2014 Hodges Gardens Star Party

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Christopher K.
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2014 Hodges Gardens Star Party

Post by Christopher K. » January 1st, 2014, 6:35 pm

This year's HGSP will take place from Wednesday, 26 March to Sunday, 30 March. Each of the four nighttime periods (Wednesday to Saturday) participants will have complete darkness from 9pm to 5:30am. It will be a planet-rich HGSP in 2014--Jupiter, Mars and Saturn will all be well-placed, and Venus will rise to greet those who are still up during morning twilight.

If I checked the reservations site correctly, most cabins are still available as of today.

More information:
http://www.brastro.org/hgsp.html

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Re: 2014 Hodges Gardens Star Party

Post by Christopher K. » March 21st, 2014, 4:08 pm

Camping on the viewing grounds at the HGSP is allowed. Also, below are some lodging possibilities sent to me last year by the Vernon Parish Chamber of Commerce. I'm assuming a majority of the information is correct.

*Best Western, 1200 North Sixth Street in Leesville (337-392-1672)
*Booker Lewis House, 106 East North Street in Leesville (800-726-7090)
http://www.booker-lewishouse.com/_index.php
*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)
http://www.shadylakervpark.com/
*Super Eight, 1808 South Fifth Street in Leesville (877-490-9330)
*Wildwood Resort, 129 Wildwood Road in Zwolle (800-341-3668)
http://www.wildwood-resort.com/

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

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Re: 2014 Hodges Gardens Star Party

Post by Christopher K. » March 25th, 2014, 4:24 pm

Tomorrow is the first night, though Saturday night looks best. Here are the current NOAA forecasts for 1am in Florien for each morning on HGSP...

Thursday, 27 March
temperature, 13˚C
sky cover, 83%
precipitation potential, 40%
relative humidity, 67%
surface wind, SE 21 km/h


Friday, 28 March
temperature, 19˚C
sky cover, 65%
precipitation potential, 50%
relative humidity, 92%
surface wind, S 13 km/h


Saturday, 29 March
temperature, 18˚C
sky cover, 59%
precipitation potential, 20%
relative humidity, 74%
surface wind, NW 13 km/h


Sunday, 30 March
temperature, 14˚C
sky cover, 12%
precipitation potential, 5%
relative humidity, 67%
surface wind, NE 10 km/h

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Re: 2014 Hodges Gardens Star Party

Post by Christopher K. » March 29th, 2014, 8:12 pm

Well I could not make it this year. However, I'd like to get a full report from those who attended. Tonight there should be a very good sky above the viewing grounds, with low water vapor, relative humidity staying under 75% and only 15% cloud cover.

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Re: 2014 Hodges Gardens Star Party

Post by Christopher K. » June 5th, 2014, 2:34 pm

I understand there was a parkwide power outage for a portion of this year's HGSP. There was also (as told to me) severe weather in Many; several BRAS members are convinced the town experienced a tornado.

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