Celebrate Ben's 28th Birthday at THE BEACH!!!!

  • May 3 · 11:00 AM
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Hello everyone!
I was wondering if you all could please help me pull off somewhat of a surprise party for Ben! Ben's birthday is May 7th, smack dab in the middle of the week! Because of that, we will be having a BEACH PARTY ON MAY 3!

I've told him that we were meeting up with four friends at the beach for a nice beach day on Saturday, May 3. Here's where you come in! Around 11 to noon, please start showing up, ready to celebrate and have a good time! I'm envisioning a flash-mobby style, where people just "happen" to show up to the pavilion where I am hoping to have set up as party central. Ben will be totally surprised, and it will make his DAY to see you all there!

I'll supply sandwiches and cake, so please feel free to bring food, soda, snacks, and/or whatever beverage you would like to drink! Since it is on the beach, we have to be a bit modest with our drinks, but pouring them into water bottles or Tervis cups has worked really well in the past! Or bringing a bag or cooler and a benign/ clever container to pour your drinks into is fine. Please, though no glass containers! Technically, this park says "No" to alcoholic beverages. PLEASE BE DISCRETE! Dustin, one of my other partners in crime, will be bringing ladders, a volleyball, beanbag toss, and a few other picnic-y games. He is going to be bringing the cake and sandwiches so that Ben doesn't get wind of a party!

Please note that the list above is NOT an exhaustive/ exclusive list! Kids, spouses, significant others are welcome! The location does not take reservations and is first-come-first serve. Parking is available at nearby metered lots. I will plan on being there around 9 or 10 to secure the location, which will be:

Crescent Beach Family Park
1100 Estero Blvd
Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931

So, please, come out, have fun, and get ready to celebrate Benny's 28th!!

OH! And please remember-- It is a SURPRISE, so DO NOT mention it to Benny or add him to the chat!! I've "temporarily" disabled his ability to get on Meet Up (only temporarily since it's just for the next two weekends!!), so let's draw in as many people as possible!!

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  • Gretchen

    Thank you, everyone, for coming!!!!

    2 · May 4

  • Colin R.

    Nicole and I had an awesome time with you guys. Thanks for letting us join. Look forward to seeing you all again soon.

    2 · May 3

    • Darek Z

      Likewise. Nice shark!

      1 · May 3

    • Gretchen

      Colin, you and Nicole are awesome! PLEASE join us again. We had a blast!!

      1 · May 3

  • Jason

    I got a late start this morning. Is it pouring or should I come down?

    May 3

    • Jason

      Ok. I'll head that way:)

      May 3

    • Jason

      Sorry guys. Obviously didn't make it. I apologize. Happy Birthday Ben. I'll make the next one.

      May 3

  • Diane Z

    We are on our way. Where are you guys located?

    May 3

  • Shana

    Sorry got called into work last minute could not make it hope you have a wonderful time :)

    May 3

  • Dustin D.

    Running a few min behind. Be there in a few

    May 3

  • Gretchen

    Game on! It looks to be moving past us. :-)

    May 3

  • Gretchen

    Ok. I just checked the latest weather, and it looks like it will rain all day now. :-(. We will be there for a little while and make an executive decision in a bit.

    May 3

    • Darek Z

      What about rescheduling to next Saturday?? Maybe weather will be better then? Tomorrow doesn't look much better. Tell Ben he should have been born in February or something...weather is better then.

      May 3

    • Gretchen

      Lol right?!? It's clearing up a bit now. We will still be there!

      2 · May 3

  • Gretchen

    We are still planning on being there, even with the upset weather!

    May 3

  • Katie

    Sorry Gretchen, I wasn't going to be able to make it today until after 1pm at the earliest, and it looks like by the time I'd get there the weather will be an issue that late in the afternoon. Please wish him a happy birthday for me!

    May 3

    • Gretchen

      I will!! Thank you for letting us know! :-)

      May 3

  • Colin R.

    Don't know a soul that will be there but my fiancée and I just moved here and are looking forward to new friends. We should be there.

    1 · May 1

    • Gretchen

      Looking forward to meeting you, Colin!!

      May 1

  • Lindsey

    Sorry i have to work :( wish him a happy birthday for me and hope u guys have fun!

    April 30

    • Gretchen

      Oh no!! We'll miss you, Lindsey! When you get out, text me if you want to go out! I'll tell him happy bday for you!

      May 1

  • Gretchen

    I am so excited about this party!! I think Ben will really be surprised!!

    I am going to try my hardest to get the first pavilion, so there will be a covered area and some tables. But it is supposed to be HOT! If anyone has large coolers and wish to bring ice, that would be awesome! Bring whatever drinks you would like to have, and snacks or food if you so desire. As I mentioned, I'll have sandwiches and cupcakes. :-) Make sure that you have a concealed container for your adult beverages, too! I am really looking forward to seeing you all there!!!

    2 · April 30

    • Danny S.

      I am surprised! What party?! Lol

      2 · April 30

    • Darek Z

      I have a couple large coolers I can bring with ice. I will check my inventory of "concealable adult beverages" as well. Anyone got a portable air conditioner for the tent? I'll bring the generator!

      1 · April 30

  • Meilyn H.

    Sounds like fun! I just moved to Naples from Miami can't wait to meet some cool new friends :)

    1 · April 29

    • Gretchen

      Welcome, Meilyn!! We look forward to meeting you!! This is a really great, fun, welcoming group of people!!

      April 29

  • Urmila

    =( i wish i could come, but my family is visiting that weekend! If we decide to go to that beach, I'll definitely drop by!

    1 · April 23

  • Lindsey

    I'm going to request off, but wont know if I'll have it off until the Thursday before!

    1 · April 23

  • Alina M.

    my working weekend; have fun and post some pics!!!

    1 · April 23

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