4th of July Celebration and Tacoma Freedom Fest along Ruston Way

  • July 4, 2013 · 1:00 PM
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Hey Sports Fans,

Once again Brother Mark has graciously opened his house to host our 2013 July 4th MU. If you have never been to his house, you will be stunned by his panoramic view of Commencement Bay; perhaps one of the best seats in town for the Air Show and the Fireworks. For us lucky enough to have enjoyed two 4th July MU’s, the enjoyment continues.

Mark’s house is walking distance to Ruston Way where the main 4th July Freedom Fair will take place. Mark suggests wearing walking shoes if you are venturing down to Ruston Way. The BBQ will be fired up at 1600; Air Show is at 1330; Fireworks start at 2210. Parking is limited in his Cul-de-sac; and 30th Street fills up FAST! Carpooling for this event is advised. I believe they run City Buses from TCC to Ruston Way, at least they have done so the past few years. Link for more information on Freedom Fair: http://www.freedomfair.com

Address to Mark’s house will be provided as we get closer to the event and will be sent via separate correspondence to those who are attending.

As Mark’s tradition, he will have Bud Light and hotdogs for those interested.  

This will be our usual Potluck Meetup. Please bring food based on the first letter of your first name. Please bring your own beverage of choice:

A – Vegi/Fruit

B-C Salads

D-F Deserts

G-J Meat

K-P Appetizers/Snack

R-Z Side dish

If you have a dish you already know you are going to bring or want to bring..disregard the legend above.

Tally Ho! See you there.

PS if you sign up and attend the MU, please take the time to thank Mark for opening his house to us.

PPS I am sure Mark would be more than happy to accept any offers to assist in cleaning up his place the next day. Fairly certain Mark will ensure you will be fed and thirst quenched.

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  • Robbin O.

    Thank you Mark for opening your home to myself and my friend Dian, we had a great time, nice to meet the group, view and food amazing.I will pick up sweater and bowl this week end if ok

    July 5, 2013

    • Mark

      Or Maybe I should be like Vladimir Putin.

      1 · July 5, 2013

    • Grace

      Not politically savvy, so I don't get the reference, does Putin like to keep things that don't belong to him or perhaps he likes to collect bamboo bowls, dare I say dress up in a woman's sweater, lol.

      1 · July 5, 2013

  • Robbin O.

    can I pick up early sunday 11?

    July 5, 2013

    • Mark

      Sure.

      July 5, 2013

  • Mark O

    Thanks Mark for hosting a great party!

    July 5, 2013

  • Donna N

    Thank you Mark! Everyone had a great time.

    July 5, 2013

  • Carole

    This was my first year attending and Im so happy I had the chance to be there. What a fun day that turned into a really nice night watching the fireworks from the deck. Thank you so much Mark, for being kind enough and "cool" like that to open your home to ALL of us. :) I had a really great time on the boat, although brief. Thank you to Roy for inviting us aboard. Also, Cindy..your compliment was so very sweet and from one female to another, even as you stated, you dont often compliment women, I so very much appreciate you for being genuine and always sweet! Rose, I loved talking with you over the last two days. :) Thank you Sharon for being the shutter bug you are. Debbie, the pink cake was A-Maz-Ing. Everyone else, great to see you and nice to talk with so many of you. Looking forward to the rest of the summer Meetups. ~ Peace.

    July 5, 2013

  • Pam R

    Thanks to all for creating new July 4th memories. Couldn't have asked for a better day or a better group of people to share it with. And Mark, again, thank you for your hospitality, as always.

    1 · July 5, 2013

    • Rose

      I am so happy the two of you made new 4th of July memories. Last night was so much fun.

      1 · July 5, 2013

    • Kimberly K.

      I'm glad everyone had a great time! I was ever so close on the wait list, but didn't quite make it in, next year I'll be ready, lol. Hope to see everyone soon!

      1 · July 5, 2013

  • Carolyn

    Mark, thanks so much for hosting a fab 4th again! I appreciate your hospitality and generosity to share such a wonderful view and a good time. Thank you and it was great to see you again (it'd been awhile).

    2 · July 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Last minute drop out. Sorry! I woke up with a cold this morning, and don't want to pass it around!

    July 4, 2013

    • Lorraine

      Hope you are feeling better soon, Tamara!

      July 5, 2013

  • Steve

    Mark --- thanks for hosting such a grand 4th of July gathering. The location could not have been better, what a spectacular view! If anyone had a bad or so-so time, it’s their own fault.

    1 · July 5, 2013

  • Dorothy M. L.

    I had a wonderful time watching fireworks, thanks Roy! Enjoyed the music.

    July 5, 2013

  • Rose

    Thank you Mark!

    1 · July 5, 2013

  • Bob M.

    Many thanks to Mark- a wonderful 4th of July experience! Good fun!

    1 · July 5, 2013

  • Gail

    Mark you are AWESOME!!!! Such a perfect day---thank you so much!
    I LOVE fireworks and could see not only Tacoma fireworks but also Des Moines and Seattle. LOVED every minute! You made us feel so welcome. Thank you! Thank you!

    2 · July 5, 2013

  • Grace

    Mark, than you so much for opening your home to be front row & center to view the fireworks! The view from your home is utterly amazing, and your were a very sweet laid back host! Debbie, your ears should have been ringing as we all continued to talk about & enjoy your lemonade cake, it was delicious!! What a great group of people to hang out with too! I had a fantastic time, and so glad to see you Kenan! You're so great at documenting events with your photographic skills

    2 · July 5, 2013

  • Kenan

    so much to say... i will touch with only a few comments.. first.. thank you Mark for opening the doors to your beautiful home.. second.. thank you to the two different people nice enough to invite me to a overbooked shin dig (you know who you are and i was very flattered).. also wanted to say, this group is a very amazing... fun... circle of people, all fantastic in very unique ways.. and last but not least.. i will be posting a battery of photos if you you see yourself in a photo that you want me to remove just shoot me an email... with the photo number and i will delete it.. thank you.. all of you.. Kenan

    2 · July 5, 2013

  • Karen

    The best 4th of July Mark! Awesome, thanks!

    1 · July 5, 2013

  • Robbin O.

    left my white sweater on chair upstairs, tommy bahama, please put away for ne, I'll pick up later

    July 4, 2013

    • Kenan

      To late I listed it on eBay already

      2 · July 4, 2013

  • Stephanie Jo P.

    Well enjoy sounded like fun!

    July 4, 2013

  • spencer f.

    hey ya'allim afraid i have to cancel. im just not feeling very well. sorry forthe late notice. hope you have a good time

    July 4, 2013

  • Michael

    Just discovered I'm no longer Wait Listed.
    Will be right over...

    July 4, 2013

  • Kimberly K.

    Let me know if a spot opens up, I'm keeping my options open as you never know what may come up, lol.

    July 4, 2013

  • Carole

    So, the official show up time is 1:00, correct?

    July 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi! Mark,
    I am still interested in coming if there is any openings. I am fairly new to the group I have come 2 times.

    Thank you,
    Julie

    July 4, 2013

  • Rick

    Gonna have to drop. Since there was no address posted till this morning I needed to make other plans. Everyone enjoy.

    July 4, 2013

  • Roger

    I'll give up my spot, I'll be on Roys boat most of the day, maybe stop by later.

    1 · July 2, 2013

    • Kimberly K.

      Now that sounds like a great idea!

      July 3, 2013

    • Steve D.

      Oh but he is not going far...he and the Captain will be moored just off shore, eh

      July 4, 2013

  • Mark

    Howdy! Looking forward to the festivities tomorrow. Is it better to park at Tacoma Dome Station or at Tacoma Community College for the bus to the Freedom Fair?

    It is nice that we don't have to worry any more abut having to pick up a Fifth on the Third for the Fourth ;o)

    1 · July 3, 2013

  • John U

    Thanks for getting a spot for me but unexpected guests are arriving.

    July 3, 2013

  • John U

    Thanks for getting a spot for me, but unexpected guests are arriving.

    July 3, 2013

  • Bulinda

    We really want to be part of this

    1 · July 3, 2013

  • Gail

    Mark---need an address please????? I have a friend in that area and if you live close to him I could probably park at his house. I want to let him know because everyone and their dog are probably wanting to park there tomorrow. LOL

    July 3, 2013

    • Mark

      Hi Gail. I'll send the address out tomorrow AM. Lot of last minute shuffling going on.

      July 3, 2013

  • Kenan

    right on, i am number 58 on the wait list... i say chances are pretty dismal... unless it rains and they cancel the show... have fun you guy's...

    July 3, 2013

  • Pam R

    Mark, Have you posted your address yet? I kind of know where you live from last year but need to be reminded. See you tomorrow and thanks again.

    July 3, 2013

  • pamela jewel nolan d.

    Please give me a spot

    July 3, 2013

  • ann

    Still hoping for a sparkling 4th if I can take anyone's spot who can't make it. Keep in touch : )

    July 3, 2013

  • Stephanie Jo P.

    When would know if we are on the wait list if we can actually attend?

    July 3, 2013

  • Marilyn C.

    Very excited to go where ever there is an opening. :)

    July 2, 2013

  • vicki s.

    Well, looks like I will be opening up two spots! Visitors in town so will have to miss this one.

    July 2, 2013

    • Marilyn C.

      That's great Vicki. If I'm not able to get in to a celebration space. I would love to be included just email me back and let me know where this will be.

      July 2, 2013

  • Marilyn C.

    I have no idea where is Marks place?

    July 1, 2013

    • Hugh S

      Hi Marilyn, Like you I am on the waiting list for this event. Since this is at a private residence there is a limit on the number who can attend. The location info is sent to those people who are fortunate enough to be in the first 50 for this event. South Sound Singles Meetup is having an event on the 4th nearby at the Tacoma Mountaineers building down the block from The Spar on 30th in Old Town, just above Ruston Way. Come there. We'll have a blast (pardon the pun).

      July 2, 2013

    • Grace

      Marilyn, when a party is given at a person's house, the address is only given out by e-mail to individuals that are on the list to go, about 2 days before the event. Steve did say Mark's home is above Commencement Bay in the body of the event page info, so that gives anyone that wanted to know before rsvping, where it is. Also in the body of this event page is a link to the Freedom Fair that anyone can attend. You can click on that and read what it's all about.

      July 2, 2013

  • Stephanie Jo P.

    Where is the other event ?

    July 2, 2013

    • John

      South sound singles is hosting one in Tacoma

      July 2, 2013

  • Marilyn C.

    Thank you

    July 2, 2013

  • Stephanie Jo P.

    Is this event already full w a waiting list?

    July 2, 2013

    • Mark O

      Yes. There is another meetup in larger venue see comments for details, the other one is not yet full.

      July 2, 2013

  • Marilyn C.

    Hi everyone I'm new to this meet up group. My birthday is on the 4th of July. How much is the entrance to this event? please let me know. Thanks

    July 1, 2013

    • Jim M.

      Hi Marilyn,
      My name is Jim and I'm pretty new to this meet up. I do believe that there is no fee. You just go. I look forward to seeing you there.
      Take Care,
      Jim

      July 2, 2013

  • Steve D.

    Additional information: Steve Pielak (sp) is hosting a charity affair at the Old Town Music hall. For those who are going to Mark's MU, it would be a good stop over there on the way to Ruston Way. For those who are on the waiting list...there are several venues in Old Town that you might consider going. I will post Steve's Charity info later as soon as I dig up the info.

    1 · July 1, 2013

  • Steve D.

    Update, wasn't able to secure an alternate site so we could have a spill over MU site.

    June 29, 2013

  • Steve D.

    Ok Sports Fans, we be just a few days away from the auspicious occasion. Need folks re-check their RSVP's please. Really hate to have someone on the going list no-show and leaving someone on the waitlist unable to attend. That said, I am in the planning stage of designing an alternate site, if that is possible. Deets to follow.

    1 · June 28, 2013

  • Carolyn

    Maybe there could be a 2nd meetup started for getting together at the Freedom Fair on Ruston Way? Maybe people meeting at one of the beer gardens or something?

    2 · June 20, 2013

    • steven p.

      We also have a area below the deck that is not part of the beer Garden. Cover with sawdust and will be another place to hang out. Bring chair or blankets to lay on. The beer garden could fill up and this is another option for the group.

      June 27, 2013

    • steven p.

      No waiting list ....LOL

      June 27, 2013

  • Lorraine

    I count 14 "plus ones" so maybe we have a chance....?? :)

    1 · June 4, 2013

    • Steve D.

      There is always a chance. It is still early. Folks will come and go on both the going list and on the wait list.

      2 · June 4, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I just made it in. There is hope!

      June 20, 2013

  • Julie

    I live on 31st and will be having a small gathering . As you are walking down 31st everyone should stop by. I have a tiny house that was built in 1906.

    2 · June 4, 2013

    • Sunshine

      you should put it up on the site so we can sign up for it. we would be already parked so we wouldn't have to worry about where to park, lol. I am interested in coming by your place, what time frame are you having it?

      June 8, 2013

    • Carolyn

      Chances are we wouldn't be walking down 31st. But you could possibly be near Mark. If you want us to know where you are then, by all means, let us know so some can stop by!

      June 19, 2013

  • John

    Wow don't think the RSVP is going to change on this event

    June 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Wow! This filled up in less than 12 hours!

    June 4, 2013

    • Sunshine

      IKR! I wanted to be the first one to sign up, but I get so busy that I don't get a chance, lol. Yeah most of the time the local gatherings fill up pretty quickly, especially if they are hosted at someone's house like this:) Definitly fun for sure!

      1 · June 8, 2013

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