Possible Locations for First Thursdays

The Metuchen YMCA invited Twisted Stitchers to hold our gathering at their facility back in 2005 or 2006, and they have never charged us for the use of the facility. But the Y is a very busy place, and getting a parking space can sometimes take a very long time, and sometimes not at all. The computer room where we meet is too small, and the overhead lights are too hot. We’ve had a number of suggestions and the following locations are the finalists:

College Center, Middlesex County College, Edison
positive: easy to get to college; visitor parking area adjacent to College Center; variety of rooms will be available; adequate lighting; no fee to use facility

negative: easy to get lost on winding campus roads, especially at night (need to have PDF map with route marked on Twisted Stitchers MeetUp websites and on Ravelry); will not have same room every time

North Brunswick Public Library, 880 Hermann Rd., North Brunswick
positive: easy to get to in residential neighborhood; plenty of parking spaces; tables and chairs that can be moved; good general lighting; comfortable seating; no fee to use facility

negative: the room is about the same size as the room we currently use at Metuchen Y, so it would be a bit tight when we have a big turnout; we may have to set up the tables and chairs

other notes: enter conference room through Children’s Room

Panera, 871-B Route 1 South, North Brunswick
positive: easy to get to in shopping center with plenty of parking spaces; tables and chairs that can be moved; adequate lighting; comfortable seating; manager very welcoming; no fee to use facility

negative: large seating area in rear would be good size for our group, but manager warned that some of his regular customers settle in that area and may be there when we come; kitchen noise

Panera, 1333 Centennial Ave., Piscataway
positive: easy to get to in shopping center with plenty of parking spaces; tables and chairs that can be easily moved; two seating areas near front door have more than enough seating for our group; adequate lighting; comfortable seating; manager very welcoming (call day before and he will reserve seating area for us); no fee to use facility

negative: kitchen noise

Panera, 21 Woodbridge Center Drive, Woodbridge
positive: easy to get to in shopping center with plenty of parking spaces; mix of table sizes available; adequate lighting; comfortable seating; no fee to use facility

negative: manager said group is welcome but cannot reserve tables or an area for us; lots of booths rather than tables make keeping together as group more difficult; kitchen noise

St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 17 Oak Ave. at Route 27, Metuchen
positive: easy to get to meeting room adjacent to historic church in residential neighborhood; large classroom with height-adjustable tables; adequate lighting; plentiful parking in lot and on street; extra chairs stored nearby if needed; no fee to use facility

negative: may have to set up chairs; long corridor from entrance; adult choir meets elsewhere in building on Thursday nights

Wegman’s, Woodbridge Center Drive, Woodbridge
positive: easy to get to in shopping center with lots of parking; elevator to get to 2nd floor location; tables and chairs that can be moved; no fee to use facility; no obligation to purchase items; adequate lighting

negative: very busy parking lot; tables very spread out; cannot reserve space

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Possible Locations for First Thursdays October 1, 2013 10:58 AM Pat M.
About Twisted Stitchers Crochet Group May 16, 2007 6:59 PM Tricia

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