I have contacted Diane at Riverchase Campground / Riverchase Lodge and told her to set aside the first full week of August for us. Now, this is an open invitation to anyone who would like to come. However, if you intend to come, let me know so that I can keep a running headcount. This invitation is open not only here, but also on a fishing and paddling site that I frequent as "Halffastpaddler". I'll put an event up on Facebook once I figure out how.
When: First full week of August, (Monday August 7 through Sunday, August 14)
Where: Riverchase Campground in Meadow Creek, WV - http://www.riverchaselodge.com/fmain.php There are hot showers, clean flush bathrooms, and a dish-washing station. Electric is available for those who can't live a weekend without it (CPAP users, drip coffee addicts, etc.)
Why: Paddling and picking. New River and Greenbrier River are near to the campground. If you need to borrow a boat or fishing tackle, let me know and I will dip into my plastic armada and arsenal of rods.
Who: Open invitation, but please notify me of your intentions as the event coordinator. If you're half-way thinking of it, that's enough. I just need an approximate headcount to maintain a running total between this site and another paddling/fishing site I frequent. It's understood that until time gets close, no one can confirm completely. However, no dogs. The campground owner's dogs roam freely there (super-friendly critters), and to keep down on possible unpleasant doggie interactions, outside dogs are not permitted.
Cost: Unknown at this point. Generally it is about $50 to $60 for the week. However, there are no discounts for part-week stays (which makes it a great deal for longer stays but cost prohibitive for those who only intend to stay one night - sorry but that's how this campground rolls). I generally arrive on Thursday to set up camp and stay through Sunday morning.
Reservations: Work with me for details on tent camping. If you want one of the cabins, work with Diane directly. I have no information on cost for the cabins, but I've inspected them and they are lovely and well constructed. Sorry, no RVs. Tents only. Pop-ups count as tents.
This is intended to be a free-flowing weekend with no or few formal events. Hang with who you want to hang with, go fish, stay at camp and pick, go hiking, whatever. Thursday and Friday nights tend to be a "campfire circle" type jam. Each person does one song and passes to the next. Whoever knows the song is welcome to pick or sing along. It's all very informal and very fun. I look forward to this event every year as my main get-away from work, hassles, family, responsibility, sleep, sobriety, etc.
Pickers from Tennessee, Kentucky, West Virginia, Virginia, North Carolina, Ohio all ought to consider this one. Take a look at the map and see whether it's a reasonable distance for you.
One note of interest for non-paddlers who would expect this sort of thing: This campground is situated between train tracks and a river. The train tracks are active. It doesn't bother my sleep any. Of course, I normally stay up picking until I pass out in my chair and then later stumble off to my cot and a nuclear blast wouldn't disturb my sleep, but I thought I'd mention it anyway.