The 25th annual event (2016) got off to a damp start with rain Friday afternoon, but it cleared up nicely in the late afternoon. Friday evening was a full moon which made for some very impressive after-sunset sailing. Rain returned in the wee hours of Saturday and continued through noon. Fortunately, that was the end of the wetness and the balance of Saturday provided sunny skies and good sailing. The Saturday evening temperature was just cool enough to make the campfire feel good and yet warm enough to allow everyone to enjoy the hand-cranked homemade ice cream.
The pitch-in dinner provided significantly more food than could be consumed and the variety meant there was something for every taste. Most messers sat around the campfire until the full moon was low in the night sky and the last embers of the campfire had begun to fade.
Attendance was essentially the same as 2015 with the stalwarts scoffing at the weather forecast and pressing on. Thanks to Jim and Judy Carr we had a fantastic double canopy under which we could wile away the wet periods.
Some messers had to depart early Sunday, but those who could hang around were treated to the best weather of the weekend. If you can manage it, hanging around on Sunday is normally well worth the commitment.
2016 marked the 25th consecutive Lake Monroe Midwest Messabout. Susan and I initiated this event in 1991 and have been privileged to meet many interesting people and to make lasting friends over the past quarter century. We would like to think everyone who has attended over the years. We recognize that it takes time, effort, and funds to attend and that makes us appreciate everyone's attendance even more.
For those who attended for the first time, thanks for coming and we hope you'll return in 2017. If you have photos of the 2016 messabout, send them to us and we'll add them to the 2016 Photo Album.
If you build, dream about, or are just interested in small boats, join us each fall on Indiana's largest man-made lake -- Lake Monroe (Bloomington, Indiana area). Come share your nautical obsessions, swap boating yarns, discuss boatbuilding techniques, peruse boat plans, and generally enjoy a healthy family 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 2017 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 firstname.lastname@example.org