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Meetup ideas and unofficial gatherings

From: James E. H.
Sent on: Tuesday, December 15, 2009 10:35 AM

Howdy folks,

 

First, welcome to all the recent new members.  It’ll be great to see more people attending our meetups.

 

David Moody and I got to talking last night about some ideas for upcoming meetups or informal gatherings.  (David Moody is the member running the Dangerous Dave’s Poker Tournament on our event calendar).

 

 

CLAM CHOWDER:

 

The February 20, 2010, note on our event calendar for the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk Clam Chowder Festival was the impetus for David’s and my discussion.  I first attended that clam chowder festival beginning about in the early 1990s, and I have attended more than I’ve missed since then.  It is a great event to attend if you like the ocean, clam chowder, and/or the Santa Cruz Boardwalk.

 

Anywho, David and I are pretty much in agreement that we’ll both be attending the 2010 Santa Cruz chowder festival.  We’ll probably be staying at the same hotel, yet to be determined, near the Boardwalk (walking distance).  The chowder festival will not be an official meetup, but I welcome anyone to join us.  The chowder festival is a very popular event, and I encourage any of you that plan to attend to have hotel reservations by February 1.  I will probably make my hotel reservation before the new year (I just got an online quote of $59.00/night for a single queen, single king, or double queen room at one of my preferred cheap Santa Cruz hotels).  (For those of you that are able, I suggest you stay in or near Santa Cruz on that Friday and Saturday night.  The clam chowder festival starts on Saturday morning, and it is fun to get there early.  And, after a (hopefully warm and sunny) day of eating chowder, I find it difficult to not take a long nap and/or go to bed early on Saturday.)  I’d be glad to ferry some people over and back, but I do plan to go on Friday and come back late Sunday.

 

Would you like to join David and me at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk Clam Chowder Festival on February 20 for a non-meetup gathering?

 

 

COASTAL CAMPING:

 

David’s and my discussion of the chowder festival turned to camping on the coast near Santa Cruz.  Turns out that David is a fan of the New Brighton State Beach campground; I first camped there in the mid-1980s and have stayed there many times since.  It is a great campground with great amenities, they have some hiking trails and fishing available, a fairly secluded beach, in Capitola, and just south of Santa Cruz.  I would like to know if any of you would be interested in doing a weekend meetup camping trip at New Brighton State Beach.  And if so, when?  New Brighton regularly sells out through their online reservation system, particularly for their large group sites.  In fact, their large group sites are booked at least one day of every weekend through to June 2010, currently the last date of reservation availability.  Reservations for July 2010 will open on January 2, 2010.  So, if we plan to get a large group site, we’ll probably need to make those reservations on January 2, 2010.  If we don’t get a large group site, we can get several contiguous smaller sites.  But, the large group sites are in what I consider the prime location in the campground.

 

Are you interested in doing a weekend camping trip to New Brighton State Beach in Capitola?

When/what dates?

How many people would you likely bring?

 

I’m not gonna set up a camping meetup unless I get enough positive feedback along with date suggestions.

 

 

I hope you all have a great holidays and new year.  Post your meetup ideas on the “ideas” section of the meetup event calendar, or send your ideas to Mary or me.  If you’d like to experiment with running your own meetup event, without becoming an official “Organizer”, (like David Moody’s poker tournament) let Mary or me know and we’ll see what we can work out for ya.

 

I hope to see ya at some meetups.

 

James E. Harper

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