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The 20th Annual International Orange Blossom Special Star Party, hosted by the St. Petersburg Astronomy Club, Inc. (SPAC), was a great success. We had 183 registered attendees, (the largest since leaving Hickory Hill). I want to thank everyone who has sent me their comments and suggestions. The con-sensus is; the weather did not cooperate, the food was great, the best ever swap meet, and the camaraderie could not be beat. We did get a fairly good night on Saturday. I saw my first, (to my knowledge), super nova in M-82.

I'm looking forward to an even larger attendance next year. You will want to register early as we used every available electrical hook-up. We are tentatively planning on March 18th through the 22nd for next year. Registration should open on Thanksgiving, November 27th and run through February 25th. There will not be a late registration period because of the large number of expected registrations.

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The many amenities of Withlacoochee River Park include: darker skies, 30 acre activity field for camping and viewing (there is limited electricity and water hookups), room to roam, 1.7 mile paved multi-purpose trail, 13 miles of hiking trails, 40 foot observation tower, 3 wooden boardwalks, 2 playground areas for the kids, and river access for canoeing (must bring your own canoe/kayak). Fishing is permitted by boat or along the riverbank. Persons 16 years of age and older must have a valid Florida fishing license.

Directions to Withlacoochee River Park