First started in 1994, The Dam Gathering of the Tears is the longest-running Teardrop Gathering in the world!
Held annually during the first weekend in May at Antlers RV Park & Campgrounds on the shores of the Sacramento River arm of Lake Shasta in Far-northern California (Jefferson State, to most of us), it typically brings in 80-100 Teardrops regularly (we had 172 at the 20th in 2013!).
Beginning with the 2014 campout, it is now an Official Jefferson State Chapter TearJerkers hosted event.
We welcome ALL Teardrop, Vintage, and Tiny Travel Trailer enthusiasts! If you do not have one, 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/Vintage/Tiny-Trailering or intend to build-or-restore one of your own, bring a camera and feast on all the ideas and innovations.
CAMP SITES can be reserved through Antlers directly by calling 800-642-6849 or via their website at http://www.antlersrvpark.com/ Most of the campsites will accomodate from two to six trailers comfortably, so please expect to share your site with another Enthusiast. Long-time attendees tend to stay at the same camp sites yearly, saving space for their friends, but the whole gorgeous campground is ours for the Gathering, and there's lots of room!
CAMPING DATES & WHO TO PAY...
This year's dates are May 1-4, 2014
There is no longer any Registration process ... just reserve your site through Antlers or simply show up and pay them directly for your site(s). Their office will have info about the variety of interesting things to see and places to go, such as Castle Crags, Dunsmuir, Mt. Shasta, Lake Shasta Caverns, and Shasta Dam.
We like to Potluck! ... it's when we all come together around a huge campfire for fun, fellowship, and FOOD! You'll have plenty of opportunities to share the feasts, whether it's the informal potluck on Thursday and Sunday (for those who stay over) nights, or the more organized ones on Friday & Saturday nights. Friday night's Dutch Oven Sampler focuses on a variety of dutch oven creations and accompanying dishes, and Saturday night's Campfire & Chili Cookout is all about the huge community-size over-the-fire chili pot and is potluck for accompanying dishes. If you wish to contribute to the pot, your chili must be freshly prepared or canned (please, no "hot stuff"!).
Returning this year is the Thursday Night Spirits & Sides Social, hosted by Rob & Caryn Scharf, so bring a local/regional/favorite "spirit" (wine or beer) and an appetizer and join in on the fun! Since this is a family-oriented event, non-alcholic beverages are welcome, too!
Also returning this year will be 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.
Event T-shirts will be available from Ray Perry ... pre-order info will be up soon, and he'll have a limited amount available at the Gathering!
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 there will be some activities just for them!
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 few years, we've had a very special guest at the 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 ceramic tiles:
She'll be returning this year and will have quite a few of her items, 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 year!
If you'd like more information, please call 530-242-6452 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org