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French Picnic
From Thursday, November 23, 2017
To Sunday, November 26, 2017
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Contact Russ & Carol Burchfield
The annual French Picnic will be held under the oak trees at the pasture at Double Bayou, at noon on Saturday November 25th. You are invited to prepare your favorite French dish, or your favorite anything dish and give it a French name!  There will be two categories (Main and Dessert), and prizes will be awarded in each category. 
The Weekend Plan is:
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Will be held on Saturday November 25, 2017 under to oak trees by the pasture on the East Fork of Double Bayou, at 12-noon.
Help the Friday arrivals get tied up to the bank and settled in.
Docktails at 5:00 pm followed by a Dish to Share Meal.
Bon Fire – bring marshmallows, S’mores fixins, roasting forks, hot chocolate

Prepare or bring a “French Dish” to share.  There will be judging of all French Dishes.  Prizes will be awarded to the two Best French (main) Dishes (including soups and salads), and to one Best French Dessert (incl. cookies, cakes, sweets).  The judging will begin at high Noon so you must be timely getting your dish to the tables and signed in so that the judges can begin promptly at noon, and then everyone can commence eating at 12:30 pm, hopefully.

Remember to Bring:
Large tables – we need a lot, please let me know if you can bring one or two.
Small tables, chairs, firewood for the Bonfire, mosquito spray, dog stakes, gangplank to get off your boat, and mats or carpet for your boat deck.

Helpful Navigation Advice:
Once at the pasture, it is suggested that boats moor up perpendicular to the shore bow-in.  To go stern in could risk burying your props in the mud.  Do not place bowsprits or anchor rollers directly over the shore.  As the tide goes out, the extended portion could hang on the land and cause stress damage to your boat.
Set your anchor on shore or tie off a bowline to a sturdy tree or  heavy-duty ground stake.  The Home Depot sells corkscrew style heavy metal stakes that work fine.  Please also run lines from your midship or stern cleats angled out to the shore to keep the boats perpendicular as the tide comes in and goes out.
To disembark easily from your boat, you may want to bring along a plank of some kind to bridge the gap between the bow and the shore.  We use an 8 foot 2x12 plank that works well.
There will be no electricity, so be ready to run your gen set or portable generator while you are there.  I am hoping it will be cool enough that we won't need to run the a/c.
Finally, and importantly, please be sure to download and read navigation information.  (if the link does not work, copy and paste this into your web browser: http://texasmariners.com/index.php/cruising/cruising-destinations/80-doublebayou)
Location Double Bayou East Fork Pasture
Don't miss out on this TMCA tradition!

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