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15th Annual GBH Summer Secular Picnic in Wayland!

  • Aug 3, 2013 · 1:00 PM
  • Gerstein Residence

We invite all Greater Boston Humanists, Atheists, Free-Thinkers, Non-Theists, Cranks, etc., etc. (for this purpose, Greater Boston extends to the Berkshires) to our annual summer picnic! (See below for info on RAIN DATE plan for following day SUNDAY AUG 4, same time)

What: Buffet and Barbecue, followed by a brief talk by Greg Epstein on "A Godless Congregation of Our Own? Creating a True Physical Home for Humanist Community in Greater Boston"

Your Responsibility: Bring a hearty appetite and contribution to the food. Call Joe Gerstein at [masked] 5093. and indicate whether you would like to bring an appetizer, salad, dessert or drink. Beer and some soft drinks will be provided as will a variety of grilled meat entrees, plus vegetarian and vegan entrees.

Various types of game equipment will also be available!

Transportation: We will try to arrange a ride if you don't have access to a car. We can do a pickup at Riverside MBTA Station.  Driving, the nearest GPS location is actually 138 Rice Road; to follow GPS coordinate is at corner of Rice Rd and Curling Lane, which runs directly to Hayfield Lane which unfortunately is not on GPS.

Parking: Parking is limited. Please leave spaces close to the Condo for the elderly or infirm. The able-bodied, please drop off any passengers and stuff, then park in the Curling Club Parking Lot adjacent.

Weather: We have been "blessed" by benign weather for 14 years. In case of inclemency, we will make a decision by 10 AM Saturday as to whether to proceed or postpone until Sunday. There is adequate internal space (basement has been finished), so the picnic will most likely take place on Saturday in any case if there is heavy rain on Saturday and a prediction of rain on the Sunday. Call for a weather update if in doubt, at[masked] 5093.


Directions: From the East, and South: Take 128/95 or Route 30 or Mass. Turnpike West to the Weston/Route 30 West exit. From the Weston exit, take Route 30 West. You will see Mainstone Rd. heading to the right, just after entering Natick (about 5 miles). Turn right on Mainstone Rd. and continue to the "T" intersection at about 1 mile. Turn right on Rice Rd. 200 yards on left (at 138 Rice Rd.), turn Left onto Curling Lane. Then immediate left into Hayfield Lane. Continue to 410.
If you miss the Mainstone Rd. turn, don't U-turn. Continue 1/2 mile to traffic light and turn right on Rice Rd. Approx. 1.5 miles to Curling Lane on left. 

From the North: 128/95 South to Route 20 West Exit. Continue about 4.5 miles. Just after entering Wayland and just before the Coach Grill, bear left at a fork onto Old Connecticut Path. Follow about a mile and turn left on Rice Road. Pass the farm with the gorgeous White-Banded Galloway cattle. At about 1 mile, turn right on Curling Lane (at 138 Rice Rd.), immediate left is Hayfield Lane. Continue to 410.

From the West: Take Route 30 East Exit from the Mass. Turnpike in Natick. Take Route 30 East. At about 4 miles, turn left at traffic light onto Rice Rd. (Don't be fooled by the same road on the right, which is Oak St.). Continue down Rice Rd. about 1.5 miles. Turn left on Curling Lane (at 138 Rice Rd.) then immediate left into Hayfield Lane. Continue to 410. You have arrived at your destination.

From Concord/Bedford area: Route 126 East to Wayland. Left after Library. Then Left on Route 20. After a mile, Right on Pine Brook Rd. just after Prime Grill. Continue straight on to Rice Rd. About 1 mile to Right on Curling Lane (at 138 Rice Rd.), then immediately Left into Hayfield Lane to 410.


If you are lost, call[masked] for directions.

See you there!

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  • George C

    It was fun. Nice to have met some cool people. Thanks for the great hospitality Joe and Barbara!

    August 4, 2013

  • Mike H.

    Yup, thanks so much for a nice time. The food, company and conversation were all superb.

    August 4, 2013

  • John T.

    Thanks to the Gersteins for hosting this. I'm really glad I made it out for this and got the opportunity to meet a lot of the folks in this great group.

    August 4, 2013

  • Chris B.

    Good times! Thanks for hosting this!

    August 3, 2013

  • cathy m.

    The Gersteins are incredibly welcoming generous people. I also reconnected w/ an old friend whom I had
    lost touch with for the past few years. It was wonderful to see folks of all ages there and of course esp exciting to hear about the ongoing development of the Humanist Center.

    1 · August 3, 2013

  • Jeff H.

    Wonderful to meet new people and see some familiar faces!

    August 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Awesome

    August 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Wife and 4-year old

    August 3, 2013

  • Chris B.

    Hmm. I cannot cook. Chips and dip ok? I can also bring some beverages....

    August 2, 2013

  • Joe G.

    Joanna, Fruit would be appreciated. Joe

    August 2, 2013

  • Susan S.

    I would like to bring either drinks or fruit (for dessert). Is that ok?

    August 2, 2013

  • Dean

    1st time coming, bringing my son

    August 2, 2013

  • Tom P.

    My brother Dave will come with me, possibly my son Dan.

    August 1, 2013

  • Joanna

    Could bring devilled eggs. Can manage other appetizers, a salad or baked goods if those are more needed...

    July 31, 2013

    • Joe G.

      Hi Joanna, Salad probably preferable at this point but not crucial. Eiither will be fine.

      July 31, 2013

  • David B.

    Hope to bring a salad with freshly harvested lettuce from our organic garden.

    July 31, 2013

  • cathy m.

    hopefully i'll make it w/ my daughter and 18 mon old grandson (born on darwin day) will most likely bring kimchee.

    July 30, 2013

  • Roland Van L.

    Oops -- have a family commitment that conflicts. I hate to miss this terrific event. The food and the presentation in 2012 were great... Best wishes to all.

    July 30, 2013

  • karina

    if & only if i can get a ride, pls..... :P
    617)[masked]

    July 27, 2013

    • Chris B.

      Have you found a ride?

      1 · July 29, 2013

    • karina

      No, where r u coming, pls? 617) 528-9705. Tnx-a-lot & sweet dreams!!!

      July 29, 2013

  • Mike H.

    Lookin Forward to fixing the world (it takes more than a secular society, I believe).

    July 28, 2013

  • Joe G.

    Cathy: Party generally goes: 1-2:30 Eating, drinking and socializing
    2:30-3:15 Talks & Discussion; 3:15-4 Dessert and socializing. Lake Cochituate Park is nearby but is usually very crowded on a Saturday afternoon and probably not parkable until quite late in the afternoon. Mosquitoes are generally not a problem. There is no long grass to host ticks but area will be sprayed in AM in any case. When I lived in Weston we often had the picnic at the Weston Town Pool, but, alas, that luxury is no longer available. There are usually few kids and generally young teens, when present. There's a farm with a farm stand just down the road but unpredictable which pasture the beautiful white-banded Galloway cattle will be in. We adjoin a Sudbury Valley Authority Forest Area with maintained paths. Bug spray available if you want ot walk there. Had my grandchildren there last weekend with minimal bugs.

    Joe Gerstein

    July 20, 2013

  • cathy m.

    if there's no rain on saturday, how long could the party go on until????do some folks arrive a few hours later??? does anyone bring kids??? is there any
    swimming hole nearby? also, what's the bug situation? reports of ticks?
    deerflies? mosquitoes??? just want to be prepared esp if bringing my grandson. thanks!

    July 10, 2013

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