2015 CKR: Schedule and Things to Consider

Hi All,

Thank you for signing up and attending CKR 2015 at Marietta House in Glenn Dale, Maryland!

5626 Bell Station Road
Glenn Dale, MD 20769

The house is located off of Maryland 193 just north of Route 50. The best way to approach the house with a trailer in tow will be to travel south on 193. From this approach you can make a right turn into the property. If you come up from the south traveling north on 193, you will NOT be able to make a left turn into the property. You will have to proceed about 0.5 mile past the entrance and make a U turn.

From the Washington Beltway (I-495/I-95), take the Baltimore-Washington Parkway towards Baltimore. Take the first exit to MD 193 (Greenbelt Road) towards Goddard Space Flight Center. The house is about three miles down 193 on the right.

Here are more specific directions from the Marietta House website:

Located in Glenn Dale between New Carrollton and Bowie, off of Route 193.

From the Capital Beltway (I-495) north, take Exit 20A, Lanham (Route 450 East). From the Beltway South, take Exit 20 A-B, Lanham/New Carrollton (Route 450). Turn left onto Route 450 East at the end of the ramp. Follow Route 450 East (Annapolis Road) for about 4 miles to Route 193 West and turn left. Proceed 1/4 mile and turn left onto Bell Station Road. Marietta is the first driveway on the left.

From Route 301 South, turn right onto Route 450 (Annapolis Road) West and follow for about 6 miles. From Route 450 West proceed to Route 193. Turn right onto Route 193. Proceed 1/4 mile and turn left onto Bell Station Road. Marietta is the first driveway on the left.

For the visually-oriented, or satellitedly oriented, some additional help in the form of a PDF with an aerial view of the immediate vicinity and the final couple thousand feet of the journey highlighted:


Once you’ve arrived at the property, follow the signs to the parking area. Be prepared for a very sharp left turn at the end of the driveway taking you down to where we are camping. The larger rigs may have to make it very wide and back up.

I will be there on Wednesday at 2 PM to greet first arrivals. If possible, please arrive between 2 and 5 on Wednesday for early arrivals. I will have a map for where each rig will park, and will help to get everyone situated.

We will have water from a central source, from which we will daisy chain — so please bring at least a couple of diverters. I have three branch diverters that we’ll set up at the main hose that will allow us to have branch lines of water so that when one is disconnected not everyone downstream will lose water.

There are approximately 4 electrical outlets on light standards at the top of the property. We can run extension cords from these standards to the Pavillon, or we can use a generator. We will have to use these very sparingly for any trailer hook ups. I will bring a limited number of extension cords. Please bring some of your own, if you can — and label them!

Obie is bringing three tables. If you have a table, please feel free to bring it. We’ll be sure to put it to good use.

Firewood is being provided so there is no need to bring any.

Please bring chairs and utensils ;)

There will be two port-a-pots on site and a public restroom in the house that can be used during the day.


Wednesday: Early Arrivals

Early Arrivals: 2 to 5 PM. The park is locked at night so no late arrivals are possible.

5 PM: informal happy hour at the Pavillon

7PM: Dinner on your own or perhaps those who arrive early will have other ideas :)

Thursday: Rally officially starts

8 to 10 AM: Continental breakfast. Coffee, tea, assortment of fruit, yogurt, cold cereals and other goodies.

Arrivals during the day. If you are arriving on Thursday, please plan to arrive well before dark. It will be very difficult to park folks in the dark and the park gates are locked at dusk. It would be best to arrive before happy hour if possible.

5PM: Happy hour

6:30 – 7:30 PM: Lodge Cast Iron Cooking. Bring your favorite Lodge dish to share, or bring your favorite camping side dish. This is an informal event.

7:30 – ??? First night campfire. Let it roar! We’ll have lots of wood!!!

Friday: Free Day

8 to 10 AM: Continental breakfast. Coffee, tea, assortment of fruit, yogurt, cold cereals and other goodies.

Free day to visit the sites around the area or to go into DC to visit the museums or what have you. Or just hang out and rest!!!

In the afternoon, please feel free to tour Marietta House itself. It’s been lovingly restored and has several interesting exhibitions on display. If you’d like a group tour, I can arrange that; I’ll just need a head count by Wednesday. Sorry no ghost tour this year :(

Last arrivals during the day. Again, please arrive before happy hour.

5 PM: Yankee Swap Happy Hour. In your randomly selected welcome package you will find a ticket with a number on it. That is an important number – hang onto it and make sure you bring it to the Happy Hour where we will have a Yankee Swap of some really cool Airstream related goodies.

7 PM: Dinner. The meal is buffet-style Italian food from Pete’s New Haven Style Apizza in Washington, D.C. We are providing the main course and a lovely garlic and mozzarella bread. Please plan to bring your favorite complement to this fabulous Italian meal. There will be two vegetarian choices provided and 3 meat choices.

8 PM: Campfire and the Long Long Trailer projected on the side of the ‘53 Liner. You can hang out by the fire and gab all night, or pitch a chair and watch Lucy and Desi as they galavant across the U.S. in their modified New Moon.

Saturday: Annual Open House

This will be a day full of activities so plan ahead!

8 – 10 AM: Home cooked breakfast of eggs, bacon, sausage, home fried potatoes and pancakes, all prepared by Michael, Sean and Collin…and maybe a few other helpers :) Come prepared to be patient, since we’ll be cooking to order and to stuff your face! Coffee and tea will of course be provided.

11 AM – 1 PM Free time to relax or go out and buy your hat making supplies.

3 – 5 PM: At 3 PM, we’ll start our annual open house, which will coincide with an event at the Park. The Park’s event is a stroll in the park with your favorite hat, silly or otherwise. I’d like to suggest we all plan to wear our favorite camping gear that includes a hat. There could be a nice crowd to come and see our trailers so I’d suggest you be prepared for visitors :) This is our outreach event to bring what we love to the public in a meaningful way. I hope you all choose to participate. The event will last from 2 ‘til 4. Here is the description from the Park’s website:

Put a spring in your step and a hat on your head and come on over to Marietta for the Spring Stroll. Hats will be judged by a local community leader. Patrons will also have the chance to tour the house and view the exhibit on celebrity hats.

5 – 7 PM: Happy Hour. Bring yourself a chair and your favorite beverage to share!

7 PM: Catered Dinner. I am still planning this dinner; regardless, it will be great! No need to plan to cook as I’ll be providing the whole meal!

8 PM: Campfire and a movie. Let’s plan to make this a memorable last evening together!

Sunday: Departures

8 – 10 AM: Continental breakfast. Coffee, tea and whatever we have left :)

12 – 2 PM: Departure. Please plan to depart from Marietta no later than 2 PM. I will ask that volunteers help to clean up the site so that it is left just like we found it!

See everyone very soon!

Michael Vallen

April 14 2015 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

Registration for CKR, details for Vermont Rally in July

Registration for the Capital Kickoff Rally now open

Registration will remain open until April 6, 2015, or until the limit of 50 trailers has been met.


Details: April 23-26, 2015
Marietta House Museum
5626 Bell Station Road
Glenn Dale, MD 20769

Details emerging for Vermont Rally, July 23-26

We’re proud to announce that new WDCU members Steven and Sara Bernheisel have volunteered to host a rally July 23-26 at the “Camping on The Battenkill” campground. Just north of the town of Arlington, Vermont, the campground features trout fishing, great water for canoeing, innertubing, and swimming, and should be a great escape from the heat and humidity of summer. For more information about the campground and the surrounding area, visit Camping on the Battenkill.

We have 20 spaces reserved through March 15, 2015, and we expect to have an online registration form posted by March 1.

February 11 2015 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

2015 Rally Schedule, including NEW July Rally information!

Updated Rally Schedule for 2015, including information about the recently added July rally!

We recommend that you reserve spots at any of the summer rallies as soon as possible, as the campgrounds start to fill up fast at the first sign of warmer temperatures.

There’s lots more detail on the 2015 Rally Schedule page, but here’s the schedule in a nutshell.

April: Capital Kickoff Rally – A Buddy Rally
April 23-26, 2015
Marietta House Museum
5626 Bell Station Road
Glenn Dale, MD 20769

May: Gettysburg Rally 
May 15-17, 2015
Round Top Campground, Gettysburg, PA.
Ask for a site between 59-63 or 85-89.
Call before 1/15/15 to ensure you get a site in the group!

June: Delaware Seashore Rally
June 12-14, 2015
Delaware Seashore State Park, Rehoboth Beach, DE.
Campers required to reserve spaces online via Reserve America, and it’s recommended to reserve early.

July: Camping on the Battenkill
July 23-26, 2015
Camping on the Battenkill, Arlington, VT.
Reserve your spot before March 15

August: Knoebels Rally
August 20-23, 2015
Featured attraction: Knoebels Amusement Resort, Elysburg, PA.
Campground: See the Rally Schedule page for details

September: Trap Pond State Park Rally
September 17-20, 2015
Trap Pond State Park, Laurel, DE.
Book your spot on the “A” Loop in advance. See Rally Schedule page for details.

October: Installation Rally – Starlite Campground
October 2-4, 2015
Starlite Camp Resort, Lancaster, PA.

October/November: Fall Leaves Rally
October 30 – November 1, 2015
Shenandoah River State Park, Bentonville, VA.

Winter Mini-Caravan: Florida’s “Forgotten Coast”
December 19, 2015 – January 3, 2016
Possible stops include Tallahassee, Apalachicola, Port St. Joseph, Port St. George, Panama City Beach and Destin.
See the Rally Schedule Page for details

Cherry Blossoms and Airstreams
The Cherry Blossom Festival is a world-famous annual attraction in Washington DC, with events and festivals all over the capital city. On the final day of the Cherry Blossom Festival (specific date TBD), the Anacostia Business Improvement District and the Anacostia Arts Center will be hosting an event at the beautiful, newly developed Anacostia Waterfront. Michael Vallen, whose office/gallery is located in the Anacostia Arts Center, has arranged to bring two or three of his vintage Airstreams to the festival, for use in attracting visitors to the Airstream experience and as a way to promote small businesses in the area. As details of this event unfold we’ll add them to website, so please stay tuned!

WDCU Website administration contact
Should you want anything added to the website, please contact new member Michael Wilkinson at mkw@mkw1.com. Michael has graciously offered to give RJ a bit of a break from maintaining the site for this season, and will be happy to assist other members who may want to post information to our site.

January 04 2015 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

Installation Rally registration form now available!

We now have the registration form for the 2014 Installation Rally at Highland Haven available.  There is room for 20 campers, and you must register by September 22.  Please make your reservations at the campground directly (540-651-9050).

August 14 2014 | Rallies | No Comments »

Time to pay membership dues…

It’s time to renew your dues for the year. If you want to pay online, you can now pay via Paypal – just click on the Join Us/Renew link above! Note that Paypal charges fees, so we charge extra if you want to pay this way ($69 instead of $66).  Of course, you can still send John a check for $66 to renew.

August 02 2014 | Announcements and WBCCI | No Comments »

Outer Banks and Trap Pond Registration

If you’re planning to go to the Outer Banks Rally at Camp Hatteras, please call the campground (252-987-2777) and make your reservations if you haven’t already!  Be sure to tell them you’re with the Airstream group.

Also, we now have the registration form for the Trap Pond rally in September available!  If you haven’t visited Trap Pond before, it’s a beautiful state park in southwestern Delaware, with miles of hiking/biking trails and a pond for canoeing/kayaking.  Or, just sit and relax.  It’s always a great time.

July 21 2014 | Rallies | No Comments »

Rally updates!

The West Chester KOA rally was a great success – thanks to Nancy & Carl McDowell for putting it together!  Our Region 2 President, Pat McFadden, stopped by for happy hour and dinner too!

We now have the flyer for the Airplanes & Airstreams rally.  There’s not much time left, so get your registrations in if you’re planning to join us (see the Rally page for a link to the registration form).

Also, the New York City rally originally scheduled for this September has been postponed until next year.

May 26 2014 | Rallies | No Comments »

Airplanes & Airstreams registration form available!

Now that the Capitol Kickoff Rally has wrapped up (thanks for a great weekend, Michael!), we have the Airplanes & Airstreams registration form.  There are only twelve 30-amp spots available, so get your registration to RJ Marquette as soon as possible!

April 27 2014 | Rallies | No Comments »

Capitol Kickoff Rally Update

This morning, CKR attendees pitched in to help clean up the debris around the former slave quarters at Compton Bassett!

WDCU members in front of the former slave quarters at Compton Bassett.

Thanks to everyone that helped!

Here is a shot of the building from yesterday:

Slave quarters at Compton Bassett, overgrown with poison ivy.

April 25 2014 | Members and Rallies | No Comments »

Grand Canyon Rally Registration and Agenda now available!

We now have the rally agenda and registration form for the Pennsylvania Grand Canyon Rally at Canyon Country Campground!

April 18 2014 | Rallies | No Comments »

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