CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER!!
Due to thunderstorms today, I will be canceling/rescheduling the picnic for early September.
I apologize for any inconvenience!
Any questions, call me at 215-3331.
---Anthea, Your Not-completely-fearless-of-lightening Leader.
Part I: Apples to Apples: A game for the People.
I love a designer board game as much as the next geek, but sometimes what I want is something simple, something which can be shamelessly labeled "fun". Besides, this did win a MENSA award, so it's got to have some geek-cred.
Here's the scoop: Everyone gets a selection of cards with names/places/ideas/etc. on them. "Select the card from your hand that you think is best described by a card played by the judge. If the judge picks your card, you win that round..."
That's it. Easy-peasy.
Party II: The Picnic.
I love picnics. I have a Justice League picnic blanket that could seat like seven people. I have three coolers and my freezer is half-occupied by ice blocks, just ready to be put to work beside sandwiches, hard-boiled eggs, fruit salad, lemonade, & homemade, leftover pie. (For example.) So I'm always looking for a reason to have a picnic.
This seemed like a good one.
I will not be providing any food/drink. I just want to be clear on that, since there has been a bit of confusion in the past. You are welcome to bring something to share with the group, but you should also bring the totality of whatever it is you want to eat/drink during the picnic. Sorry to sound so crazy strict about this. Just don't want to be staring at a group of hungry/thirsty geeks while thinking I cannot multiply my fishes (eggs) and loaves (sandwiches). I am exceptionally skilled at bad metaphors, eh?
Please also bring whatever it is you would like to sit on. It would be easiest if everyone could sit on the ground - because this is a card game that goes in rounds - but if that is not comfortable, please feel free to bring a chair. Let me know if there are accessibility issues and I'll see what I can do.
Finally, bring any other games you would like to play / objects you would like to toss around / etc. We had a mean frisbee game at one of the picnics last year.
Part III: The Directions
Lakeview Park is a sweet little community park in Middleton that I chose partially because of its location (which means it is less busy than most Madison parks in the summer) and partially because of the ridiculously cool splash park located inside - if you haven't visited (especially if you have kids and haven't visited), this is your chance. I recommend you bring a suit even if you don't think you'll go in. It's pretty irresistible. The Splash Park is open til 7 pm, but it is NOT part of the official picnic.
For the game/picnic, we'll be meeting at the Gazebo (see pic below) at 2 pm. There's a parking lot with a nice path directly to the gazebo, so I think you'll be able to find it.
To get to the park, head West on University Avenue toward Middleton and turn right (south) onto Allen Blvd, then turn left (west) onto Mendota Ave and turn right into the parking lot for the park. The address is 6300 Mendota Avenue, if you're using GPS.
The gazebo where we'll be meeting:
The splash park (photo by me of a little friend of mine):