On Friday, Joel placed a partial order with the restaurant supplier for some of the food for the breakfasts we had planned and Sunday's welcome Bar B Q, and then we went shopping for the rest of the food in San Antonio. We talked Nancy and Maynard into going with us since Nancy was the hostess for the "Down by the River" Bar B Q on Sunday. It was a little tricky to get four huge grocery cart load of groceries in the back of two Honda CRVs but we managed. Let's see...how many packages of hamburger buns...how many gallons of orange juice doe 100 or so people for 10 days!? One of the clerks asked where the party was and that it looked like we would have a good time. This would only be the first of one or two trips into San Antonio to stock up.
The Bar B Q down by the river was a lot of fun. Joel and I were so busy I didn't get many photographs so, check out Judy's blog for some good pictures of the Bar-B-Q: wwwladynomad2005.blogspot.com
The rally schedule is full of dance lessons in the morning and dance lessons in the afternoon and then dancing in the evening from 7-10. This is an all singles group so there is a lively bunch and the evening dancing is fun. Everyone dances with everyone. No wall flowers here. The teachers are great and very patient. Intermediate lessons in the afternoon built on the basic steps previously learned. Practice, Practice, Practice!!!
The dance rally is sponsored by Singles International, which is a chapter of Family Motor Coach Association (FMCA) one of the oldest and largest motor coach clubs. What is nice about this rally, as opposed to other dance rallies, is that ALL singles groups are invited. As a result there are lots of WINs, Solos (part of Escapees) and LOWs (loners on wheels) here. There is a wide level of dancers and a very eclectic group of seniors.
Tuesday night was the Texas Tacky Prom. The gals dress up in their finest tacky, gaudy, wear and danced their hearts out. Some of the guys looked like they had just came in from the ranch...blue jeans and cut off shirts; some in shorts and cowboy boots, What a hoot.
Cut off T shirts seemed to be really popular at the prom
Maynard decided that prints and plaids went together well. At least he could have been color coordinated!!:)
Wednesday, we all headed over to the Cowboy Bar on 11th street. It's been rated 5th best outdoor bar in the US, and I would agree. It's open air with lots of room for everyone with a huge dance area. There are lots of tables and chairs for us seniors to sit around, unlike some dance halls. Wednesday night is "burn your own" night. You bring your own meat and the bar provides the fire and condiments and a plate of salad, baked potato and roll for a small price. There is a live band that starts early enough, so that we (seniors) are able to stay awake and dance. (The music in many places doesn't start until 9:00...I'm usually "done" by then). A lot of the SI participates wore their green T shirts to show the community how much we support them.
Note all of the green T-shirts. I think we had over 100 attend from our group. Not all of us wore Green T-shirts though. For many, this was a repeat performance and wore a different color rally shirt. Joel has red, yellow, and now green.
One of several grills that were fired up.
Lots of good conversation, too.
Just a few of the happy SIs
Bandera has lots of fun shops with cowboy stuff. I was able to take a little time off from dancing and cooking and went searching for the perfect cowboy hat. I was successful. What do you think?
We are half way though the rally and there is still more to come. There is New York dress up night and pajama night. Stay tuned.