The seed was planted when members from the RASC - Kingston Centre decided to have a simple get-together with the Belleville Astronomy Club. We rented a large area of a provincial park in the area and held the first "Dark Sky Night Observing Session" - DSNOS.
We had a great time. 27 people showed up for the weekend. We held the main event - a big show n tell meet that lasted for hours into the night. As we closed the night, we emerged from the event tent to find a raging thunder storm. Most retreated to the tents and went to sleep. A few of us die-hards stayed up, taking up shelter under some portable patio tents. We sat up into the wee hours of the morning, watching movies on the 4" LCD viewfinder of a home video camera.
Those of us who did stay up, were rewarded with about five minutes of Observing at around 3:00 AM. A patch un the cloud had opened up to reveal Jupiter, Saturn, and areas of the Summer Triangle.