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Old 10-20-2008, 11:10 PM   #15
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I am planning to repeat my Trailer [b]Weigh-in Event. Since the vast majority of people participated on Thursday this year, I will make it a One-Day Event on whatever day is considered to be the official "arrival day" of the Gathering. I hope to update my procedures to make participating as easy as possible. Thanks to Eric B. for getting me a spreadsheet program (I only had a word processor this year) so I hope to give out the results immediately instead of having to email them afterward.

Were people comfortable with my procedures this year? Are there any suggestions for improvement?
You did a great job at the Gathering. The information was very useful when planning a long trip. I have no suggestions for improvement! I am glad to hear that you are offering to do it again.

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Old 10-26-2008, 05:14 PM   #16
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I was thinking on weds the 15th.
I think you can count us in for the crab feed. You may need to make a different thread just for this unless you limit the number you can handle. You don't want to have to buy 200 crab for 170 people. It would take a long time to clean and cook that many. And since you will be ordering the crab, will you be ordering any oysters? They have some wonderful oyster farms just north of there. Hopefully you will find a fishing book that will sell direct to you and you can get a great deal instead of paying the tourist prices at the fish shops.
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Old 10-26-2008, 05:26 PM   #17
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We had a wonderful time and I wish we could go again next year. My only suggestion would be to put people's screen name on their nametags because I don't "know" a lot of people by their real names, only what I see when they post. I had quite a few "aha!" moments when I would get to talking to someone and would finally discover they were someone I had "talked to" before, just had no idea by only seeing their given name. Thanks again for all your hard work!
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Old 11-02-2008, 01:03 PM   #18
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Gina,

Two more for your crab feed. This will be a totally new experience for us. Let us know how to help so we get to experience it all.

Fred and Nancy (didn't register yet, in A35 on the 10th)
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Old 11-02-2008, 05:25 PM   #19
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yep, I will do a separate thread when it is a little closer, and I have time to put the details together. It's getting more interest than I had expected!

things people will need to think about bringing are a gas BBQ or cook stove, large pots to boil water in, nutcrakers or digging forks, coolers with ice (To cool the little darlins after cooking) their favorite sauce and/or butter if they choose (I eat mine without extras) wine if you choose (I know nothing about wine, so I am a lousy source for providing it) and..tight sealing non leaking trash bags! We don't want to be smelling the dumpsters the next day!

There will be a BIB making contest! I am leaning towards folks making their own at home and bringing it, but, we can also find paper ones and give folks crayons or something The theme will be.. REDNECK. Formal attire not required.

As far as the cost of the crab, I will call a week or so before hand and find out what market price is. Since the crabs will be live, I will have to collect from each participant just before the feed and run down and get them. Plan on about 40 bucks or so per couple. I'll have a better idea when we get closer.

I fed 3 folks in 2006 for about 50 bucks, and the meal consisted of crab and cocktail sauce, with a side salad and bread. That's all.
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Old 11-02-2008, 05:31 PM   #20
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oh, Linda.. I have never done oysters. Would you like to handle that one? I wouldn't even know where to start.
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Old 11-02-2008, 06:31 PM   #21
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So, this crab is eaten cold?

If I want to do a side dish of Minnesota wild rice, do we want a cold dish or warm. Makes a difference what recipe to search for. There are lots of recipes out there when you search for wild rice + crab, but I figure we want the crab to be "pure" and not mixed with pineapple (ugh), walnuts, etc.

We never use our 30 year old cook kit...too big to haul around. When the weather warms again I'll try to see if a one pound propane thing will bring the pot full of water up to boil with our little gas thing we never tried out but haul around.

A bib contest. How fun. This must be a messy meal. We are so ignorant.

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Old 11-02-2008, 06:45 PM   #22
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I have never eaten them warm. Basically, you cook and either dip them in ice water to cool and stop the cooking, or, if you are a wait and eat person, pop in the fridge to cool down.

We can do all kinds of different things, based on others experience and tastes.. no rules!

Except that we need to do quick clean up LOL! Yes, eating it out of the shell can get very messy. You have the crabs natural juices, and the water that has leached into the legs.

The juice starts to stink within.. oh, 5 mins of release. The raccoons will be lurking. Seagulls will be circling.

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Old 11-03-2008, 01:16 AM   #23
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As far as the cost of the crab, I will call a week or so before hand and find out what market price is. Since the crabs will be live, I will have to collect from each participant just before the feed and run down and get them. Plan on about 40 bucks or so per couple. I'll have a better idea when we get closer.

I fed 3 folks in 2006 for about 50 bucks, and the meal consisted of crab and cocktail sauce, with a side salad and bread. That's all.
Or we could all rent crab nets and do like Joy and crab off the docks. We even have a burner that would heat the water and cook them right on the docks.

Yes, Gina, nothing is better than cooling the cooked crab down a little with the cold water but then while they are still hot using melted butter. We once had a feast of crab that we caught that day of 25 crabs between 5 people. Boy did we get full. Then we had crab omlets the next morning and crab salad for lunch. Our friends went back to MO thinking that is how people in OR eat all the time. I wish.

Oysters may not be in full form at that time of year but if you ask the fishing boats, they may have picked up a load of prawns or something else special that week.
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Old 11-03-2008, 02:22 AM   #24
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Well, I wouldn't count on very many crabs off the dock and I don't think they'd let you cook there.

Any way it was about 4 years ago when I last crabbed off the dock in Bandon. Bill and I were there for an hour or 2 and got one legal sized crab from the dock, of course this year could be a bumper crop.

Bill & I were fortunate that he had made friends with some neighboring campers who had a boat and set pot out in the bay. They came by and got us so we could set our pot in the bay. I don't remember now how many crabs we had but it seems to me that we had about 10. We invited another camper friend over to share our crab dinner which we ate warm with a salad and corn on the cob.

If we were to go crabbing off the dock we might need to spend most of the day there and return to the campground mid afternoon to clean and cook our catch for an early crab dinner.

I don't have a crab pot but they do rent them near the dock where I think you also have to get license at a minimal cost. Any way I'm going to look into crabbing probably on July 8 after I've settled in my campsite on the 7th. I'll have the skinny on it for anyone interested.
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Old 11-03-2008, 11:30 PM   #25
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An Oregon shellfish license is required for crabbing. The fee is $6.50 for an Oregon resident and $16.50 for a non-resident. This website has lots of good info: http://www.coos-bay.net/license.html

Another necessity for the crab feast is lots of newspapers to catch the mess.
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Old 11-05-2008, 11:56 PM   #26
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Is the 2009 date set?

Cheers!

[quote]Humm let's see... fun, sun, food, making memories, bonfires, beer exchange, bike rides, walks on the beach, shopping in old town, Fish&Chips, fudge ....

Okay... I'll (un)Organize the Craft Beer Exchange, as an "opener" event

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Old 11-06-2008, 05:58 AM   #27
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Is the 2009 date set?
Cheers!
Julianne... for what? The Oregon Gathering? It's in the topic title here: 2009 Oregon Gathering Info. In fact it's in the subtitle for the entire topic:

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If you're asking about individual events within the gathering... well, the Beer Exchange will be on Thursday - early evening. When we get closer to the actual event, Nancy will post an itinerary.

Hope this helps.
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Old 11-10-2008, 08:14 AM   #28
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I thought that this thread was about Ideas and Suggestions for the next rally. The only thing I've seen mentioned here is 27 posts about eating crabs. Don't get me wrong, nobody loves crab more than I do, but this thread seems to be "stuck on crab!" Isn't there anything else, ideas and suggestions-wise, besides the crab fest? Just curious.
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