This is one of those weeks when I’m certain my photos and verbiage won’t begin to grasp the really good time we had at Avon Park and especially the Hotel Jacaranda. I count fifty-one aircraft in my photos. I likely missed one or two.
My wife, Terese, with help from friend and neighbor Nancy DiGiovanni took money at the door to the Palm Room in the Hotel. They report a headcount of 110, with virtually everyone rounding up to $20 per person. Some even threw in a little extra. The receipts paid for the meals at $17.00 each, the shuttle bus cost and a little extra for a few tips all around. We purchased lunches for my brother Ed Brown and his friend Gerry Mason. They drove up from Sebring and generously helped with the shuttling.
Big “Thank Yous” go out to my contact, Elaine, at the hotel, and her entire staff. What a wonderful venue they provide for us!!! And the food!!! A special thanks to Jeff Klein, the fantastic lobby piano player! Danielle Phillips has been our contact with the City of Avon Park over the years. Management of the airport is currently being handed over to a private corporation, but Danielle still took it upon herself to make sure there was coffee, water and a few snacks for early birds. Michael, Casey, J.T. And Charlie were on hand from the incoming management company. Thanks to them for making us feel welcome. Of course, Terese and Nancy need a big pat on the back for handling the money. Oh, and some of the photos are courtesy of Old Fart Wayne Nagy. Thanks Wayne.
Finally… a BIG Thanks to you intrepid Old Fart aviators who braved windy conditions to make this a fun event. These gatherings are nothing without y’all! Someone told me that the AWOS at KAVO was reporting gusts up to 30 knots at one point. I say… “Air Medals all around!” You did an excellent job of getting down and parked safely. One Old Fart mentioned that he considered scrubbing due to the winds, but was glad he forced himself to push his comfort envelope a bit. We agreed that Old Farts does give us all a reason to fly… which helps keep us more proficient. I’ve had others convey that same thought over the years.
That’s about it from Avon Park. You’ll see a photo of a ball cap in my collages. I have it, if the owner wants it back. See me at the next event. Speaking of which, I don’t yet know where that is going to be. I’m working on a couple venues, and will get an invite out this weekend. We are winding down on our season. I’m thinking just two more… April 2 and May 5 (Cinco De Mayo), and we will call it until the fall.
Keep the Shiny Side Up!
Old Fart Roger