Next: 28th Annual --- September 13-14-15, 2019

The 27th annual event (2018) proved to be three beautiful early fall days with light, but enjoyable wind for sailing all three days.  Skies were clear, and temperatures very comfortable. The evening skies were clear with beautiful stars, Mars, Jupiter, and Venus easily identifiable.  Fortune was with us as local astronomers set up their telescope nearby and provided an enjoyable evening of star/planet/deep-space viewing.  While sailing air disappeared late Saturday afternoon, as it typically does on Lake Monroe, so did the larger powerboats; making ideal conditions for those wanting to row or paddle.  By 6:00 p.m., everyone was gathered at the "headquarters campsite" for the always enjoyable Saturday evening pitch-in dinner and campfire.  Saturday evening's temperature was warm enough to make the traditional hand-cranked ice cream refreshing, and just cool enough to make the campfire feel good. 

A special thanks to Jim and Judi Carr for allowing us to use their campsite as messabout central; and also for generously sharing their canopy and camp kitchen.  This year, the pitch-in dinner seemed to provide even more and varied food than usual.  There were many boating tales, boating experiences, and boatbuilding  discussions around the campfire.... well into the evening. 

Attendance was up a tick from last year, despite several regulars being unable to attend.  This year, most attendees arrived Friday afternoon and several stayed until Monday. 

2018 marked twenty-seven consecutive years of the Lake Monroe Midwest Messabout During this annual get together it is always enjoyable to renew old friendships and make new ones.   Looking back 27 years, it is amazing how many friendships have endured over the intervening decades.  Susan and I know that  it takes time, and effort to attend -- and that makes us appreciate everyone's attendance that much more.   
Carl & Joan Aubele's "Long Summer Daze"

For those who attended for the first time, thanks for coming and we hope you'll return next year.  For those who couldn't join us in 2018, we hope you'll be able to make it in 2019.  Mark you calendars now!  If you have photos of the 2018 event,  send them to us and we'll add them to the Photo Album.

If you build, dream about, or are just interested in small boats, join us each fall on Indiana's lar
gest man-made lake -- Lake Monroe (Bloomington, Indiana, area).  Come share your nautical obsession, swap boating yarns, discuss boatbuilding techniques, peruse all things boaty, and generally enjoy a healthy family-friendly weekend. 

Come early and stay late, you never know what you'll learn, what you'll see, or who you'll meet!  Check this website periodically for more details of the 2019 event.
"There is nothing, absolutely nothing, half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats."
 --  Ratty to Mole in Kenneth Grahame's The Wind in the Willows --

Messing about in boats every September at Paynetown State Recreation Area, Lake Monroe Reservoir, since 1991

Questions or comments? Contact:
John/Susan McDaniel, 812-378-4236