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#1 Alex McConahay

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Posted 20 August 2012 - 03:23 PM

The organizers for Nightfall at the Palm Canyon Resort in Borrego Springs have some sad news for those who love this special star party:

"Due to the loss of ownership of the Palm Canyon Resort and the inability to find an acceptable venue to host Nightfall this year, I am sorry to announce that Nightfall 2012 is officially canceled and we will advise on the status of 2013 when information is available." Frank Boecker, President, Riverside Astronomical Society.

The chief organizer, Ralph, received notice that the Palm Canyon was closing its doors effective August 8, and could not accommodate the annual gathering. He and others were unable to find an alternative site that offered the combination of dark skies, hotel, swimming pool, restaurant, rv park, and other amenities that made Nightfall so special, at least on so short a notice.

The club has made a commitment to getting Nightfall back on track for 2013, but they did not want to stage a poor imitation of the event for this year at some other site that simply could not match the Palm Canyon.

More information can be found on the club site, rivastro.org,

If you have a hole in your observing schedule now, you may want to make plans for GMARS that weekend. The club will have its dark site open that weekend---it is a great place to observe and image, but it cannot replace the once a year Nightfall at the Palm Canyon.

Alex

#2 PAW

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Posted 15 October 2012 - 02:38 AM

Thanks to Riv Astro for their efforts over the years to organize Nightfall. I always looked forward to Nightfall and I know many others did as well.

I found some new info on the resort that hosted Nightfall, it seems like the resort will reopen although dates are unclear.

http://www.utsandieg...-another-hotel/

#3 Alex McConahay

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Posted 16 October 2012 - 04:47 PM

Yes, we kinda knew reopeningwas in the air....but not in time for this year. We are watching it.

Alex

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Posted 16 October 2012 - 09:09 PM

Haven't been able to go since I moved away from San Diego, but that was one of my favorite star parties for my years living there.

I hope it re-opens - I would love a chance to take my kids to it someday.

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#5 dave hightower

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Posted 14 April 2013 - 07:34 PM

I see on the RTMC website that they intend to have Nightfall 2013 at the same venue! The hotel website is up with the only downer being that the restaurant is closed. They didn't answer the phone but the phone tree apparently works.

#6 dave hightower

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Posted 14 April 2013 - 07:35 PM

Nightfall link:
http://nightfallstarparty.com/

#7 dmdouglass

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Posted 14 April 2013 - 08:11 PM

Looking forward to more information as it becomes available.

#8 Alex McConahay

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Posted 14 April 2013 - 09:25 PM

We are working to have the Nightfall you have come to know and love. We do not yet have all the speakers arranged, but should have the lineup by Mid May.

But yes, follow the link Dave supplied.

Alex

#9 dmdouglass

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Posted 15 April 2013 - 09:00 AM

I think maybe you guys need to start a new thread with a new thread title.... this one is "Bad News".

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Posted 22 April 2013 - 11:30 PM

I had been following the sale of the resort, noted in this article:

http://www.utsandieg...art/?print&a...

Here is the listing for the resort:

https://my.rcm1.com/...Nj1w9kHS2WZF...

If I had a cool 2 mil laying around, I do think the resort has a lot of potential.

Either way, I'm glad Nightfall 2013 is back on.






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