September 2016 Rally

Dates: September 16-18, 2016

Location: Greenwood, VA

Hosts: Kamal Rojiani and Deni Dillon

Campground: Misty Mountain Campground

Deni and Kamal hosted the September rally and did a great job.

Many of the members came in on Thursday and the rest came early on Friday. Those attending were: Gene and Judy Matthews, Rex Monroe and Betty Franklin, Betty Ketron, Feliza Jones, Karen Lohr, Deni Dillon and Kamal Rojiani, Sherree and Baynard Barton, Paul and Carol Melton, David and Joyce Martin, Cheryl and Bill Brown, Sharon and Timm Seaman.

Timm and Gene tried to golf on Friday, but the Charlottesville course was overpriced and the course up on the mountain was so foggy you couldn’t see 20 feet down the course. At least that’s what they said.

Friday ended up being a restful day for most. Some taking naps, Cheryl and Judy did some sewing in the clubhouse, Carol focused on getting the book read for the book club. Friday night we went to the Silk Roads restaurant in Waynesboro and we were all impressed with the décor and the food. The building could be recognized on the outside as the old Shoney Restaurant, but that’s where the similarity ended. Inside was like walking into the finest eatery in China--drop dead gorgeous. Everyone’s order looked scrumptious. If you are ever in Waynesboro and want a unique dining experience, this is the place to dine. I live nearby and had never been there, but I will go again and soon. I think that’s enough superlatives!!

Saturday morning some of the ladies had a book club discussion about “The Little Paris Bookshop”. I didn’t get the book read, but hearing the discussion I realize it was my loss and will try to read it this winter when things slow down.

After the book club, 10 of us (including our new members-David and Joyce Martin) filled a large van and were chauffeured for 4 hours to local wineries for wine tasting. We all packed our own lunch and ate up on the top of hill at one of the wineries. The weather was perfect—cool, clear with a gentle breeze. Picture perfect. We finished our wine tour at the peach orchard eating freshly made peach ice cream. Others took a leisurely drive in the county and found the nunnery where the best Gouda cheese is made. We were even treated to some of it during our Saturday evening happy hour.

Supper was served at the campground and included chili, cornbread, cole slaw and macaroni salad. Carol and Paul’s granddaughters, Maddie and Lilly joined us Saturday evening and Sunday morning. Afterward we had our business meeting (see the minutes) and then celebrated birthdays with Feliza’s delicious cake and ice cream.

Sunday morning was our last feast of the rally, which was again delicious. Do we ever leave a rally complaining of not having enough to eat? Our weekend was closed with devotions and we all said our goodbyes until the next rally.

Submitted by Judy Matthews