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14th Annual Humanist Picnic! +Talk: "Humanism DownUnder"

  • Aug 4, 2012 · 12:30 PM
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Sponsored by Greater Boston Humanists:

We invite all Greater Boston Humanists, Atheists, Free-Thinkers, Non-Theists, Cranks, etc., etc. (for this purpose, Greater Boston extends to the Berkshires) to our annual summer picnic! (RAIN DATE IS following day SUNDAY AUG 6, same time)

What: Buffet and Barbecue, followed by a brief talk about "Humanism in the Antipodes: Why and How Australia and New Zealand Elect Atheist/Agnostic Prime Ministers While Any Hint By A US Politician Of Christian Non-Orthodoxy Invites A Trip To The Political Graveyard"

Your Responsibility: Bring a hearty appetite. Call Tom Ferrick at[masked] and indicate whether you would like to bring an appetizer, salad, dessert or drink. Beer and Soft Drinks will be provided as will a variety Of grilled meat entrees, plus vegetarian and vegan entrees.
Various types of game equipment will also be available!

Transportation: We will try to arrange a ride if you don't have access to a car. We can do a pickup at Riverside MBTA Station or Kendall Green Commuter RR Stop in Weston (from North Station)

Parking: Parking is limited. Please leave spaces close to the Condo for the elderly or infirm. the able-bodied please drop off any passengers and stuff, then park in the Curling Club Parking Lot adjacent.

Weather: We have been "blessed" by benign weather for 13 years. In case of inclemency, we will make a decision by 10 AM Saturday. There is adequate internal space, so the picnic will take place on Saturday, in case of rain on Saturday and a prediction of rain on the Sunday. Call[masked] for a weather update if in doubt, or[masked] 5093.

Directions: From the East, and South: Take 128/95 towards the Weston Exit or Route 30 or Mass. Turnpike West. Take Route 30 West. From the Weston Exit, you will see Mainstone Rd. heading to the right, just after entering Natick (about 5 miles). Turn right on Mainstone Rd. and continue to the "T" intersection at about 1 mile. Turn right on Rice Rd. 200 yards on left (at 138 Rice rd.), turn into Curling Lane. Immediate left into Hayfield Lane. Continue to 410.
If you miss the Mainstone Rd. turn, don't U-turn. Continue 1/2 mile to traffic light and turn right on Rice Rd. Approx. 1.5 miles to Curling Lane on left.

From the North: 128/95 South to Route 20 West Exit. Continue about 4.5 miles. Just after entering Wayland and just before the Coach Grill, bear left at a fork onto Old Connecticut Path. Follow about a mile and turn left on Rice Road. Pass the farm with the gorgeous White-Banded Galloway cattle. At about 1 mile, turn right on Curling Lane (at 138 Rice Rd.), immediate left is Hayfiled Lane. Continue to 410.

From the West: Take Route 30 Exit from the Mass. Turnpike in Natick. Take Route 30 East. At about 4 miles, turn left at traffic light onto Rice Rd. (Don't be fooled by the same road on the right, which is Oak St.). Continue down Rice Rd. about 1.5 miles. Turn left on Curling Lane (at 138 Rice Rd.) then immediate left into Hayfiled Lane. Continue to 410. You have arrived at your destination.
If you are lost, call[masked] for directions.

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  • Betsy Y.

    Had a great time! As always with this community, there was terrific, intelligent conversation, and along with seeing a bunch of familiar faces, I got to meet a bunch of awesome new people, too! Many thanks to the Gersteins for hosting, and to the Bernsteins and to Dr. Caldwell-Harris for kindly transporting me from/to public transportation.

    August 6, 2012

  • Leonard & Jane B.

    Need larger venue

    August 5, 2012

  • jacob d.


    August 5, 2012

  • Cecilia S.

    Mikail and Sheldon.
    I just talked to Ann, she will pick us up at Riverside at 1pm.
    If you want to email her directly , her offer is posted at the Boston Atheist Meet-up site

    August 3, 2012

  • Sheldon

    Who ever is offering ride, please, do tell us riders where to meet.

    August 3, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am also looking for a ride. Similar to Cecelia, I live on Cleveland Circle, but I would take the T to meet You anywhere

    August 3, 2012

    • Cecilia S.

      Ann posted on Boston Atheists offering a ride. I just emailed her and mentioned you were also interested. I will zipcar if necessary.

      August 3, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thank You Cecilia! Let me know where and when you meet and I will join You!

      August 3, 2012

  • Sheldon

    I want to attend.

    Question: what is the anticipated end time? I must be back in Waltham by 6.30PM. Thank you.

    I also shall need a ride to (& from) the picnic.

    I live in Waltham but can easily get to Cambridge or a T-stop in Boston.

    August 3, 2012

  • Greg E.

    Coming straight from officiating one wedding, and then heading to officiate another one after, so I can't help with rides, but looking forward to seeing folks!

    August 2, 2012

  • Cecilia S.

    I looking for a ride. I live in Brookline, would take the T to meet you anywhere at your convenience. Thank you

    August 1, 2012

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