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CookiM0nster's picture

It seems like we have two separate sets of ideas as to how to organize this fest. There are those who don't want anything to do with NYC, but are interested in hanging out in more bucolic settings, perhaps taking a cooking class, and skipping the fine dining experience. There are others who would rather see the City, skip any classes, and have some time on the town. In order to put this event together it's important to know how many people are interested in dong what.

So, please, if you're interested in attending, state your preferences.

One issue is where we would all stay. Personally I don't have a problem with NYC, as I think we should be able to come up with reasonably discount rates through Priceline and such. On the other hand, I also know that there are those who really, really don't want to stay there. Looking at the map, New Haven might be a reasonable alternative - close enough to Newtown for a day trip, yet on the Metro North line to NYC, and large enough to have a few decent sites and dining destinations.

shywoodlandcreature's picture

(post #56811, reply #78 of 106)

Given the choice, my vote would be NYC (but I've already said that). Food, shopping, touristy-type things to do, theatre to see, what's not to love?





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CookiM0nster's picture

(post #56811, reply #79 of 106)

"So far, I agree with Tracy - this is still a clusterfu-k, but it is too early to tell if it can be resolved.
I don't know how to solve the "I want to be in NYC" and "I don't want to be in NYC" dilema.
Someone needs to step up to herd the cats - That person needs a thick skin and brass balls."

Thanks so much for your show of confidence and appreciation of the effort pamilyn and I have been putting in. It means a lot to me, and I'm sure it means a lot to her as well.

I'm glad you've acknowledged that you don't know how to handle this.
Do let us know if you come up with something productive to suggest. In the meantime, I think we'd all appreciate it if you'd stop insulting, whining and ******ing at the people who are making the effort to get it under control.

AmyElliesMom's picture

(post #56811, reply #80 of 106)

Cooki, Pamilyn, how about TWO fests? A bucolic fest for those that wish to partake of that, and a city fest for those that want more non-stop excitement? With CT only a fairly short train ride away, there could be some day trip stuff to the markets/foodie friendly shops in NYC, and one to Chinatown for both groups. Then, the NYCers could shop til they drop and go to shows and such, while the relax-o-fiers can hang out in CT, chitchat, kick back, etc.

Are there enough of each group to get discount rates at two hotels?

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CookiM0nster's picture

(post #56811, reply #81 of 106)

The day-trip to NYC idea is what pamilyn and the others have been working on, but staying in the same hotel in the same city.

I'm not sure if staying in two separate places really captures the point of a fest - which is to hang out together and eat great food, but if we all met at Taunton for one day I suppose that would be an option.

Of course, we could just pick another city alltogether, but I worry that that would just complicate things even more.

I do admit that I'm growing fonder and fonder of Adele's Vegas idea with every post in this thread ;-)

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(post #56811, reply #82 of 106)

  I know you probably have an array of websites for hotel rates, but I have had amazing luck with www.express-res.com. The people there have been great to work with and I've never been disappointed with any hotel I've used nor has anyone I've suggested it to who used it.

AmyElliesMom's picture

(post #56811, reply #83 of 106)

I'm envisioning sort of two parallel fests, with enough people at both so that both are fest-y, and then the two can merge and make a megafest?

Plus, if it's in NYC, I have a better chance of making it. Yes. I'm totally selfish, lol! Actually, I could probably take a train to CT, too, if I'm visiting Matt, but Ellie would probably stay with her uncles.

And the crowd was stilled.  One elderly man, wondering at the sudden silence, turned to the Child and asked him to repeat what he had said.  Wide-eyed, the Child raised his voice and said once again, "Why, the Emperor has no clothes!  He is naked!"
                -- "The Emperor's New Clothes"

 

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shywoodlandcreature's picture

(post #56811, reply #85 of 106)

if this does end up being a CT-fest, there is no way Ellie is missing out. She needs her cyber-aunties and grannies, and we need to meet her. So there. Tell her uncles they already get lots of time with her, and they're just sh*t-outta-luck this time around.





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shywoodlandcreature's picture

(post #56811, reply #84 of 106)

hey, it looks like I might be going to Vegas in May for a conference (fingers crossed, candles lit, whatever, please folks!) If so, I'd be happy to take a half-day or so and scout out possibles for a gang of shopping-mad foodies.





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ashleyd's picture

(post #56811, reply #86 of 106)

Vegas has so many eating and shopping opportunities you are limited only by the time you have available and the flexibility of your plastic. Hope you get your trip in May, you'll have fun checking it out. DW and I have just booked a week there next spring (nothing like planning in advance!) because we enjoyed the last trip so much. In spite of previous resistance I still think it would be a great venue for a CT fest and would be a whole lot more exciting than the CT boonies.


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pamilyn's picture

(post #56811, reply #90 of 106)

We will go along with what everyone wants to do, but I am curious about one thing. Why do people think there is nothing to do in CT? Obviously it's not NYC but there ARE things to do not the least of which is seeing the beautiful country during season. It sounds like NYC is where everyone wants but I wasn't kidding about Chicago. Le sigh.....

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CookiM0nster's picture

(post #56811, reply #91 of 106)

It's not that there is nothing to do. Connecticut is lovely. It's just not a good fest destination.

pamilyn's picture

(post #56811, reply #92 of 106)

Just let us know where and we will be there with our fest shoes on. We will be going to bucolic New Hampshire after the fest. Pamilyn

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shoechick's picture

(post #56811, reply #93 of 106)

Completely agree.  It's lovely to see, but not a lot to do.  NYC would rock as a fest.

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ashleyd's picture

(post #56811, reply #97 of 106)

There is lots to see and do in CT, I've spent several happy weeks there, but that was doing what I wanted to do, with my own set of wheels. The point (I think) about a Fest is that there has to be a focus and intensity to it, if people are going to travel across the country and stay in a hotel for only a couple of days, then they are going to want an 'experience', see and do stuff that is out of the ordinary. Bucolic, delightful though it is, just doesn't cut it for that.


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(post #56811, reply #98 of 106)

We could always go to DisneyWorld. ;)



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MEANCHEF's picture

(post #56811, reply #99 of 106)

Or maybe one of the 6 Flags theme parks. LOL

soccermom's picture

(post #56811, reply #100 of 106)

And Ashley already has a room... If he shares it with us, we can rent the van :)

 


 

 

 

shoechick's picture

(post #56811, reply #87 of 106)

When are you going?  I'm there early May.

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shywoodlandcreature's picture

(post #56811, reply #94 of 106)

If my budget gets approved (big IF there!) I'll be there May 7 - 10, staying at either Bally's or Paris Las Vegas. More details as they happen.





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shoechick's picture

(post #56811, reply #95 of 106)

Ahhh that's too bad.  We leave to come home on the 6th.

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pamilyn's picture

(post #56811, reply #88 of 106)

Lets all go to Chicago!! Great food town and it's in the middle of the country. :)

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pamilyn's picture

(post #56811, reply #89 of 106)

Vegas sounds good too. We have never been there!! LOL

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MEANCHEF's picture

(post #56811, reply #96 of 106)

In the early going here, I am just pointing out problems/issues that need resolution.  I do appreciate all of your efforts.  In the final analysis, I am game for whatever scenario you guys come up with.


To me the primary idea of these fests is to meet and be with each other.  Secondly we all like to eat good food while we are there. Since we have about 2 full days usually, a lot of travel seems counterproductive.


Yes, I do not have a solution .  But once we get all of the issues on the table, I am sure one of you will come up with the perfect balance.  It is still early and there is no need to panic.  Maybe we end up with 2 simultaneous fests in NYC and Ct.  At this point it seems about 50/50, but who knows.



PeterDurand's picture

(post #56811, reply #51 of 106)

That works for me. Staying outside of the big apple with access via public transport would be my favorite...then we can use a car to get around the more bucolic places.....and so on.

Thanks for taking this on BTW.

Cheers,

Peter

 

Glenys's picture

(post #56811, reply #28 of 106)

I'm not sure if the term "logisitics" can be used when herding people around but you and I are of the same mind, and similar travel scenarios.
We fly across the country or continent for a short time but I know my best flights for both $$$ and choice will either be to NYC or Newark. I usually go Newark. We're going to Cape Cod later this spring and it's a flight to Boston then to Providence, that's easy. I just don't want to spend time trying to fly, rent cars, locate commuter flights etc for very short window of opportunity.
If we're not going to the Taunton Mother Ship, are we still gravitating to the same area? Are we going to Taunton?

Li's picture

(post #56811, reply #30 of 106)

You all are welcome to come to Taunton. I just think that it will be a short visit--tour of the office to meet the editors, tour of the test kitchen, lunch in our cafe or at a nearby restaurant--something like that? My concerns are that we're not near anything of interest (unless you're in the bucolic-setting camp), and there's no public transportation of any kind, so we'd need a lot of vehicles to get around. I'm not trying to discourage anyone; I'm just trying to be realistic.

Just FYI: The Silo is about a half an hour from Taunton, if people want to combine a visit here with a class at the Silo.

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ehBeth's picture

(post #56811, reply #15 of 106)

I'll be going into NYC early the week before Tauntonfest, and planning to do one day of Tauntonfesting.

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AntiCook's picture

(post #56811, reply #18 of 106)

You guys could just chuck that idea, and come down to New Orleans. Chiqui could whip you up some good Southern cooking and give you a tour of the FEMA trailers and blue roofs, and I'll give everyone a cooking demonstration in my own kitchen. We'll cover subjects like:



  • How to cook with intermittently working burners.
  • How to adjust for an oven that heats only in the back. (and lies about the oven temp)
  • Proper opening technique of cardboard boxes.
  • Creative ways to use potato flakes.
  • How to tell if Miracle Whip has gone bad.
  • Spam: taking away the mystery of the meat.
  • Making reservations: When all else fails.

Now see? How can a Tauntonfest compare with THAT?


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assibams's picture

(post #56811, reply #20 of 106)

What a lovely concept ;-)


Oh, and about the chocolate: of course it is allowed, it's virtual. Here, let me pour you some more bubbly!



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courgette's picture

(post #56811, reply #21 of 106)

Unfortunately I have to bow out of this fest. I am having surgery in September (female stuff) and we have booked a transatlantic cruise in November. I am on a cancellation list for the surgery but its unlikely to happen sooner. So sad. I love New York. And since it appears there is not much to see at Taunton, my vote would have been for New York.

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