2012-03-06 / Lifestyles

RV club plans Lampasas visit

By DAVID LOWE
Staff Writer


Get'Away Gals Camping Club members Mary Morris, left, and Jo Wilhelm display their Mardi Gras attire during a masked ball the club attended last month in Louisiana. Get'away Gals will bring their colorful costumes and vintage recreational vehicles to Lampasas the week of March 17, when they will enjoy a St. Patrick's Day-themed trip to several sites in and around town. Get'Away Gals Camping Club members Mary Morris, left, and Jo Wilhelm display their Mardi Gras attire during a masked ball the club attended last month in Louisiana. Get'away Gals will bring their colorful costumes and vintage recreational vehicles to Lampasas the week of March 17, when they will enjoy a St. Patrick's Day-themed trip to several sites in and around town. Nearly 40 recreational vehicles – including vintage models and artistically designed trailers – will be on display to the public March 17 at Boone RV Park when the Get’away Gals Camping Club hosts an open house as part of its trip to Lampasas.

The women’s social group – which includes members from Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana and Oklahoma – organizes monthly camping trips and has visited areas from the Hill Country to North Texas and East Texas to Breaux Bridge, La.

Get’away Gals’trailers vary in length and design, and several are customized to reflect the personalities and interests of club members, who range in age from 27 to 82. Lampasas trip organizer Jo Wilhelm, for example, will travel in her 12-foot-long trailer nicknamed “Mz. Gozalot” in honor of its owner’s frequent outings to various locales. One side of the trailer is decorated with bluebonnets, and the other features a Texas flag and the words “Don’t Mess with Texas Women.”


A variety of decorated trailers -- including Jo Wilhelm's Texas-themed "Mz. Gozalot" -- will be on display in an open house March 17 from 1-3 p.m. at Boone RV Park. A variety of decorated trailers -- including Jo Wilhelm's Texas-themed "Mz. Gozalot" -- will be on display in an open house March 17 from 1-3 p.m. at Boone RV Park. Other rigs in the group include “Creole Lady” and “Pistol-Packin’ Polly.”

Get’away Gals will begin arriving in Lampasas March 14 for several days of shopping and sightseeing. About 50 visitors are expected to stay in town through March 18.

The club visit will feature a St. Patrick’s Day theme, as Get’away Gals will enjoy corned beef and cabbage, and other traditional Irish fare. The Gals usually dress up for their outings, Ms. Wilhelm said, and probably will be seen in cowboy boots and hats, green club T-shirts and glittery accessories.

The women’s stay in Lampasas also will feature a historical presentation, a trip to Keystone Square Museum and a possible campfire cookout.

The open house is set for 1-3 p.m. March 17 at Boone RV Park, 1907 South U.S. Highway 281. Donations will be accepted, and the proceeds will benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Lampasas.

“We’re hoping a lot of Lampasas people will come out and meet us and have fun,” Ms. Wilhelm said.

Group members have enjoyed Lampasans’ hospitality, the Austin resident said, as they have planned their getaway.

Boone RV Park co-owner Carolyn Brown said she is proud the town’s amenities convinced the club to play a visit.

“I think it speaks real highly of Lampasas that they sought us out,” Mrs. Brown said.

For more information, visit www.getawaygals.com, or phone 556-5171.

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