The Springs at Borrego

Sunrise at The Springs
by Cathy Bonetti

December 2017
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In This Issue:
December Events and Activities
RV of the Month
Rare Bird Spotted at The Springs
Borrego Springs Film Fest Returns in January
Fishing at The Springs
PhotoShop of the Month.
It's December, and while folks most everywhere in the country are slogging through cold rain or snow, Borrego Springs is enjoying sunshine and clear skies. There is good availability in the RV Park for most of the month, so consider getting out of the rain or snow for a winter respite. 

This month features another of our series of star parties with Astronomer Dennis Mammana, another photography workshop with Master Photographer Sharon Lobel, and the ever-popular Nesya and her water aerobics, yoga and pilates classes.

The golf course has been overseeded and is getting good reviews, so call  today to reserve your place in the California's Secret Desertâ„¢. Our reservation team is waiting to hear from you  at 760-767-0004 from 8 AM to 5 PM daily. Or, you can book online at our online booking engine  here .

Our favorite license plate spotted over Thanksgiving Weekend. Just like The Springs at Borrego!

 Upcoming Events and Activities
Tuesdays, December 5, 12, 19, and 26, 5 PM. Campfire Night at the Waterfall Ramada
Bring a chair,  your favorite beverage, and a smile. We'll bring the hot dogs and s'mores.

Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 10:30 AM
Water Aerobics with Nesya.
No charge for RV guests. 

Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9 AM.
Hatha Yoga with Neysa.
Free to RV guests

Wednesdays and Fridays at 10:30.
Pilates with Nesya - no charge to RV guests.
Meet at the Torres Room

Thursday, December 7, 6 PM.  RVers Potluck.  Bring a dish to share, your favorite beverage, and we'll get to know each other a little better.  

Saturday, December 9, 8-10 AM. Benefit pancake breakfast Pancakes, sausage, eggs, coffee and juice for $6. Proceeds will be donated to The Fisher House Foundation, which benefits wounded veterans and their families.

Wednesday Evening, December 13. The Geminid Meteor Shower  w ill peak on this evening.   What better place to view than the clear, dark skies of Borrego?

Saturday, December 16 at 5 PM: Wine Tasting with Classic Wines of California.
Featured Winery will be Robert Hall of Paso Robles. Snacks will be provided, no charge to RV Guests

Sunday, December 17 at 6:30 PM. Star Party with Astronomer Dennis Mammana. This month's topic; 
As we turn yet another page on the calendar, an exciting year of celestial events comes into view: lunar and planetary conjunctions, meteor showers, eclipses and more. Don't miss this fun-filled preview of what promises to be a most fascinating year of celestial delights!
$20 per person includes star talk and slide show, a light dinner and a trip out to the Astronomy Park for telescope viewing (weather permitting).
Aurigid Meteor by Dennis Mammana
Aurigid Meteor Shower over Borrego
by Dennis Mammana.

Monday, December 25, at 3 PM. 
Christmas Potluck.
We'll bring the ham and turkey, you bring a side dish to share, and together we will experience the blessings of Christmas.

Wednesday, December 27,  Macro  Wildlife  Photography Workshop with Sharon Lobel. 
Join Master Photographer Sharon Lobel in the Anza-Borrego Desert and learn how to capture amazing closeup photography of flowers and insects.

Weathered But Beautiful
 by Sharon Lobel.

Photography Workshop Schedule:
11:00 AM to 2:00 PM - Sharon Lobel Photography Exhibit in the Torres Room "101 Adventures"
2:30 PM - 5 PM Hands on Classroom Photographing.

RV Resort Guest $45.00 and General Public $95.00.  Must Pre-Pay to hold your seat (Limited Seating).

More information & details will follow once registered.

RV of the Month
1951 Hudson Commodore with
 Matching Travel Trailer.
Tip o' the Hat to Nancy Bye

Rare Bird Spotted at The Springs

  Hal "Hawk Guy" Cohen sent us this photo of a rare Eurasian Widgeon spotted at The Springs, the only male of the species ever recorded in Borrego Springs.

We hope to see you soon  in sunny and starry Borrego! 

Dan Wright  
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Fifth Annual Borrego Springs Film Festival Returns January 11-15

"Shadow of Drought: Southern California's Looming Water Crisis"
Will be screened Saturday, January 13
 at 3:30 PM, Block "I"

The fifth annual Borrego Springs Film Festival will run January 11 through 15 at the Borrego Springs Performing Arts Center. 55 films were selected for screening over the five-day fest out of 230 films submitted.

Full-festival passes will go on sale at the festival website on or around December 15 for $125 each. Individual screening block tickets will be available for $10 each. Individual tickets guarantee admission, while admission for full-fest pass holders is first-come first-served.

Festival founder Fred Jee promises another great lineup of films, noting that the quality of the films presented has increased steadily over the years. "This year there were no less than 70 films that were rated 8.4 (out of 10) or higher. This is a substantial improvement in the quality of the films". 

The lineup of films is broadly diverse, and represent a spectrum of genres, from animation, documentaries, latino, narrative shorts and features. It is a strongly international festival as well, with films from no less than 13 nations around the world

As in the past, full-festival passes are expected to sell out rather quickly after going on sale. As Fred says, "If you wait, it will be too late!" But a pass is not needed to see many great films. You can go online and buy individual screening block tickets for $10 and be guaranteed seats in the block, or you can show up at the box office at around 10 minutes before the scheduled block time, and purchase tickets at the door for most if not all films.

 The documentary "Aghanashini" about a wild and scenic river in India will kick off the 
2018 Film Festival.

The festival begins at 4 PM on January 11, with a block of four films headlines by the 41-minute documentary "Aghanashini". This highly rated film uses stunning cinematography and high production values to reveal an unspoiled and remote river in India. 

Au Revoir Balthazar (10 Minute Animation)

Friday at 2 PM brings one of our screening committee's favorite films of the year. Animated using highly innovative materials and artistic methods, "Au Revoir Balthazar" is one of the most touching short animations in recent memory. Some screeners were actually moved to tears while watching it. (Guilty!)

"First Girl I Loved",
91 Minute Narrative Feature
Block H, Saturday at 1 PM

Saturday at 1 PM Brings what may prove to be the closest thing to a big-studio big -budget narrative feature film in BSFF. "First Girl I Loved" is a beautifully crafted coming-of-age story of young love. Again, some screeners were moved to tears while viewing it. No doubt some festival-goers will be also.

"SOS: The Salton Sea Walk", will be shown Sunday at 1 PM.

Sunday, January 14 features the screening of a documentary on the subject of one of the most important and vexing environmental problems of our desert area. In 2015, community activist Randy Brown walked the entire shoreline of the Salton Sea in the heat of summer. His mission: to raise awareness of the continued degradation and depletion of the sea and our governments' near-complete ignorance and lack of action. 

"Cataract Gold" is a old-fashioned western shot partially in Borrego Springs.

On Monday, January 15, the festival will wrap up with the presentation of "Cataract Gold" a feature-length western produced and shot partially in Borrego Springs. Watch carefully, you may see some folks you know in this film!

Quick Links 
    Fishing at the Springs
Camper Finn Minton caught a whopper at
The Springs Catch and Release area.
Doggie says,"Wow, for me?"
PhotoShop of the Month
Those who have been around the Springs for a while will recognize Peter Hahn, who sent us this whimsical cut-and-paste job. Peter is a real-life war hero, having flown a P-51 fighter plane in World War II. He added, "In case they need me, I'm ready!"