SEPT. 7 is The 2nd Annual Star Trek Fans of the NorthWest PICNIC! BEAM ON OVER!!

  • September 7, 2014 · 12:00 PM
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Let's party and picnic like it's 2314, Star Trek style! This will mark our Second STFNW Annual Picnic, so let's keep the tradition going Trekkies! Potluck, great food, a Raffle for one of Chris's magnificent Enterprise models, and Board Games   - Bring your favorite Trek games or, heck, even a deck of cards. In Washougal, WA, "Capt. William Clark State Park", a few feet away from great wading or swimming in the Columbia.

DETAILS
DATE: SET! - Sunday, Sept. 7th, 12 noon - 4. Our Picnic Shelter site is called "CLARK".  Please read one of my "UPDATE"s & Posts below for detailed information regarding best and closest parking areas.

FACILITIES: Covered, shaded picnic area with several concrete top picnic benches, 4 large tables.  A charcoal grill, and electricity for perhaps music available so bring on the meat and the music! Sorry, but as your Event Organizer & Host, this will be a Rap-Free zone. :-p

FOOD:  Potluck baby so we need the following: Main Course type food (meat, veggie casseroles, etc.), Side Dishes, Desserts (ice cream anyone?) Soft Drinks (No alcohol, sorry, Park Rule <buzzkill>) AND plain 'ol MUNCHIES, like Joey's famous hummus. We'll also need picnic plates, forks, cups.
PARKING: A little awkward. It's very easy to find this place and parking is easy and obvious - 3 parking lots on your right side of Index Road. The third and last parking area, just past a cream color house, is the closest parking lot to the Clark Picnic Shelter. However, remember that this is a Sunday and the parking lots fill up quickly. If you cannot park in the third parking lot itself, your best bet is to leave your picnic stuff, if it's heavy, right at the trail entrance at parking lot 3, park elsewhere and return to pick up your stuff for the short walk to "CLARK". 

SWIMMING/WADING: YES! it's a very short walk to a beach and a beautiful calm, frightening-current-FREE swimming area. Clear, calm Columbia River waters. I waded in last year and it was just heavenly. So bring your towels in your swimsuits if you wish! ONE GIANT DISCLAIMER: William Clark State Park and I are not responsible for anyone who chooses to go swimming. You swim at your own risk. Sorry about the unfriendly language, but that's life in the 21st century. 

COST: The fee for using the picnic shelter for the day is $50. I'm going to pay it upfront. Then, depending on how many people come, I'm asking everybody to chip in a few bucks to cover the cost. For example, 20 people attending so far, that's $2.50 per person - not bad at all.

RSVP: When you RSVP "Yes", including the number of people coming with you, *please post* what food you will bring. Folks, you don't need to get fancy and expensive. I'm sure Bill and I will be bringing lots of Brats with buns and condiment, ice & salads

KIDS??:  Although this group's Events have tended to be comprised of mostly grownups, certainly some folks' kids have attended Events from time to time. Certainly there were plenty of kids at last year's picnic. So, use your best judgment, especially about very young children, as I'm sure everyone will do, and it'll all turn out great! 

THANKS EVERYONE!! Questions welcome!

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  • Chris R.

    Awesome meetup! Such a great group of people!

    1 · September 12

  • Rebecca

    Thank you Lisa and Bill for organizing this. Had a great time talking with everyone and the food was really good too.

    1 · September 8

  • Rob

    Lisa; I would love to go but can't! I have a commitment to serve at a volunteer booth t the Spokane County Fair that weekend!

    September 3

    • Rob

      Lots of hours on my feet, lots of people to assist, problems to solve!

      September 8

    • Rob

      probably would have had a better time at your event! Spent hours on my feet, helped lots of people enjoy the fair better!

      1 · September 8

  • Celestynia S.

    It was awesome... it was so lively and fun. .The people there were so amazing and friendly. ..

    1 · September 8

  • Celestynia S.

    It was awesome... it was so lively and fun. .The people there were so amazing and friendly. ..

    September 8

  • Nanette

    Great!!! Loved it...wish I could have been there longer :)

    4 · September 8

    • Lisa D.

      Ditto, ditto, ditto and right back atcha, Nanette!! *LOVED* seeing you! You're my kind of girl: outspoken, lively, very funny, loud laugh and practically life-of-the-party, and the one with a lampshade on on your head! :-) ;-)

      2 · September 8

  • Ilana L.

    I agree with the other comments. Hats off to Lisa and her husband, Bill. Glad so many people could attend. I appreciate how nice you are were to my four-legged plus one. She got worn out (and that's a good thing.)
    Star Trek folks are the best in the Universe!

    4 · September 7

    • Lisa D.

      Awww, thanks, Ilana. And *thank you* for your help! You're so right! I take 1 tiny exception; THESE Star Trek fans are the best in this or any other Universe, a serious cut above!

      1 · September 8

    • Lisa D.

      And Susie is just so irresistibly darling!! What a sweet, sweet Corgie-girl.

      September 8

  • Lisa D.

    Hey Charles! Way to go, winning the Raffle for the Enterprise model! Chris actually made it for me, and it's been in my home for several months. I'm glad it has a new good home with you! (No worries, I happily & freely decided to donate it for the Picnic Raffle.)

    1 · September 8

  • Joey G.

    Awesome! Lisa organized an awesome event!

    3 · September 7

    • Lisa D.

      Awwwwww, Joey, thank you!

      September 8

  • Lisa D.

    Wow, Bill & I give good picnic, don't we? Seriously, I couldn't get over the high level of energy and fun and happy chatter that was going on all around me. Like Daniel said, **fantastic turnout**! Also, thank you for being so voluntarily helpful about the Park fee, without any whining. And so much great food! You were all SO VERY generous with what you brought, THANK YOU ALL! Star Trek fans made all of this such a fun, memorable day. I, and the people who helped me, Bill, Ilana & Murrianna, only lit the fire. WE turned it into a bonfire! Ok, who's doing next year's picnic? I'm exhausted. P.S. Chad, I won't forget. I'm gonna getcha, one way or another.

    2 · September 8

  • Marc

    The BEST Trek party I've ever been to in my 40 years of watching the show. You guys are awesomesauce!

    4 · September 7

    • Lisa D.

      Marc, you sweetheart! We *are* pretty awesome, aren't we all? However, I think you've been watching too many Discover card commercials. ;-)

      September 8

  • Daniel D.

    A booming success on all levels, great job Lisa organizing this years picnic. I count that we had 24 people show up of 26 that had signed up, that is amazing!
    More than that we had a real variety of new and regular people that engaged in a true plethera of conversation and feasted on a bounty of foods and drink. I believe it was a great day for all and look forward to continuing the friendships from these sort of meetups!

    6 · September 7

    • Lisa D.

      Daniel! Bill said to say the following to you: "I had 'plethora' once, but I saw a doctor for it and it's all cleared up now". Love You, Mean It! You & Jen ROCK!

      1 · September 7

  • Chad P.

    3 cheers for Lisa and Bill!

    6 · September 7

  • J F.

    This was awesome thanks everybody. I will definitely attend other events

    5 · September 7

  • Rebecca

    We are here, trying to find everyone

    2 · September 7

  • Charles F. R.

    I have my car today, so I will be there

    1 · September 7

    • Joey G.

      It looks like Charles can pick me up at 11:30, Lisa. (he replied after my recent post)

      September 7

    • Joey G.

      I got the ride from Charles

      September 7

  • Joey G.

    Can anybody pick me up? I'll chip in for gas. I'm at 925 NW Hoyt St. Portland. Thanks!

    1 · September 7

  • David C J.

    I don't quite know how I am going to make this happen with the amount of work I have, but I am going to make this happen. I have 3 Qs:

    1) What food still needs to be brought? I will likely bring something store bought, but I'm willing to fill in whatever holes are still on the need list. (I don't see desserts anywhere...) Alternatively, if somebody who lives closer to the event site is willing to buy something and bring it on my behalf, I will pay you back.

    2) I have a medical condition that forbids red meat. Is anybody bringing chicken/turkey/fish?

    3) I will be coming up from Wilsonville, which is an hour long drive. I am willing to carpool. If somebody lives near 205 and would like me to pick them up or, alternatively, let me park nearby and ride with you, please do not hesitate to message me.

    3 · September 3

    • David C J.

      Thanks for the offer, but I'll be fine with the drive. See you there!

      1 · September 7

    • Lisa D.

      good deal! See you there!

      September 7

  • Daniel

    Man why do I figure these things out at the last minute? Can someone give me a ride?

    1 · September 7

    • Daniel

      Lisa, you're absolutely, right. Panic is no reason to forget my manners :-) Thank you.

      September 7

    • Lisa D.

      Daniel, you really do have absolutely lovely thoughtful, kind manners. I always appreciate seeing you and I also get that panic gets in my way too so you're not alone.

      September 7

  • Charles F. R.

    can somebody give me a ride to.from north portland ?

    September 4

    • Charles F. R.

      send me text message with your preferred pickup location.... [masked]

      September 7

    • Daniel

      I just sent it to you Charles. Thanks!

      September 7

  • Lisa D.

    David C. Jones: I HAVE A RIDE FOR YOU if you can meet me at the Sylvan exit on highway 26 at the top of the hill, at 10:45 a.m, then you got yourself a ride. This offer expires at 10:30 a.m.!

    September 7

    • Daniel

      Thank you Chad! I'll email you my address.

      September 7

    • Joey G.

      Can you pick me up too?

      September 7

  • Lisa D.

    David - What the heck. Here's an email address you can use to reply directly: [masked]. And as for the rest of y'all? Abuse this email address at your own risk; Yes, I *have* hunted people down in the past. Besides, this is in the Spirit of Trek - trying to quickly and efficiently help out a fellow Trekkie who's in a jam. :-) (Stick & Carrot, in that order. ;-p )

    September 7

  • Lisa D.

    OK, So It Wasn't My Last UPDATE ;-) : Can anybody bring any fun board games, Star Trek or other? I know someone who's got "Cards Against Humanity".....Ilana.

    September 7

  • J F.

    Just found out my sis cant make it tomorrow but I'll bring $5 to cover her and my attendance because of short notice

    1 · September 6

    • Lisa D.

      VERY thoughtful of you! Talk to me about it tomorrow, ok? :-)

      September 6

  • Rebecca

    Dave and I will bring leftover birthday cake, birthday pie, and burgers with ask the condiments. We have some plates and cups and forks left too that we'll bring. Not sure if we have 24 of everything though.

    3 · September 6

    • Rebecca

      Oh I meant to say not sure if we have 24 plates, cups, and forks, so maybe someone else can bring a few as well.

      1 · September 6

    • Lisa D.

      We're all covered on the plates utensils and cups front. Bill & I alone are covering enough for everyone and I think a couple of other people are bringing some too, so we'll probably have even more than we actually need. Thanks as always for your kind offer, Rebecca.

      1 · September 6

  • J F.

    We will bring some sweet rolls and butter

    2 · September 1, 2014

    • J F.

      Ya sf is pretty awesome my mums a respiratory therapist there so every 3 months I'd get to spend a day there while she took classes

      September 3

    • Lisa D.

      Hey J Frank! Very cool that you're from Shingle Springs! I know exactly where it is. In my youth, back before electricity was invented, we used to go to Tahoe all the time to ski in the winter and camp in the summer, so it ain't far off highway 80. Beautiful area! And welcome to the fabulous Great Pacific Northwest! It ain't called" Great" fer nuthin'! :-)

      September 6

  • Chad P.

    Now that everyone has said their piece, what can I bring?

    September 6

  • Lisa D.

    FINAL UPDATE: We be looking good for tomorrow, Trekkies! Just a couple of last minute points. The Weather Channel is forecasting 93 degrees for Washougal Sunday, so dress appropriately and think about swimwear &/or your towel. Only always carry your towel - Hitchhiker's Guide again. We are bringing Smoked Brats, (yes, I do know not everyone eats meat :-) ) buns + condiments for everyone, a large potato salad, a large green salad & dressings, & a large cooler full of ice. Don't forget the Raffle for a Chris Rockhold (OUR Great Bird) handmade model of the Enterprise NC 1701!! We'll be there by 11:15 or 11:30. ***Is anyone out there wobbling about coming?*** Please say so, even if you haven't changed your RSVP. It's looking like $2.00 - $2.50 right now per person. Sorry to be so no-money, non-23rd century'ish, but in the 21st century, we still got money. And let's bring out the Great Big Star Trek Fans of the Northwest WELCOME for the First Timers - YAAAAAAAY!! :-) See ya tomorrow!

    2 · September 6

  • Lisa D.

    FINAL UPDATE: we look very good to go everyone! Just a couple of small points for tomorrow:

    September 6

  • Lisa D.

    UPDATE RE. COST $$: To cover the $50 Park Picnic Shelter pre-paid fee, I originally posted that I'd be asking each attendee to chip in to cover this cost. Including Bill & I, (no, we're not exempting ourselves!), even if a couple folks drop out, it's looking like ~$2.50 for each person, including the "+1s, +2s, etc. I know times are tight for everyone and I GREATLY APPRECIATE everyone's willingness to recover this cost. THANK YOU - TRUE TREK SPIRIT ONE & ALL!!

    September 5

  • Lisa D.

    YAAAAAAY JOEY!!! :-)!!

    September 4

  • Rob

    Would love to go! You are just west of Stevenson WA, founded by a reletive I'm told!

    1 · September 2

    • Lisa D.

      Rob, GREATL Just please use the green RSVP button at the top right of the screen. It'll also provide you the choices that indicate how many are coming with you, I.e., "Just Me", +1, +2, etc. This helps me, your Event Host, and everyone else plan for your attendance. FYI reminder: Up above, under "DETAILS", please read about "COST". The Park charges, & I paid up front, a $50 fee for using this Picnic Shelter called "CLARK". We're going to split that 50 bucks divided into the number of people that RSVP'ed that they're coming. With 20 people coming as of now, that $2.50 per person. so, not only the more the merrier, but the more the *cheaper*! Glad you are coming and feel free tfree to bring a Trekkie friend or two.

      September 2

    • Lisa D.

      and please read through all the details above. Let us know what you can bring to eat and or drink, although you do not have to fed all 20 people!

      September 2

  • Ilana L.

    I will bring soda and other drinks because I am competent at shopping.

    3 · September 2

    • Lisa D.

      Yes, indeedy, Ilana - you ARE quite the Shopping Queen!!

      September 2

  • Lisa D.

    TIP RE. PARKING: If you can't find a parking space in the 3rd and last, closest pkg. lot, drop your picnic stuff off at the Trail Entrance at the parking lot and go park wherever you can. Avoid hauling your picnic stuff from further away, if you can. Always trying to helpful! :-)

    1 · September 2

  • Lisa D.

    I apologize for not mentioning this earlier and my very messy postings (my Meetup interfaces suck). Everyone has been so terrific about responding re. bringing food, I hate to ask for more, so only if you can. As the backup plan, I'll bring our longest garden hose and we can suck water out of the Columbia. No, wait.....

    1 · September 2

  • Lisa D.

    UPDATE/YELLOW ALERT: We're gonna need DRINKS, so if you are able, please think about grabbing some soft drinks, a 6 - pack of bottled water, anything non-alcoholic (the Park prohibits alcohol - such a buzzkill).

    September 2

  • Lisa D.

    OOOPS, YELLOW ALERT: I completely forgot to mention - DRINKS! Anything to contribute *non-alcoholic* to drink! If you are able, grabbing a 6 - pack of bottled water, soft drink, etc. would be maahvelous.

    September 2

  • Daniel D.

    I will bring a large Crockpot of BBQ Beans, a special recipe I hope everyone will love! I may also bring some Gagh for our Klingon friends...if time permits.

    2 · August 31, 2014

    • Lisa D.

      You ROCK, Daniel!! Have a happy relaxing Star Trek Day, you two.

      September 1, 2014

  • Lisa D.

    Careful there, Nanette. I'm a Hummus Hog. ;-) Wonderful!

    2 · August 30, 2014

    • Nanette

      No worries I'll bring a couple lol. ;) That way we don't have to battle to the death for it hahaha!

      2 · August 31, 2014

    • Lisa D.

      You a re so funny! Or engage in some Klingon ritual battle to the death using those weird blades. Ilana would know the exact words in the Klingon language.

      August 31, 2014

  • Nanette

    I'll bring veggies again...and hummus.: )

    3 · August 30, 2014

  • Lisa D.

    Well, I'm an Aquarius and more yummy fruit & melon sounds delicious, Aubriella! Thanks! :-)

    2 · August 30, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm a Pescatarian, so I'll bring a fruit/melon basket.

    August 30, 2014

  • Lisa D.

    Last post for today, I promise! So far, 3 folks including Bill and I, have posted what food they will bring. It would help move things along for all of us if folks could start posting ideas of what they'll; bring a bag of chips and dip and a six pack of Coke is fine but we could use some coverage on *Side Dishes/Munchies*, *Dessert*, *Main Dish/Casserole*. And don't worry! You *don't* have to feed 20 people, each of us!
    ;-) Thank you, you big hearted, generous Trekkies, you!

    August 30, 2014

  • Lisa D.

    Clark Picnic Shelter is directly over a small rise or berm, immediately following down the path, on the left. Can't miss it if you park in the last parking area, the eastern most parking area.
    Also, there is a small beach quite near by, with warm, clear, calm waters for wading and swimming. This is your Big Chance to see your Host, the Old Lady of STFNW, in a bikini. You may wish to bring your PERIL-O-MATIC Sunglasses ( Hitchhiker's Guide anyone? ) THE RAFFLE! Our Founder, Chris Rockhold, Model-Maker Extraordinaire, has generously offered to donate a beautiful model of the original Enterprise 1701. So vote early and vote often!

    \\//
    LLAP, y'all!

    1 · August 30, 2014

  • Lisa D.

    UPDATE, 08/30: Please Read Re. PARKING & PICNIC SHELTER: our Picnic Shelter is named "CLARK".
    Immediately when you turn left onto Index Avenue off of 32nd, you will see a single long row of diagonal parking spaces along your right. There are 3 such parking areas as you drive east down Index. The Park is all along your right. See Google map link above.
    The best and shortest distance walk to the Clark Picnic Shelter is to be found in the last, the third parking area. The longest walk, and it's a doozy, is if you are forced to park in the first parking area on the right. The third and best parking area is immediately past a cream colored house with a American flag out front. Also, if you pass the orange and black railroad sign on the right, you have gone too far.
    Remember, this is on a Sunday when you can expect parking to fill up quickly. Bill and I will be there by 11 a.m. to set up. You're welcome to join us before the official 12 noon starting time.
    Cont.....next Post #2

    1 · August 30, 2014

  • Lisa D.

    Hi Aubriella! A great big Star Trek welcome to you and the folks you're bringing to the picnic. I'm delighted that you are coming and I think I can faithfully promise that you will have a terrific time with lots of fun.
    When you get the chance, please feel free to post what kind of food you think you'll be bringing. And don't worry about feeding every single last person. We're just looking for a little contribution from everybody. Thanks and really look forward to meeting you!
    \\//
    LLAP

    August 30, 2014

  • Lisa D.

    Bill & I will bring lots of smoked Brats, buns, charcoal briquettes for the grill, condiments and fixin's, and I'll probably whip up a potato salad and green salad.

    1 · August 25, 2014

  • Lisa D.

    JENNI! I'm so delighted you're coming! Can't wait to see you there! We're going to have a ball.

    1 · August 22, 2014

  • Lisa D.

    Nanette! so glad you're coming! Welcome and I promise you a very very fun time. Really look forward to meeting you!

    1 · August 20, 2014

  • Lisa D.

    I know, Murianna, sigh.......but in the 21st century, we still say the less - enlightened "Well, THAT'S sucks!". :-(

    1 · August 20, 2014

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