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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.

Wolvie's picture

(post #56811, reply #22 of 106)

sorry to hear about the surgery and the absence, Mo. Hope all goes well for you!

 No mans error becomes his own Law; nor obliges him to persist in it


THOMAS HOBBES, Leviathan, part 2, p. 237 (1950).

 

courgette's picture

(post #56811, reply #23 of 106)

Thanks. It will be fine. Just a pain in the .......!LOL! Was originally booked for Jan and got cancelled -Sept first available date. So I'm staying on the preop medication in the hope of a cancellation-but it gives me headaches and I seem to be gaining a few pounds that have not been earned!


Mo

MadMom's picture

(post #56811, reply #24 of 106)

It does sound fascinating!  (Yech!)  Want to come up for Tauntonfest and meet my friends?  You could impress them with your cooking knowledge...NOT!



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Jillsifer's picture

(post #56811, reply #36 of 106)

Y'know . . . if you're not trying to freelance your stuff out as a sort of . . . ummmm, I dunno . . . maybe part Erma Bombeck and part Alice Kahn, you SHOULD be.


I can see a collection of essays about food and foodlike substances . . .


 


 

Christmas is the season for kindling the fire of hospitality in the hall, the genial flame of charity in the heart.

-- Washington Irving

Wolvie's picture

(post #56811, reply #19 of 106)

NYC with a side trip to Taunton is the ticket I prefer, with the main digs located in the city - but if we stay close by, fine.


If you are doing the organization of this thing, how soon do you feel we should lock down seats to shows and such? Some can be a real bear to get into, which I'm sure you know. :-)


 No mans error becomes his own Law; nor obliges him to persist in it


THOMAS HOBBES, Leviathan, part 2, p. 237 (1950).

 

CookiM0nster's picture

(post #56811, reply #54 of 106)

OK, I tallied up people's preferences, as stated in this and the other big thread, and by my count we've got 6 for NYC, 6 for CT, and 1 on the fence.

If we stay in CT, we need to figure out where, how we'll get around, and who is going to do all the legwork of finding places to eat, places to go, and making reservations. Pamilyn has already done a bit of research on the area. Perhaps she'll step in and take the reins. (hint, hint...)

Remember that we're not staying in Newtown, and that the FC people have told us we're wlecome to drop by for lunch and a tour, but not to expect anything more.

Advantages of staying in NYC: shopping and restaurants at our doorstep. Low transportation time and costs to get around once we're there. Several people who know the area and can act as tour guides.
Disadvantages: Nearly 2 hours from Newtown, although we can get there by train + taxi.

Advantages of staying in CT: cheaper lodging, quieter, more bucolic setting.
Disadvantages: depends on exactly where in CT, but possibly lack of public transport making it difficult to get to Newtown, or to go sightseeing. Lack of anyone local to make the necessary rrestaurant recommendations and reservations.

AmyElliesMom's picture

(post #56811, reply #55 of 106)

May I suggest looking into van limos for transportation? I organized a "reunion" for my hypotonia board, and while it's not what we did for transport in the end, van limos are relatively cheap when the cost is spread out for over 10 people, and you have the advantage of booking it for several hours and it takes you wherever you want to go. They aren't fancy limos - just passenger vans (although you can get 15 passenger Hummers down here, lol).

What I found would have worked best for my group was to plan two excursions that would last about an hour or an hour and a half each and rent the van for a half day.

If someone is familiar with the area you stay in in CT, you may even be able to rent a passenger van from Hertz or someplace like that and that could be even cheaper when the cost is split.

As a p.s., if the Fest is in NYC, I might be able to come - my brother lives in Brooklyn. I couldn't do the shows and stuff, but I could certainly do Chinatown and the markets!

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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CookiM0nster's picture

(post #56811, reply #56 of 106)

Would you bring Ellie?
Most likely my DH and kids will be in tow (we're planning to use the time to take a more extended vacation and visit my family). Berend is just a few months older than Ellie, and I'm sure would love to pal around with her.

AmyElliesMom's picture

(post #56811, reply #57 of 106)

I probably would, since we'd be visiting Ken and Matt, too.

But to tell you the truth, even though Berend is only a few months older, it's more like he's a year and a few months older, b/c she's still a year behind. Her neuro said (before she discharged her from the clinic) that the anti-seizure meds she took kept her brain immature by about 10-14 months , development-wise, and she'll probably always be about that behind, although she'll still keep making progress. At age 3, a year is a big difference, but at 18, not so much, lol! But I'm sure Berend would have fun showing her to do stuff. And who knows where she'll be by October, right?

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"

 

Save the Earth! It's the only planet with wine and chocolate.

Risottogirl's picture

(post #56811, reply #101 of 106)

Ellie's gonna be there? And other assorted CT munchkins? Wow, I wish I could be there.


For some reason, all of the 'fests seem to occur when I am in France, or within a day or two of going or returning. This time it is Ireland...going back and taking Mom.


Water is a great ingredient to cook with, it has such a neutral flavor


Bobby Flay

Water is a great ingredient to cook with, it has such a neutral flavor - Bobby Flay

AmyElliesMom's picture

(post #56811, reply #102 of 106)

It's a strong possibility that we'll be there. It's just a matter of saving up the $$$ - so far airfare is about $300, but Matt says I should wait a few months and they should go down. If I can afford the airfare, we are totally there. We'll be staying in Brooklyn with Matt and Ken, but Matt has a car now, and I'm pretty comfortable using the subway now that Ellie's older, so getting into Manhattan won't be a huge issue.

Now, you just need to reschedule that trip to Ireland.

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"

 

Save the Earth! It's the only planet with wine and chocolate.

Gretchen's picture

(post #56811, reply #104 of 106)

Oh, wait. You can do better than that, probably even now. Go to  kayak.com  .

Gretchen

 


Edited 3/20/2006 6:58 am ET by Gretchen

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Gretchen's picture

(post #56811, reply #103 of 106)

No France this fall? Darn, we will probably try to go and I had hoped for glass of wine with you.

Gretchen

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Risottogirl's picture

(post #56811, reply #105 of 106)

Nope, no France this fall. It will be the first year without that trip in a while. I thought I wouldn't miss it but I already feel it and I haven't been back a year yet!


I am taking my mom to Ireland, something she has always wanted to do.


Water is a great ingredient to cook with, it has such a neutral flavor


Bobby Flay

Water is a great ingredient to cook with, it has such a neutral flavor - Bobby Flay

Gretchen's picture

(post #56811, reply #106 of 106)

'Twill be a good thing too.

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pamilyn's picture

(post #56811, reply #61 of 106)

I'm willing to take it on with some help. I am a great "Planner"Edit to add I bought a very good Ct. travel guide. I'll see what it says about Stratford and New Haven.


The purpose of Art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls


Edited 3/15/2006 3:32 pm ET by pamilyn

The purpose of Art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls