It is warm, sunny and breezy in North East Ohio today and an old man’s fancy turns to seeing friends, shooting film, gathering together to see winter’s work, climbing ledges, walking the OH & Erie Canal and having group fun at a gathering of like minded friends and hopefully new faces.

My wife Dolly, the girls two blond lady Labrador Retrievers and I would like to invite you to our home for a photography gathering starting about 5 PM Friday, May 14, Saturday May 15 and Sunday May 16th. We have been doing this for about a year and a half with attendance ranging from 10-25 photographers. It has been a blast for us. I hope you have enjoyed it as much.

In February I had the pleasure of visiting the Midwest Large Format Asylum’s annual print review at the Indiana Dunes. It was a great event with friendly people who take some pretty good pictures. I am inviting any of them who are willing to make the trip to join us. It should be good people meeting and enjoying good people.

The following is boiler plate based on earlier experiences.
Available options we have enjoyed before will be the Cuyahoga Valley National Park,
http://www.nps.gov/CUVA/index.htm

Within five miles:
Blue Hen Falls http://gowaterfalling.com/waterfalls/bluehen.shtml
Buttermilk Falls http://gowaterfalling.com/waterfalls...milkCUVA.shtml
Brandywine Falls http://gowaterfalling.com/waterfalls/brandywine.shtml
Virgina Kendall Ledges
http://www.nps.gov/cuva/planyourvisit/maps.htm

What has become boiler plate for each event.

The event will be in Bath, Ohio, between Cleveland and Akron, five miles south of the Ohio Turnpike and Route 77, meeting at a private home, two miles from the edge of the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. For a rough estimate of distance use zip 44286 in Mapquest.com. If some visitors want to camp by the garden, they are most welcome. Others can stay at local motels. The Hampton Inn, Richfield, OH (1 800 Hampton) about five miles away is the most popular. Come as early as Friday, 5:00 PM. We usually have coffee & rolls each morning at 10:00 AM to allow for early shooters and late sleepers. We gather again about 5:00 PM to show prints, tell lies and go out to dinner. Sunset shooting is available, but previously showing prints and telling stories prevailed. While you are here the Lady Labradors will entertain with their splashing stick routines. One regular will try to convince you that Bacon ice cream is a bit of heaven. There is an orchard-home made ice cream business near by. When we learn how many are coming we can order a porta potty if there are enough to pay for it by contribution ($110). Our home stumbles through on an ancient septic system and well so we must ask you to endure this porta potty inconvenience.

We are trying to have a loose organizational shell under which all cats may be comfortably herded. The plan will evolve until the majority are happy and the protesters fall asleep.

All film shooters are welcome. Who is interested in coming? What information is needed?

If you have not been here before please PM me with name, address, phone, email and emergency contact in case you do something you shouldn’t have. I will return with directions.

Welcome to the Powers’ house.
Hosts, John & Dolly Powers
Labradors: Cindy and Savannah