2nd Ave E & 7th St SE, Brooks, AB
AUGUST 2016 - with the Olympics Opening weekend the same time as the Faire (and, as it happens, severe weather warnings in Alberta!!), decided not to do the faire this year - posting this NOW for August 2017 (should be the same weekend). Will UPDATE details with 2017 data in spring/summer 2017.
IMPORTANT INFO: THIS IS WHAT WE DID IN 2014 - DETAILS WILL CHANGE FOR 2017 MEETUP. YOU CAN SEE COMMENTS & PHOTOS FROM THAT 2014 VISIT HERE: http://www.meetup.com/CalgaryDoSomethingNew/events/188618352/
Let's meet at Somerset C-Train at 9:30, leave around 9:45 and arrive in Brooks around 11:30.
For those who want to drive themselves there, but still meet up with the group, plan for being at the Badlands Catering booth (burgers, fries, etc.) at 12:00. I do not have a logo to refer to; I just figured it will be easy to find.
Please note in the comments if you're planning to drive direct, so I have an idea who is going directly there.
I will be wearing a white Stetson cowboy hat (probably the only person there wearing one!) so you can find me. I figure we will all be hungry then, so might as well try to meet where we can eat. Look around the immediate area, if there are no places to sit, right there at the booth.
*These sorts of out-of-town meetings are always prone to last-minute issues - traffic, the vendor not being there, other unknowns... so if you don't catch us, try to enjoy yourself anyway!!
You can email me a phone # (click here for link) if you can't find me, or Tweet to @CalgaryDSN .
WHAT: Let's journey back in time...
Let's visit a time of chivalry, honour & maybe a dragon or two...
Let's get out of town and Do Something New!!
The Brooks Medieval Faire showcase this time from our past, of Knights, Ladies and Jesters.
Jousting, Sword-fighting & more - see the schedule here for more specifics.
WHERE: Brooks, AB - about 175km (a 2-hr drive) from Calgary - east (& a little south) from the south end of the city.
We will meet at Somerset-Bridlewood C-Train Station (free parking) at 9:30 and carpool from there, to arrive at the site around 11:45, and meet for lunch at 12:00.
Carpooling is never planned much ahead of time; my experience is that at least 2/3 of us are driving to Somerset to meet, so there is never a shortage of cars/drivers.
COST: $10 admission to the Faire (can be purchased online in advance, but can be purchased on-site) and $1 DSN fee to the DSN Organizer.
Gas costs to & from Brooks is around $40, so offering something to whomever you carpool with, would be a nice gesture.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED YOU BRING CASH IN SMALL BILLS & SOME LOONIES/TWOONIES - so much easier to manage if they don't have credit machines...
PARKING: Apparently, Brooks is not designed for parking at such an event, so their website details a LOT of choices around the area. Be courteous, obey the law, don't block any driveways or take business spaces on the street, and be prepared for a walk to the fairgrounds. You are warned! :)
FOOD: Available to purchase on-site at various vendors; you CAN bring your own to consume on-site. *I doubt that alcohol is permitted to be brought in.
We will plan to meet (or re-join if we get separated) at the Badlands Catering booth (burgers, fries, etc.) at 12:00 for lunch.
STUFF: Various vendors will be there, offering souvenirs & such.
Costumes (of the time) are welcome on visitors, but not necessary.
Map of the site: https://mapsengine.google.com/map/edit?mid=zwdLtkblkubo.kbMeUviJZbAM
Additional notes: The $10 admission is payable to the Faire itself. You can buy your ticket online or at the gate. The $1 DSN fee is payable to the DSN organizer (David R).
Payments you make go to the organizer, not to Meetup. You must make refund requests to the organizer.