine to go surfing indoors!) This should be a great end to a great day!

Now, the other important part of the weekend is the food. What are we eating? Friday evening will be a Beach Side BBQ, with chicken, ribs, burgers, hot dogs, and assorted picnic foods, including baked beans and corn on the cob. Saturday breakfast will be pancakes and bacon with assorted muffins just to be safe. Lunch will be a nice grilled chicken piccata, with veggie and starch. Saturday dinner will be at the Waterpark and is a pizza party. We budgeted 4 slices of pizza per person, plus salad, chips, veggies with dip, and brownies. If that's not enough food, you can order more at the snack bar! Sunday wraps up the event with our traditional breakfast buffet with eggs, bacon, ham, and home fries. My mouth is watering just thinking about all this tasty stuff!

After reviewing the details, I am now confident that Convention 2011 is in pretty good shape. The Convention staff will be taking a trip up to the site sometime in February to finalize details and make sure we are going to have a great experience! Are you ready for Convention 2011? I KNOW I AM!
Frat! ~ "Dad" Seth Anthony

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