Got Cabin Fever?
On Saturday, 12 NCNers ventured out to Walt’s paradise to chase the winter blues away. While the morning air was still nippy, the afternoon sun didn’t disappoint. After a banquet of delicious food, everyone gathered on Walt’s front deck to soak up the warmth provided by Mother Nature. In addition to NCN regulars, there were several newcomers who we hope will join our club. Although held last minute, the entire get-together was indeed a great way to get rid of cabin fever. Everyone is definitely looking forward to future gatherings!
Nude Cocktail Party
This was a terrific party, the kind where people party hardy and say, "Let's do this again, but not real soon." When we arrived, the crystal punch bowl was ready for the "Sip and Go Naked". Fred was strict when he said not to make a second batch, but then the Kamikaze arrived to fill the punch bowl anyway. When we skipped to dessert, we were given personalized shot glasses for the Carrot Cake. Jean turned blue after the test shot, so we modified the instructions to read, "Don't shoot, just sip". Then there was the wine tasting. Thank you to the folks who kept moderation in mind, and we appreciated our designated drivers. However, some of us have cut alcohol from the menu completely for a while. ;-)
First came the drinking and then came the food. Chicken and wings and dip of all different varieties for every taste along with cocktail shrimp, stuffed mushrooms, meatballs, pot-stickers, sausage stars, moist handmade roll-ups, even beans and hot sauce placed beside the warm brie with french onions -- these were just a few of the highlights. We ate well.
We were asked to dress our best for this party. The award for best undress for a cocktail party went to female member Karen, and the male award to Frank. Of course we had to toast that!
Fred's house accommodates three conversation groups nicely, even in cold weather, with the most popular being the bull bar (except at Fred's we call it the moose bar). At the end of the day someone exclaimed that we did not need towels this time because we did not sit down. With 24 people and three different conversations to scan, we kept busy. Speaking of busy, Fred reports a serge in membership, both new and renewal. We are especially glad to see the return of good members from the past and the addition of new active members. Thanks for coming. We enjoy having you with our group and look forward to seeing you again next month.
Visit from St. Nick
Even rain could not dampen the festive spirit. Fred's house was the perfect place for a nude Christmas. The roaring fire was stoked frequently on this cold December day . There were twinkling crystal lights and a winking moose. It is always a moose Christmas at Fred's. Spirits were high and the food was ample. The warm spiral ham came out of the oven for our center piece, flanked by croissants, deli cuts, and an assortment of cheeses. Homemade pumpkin pie and warm cookies drew us to the dessert area where Walt discovered pecan pie while others exclaimed over the assorted flavors of cheese cake. Voted first place in appetizers was the jalapeno cheese ball.
When we gather for Christmas, there are always presents. This year the outstanding gifts in our stockings included colored ornaments, lights, popping corn, chocolate, retro candy, puzzles, and special spirits; along with the ever useful back scratcher.
In lively conversation we discovered that we have several travelers in our group. Some were just returning from the Dominican Republic while others have recent experiences in Italy, Hawaii, and Korea. We were all envious of our folks on the nude cruise. It was distressing news that two of our favorites are moving to Durham. They promise to keep in touch and visit with us now and then. We were delighted to have a returning member, and we missed a special couple who could not attend. Don't miss the cocktail party next month!
An Attitude of Gratitude
Hooray for new members! We are in awe of Deby who was approved for membership just last month. She stepped up to the plate and volunteered to host this month's event at Walt's Haven. Not only did she host, she provided the food. Although her pot of hot chicken and dumplings was the center piece, she was given rave reviews for her vegetarian casserole as well. Yea, Deby! With your kind offer to host, we can now boast our excellent record of having scheduled an exciting event every single month for the past 18 months. Thank you, Deby, for helping us continue the tradition of monthly events as well as the tradition of honoring our member veterans, giving thanks for our blessings at Thanksgiving, and honoring our birthday boys, Frank and Walt.
Walt, who has been a nudist longer than any of us, still has an appropriate admiration for the ladies. This was evident when he was completely stumped when asked, while standing near the fried chicken, if he were a leg man or a breast man.
Even though Sugar was unable to attend, Frank was armed with his normal good humor and Mike was ready for anything. Lois showed up with a new unscreened prospective member, which we know is against club policy. However, he was approved by Walt, but we decided not to tell Pam, who usually does our screening, anyway. This prospective member did not approve of anyone greeting anyone else with a hug. Whenever they did, it caused the little fellow to spring from Lois's lap and give his most ferocious little bark. He's going to have to change his attitude if he expects to be accepted in our club as a member!
Although the breeze was a bit brisk to spend the entire time outdoors, Walt had the temps inside perfect, so that we in our altogether were completely comfortable. Happy Thanksgiving to all and we'll see you in December.
Jim and Karen did it again: hosted a great party! Their lovely home was adorned with everything Halloween. The artsy pumpkin and the colorful gourds were displayed by the fireplace. Black tablecloths covered the two long tables that seated all 24 of us with candlelit pumpkins as centerpieces, surrounded by all things scary.
Since we were asked to wear our nude costumes, we had the three wiglets, not recognizable from the rear by even those accustomed to seeing our rears. Some of the honorable mentions go to the wicked little witch in the sheer black cape, the leopard lady, rover with the studded collar, and the attentive life guard. Voted best of all was the skimpily clad hostess with the diamond dust eyelashes. Did we have fun or what?
We were delighted to have our own AANR Trustee reporting in from the California AANR meeting. Our club president travels far and wide and represents us well. We feel awed and indebted for the work Pam does for our club, whether she is here in the states or visiting their daughter in Korea. We applaud her skill and excellence in screening prospective members, maintaining our regular scheduling of events (how many emails does it take to set up each and every event?), and reminding us of our long standing policies that keep us both safe and secure as we invite members into our homes and neighborhoods. Thanks to her quick response to irregularities, we have never had a problem continue unchecked.
Our group can have only so much fun without food. The huge pot on the stove was boiling and properly stirred. Each of us partook of the steaming and fiery chili which came complete with cornbread, a side of potatoes, Asian slaw, deviled eggs, and many other delectables. We had so much fun that there was barely enough time to marvel at the fine modern art displayed so colorfully in this home.
Pot Luck Potpourri
It was another birthday party. Mike turned 39 (again), so Sugar brought strawberry cream puffs and Nettie baked a cake. Walt celebrated the birthday by furnishing Mike's favorite, a pork tenderloin. He also let Mike cook it since he is the expert roaster. On his birthday, we allowed Mike to win the best joke award. He should have more birthdays. Is this the new Mike or the old Mike on rebound? Either way, we like him when he "turns loose".
The potpourri table was loaded. Walt thought he had hit the jackpot again, when he tasted the hot sausage cups from the crock-pot. Thanks to our new member who brought the crock-pot. We will not list your name since you are new to the club, but thanks for joining. We value our new members. Unfortunately, we lost a member and want to extend our sincere condolences to this new widow and her family. We shall be thinking of you at this sad time. On another note, we will be losing an active member who has a new job assignment on the other side of the world. We shall miss you, dear friend. Thanks for spending time with us.
Thanks to Mike and Lois for sponsoring this event and making sure everything was in fine order for our arrival. Thank you Walt, for your overwhelming hospitality. We filled the porch again, both for eating, and later for sunning in the spectacular September air. Walt's Haven always has a great turn out and perfect weather. Note to all members, October would be a great time to plan an event at your place. We promise to behave, sort of. Falling leaves are much easier to plan around than falling snow. Just ask Jim and Karen.
Birthday Bash in Birthday Suit
It was a pool party at Frank and Rhonda's. The water was crystal clear, the volleyball net was set, and we had changed into our birthday suits. Then the sky opened and the rain poured. Our host was determined that our birthday suits experience the pool, so the pool party became a pool party, as in billiards. Frank put Mark in charge of pulling everyone into the game, whether they were pool sharks or whether they asked, "Where do I point the stick?" We even had some great spirited first timers to both pool and nudism.
Rhonda let it be known that she expected her guests to feel at home and wander her house at will. Taking her at her word, we rotated between conversation groups throughout the house. Frank, our BBQ chef, had our butt smoked and pulled, right on time for the hungry crowd.
Did we set an attendance record here? No wonder we ran out of room for side dishes on the buffet. I counted 26 people in birthday suits singing "Happy Birthday to Us" while eating chocolate cake and ice cream slathered in fudge syrup. If you were not at this "Birthday Bash in your Birthday Suit", you missed a rip roaring good time.
Thank you to all of our hosts and hostesses for opening their homes so that we might continue to be the close knit group who looks forward to a new event every month. Thank you for making this an active and lively nudist club. To all newcomers: please return your applications to our club's PO Box as soon as possible so that we may count you as a full member by the time we get together in September. We want you to become part of the fun.
Customer Appreciation Day
Thanks to Nettie, anyone reading her account can visualize being in attendance.
Our gathering was billed as Customer Appreciation Day in order for Mark and Danell to discretely entertain our crowd of 24 nudist in their upscale HOA community. Actually, we really want to express appreciation to our exceptional host and hostess.
As nudists we sometimes imagine the Garden of Eden. Mark has created a bit of that feeling within the privacy fencing that surrounds his entire back yard. This obviously is a project developed over several years. You cannot imagine the beauty without actually seeing his lush garden complete with wildlife.
We found Mark to be multitalented. Besides his botanical interests, he and Danell are avid antiquers, collecting a wide variety of items with special interest in musical instruments as well as heirlooms. Danell's touch is obvious in each of the displays. During the tour of the two story home, we discovered a hidden professional woodworking shop complete with exhaust system. This was the envy of every man present. We waited for Jean and Fred to drop in before ending our tour.
Chef Mark grilled tender and saucy brisket as the centerpiece of our buffet. Each guest added an appropriate side dish to complement the meal. We were pleased to have several prospective members join in the fun and hope each of them can join us next month.
Nettie conveys the island breezes in her recounting of the event.
It was promptly at 1:00 pm that the hula girl arrived barefoot, wearing a grass skirt and coconuts. She was the star of the luau and Walt will have souvenir memories of sugar plums dancing around his bed for nights to come. Did we mention that she was even good at corn hole?
While some played nude lawn games, we spectators cheered from the shade of the front porch. Mark was in charge of all things kiki. Surely you heard the roars of laughter. Wherever you were, we missed having you there.
When it was time to eat we proudly wore the colorful leis Toby had presented as gathered around, luau style, to sample the spread of Hawaiian inspired delectables. Toby had grilled chicken kabobs which he and Carol had meticulously prepared. Fred kindly offered to help with the grilling, but received a wasp sting on his thumb. No one offered to kiss it even though that kiss might have been acceptable and not considered a public show of affection prohibited in nudist clubs. :-)
While eating, we gathered on the screened conversation porch where all 18 of us were able to sit with the luxury of tables and chairs. We were delighted to have prospective members and new members join in the fun. Many thanks to our hosts Toby and Carol and to Walt who made us feel at home at his private estate.
Carolina Foothills Resort Open House
The weather did not cooperate for the free Open House. Chilly weather with some rain was the order of the day. Despite those conditions, seven folks from NCN gathered (or should I say "huddled") to enjoy each others' company and the events planned especially by CFR to welcome visitors. Nudists believe in being nude when practical and dressed when necessary. Necessity ruled the day.
Wine a little...you'll feel better!
Nettie gives us all the details.
Thirteen NCNers met on April 13th for an elegant wine tasting. We enjoyed a very professional presentation by a knowledgeable wine consultant who enjoyed discussing all facets of wine, including proper wine etiquette. Did we hold our glass properly? Did we know how to make a proper toast? It was a new experience in sophistication for some of us. We were learning, sharing, and toasting along with uproars of laughter. Furnished along with the wine was a spread of assorted cheeses, special crackers, chocolates, and huge strawberries. Afterward, we ate hot mini Ruben snacks, wonderful Italian pastries, cheesecake, and many other delectable offerings.
Would you like to sponsor a fun-filled tasting in connection with your next party, wedding shower or such? It does not have to be a nude occasion, of course. Contact Pam through the web site and she will put you in touch with member Ron, an excellent wine consultant.
Wearing o' the Green
Nettie steps up again with a great description of this green event.
All 17 of us who gathered at Walt's Haven to celebrate St. Patrick in temperatures above 80 degrees had soooo much fun. This was our first event of the year that was full-time nude, in the shade or in the full sun. Those of us who stood out in the sun came home with our first pink cheeks of the season.
Mark was in rare form without Danell's supervision, so we teased him a mite more than we should, but Mark thrives on making awkward moments memorable. Lois, Mike, and Walt outdid all other hosts in atmosphere plus trinkets, so that everyone could wear a touch of green. We were asked to bring food that was either Irish, green, complemented green, or served in green. You should have seen (and tasted) just the appetizer table! At the main course table just remember, should you ever be invited to savor Mike's slow grilled tenderloin, do not pass up the opportunity. Ask anyone there. Thanks to everyone who brought the attractive and delicious side dishes.
Happy Valentine's Day
Nettie tells us all about the great time everyone had at Karen & Jim's.
A Valentine's Day celebration with occasional near whiteout snowfall!! Twenty people arrived midday bringing a luncheon spread which went the length of the counter top and featured all-you-can-eat wings, meatballs, macaroni, and very dark red velvet cake along with innumerable accompaniments for each course. Our host and hostess demonstrated that entertaining our dignified, yet high energy group can seem effortless, even within the jurisdiction of an upscale homeowners association. Guests to this home enjoy a vast collection of colorful contemporary art of many mediums and by various artists, plus the added treat of hearing the stories behind the acquisitions. If you love art displayed in a lovely home which can entertain over twenty people at a sit down meal, you must look forward to a return invitation to this home in one of the elegant suburban areas of Charlotte.
Some people see the number "13" as unlucky. The folks who gathered at Walt's place on January 13 didn't see it that way. They felt lucky to enjoy the warm air as they socialized with fellow members and ate a delicious pot luck meal on Walt's screened porch. A prospective member who attended and has decided to join NCN wrote thanking me for inviting him. He felt lucky to have met such a nice group of people, naming individuals and adding, "...and all the rest of the people were so nice and friendly." We're all lucky to have such a great club!!!
Visit from St. Nick
Guest editor, Nettie, talks about our December event.
Many thanks to Fred for hosting a delightful Christmas Party. His home was fully adorned with all things Christmas including his many Christmas Moose. While some were toasting in the holiday spirit, others were stuffing our stockings to the brim with wonderful gifts from candles to musical recordings. The dining room table was filled with a huge spiral-cut ham plus a half dozen other main dishes accompanied by wonderful side dishes and an unbelievable selection of fresh made desserts. No one left hungry.
By mid- afternoon even the most hesitant were able to test the sun's rays with warm temperatures and a calmed breeze. Thanks to our kind host, numerous members, and welcomed prospective members, we had a great turnout and a lot of holiday fun.
Nettie has again written a great article about this event. Thanks, Nettie, for your vibrant description that makes everyone feel like they were there.
Walt's Haven is ideal and truly everyone there wished for a wonderfully secluded place such as this not only for entertaining but actually for full-time nude living. By afternoon, the temps cooperated for outdoor activities. Everyone seemed like old friends. Our gracious hosts, Mark and Danell arrived at 8am and according to Walt, Mark was a whirling Mr. Clean for about an hour and then everything was ready for guests.
Karen had been up since 4am in order to provide us with a moist, tender turkey in honor of Thanksgiving. Host, Mark, did the carving like a pro. Who knew his skills extended into the kitchen? Besides the turkey, other features of our buffet included London-broil, special meatballs, sushi rice, scalloped potatoes, buttered potatoes, potato salad, butter peas, gravy, cranberry sauce, sweet potato casserole, sweet potato pie, pecan pie, as well as other tasty morsels. After eating, we proudly honored the veterans present. Anyone who missed this fun and sunny occasion, missed a great November day on the calendar of nude fun. If you have never been to Walt's, be sure to attend the next function there. His place is truly a natural haven on a secluded SC hillside.
As editor of our web site and president of our club, I (Pam) am the person who ordinarily writes up the brief summaries of our events. However, one of our members (Nettie) has written such a good description of this month's event that I'm just going to copy the whole thing here for your reading pleasure.
Our gracious host Jean (pronounced John) invited us into his gorgeous home in the suburbs of Charlotte. A special point of interest, on arrival, was the masculine game room. This was not a room for board games and ball games, but big game from the Arizona desert near where Jean lived for a time. The room was large enough to accommodate the elk and deer as well as the lucky hat collection. The poised coyote was an eye catcher as well.
If you missed this event, you missed a gourmet meal that began with the compelling aromas of Tuscany served in the spacious Tuscan country kitchen overlooking the horse barn and beautifully fenced grazing pasture. Even the huge, rough hewn table was reminiscent of Roman influence. The menu was very special meatballs in an amazing marinara along with ratatouille, salad, and the antipasto (which had been nibbled since our arrival). Forgetting about dessert, we were then presented with Fred's own cappuccino cheesecake, topped with roasted coffee beans dipped in dark chocolate. Should we again be invited to this location, mark it a must attend.
Rockin' Good Time
The folks who collected rocks from Walt's spacious grounds weren't the only ones who had a rockin' good time. The rest of the crowd who spent time sharing stories and getting to know one another better had just as much fun for a lot less work. ;-) As always, the pot luck selections were numerous and tasty. There was more food than we could eat so folks shared left-overs to take home and enjoy there. We can remember the great time we had as we savor the food back home.
Fun on Fred's Deck
It may have rained in the morning, but the sun was shining in time for Fred to grill yummy chicken kabobs outside on his nude-friendly deck. The other members provided dishes ranging from baked beans to peach cobbler. Good conversation rounded out the day. Reasons for more male than female interest in wholesome social nudism was just one of topics discussed.
Nine of us gathered again in Lewisville to enjoy an afternoon of conversation, games, and (of course) food. Fred brought along Jenga, a game only for those with nerves of steel. Since Farkle is more a game of chance, it was a relaxing game for after our delicious pot luck. We dined on Japanese curry, Italian sausages with peppers and onions, crock pot macaroni and cheese, crisypy 3-bean salad, cold fresh fruit bites, and Peaches 'n' Cream served with blackberry ice cream. Yes, it tasted every bit as good as it sounds!
Eight of us had a great time playing the dice game called Farkle. Some folks enjoyed it so much they're going out to get it for themselves. The food was just as good as the game and featured Chinese Shrimp Chili, venison meatballs, and a variety of other tasty edibles. I believe the prospective member who drove 3 3/4 hours each way to join us wins the prize for traveling the furthest to be with our club. Hooray for Ike!
NCN members and guests gathered at Walt's beautiful, secluded homestead where clothing was quickly shed. The day was warm and sunny. The potluck dishes were plentiful and delicious. Everyone enjoyed the food, the conversation, and remembering past good times like the mud pond on private property we used to visit. Mud pond or not--it's always fun to get together.
Welcome to Spring
There's no better way to welcome spring than nude. The weather is warming up enough to make freedom from clothing very comfortable. Fred was again a wonderful host, serving up brauts and burgers to accompany everyone's pot luck contribution.
Twelve holiday elves gathered at Fred's house to put surprise treats in each other's stockings and share a yummy meal. There were old friends, new friends, and friendly newcomers. As always happens at an NCN event, everyone was made to feel welcome and had a good time.
More than Spider Stew was on the menu for our Halloween pot luck and it was all delicious. A total of 14 members and prospective members gathered for some Halloween fun, but it wasn't easy recognizing them. Gladiators, road construction workers, pirates, a hula dancer, and even Kilroy were there.
Enjoying a pleasant afternoon in Charlotte was a great way to say good-bye to summer. The pot luck featured delicious food highlighted by Fred's grilling expertise. TV football brought the coming of fall into focus. Upcoming events for the fall calendar were discussed.
Dave and Amy opened their home and pool for a Sunday afternoon get-together. We all know there's nothing that feels quite as good as a cool skinny-dip on a hot day. That was certainly the case at this event.
Corn hole and croquet were part of the fun at this Texas-themed event. Lois even brought some borrowed cowboy hats to help people get into the spirit. The day was hot, as July in the Carolinas usually is, and the camaraderie pleasantly warm.
It was a great event welcoming summer. The sun was shining, the temperature was warm, and the deck was full. Ten NCN members were there plus three prospective members, two of whom have now joined. Of course there was plenty of food as there always is at our get-togethers. Good food and good fellowship are the hallmarks of any North Carolina Naturists event.
Carolina Foothills Resort Open House
The sun was warm and the breeze refreshing for this annual event in South Carolina. There were activities folks could participate in or they could choose to just sit quietly and enjoy the day. Either way, it was a pleasant day for all.
St. Paddy's Day Celebration
Although the participants didn't wear much, they did try to wear a bit o' the green--green hats, wrist bands, and beads were in evidence. Green foods such as broccoli casserole, cabbage, and green salad as well as the traditional corned beef were all hits. Trivia games enlivened the party as old and new friends shared the day.
Seafood Chowder Pot Luck
The weather was perfect for a steaming bowl of Dave's homemade seafood chowder accompanied by yummy offerings brought by the guests at Saturday's get-together. As always, good food and friendly conversation were the highlights of a comfortable afternoon spent in the company of fellow nudists.
Visit from St. Nick
We gathered at Fred's in Charlotte for our holiday get-together. Fred had prepared pork barbecue to which everyone else brought side dishes for a delicious pot luck. Everyone also brought their holiday stockings so "St. Nick" could fill them with treats. It was a fun time for all.
Twenty NCN members gathered at Walt's beautiful property in rural South Carolina. Both a delicious pot luck meal and warm fellowship were featured. Everyone was thankful that we are free to enjoy wholesome social nudism, but Walt was especially thankful for the friends who managed to get his battery-dead tractor out of the woods and to where it could be made functional once more.
Carolina Foothills Resort Fall Open House
90 degrees didn't feel so bad in the shade. A slight breeze helped the group feel comfortable enough to tolerate the warmth for a good part of the afternoon. Then we moved indoors to the air conditioned clubhouse. Lois involved all of us in working her crossword puzzle. It was a fun activity as the blanks one person filled in helped another person fill in even more.
Free hot dogs and chips were served for lunch while a fried chicken dinner could be purchased for dinner. Our members never go hungry whether it's a club pot luck or a visit to CFR.
Walt's Haven in the Country
Yes, Mother Nature continued her heat wave during our time at Walt's. But that didn't keep folks from enjoying their pot luck meal outside on Walt's spacious screened-in back porch. Afterwards, everyone did move inside where they shared an afternoon of fellowship and friendship.
Fun at Fred's
We can't thank Fred enough for consistently volunteering to host events at his house AND doing such a great job of it! (Can't neglect to mention our other super-host, Walt--you and Fred are the BEST!) This time Fred grilled chicken and brats while other members brought their favorite pot luck dish to share. Even though Fred has a private outdoor deck, the hot summer weather made visiting inside his air conditioned home the chosen alternative for a pleasant afternoon.
2010 World Record Skinny Dip
Although only one of our NCN members joined Travelites for canuding on a quiet South Carolina stream, he told me it was so enjoyable he hopes more members will join the fun next year. Bob and Pam joined the AANR Skinny Dip at Juniper Woods in New York state. If anyone participated elsewhere, please drop me a line and I'll add you to the list.
Roaring Twenties at Carolina Foothills
Carolina Foothills had a Roaring Twenties theme for one Saturday in June. A few of our members joined in the fun. The weather was so hot that time in the shade was at a premium. Bob and Pam, Roving Ambassadors for AANR-East as well as NCN members, met with the current president of CFR and the P.R. person during their time at the club. Others enjoyed the sun or the shade by the pool, whichever best suited them. It was a pleasant way to spend the day.
Week-end at Walt's
Mother Nature smiled on us this time. The weather was plenty warm and the rain held off. Nine current NCN members and three first-time attendees (who joined NCN that very day)enjoyed the desirable weather, delicious food, and delightful company!
Carolina Foothills Open House
The weather wasn't quite as warm as we would've liked it Saturday and the rain could've stayed away, but there were lots of activities to distract us. There were poolside games, a volleyball tournament, hot dog lunch, potluck supper, and a dance to finish off the evening. Plenty to do in the company of friends.
Visit from St. Nick
We always have a visit from St. Nick at our holiday party. Everyone brings enough little token gifts to put in the stocking of each attendee. Of course everyone must also bring their own Christmas stocking. The gift is not meant to be anything expensive and you just bring multiples of whatever you select to give. It was lots of fun to look into the stuffed stockings and finding the treast left by our NCN friends before heading home.
Week-end at Walt's
Not everyone was able to spend the week-end, but twelve members did come together on Sunday for a delicious pot luck meal. Fred manned the grill and prepared hot dogs and burgers for all who wanted them. There was also chicken with brocoli, yummy lasagne, and lots of good stuff for dessert. It was a great gathering of good people and the weather even cooperated!
Guinness World Record Event + Canuding
Members of North Carolina Naturists joined the Travelites and Triangle Area Naturists in helping set the Guiness World Record for the most people skinny dipping stimultaneously. The experience was part of a trip canoeing down a low country South Carolina river. It was great fun for those who took part!
Spring is the perfect time to enjoy the season clothes-free. Both the sun and the hospitality were abundant at Laureen and Tom's lovely home. The food, as always with our group, was yummy and the conversation pleasant. After some time spent indoors, folks moved out onto the deck. Neither the weather nor the company could've been better!
Carolina Foothills Open House
We had gorgeous weather for the gathering of our group beneath the shady shelter at the end of the pool. We shared snacks, news, and the fellowship that always accompanies our get-togethers. It was wonderful to see everyone. A few of us hung around for the progressive dinner. The delicious food made us glad we had done so.
An evening of good food, good conversation, and a visit by St. Nick entertained our members who attended the December get-together. As was customary for our holiday party, everyone brought their Christmas stocking and put it by the fireplace to see what goodies St. Nick would deposit inside. At the end of the evening, everyone had fun emptying out his stocking. Thoughtful and fun items were found. An especially nice treat were the ceramic snowflake tree ornaments Fred had made for each attendee.
Visit to Walt's Haven
Walt has such a lovely and private place in South Carolina, not far from Charlotte, that he invited us to join him there once again. The sun was warm and the weather cooperative. Although the group was small, the company was enjoyable.
Pot Luck by the Fire
Fred graciously opened his home to host a pot luck party. The weather was chilly so he had a roaring fire going in his pot bellied stove. It's always so cozy to feel that warmth on a cool day. Although the group was not large, it was congenial so a pleasant afternoon was spent sitting by the fire.
Hot Tub and Hot Food
It turns out we should have included "Hot Weather" in that title. The weather was perfect for enjoying our pot luck out on Jimmy's deck, but it was too hot for any of us to venture into the hot tub. Instead we enjoyed each other's company and his lovely yard. We even picked fresh pears and figs from his trees to take home with us as an extra bonus.
Pool Party Pot Luck
Jim graciously invited us to enjoy the pool at his place. There were sunny spots and shady spots so that the sun lovers and the shade seekers could all find a place to sit comfortably. As is customary with our club, members brought along plenty of good food to share. It was a beautiful August day spent in the company of friends.
Fourth at Foothills
Several of our members journeyed to Carolina Foothills Resort in South Carolina to celebrate the 4th of July. Foothills had special activities planned for the entire day and evening. It was a busy and fun time.
The rains held off for the cook-out gathering at Bob's. A small band of faithful NCNers welcomed a prospective new member. As always, there was plenty of food: Bob's grilled chicken was surrounded by several salads, a casserole, and a nice selection of salsas. We are looking forward to the next gathering over the July Fourth weekend at Carolina Foothills.
The weather was perfect and there was plenty of room at Walt's for those who preferred sun and those who preferred shade. Fifteen present and potential members shared great food and good
conversation. As in the past, Bob
brought some wonderful barbeque from one of his
favorite restaurants in Charlotte; the beef brisket disappeared in minutes so everyone went back for
seconds on the pulled pork. And, as always, members
filled out the buffet with wonderful salads, macaroni
and cheese, baked beans and luscious desserts.
Spring cooperated so well that we were able to fling off our clothes at Bernie and Jerry's and enjoy the sunshine outdoors. We even took the ever plentiful food outside to eat. After lunch Bernie brought out bubble blowers of various sizes and bubble solution for us to play with (you're never too old to play). Eleven members and three prospective members thoroughly enjoyed the day.
We had hoped to welcome spring on Fred's outdoor deck, but Mother Nature decided to make it a chilly, drizzly day not conducive to outdoor enjoyment. Instead we celebrated spring indoors next to the warming heat from Fred's wood burning stove. An even dozen of us shared the warmth along with some yummy food and delightful company.
Super Bowl Party
Since folks preferred returning home before dark, it turned into more of a pre-game party. As usual, the pot luck provided food that was both plentiful and delicious. To get in a "game" mood, everyone sat down with Walt's Scrabble board. It may not have been as elaborate as the Super Bowl, but it was every bit as much fun!
Our traditional holiday party at Bob N.'s in Charlotte provided, as always, a great time for all who came. Two prospective members added new faces to the group of old friends who gathered to share holiday cheer. Honey-baked ham was joined by an array of accompanying dishes brought to share. There was food aplenty.
Everyone had brought along his/her Christmas stocking to line up along Bob's fireplace. I'm not sure how he did it but St. Nick managed to sneak in and fill the stockings while we enjoyed a delicious meal. Our evening ended after we'd all emptied our stockings and ooo-d and ahhh-d over the contents.
A group of nine members and two prospective members gathered at Pam and Bob's house Saturday afternoon to break bread, enjoy fellowship, and share reasons for Thanksgiving. The consensus was that we were all fortunate to have so many blessings for which to be thankful.
Everyone was brave enough to try the Polish Pork and Dill Pickle Soup Pam had made before digging into the goodies others had brought to share. Taste delights included potato lasagne, curried chicken, old fashioned dressing, pumpkin pie, sweet potatoes with kielbasa and onions, salad, brownies with cream cheese topping, and a savory casserole. The only thing better than the food was the friendship.
Not many of our members were able to make it to Cedar Creek for Nudestock, but those who went had a great time. The weather was pleasantly warm during the day and cool in the evenings. Saturday featured a petanque tournament. Baskets filled with goodies were raffled during the week-end. As always, the music was excellent, highlighted by a nude DJ on Sunday night.
Enjoy the Outdoors
The weather at Walt's outdoor haven (or is that heaven) didn't disappoint. The first part of the day it was plenty hot for those who like the warm weather. Then a brief rain shower cooled things down for those who prefer their weather a little less toasty. We had nine members, one guest, and two prospective members in attendance.
As usual, their was more than enough food to please every appetite. A highlight was the fresh tomatoes, something everyone agrees is one of summer's finest treats. The good company just enhanced the good food.
Fourth of July Fireworks
Carolina Foothills lived up to its reputation in providing a fun Fourth for everyone there. Free pizza to which you added your choice of toppings was served in the clubhouse at noon. At dinner, the meal of chicken or pork with baked beans, cole slaw, and a wide assortment of pies, puddings, and cakes was well worth the cost. Evening fireworks were spectacular, lasting almost an hour. It was proof that even though NCN doesn't have its own land, it certainly enjoys travelling to clubs that do.
The weather failed to cooperate yet again. However, the garden appreciated the much-needed rain and it stopped in time to give everyone a dry ride home.
The good news is that there was plenty of room on the host's deck for everyone to enjoy the outdoors despite the dampness. The yummy pot luck was served in the kitchen and included rotisseried chicken, pasta salad, and lots of other goodies. Costumes included a mechanic and Kilroy, who was definitely there. Congenial conversation made the afternoon pass all too quickly.
The weather just did not want to cooperate for our Homecoming gathering at Walt's, but the hospitality and comaraderie were as warm as ever! Friends started gathering early in the day; it was a wonderful mix of "old timers", new members and a visitor from Columbia.
As always, there was just too much food: Bob brought two boxes of barbeque (both beef brisket and pork), a bowl of dynamite sauce, two trays of macaroni and cheese and a healthy tray of cole slaw. Everyone else rounded out the menu with steaming crock pots and casserole dishes brimming with luscious side dishes. And, as always, there were the desserts!
Even though we barely could get outside, (yes, pun intended) we did have a great afternoon catching up on all the news from each other. We also started thinking about what kind of "costumes" we'd be putting together for our next event coming up in June. As folks begain leaving late in the afternoon, we all thanked Walt for another wonderful get-together...we look forward to seeing everyone in Troutman next month!
Who's the Fool??
There were staggered arrivals as folks came from far and near to join us outside Winston-Salem. After all the expected members had arrived bearing their pot luck contributions, we sat down at two tables to enjoy a sumptuous repast.
Since it was April Fool's Day, the plan was to see who could fool their friends best with a story from either their recent or distant past. There were stories of a former girlfriend on a "snipe" hunt, a trip to foreign beaches that involved injury to one of our members, a missed cruise ship, a subway (the New York kind, not the sandwich kind) meeting with a former Attica prisoner, unusual names, and more. Everyone told his story with such a straight face that it was hard to decide who was pulling our legs and who wasn't. In the end, John won the prize for fooling more people than anyone else.
Wearing o' the Green
Although we were officially gathered to celebrate St. Patrick's Day, the real celebration was for another reason. Everyone was very happy for Derek and Hazel who recently were awarded U.S citizenship. Congratulations and way to go!!!
Other highlights included the delicious grilled chicken and salmon that Bob N. prepared as well as the yummy side dishes provided by everyone present. The food must've been good since another new couple who were there decided to officially join NCN. Welcome to them!
Palate Pleasing Potluck
Fred had a roaring fire ablaze in the fireplace so we were all toasty warm despite the chill outdoors. The warmth of the fire was matched by the warmth of the fellowship shared around that fire. We were joined by three visitors, two of whom joined our club that very evening. They're a wonderful couple and will be a great addition to our group.
The food at our potluck lived up to the event's title. Everything was indeed palate pleasing from the shrimp creole prepared by Fred to the meatloaf made by Walt to the five different dessert choices. It was another delightful evening spent in the comfortable company of friends.
Fun and Games
Everyone had a great time at Kim and David's house...enough food to feed an army, as usual. After eating (way too much) folks broke into two groups for games. One table played the Mexican Train Game while the other table played Apples to Apples. While the first table had great fun keeping Derek from cheating at the Train Game, the other table kept erupting in laughter at Apples to Apples. The Mexican Train table had to ask them to hold it down and try not to have so much fun. In retaliation, they "tooted" the train horn as often as possible.
Information about Walt's recovery from back surgery was shared. Although Walt feels recovery is going well, it was still a little soon for him to be traveling so he had to miss the party. We all hope he continues so smoothly on the road to recovery that he'll be able to join us at our next event.
"All the stockings were hung by the chimney with care...." and sure enough lots of St. Nicholas's were there! At Bob N.'s holiday party, that is. It's always fun to see what goodies have been deposited in those stockings arranged around his fireplace for the evening. This year was no different from previous ones in the pleasure that the shared fun, food, and fellowship provided.