Cascadia August Event 2019 at Westport Washington
Arrivals: Some 50+ women in 36 rigs—cash and checkbooks in hand—showed up at
the American Sunset RV Park in Westport, a favorite of Cascadia RVers.
The theme for the weekend was “Tiki Time,” and also scheduled was the biannual AUCTION Chapter fund raiser.
Friday night, the RVing ladies assembled bearing pu pu platters and began with an hour
of socializing around the BYOB Tiki-rum-bar. Most took advantage of the theme to don
their Hawaiian shirts, grass skirts, tropical (flamingo) PJs, coconut-shell bras, to say “pu
pu” a lot, and to talk about getting lei’d.
Auction Day: Saturday morning was gray and a bit drizzly, but hot coffee and donuts
awaited those bringing items to the clubhouse to be auctioned off and those trying to get
a sneak peek at those items.
By noon, the sun came out, and the weather was perfect for what has become Cathy
P’s traditional outdoor dungeness crab feed, made even more delightful this year by
Diane and Deb who provided corn on the cob on the side.
At 2 p.m., the clubhouse doors opened, and the silent auction was on. RVers got to bid
on all manner of RV and camping gear, tools, tote bags, paintings, wood works, games,
baked goods and books. In two hours, close to $3,000 was added to Cascadia’s
coffers. Then it was time to clear the silent-bid tables and restore seating for the
evening live auction.
At 7 p.m., RVers returned to the clubhouse for more rum-bar socializing and the live
auction. Stakes were raised with such high-end items as a hand-pieced quilt, inlaid
wood folding side table, 10 days at an RV resort in Arizona, and an especially colorful
pair of shorts sure to be the object of envy at the next Tiki party. Before the night was
over, yet another $3,000 was added to Cascadia’s treasury.
Thanks to the generous donations of its members, the good organization and hustle of 3
event captains (Linda C, Lynda B, and Suzanne L), and 20 volunteers (and some say
the rum . . .), Cascadia finished the weekend with a total of $6,175 added to its bank
Book club and upcoming events: A small group met to discuss “The Island of Sea
Women” by Lisa See. A novel about Korean women sea divers, there was agreement
that the book was an introduction to both an unfamiliar culture and little known historical
events. Next month’s book will be “Where the Crawdads Sing” by Delia Owens.
Also next month, RVers were reminded that there are no cooking facilities at the
Leavenworth clubhouse, a pot luck brunch will take place on Saturday in lieu of a
dinner, and to beware of construction times and zones on Highway 2 that weekend
(check WSDOT before departure!).
Farewells: Sunday morning was bright and sunny from the start, perfect weather for
those driving home. Four new RVs were christened: a B T Cruiser tentatively named
Maude, Lil’sPad, Chris’sSheShed, and the Nala.
The sweetest farewell was reserved for Kaia, a long-time member who announced that
this would be her last event and that she was giving up her RV. The Cascadia RVers
formed a circle around her and, arm-in-arm, serenaded her with the club anthem
“Happy Trails to You.”
Until we meet again.
Carlene Faithful, Scribe