Freethought Picnic for All Ages III - August 16, noon, Columbia Park, Mpls

  • August 16, 2009 · 12:00 PM
  • Columbia Park

This is the third and last of three summer picnics for all of us atheists and humanists (sponsored by Minnesota Atheists). There's a great playground for kids, a basketball hoop, fields for badminton, ultimate frisbee, soccer, bocce ball and other games, and a picnic area for dining, board games, and lots of conversation! Over 60 people came out for each of the first two picnics, and we're planning to build on that!

The picnic is a potluck. Please bring some edibles to share. The shelter has electricity and a sink.

Families: in your RSVP, please mention the ages and genders of your children

Athletes (all levels): please tell us what sport you prefer so we can get a game going (at the last two we had Badminton, Bocce Ball, Ultimate Frisbee, Basketball, and more)

Board gamers: please let us know what games you enjoy and any you can bring

Musicians: please mention which musical instrument you plan to bring for an impromptu jam (the one at the first picnic was a great success)


COLUMBIA PARK is located in northeast Minneapolis.
► Take Central Ave NE (MN Hwy. 65) to Columbia Pkwy. (Between 36th Ave. and 37th Ave.)
► Turn west onto Columbia Pkwy.
► Proceed along Columbia Pkwy. (0.35 miles).
► After you go under the railroad bridge, you will see the park on your left.
► Take the first left onto the service road (you will see a sign for “800 Columbia Blvd.”). Proceed to the second parking lot on your left (0.2 miles). (You should see us by the shelter on the hill!)

See you on Sunday, August 16th!

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  • Robert

    This was a great way to enjoy a nice day outside and have great conversation.

    August 18, 2009

  • Bill W.

    Good conversation. Good announcements.

    Good food and beverages brought for potluck.

    Needed cups, plates and utensils at start.

    Could have chosen a better place (not up a long staircase) for handicapped access.

    Could have phoned a few musicians in the group inviting them to play together (not too loud for conversation at the tables), instead of hoping for an informal jam.

    August 17, 2009

  • Grant S.

    About 100 people gathered to celebrate and enjoy the company of other atheists and humanists. The weather did not prevent games from being played or food from being consumed. Recognition of Tom Riddering for his years of activity added to the enjoyment of the picnic. I look forward to next summer's picnics and even greater numbers of atheists and humanists becoming members.

    August 16, 2009

  • Crystal D.

    The weather turned out great. As I always say, must have been all of that not praying.

    August 16, 2009

  • George K.

    The weather held up well -- we lucked out. There was no entertainment by the Freethought Band this year, but generally people rudely conversed over the music, anyway.

    Where was the meat this time? Are the vegetarians taking over?

    August 16, 2009

  • A former member
    A former member

    I met some more new members, which is always good, as I joined for a sense of community. I also was glad to see CASH there as well. Young people are our future!

    August 16, 2009

  • A former member
    A former member

    I had a great time talking with friends and meeting new freethinkers. There was plenty of food with many great salads there, quite a great selection. Good times! (I know I sound like a broken record, but I wish there were more kids at *the picnic like* events. I will come to accept that MNA is a social outlet for adults, haha.)

    August 16, 2009

  • A former member
    A former member

    I met some new intelligent and interesting people today. Thanks.

    August 16, 2009

  • A former member
    A former member

    Yes, we will play badminton or volleyball if the weather cooperates.

    August 15, 2009

  • A former member
    A former member

    So if we get the "severe thunderstorms" that they're predicting, are we still going to have this?

    August 14, 2009

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