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HCCO Summer Solstice Potluck

HCCO Summer Solstice Potluck

Date: Saturday, August 10th, 2013

Time: 11am-3pm

Location: Whetstone Shelter house 3901 North High Street Columbus, Ohio 43214 (see directions below).

Directions: Whetstone Park Shelter house is located in the Clintonville area, between Henderson Road and North Broadway. From North High Street, turn onto Hollenback Road and follow the road until it dead ends into the parking lot. The shelterhouse will be on your right.  Look for the HCCO Sign

Maps: Park Map and Park Description

Shelter Description and Visuals: Infos here.

Who Should Come: Everyone! We have a shelter with air conditioning reserved and plenty of tables!  Feel free to bring family & friends!  This is the perfect opportunity to meet others, make new friends, and have fun at a laid back summer gathering!

We provide: beverages, ice, condiments, and shelterhouse.

What You Should Bring:

  • A dish to share:
    • Last name beginning with
      • A-H bring a main dish
      • I-Q bring a side dish
      • R-Z a dessert.
  • Your own reusable place setting
  • Any outdoor games or table games to share.

Who do we RSVP to? RSVP the number of people (with kids ages) attending by August 8 to our Meetup event or by email to [masked].

Cost:Nothing, you can help us pay for the picnic in one of two ways:

  • Renew your membership with HCCO. Levels range from $10 to $1000. Every little bit helps with operating costs and doing events like the picnic and monthly events. Join online, click here!
  • If you've already joined or would like to just donate, you can donate directly through this event. Suggested donations start at $5, but we’re happy to accept more.

Activities/Entertainment:

  • The shelterhouse is surrounded by plenty of green space, walking/biking trails, a pond, a playground and the award winning Park of Roses.

Volunteering: We’ll need some help with this party. We’ll need assistance with the following: setup and tear down. Email Julia at [masked] to volunteer.

Pets: They are not permitted in the enclosed shelter houses with the exception of animals specifically assigned to assist people with disabilities. (i.e. guide dogs)

 

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  • Brittany S.

    Enjoyed seeing/meeting everyone! Food and conversation were great! Wish we had remembered our place settings :/

    2 · August 11, 2013

  • Julia R.

    Will be there with two others (my son, Tom, and his significant other, Sherri). Thanks to you and the others who are making this wonderful gathering possible. Would like to volunteer my help in cleaning up afterwards, and possibly in coordinating of activities (if I get there in ample time). Thanks.

    Maybe, too, we could brainstorm in possible networking exercises for during trying times, and other existential concerns.

    2 · August 9, 2013

    • Agnes

      It was nice to meet you, Julia. Look forward to seeing you again at future HCCO events.

      1 · August 10, 2013

  • Dan W.

    Sorry I didn't realize I needed to RSVP by the 8th. Hope this is not too late!

    August 10, 2013

    • Derrick

      It was good to see you.

      August 10, 2013

  • Heidi B.

    Question for those of us bringing main dishes- will there be heating elements available to keep food warm, or should we plan on bringing a cold dish? I wouldn't want to compromise the health of my fellow Humanists ;).

    August 6, 2013

    • John

      I'm running late packing for my trip but my friend Mary is going to bring a power strip. I will probably be there still but it will be a little bit later.

      August 10, 2013

    • HCCO C.

      John we have a couple of power strips and a very long extension cord! Thanks for the back ups!

      August 10, 2013

  • Marisa H.

    Unfortunately a family issue came up so I won't be attending. :(

    August 10, 2013

  • Dan D.

    Because of stuff that I have to do in getting my daughter ready for College I unfortunately won't be able to make it this weekend... bummer.

    August 9, 2013

  • Agnes

    Look forward to seeing everyone! I'm bringing my sister Inessa, who is visiting from NYC.

    1 · August 9, 2013

  • Jeff

    Very much wish I could be there, but the potluck coincides with my vacation. Y'all have a good time.

    August 9, 2013

  • John

    I will have to leave early - flying to Yellowstone in the afternoon.

    1 · August 6, 2013

    • Jeff

      Excuses, excuses.

      August 9, 2013

  • Brittany S.

    If you are interested in joining the Columbus CoR Light The Night team (http://pages.lightthenight.org/coh/CntlOhio13/campquesthumanistohiofbb), I'll have information and my laptop to show you how to join our team. Or you can do it beforehand. This week is our official registration week and there's a Columbus-wide LTN kickoff event next week. You'll be able to find me at the kid's activity table.

    August 8, 2013

  • Kerri B.

    Myself, my husband & son

    August 4, 2013

  • John

    I will have to leave early - flying to Yellowstone in the afternoon.

    July 8, 2013

  • Lynne

    Wish I could make it. Will be out of town. :O(

    July 1, 2013

  • Jay

    by the way once I get started I just can't stop. :-) I guess Mike one of my point is not that we take away from the summer picnic which is wonderful but that we add something on the actual solstice . this has not been done in a while and is actually a humanist event that we should celebrate separate from the pagans- in a secular non - supernatural way . I think this is something all human us should really consider. actually I like this meetup thing to this is wonderful that we can discuss things on here like this. it is kind of like we used to do want to be BBS. :-)

    1 · June 28, 2013

  • Jay

    by the way those are also very human things not just science things. oh yeah by the way science is a human thing too :-)

    1 · June 28, 2013

  • Jay

    scientifically determine our system of time and how we plot our calendar. :-) just wondering. ?

    June 28, 2013

  • Jay

    I wonder how many of our members actually understand that there is more to this holiday then just recognizing our understanding about astronomy & how we...

    June 28, 2013

  • Jay

    the idea of human is celebrating the Solstice came from pagans of course but also came from people like Carl Sagan Isaac Asimov and other humanists that felt this would be a great secular holiday that all people of all creeds could celebrate regardless of their religious or non-re ligious affiliation. thus making it one of the most humanist celebrations there could ever be.

    June 28, 2013

  • Jay

    the idea of human is celebrating the Solstice came from pagans of course but also came from people like Carl Sagan Isaac Asimov and other humanists that felt this would be a great secular holiday that all people of all creeds could celebrate regardless of their religious or non-re ligious affiliation. thus making it one of the most humanist celebrations there could ever be.

    June 28, 2013

  • Jay

    thanks for your comments Jeff. I am sorry that I am unable to attend any of the events that I would love to attend up their. but taking care of my mother comes first. I guess the point of my earlier comments had to do with accessible for those of low-income and for the fact that it comes off as humans not understanding what the Solstice is about. that may actually be so since the idea for a summer solstice or winter solstice came from earlier humanists . ...

    June 28, 2013

  • Jeff

    Because our community is non-dogmatic, calling the picnic the "annual summer picnic" without referring to the Solstice is totally OK.

    I am sorry to anyone who found the Meetup.com default text confusing. It's unfortunate that Meetup defaults to "Price" rather than "suggested donation," but Meetup is a useful tool so we have to put up with some of its quirks.

    Please keep in mind that events like this are not free to put on, and the individual and household membership levels of HCCO are very modest. We appreciate whatever you are willing and able to donate.

    1 · June 28, 2013

  • Joy

    Yes, I got the meetup email first and so I rsvp'd through that. (Actually, I don't think I've gotten an invite to the picnic by any other avenue.) My heart sunk that I'd have to pay 10 for Savannah and me, but decided to do it anyway. But I didn't interpret it in any other way as I have to pay for it. Summer Solstice as a title also struck me as inaccurate. I was amused by it. I'm not in love with science-y references as this picnic is not about science. It's about the Humanist Community that I've come to adore and that's who I'll be there for, so I vote we just call it Doris' last suggestion "The HCCO Annual Summer Picnic". Kind of help new folks know that we do this cool thing every year.

    June 28, 2013

  • Doris

    I was briefly stunned when I read about the picnic on HCCO.org that stated the cost is nothing and then came to the meetup site and read the BOLD Price $5.00/per person without any explanation included. Thanks to Jay's inquiry I now understand the situation.
    I agree with Jay about the title of the picnic. The summer solstice is long past by this date. Maybe we should call it a Celebration of the space probe Magellan's reaching Venus in 1990! Or, the Celebration of the Proclamation by Quito (Ecuador) of its intended Independence from Spain in 1809. Or, a Celebration of the birthday in 1814 of Henri Nestlé, founder of the Nestlé candy company. Or, a Celebration of the birthday of John W. Galbreath, an American businessman and philanthropist who founded Darby Dan Farm right here in central Ohio in 1897! Any of those are more logical than Summer Solstice. Let's just keep the title to "the HCCO Summer Picnic."

    June 28, 2013

  • Jay

    why are we charging people for potluck this year ? are things that bad?

    June 27, 2013

    • HCCO C.

      Cost:Nothing, you can help us pay for the picnic in one of two ways:

      Renew your membership with HCCO. Levels range from $10 to $1000. Every little bit helps with operating costs and doing events like the picnic and monthly events. Join online, click here!
      If you've already joined or would like to just donate, you can donate directly through this event. Suggested donations start at $5, but we’re happy to accept more.

      June 28, 2013

    • HCCO C.

      I'd also like to further note that people are also given the option to RSVP without using Meetup which would allow one to bypass the entire meetup process. Who do we RSVP to? RSVP the number of people (with kids ages) attending by August 8 to our Meetup event or by email to [masked]. Again, thanks for your feedback, I hope this explanation has been helpful in further clarifying any confusion.

      June 28, 2013

  • Diana C.

    I'll have Evelyn (6) with me.

    1 · June 27, 2013

  • Jay

    just a thought. this meeting potluck should not be called the summer solstice. let's be accurate and call things for what they are. the summer's solstice has already occurred. call me silly but I just think things that are called the summer solstice up to happen around the summer solstice. how about "the humanist summer picnic" ? !! :-)

    2 · June 27, 2013

    • HCCO C.

      We appreciate your feedback and we'll take it under advisement for next year.

      June 27, 2013

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