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df cardwell
08-28-2005, 10:18 AM
There will be a prize given for the greatest distance traveled.

Also, an award for the biggest lens.

Not much of prize, really, but a prize all the same.

Sean
08-28-2005, 04:13 PM
Hi guys, should I create a "Great Lakes" regional group? If so what states should be included in the description? Thanks!

jd callow
08-28-2005, 04:21 PM
Sean,
That would be cool.
From the US:
Michigan, Ohio, Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin and maybe NY, Pennsylvania and Minnesota

Canada would be Ontario

Anyone else have opinions on the subject?

df cardwell
08-28-2005, 05:21 PM
Hi guys, should I create a "Great Lakes" regional group? If so what states should be included in the description? Thanks!

Cool Sean: great ! Use John's territory: the more the merrier.

Add New Zealand if you wish :cool:

Dan Henderson
08-28-2005, 07:58 PM
unless the Canadians have their own group, why not include them in the Great Lakes Group? My geography may be a bit rusty, but I would not be surprised to learn that Ontario has more Great Lakes shoreline than Michigan.

PeterDendrinos
08-29-2005, 06:20 PM
I did some scouting around Clare today. Came back with information Iíll put together and distribute Tuesday morning.

By the way for the rest of you, there is still time to get involved. At the moment there are about 5 of us, would love to see that number grow.

Pete

PeterDendrinos
08-30-2005, 09:24 AM
Clare

Places to stay:

There is a small public campground right down town on the north side of Clare. Itís off the main drag which is Mcewan.

The park is named Pettit Park, itís a city operated deal, with self registration and no attendant on site. There are 16 30í deep sites with 30 amp electric, and 5 sites with out electric.

The rates are $10 for electric and $7 with no electric.

Itís a first come first serve deal, but after Labor Day I wouldnít think itís a problem.

There are modern restrooms, but no showers. There is an extra fee to dump your tanks if you choose to do so.

As far as hotels go, there is a Days Inn (989-802-0144) and a Holiday Inn Express (989-386-1111) both are located on the north end of Clare just off of Bus. 27

In addition there are basically all the major fast food chains in that area as well.

Down town there is a hotel with bar and restaurant named the Doherty Hotel (989-386-3441)

There is a Big Boy located in the area with the fast food joints that might be a good place to meet in the morning of the 10th. And there is a watering hole on the other end of town called Ruckles Pier, bar and grill. The locals thought it was the place to hang out for a drink or two at the end of the day.

For what itís worth, none of the hotels were expecting any large event in town that weekend, so rooms should be plentiful, but they all recommended booking soon.

I drove around the city of Clare looking for photo opps. Down town is a typical, small northern Michigan town. Some older some newer. The area dates back to the 1870ís or so. There is an Amish population near by, and some historical sites that may be worth looking at. The town it self has an old Railroad house that looked kind of cool. As well there is a small lake in town that might offer some shots.

I have a mass of literature on the area and itís surroundings we can review in the morning to make some kind of plan.

Questions and comments are welcome, just PM me. Iíll send out more info as it get it together.

And for those of you who may still be on the fence. We sure would love to have you there. So far it looks like;

Mrcallow
dfcardwell
ggriffi
peterdendrinos
gim

Would love to add more to that list!

Pete

Sean
09-03-2005, 07:16 PM
fyi- New Great Lakes region has been setup.

ggriffi
09-04-2005, 08:41 AM
Peter,

I plan on staying at the "Lone Pine Hotel". Here is a link: http://travel.michigan.org/detail.asp?p=b6119 It is on Mc Ewan Street. Will be arriving sometime Friday evening, hopefully before 9pm, depending on what time I get off of work.

g

jd callow
09-04-2005, 09:27 AM
I'm working out a plan to bring another couple and their baby as well as my wife. We'll be camping.

The wife of the other couple is a great street photographer and neither her nor I shoot dirt and trees (oops I mean landscapes), but I suspect we'll have fun.

BWGirl
09-04-2005, 11:06 AM
Well, there's unfortunately no way I can make this event. :( (large tears falling from my eyes)...

Do I get a prize for crying??? ;) Hope to make the next one!

Gim
09-06-2005, 02:08 PM
I'm also staying at the Lone Pine. If your out friday night stop for a beer. I should be somewhere around a gray Toyota Corolla.
Jim

mfobrien
09-06-2005, 02:27 PM
Include me in the Great Lakes Group -- I'm in Ann Arbor. I can't make it up to Clare this weekend, though. I agree we need more gallery space in the greater Detroit area. Ann Arbor is sadly lacking, though the ceramicists and painters seem to have their own havens here. Since Dave's Photo Emporium closed in April, we have had no decent accessible photo gallery space here in town.

PeterDendrinos
09-06-2005, 04:56 PM
I believe Iíll be staying at the little camp ground in town. I hope to be there late Friday.

Shall we plan on meeting Saturday morning at the Big Boy for coffee and planning of the day?

Pete

ggriffi
09-06-2005, 05:51 PM
I believe Iíll be staying at the little camp ground in town. I hope to be there late Friday.

Shall we plan on meeting Saturday morning at the Big Boy for coffee and planning of the day?

Pete

That sounds good to me.

g

Gim
09-06-2005, 07:42 PM
Sounds good to me too. What time??
jim

df cardwell
09-06-2005, 10:17 PM
Campers: you bring the marshmallows,
I'll bring the... F L A S H B U L B S :cool: :cool: :cool:

Jeanette will win the Silver Salt Tears Award :)

We will all cry in our beer for you. . :(

Really. We will. Maybe even some Leinie.

. :p

BWGirl
09-06-2005, 10:18 PM
:D

PeterDendrinos
09-07-2005, 12:57 PM
Sounds good to me too. What time??
jim

How does 7am sound? Too early? I'm easy.

Pete

ggriffi
09-07-2005, 03:19 PM
If that works for everyone else I am good with it.

g