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Dinner & Game Night in Manchester CT

  • May 18, 2013 · 6:30 PM
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Game night has been a fan favorite for the last few years. This is a fun way to break up the nights and to socialize with other hikers.

Please make your final RSVP changes 1 week before the event so we can plan properly! The establishment may insist I charge you all a non-refundable $10 up front to apply towards your meals as a way to cut down on the no-shows and last minute cancellations. If you cancel within 1 week you forfeit the $10 to the establishment (not to me). They are getting a bit peeved with the last minute dramatic reduction in RSVP's and its effect on reserving the space. For now, we are not doing this but unless I can calm things down and people make real commitments in their RSVP this may change.

We plan on having a majority of the dining room all to ourselves with the capacity of 50 guests, the larger sized tables, and the more open dining room atmosphere. This year we are not asking for a donation for facility costs or a pot-luck item. You will order what you would like to eat from the varied menu. Parking is sufficient at this plaza.

The event will start at 6:30 PM and we must be out by closing at 1 AM (yes, we can stay that late now as the bar area will be open). I've set a end time of 11:45 PM but others can stay later if you like.

    • 6:30 PM - 7 PM Gathering, socializing, and drinks.
    • 7 PM Dinner is planned to start so please chose your seat by then. There is some flexibility in when you order your meal so late arrivals could work out but please try to be there by 7 PM.
    • 8:30 PM Checks for food are hoped to be paid for to free us to move around for game play.
    • 11:00 PM Kitchen closes
    • 11:45 PM Technical end of event
    • 1:00 AM All must leave by closing



You can order your own meal or you can order together with your friends. Everyone will have separate checks unless you wish to combine with others. There will be a cash bar for sodas or alcoholic beverages.

The menu with prices:

No outside food or drink is allowed by the restaurant.



Thank you, but no donations will be sought this year for the event. In previous years food was pot-luck and donations were sought to pay for the meeting hall.



Being a restaurant, the table space and layout is somewhat limiting for game play but we will try the best we can to make do. You can always stick to eating and socializing.

Some of the "house games" we have already (added a few new ones!):

* Barista
* Battle of the Sexes - Travel version
* Dixit
* Fact or Crap
* Imagin iff
* Jenga (well a knockoff version)
* Last Word
* Likewise
* Loaded Questions
* Picture Picture
* Rummikub
* Scrabble
* Sequence
* Wits & Wagers
* Worst Case Scenario
* Would You Rather
* Cards (for various card games)

We'd like to see someone bring these as well as anything else:

* Bolderdash
* Cranium
* Pictionary
* Bring any other game you might think 4 - 6 people at least could play at the same time. Team games would be great too.


If you RSVP "yes" and later can't go, please remember to change your RSVP so someone else can go.

WARNINGAnyone who does not show up for the event but had RSVP'ed they were going will be visibly "branded" for 4 months on the site as "Low Priority" and given low priority on events in those 4 months. "Low Priority" means that you will be put on waiting list for events and anyone else who wants to go will have a chance to get on first. Only if no additional people want to go will such people be allowed to go. Two people have been branded from not showing on the last event. There is an appeal process for the branding.

I apologize that we must take this unusual step but the dinner and game night event is usually full, we have to make accurate reservations at the restaurant, and a number of people still usually want to go but are blocked.


Approximate location directions (269 Middle Turnpike West, Manchester, CT):

The Stone and Paddle Italian Restaurant (860)[masked] (Manchester):

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  • Gary L.

    Nice event Kevin. Thanks for all your work in putting this together. Nice people all.

    May 19, 2013

  • Phil Z

    Thank you, Kevin for putting this together. I had a great time!

    May 19, 2013

  • Mary

    Thanks Kevin for a great evening. I loved getting a chance to talk to the folks at our table, only sorry I had to leave so early.

    May 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I had fun again and it was good to meet some of the people that were at the other game night but at a different table. Looking forward to the next one!

    May 19, 2013

  • maureen

    Fun fun! Great Master of Ceremonies, spirited new game (although I'm on Taboo next time), fun introductions to fantastic people. I'm glad I motivated.

    May 19, 2013

  • donna

    once again, i had a fantastic time with many, many laughs (many at my own expense, of course... teehee)... we were the last group to leave as usual... thank you kevin for putting in so much time and effort for us all to have a great time... you always go above and beyond... the only disappointment is that there are so many no shows of folks that sign up... i vote for another one (big surprise, eh?)... our table had so so so so much fun... i'll post pix later...

    May 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    A great, great time with fantastic people! Many thanks, Kevin, for putting together a wonderful evening. Looking forward to the next one!

    May 19, 2013

  • Kevin S

    Great time had by many and some of us stayed to almost 1 AM! .....................OK, I'm sorry to say this but we had 45 people down as going to game night and only 30 showed to the event. 15 no-shows is unacceptable behavior to a venue like this so 15 people are going to be branded and put on probation for 4 months. A second offence (no-show) in the probationary period will mean expulsion from the hiking group. I will review the attendance list and see if any reasonable excuses were emailed to me.

    1 · May 19, 2013

  • Phil Z

    I had a great time and enjoyed the entire night.

    May 19, 2013

  • Marty F.

    Sorry I thought I could make it but I have to work late maybe next time.

    May 18, 2013

  • Angela

    Possibly bringing a friend

    May 17, 2013

  • Lisa

    Was really looking forward to this but a friend needs me to babysit. :(

    May 16, 2013

  • Sheryl

    Cannot attend

    May 15, 2013

  • Bill

    Home with folks in mass

    May 12, 2013

  • Pete

    Won't make it until late...

    May 10, 2013

  • Ray

    Sueca anyone? (Azorean Version: 10=10)

    April 25, 2013

  • Beth

    Wish I could but I'm going to a concert that night. Hopefully next month

    April 25, 2013

  • Pete

    Can't get there till 7:30 at earliest...I will cancel if that's not good...

    April 25, 2013

  • donna


    April 24, 2013

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