August 2017 Rally

Dates: August 17-19, 2018

Location: New Market, VA

Hosts: Unhosted

Campground: Christopher Run Campground

The 3rd weekend in August, 8 coaches and 15 people from the Cardinal Virginians gathered for a rally at the Greenville Farm and Family Campground four miles north of Haymarket, VA. Most arrived on Thursday to make it a long weekend. Those in attendance were: Bill & Cheryl Brown, Dave & Evelyn Crabtree, John and Robbie Davis, Feliza Jones, Gene & Judy Matthews, Paul and Carol Melton, Rex Monroe & Betty Franklin, and Deni Dillon and Kamal Rojiani.

Our first meeting was Friday "Happy Hour" (cut short by a thunder storm) and then dinner at a wonderful Italian restaurant, Giuseppes in Haymarket, as recommended by Cheryl Brown. Wonderful food and plenty of it!

Saturday breakfast began at 8:30 at the Crabtree residence, which became our home base. Everyone contributed giving us again a delicious meal with lots of variety. A short business meeting was conducted by President Judy with a report from Bill Brown on the business of FMCA at the convention in Wyoming this summer. After breakfast everyone scattered to do their "thing." Some hit the links, some went to the Farmers' Market in Haymarket, others checked out several local wineries. The Browns visited Bull Run Battlefield while the Davis' enjoyed a tour of the Graffiti House at Brandy Station given by our own Betty Franklin.

Saturday night dinner was "pot luck" held in a recreation hall because of the threat of rain. No one went away hungry. We departed on Sunday after another pot luck breakfast and devotions given by our chaplain, Bill Brown. We are all looking forward to Sevierville in September.

The history of Greenville Campground was unique in that the location is in the middle of a very large metropolitan area. The 200 acre working farm was founded in 1828 while the campground was established 50 years ago, just as the camping industry was beginning in 1967. It has remained in the same family all this time. There are 150 sites, some with W & E, 21 sites are full hookup and the remainder are dry. The staff was friendly and accommodating. Thanks to Judy for finding this on the internet.

Submitted by Robbie Davis