October 12th, 2018

jack-o-lantern

A song for Hallowe'en

Riders in the Sky

by Stan Jones
An old cowpoke went riding out one dark and windy day
Upon a ridge he rested as he went along his way
When all at once a mighty herd of red-eyed cows he saw
A'plowin' through the ragged skies and up a cloudy draw

Yi-pi-yi-ay, Yi-pi-yi-o
Ghost riders in the sky

Their brands were still on fire and their hooves were made of steel
Their horns wuz black and shiny and their hot breaths he could feel
A bolt of fear went through him as they thundered through the sky
For he saw the riders comin' hard and he heard their mournful cry

Yi-pi-yi-ay, Yi-pi-yi-o
Ghost riders in the sky

Their faces gaunt, their eyes were blurred, and shirts all soaked with sweat
They're ridin' hard to catch that herd but they ain't caught them yet
They've got to ride forever in that range up in the sky
On horses snortin' fire, as they ride on, hear their cry

Yi-pi-yi-ay, Yi-pi-yi-o
Ghost riders in the sky

As the riders loped on by him, he heard one call his name
"If you want to save your soul from hell a' ridin' on our range"
"Then cowboy change your ways today or with us you will ride"
"A-tryin' to catch the Devil's herd across these endless skies."

Yi-pi-yi-ay, Yi-pi-yi-o
Ghost riders in the sky
Ghost riders in the sky


One of the great ghost songs. The best poems/songs for Hallowe'en aren't usually about Hallowe'en, I notice.
cook with fire

2019 Winter Rendezvous Menu

So, this is what we're looking at so far. Nothing's set in stone just yet, but I'm pretty sure this is more or less what we're going to whomp up for the 25th annual Winter Rendezvous January 18-20 at Maumee Scout Reservation. Expected attendance for the Feast is in the 525-540 range; we'll be prepared to feed up to 600, if necessary. Friday Crackerbarrel attendance always depends upon the weather (how many come early to camp); it can vary from 100-150+, so we'll be prepared to serve 200 portions for that. Staff is about 30; Saturday helpers are about another 30.

Hospitality
Coffee
Hot Chocolate

Friday Staff Supper
Pizza

Friday Crackerbarrel
Navajo Tacos
Jalapeno Poppers

Saturday Staff Breakfast
Toad in the Hole
Horned Toad in the Hole
Oatmeal
Fruit

Saturday Staff and Helpers Lunch
Coddle
Soda Bread
Bread and Butter Pudding

The Feast
Pumpkin Pepper Soup
Lasagne
Goat Shish Kebab
Mongolian Beef Stir Fry
Rabbit Fricassee
Rice
Green Beans
Salad
Sourdough Bread
Dark Chocolate Brownies
Nanner Puddin'

Saturday Crackerbarrel
Leftovers

Sunday Staff Breakfast
Scrounge

Kitchen staff and anybody still left in camp divvy up anything left on Sunday morning, plus any unused ingredients.