Information About the Dam Gathering
The Dam Gathering of the Tears is the longest-running Teardrop
gathering in the world ...
... on the shores of the Sacramento River arm of the lake,
and now have 70-80 Teardrops regularly. Last year we had 100,
and for this special 20th event, we are preparing for considerably
more (and, so should you)!
We welcome all Teardrop enthusiasts.
If you do not have a Teardrop, by all means come anyway and
camp in a tent or whatever you have... we'll have a space for
you. If you're new to Teardropping or intend to build one of
your own, bring a camera or videocam and feast on all the ideas
and innovations. "Other" tiny travel/camping trailers
are always welcome, as well, but please understand & expect
to be parked separately (and there's a whole other loop for
CAMP SITES... there are no
reservations (so do not call Antlers). Most of the campsites
will accomodate from two to six Teardrops comfortably. Long-time
attendees tend to stay at the same camp sites yearly, saving
space for their friends. So far, this has not been a problem,
as the whole gorgeous campground is ours for the Gathering,
with lots of space.
The camp sites with electricity,
however, are limited, and on a strict first-come, first-servered
basis. If you arrive early and get one of these sites, you
may hold space within your campsite only for friends. If you
need electricity for medical reasons, let us know by April
CAMPING DATES & WHO TO PAY...
... If you arrive early, pay at Antlers office for all nights
through Tuesday, 4/30
... If you stay later, pay at Antlers office for all nights
starting Sun, May 5.
... The folks at Antlers will extend the Gathering's special
rate for you. Thank them!
... You will pay us, through registration, for the nights of
5/1, 5/2, 5/3, and 5/4.
Our registration tent will go up on Tuesday. At that point,
we ask that everyone sign in on the Arrival List clipboard,
giving arrival date and campsite number.
We'll post the hours we'll be there to check you in and give
you your pre-ordered T-Shirts. Also info about what will be
happening at the Gathering (and when) as well as interesting
things to see and places to go, such as Castle Crags, Dunsmuir,
Lake Shasta Caverns and Shasta Dam.
New this year is the Pinewood Teardrop
Gravity Races! Participants build a car or car & trailer from Pinewood Derby kits and
race them down a double-long gravity track for prizes and bragging
rights, so grab a kit or two and start carving! For those really
adventurous & crafty, we'll have an "Unlimited" class
where almost anything that will fit on the track can run. For
more info, view the topic on the T&TTT Discussion Forum
The "Friday Night Dutch Oven Sampler" returns, again,
and since the last two year's "Next Cast Iron Chef" festivities
were such a hit, we will continue it, as well. So all you D.O.
aficionados, be ready to cook your hearts out! And the rest
of us will come taste what it's all about. Mmmmmmm.
The "Saturday Night Campfire & Chili Cookout" is
pot luck for accompanying dishes. If you wish to contribute
to the huge over-the-fire chili pot, your contribution must
be freshly prepared or canned. (Please, no "hot stuff")
This is when we all gather together around a huge campfire
for fun, fellowship, and food. We have a huge "Dutch Raffle",
hand out awards, enjoy the feast, and have a rousing old-fashioned
what-we've-come-to-be-known-for "Dam Good Time!"
Children have always been welcomed, and
encouraged (they are our next generation of Teardroppers,
after all)! The campground has a nice playground, including
basketball & vollyball
courts, and we are planning some activities just for the kids
And, there is much more in the works! You are not going to
want to miss this one!
We have marina access to the
lake (whether the water is high or low) and great fishing,
so bring your gear, kayak, and canoe! The camp rest rooms have
flush toilets and warm showers.
We always hope for sunny weather,
and usually get it, but it has been known to rain. Be prepared.
Antlers RV Park & Campground
is located off Interstate 5, approximately 25 miles north of
Redding and 35 miles south of Mt Shata. Take the Antlers/Lakehead
exit. Go east one block to the stop sign, turn right, and
follow the Teardrop signs.
For the past two years,, we've had a very special guest at
last year's Dam Gathering ... Mary Vandusen from Arizona! She's
a nationally famous ceramics artist (and teardropper, BTW!)
who has become widely known in the Southwest teardrop community
for her stunning Teardrop-related and Gathering-specific commemorative
mugs, cups, bowls, plates, cookie jars, lapel pins, and now
She'll be returning this year
and will have quite a few of her items with special 20th Dam
Gathering inscriptions on them, so if you want to start your
collection (or even add to it!) of these fine pieces of very
utilitarian artwork (I use mine almost every day!), don't miss
this opportunity ... come prepared to purchase one (or several)!
We can't wait to see what she'll come up with that is new this