The Springs at Borrego

Captain Yankee and Caption Maple Leaf
Led the Way to The Borrego Cup
Photo by Maria Garcia
March 2018
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In This Issue:
Upcoming Events and Activities
10th Annual Borrego Cup Canada vs. USA Golf Tournament
Camp Host Calligraphy by Andrea Law
Pioneer Ranger of Anza-Borrego Dies at 92
RV of the Month
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It's March, and it's high season here at The Springs and and the Anza-Borrego Desert. Occupancy is running higher than usual this winter so plan your visit soon to get the best choice of sites.

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

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 4 PM daily. Or, you can book online at our online booking engine  here .

by Master Photographer Sharon Lobel

 Upcoming Events and Activities

Thursday, March 1 at 5 PM. Open Mic Night with John Hough and Andrea Law. 
Got a song to share? Bring it! Or just come and listen. We'll have a pot of hearty chili stew on the stove, and the Springs Wine and Beer Bar will be open.

Sunday, March 4 at 6:30 PM.  Star Party with Astronomer Dennis Mammana. This month's topic; 
The cosmos is a powerful illusion; nothing is as it appears. Tonight you will discover how all that we see in the sky above us appears not as it is "now" but as it was long ago, and how peering farther into space allows us to see back into time.

Call or visit the RV desk to sign up for the Star Party - $20 per person includes a light dinner and telescope viewing (weather permitting)

Read the February Edition of Dennis'
  Star Trails newsletter  here.

Home Star City by Dennis Mammana
The Milky Way by Dennis Mammana

Tuesdays, March 6, 13. 20 and 27, 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.
$5 for RV Guests. 

Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9 AM.
Hatha Yoga with Neysa.
$5 for RV guests

Wednesdays and Fridays at 10:30.
Pilates with Nesya 
Meet at the Torres Room. $5 for RV Guests

Monday and Wednesday, March 5, 7, 12 and 14 at 9 AM. 
"Walking off the Pounds" Exercise with Marsha.
At the Torres Room - No Charge to RV Guests

Saturday, March 10, 8-10 AM. Benefit pancake breakfast Pancakes, sausage, eggs, coffee and juice for $6. Proceeds will be donated to a local charity.

Saturday, March 17 at 5 PM. Wine tasting with Classic Wines of California. Snacks and wine tasting, no charge to RV Guests.

Saturday March 10 and Sunday March 11
Circle of Art at Christmas Circle. Free art show featuring over 60 artists. Fine art show including work in oil and watercolor, photography, sculpture, pottery/ceramics, jewelry and more. Historical  note; My mom, Jenny Wright, co-founded the Circle of Art 29 years ago!

Thursday,  March 15, 5 PM.   Appetizer Potluck. 
Bring a dish to share, your favorite beverage, and we'll make some new friends!  

Wednesday, March 28,  
Photography Workshop with Sharon Lobel. 
This Month: Nature Photography.
Please join Master Photographer Sharon Lobel in the Anza-Borrego desert and learn how to capture amazing images of Nature locally and abroad!

11:00 AM to 2:00 PM - Sharon Lobel "101 Adventures"
Photography Exhibit in the Torres Room

2:00 PM - 5:00 PM - All About Travel Photography
         - How to take the best photos while traveling.
         - How to pack your camera gear using simple tools.

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

For registration:   Sharon Lobel Photography

More information & details will follow once registered.

California Poppies
by Sharon Lobel

Sunday, April 8, 5 PM.
Free Community Concert with "Trails and Rails" Starring Walt Richards, Paula Strong and Mike Craig.
Combining acoustic American music with the history of the American west, Trails and Rails will entertain and inform us with their very polished performance. Show will be held at DreamWeaver Amphitheater at The Springs at Borrego.
Generously sponsored by the Borrego Springs Community Concert Association.

10th Annual Borrego Cup Canada 
vs. USA Golf Tournament 
Akin to the Olympic Flame, the Spirit of the Borrego Cup burns brightly. Left to right, Sandi Harder, Captain Yankee Bill Boettcher, Captain Maple Leaf Bob Shultz, and LPGA Golf Pro Brandy Casey.
Photo by Maria Garcia.

The tenth annual Borrego Cup was held February 22-24 at The Springs at Borrego and The RoadRunner Club. Closely matched two-person teams squared off in fierce international competition over two days of golfing.

Team USA eked out a win, taking the final match by one stroke for a one-match win. International good will was the most important result, however, as the competitors came together for a gala awards banquet and dance party. 

The Canadian competitors vowed they would return to be victorious next year!
We hope to see you soon  in sunny and starry Borrego! 

Dan Wright  
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Camp Host Calligraphy
by Camp Host Andrea Law 

Have you ever noticed the sand signature that welcomes you to your RV site at The Springs at Borrego?  

Guests of The Springs at Borrego, both newcomers and old timers alike, frequently comment on the Camp Host Sand Art. They have come to anticipate the etched motif, indicating that their site has been freshly detailed.

When satisfied that the site is prepared for an incoming guest, the Camp Host proudly leaves The Mark of the Rake. Over the years, this tradition has evolved into some serious competition among the camp hosts.  

Some rakers are intimidated by the mere thought of putting pencil to sketch pad. Yet they let loose their artsy side when they work on a pull-through site.  

The rake patterns vary from images such as kokopelli or a lizard, to curves, to swirls, to concentric rings. Clearly the crop circle phenomenon is alive and well and living in Borrego! Indeed, the Rake Artist may well take inspiration from the world class dark skies above, displaying their intricate patterns of interstellar graffiti. 

Some Camp Hosts have taken this organic craft to another level, using stones or golf balls as their medium of choice. If the weather cooperates, the contours will be semi-permanent. But the aftermath of the desert wind is not a pretty sight. 

Know however, that this earth-centered artisana comes with technical challenges. One must, at all costs, avoid actually walking on the sand after the rake session is complete. This explains why some particularly pious Camp Hosts have actually been seen levitating. Who needs to walk on the water of The Salton Sea, when one can leap from pedestal to pad?

Enjoy their craft when you get the chance, and the next time you recognize your Camp Host Sand Signer, give them a pat on the back for sharing their creativity in the sand.

Sometimes the campers reply in kind!

Giant of California State Parks Passes at 92
Retired California State Park ranger Wesley Cater succumbed to leukemia at age 92 in Morro Bay on February 13, 2018.  His various career ranger assignments, from 1949 through 1980 included California's deserts, beaches and historical monuments. Transfers to the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park included periods in the forties, fifties and the sixties, when he was Park Superintendant from 1965 to 1968. He was instrumental in establishing the Anza-Borrego Foundation in 1967. In 1968 he left Borrego to become the Superintendent at Hearst Castle.
Wes was the State Park Superintendent in Borrego Springs in 1966 when he endured some political and professional strife as Cesar Chavez and the United Farm Workers were attempting to organize the laborers at DiGiorgio Farms. The unionizing of the workers was not well received locally by those with political and financial influence.  Their pressure was successful in moving the Chavez camp out of Christmas Circle and discouraging lodging at local motels.  Sheriff's deputies made some arrests of the organizers during confrontations that unfolded near the vineyards.  Eventually, Chavez and the organizers found refuge at the State Park's Borrego Palm Canyon campground where Wes took an unpopular stand, advising a local influential business leader and developer that the park was open to everyone, including labor organizers. 

Wes will be long-remembered for his love of California, the Anza-Borrego desert, and our state's natural beauty.  He shared many of his park stories and history with his friends and family that will be forever treasured.
He was predeceased by his wife, Celeste, in 2017 and is survived by his four children, Kathy, Ken, Chris and Carolyn.

Editor's Note: Ken Cater is a Camp Host at The Springs at Borrego, a graduate of Borrego Springs High School, and an expert on the history of Borrego Springs.

RV of the Month
1941 Western Flyer
Tip o' the hat to Ken Cater

Springs Guests Welcome at RoadRunner Club Lecture Series 
Swainson's Hawk by Iris Kilpatrick .

RV Guests staying at The Springs are welcome to attend a free series of Sunday afternoon presentations at the RoadRunner Clubhouse in March. The lineup includes;

March 4, 4 PM, "Earthquake Preparedness; It's not Whether but When", by John Peterson, Geologist.

March 11, 4 PM, "Wolves Near Borrego Springs; Who Knew?" by The California Wolf Center.

March 18, 4 PM, "Birds of Borrego Springs" by Hal "Hawk Guy" Cohen.


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