NCA Goes 'Downeast' For this Year's 'Great Escape'
The Maine Campground Owners Association (MECOA) and David and Jane Berg, owners of the Red Apple Campground in Kennebunkport, Maine, are hosting the Northeast Campground Association's 2009 "Great Escape" Sept. 15-17.
The season-ending activity for New England campground owners combines great food, fun and informative meetings and this year also marks the 50th anniversary of MECOA.
NCA is an association of campground associations from 11 states in the Northeast: Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware and Maryland. Those 11 state associations have 1,188 members.
Here is a rundown of scheduled activities:
Tuesday, Sept. 15
- 1 to 5 p.m., Opening lunch followed by board meeting; meal, Red Apple Campground barbecue.
- 5 to 6 p.m., Short tour of Red Apple Campground and social hour.
- 6 p.m., Roast beef dinner and celebration of MECOA's 50th anniversary.
- 7:30 to 10:30 p.m., Music and dancing.
Wednesday, Sept. 16
- 8 to 9 a.m., Breakfast.
- 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Day-long tour of area campgrounds and the vicinity.
- 5 p.m., Social hour.
- 6 p.m., Downeast Feast
Thursday, Sept. 17
- 8 to 9 a.m., Goodbye breakfast
NCA has been conducting "The Great Escape" at least since the 1980s. It was first designed as an opportunity for campground owners to "escape" their hectic pace for a few days near the end of their season.
The first "Great Escape" included good food and an NCA board meeting, features which continue to today.
"Escapes" rotate among the 11 states that comprise the NCA.
This year’s “Great Escape” also includes tours of Hemlock Grove Campground in Arundel and Wells Beach Resort in Wells, as well as visits at George H.W. Bush’s summer residence, downtown Kennebunkport, Kennebunk Beach, Ogunquit Beach and a 90-minute boat ride from Perkins Cove to Nubble Lighthouse down the southern Maine coastline. Consult the NCA website,www.campnca.com, for more details.