This South Carolina-based group brings a traveling kitchen to rallies.
By Susan Turner, F424533
Great food, fun folks, and new adventures. It adds up to fantastic rally times with the Carolina Cruisers.
With us, food is a highlight, because Chef Craig “Cannon” Hudson, a longtime member of the chapter and a professional caterer, has served mouthwatering meals at our rallies for more than 15 years. He does it by bringing our chapter’s mobile kitchen and smoker grill to every event. Plus, “Mrs. Chef,” Connie Hudson, Cannon’s wife, makes desserts that satisfy anyone’s sweet tooth.
The kitchen is in a trailer containing a refrigerator, a big cooker, and everything that our chef needs. Painted on the outside of the trailer are the words “Carolina Cruisers. Smiling Faces . . . Going Places.”
Time spent with the Carolina Cruisers is not all about food, though. We enjoy fellowship by seeing the sights together during our rally adventures. At our first rally of the year, in March 2015, we met in Brunswick, Georgia. We saw a comedy play at a local theater, watched wild horses run on Cumberland Island, and enjoyed a dolphin cruise; plus, we visited the 1800s at Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation.
We have 55 coaches in our chapter, and usually 15 to 20 coaches at our rallies. Our group is not just all couples, and we welcome single and widowed members. This is not a “Make it on your own” chapter; it’s a “We’ll look out for you” group.
We usually have rallies in spring, summer, and fall, and we cap off the year at a Christmas dinner in December. We do fundraising at each rally and donate the money to different organizations. We have helped families in need and have contributed to the Wounded Warrior Project. We make a bigger charity donation at Christmas.
Our chapter’s home base is South Carolina, and we have had rallies all over that state as well as in Georgia and North Carolina. We enjoy all manner of activities and games. The golfers go golfing, and you will have a group playing Kings Corners, shuffleboard, holey board, bridge, poker, card bingo, and the list goes on and on. But if quiet time together is your cup of tea, you will enjoy movie night, puzzle projects, and a good glass of vino while hanging out chatting with friends about old and new adventures to come.
This month at the Eastern Area Rally (October 14-18 in Asheville, North Carolina), we will be helping to park coaches and direct traffic, so look for us — and our food trailer, of course. If you can’t make it, contact FMCA’s Chapter Services Department at (513) 474-3622 or (800) 543-3622 for info about joining us at an upcoming rally.