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Kilowatt Kampers Spring 1998

June 12, 1998 @ 5:00 pm - June 14, 1998 @ 5:00 pm


Art Dery , Dick Ruff

Where= Mystic’s Seaport Campground
Mystic, CT

When= June 12-14, 1998

Price= $67 (Weekend) $20 Deposit


Fri. – Check IN, Coffee & Goodies around the campfire.

Sat. – Do Your Own Thing! There Is Lots To Do Around The Area! Foxwoods & Mohegan Casinos, Aquarium, Shopping Outlets, Sub Base & Lost More! 4pm (1600) Party starts.bring wine, cheese, crackers, & Snacks. 6pm (1800) It’s an “old fashiond barbecue”!! Hot dogs, hamburgers & fixings will be provided! You can bring your favorite salad or dessert. Later on we can roast marshmallows!

Sun – Visit with friends sharing our traditional coffee & breakfast goodies!

Farewell until our Fall get-together!

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Mystic’s Seaport Campground!
Mystic, CT
June 12-14,1998

Hear ye, Hear ye!!

Did you know????

Kilowatt Kampers will be celebrating.

their 50th Kilowatt Kampout next spring? To make it a special golden Kampout, ‘veteran wagonmasters”

Dick Ruff & Art Dery have agreed to co-wagonmaster the Spring 1998 Kampout. It is bring tentatively planned for early June and possibly at a southern Connecticut location.

Please help us in spreading the word to your fellow workers, retirees and any former “kilowatt Kampvrs”.

plan to join us and make this a Special Kampout!!!

25th Anniversary Kilowatt Kampout

Seaport Campgrounds

June 12 – 14, 1998 This 25th anniversary weekend outing was quite a weekend! It rained, and it rained, and it rained some more! As bad as the rains came down, we were blessed to be able to enjoy our Friday night gathering without rain, and even had our traditional campfire where most of the gang was able to just sit and chat.

It was such a pleasure to see some of the original members of the ”Kilowatters”.

On Saturday, everyone did their own thing, although with all the rain, some of the gang headed home as the puddles grew bigger and bigger. The McAllister’s and Scheer’s headed home, as well as the Wrona’s Santos’, and Janke’s The wind did a number on the Russo’s awning so they headed home as well. Don Faford and his son were tenting but they ventured home Friday night when the rains came! It was just a mess! On Saturday afternoon, Diane & Bob Golden visited with the group. Again, when it was time to gather for our Saturday evening cookout, it was not raining so everyone that was left enjoyed the get- together. Hot dogs, hamburgers, along with everyone’s salads etc. were enjoyed by all, as well as the beautiful 25th anniversary cake for all to share. A brief reading of Kilowatt trivia from the past 25 years was read by Dick Ruff. It was fun to reminisce as many folks added to the details.

Again, the sun came out in time for our regular breakfast gathering with wagonmasters Art Dery and Dick Rtltf pleased to announce that Shelly & Lenny Nash will host the next fall campout Everyone prepared to head out once again after a very wet but fun weekend.

Attendees were:

Jack & Charlotte Badurtha

Roger & Joyce Denault

Don Faford & son

Ray & Cindy Janke

Ed Lempke & wife

Frank & Barbara McAllister

A11 in all, it was lots of fun despite the weather. see you in the Fall.

Art & Barbara Dery

Dick Ruff/Marilyn copier

George & Joanne Lamson

Walter & Sandra Sacharczyk’s

Paula Manuele, husband, & son Lenny & Shelly Nash & kids Chuck & Jeanne Russo & girls

Charlie & Ella Scheer

Mike & Marie Santos & girly Dave & Dolly Wrtma & boys George & Marge Peplau

A11 in all, it was lots of fun despite the weather. see you in the Fall.

A little Kilowatt trivia

The first Kilowatt Kampout was held July 6-8, 1973 at White Birch, Whately, MA. Wagonmaster’s were Tuttle, Woodard,Pratt – We have no additional information on this outing.

It is interesting to Note that the Fall Kampout for September 1974, with Wagonmaster Walt Ruhlman, was held at Highland Orchards in North Stonington, CT. Campground rate was $5 per night, & to defray the costs of coffee soda, prizes, etc. there was an additional fee of $1 per Family!!!


In June 1975, KOA in Bernardston, Mass was the Kampout site, as the group toured the Northfield Mountain project, took a boat ride down the Connecticut River, as well as visiting the Fuller farm. This weekend cost $4/Night 1st

In September 1976, Dick Ruff hosted his 1st weekend at Beaupre’ s Campground ln Pomfret, CT. 21 campers showed up for this weekend of fun.

In June 1979 the McAllister’s Peplau’s & Sheer’s hosted their 1St Weekend at White Pines in Winsted CT. 25 families attended. By now the nightly cost was $6/night

The Spring 1980 Kampout was hosted by the Deary’s, & Chet Clark at Mpshapaug Park, in Sturbridge, MA. A popcorn sing-along was held around the campfire.

Anyone here remember the spaghetti/meatballs dinner held at Lone Oak Campsites, in East Canaan, CT? 38 people attended & paid $2 each.

This was on a cold & windy weekend in October, 1981. Denault’s attended with 5 children.

The Spring Kampout in 1983 was a birthday party to celebrate the group’s 10th year. This was hosted by Woodward ‘s, at Wagon Wheel Campground in Warwick Mass. Gloria Oberheim made a birthday cake for the occasion. 15 families attended.

In September 1983, Art & Barbara Dery held a Christmas in September weekend at Odetah Campground in Fitchville, CT. 15 families were present. Everyone decorated their sites, games were played, & the adults joined in apple dunking. 1st prize for decorated trailers was won by the Denault’s, & 2nd prize won by the Badurtha’s. Sounds like fun!

June 1990 kampout at Charlie Brown Campground in Phoenixville, CT was hosted by Dick Ruff. The special feature was a steamship roast dinner that cost 5$/person 9 families attended this weekend.

The fall 1991 carport at Shady Pines, in Savoy, Mass sounded quite interesting. Wagonmasters, the Devine’s, made homemade donuts on- site, the ladies made jewelry from wallpaper, kids did pumpkin carvings. A halloween costume parade marched to the rec hall dance.

’93 kampout at Odetah, Bozrah, CT.

Dave & Dolly Wrona hosted the June 8 families attended – excellent weather all weekend.

June ’94 kampout was at Highland Orchards in N. Stonington, CT, hosted by Lenny & Shelley Nash. Some of the adults ventured line dancing on Sat. night. 12 families attended this great weather Weekend!

In September ’94, Ray & Cindy Janke took 6 families to Windy Acres in Westhampton, MA. An apple pie contest was held, then enjoyed by all.

Theme for the weekend was western style with a best costume contest.

Mike & Marie Santos hosted the June ’95 kampout at Quinnebaug Cove in Brimfield, Mass. 7 families attended – did some fishing, enjoyed the campfire.

September of 1995 kampout was held at Witch Meadow in Salem, CT & hosted by the Russo’s. The Faford’s entertained the group with their unique style of baking brownies. A scavenger hunt was held.

Brialee Park, Ashford, CT was the site for Sept. 96, hosted by Faford’s with 7 families in attendance.

Sept ’97 Kampout took 9 rigs up to Camperama in Townshend, VT. Fun & games were enjoyed by all. Kids searched for coins in sawdust, adults enjoyed the water balloons; but were spared of the egg toss when the rains came. Our traditional potluck supper was held in the rec hall where we celebrated a few birthdays.

And now here we are with our 25th anniversary year and 50th kampout!!! Let’s all make it a good one & enjoy the weekend!




June 12, 1998 @ 5:00 pm
June 14, 1998 @ 5:00 pm
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