Thank You NoVAGO!


Thank you to everyone who made donations at the “Hauntingly Familiar” NoVAGO’s Fall Picnic and Auction!  A quick scan through our books says this was our biggest day in quite some time.  Enough donations came in that will support most of next year’s events and ensure that 2017 will be set novago10for greatness.

From the pre-order signup sheets interest is high in the upcoming NoVAGO 10 Year anniversary Path Tags and geocoins.

Thank you to all of the officers, volunteers, and family members who assisted with odds and ends of this event. From those of you who sold tickets, supplied pot luck dishes, cleaned up, or just threw in a hand where needed… It was a huge help.


NoVAGO is proud to announce the 2016 Cache series…

novagomurder(with Shameless plagiarism from Hooclass2002) Last year that dastardly Grinch mischievously sneaked his way around NoVA trying to ruin our holiday fun.  This year, his antics appear to be mere child’s play, as something far more sinister has taken place.

Over the past seven months many of NoVAGO’s bravest and noblest souls have schemed and brewed up a new 2016 cache series – and this time it is a MURDER MYSTERY.

To seek out the answer to the mystery just hunt down collect the clue from each cache. Once you work your way through the series you will know “who done it?”

The fun starts this week with “2016 NoVAGO Series – Murder Mystery – The Preview!” Join us October 12th in the dining area of the Alexandria Wegmans for a town hall meeting with your favorite NoVAGO cachers. Grab some food from the cafe, enjoy the company, and then help us figure out how we’re going to catch the purveyor of pernicious puzzlement. During the event, we’ll give a special preview of our new series.


The mystery so far...

NoVAGO’s Fall Picnic & Auction


Sunday, October 23, 2016

11 am – 3 pm

Lake Accotink, Fairfax, VA

Event Cache Page

By: Hooclass2002 (with Shameless plagiarism from Derek Tiffany who thanked 2Wheel’in, NetworkCacher, and RufNRedy for much of the original text in this post! :-D)

What the heck is this Silent Auction / Pick-a-Prize thing, and how does it work??? Well, here’s a little Primer on the subject…it’s good to read up, there should be some pretty interesting items up for grabs. The Auction Catalog (below) will be updated as items are donated, please check back often.

Note that for this year, we will be using a mystery “pick-a-prize” format for some items. You may have also heard of it as a “penny social”, “tricky tray”, or “Chinese Auction”. The items are all caching essentials. Swag. Containers. Log Books. Trackables. Tools of the trade. You name it.


When you get to the event, tickets will be available for purchase for $5 per sheet.

View the pick-a-prize items at the event. The organizers provide a container into which you may drop as many (or as few) tickets as you would like. The more tickets you drop, the higher the odds of winning the item!

If you wish, you may certainly drop more tickets into containers throughout the event. However, please do not remove or take back tickets.

Wait for the closing of the pick-a-prize to be announced. Ticket numbers for the winning tickets will be read, and then placed next to the items (so you can check yourself if you miss the announcements).

For a bit more on the subject, see Wikipedia or the post I shamelessly stole this from in 2014 on this very forum.


Take note of the items that interest you and their starting values when you view the auction catalog before the event. This will help you set a limit for your

View the auction items at the event. The organizers provide a bid sheet for each item with a notation of its starting value.

Bid on an item by writing the amount you would like to bid and place your name on the bid sheet.

Go back periodically to the items to see whether you’ve been outbid. As the auction period continues, more people sign bid sheets, and the prices increase.

Write a new amount on the next bid sheet line, along with your name, if you’re willing to increase the bid.

Wait for the closing of the auction to be announced. Please be available and ready to pick up and pay for any of the auctions items you may have won.

More Tips…

  • Check the bid sheets and pick-a-prize containers throughout the event for the items in which you’re interested. Prices and tickets can increase rapidly. :dancing:
  • Please remember that donations benefit NoVAGO directly. This is our primary fund raiser, and it allows us to pay for CITO materials, event pavilion rentals, and furnish the burgers, dogs, and sausages for each of our seasonal events, and covers our web hosting fees.
  • If you have an item you’d like to donate, please contact me (hooclass2002) via a message on, e-mail, or even Facebook…describe the item, and state your silent auction opening bid if you desire to have one. Pictures are great as well! You are welcome to donate anonymously if you so desire. If you’d prefer, you may also contact any of the other officers.
  • See something you like, and plan to bid?? Then I suggest you review the list, research the item(s) you may be interested in, and remember to hit the ATM on the way to the event. As a reminder, NoVAGO conducts a “cash and carry” auction…small bills please, $1.00s, $5.00s, $10.00s and nothing larger than a $20.00.

Here’s the Silent Auction Catalog, I will continually update the list to add items as they are donated/received:


Dephogration Puzzle Solve

Nothereeither Puzzle Solve for See my Kay

In2Mud Puzzle Solve

Serrabou Puzzle Solve

Hooclass2002 – X Marks the Spot Coords and hints

Hooclass2002 – X Marks the Spot guided tour (kayak porting included)

Swag from REI

Dephogration – Hand Crafted Walking Stick

Awesnap – Painted Ammo Can

NoVAGO Officers – CITO set up

NoVAGO – the very last pathtag


Save the date for Fun Fall Festivities!

Save-the-dateMark your calendars and prep your GPSs!

Want to earn your CITO souvenir? Come join NoVAGO for the Fall CITO on Saturday, September 17th at Chinquapin Park. Stay tuned, we are trying to get an additional souvenir earning opportunity the following weekend as well.

On Sunday, October 23rd, come out for NoVAGO’s Fall Fundraising Event. If you would like to donate anything, you can contact the event lead, hooclass2002. As we get the donations together, we’ll be posting additional information on the forums and don’t forget to read up a bit on what NoVAGO does with the annual budget.

See you there!

How NoVAGO uses its budget – By Hooclass2002

NoVAGO OrigLogoColors StickerHave you ever wondered what we do with 50/50 proceeds? Or how the fall silent auction turns into caching goodness? Well, wonder no more – in an effort to be transparent the NoVAGO board wanted to share some highlights of how NoVAGO’s funds are used – both now and in the future.

First – NoVAGO currently has about $2,000 in its coffers. Our account stays relatively stable – keeping about the same amount of funding – having expended roughly $200 more than we’ve taken in so far in 2016 (given that the fall is our big fundraiser, this is expected).

Our quarterly events are some of our bigger outlays. Where possible we do in-kind services (e.g. do a CITO or put on a geocaching 101 class for use of a shelter). That doesn’t always work, and we’ll rent a shelter for our festivities. Most food and utensils are donated by members.


We also spend money for hosting our website ( but those expenses are relatively small.

coinNoVAGO purchases the annual cache awards swag (have you seen this year’s coin? It is pretty slick – Dephogration did a great job on the design!) NoVAGO also has a small complement of GPS units, and we’ve occasionally outlaid money for items such as new chargers and batteries.

As we work toward making NoVAGO a 501 (c)(3) organization we have focused on the community service and education elements of our hobby – hosting more CITOs. We’ve recently purchased trackable banners for those events. Again, Dephogration’s art is top notch. While we don’t have any immediate forecasted expenses for this endeavor, where there is an intersection of our mission and the need for items (cleaning supplies, publicity, etc) we may invest in growing our community.

irsThere are some expenses in pursuing 501 (c) (3) designation – one time fees approved by the previous board and endorsed by this one (an update and poll on that coming soon…) These fees will be beneficial for NoVAGO in the future, as businesses and organizations are far more likely to donate to NoVAGO with this designation.

Your board members are happy to answer any questions you may have. If you have ideas on other items NoVAGO can support (seminars, CITOs, etc) please let us know. We’re here to support you.

We plan to announce the date and location of the fall event in the near future. It will be in a central location like last year’s event, and there will be food, geocaching swag, and fun galore.