7-10 October 2021
The forty-second annual Mojave Road Rendezvous is drawing closer. This year, Rendezvous will be over Columbus Day weekend 7-10 October 2021. We are looking forward to seeing you! We are offering field trips and several workshops and activities. However, the heart of this year's Rendezvous will be a memorial service to honor the memory of Dennis Casebier, our friend, and the founder of the MDHCA. The memorial will begin on Saturday afternoon at 3 pm and is open to the public.
Oct. 7, THURSDAY
5:30 pm. For early arrivals there will be a Popcorn Feast at the Flywheel Café. Bring your own extra snacks and drinks. Popcorn and butter will be provided.
Oct. 8. FRIDAY
6:00 am. Coffee is available in the Cookhouse.
10:00 am – 4:00 pm. Registration will be open in the Schoolhouse - $10 per person (no charge for children). Purchase door prize and raffle tickets, membership sign-ups and renewals, sign-up for field trips and workshops and bid on silent auction items.
2:00 pm. Workshop: Mosaic Mirror Making by Mignon Slentz. Mosaic mirrors made with a variety of found objects, including keepsakes, pottery, metal bits and glass will be on display. The workshop will include how to prepare the hardi-backer and procedures for cutting tile, pottery, and glass. Located at the Flywheel Café.
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm. Exhibit Hall Open.
4:00 pm. Running of the Que Ken crusher and American Boy stamp mill.
5:00 pm. Evening festivities will begin with Happy Hour at the Flywheel Café, followed by a Potluck Dinner at 5:30. Bring your favorite dish, or hors d’oeuvres to share, and bring your own beverages.
7:30. The Wagon Master Award ceremony will begin at the porch of the Route 66 House. The ceremony will include introduction of the Grand Marshals: Debbie Miller-Marschke and Steve Marschke.
Campfire in evening, weather permitting.
Oct. 9. Saturday.
6 am. Coffee available in Cookhouse.
8 am. - 2:00 pm. Registration in the Schoolhouse. Gift Shop will also be open. Silent Auction.
8:00 am - 9:30 am. Workshop by Billy Creech: The EMHT – Planning, Preparation, and Expectations in the Jo Ann Casebier Reading Room in the Dennis G. Casebier Library Depot. The workshop will cover all four EMHT segments. Topics covered will include: understanding and using the original Guidebooks in conjunction with the new Supplemental Guides; using and interpreting the GPS file for your navigation system; recommended exploration kit and vehicle preparation; pointing out the locations of sites of interest not listed in the guides; details regarding the planned route vs identified alternate routes. Bring something to take notes on and your copies of the original guidebooks and the supplements. If you don’t own copies, you can purchase them from our website: https://mdhca.org/emht-article Since time is of the essence, we suggest you purchase the guidebooks and Supplements at Goffs.
8:15 am. Educational Field Trip down old Route 66. Leader: Joe deKehoe. This drive will be a casual drive, mostly on pavement, on National Trails Highway beginning at Goffs and driving west and stop at sites – Ease Essex, Essex, Danby, Cadiz, Summit, Chamless, etc. – stopping at each to discuss the history and illustrate with historic photos as we go.
9:00 am. Workshop. MDHCA Fire Wagon demo by Arioch M’Greene, Kara Crowley (Darelyn Casebier’s daughter) and Mike Harris, Fire Captain from Peeples Valley AZ.
10:00 am to 11:00 am. PowerPoint presentation: The Casebier Rock Shelter by David Nichols, Mojave National Preserve Archeologist. Location is the Jo Ann Casebier Reading Room in the Dennis G. Casebier Library Depot.
11:30 am. Workshop. Horseshoe Blacksmith Demonstration will be given at the new Arioch M’Greene forge (located just south of the American Boy mill) by Mike Harris with assistance from Arioch M’Greene and Kara Crowley.
1:00 pm. Running of the Gyratory Crusher and the Stotts Stamp Mill.
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm. Repeat Workshop (if warranted): The EMHT – Planning, Preparation, and Expectations, presented by Billy Creech. This will be a repeat of the 8:00 am workshop.
1:00 pm. Repeat Workshop (if warranted): Horseshoe Blacksmith Demonstration. This will be a repeat of the 11:30 am workshop.
2:00 pm. Steve Marschke will demonstrate his Civil War musket and equipment that would have been used on the Mojave Road during the 1860s.
3:00 pm. Dennis G. Casebier Memorial. Eulogies will be given by Darelyn Casebier and John Fishell. The memorial will be open to the public.
4:00 pm. Following the Memorial, the Raffle drawing will begin at the north porch of the Route 66 House. Winners need not be present to win. Immediately following the Raffle, the Door Prize drawing begins. Winners MUST be present to win door prizes.
6:30 pm. Dennis and Jo Ann, Tales from the Trail: This will be an informal time to share Dennis & Jo Ann stories it will include photos. Come share your tales with us.
8:00 pm. The Schoolhouse will be open for last minute Silent Auction bids. Bring your own beverages and enjoy the comradery and competition.
9 pm. Silent Auction closes. Winners can claim and pay for their prizes Saturday evening until 9:30 or on Sunday beginning at 8:30. Campfire in evening if weather permits.
Oct. 10, Sunday
6 am. Coffee available in Cookhouse.
7:15 am. Educational Field Trip to Mitchell Caverns. This trip is completely booked up and we are only taking names for the wait list at this time.
8:30 am. The Schoolhouse and Gift shop will open to pick up Silent Auction items.
9 :00 am. Educational Field Trip to Sacramento Canyon/Vontrigger Springs Pictographs and cabin cave. Leader: Jim Donatz. This location is only 10 miles north of Goffs. A 4WD is not necessary, but high ground clearance is required. Carpooling is suggested
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm. The Exhibit Hall will be open.
5:30 pm. Potluck dinner at the Flywheel Café. Following dinner will be an evening of Karaoke and music by the Flywheel Band. If you play an instrument, bring it along and join in.
ENJOY YOUR STAY IN GOFFS AND THE ACTIVITIES OF MOJAVE ROAD RENDEZVOUS 2021 - OUR 42nd!!! JOIN US IN PLANNING FOR THE 43rd MOJAVE ROAD RENDEZVOUS IN 2022!
COMMUNICATION AT GOFFS: MDHCA staff members carry FRS radios on channel 14-0. You can use a radio to call out to anyone if you need help. If you need routine information or assistance, ask for Laura Misajet or Phil Motz. Keep your communication short and to the point so the channel is open for others. Remember, everyone with an FRS radio can hear your conversation.
**ONSITE EMERGENCIES** Contact a member of the Rendezvous staff on FRS channel 14-0:
Laura Misajet (cell: 760-790-8662)
Morris and Judy Swain (cell: 928-965-2331)
AED equipment is located inside Cookhouse near backdoor. Schedule subject to change.