Next: 27th Annual --- September 14-15-16, 2018

The 26th annual event (2017) began with rather light (ok, non existent) wind for sailing on Friday, but  the skies were clear, and the temperature was above normal. Saturday was another day of clear skies and wonderful sunshine, but with nice sailing air as a bonus.  As is typically the case on Lake Monroe, the sailing breeze diminished in the late afternoon -- perfect timing since messers needed to prepare for the Saturday evening pitch-in dinner and campfire anyway.  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. 

As always, the pitch-in dinner provided more food than could be consumed and the variety ensured that there was something for everyone.  Messers swapped tales (some taller than others) around the campfire until well into the evening. 

Attendance was similar to last year, but this year most attendees arrived on Friday afternoon.  Jim and Judi Carr once again graciously allowed their campsite to serve as messabout headquarters and provided a great canopy for sun/weather protection. 

The messers that stayed through Sunday, enjoyed a repeat of Friday's weather....warm and sunny but with feeble sailing winds.  I suppose the all-day/every-day sailing weather of 2015 and 2016 has spoiled us. 

2016 Lake Monroe Midwest Messabout

2017 marked twenty-six 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 26 years, it is amazing how many friendships have endured over the intervening years.  Susan and I know that  it takes time, and effort to attend -- and that makes us appreciate everyone's attendance that much more.   

For those who attended for the first time, thanks for coming and we hope you'll return in 2018.  For those who couldn't join us in 2017, we hope you'll be able to make it in 2018.  Mark you calendars now!  If you have photos of the 2017 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 2018 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