Riverbend Home Educators gathered to celebrate the end of the school year with our annual End of Year Bash, which was held at Thistle Dew Plantation in Clarksville, Fl. Of course, as homeschoolers we have the freedom to set our own schedule, and many of our families even school year-round, but this is a fun way to kickoff our summer season, and the kids really enjoy getting together and celebrating their hard work and accomplishments. The parents may even enjoy it too...just a bit.
We love getting together at Thistle Dew Plantation, it’s an extraordinary location for celebrations, and a favorite for our group. We gathered first in “Willow’s Cafe”, an open-air pavilion, to set up for our barbecued lunch, and to chat and socialize (wait, homeschoolers DO that?!). The kids were extremely anxious to get in the water, however, so swimming came first! We swam, we kayaked, we canoed, we paddle-boated, we splashed (ahem, Tara and Kay), and most importantly, we laughed and we loved.
But bellies began to rumble and we all agreed it was time to break for lunch. We enjoyed pulled pork and smoked chicken, potato salad, baked beans, crescent dogs, chips, sweet potato souffle, desserts galore, and more than enough ice-cold drinks to keep the heat at bay. During our lunch break we also discussed a bit of group business, including our latest fund raiser, Cards for a Cause, announcing our new website, and of course, thanking the wonderful families that make up Riverbend Home Educators.
Once bellies were filled Kamanawana Pond beckoned again, and off everyone went for more fun. From the youngest to the oldest, the smallest to the largest, there was something for all. After a few hours of playing we enjoyed watermelon, which was as fun to watch the children eat, as it was refreshing. And then, as if it held off just for us and our fun, as we tidied up and packed to leave, dark clouds rolled in, and as we were driving off, a light rain started. This year’s End of Year Bash was certainly a success, memories were made, friendships were further solidified, and I eagerly look forward to RHE’s summer activities.
Until our next adventure,