Next: 29th Annual --- September 18-19-20, 2020

The 28th annual event (2019) proved to be three beautiful early fall days with strong sailing wind Friday and much lighter air Saturday and Sunday.  Skies were clear, and temperatures very comfortable.  Friday was the full Harvest Moon and with the clear skies the moon played beautifully on the water.    Sailing air disappeared, as it typically does on Lake Monroe, late Saturday afternoon, but so did the 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.  There were many boating tales, boating experiences, and boatbuilding  discussions around the campfire.... well into the evening. 

Attendance was down from last year, perhaps due to the messabout being early in the month (September 1 was a Monday).  The messabout is always held on the weekend of the third Sunday in September, so if you can't remember the exact dates just remember that it is always the weekend of the third Sunday in September.  

2019 marked twenty-eightconsecutive 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 28 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.   

For those who couldn't join us in 2019, we hope you'll be able to make it in 2020.  Mark you calendars now!  If you have photos,  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