Craigmeur Ski Club

2008 Annual Clambake – recap

25 Aug


In a word – WOW!
A record 210 members, family and friends came out to enjoy the sun, food and fun. Mother Nature once again gave us a perfect day. Food was awesome – Dozens of clams, kegs of beer, burgers, dogs, ribs, steak sandwiches, countless ears of corn, and of course member contributed salads, sides and desserts.
“Thank you” to all who contributed… setup – food stuffs – cleanup. And especially organizers and cooks! It takes a lot of effort by many to pull off a successful event of this size.

Survey results thus far…
Lake Forest: 31 Votes
Lake Shawnee: 1 Vote
‘First Timers’ that like Lake Forest, but, could not offer a comparison: 3 Votes

Written by Craig Desantis

Photos by Larry Ticotin, Wendy Brescia, Diane Bogert, Roy Spierer
Photo Gallery edited and created by Larry Ticotin

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Bike Philly 2008

18 Aug

BIKE PHILLY 2008 – Sunday September 14th
SEVEN of us are registered and booked for a night at CHAMOUNIX LODGING ON SATURDAY NIGHT SEPTEMBER 13TH.  We would love at least THREE MORE BIKERS to sign up. 

YOU NEED TO REGISTER at:  The SEVEN of us have already registered and it is very easy!  They ONLY register the first 5000 bikers.  The COST is $40 to preregister before August 20th.  Bicyclists of all skill levels are welcome with distances to choose from of 10, 20, 35 or 50 miles.  Commerce Bank Bike Philly is a family-friendly bike tour celebrating freedom of car-free Philadelphia streets.  Ride through historic neighborhoods and explore hidden corners of Fairmount Park.
Please CONTACT Diane ASAP on your desire to drive up the morning of the event so we can organize a car pool for you if available and/or if you want to stay overnight in Philly with the “SEVEN OF US” at the Lodge mentioned below.
Chamounix Group Lodging is JUST LIKE OUR LODGE with bunk beds and charges $23 per person.   The site to view these accommodations is   The SEVEN people registered with the Bike Run and the Lodging are:
Diane Bogert
Larry Ticotin
Susan Ticotin
Theresa Ross
Maryanne Mecca
Pat Finn
Nicole Finn
Please CONTACT ME at as soon as possible to that I can add you to our room at the CHAMOUNIX.
Please register for the run AND THEN contact me for accommodations if needed.

Holiday Party

17 Aug

The Craigmeur 2008 Holiday Party at the Rockaway Exchange to be held on December 10, 2008.
The festivities will commence at 7 pm.  Included in the evening is the very talented DJ Earl to entertain us.
The Exchange will serve a buffet dinner and a cash bar will be provided.
Additionally, we arrange a grab bag for those of you who wish to exchange gifts.  Participants are to bring a wrapped gift valued over $10.
The cost per person is $25, please sign up at a meeting and for those of you who are unable to attend please send a check to the club PO box at the address below.
All sign ups and monies are to be received no later than the December 3, meeting.
Please also be reminded that the club does not hold a meeting on November 26, so there are only two meetings left to sign up.

Alta Skiers

13 Aug

HI ALTA Skiers,

I have reserved our lodge. I have sent in a deposit out of my pocket for $600. I would ask all to send me $100 per person to cover the deposit. Please read the attached and read the cancellations policy. You can all but $20 back of your deposit if you cancel. But I got the only week this house left for the peak season.

Please click here for more information.

Next we work on airfare.

Dwight Mann
102 Manor Dr.
Hackettstown, NJ 07840
T: 908-813-3993

Second Annual Fall NYC Bike Ride – September 27, 2008

08 Aug

Come out and join us on the Second Annual Fall NYC Bike Ride, Saturday, September 27, 2008! We will meet at 8:00am at the Denville Dunkin’ Donuts(same D&D many of us meet for Bike New York each May) and drive to Hoboken. (where we hope to meet with members of Hoboken Ski Club joining us on the ride). The first leg will take us along the Hudson River on River Road in NJ including a one mile hill at the end climbing over 200 feet from river level to the upper deck of the GWB! We then cross the GWB and ride the Greenway (a dedicated ped/bike path) along the Hudson on the NYC side all the way to the southern tip of Manhattan. And then the best part, like many SkiClub events the best part, we end up at a bar! The SouthStreet location of a NY Micro Brewery – The Heartland Brewery. Good Food and Great Refreshments.

The Heartland Brewery

After lunch we retrace our ride back to 39th Street and take the New York Waterway Ferry back to Hoboken.

Important: Although about 1/3 of this ride is on a paved dedicated bike/pedestrian path, the rest is on city streets. Most of the remaining 2/3 is on River Road, minimal traffic and a 2-3′ shoulder. There are three sections that auto traffic will be heavier; getting out of Hoboken (1 mile), from the GWB to the Greenway (3/4 mile) and from the Greenway to SouthStreet Seaport (1/2 Mile). With this in mind, this ride is for riders experienced with cycling on roads with auto traffic; kids are not recommended.

The basic ride is about 30 miles. There are a couple of variations, we may opt to ride a loop thru Central Park, adding 5 miles (and additional riding with auto traffic). For those very ambitious on the way to the ferry may opt to continue to retrace the entire ride on the Greenway back to the GWB, cross, and back down River Road to the hoboken – this will total about 45 miles. Be sure to bring water bottle/cage, CammelBak, etc… and a strong bike lock – needed when we stoop for lunch, remember we are in NY. I have two extra that are available to the first two requests. Also recommended: patch kit/spare tube, helmet.


FerryCosts: Parking: about $20/car Ferry: $8/person for ferry including bike, Lunch: sandwiches/entrées: $10-$20, Beer $5/pint I will be at most meeting to answer any questions. You can also email me at.






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Craig DeSantisClick here for last year’s photos…

2008 Canoe/Raft/Camping Recap

07 Aug

Well, one more river trip accomplished! It must have been the most eventful weekend ever. We had a great site, had plenty of room and overall, a quiet weekend. It was nice hearing the river flowing directly behind the tents – it helped drown out the noise that travels across the field so easily. I would like to give a special thanks to Brian Freudenberger for suggesting this idea.

I would like to thank Tracy Jelonnek for holding down the fort prior to my arrival and letting everyone know where to park and set up camp so Olivier could have his own area for setting up the food. I also want to thank Tracy Peterson for her exceptional DeSantis taco dip!

Have you ever see a camping mattress so glorified? Well, if you have not, you must go camping with Larry Ticotin! His blow up mattress is probably better than most people’s home mattress – HAHA! It stood about 3 feet tall and could very easily fit 4 people across it. It has two nice built-in pillows too…..for a photo, please take a look at the gallery. Larry, just a suggestion, maybe you could sell the mattresses to compliment your bedding business. ( Check out link 1 and link 2 ).

The weekend started out with everyone showing up and setting up their camping area. Oliver, (Campus Foods), provided an awesome pasta dinner that was absolutely delicious on Friday evening! A special thanks to Linda, Colette, and her friend Caroline who helped by cutting up the bread and spreading the butter and garlic so we could have toasted garlic bread. The Caesar salad was the best I have ever eaten! Many stayed up sitting by the fire and just conversing with friends and family. The younger crowd enjoyed roasting marshmallows and making smores. Others enjoyed playing basketball by setting up a flashlight just perfectly in order to see the rim. I doubt anyone could say they were bored this weekend.

Saturday morning was a pretty slow start (for some of us), but thanks to Olivier, we had some coffee to jump start us. We gathered together around 9AM to meet for our annual rafting trip. Because the water resembled Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory and flowing quite fast, we all had to sign additional waivers. Making sure all waivers were signed, took a bit of time for me and the Adventure Center. I thank those who signed them prior to departure. Also because of the river’s condition, we rented rafts with no option to use tubes, canoes, or kayaks. We were walked across the street to receive our rafts, paddles, and life vests. Again, because the river was flowing much quicker than normal, we were given the option to either double the original route; whereas, Kittatinny would shuttle you back up and you could go again. But, we decided to take the full 17 mile route. From what the Adventure Center told us, it would take not much more than 4 hours due to the flow of the river. That was quite an underestimation. We started rafting about 10AM and the last raft made it to the end by 5:15PM. We saw many rafts throughout our float, but rarely spent time with the entire group. As some were leaving from a stopped break, others were approaching. Some rafts tied up to each other and others raced to the end. And there were a few who kayaked using their personal equipment. Hans had the right idea – he would go up and down the river so he was able to mingle with all the rafts. Once we approached the ending, we had to tell them our boat number and they would cross the name and boat number off the list. We then sat around waiting for transportation – not a lot of fun. Apparently, Kittatinny had to change routes for everyone because of the river’s conditions which then delayed transportation a bit. And, from what I was told, they had a new driver who apparently got lost for 2 hours. The driver finally came back to the base and quit! Even though it was out of my control, I apologize for the inconvenience. One bus load was dropped off at the Pond Eddy base and were told they had to wait for another bus. Not sure what the problem was with that, but at least everyone made it back to the campground (eventually).

Once we all made it back to the campground, Olivier was already preparing the BBQ! This all worked out fine as the campers were in no rush to eat – we had all night to BBQ. For those of you who did not camp, sorry it was a longer day than anticipated. Hopefully, next year, you will join us on the campground.

Thanks to Lee DeSantis, we had enough firewood to keep three rings going the entire weekend. He had his truck loaded with perfect burning wood! With his skills, we also had a lantern hanging from a tree (totally resembled a full moon). His second lantern helped us light the table as we played LCR (Left, Center, Right) for hours! Of course, we had to make it a drinking game, but it was fun all-in-all. Thanks to Jay, Nicole, Liz, and Rick for spotting me your winnings to keep me in the game – HAHA! Many went to bed pretty early this night as the river wiped us all out. I expected to be able to sleep in the next morning so staying up late was not an issue.

Sunday morning rolled around VERY early as the thunder and lightning was passing by before sunrise. It was nearly 6AM when the thunder was rolling around putting a scare in the air. A lot of us were up early packing up our things to make sure they did not get poured on. However, the storm decided to stay afar only getting our things hit by little rain drops. It was great news that this storm decided to wander elsewhere so we could eat our feast of a breakfast that Olivier once again put together!

We all cleaned up and shared some more stories. Most were on the road by noon to head on back to their normal daily lives. Some headed on back down the river with their personal kayaks to get in ONE more float down the Delaware.

This event was a lot of fun and I look forward to planning next years! I would love any comments you may have or if you would like to share any of your experiences. If you have any suggestions for next year’s event, please feel free to share that as well.

Your tour guide Julie – (Wendy Brescia)


Note from webmaster: please check out the great comments linked to this post.

Don’t forget to read Sue Ticotin’s funny report of the river adventure.


Photos by Wendy Brescia, Heather Desantis, Amanda Zega, Larry Ticotin
Video and photo gallery constructed by Larry Ticotin


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Lodging for Pub, Grub and Wine Tour

06 Aug

The Lodge will be open from Friday, October 17th through Sunday, October 19th for the first annual Pub, Grub, and Wine Tour. Jim Hollister will be House Manager for the weekend. Lodge Rates for the weekend will be $30 for club members and $40 for guests – the rate will include 2 nights lodging and 2 breakfasts. I will start taking paid reservations at the meeting on August 6 .

NJSC Jay Peak Trip

06 Aug


The NJSC is pleased to offer a very exciting trip to Jay Peak for the 2009 Ski Season. We are going in March of 2009 and Jay Peak is known to have some of the best snow in the northeast at that time of year. The pricing is very attractive and the trip should fill up quickly.

We have reserved 15 rooms, so please try to make your reservation early.

The Executive Board of the NJSC requests that you send the attachments to your individual clubs.

Thanks and we look forward to seeing you at the first meeting of the 2008-2009 ski season on September 8th.

The attached form should accompany all deposits for the trip.

Please call me (Kathy Mancini @ 732-870-2512) if you have any questions~

Trip Details:

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