By Ross Wade
We, Ross and Carla Wade, started the 4th Tearjerkers Chapter, known as the Southern Appalachian Tearjerkers and have been the Chapter Directors since 2004. The Southern Appalachian Chapter was the largest chapter to ever be formed, which included the Mid Atlantic States: WV, VA, NC, SC, TN, GA, FL, AL as well as, KY, MS and LA. Since then we have found great people to take over several of these states and form their own chapters. As of now, the Southern Appalachian Chapter has members from WV, NC and SC. All of the other states have Directors. By becoming Chapter Directors, we did help change the Tearjerkers to an open camping group, meaning that you don’t have to have a teardrop camper to be a part of us.
We welcome everyone who enjoys the great outdoors and fellowship with others, whether you have a tent, pop-up, van, RV, or fifth wheel….it doesn’t matter. Our campsite is always open, so come and sit a spell ’round tha campfire.
We host 2 gatherings per year. Our first gathering is held the 3rd weekend in May and our second gathering is held the 3rd weekend in September of every year. Makes for easy planning so everyone can join in.
We just had our “SPRING FLING AT THA HOLLER 2010” at Raccoon Holler Campground in Glendale Springs, NC and have for several years. Camping in the heart of Christmas Tree country. We had 14 trailers and not a bad turn-out considering that the weather started out rainy and was to be a possible wash-out weekend. True Tearjerkers will brave out the weather and hope for a few breaks between rain showers. The rain was gone by mid afternoon on Saturday and was beautiful for the rest of the weekend.
We started, what seems to be a tradition now at our Saturday Night Pot Luck Dinners, a Communal Grill. We have a large 2′ x 5′ grill for everyone to grill up their favorite eats and then they bring a side dish to share with others. This gives everyone a chance to be together and mix & mingle before breaking bread together
Here are a few more pictures: http://picasaweb.google.com/Tearjerkers2004/SpringFlingAtThaHoller2010#
Our next 2 gatherings will be Tearjerkers East Coast Nationals August 4-8, 2010 at Fort Chiswell RV Park in Max Meadows, VA and End Of Summer Fun At Tha Lake September 17-19, 2010 at High Rock Lake Marina and Campground in Lexington, NC.
Hope to see ya ’round a campfire real soon,