Eight years ago, District 5 joined with Kitsap Square Dance Association to hold a joint camp out over Labor Day weekend. The Square Dance organization provides the location and building, and WOTFA provides the food and music. This arrangement has worked very well for both organizations, bringing in dancers and musicians from all over the state of Washington.
The joint campout kicks off on Friday with Hobo Stew, followed by a square dance in the evening. After the dance everyone is invited to enjoy a hotdog and an old fashioned campfire sing along, around the campfire of course. This years hotdogs were prepared Jon Heinrich and his grandpa Bill Crabtree.
Saturday morning the campers were treated to a king’s breakfast of pancakes, eggs, bacon and biscuits and gravy. This years kitchen crew included Fred Crabtree on pancakes, Greg Lester on biscuits and gravy, Kay McCarthy on eggs and Bill Crabtree frying up the bacon. Carole Crose along with a host of others joined in to round out the kitchen crew. Many thanks to all of these hard working volunteers.
After breakfast a dance band rehearsal was led by Laura Farr followed by the band scramble and Poker Jam. Five bands were selected to compete this year.
The Poker Jam is a game modeled after the Poker Run which is popular with horse back riders and motorcycle groups. There are 4 jam sessions that are set up in different locations around the camp site. Each Jam is named for one of the suits in a deck of cards, Hearts, Diamonds, Spades and Clubs. To start the game each musician is dealt a card, and the suit of the card directs them to their jam session. The jam proceeds like any jam session with each person in the circle leading a tune. Once the jam has gone around full circle, the jam leader deals each player another card. Again, the suit of the card directs the player to the next jam. The game is over when each player has been dealt 5 cards. These 5 cards make up their poker hand. The winning poker hand determines the winner of the game. This years winner was Bernus Turner from District 6, coming in with a diamond flush. The idea of the Poker Jam is to get people playing in a jam setting with different musicians. Each jam session lasts about a half hour depending on the number of players.
Saturday evening’s dinner was hamburgers and hotdogs with potluck sides and desserts. Thanks to all that provided sides/desserts for dinner.
Another square dance and hotdogs around the campfire, wrapped up our Saturday.
Sunday morning breakfast and gospel hour rounded out this year’s District 5/KSDA campout. Thank you all for attending the campout. Hope to see you all again next year.