October 2015 | Issue 319               

IN THIS ISSUE
Popups For Sale
One Pitch Winners
Volleyball Tounament
Fall Outlook
Thanksgiving Dinner
George The Signmaker
Concierge Recommendations
Birthdays and Anniversaries

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10 Packing Tips for your Camping Trip

Packing for a camping trip can be a struggle. The amount of clothes, supplies, food, and other necessities add up so quickly that most of the time you don't have enough room, you don't have enough time, or you don't have enough patience. Here are 10 genius packing tips to make your next camping trip just a little bit easier and more organized!

1. Roll your clothes: Rolling clothes maximizes space in whatever container you're bringing you and your family's clothes in.

2. Buy or make a mini medicine cabinet and first aid kit: While it may be necessary to have a variety of different items in the case of an emergency, some of the packaging is just too bulky and awkward to pack and deal with effectively. Mini Medicine cabinets allow you to have just enough of whatever you need to get by for the week without over-packing or taking up too much space!

3. Shower cap or plastic bag covers: Most things are going to be dirty when you leave the campground, especially if it rained. When you are repacking shoes and other dirty items, place them in a shower cap or plastic bag to ensure they do not get everything else dirty on the way home.

4. Crack your eggs in a bottle: Rather than buy eggs and pray they don't break on your ride to the campground, crack all the eggs you'll need into a plastic water bottle and you can pour them out as you need them. Plus you save so much space in your refrigerator or cooler!

5. Invest in some cooler racks: Cooler racks keep food and other goods up and away from melting ice to ensure nothing gets ruined!

6. Get some packing condiments and spices: Rather than tote around the entire bottle of ketchup or the whole shaker of your favorite spice, pick up some small packets of everything to keep in a bag in the camper. That way everyone can help themselves and you don't have to worry about forgetting anything.

7. Plan your menu: Having a menu outlining each meal for your trip will ensure that you do not over-pack food or forget to purchase an item.

8. Make use of stackable draws: Stackable draws are easy to load up with snacks, supplies, clothes, or whatever else you made need and just slide in and out of the back of the car when you arrive and when you leave.

9. Attach toiletries to a lanyard: Travel size shampoo and conditioner often have a little loop to attach it to. You can also put your toothpaste, toothbrush, and other toiletries in a small baggie that can be securely attached to the lanyard as well. Nothing will get lost, fall out on your walk to the bathroom, or get forgotten again!

10. Use this awesome chart to figure out if you really need everything you are packing!

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Popups For Sale + A FREE WEEK of Camping!
Time is running out...don't miss your chance to purchase a new popup PLUS a free week of camping worth over $400! We only have 1 left!  It's a 2015 and in great condition, never having been on the road.  It sleeps 6 and
will be available to pick up mid-November.
One Pitch Winners 
Congratulations to Chris's team who won the One Pitch Tournament over Labor Day Weekend!
Volleyball Tournament   
Congratulations to Team "Moth Men" for winning the Volleyball Tourney over Labor Day Weekend!
Fall Outlook
Thanksgiving Dinner
We're looking forward to our annual Thanksgiving Dinner on November 28th and wanted to remind you that tickets went on sale August 15th. Purchase online as we will sell out!
 
Dinner starts at 2pm in the Recreation Lodge. Tickets cost $12 per person if purchased by October 31th.  As of November 1st, tickets cost $15 per person.
 
Dinner menu includes: Turkey, gravy, mashed potatoes, carrots, peas, squash, cranberry sauce, stuffing, olives, dessert & coffee.
Please bring your own plates and table set-ups.  
 
George "The Signmaker"
Our good friend and talented sign maker, George Hughes has informed us he will no longer be able to come to Normandy Farms. His health and his sign trailer have reached a point that won't allow them to travel anymore. George has been a part of our Normandy Farms family for many years and we will dearly miss him. Many thanks for all the wonderful signs and memories you have made George! If you'd like to contact George, his email:  redwood32@comcast.net
Concierge Recommendations
 Click here to view our Concierge list of "Things to Do" in the area this month.  

Here's a peak at a few Concierge Recommendations:
  • The Big Apple Farm in Wrentham is a family favorite offering good, old fashioned fun. All ages enjoy the viewing platform where you can watch the apple grader sort the apples and children delight in finding the hidden train. Take a peek at the bakery kitchen and donut machine through the viewing window. Enjoy a cup of hot or cold cider and a caramel apple while taking in the autumn views. Fall weekends offer Hayrides and the Pumpkin House. See an actual working American farm at its best! www.thebigapplefarm.com
  • Adams National Historic Park - The thirteen-acre park is comprised of the Birthplaces of John Adams and John Quincy Adams; the Old House at Peace field, home to four generations of the Adams family and the Stone Library. The park Visitor Center is located in Quincy Center and sits halfway between the birthplace homes and the Old House at Peace field. Tours begin at the Visitor Center, where a trolley will transport you to the historic homes. We recommend planning on 2 1/2 to 3 hours to tour the park. The cost of the tour is $10.00 for adults, under 16 are free. All National Park Passes are honored.
  • Haunted Happenings 10/1-10/31 Roger Williams Park and Zoo
  • The Color Run at Gillette Stadium on Friday, 10/2
  • Fall Home Show at Gillette Stadium 10/2 - 10/4
  • Topsfield Fair 10/2-10/12
  • 12th Annual Cranberry Harvest Wareham 10/10-10/11
  • 25th Annual Bowen's Wharf Seafood Festival 10/17-10/18
  • Head of the Charles Regata 10/17-10/18
  • Flint Farm - Mansfield (corn maze, farm stand and ice cream)
Birthdays and Anniversaries
October Birthday Celebrations
Brian O'Connor 10/1, Jack O'Connor 10/2, Dawn Mitchell 10/10, Hannah Webster 10/10, Cody Sullivan 10/17, Cameron Sullivan 10/21, Norma Martins 10/25, Katie Iacobacci 10/25, Kyle Conroy 10/31.

October Anniversary Celebrations
Janis & Jim Pendergast 10/3, Jean & Mike Lincoln, Tom & Elaine Pytka 10/12, Sandy & Bob Masse 10/13, Patsy & Bobby Daniels 10/26.
 
We look forward to providing you and your family with the finest services and amenities for a truly memorable camping experience.

 

Sincerely,

 

The Daniels Family

Normandy Farms