Annual Chili Cook-Off, November 5-6

 

 

Outing Coordinator: Doug Sheppard

  

 

 

Mark your calendar and come out for the hotly contested titles of Best Chili and BestPresentation. This annual event is being coordinated by Doug Sheppard and will be held at Cedar Hill State Park on Joe Pool Lake. The camp sites where the cook off will be held is #3.

Bring your

 

chili or cook it on site and show off your creativity with your cooking area and chili presentation. Judging is bases on the criteria of taste, consistency, aroma, color, bite and presentation.

Cedar Hill State Park is located on F.M 1382, on the right heading south (over the hill and turn right at the bottom of the curve). Out of Arlington take I-20 east exit FM 1382 south. From Dallas take I-20 west Exit FM 1382 south.

Questions and Information: Doug Sheppard 817-881-5499 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

 

 

 

Since the camp sites are booked for the night, anyone wishing to camp is welcome.

 

Who to Watch: In 2010

there were nine entries.

Best Chili

First Place - Kevin Campbell

Second Place – Steve Herman

Third Place – Danny Bouska

Best Presentation – Kelly Barentine

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

October Outing, Blue Lagoon – Huntsville, Tx, October 24-25
Outing Coordinator:  Danny Bouska

Join the Diving Rebels at the Blue Lagoon for an early Halloween and be hidden away in the haunting piney woods just north of Huntsville Texas off I45. For over twenty years the eerie lagoon has served the divers of Texas with aqua blue bodies………….of water, carving (training) platforms, mysteriously sunken boats and miscellaneous ghoulish items.  There is primitive camping if you dare, an onsite air station, concessions, and ice.

The entrance fee for divers and non divers is $17.00 per day.  There is no fee for children under 10 who are accompanying a diver.  For children under 10 who are not accompanying a diver the entry fee is $5.   Anyone under the age of 18 must be with a parent or with a scuba instructor to enter the facility.  (ID required to show proof of age)

The Blue Lagoon opens at 8am on Saturday the 24th and Sunday the 25th.  Camping is also available on Friday night, the 24th.  The gates close at 10pm on Friday.  Come out Friday night or on Saturday, spend the day or the weekend, campout under the stars in the haunting piney woods, or grab a hotel room in nearby Huntsville.  

Saturday events and flexible tentative times are:

8:00am    “Spooky” Campsite Decorating (ongoing all day)  Generators may be available if your decorations have lights.

Diving, Diving, Diving

1:00pm     Pumpkin preparation starts
3:00pm     Underwater Pumpkin Carving Contest
6:00pm     Halloween Themed “Spooky” Campsite Decorating Judging
6:30pm     Presentation of Awards
7:00pm     Scary Movie under the Stars

If you wish to camp, your entry fee allows you to camp overnight but there is a two day minimum fee so if you come in Saturday and leave Sunday the fee is $34.00.  The Blue Lagoon does not allow pets.  There are Porta Potties scattered throughout the property.

There will be a meal share for Saturday lunch and dinner.  If you are not familiar with a “Meal Share”, the cost of the 2 meals is added together and divided by the number of participants.  You are responsible for your own drinks.   

Air fills are $8.00, rental tanks are $14.00.  If you need other gear, check their website at www.bluelagoonscuba.net

MEAL COORDINATORS ARE NEEDED FOR SATURDAY DINNER!

We need to know if you’re coming!  Sign Up sheets were available at the September and October meetings.  If you are unable to make the meeting and want to participate, and to assure we have plenty of food please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call Danny at 817-381-5051.  This email address or phone number can also be used for questions about the outing.

If signing up for the outing via email please include: When you will be arriving, how many people in your group, if you are camping, staying in Huntsville or just making a day trip, and if you are participating in the meal share.

Directions:    Take I45 south from Dallas/Ft Worth toward Houston.  Take Exit 123 approximately 7 miles north of Huntsville and turn left (east) at Farm to Market Rd 1696/Pinedale Rd.  Continue to follow Pinedale Rd for approximately 4 miles. The Blue Lagoon entrance will be on the left.


Underwater Pumpkin Carving Contest Rules

Bring your own pumpkin, any size you wish. DO NOT pre-clean/gut or pre-draw/trace your pumpkin before 1:00pm

There will be three categories:  Scariest, Ugliest and Best Design.

1.  At 1:00,  you may begin preparing your pumpkin.

2. You will have two hours to gut your pumpkin (on land), trace by pencil or marker if desired (no precutting of the pumpkin of any kind, except to remove the top for gutting).

3.  At 3:00, buddy teams will enter the water, proceed to the platform and begin the underwater carving of the pumpkins.

NOTE:  THE BLUE LAGOON IS PERMITTING US TO HAVE THE UNDERWATER PUMPKIN CARVING CONTEST WITH THE UNDERSTANDING THAT ALL PUMPKINS MUST BE GUTTED and CLEANED BEFORE BEING TAKEN INTO THE WATER.  NOT GUTTING & CLEANING THE PUMPKIN BEFORE ENTERING THE WATER IS AN AUTOMATIC DISQUALIFICATION AND MUST ALSO CLEAN UP ANY MESS MADE BY THE GUTS.

4.  Must practice safe diving; therefore, must have a buddy and cannot enter the water by yourself.  Both members of the buddy team may carve their own pumpkin.

5.  Carving must be done on the platform.

6.  No weights can be used to assist in submerging or holding down the pumpkin on the platform.

7.  May use any object you wish for carving.

8.  Must surface with no less than 500psi in tank. (safe diving practice)

9.  All carved items must be caught in some kind of bag and removed from the lagoon.

10. Each team will be required to check in and out of the water.

11.  If by chance your pumpkin were to abort the dive prior to finishing or starting, you may retrieve your pumpkin and continue.

12.  All pumpkins wishing to be judged must be returned to the Judging Area by 5pm.

The honor of your presence is requested in joining the Diving Rebels in a quest for “aqua blue” water at the Blue Lagoon in Huntsville, Texas. There are not many guarantees in life but we can guarantee you will be welcome!

The Blue Lagoon is hidden away in the piney woods north of Huntsville, Texas off I-45. For over twenty years the lagoon has served the divers of Texas with aqua blue bodies of water, training platforms, sunken boats and miscellaneous items. There is primitive camping and an onsite air station and concessions which  include hot sandwiches, sodas, water, various sport drinks and an assortment of candy bars and chips.

The entrance fee for divers and non-divers is $16.00 per day. Non Divers must be accompanied by a C-card holder. There is no charge for children under 10 and non-diving parents accompanying minors during diving lessons.

The Blue Lagoon opens at 8am on Saturday, August 20th. Come any time after that and spend the day or the weekend, campout under the stars in the piney woods (club has 2 sites reserved), or grab a hotel room (listed below) in nearby Huntsville.

• If you wish to camp, your entry fee allows you to camp overnight but there is a two day minimum fee so if you come in Saturday and leave Sunday the fee is $32.00.
• Air fills are $8.00, rental tanks are $12.00. If you need other gear: Regs $20.00, BCD $20.00, Wetsuits $20.00, Weights $10.00
• The Blue Lagoon does not allow pets.
• There are Porta Potties scattered throughout the property.
• There will be a challenging Underwater Navigation Competition for buddy teams with a prize being awarded for the winning buddy pair.
• There will be brisket, potato salad & etc. for Saturday dinner but we need meal coordinators for Saturday breakfast & lunch along with Sunday breakfast. You are responsible for your own drinks  as well as Sunday lunch.

Outing Coordinator is Kelly Barentine.

We need to know if you’re coming! Sign Up sheets will be available at the August 3rd meeting but to assure we have plenty of food for Saturday night and Sunday, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

If responding via email please include: When you will be arriving, how many people in your group, if you are camping, staying in Huntsville or just making a day trip, and in which meals you will be participating.

 

Directions:
Take I45 south from Dallas/Ft Worth toward Houston. Take Exit 123 approximately 7 miles north of Huntsville and turn left (east) at Farm to Market Rd 1696/Pinedale Rd. Continue to follow Pinedale Rd for approximately 2.9 miles. The Blue Lagoon entrance will be on the left.

 

AVAILABLE HOTELS
BEST WESTERN -201 W Hill Park Circle Huntsville, TX 77320 Phone: (936) 295-9000
HOLIDAY INN EXP-148 I-45 S Huntsville, TX 77340 Phone: (936) 295-4300
COMFORT SUITES-631 I-45 S Huntsville, TX 77340 Phone: (936) 436-9600
SUPER 8-3121 Montgomery Road Huntsville, TX 77340 Phone: (936) 730-8888
ECONO LODGE-112 I-45 N Huntsville, TX 77340 Phone: (936) 295-6401
DAYS INN-160 I-45 S Huntsville, TX 77340 Phone: (936) 438-8400
LA QUINTA INN-124 I-45 N Huntsville, TX 77340 Phone: (936) 295-6454

Chinese Auction

The Diving Rebels Scuba Club will hold our traditional Chinese Auction during the September 6 membership meeting.

What is the Chinese auction? Well, it’s more fun than a lake full of Diving Rebels! The Chinese auction is not only the biggest Diving Rebels fundraiser but also one of the most entertaining of our monthly meetings.

The way the auction works is this: we have a live auction for donated gifts. What makes the auction special is that the items being auctioned are wrapped and unknown to the audience. What is being auctioned might be a dive computer, fins, boxes of Girl Scout cookies, or just about anything else. BUT REMEMBER, the item must be new and of a minimum value of $25. Think of it this way: you should donate an item that you would actually want yourself.

After you win an item by high bid, you have the choice of either keeping the item or forcing a trade for whatever item was won before yours. The kicker is that you have to decide to trade or not to trade before you unwrap your item. The previous bid winner may have won the bid for a dive knife that you want. If you trade, you’ll trade off your wrapped item for the dive knife not knowing what you traded away. You know that you’ll get the dive knife, but what did you give up for it? Maybe it’s a wet suit; maybe it’s a new dive computer or even a Caribbean trip. As trades can only go back to one previous round, the bid winner before you will unwrap whatever you swapped him. He cannot have it taken away nor can he force a swap for any other previously auctioned items.

Your item, whether you swap or not, may be taken from you by the next winning bidder. You also must unwrap and disclose your item to the group. If some of this doesn’t make sense, don’t worry—it will be explained again at the September meeting.

What we ask you to bring is a new item with a minimum value of $25 that will be usable by the winner. (Not many people need a box of a/c air filters or 10 paving stones). The item should be wrapped in a nondescript wrapping—newspaper or paper bags are quite acceptable. Think about things you can talk your employer into donating or things you got two of for Christmas. BUT THE ITEM MUST BE NEW AND SOMETHING THAT YOU WOULD LIKE TO HAVE YOURSELF!

Please come prepared to have fun and aggressively bid on those items you just can’t live without. If you want to win a bid on an item, bring some $$$$ as the competition sometimes becomes quite fierce, the banter hilarious, and the items worth the effort it takes to win them! One last thing, please be prepared to pay for your items by the end of the meeting as we won’t be able to track items for future payment. Thanks to all, and we look forward to a big crowd and lots of fun.

On July 23­–24,the Diving Rebels Scuba Club will meetat Athens Scuba Park, 500 N. Murchison St., Athens, TX, for a weekend of diving and other fun at that well-known scuba facility.

Jeff Bennett is coordinating the outing this year, and he is planning some diving-related events that should be a lot of fun.

For specific information about Athens Scuba Park, check out the park’s website: http://www.athensscubapark.com/home.html. However, here’s a useful summary of what you need to know:

šThe park entry fee for each diver is $20, and each diver must bring his/her C-card.

šThe charge for Friday and Saturday camping or night diving is $5.

šThe charge for electricity at RV sites is $25; water and sewer is available on request. If you’re planning on using an RV site, please fill out the online registration form.

šYou can get an air fill for $10. However, tanks 20 years old or older will not be filled.

šCheck the park’s website for their hours of operation. Their spring hours are currently posted, but  summer hours will probably take effect before the outing.


A sign-up sheet for the outing will be available at the July membership meeting, and we’ll be discussing the event in more detail then.

Even if you can’t attend the July meeting, make plans to come out and join us at Athens Scuba Park for our fun July outing. We’ll be looking for you!!