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Bandido Bash 2016 Final Approach!

Here are a few bits of last minute information to help us all have a great time at the Bash.

Weather: A cold front is coming through here tomorrow which will put temperatures for the Bash highs  in the 70's to the 50's for the low. Slight chance of early morning rain showers on Friday the 30th. Temperatures expected to start rising on Sunday, 2 October.

Parking at the Bash: Our neighbor whose property adjoins our driveway has been kind enough to offer the use of some of his land for overflow parking. Given the weather forecast, his kind offer and the space we have available at our home, those wishing to just drive to the Bash instead of taking a Bandido Bus may do so.

Bandido Bus: Our bus will operate on the schedule previously published. Please contact  Mack, our Transportation Captain, at 320-894-7840 the day before you wish to ride the bus to let us know what time from the schedule you wish to be picked up and what hotel you are staying at. Some Bandidos are offering rides in their vans and suvs also so that is another option. Should anyone decide that driving back to their hotel at night for any reason is not a good idea, not to worry. We have volunteers who will take you and your car to your hotel.

Bash Location: 109 Adams Lane, Lexington, Ky. 40511

From Interstate 64: Take exit 69 and go South (Hwy 62), take this two lane road about 2 miles. You will cross a set of RR tracks and will pass the entrance to Katierich Farms before coming to a flashing red light at a T in the road. Go left at the light (Hwy 421 towards Lexington) and travel about 150 Yards, then turn into Adams Lane on your right. After passing 2 homes on your right take the long driveway on your left (In front of stone mailboxes). The Bash is about a thousand feet straight ahead.

From Georgetown hotels: Take Hwy 62 West (hwy 460  bypass) and stay on 62. After passing a large Kroger store and shopping area on your right, move into the left lane as Hwy 62 will turn left about a mile from Kroger. After turning left on 62 just keep going. After crossing over Interstate 64 follow the Interstate directions above.

BANDIDO BASH 2016

We’re closing in on the Bandido Bash 2016!!  I thought an update and some useful information would be handy so we all can make the best use of our time together.

Bash Times and meals: Friday, 30 September, 1300-2300. Saturday, 01 October, 1300-2400. Breakfast and lunch are not a part of the Bash so have those meals while you are out and about sightseeing and doing touristy things.

The evening meals will be held at 1800 each night with Papa John’s Pizza on Friday (Veggie, Cheese, Pepperoni and Meat Lovers) plus some salad and veggie trays.  Saturday’s dinner will be catered by Red State BBQ featuring pulled pork and pulled chicken as entrées with several side dishes, BBQ sauces and peach cobbler for dessert. Each evening there will be sliced ham and turkey from the world famous Neuske’s Meats for those who don’t like Pizza or BBQ.

T shirts: Wayne Parrish, wonderfulwayneo@aol.com, is having T shirts made for all of us to commemorate the Bash so I need for each of you attendees to send him your shirt size as quickly as possible please. ASAP!!  While you’re at it, please send me, bandidocharlie6@yahoo.com,  the hotel where you are staying so we can fine tune our Bandido Van schedule and tell me what kind of Papa John’s Pizza you like so we can get the right mix. All of this info will be very useful!!

Lodging: I am assuming everyone has arranged lodging by now and I need to know which hotel in Georgetown, Ky. You are staying at so we can work out a timetable for our vans to come by and pick you up to bring to our home. We just do not have room for all the cars!

Transportation: As stated above, we cannot handle all the cars here at our home so we will have two 15 passenger vans picking you up at your Georgetown hotel in the afternoon on both Friday and Saturday and then taking you back to your hotel in the evening after the festivities. This solves the parking problem here at home and it eliminates the need for designated drivers!

Our vans will run from Georgetown to our home at 1200, 1300, 1500 and 1700 on Friday and Saturday. Return trips to your hotels will run hourly beginning at 2100 on both nights with the last run departing at 2300.  If too many cars come to the house we will get into a gridlock situation very quickly so use of the vans and only the most essential personal automobiles to come to the Bash itself is really important.

Dear Sweet Dogs: Our Lab, Tyler, loves everyone. On the other hand our fluffy dogs, Dusty and Nigel are what is known as “Fearful” dogs and they think all humans are secretly dog murderers. They were both rescued from a “Puppy Mill” situation thus not socialized when young and so are very wary of people. This event will be extremely stressful for them so I ask that you respect their privacy and just leave them alone. Do not approach them and do not try to pet them unless they come up to you. I wouldn’t bring this up except that all the hard work put into getting them to the stage they are now could easily be undone. We will likely walk around with them so they can see that all of you are not there to hurt them and that will be very beneficial to them. Actually, they are very friendly and loving as long as they are allowed to control and initiate the contact with humans. If they come up to you just stay relaxed, speak softly, no sudden moves, and let them ease into meeting you. If they back away, just let them go. As for Tyler, the Lab, he’ll have to be kept on a tight leash or he will jump into your lap, lick you to pieces and steal your food!

Pictures, stories and stuff: Dig all those old pictures out and bring orders, maps, magazines, newspaper articles………anything!!! They may be old news to you but they may be priceless to others who have never seen them. Be thinking of some of the things related to your time as a Bandido that really stick out in your mind and share them with the people at your table. The families of your fellow Bandidos will only learn about their Bandido’s service by hearing it from you since very few of us have ever talked about it with our families. It’s time our families are included in our conversations and get some of the questions they’ve had for so many years answered by the men their Bandido stood with. They’ve earned that much for sure.

Weather:  Average high temperatures low 70’s, average lows in the low 50’s. Chance of snow=None. For more info:  http://www.usclimatedata.com/climate/lexington/kentucky/united-states/usky1079

Private Spaces, Sort of: We will have chairs, small tables, a front porch and Swedish Fire Torches placed around the yard for those who want to sit outside.

Gun Range:  Not many folks were interested in shooting at the gun range so that event has been cancelled.

Who is Coming:

John Hohman

Samuel and Becky Marr

John and Leigh McCarthy

Jim and Linda Lee

Ron and Janet Mackedanz

Trevor and Shirley Howard

Cliff Poris

Henry Wells

Thomas Beck

Gary and Annette Vertrees

Doug and Cathy Ludlow

Gilbert and Janeen Thompson

Timothy and Thomas Hardeman

Timothy and Barb Moore

Rufus and Sherry Hood

Phil and Sandy Arnold

Butch and Glenda Cash

Buddy and Lefty Wallace

Ron, Amanda, Taylor, Austin and Madison Ryker

Ken and Peggy Cassels

David and Roseanne Jeffrey

Butch and Leta Gayhart with Dayan Briskey and Becky Eves

Ronald and Ghislaine Mayville

James and Lea Hunnicutt

Gary and Nancy Kowalski

Gary and Deanna Niver

Nancy and Jack Freeston

Steve and Katie Biernacki

Gary and Mary Alice Bobbett

Betty Herrera

Rod Tokubo

Joe and Thelma Calhoun

Ken Costich

Mike and Sue Renshaw

Wayne and Glenda Parrish

Phil and Linda Greenwell

 A few of our neighbors and friends may stop by also.

It’s still uncertain if any of our active duty Bandidos will be able to attend due to their current mission. We’re hoping!!!

Things to see and do in the Bluegrass:

You will have each morning and as much of the afternoon as you wish to spend looking around our neck of the woods before heading back to your hotel for pickup by our Bandido Vans so here are some ideas.

Distant Attractions:

The National Corvette Museum, Bowling Green, Ky. About 3 hours each way. http://www.corvettemuseum.org/

Churchill Downs, home of the Kentucky Derby. About 1.5 hours each way. http://www.derbymuseum.org/

The Louisville Slugger Museum. About 1.5 hours each way.

Horse lovers:

The Kentucky Horse Park, Georgetown Ky. :  A real treat for horse lovers! Lots to see and do. http://kyhorsepark.com/

Old Friends: This is a retirement home for Thoroughbred horses just a couple of miles from our home. Very interesting place if you love horses! http://www.oldfriendsequine.org/

Farm Tours: Here’s a link to several horse farm tours. You have to see one of these farms! http://meetmeinmidway.com/thoroughbred-farms/

Keeneland Racetrack: Keeneland is a beautiful and historic thoroughbred race track with tours available. Unfortunately the Fall Race meet doesn’t start until the week after the Bash but they still have tours. Highly recommended! https://www.keeneland.com/calendar

Distillery and wine tours: Kentucky is the home of the finest Bourbon whiskey in the world and, surprisingly, has a fairly new highly respected wine industry. http://kybourbontrail.com/

 Equus Run Vineyards is just down the road from our house situated between us and Midway. http://www.equusrunvineyards.com/

Frankfort: Our State capital and the burial location of Daniel Boone. About 20 minutes away. The view from Daniel Boone’s tomb, overlooking the Kentucky River is remarkable and a great place to take memorable pictures.

Midway:  A quaint old town just 3 miles down the road with several interesting shops and restaurants on the main street with a handy active railroad track down the middle. Great place to browse around and have lunch!  This link is an excellent resource for Thoroughbred country attractions. http://meetmeinmidway.com/

Driving Tour: Here’s a link to a nice 28 mile self-driven tour of a small part of our neighborhood. http://meetmeinmidway.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/Midway-Versailles-28-mile-route1.pdf

Bash Points of Contact:

Phil Greenwell: 859-967-3572      Linda Greenwell: 859-338-0528     Joe Calhoun: 501-282-1441

John Hohman:  302-684-8683     Ron Mackedanz: 320-894-7840

2016 BANDIDO BASH

 


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