Sunday, April 23, 2017

Blog Update - The Last Supper and Breakfast

It's Official!

Last evening about 12 of us gathered for our last official Saturday Evening Dinner. Jim and Bobbie provided the main dish of spaghetti with meat Sauce and salad, pot luck for the rest - there were wings for appetizer, cabbage salad, hot garlic bread and pie and ice cream for dessert...we had a great time.

Ben baked pies and they were popular!

Sunday Morning was pancakes and sausage and had a good crowd - with Spring break still going on, bunch of tent campers and families up for the weekend - free entrance fees at the National Park and their campgrounds are full!

Big Jim was working the griddle...


Many Thanks to Jim & Bobbie Groos for a wonderful season!

Nice crowd for pancakes!

Lots of young people tent camping in the RV Park!

All that remains for this season is final cleanup of the kitchen and clubhouse then pack up and head North!

See everyone in November!

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Jim Lucas

Webmaster - 29 Palms RV resort

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Blog Update - Joshua Tree in Bloom & Last Dinner

Have to laugh at hearing about the snow people are dealing with who left early - Our weather here has been perfect the past two weeks - high in the high 70's - low 80's and high 40's low 50's at night...perfect sunny and light winds most of the time...the golfers are loving it.

Joshua Tree is in Bloom!

We had what seems to be the last Saturday Night Dinner Potluck - Hamburgers and Hot Dogs on the grill!

We had a nice crowd of about 15 people and they brought all the fixins - relish tray - potato salad, chips and dip etc.

Wednesday Night Happy Hour and BBQ will continue for a few more weeks, but the kitchen is getting cleaned out and closed this week. Jim & Lori will be heading out this week as well as Don & Frankie.

I will be here until mid May and Jim & Bobbie will be around a few more weeks.

Stay Tuned!

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Jim Lucas

Webmaster - 29 Palms RV resort

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Blog Update - A few of us are still here and having fun!

The winter crowd has dwindled down to a few, but we are still getting together and having fun. Another great Saturday Night dinner!

Jim & Bobbie Groos provided a wonderful dinner for our small group - a family specialty - Chicken Ole!

There was plenty of chicken breast in the casserole and it was fantastic!

And do you remember the wonderful Prime Rib we had on New Years, well Jim Prestwood dug up the ribs he removed from the depth of the freezer and boy were they good!

And for dessert Anita provided a wonderful Tequila Laced Trifle which was fantastic and a little ice cream!

There were plenty of snacks and appetizers to start Happy Hour and of course wine and beer!

There was also a pancake breakfast this morning and there were about 15 people signed up so we continue on. Ice cream social on Friday also had a good turnout.

Wednesday Night Happy Hour and BBQ is now moving to Saturday the season winds down.

This week is clean the kitchen and get everything put away for the winter.

Stay Tuned who knows what will get planned over the next couple weeks.

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Jim Lucas

Webmaster - 29 Palms RV resort

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Blog Update - A time for leaving!

This time of the winter season is always a sad time as we say good bye to our winter friends all heading off towards home or various adventures.

Additionally this year one of our best workers Ashley has decided to move on, so a few of us who are left gathered in the Clubhouse for some "Going Away" Cake and conversation. Ashley was the star of our front desk and did a tremendous job welcoming our guests and helping the winter residents have a wonderful season, she will be missed.

It was a surprise!

Wonderful Cake!

Ashley with our Activity Directors!

A nice crowd with the primary conversation - When are you leaving and where are you headed?

Tonight there will be a few of us diehards in the Clubhouse for Happy Hour and BBQ - feel free to stop in at 4:30 and bring your dinner to throw on the grill...doubt it will be crowded!

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Jim Lucas

Webmaster - 29 Palms RV resort

Monday, March 27, 2017

Blog Update - Busy Saturday and Winding Down

We had a busy Saturday this week with two events.

There was a birthday Lunch for one of our park residents at the Golf Course - well attended!

Our own Ben Hoisington reached the milestone of 29 (80) officially surpassing dirt! Wishing him many more!

Spring Fling - Last dinner in the clubhouse for the season!

Wonderful dinner of tacos and beans and all the fixins! Many thanks for another wonderful year to our dedicated kitchen crew - Lori and Jim Prestwood and Don and Frankie Nobert!

It was the last night for our DJ and as usual kicked off with Elvira to get the dance floor hopping!

Here is a little "History on Elvira" - bet you didn't know it was first done by Kenny Rogers!

The Oak Ridge Boys are music legends…and they owe it all to one song. The 1981 tune “Elvira” catapulted them to another level of stardom, leading to a long career in the business. In March 1981, the Oak Ridge Boys released their version of the 1966 classic song “Elvira,” originally recorded by Dallas Frazier. The rest, they say, is history. Interestingly enough, “Elvira” was not inspired by a woman, but on a street in East Nashville, Tennessee. Also interesting? The Oak Ridge Boys weren’t the first to cover it. But they were the first to cover it with astounding success.

The original version peaked at #72 on the Billboard Hot 100. Kenny Rogers and the First Edition, as well as Rodney Crowell, also put their own spin on it before the Oak Ridge Boys made it a total classic after it appeared on their “Fancy Free” album.

The Oak Ridge boys made the song uniquely their own, in part because of Richard Sterban’s deep take of “giddy up ba-oom papa oom papa mow mow.”

The group was by no means struggling when “Elvira” came out, as they were already a successful band, with five gold records and a Greatest Hits collection that was poised to go platinum. Band member William Lee Golden told People magazine in May 1979: “Inevitably our music will cross all borders and labels. Someday we’re going to run across something that everybody will like at the same time. When THAT happens, we’ll have made it.”

When “Elvira” was released in March 1981, it was the group’s fourth number 1 and their biggest crossover pop hit, peaking at No. 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 in August 1981.

In a phone interview with The Press Enterprise earlier this year, singer Joe Bonsall noted, “I joke that the song is ‘Elviral’ because it went viral before going viral was a thing.”

Bonsall spoke about how “Elvira” came to be, with song plugger Ronnie Gant pitching the tune to them after seeing a band playing it at a Texas bar. Bonsall recalled, “He said a light went off in his head and thought we could do this song,” adding, “So we cut it and maybe ran through it twice and that was it.”

He added, “At the time we recorded ‘Elvira’ we were playing big coliseums with Kenny Rogers and winning all the awards. We were the hot young act.”

When they played “Elvira” live for the first time in January 1981, Bonsall said, “I can still remember. We were in Spokane, Washington, and when we played the song everyone went nuts. I mean bananas.” He added, “You would have thought we gave everyone in the audience a condo in Montserrat.”

The song climbed the country charts and was a huge pop crossover hit. Bonsall said the group owes it all to Sterban’s deep vocal standalone, saying, “I think it was the kids that first loved ‘Elvira.’ Even today, all these year’s later ‘Elvira’ will be one of the first songs kids latch onto.”

He added, “It’s like the whole country was singing ‘Oom papa mow mow’ with Richard and The Oak Ridge Boys. And still after all these years with all of our success, ‘Elvira’ is still our biggest hit and nothing has come close.” The Oak Ridge Boys were inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame in 2000 and the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2015.

Plenty of music on our last night...even our DJ's 2 year old hit the floor (Literally)

Our DJ did a solo number!

Time for some slow dancing!

Welcome back Jim and Anita - just in time to see everyone before they leave!

This week we have about 12 people hitting the road North or off on journeys this week! We wish them all safe travels and can't wait to see them next season!

Activities will be limited during the month of April - but Wednesday BBQ's will still be going on and maybe a pot luck or two...stay tuned!

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Jim Lucas
Webmaster - 29 Palms RV resort

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Annual Golf Tournament Results and Joshua Tree in Bloom

The Park held it's annual Sponsored Golf Tournament next door at Roadrunner Dunes Golf course. And the results are in:

We had great participation with 10 teams of 4 playing!

When all was said and done - two teams came in at 11 under so a play-off was held!

The team of Don Nobert, Fred Blackman, Jim Yockey and Tom Seaward won the shoot-out to take the tournament!

The team of John McKittrick, Spud Gephart, Tom Ryan and Ken Mapes came in second place.

The tournament contestants enjoyed a nice lunch in the Clubhouse after their golf!

Meanwhile for the non-golfers Joshua Tree National Park is in bloom.

This is the "greenest" I have ever seen the park - the rainy winter was worth it!

Look hard and you will find some cactus blooming!

We have also been blessed with some wonderful sunsets in the RV Park!

Change of schedule info - tomorrow evening at Happy Hour we will be getting the kitchen ready to close down for the season, so FREE MEAL - bring your plates and utensils and enjoy what we have from the freezer!

Still planning things to do through April!

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Jim Lucas

Webmaster - 29 Palms RV resort