Alright, it's time we got this thread started. I already have two dates in mind for this year, so I'll share them right away. The 2017 TR BBQ is going to happen on either July 15th or August 12th. For this year's BBQ I want to tone things down a little, but I'll settle for just not ramping them up. I'd love to have a BBQ where, you know, I can actually spend time with the people attending, but that never quite seems to happen with all the special projects I try to cook up every year. We'll see how that works out when we get within a couple months of the event... Of course, the mainstays of the BBQ will be as normal, I'm just talking about resisting the urge to take it up another notch somehow.
I've also decided not to do any fundraising this year. The ROI just wasn't there, both in time and money. If people want to do a 50/50 raffle, I'll consider it. Generally though, I just want a care-free, no pressure event for everyone. Speaking of which, I'm 99% sure I won't do the live stream either, I know I've said that before, but this time I think I mean it. So few people watch it that, unless they'll really miss it, I just don't think it's worth the effort - and I've heard some attendees say they'd prefer not to be broadcast anyway.
One final note, while I intend to host the BBQ for as long as possible, I think it's fair to say that we've had more BBQs on Lake MI than we will have in the future. I'm not saying this year's BBQ will be the last one at our cottage by any means, but as time moves on and the next generation inherits the property, it becomes more and more difficult to pay for and maintain. So, it's probably premature, but if you've even considered coming to the BBQ, don't wait - I simply don't know how much longer we can host it at this awesome location.
Obligatory pic from last year: