2013 Hodges Gardens Star Party

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Christopher K.
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2013 Hodges Gardens Star Party

Post by Christopher K. » January 13th, 2013, 8:53 pm

The fifth annual HGSP will take place from 13 March to 17 March.

The park is in Sabine Parish about a half-hour from Toledo Bend and thirty kilometers or so north of Leesville. Hodges Gardens State Park's treats include canoe rentals, a gift shop, a fishing pier and an observation area and trails. Pets are not allowed in any buildings, including cabins; all of the buildings are smoke-free.

Reservations must be made at least twenty-four hours in advance, but I strongly recommend obtaining any internal lodgings for the star party right now.

More about Hodges Gardens State Park:
http://www.hodgesgardens.net/pages/history or 800-354-3523

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Re: 2013 Hodges Gardens Star Party

Post by Poppa-Chris » January 14th, 2013, 12:14 pm

Will tent camping be allowed near the observation field?
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Re: 2013 Hodges Gardens Star Party

Post by btoman » January 28th, 2013, 10:43 am

Hey Chris,

Yes. There is tent camping right on the observing field. As like other star parties, they just don't allow the use of generators and white light on the observing field. There are a few pictures of the area and of some tents set up on the observing field on the main website. Just click the Hodges Gardens Star Party link at the top of the page. It's a fun time and hope you'll be able to join us!

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Re: 2013 Hodges Gardens Star Party

Post by frisb » January 28th, 2013, 1:45 pm

Where can I get a registration form for this year??

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Re: 2013 Hodges Gardens Star Party

Post by Poppa-Chris » January 28th, 2013, 10:15 pm

I don't think I will be able to make the whole event, but I will try to at least make it for the 16th & part of the 17th. (Probably show up late on the 15th) It's about a 4 to 4-1/2 hour ride from here as I remember isn't it?
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Re: 2013 Hodges Gardens Star Party

Post by frisb » January 28th, 2013, 11:04 pm

Yup, Poppa Chris, right around 4hrs. Hope to see you there. Did you find the registration?? I'd like to register early because the prices geaux up as the date gets closer...........at least it did at DSRSG.

Steph________I looked up and thought.......the barrier has begun to yield !!

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Re: 2013 Hodges Gardens Star Party

Post by fred8615 » January 29th, 2013, 8:31 am

frisb wrote:Where can I get a registration form for this year??
We don't have registration forms. You register onsite.
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Re: 2013 Hodges Gardens Star Party

Post by frisb » January 29th, 2013, 12:08 pm

That's right Mr. Barnett, thank you sir.
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Re: 2013 Hodges Gardens Star Party

Post by btoman » January 30th, 2013, 6:12 pm

Yes, indeed. Registration is just paid/done onsite. We have a very large field so adequate space is never a problem. We usually have around 50 registrants. Sometimes fewer.

For any first time attendees of the Hodges Gardens Star Party, please keep in mind that the final night (Saturday) is opened to the public for the first few hours of darkness. Many of the local residents that live under those nice skies don't get a chance to look through telescopes often and this was a nice public relations venture. In the past, there have been as many as 200 visitors. (Last year there were far fewer, but it was still fun.)

The public attending are coached on the rules of the star party such as, no white light and being respectful of other's property. If you've never had a chance to participate in any astronomy outreach, this is a good chance to see what a good time it can be.

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Re: 2013 Hodges Gardens Star Party

Post by Christopher K. » February 11th, 2013, 5:59 pm

The cabins seem to be going quickly this year. As of this posting...
Cabin Four is available for Wednesday night only.
Cabins Three, Five, Six, Eight and Ten are available for Wednesday and Thursday nights.
Cabin Eleven is available for Friday and Saturday nights.
Unimproved Campsite Five is available for Wednesday and Thursday nights; the other eight Unimproved Campsites are available for the entire time.

Get yours now if you haven't already! Alternatively, camping on the viewing grounds is allowed. Also, below are some lodging possibilities sent to me today by the Vernon Parish Chamber of Commerce...
*Best Western, 1200 North Sixth Street in Leesville (337-392-1672)
*Booker Lewis House, 106 East North Street in Leesville (800-726-7090)
*Comfort Suites, 11498 Lake Charles Highway in Leesville (337-404-3890)
*Country Inn, 3020 Colony Boulevard in Leesville (337-238-3506)
*Days Inn, 1910 South Fifth Street in Leesville (337-239-2612)
*Hampton Inn, 135 Express Boulevard in Leesville (337-239-2929)
*Holiday Inn Express, 122 Express Boulevard in Leesville (337-239-2122)
*Landmark Hotel, 3080 Colony Boulevard in Leesville (337-239-7571)
*LaQuinta Inn and Suites, 1308 Entrance Road in Leesville (337-537-8200)
*Ray's Mobile Home Park, 427 Pitkin Road in Leesville (337-537-3340)
*Shady Lake RV Park, 168 Sapphire Lane in Leesville (337-239-4674)
*Super Eight, 1808 South Fifth Street in Leesville (877-490-9330)
*Wildwood Resort, 129 Wildwood Road in Zwolle (800-341-3668)

Leesville is forty kilometers southeast of Florien. Zwolle is thirty-two kilometers northwest of Florien.

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