After reading the article in the Maryville Daily Forum about the City of Maryville's new plan to promote Mozingo Lake Recreation Park, it brought to mind our first Hollensbe Counsin's reunion of 88 people from coast to coast. Mozingo Lake is a perfect place to have a big family gathering. A lot of time and planning went into getting this all together.
We were told that you could not reserve the area until January, which we reserved in January. We were to have the Ed Phillip's Shelter from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, June 22, 2013. The money to reserve it was paid down. It's a nice big shelter, peaceful, quiet, pretty place to visit with family that had not been together for a long time, good view of the lake, fun playground close for the kids to play in. We had food to be catered in, serving at 3:30.
Then apparently City Hall, Park Dept., KNIM, Texaco Country Showdown and Hy-Vee also thought this was a good place to be, so in May they let us know they would also share the area with entertainment from 3 to 9. We decided to change our lunch time from 3:30 to 12:30 so we could have some peaceful time before it was too loud to visit. The big stage they use at the County Fair was brought out and set up very close to the shelter house, just before the reunion. We were told we couldn't even rope off any of the grass area around the shelter house for our family.
The assistant City Manager called at about 3:15 p.m. on Friday afternoon, the 21st, and told us the Lion's Shelter house area had come open, and since it would be noisy and a lot of extra people at the point, this might be a better place to have our family reunion. It wasn't they could move the Showdown to the Lions Shelter area or the golf course clubhouse area, we could move.
It worked out ok, the Lions area was very nice, the people working at the park were very helpful and made sure we had enough tables. It's just the thought that when you reserve an area and pay to hold it, it would be nice if families didn't have to give in to the big people's promotions. So when you reserve a place at the Lake, don't count too much on things going as planned.
All the frustration, hard feelings, extra work could have been eliminated if only those in charge would have told the Showdown, sorry this area is already reserved.
Jerry & Joan Schneider, Maryville