Past Meetup

Potluck Picnic Party with Live Music by Ben Zastrow

This Meetup is past

46 people went

Price: $4.00 /per person

Vilas Park Shelter

1400 Vilas Park Drive · Madison, WI

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Entire shelter is reserved for Meetup group

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*** First Annual Madison Energizers Potluck Picnic Party and BBQ Bash ***

*** This event is family-friendly -- please bring your kids, significant others, etc. ***

*** This event is NOT weather-dependent. I have to pay for the shelter regardless, so it if rains, we'll huddle under the shelter and make the best of it! ***

Even if you don't go to any other meetup this year, THIS is the one you don't want to miss! What better way to meet lots of new people and enjoy one of the longest days of the year?

Exciting update: Guitarist/singer/songwriter Ben Zastrow has generously agreed to play for us at the picnic! Check out his MySpace page ( and music video (! Unfortunately, Ben has to leave at 7:30 for a show in Rockford, so please plan to get to the shelter no later than 6pm if you want to catch his full performance.

The plan is simple: Any time after 4pm, show up with enough food and beverages for yourself and, if possible, an extra helping to share (who wants to eat only their own stuff??). If you have a charcoal grill that you can bring and share, all the better for those folks who want to cook hot dogs, brats, burgers, pork chops, or veggie burgers. I don't plan to worry about who brings what, so cover your own needs and, if possible, also bring something interesting that no one else will have thought of!

Beer is allowed, but please drink responsibly!

Does anyone have a portable volleyball net? Bring it! Softball anyone? There's a field nearby that is available on a first come, first serve basis. Soccer? There's a field for that too. Kites? Frisbees? Croquet? We are limited only by our imaginations, our enthusiasm, and whatever portable sports paraphenalia happens to be cluttering up our garages. If you wish to organize something in particular, please use the comment field when you RSVP.

The shelter is large, so the party will go on, rain or shine. There are even two fireplaces if for some reason it threatens to get chilly! Musicians and aspiring musicians are welcome to bring instruments and serenade the rest of us.

We have to vacate the shelter no later than 10pm. Apart from that constraint, stay as long as you're still having fun. Sunset isn't until 8:40pm; twilight will last until 9:15pm. Bring bug repellent, just in case!

Please consider volunteering to stick around and help with cleanup when it looks like folks are getting ready to head home.

I have to pre-pay a rental fee for the shelter, so I will have to collect $4 in advance (non-refundable) when you RSVP. I will break even if we get 20 attendees. If we get more (as I hope we will), then I will bank the surplus for a future event. If you cannot use the online payment feature, let me know ([masked]) and I'll arrange to collect from you in person.

You do NOT need to pay for guests. If the RSVP mechanism seems to demand payment for guests (I haven't tested this), then just RSVP for yourself (0 guests) and mention your guests in your RSVP comment.

Here are directions to the shelter (,+wi&daddr=Vilas+Park+Dr&hl=en&geocode=%3BFc4DkQIdMKKr-g&mra=ls&sll=43.059364,-89.414957&sspn=0.004084,0.007832&ie=UTF8&ll=43.059207,-89.414999&spn=0.004084,0.007832&t=h&z=17) (type in your own address as the starting point)

Yes, I know that a Saturday or Sunday would be better than a weekday; alas, the shelter reservations for all summer weekends filled up a long time ago. Maybe next year!