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Old 09-19-2016, 09:41 AM   #1
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Houston Area Skoolies - Renfest Gathering

Attention all Houston area skoolies, wannabes and hangers-on with a fun and historical bent!

The Texas Renaissance Festival is near, and the new "quiet family camping area" is looking quite ideal for a bus gathering.

I would like to propose the weekend of Halloween for a mini skoolie gathering at Renfest. (Maybe we can pretend its a precompression event for Skooliepalooza in Quartzite during January?). We can camp in the grasslands, away from the nighttime noise sources, visit the event during the day, and spend some time getting to know each other.

This would be a very family-friendly event, loosely organized, with a "come-and-sit-a-spell-or-just-do-your-own-thing" flavor. If you are not into camping with a hoarde, simply stake-out a piece of turf a few dozen yards away and be a "satellite" camp. Tents, campers, domes, busses... However you roll, its all good with us. There is a huge amount of space and its never crowded in the grasslands.

More info about the event is here: https://texrenfest.com

Details:
There are public showers ( $8 ).
There are both "real" flush-type toilets and portos
There is on-site potable water (free) but no RV connections like in a park. Fill-up your tanks when you get there just before you get to the campsite
There is no electrical. Bring your own QUIET power.
There are dump facilities nearby, but not at the event.
Camping is $20 per vehicle, flat fee, regardless of head count
Tickets for the Renfest gate are sold separately.

If you are interested, post! Hope to see you there!
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Old 09-19-2016, 09:51 AM   #2
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That sounds fun! I am certainly interested in doing that. I wish I had a finished Skoolie to bring, but can very easily settle for camping.
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Old 09-19-2016, 10:10 AM   #3
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I don't think my bus will be campable for my family at that time but we can certainly come hang out for the day. We had originally planned on Barbarian weekend, but halloween works too.
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Old 09-19-2016, 12:33 PM   #4
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We'll be ready next year for RenFest. This year is dedicated to getting HF move-in ready.
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Old 09-19-2016, 01:29 PM   #5
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Good stuff all!

FWIW, my bus will likely be mostly disassembled in the passenger comparment and it will DEFINITELY not be a show piece. I'm really just using it as a pack mule for our stuff, so ANY bus that comes out for this event will be a Prom Queen by comparison (hehehe).

Tent campers (and anyone else): bringing food is pretty optional. One of our Johnsonites is a compulsive cook. There is no 12-step recovery program for this affliction. You're likely to be fed unless you are moving faster than she is (hard!). At Burningman she gifted 5,600 tamales (not a misprint) to the "playa chickens", then cooked for our entire camp: quail breast, steak, southern style pork chops, ettoufe, teriyaki salmon, tikka masala, and finished the event with a gumbo/jambala hybrid for 150 people. (The bus has 4 chest freezers in it to support her madness. If you wondered why I needed a bus, there is your answer.)
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Old 09-19-2016, 02:27 PM   #6
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Well, i just learned who I'm following to burning man next year
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Old 09-19-2016, 02:31 PM   #7
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Well, i just learned who I'm following to burning man next year
We should talk. (Evil grin)
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Old 09-19-2016, 07:30 PM   #8
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Yes, yes we should as Ive never been, coworker said he will bank the trip if i roll in the bus.

You still looking for a lift? Im almost positive im jot gonna use mine.
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Old 10-10-2016, 09:27 AM   #9
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Just finalized plans. We will be there Saturday and Sunday.
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Old 10-14-2016, 08:53 AM   #10
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Been away doing Life Stuff. Apologies for not checking-in sooner.

Justin: great to hear you will make it! Looking forward to meeting you, as well as anyone else who comes. Looks like it'll be a fun gathering.

Funny bit: I was thinking about how I would try to explain how to find us at Renfest. Took me about 60 seconds before I realized "Um... Dum-Dum... Exactly how many Skoolies do you figure will be there? And how could anyone MISS us?" Duh. LOL. I tend to forget I'm a 40 foot rolling billboard that doesnt blend-in anywhere except at Burningman.
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