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10/14/11 6:43 A

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Good Morning, Pat and Team!
Darren and I are so looking forward to being there as well! I am leaving Jacksonville shortly to get home and get ready for Sunday!
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Sunday is it! We're down to just a few more hours before the rally. I don't know why I am so excited about it but I am like a kid waiting to go to DisneyWorld.

See you all soon! Take care, be safe and enjoy! emoticon emoticon

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I just scrolled down and got your instructions printed out so hopefully I can remember to take them with me! lol

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Does everyone that wants to come have a ride and/or know how to get to Quoquina Beach? We are getting down to the wire now. I can't wait. I'm going out to buy veggies Friday to make the cassserole. I'm so ready for this.

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Oh! I'm starting to feel like a little kid at Christmas time. I can hardly wait and yet I know it will be on us fast enough and I'll be scrambling to get it just the way I want it and then I'll be nervous about where we end up (pavillion or tables in the shade) and then it will be over and I'll be sad.

Oh well, it wouldn't be fun if it wen ton forever - too much work! I'll just enjoy it from now until then.

Have a great one and I'll see you soon!

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G'Mornin', Y'all!
Thanks Kerry. I appreciate the candor from both you and Pat. I couldn't agree with you more. I always look forward to opportunities of meeting with SparkPeople and the inspiration I get from it. See ya soon


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We have people at church who micromanage every potluck we have and it drives me crazy! I'm with you, Pat, whatever we get is what we'll eat. I think from the sounds of it that anything you make, Monty, will be great. I'm thinking we'll be focusing on the meeting part rather than the eating part anyway. emoticon

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Not a problem. I plan on bringing enough to feed the multitudes so if you come with no food, there's going to be enough to go around. KerryG is bringing what she can grab from the store on the way to the rally - what a trooper - you're looking for ways to make something healthy at the tail end of a trip to DC and back - can't blame you for wanting to have time to make something quick and/or easy and not be bringing the same thing everyone else is.

Just come and enjoy - we'll worry about what to eat when we get there - there is plenty of food at nearby stores - although perhaps not as healthy as we would want, but we certainly will not starve. I think I'm starting to worry about keeping my dish on the hot side - we could eat it cold, but it is so much better hot.

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Hi Pat
I apologize as I had forgotten. You are spot on and I totally support the concept. I'll ride the wave as a team player. :)




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I will be away from home on vacation so I don't know that I could bring anything other than some fresh fruit or something that I can grab at a grocery store.

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Okay - I can go along with this, but originally, I didn't want it "organized" and didn't care if we had the same dish more than once. However, I can change my attitude.

I'm bringing a bake zucchini casserole - a large one.

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It would be nice if team members have ideas about what they are bringing in the food catagory to post them. I get home from DC on Friday and will have to come up with something good and safe without duplication. Does that make sense?
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I just realized ( I can be slow at times!) that the Rally is 1 day before my SparkVersary! Sounds like an early celebration for me!
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Anyone going from SWFL(Naples/ Ft Myers area)? I would love to come but don't drive. Would be happy to help with gas $$. Send me a sparkmail, or visit my sparkpage if you can help me out. Thanks all!
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I'm not counting today because it's halfway through so we now have 15 days until the Rally! I am excited about it. Check out my huddle over there to the right!

It's coming down to the wire and I'm hiped!

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Great idea! Sorry I can't participate; have a Church meeting that afternoon. Hope everything goes off without a hitch. Enjoy everybody.

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Oh! This is getting better every day! I really wasn't expecting much and it's like a snowball, and it just keeps rolling along and getting bigger and bigger. Okay - Housekeeping issues!

1. If you need directions let me know via SparkMail to FLORIDAGHOST and I'll make sure you get them.

2. If you are coming from the North, like up near Wildwood, we have another member that want's to come and she can meet at I-75, but can't drive so if you're willing to take on a Sparky up that way, please volunteer, I'll let you all set it up but let me know if you are willing.

3. There's a Sparky from Rockford, Illinois that is a SparkFriend and she's going to be in Daytona Beach. She is going to check out where and how and if she can make it, I invited her. I'll make her an honorary Floridian for the day. Just so you all know, we'll be our usual Floridian type, which is friendly and helpful. Besides, any Sparky from Anywhere is a friend, right?

4. Don't forget all the extras, sunblock, sunglasses, hats, shoes, toys, fishing gear, drinks, healthy food, plates, flatware, cups, towels, swimsuits, books, toys, sunblock, chairs, blankets, cameras, did I say sunblock and sunglasses? Anything that will make you happy remember to bring it. The sand is already there and it's free.

5. Should I do a blog about it a couple days before?

I am so pumped on this! I can't hardly wait! You guys are so great! I really didn't think this was going to go anywhere because I didn't have time for it except to basically show up and here it is - getting ready to be a happening. Who says spontaneous can't be good?

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6. Check this thread to see if anyone wants to come and can't drive. If you go past them and can bring them, please get with them and make the arrangements. It will be appreciated. If you need a ride, please remember, donate some moola for the fuel.

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So disappointed we can't be there!!! Arriving in FL on 10th, bringing 10 yr old grandson with us, his daddy is coming on 13th and we are going to Legoland on 16th.
Maybe there will be another rally over the winter months.


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We got a short 'vacation' set up in Orlando from the 13th to the 16th so after we check out on the 16th we can drive over to Bradenton Beach. Now I just need to dig up those directions and print them out! My husband isn't really but I am looking forward to this meeting! emoticon

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I would love to come but my October weekends are pretty much filled up. It would be great to meet other people from here. If I can squeeze it in I will try to be there. It is only about a 45 minute drive from where I live.

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Sounds like a great time. Not sure if I can make it but will try. I will be in Sarasota for a class I think it gets out around noon. So may make part of the day. emoticon

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Sounds like fun!

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I would love to be their but I have to decline. I am not able to leave the birds for long periods of time I have a lot of babies in the house and I hand feed them every two hours ! And also I do not live anywhere near their where you all are going to be. You ALL will be in my thoughts and I hope all is well and you all have a wonderful time ! Hugs, Rose emoticon

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Been MIA for a few months but will do my best to be there! emoticon

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I'm going to drive up to DC to see my sis and my mom then get home in time to make something healthy to bring with D to the Rally! It's cutting it close but worth it! I'll have a better rally count when I get home anyway!
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So i haven't been real connected on the message boards lately but ran across this today. Is anyone considering coming from Gainesville? Ocala? the Villages? I'd be interested in attending, my car is affectionately known as "the beast" it is a 70 Chevy Suburban which gets 10 mpg on a good day...I currently live in Wildwood and could meet at I-75...If interested please shoot me a SparkMail!

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Super and I really can hardly wait now!

Let's all make contact with our SP Florida friends and make a special invitation to them. We may have some sitting on the fence and a specific invitation from us may help them make up their mind.

I know we're keeping this very informal because no one has the time and money to put into it, but I also think the nearly spontaneous (in this case) and no-plans leave it so people don't feel they have to keep up with the Jones attitude and just come to see what's going on and then have fun, too.

With hope to see more talk about it the closer we get! Let's make this thread grow!

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My son and his family live near Sarasota at Seisra Key, I hope to make it down to meet y'all! emoticon


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I'm ready Ghost!! Looking forward to it.

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Here are the directions (easiest) to get to the beach where the rally will be.

Go I-75 to 220, State Route 64. Go west towards Bradenton. Follow this road (turns into Manatee Avenue through Bradenton) until you get to Gulf Drive South. Turn left onto Gulf Drive South. Keep going until you see a sign for Coquina Beach. There's a right turn just after the sign. (If you go over the bridge turn around and make the first right then follow it around under the bridge and you will end up in the same place.) If you made the right after the Coquina Beach sign, turn left, immediately and follow the road all the way to the end. Turn right again into the parking area. There is a pavillion there in the woods (highly visible) and park the car, walk to pavillion and get directions, then go from there.

I have no idea how many will actually show up to this rally so I am not going to try to hold it. Besides, with or without money, we may not be able to get this pavillion. If it is on hold for another group I can be there to direct people to the area we have ended up at. Everything is fairly close to this pavillion.

If you get lost call me - here's my cell phone number: 941-779-3558. Do not give or sell this number to anyone. Use it to get directions to the rally, please.

If you have questions or these directions don't make you feel confident enough to go and find us, let me know - I'll do my best for you.

The pavillion is in the woods, very near the parking lot. We do not have to be at this pavillion but it is so easy to find and I didn't want to make things any more complicated than it has to be or ends up being.

The earlier arrival, the better. If this pavillion is not held by a large group, we will hog it for ourselves as I think there maybe enough of us to warrent a larger area than one or two picnic tables near each other.

If you have questions, please direct them to me via SparkMail. Have a Sparkling one and I'll see you at the beach on October 16th. Now for some decent weather, too.

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I did not see broken glass or shells on the beach where we were. I did not walk the entire beach so I can't testify for or against this. I did see several people riding bikes, more sitting in the sand out near the "brakers" yesterday and several more using picnic tables in the shade trees back up from the beach.

I am not positive there is a safe beach in the world as far as broken glass and shells. People seem to have this idea that if you throw something in the ocean it sinks directly to the bottom and never harms anyone or anything. It's stupid but it happens everyday and probably every minute. Too many humans are extremely thoughtless and uneducated. The beaches become sess pools of garbage and dangerous debree.



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Coquina beach?! Bring your water shoes bc the whole place is broken pieces of shell and you CANNOT walk barefoot. Don't fall either, my bff still has a scar from when we were teens.

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I went to Bradenton Beach today to check out everything. Here's the info I collected.

I will be more specific in directions on a different post, but there is a place to go fishing, a place to sit in the shade, tables with benches, swimming areas (today the beach patrol and life guards were not real visible, but LEE is hitting the beaches with a lot more force than I anticipated. They were flying the red flags today which means no swimming and they were driving the Marine Rescue truck up and down the beach chasing people away that got too close to those breakers. I did expect to see some out there trying to surf but I'm not sure that would have been that fun either.

There were two "jungle jims" that I saw which included slides, some swings, some of thos rings you hang from and swing along a post to the other end, some things to climb on, stuff kids like. There was plenty of sand, showers, toilets, and no concession stands (remodeling) There was a small trailer all fixed cute with pots of plants, but it wasn't open. There is plenty of parking under the trees so your car doesn't get overheated, but the area is great. There is a paved bike path so you can bring bikes, too. A boat launch for launching boats and plenty of sandy beach. Bring all your toys so you can have fun, too.

As stated above, I will do the directions on a separate post. I am trying to see if I can make a map for you and post it, but if I can't get the map to post, I'll give you written directions and the address so you can do a MapQuest or GoogleMap or some map to the beach.

Everything is within a few hundred yards of any place you want to go so there was a large pavillion down at the south end of the beach. I'm thinking it will be the easiest spot to find, however, nothing is carved in stone or stuck in the mud so we can change that, but I hope all of you try to come early so we can all talk and have a blast meeting each other. It really is fun to meet your Cyber buddies. Makes them even more special.

So mark your calendars for October 16, 2011, Sunday, 11:30am or earlier, Bradenton Beach (Quoquina beach), Florida, SparkFlorida Rally. Brink your toys, sunblock, sunglasses, books, food, plates, flatware, drinks, beach togs, towels, blankets, fishing gear, boats, trailers, whatever makes you comfortable. We'll see if we can see the ghost that goes down to the beach (not me) and don't forget your buckets for sand dollars, and other collectable rocks and shells.

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Getting bigger as we go! This is going to be so fun!

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Bradenton Beach. Very Cool! Scroll down to read Team Leaders info. Its all there.
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where is this rally being held? Rose emoticon

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Okay! We've got cheerleaders and a Yell team going here! Super great! Keep going!

I really don't know how many are planning on coming, I stopped counting when I ran off the last toe

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But it doesn't matter, we are just going to have fun, eat healthy, and enjoy ourselves and make new friends. Oh! I'm making plans on getting out to the area so I can give directions on how to get there - don't worry, I give great directions. Street names, landmarks, etc.

What I want to do is find the restrooms, picnic tables, swimming holes, neat trees yourself and family under (hang a hammock) the parking area, all that. So that's coming soon.

Hope to see a huge crowd, but I'll be happy if I'm not the only one there and I don't think I have a chance of eating my baked zucchini dish alone! Mmmm!

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Let's go Florida!! This is going to be great!!

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It's on my calendar and I'm really hoping to make it down that way. October is really filling up!

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I'm not letting this rally go! People put it on your calendars. Make it a day trip. Feel some serious energy! Bring the family! October 16th? It should be wonderful on the beach! We live in Florida! Let's see Team Florida rock this!
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I'm getting more excited by the day. Now I have to figure out what we will bring. Something healthy and delicious. See you then. October 16th at Bradenton Beach, south end by the wall somewhere. I'm going to go there this Sunday and check out where to park, where picnic tables are, etc. Then I'll be able let everyone know so we aren't wondering around like lost puppies and getting irritated, etc.

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When the post was first made for this rally, I remember how excited dssecrets was. It just hit me what she said. "What are you making?" I knew that was coming! Needless to say, I'm looking for something cool and refreshing. It will be healthy!


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MOM1014 - we'll miss you, but cruising is fun especially with friends or family. Have a ball yourself. Maybe next year!

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I can't make it. that is the weekend my son and DIL have invited me to cruise with them.
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Come one, come all! This is going to be a great Rally!! All the details are on the bottom post.
Bradenton Beach, Oct. 16, 11am until you're ready to go home!!
Bring enough to feed your own but bring a healthy dish to share if you like. Places to walk, swim and be happy!!!

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Deb, all the information is on the bottom post. Just scroll down there and you will see it. All the details are there. Hope to see you there.

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What is a SP Florida Rally and when is it to be held along with where? I have been pretty busy so I have not been able to keep up with things here lately.

Can someone explain?

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I have company coming in sometime in Oct. and a possible cruise with son and wife. So will check and see if I am free. No promises but sounds like fun. I just got back from Orlando a 3 day High Shool reunion for all classes. Not more than 40 there but what fun and exhaustion. I didn't gain an ounce so far. Sol will watch it today.
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Kerry - Hope you can make it. I'm not from Nebraska, but I'd love to meet you, too. I'm actually looking forward to this thing.

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Hope you can get someone to cover for you, Kerry. Dssecrets' (my wife, Darren) hometown is Lincoln and she went to UN-L ROTC. We're spending Christmas there this year. Would love to meet another Nebraskan at Bradenton Beach. Go Big Red.
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I'll have to check my calendar along with 3 others to see if I can get a Sunday off from church duties but it sounds like fun.

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So sorry we'll miss you but understand. Maybe next year!

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Hi Pat
It figures, I haven't been anywhere this year and the weekend of October 15, I will be In Pittsburgh for my granddaughters wedding.
I did attend the one last year and it was so great meeting team members.

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Mirage727 - sorry DSSECRETS woke you up, but I'm glad she is excited. I am, too.

Everyone - It's October 16, not the 18th - I seem to have some mental block on this. October 16th. Thanks Bridgetter4, again!

CAROLJ35 - Can't wait to see you and all the others, too. Glad you can make it. I figured since so many were asking if they could come regardless of county, why not open it up. When you get right down to it, there are not very many Sparklers in Sarasota and Manatee Counties so let's let every Sparkler that wants to come enjoy it too. It will be more fun.

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We're headed to FL sometime between the 1st and 15th and if possible, I'll be there bringing DH, too. Thanks for making it open!


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Thanks Pat!
DSSECRETS wakes me up at 6:15am this morning and says there is going to be a SparkPeople Rally. She was all excited. I was still half asleep! THEN I read what she posted below. Obviously, we will be there! I'll get more excited when I finally wake up! YAWN!
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PS: I'm surprised she didn't ask how the shelling is there! I know we'll bring buckets and sand sifters!
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Oct. 16! 16! LOL- I keep forgetting too! emoticon

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Thanks, All.

I've got 7 SP friends coming and their families! Woohoo! It's a success because it would have been a success if only two people showed up. So let's keep going and see how it goes. Can we attempt to drum up more by doing huddles everyday that say something like Oct 18, Bradenton Beach, SPFlorida Rally, See You at Bradenton Beach on Octo 18, Get directions to the Rally from Me, etc. What ever you want, the more of us huddling with remarks about it the more people will see it and at least start wondering what its about and perhaps thinking about going - like what else are you doing on that day?

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I'm putting this on my SparkCalendar right now. And I'll bring MIRAGE727 with me! See you there!
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Sounds like fun! Will save the date.

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Looking good Ghost! Oct. 16 it is!

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I just joined this team yesterday. I will write this on my calendar. I don't even live in FL yet, but am closing on a home in Bradenton in the next week or two. And so - might actually be able to make it to the beach.

BTW - the trail along Bradenton beach is a great running/walking trail and is about 2 miles long.

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Sounds like fun but I will be enjoying myself in Ohio on both of those weekends. And Bradenton is a little bit far to drive for me. Hope you have a great turnout and a wonderful Rally.


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Well that makes around 3 of us so far. I corrected the date to October 16th Sunday. Sorry for the error. Thanks BRIDGETTER4

I can't think of any big holiday right then but if you're seeing something I'm not, let's get it fixed before it's out there too long.

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I'm putting it on my calendar right now!

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Great post Ghost! Here's the only problem... Sept 18 is Sunday, Oct. 18 is a Tuesday! My suggestion is either Sept 18 or Oct 9. You choose but anyway, count me in- Boy! Now I have to go through my recipes and choose something tasty!!

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Hello, Team!

AMENDMENT - CORRECTION! My apologies, but I was aiming at October 16th not October 18th as stated below. October 16th is a Sunday. We can up it a week to October 9th if you would rather. Trying to stay away from holidays, too.

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I originally was trying to put something together for a couple of Sparklers that wanted to have a Rally. I was going to do just Sarasota and Manatee counties, but then others wanted in so now it's just a team rally! Here are the details!

October 18, 2011 at 11:00 am. Come as you are potluck. Bring one dish to share. Normal rule of potluck, as I was taught is: bring a dish that is big enough to feed your family. So that way one person isn't bringing enough to feed an army and someone else just brings enough for one when they bring 4 or more people. Bring your suits, chairs, Sun Block, Sunglasses, hats, covers, plates, flateware, napkins, drinks, toys, books, fishing rod and license for fishing. It's going to be at BRADENTON BEACH. It's on Anna Marie Island as far south as you can go on the island. If you cross the bridge to Long Boat Key, you went to far. This beach is claimed to be haunted. There was apparently a hotel somewhere in here and it burned to the ground or got washed away by the hurricane that cut the island in two a long time ago. Story goes that some guy walks down to the beach wall and then just vanishes. This happens during the day or night.

We'll keep it healthy, please and I don't think we are allowed to bring alcoholic beverages or beer. Bring everything you need including a serving spoon and maybe your favorite condiments.

Well be walking the beach, and the trails?? (haven't seen them so don't really know anything about them) and playing in the sand with Sand Castles, reading, meeting other Spaklers and then eating and playing. You can leave when you want, but we'll want to have our "picnic" at Noon so if you aren't there by then, who knows what you'll find left on the table!

This is going to be extremely informal (Best kind). I'm not even asking for RSVP. If show up, enjoy. If you don't we won't wait, but we'll miss you. We are not going to sign up for salads, meat, pasta, veggies, desserts, etc. Bring what you want as long as it is healthy. Bring copies of the recipes because we always will have someone that wants to know what's in it and how to make it. So we can make a recipe exchange out of it, too. Bring family, we want to meet supporting family members, too.

I don't think there will be anything there but us, the sand, and whatever we haul in, so remember to bring everything you will need for an exciting, happy, friendly day.

See you at BRADENTON BEACH on ANNA MARIE ISLAND (BRADENTON) on Oct 18, 2011 at 11:00 AM! SPARKPEOPLE FLORID RALLY PICNIC at noon.

Okay, let's talk this up! While we aren't RSVPing or signing up for anything, let's talk it up anyway. We don't care where you live in Florida, if you want to come to this, you are welcome! The more the merrier! Wear any SP gear you have, like T-shirts. We'll need some kind of Marker for the spot!
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