Alumaflamingo 2015

The first-ever Alumaflamingo was a hit, and plans have already begun for next year!

Save the dates: Alumaflamingo will be held again at the Sarasota Fairgrounds in sunny Florida, February 24 through March 1, 2015.

Registration opens soon; keep an eye on this site and on the Alumaflamingo Facebook page, too. (Drop by Facebook to see photos, videos and media coverage of some of the fun we had in Florida!)

Dates are set for our other upcoming Aluma-events, and we’d love to see you there. Tell your friends! (Remember, our events are not just for Airstream owners; the activity-packed schedules offer something for everyone.)

Alumapalooza, returning to the Airstream factory in Jackson Center Ohio for the fifth year in a row. Sign up soon!

May 27 – June 1, 2014.

Alumafandango, at Seven Feathers RV Resort in Canyonville, Oregon:

September 2-7, 2014

Alumafiesta, at Lazydays KOA in Tucson, Arizona:

January 27 – February 1, 2015

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Recipes from Eleanor’s cooking demonstration

Did you enjoy the cooking demonstration at Alumafiesta?  We’ve got the recipes for the entire six-course meal here, by popular request.  Click here to download the Alumafiesta recipes to your computer.

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Pre-event instructions for attendees of Alumaflamingo

Are you registered for Alumaflamingo 2014?  Then you’ll want to start packing up the Airstream for a warm week in Sarasota!

We’ve got lots of special events and activities planned for the week, so there are a few things we’d like to remind you to bring. It’s all in this document:  Pre-Event Instructions Flamingo 2014.  Please click on the title and read the handy tips it contains.

Safe travels to all of you.  We’ll see you in Florida soon.

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Guidelines for the chili cook off contest

Dust off that secret recipe and lets make some chili!

1. Your chili must be made solely within the confines of an actual Airstream galley, while you’re AT Alumaflamingo.

2. Only raw materials and ingredients may be brought to the event. (Please buy as much as you can while in the city of Sarasota, to support our local host community!)

No made-ahead prep work or precooked chili will be accepted as an entry; all chili is to be fashioned from scratch by the contestant, and made on location in the contestant’s own Airstream.

“The broad wide world known as “Chili” is beyond the scope of this competition and thus only One Class of Chili shall be vetted,” explained Alex, contest wrangler. “All manners and styles are acceptable, as long as at least two quarts are prepared, and entered. Any and all varieties are permissible and any accoutrements in order to help the Jury arrive at a desired conclusion should be delivered with the Chili and ready. These include food-stuffs such as cheese, onions, pasta, et cetera, but not decorative serving utensils.”

“While many make and tend to deliver Chili in electric Slow Cookers, contestants should NOT expect electricity to be provided at the Judging Area. The Chili should be expected to remain at a suitable serving temperature for adjudication for at least 45 minutes. The Jury shall account for cooling effects and no entry shall be penalized for the effects of cooling should it be unavoidable to due conditions beyond the contestant’s control.”

Swing by the welcome and t-shirts table in the vendor building to sign up for the chili cook off and pick up a full set of rules and guidelines.

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Aluminum Gong Show

Gong showCheer for the best, and gong the worst! The Aluminum Gong Show is a side-splitting charity event.

Similar to an “open mic night”, anyone and everyone is encouraged to perform. Do you play an instrument? Tell jokes? Perform stupid pet (or human) tricks? Have an entertaining skill that simply defies description? Perfect! Just sign up and do your very best (or worst) to entertain the crowd.

Here’s how it works:

We’ll have a big glass jar sitting at the front of the stage.  If you like the act, you can “pay” to prevent our judges from gonging it.  Throw a few dollar bills in the jar.  If the act is awful then you can boo so the judges know to get their mallets out. It’s a lot of fun, and all of the money collected will go to a local charity.

If you do like the act, you can sit back and enjoy it.  The best act (as determined by our non-celebrity judges) will get a great prize at the end of the show.

Bring your guitar, clown suit, tap shoes, and/or your comic props to Alumaflamingo and look for the sign-up form for the “Aluminum Gong Show (For Charity)” when you arrive.

Every performance will help raise money for a worthy local cause, and we’ll all have a fun time!

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Calling all Airstream bloggers!

If you have a blog and want to improve it, or you’re thinking about starting one, you won’t want to miss the Blogger’s Roundtable panel discussion at Alumaflamingo.

To participate on the panel, just look for the sign up sheet when you register. The Blogger’s Roundtable is a great way to swap valuable tips, share content ideas, and let others know how to find and follow your blog.

Wannabee bloggers will get answers to their questions—“How can I make money from blogging?” What should my blog be about?”—and anyone is welcome to participate from the audience.

Meet your fellow Airstreamers who are most connected to the community, discover new communication technologies, and most importantly, have a laugh. See you at the blogger’s session!

 

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Wally Byam & Airstream history at Alumaflamingo

Old AS artWally Byam was a visionary. A Renaissance man. An entrepreneur (and unabashed showman). With rolled up sleeves, Wally gave the world the Airstream trailer.

Come hear fascinating facts about Wally’s life and aspirations and the early days of Airstream from Byam expert Dale “Pee Wee” Schwamborn, family member and son of Helen Byam Schwamborn, one of the founding members of the WBCCI. (As WBCCI member #2, Helen established the first WBCCI headquarters office and served as the first editor of the club newsletter, the Blue Beret.)

When he was a young man, Dale worked for Wally Byam and served as a scout for the early caravans of the 50s and 60s, including the famous African Caravan of 1959-60.

Africa caravanDale will also host a presentation about that historic “Capetown to Cairo” caravan, when 41 Airstream families braved rutted roads, quagmires, desert sand, terrifying bridges, and friendly, curious native people on their 221-day journey.

Don’t miss Dale’s comprehensive sessions. He has historic photos and memorabilia you’ll see nowhere else!

WBCCI members, watch for an announcement of club-specific activities that will be held at Alumaflamingo in the Potter Building: Unit seminars, caravanning videos, member idea sharing, and a Region 3 Board Meeting. (If you’re a WBCCI member and would like to contribute to the schedule, contact Ron Allen at ronchrisallen@bellsouth.net.)

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Computer savvy for those on the road

Join Phil May of Techno RV to learn how to keep all your important information and memories safe and secure while traveling during his “Computer Safety and Security for the RV” seminar at Alumaflamingo.

Phil will lead you on an informal tour through the do’s and don’ts of being safe and having fun online.  “For instance, should you never do online shopping on a public WiFi? Or does your browser protect you, so you can shop anywhere?” asks Phil. “What’s the real story?”

He’ll answer those questions and more, including information about:

  • PCs vs Macs
  • Viruses and “phishing”
  • WiFi and cell phone boosting
  • Smartphone safety tips
  • Saving your data (“Backup, backup and more backup,” Phil advises.)

Visit his TechnoRV blog for more details on some of these topics, and bring your computer safety questions to Alumaflamingo.

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More seminars and fun outings just added to Alumaflamingo

Have you downloaded the latest updated Alumaflamingo preliminary program? The schedule is now packed with double seminars running almost all day, every day, in both the Robart’s Arena and the Ken Clark building—and more offsite tours as well.

New seminar topics include several on the Airstreaming lifestyle (how to prepare for fulltiming, relationships and solutions for Airstream living, boondocking tips, and how to have more fun and save more money on the road), making the most of your Airstream kitchen, a CPR class (and blood drive), fascinating historic presentations about Wally Byam and the early caravans, national park destinations, beer and wine making, a blogger’s roundtable panel discussion, and more.

New offsite tours include an additional historic walking tour of Sarasota, and a shopping spree at St Armands Circle.

All this in addition to the happy hours, open grills, daily Qigong and Tai Chi, evening entertainment, campfires with old and new friends, and all the other seminars and adventures already on the program. Truly something for everyone: Airstreaming newbies, experienced Airstreamers, and even reluctant spouses (you know who you are)!

Do you know an Airstreamer or other RV owner who wants to camp with you at Alumaflamingo who’s been procrastinating about signing up? Feel free to forward this link to the latest schedule and encourage them to register now. It’s not too late to join the fun in Florida!

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Check out the Preliminary Schedule!

Curious about what we’ll do at Alumaflamingo in February 2014?  We’ve got a sneak peek of the entire event schedule for you — take a look!

Check it out by downloading the Preliminary Event Program here!  (updated Jan 12, 2014)

It’s a jam-packed schedule with more than a dozen seminars, several evening presentations, fantastic musical entertainment, five Happy Hours, four tai chi sessions, two historic walks, two breakfasts, one dinner, several great off-site tours, a cooking demo, chili cookoff contest, three Open Grills, an open ukulele band, bluegrass jams … AND we’re working on a few more things that aren’t on the Preliminary program yet.

Already over 200 Airstreams have signed up to come, and we’re expecting many more.  Don’t miss out on the best Airstream event in the southeast!  Book your site now by clicking here

Note that there may be minor changes to the program between now and the event dates.  If you want to see the latest version, just check back here.

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