Joined: 31 Jan 2009 Posts: 384 City/Region: Cypress, Texas
State or Province: TX
C-Dory Year: 1989
C-Dory Model: 22 Cruiser
Vessel Name: Bixby's Cub
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Posted: Mon Apr 09, 2018 11:11 am Post subject: 09/06 - 09/09 - Mississippi River 2018 Gathering From 06 Sep 2018 to 09 Sep 2018 (included)
The 9th Annual Mississippi River Gathering will be held as usual the weekend following Labor Day, September 6-9th. This year we are returning to Alton, Illinois, on the Mississippi River just north of St. Louis.
If you have not visited the Alton Marina, you must do so just to see what a first class marina is all about. Sharon and I have stopped at many very nice marinas and and in a lowly 22’ C-Dory sometimes get the Rodney Dangerfield treatment (no respect). But at Alton we get the royal treatment every time. Swimming pool, 2 hot tubs, covered slips, and rest rooms and showers so nicely appointed and clean your mother-in-law would be pleased.
For the gathering, the marina gives us the use of the bar-b-que grills and the pavilion.
There is a very nice casino in walking distance of the marina.
The boat ramp is on site with plenty of parking for trucks and trailers.
There is also RV parking allowed on site (no hookups).
C-Brats and Wanna-bees are welcome.
The core group of Mississippi River Gathering regulars have a huge knowledge of running the major rivers and cruising the major lakes of North American and there will be many interesting stories told and much wisdom shared.
Launch at Minneapolis and have a great 2-3 week cruise down river to meet us in Alton, or meet up with the group in Alton and continue down the the big river to New Orleans or down the Tenn-Tom to Mobile.
Consider a cruise along the Illinois or Missouri rivers before or after the gathering. South of the Mel Price Lock you can beach your C-Dory at the confluence of the 2 greatest rivers in North America, the Mississippi and the Missouri just as Lewis and Clark did in 1804.
Several years ago we launched in Pittsburgh, PA and came down the Ohio River to the gathering in Alton, We were then able to catch the Amtrak from the train station near the marina in Alton back to Pittsburgh to retrieve out truck and trailer.
Plan to come early and stay late to see the sights and do some river cruising on the Mississippi, Illinois, and Missouri rivers.
Although the schedule is flexible, folks usually start arriving on Thursday and most depart on Sunday.
We usually go with the flow on activities. In past years we have toured the Mel Price super lock and Mississippi River museum south of Alton and boated down through the chain of rocks canal to the gateway arch in St Louis. If the river levels cooperate we may have another hot dog and ice cream sand bar picnic. In the past both Mark Twain and Elvis have made appearances at the Gathering.
Ken is currently working on some special activities and will fill us in in the coming weeks.
Joined: 02 Oct 2011 Posts: 2084 City/Region: Madison
State or Province: WI
C-Dory Year: 2007
C-Dory Model: 22 Cruiser
Vessel Name: Midnight Flyer
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Posted: Mon Apr 09, 2018 1:26 pm Post subject:
Rosanne and I are planning to be there with Midnight Flyer. However, we'll be leaving early Sunday morning, as I'm joining up with "Pounder" and several others cruising the Tennessee and Cumberland Rivers on Monday after the gathering. (Got about 400 miles to make on Sunday!) Also, Rosanne has to come back home (Madison, WI area) to get back to work, while I continue on to the Grandville Area of TN to launch with the group there. While we are planning on her flying from STL back to MSN on my retirement benefits from the airlines, if anyone is heading back through the Madison area and could take a rider, please let us know. Looking forward to another fun C-Brat gathering! Colby
P.s. Noticed an event signup is needed! I assume that will happen shortly?
Joined: 02 Nov 2003 Posts: 15650 City/Region: Pensacola
State or Province: FL
C-Dory Year: 2006
C-Dory Model: 22 Cruiser
Vessel Name: Thisaway
Posted: Mon Apr 09, 2018 2:33 pm Post subject:
We are planing on being there, and also will be on the Cumberland / Tennessee River cruise. (The Hurricane Gods willing). _________________ Bob Austin
Thisaway 2006 22' CDory November 2011
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Home port: Pensacola FL
Joined: 03 Sep 2010 Posts: 46 City/Region: Putnam
State or Province: IL
C-Dory Year: 1997
C-Dory Model: 22 Classic
Posted: Thu Apr 19, 2018 2:43 pm Post subject:
Hi fellow C-Brats
As tex indicated, we have some more info to share.
Alton Marina is located at mile 202.9 LBD on the mighty Mississippi River. N 38 53.035, W 90 10.592.
You can make reservations at (618) 462-9860. Cost is $1.30 per foot. Be sure to identify yourself as part of the C-Dory group so we are all docked in the same area.
Here are some of the things we have planned so far:
Thursday, Sep .6th: Mostly a meet and greet day with old and new C-Brats. At around 5.00 pm we will depart the marina for Alton's most famous restaurant, Fast Eddies Ban Air. (great food including their .29 cent shrimp , and their reputation as the world's largest neighborhood bar -889 places to sit)
Friday, Sept. 7th: 8.00 AM, coffee, juices and pastries in the pavilion area. At around 10.00 AM we will depart by C-Dory for Grafton, Illinois, mile 218.6 on the Mississippi and mile 0 on the Illinois River. Transportation has been arranged to take us to the top of the bluff to Aries Winery for lunch. After lunch you will be on your own to do the tourist thing in Grafton. At 5:00 PM we will have a BBQ at the Alton Marina. If weather or water conditions are not favorable, we will drive to Grafton.
Saturday, Sept. 8th: 8:00 AM, We will have coffee, juice and pastries at the pavilion area. We may be able to picnic on a sand bar if weather and water conditions are good or we may schedule a tour of some local attraction. Alton has much to offer.
In any event, we are really looking forward to seeing our C-Brat friends and making new friends.
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