Lumberjocks New England - Unite! Sept 2009 #2: Dates and Location

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Blog entry by PurpLev posted 08-03-2009 07:36 PM 2387 reads 1 time favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: Picnic Time! Part 2 of Lumberjocks New England - Unite! Sept 2009 series Part 3: Update - the Date is near! »

We have been granted the use of the Lexington Woodworker’s Guild for our LJ Picnic Event! I want to give special thanks to tpastore for helping to get this through. Thanks Tim!

The Date: Sept 19th 2009, Noon

The Location: Lexington Woodworker's Guild (click on the link for directions and the Guild’s website)

The Plan: A Get together with a woodworker’s flavor.

More Details:

We are not allowed to BBQ on site, but can bring already cooked/made food. I was thinking about doing a ‘personal’ food swap – we’ve done it in other forums and it was quite successful – the idea is that everyone makes a personal family dish or something in the spirit of one, and brings it over, and we can all get a taste of everyone’s cuisine, can be an appetizer, a main dish, or a desert – all fair and square. but we’ll have to make some list so that we won’t run into all deserts… (although not a bad idea to some).

What do you think?

Everyone is welcome to being their current projects/jigs/other for a show’n’tell with everyone else.

As Suggested, If anyone wants to bring stuff to trade/swap – this would be a great opportunity for that.

If anyone is interested in anything that other’s might have – feel free to post it here and ask if anyone might have something that would work for ya’

Please Post a comment on this thread if you plan to attend. post “Will be there”, or “Tentative” so that we can get a head count and can plan accordingly.

Also please post any ideas to make this event better.

Hope to see you all there soon,

P.S. I was also thinking about presenting the Guild with some Lumberjocks “Thank you” plaque for letting us use their facilities. anyone got an idea for such a thing (link/pics to similar things)?

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#1 posted 08-03-2009 08:33 PM

Barring some God altering event the wife and I will be there. Probably with some crock pot chili. She’s good at that. It’s about 1 hr 45 min from where I am in Maine.. very doable distance. Am I to assume it might meet around noon for a few hrs to give people time to get there and get home?

Oh, purp… the women call it “pot luck”. Food swap describes it but “pot luck” is the official term LOL! Let’s hope many sign up so we can call it definitely on.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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#2 posted 08-03-2009 08:40 PM

Fantastic Daniel, thanks for the time reminder – I forgot to put it in, indeed Noon it is, I think that would make it the most convenient for people to make it in and out without rushing and stressing out.

so ‘Pot Luck’ it is then! does sound more appetizing then food-swap… lol. Can’t wait for some chilli! we’ll bring Rice and Chinese stir fried chicken with vegetables.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#3 posted 08-04-2009 03:53 AM

I will do my best to make it. Call it a strong tentative. It sounds like a lot of fun. I’ll bring a veggie dish of some sort.

Good idea about the thank you plaque.

-- Kate,

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#4 posted 08-04-2009 03:55 AM


This sounds great. Thank you for organizing it.

The picnic is going to be a family event, correct – kids and all? You might just want to be sure that when people say they will attend they also mention how many people. Maybe we can come up with some activities for the children once we have an idea how many will be there. Do you know if we will have access to space outdoors?

I plan to be there with my wife and two boys, ages 5 and 7. I will post our contribution to the pot luck once we have decided what to bring.

-- "Melodies decaying in sweet dissonance." - I. Anderson

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#5 posted 08-04-2009 03:56 AM

Would love to see the denizens of the “right coast” but being on the other side of the county is a severe disadvantage….I will be there in spirit though…and wishing you all a great time and turnout.

-- Woodworking.....My small slice of heaven!

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#6 posted 08-04-2009 04:55 AM

Hello fellow New England Lumber Jocks. Being from Somerville and Medford, Ma I am only a hop and skip away. Saturdays are very difficult for me. I work in the food industry and saturdays are busy. Regardless, I will try to make an appearance. I wont know until a few days before. I am a caterer and I work at a bread bakery and deli. So I can bring all necessary bread or rolls, maybe a cold cut platter, maybe a dessert or two. Should I make it of course. Either way I can probably take care of the bread.
I look forward to meeting fellow LJ’s and talk shop.

-- Strati Alepidis, Burlington, Ma, Member Red Sox nation

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#7 posted 08-04-2009 02:30 PM

Hello everyone!
I will attend…and bring dessert.
Sharon, hopefully we’ll have a number.

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#8 posted 08-04-2009 03:43 PM

Fantastic! Kate and stratiA I hope your tentative becomes another smiling face at the picnic!.

Chuck – thats a good idea about mentioning how many people we’ll be bringing along. for me it’s going to be My wife, 2+ daughter and myself (hopefully…j/k). yes, I think it would be nice to make this a family event, but am not sure what we can do to entertain the younger ones – any suggestions would be great. (with that in mind – I think it should be a personal choice whether to bring kids of not – but I definitely would rather have more people than less if that is a factor)

Ellen – I’m counting on you! ;) once things start to take shape I’ll let you know if any help is needed – thanks again.

reggiek – I will be in L.A. CA beginning september – if anything is organized I’ll be more than glad to stop by and see some left-coast LJs :)

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#9 posted 08-05-2009 06:32 PM

Will definitely try to make this! Should know better when the date gets closer.

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#10 posted 08-05-2009 07:59 PM

Purp, we should definitely try to organize something similar on the left coast….I am about 200miles north of LA…1/2 way between LA and SF…so either direction works here…..doesn’t have to be a picnic…can just be a get together in a nice banquet room or restaurant depending on folks’s schedule and location…something to think about after you folks finish up planning this one.

-- Woodworking.....My small slice of heaven!

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#11 posted 08-05-2009 08:47 PM

Man, I’d go to this in a heartbeat, if I could. Like stratiA, weekends are when I work, it’s the busy time at the restaurant… :(
As far as the kids, make ‘em some slingshots, teach ‘em how to walk on stilts or something ;-)
Seriously, have a blast everyone!

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#12 posted 08-19-2009 05:43 PM

I’ll make it for sure!
Can I bring a case of beer?

-- Paul, Bristol,Rhode Island

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#13 posted 08-19-2009 05:44 PM

I could bring my grill if nee be. Someone let me know if that is neccessary.

-- Paul, Bristol,Rhode Island

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#14 posted 08-19-2009 06:06 PM

fantastic Paul, unfortunately no alcohol nor B-B-Q are allowed. we can only bring foods that do not require refrigeration. I will post more info on everything once I have a couple more things nailed down.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#15 posted 08-22-2009 08:26 PM

The actual rules on food is nothing that needs to be kept hot and nothing that needs to be kept cold. I got the official letter from the Board of Health and the only things really allowed are baked goods – cookies, cakes, pies etc. You can also purchase things from the supermarket that dont require heat/cold like chips, popcorn, etc. It is a real PITA but thems are the rules.

I am looking forward to meeting the local LJs.


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