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Beach Bonfire

S'more vegan s'mores anyone?  Join us for our annual fun-filled day at Seabright/Castle Beach in Santa Cruz, complete with vegan potluck and nighttime bonfire! Michelle will arrive early in the AM in order to score a fire pit (they're limited). You can arrive anytime after 10am, but the main party will run from 2:00pm to 10:00pm.

For those who may wonder what exactly to bring to a vegan potluck - there are many options, with the following exceptions :-) Please nothing with animal derived products including eggs, dairy, honey, cheese, and fish.  If you're unsure you can ask me and/or read labels because they even sneak dairy into things like some dark chocolates :-( and/or check out this website:  http://www.santacruzanimalrights.org/WhatsVegan.  If you can, please bring your own reusable plate/silverware/cup, though we will have some back-ups.

Some items we will need:  It will be great if someone can bring an umbrella or some type of shade structure, a folding table, some wood to burn, and vegan items for s'mores, including spikes for roasting marshmallow, i.e. wire hangers.  *Note: vegan marshmallows and chocolates are readily available, however, graham crackers without honey are not so easy.  That's where creativity and/or determination come in if anyone's so inclined.  Also, if anyone has a portable vegan barbeque pit...  You may inform others of what you plan to bring either in the RSVP section or in the discussion section below.

Feel free to bring frisbees, kites, guitars or any other beach activities you enjoy. Bring whatever you need for your own comfort: chairs, towels, sunscreen, water, and warm jackets because it can get cold at night.  Alcohol is prohibited, so if you want to partake you'll need to keep it incognito.

We'll be at Seabright/Castle beach, across the street from the Museum of Natural History and just west of Seabright Avenue.  See map at http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=&geocode=&q=santa+cruz+museum+of+natural+history&sll=36.964449,-122.007616&sspn=0.006498,0.01929&ie=UTF8&cd=1&hq=santa+cr...

Please let me know if you have any suggestions or questions!

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  • LJ

    Another year of a fun, beach party and bonfire!! Good to see everyone! Yummy food, especially the smores :-)

    July 14, 2013

  • owlswan

    Very nice gathering, hot fire, just enough wood and I didn't have to microscopically inspect the food. Yea. Thanks to all who made this a fine time...

    July 13, 2013

  • Kyle

    Sorry y'all, looks like we're not gonna make it out there tonight, hope to see you all later on in the future ヾ(^_^)

    July 13, 2013

  • Janie

    not able to update meetup. says it is over, but it is not. we will not be able to go, given the kids.

    July 13, 2013

  • Rick

    maybe later... not feeling super right now

    July 13, 2013

  • Sharon

    Hannah asked if we need more desserts, food or drink. It's hard to say. It looks like this will be a true "potluck" - luck of the pot, which is fun too.

    July 13, 2013

  • Sharon

    A few updates:

    Parking: There's lots of parking near Seabright Beach, but it fills up early. In case you have to park farther away, be prepared for a moderate walk. There are some 3-minute spaces next to the beach entrance, so if you have lots of stuff to unload you can do so before parking.

    Phone: If you have trouble finding us, or need help carrying stuff from the loading zone, call[masked]-4834.

    BBQ grill: We now have a small tabletop vegan-since-new grill.

    July 12, 2013

    • caryl

      will this go into the evening time? A fire???

      July 12, 2013

    • Sharon

      Yes, this will go until 10 pm and we will have a fire! You can join us at any time you wish between 2 and 10 pm.

      July 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I've been called in to work...not sure if I'll get out at a decent hour. :(

    July 13, 2013

  • Janie

    i "might" have my two little grandchildren coming over tomorrow, so not totally sure if/when we can make it. if we do come will bring food and drink, but must prioritize my babies! a little too hyper to take then unless my daughter comes also:) when i know will update my response.

    July 12, 2013

  • Janel

    FINALLY! I'm finally able to make one of your meetups! :-)

    July 12, 2013

  • Chuck B.

    Just got pulled in different direction and have to miss out again this year. Enjoy the vegan s'mores.

    July 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    sorry to miss this. going out of town for an unplanned trip soon and need to do some things. have fun :)

    July 12, 2013

  • Chuck B.

    What time does the potluck start? I can only hang out from 2-4p.

    July 11, 2013

    • Sharon

      The event is from 2 - 10 pm. People arrive and leave at various times throughout the event, bringing their potluck dishes with them. Some people stay the whole time. It's nice to enjoy the sun and it's nice to enjoy the evening bonfire. I'm sure there will be various potluck dishes while you are there from 2 - 4. I will be bringing an ice cooler and invite others to do the same or to bring plates of ice to put the dishes on. 2-4 is a good time to be there.

      1 · July 11, 2013

  • Sharon

    I've got the s'mores covered. Though if anyone has prongs from a fondue set, or wire hangers we could use them for roasting marshmallows. Turns out I only have 2 boxes of firewood. I think we'll need more...

    July 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Oops! I have a time conflict. Sorry

    July 10, 2013

  • Sharon

    A member of our group has a beach umbrella but unfortunately, cannot make it to this event. She lives in Monterey and is open to lending it to us. Would anyone coming from that neck of the woods be interested in bringing it? If so, please send an email to Marian to arrange it. Thanks a bunch!

    July 10, 2013

  • owlswan

    Bringing vegan blue potato salad. Do we need firewood?

    July 8, 2013

    • Sharon

      I can bring 3 boxes of firewood. If it's convenient, maybe you could put some wood in your car as a backup, in case we need it. Thanks!

      July 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hooray!

    July 8, 2013

  • Natasha N.

    If no last minute appointment comes up - see all you great people at the beach! :)

    July 7, 2013

  • Sharon

    I'll be bringing some wood.

    July 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I will bring some sort of cold legume dish, and a salad. I'll also bring a list of ingredients in case anyone has allergies.

    Surf's up! :)

    July 3, 2013

  • LJ

    I'm absolutely excited to attend because I finally moved to SC and can hang out all day if I want! Don't have to drive over the hill anymore!

    June 24, 2013

  • Elke

    Hoorah! We will think of something to yummy to bring & share

    June 2, 2013

  • Marissa

    Does anyone have the 'portable vegan bbq' they could bring? Would love to bring some veggies to grill. Pineapple too!

    May 30, 2013

  • Marissa

    This sounds like all kinds of awesome! Would anyone be interested in carpooling from San Jose? Also have a pretty nifty beach tent that sits about 6 people. :]

    May 24, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I live in San Jose. want to carpool? [masked]

      May 24, 2013

    • Marissa

      Sure! I'm not sure my car could fit your folding tables or plastic chairs though.

      May 30, 2013

  • Lori B.

    Anyone have kids? I have a 13 yr old and would love to know if there'll be others.

    May 29, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I will be there around noon, as I will need to leave by 4. I will bring mixed fruits.

    May 25, 2013

  • Kyle

    Cool, I love the beach ヾ(^_^)

    1 · May 24, 2013

  • Donna

    Lovely!

    May 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Right across from my house, hope to make it this time!!

    May 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I have two 5-foot folding tables an two plastic chairs that I can bring.

    May 24, 2013

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