As of Labor Day, 22 active members of the New York State Outdoor Writers Association and a dozen of their spouses were planning to attend the annual conference set for Oct. 2-5 in the Hope Lake Lodge at Greek Peak Mountain Resort.
It's a genuine gathering of the clan. Writers-in-residence from Niagara Falls and Long Island will be there, ready to find out what sort of fishing and hunting adventures and breath-taking vistas await them and their readers in the central part of the Empire State. When NYSOWA visited Cortland County for one of the organization's Spring Safaris in 2012, they reeled in a 23-inch walleye, a 22-inch brown trout and a couple of 20-pound gobblers. If your aim is true and you have the bait they're taking, the group can do even better this time around!
This year's conference chairman Mike Kelly of next-door neighbor Onondaga County and two very helpful Cortland County residents, hunting expert Mike Joyner and pedaling and paddling ace Roger Fulton, have arranged for members to sample biking, hiking, fishing and hunting of the kind local folks routinely enjoy.
Morning outings on field, stream, lake and bike-hike hotspots will precede afternoon demonstrations and casual gab sessions and lunches with tackle manufacturers (Cortland Line Co), publishers (Burford Books), a nearby nature center (Lime Hollow), and more. Come Saturday evening, the group will fete winners in its annual writing and photography contests and conduct auctions and raffles to raise money for its scholarship fund.
Somewhere in that schedule, participants will manage to hold their annual board meeting and general meeting, to elect a full slate of officers, discuss other issues for the good of the organization and, of course, pay the bills.
Any questions? Email Mike Kelly at firstname.lastname@example.org.