Location: Great Island Common
New Castle Island, NH
Please join us
Saturday, October 7, 2017
from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM.
The Great Island Common (see Related Web Page) is comprised of 32 acres of seaside greenspace and beach. The park is open to the public 365 days a year from 9AM to 9PM.
Why so late in the year you ask? Well, for one, there are much less bugs! The other is because it's much cooler for hiking, if you choose to do so, and we don't have to worry about the soaring heat. It's much easier to warm up by adding layers. You can only take off so much!
Last year was a beautiful sunny day and great fun was had by all who attended. But because the park was still open, when it was always closed at this time of year in the past, some people ended up getting charged to enter the park, so I decided to look for another location that not only would be free to enter, but would allow pets! This looks to be the ideal location and from the feedback I received on the GS Facebook page, everyone seemed to agree.
There is plenty of parking available nearby. Chances are we won't have the park to ourselves since this is a public place.
This Event will be Rain or Shine! Please dress accordingly!
There are three Pavilions on the Common, and there are a few picnic tables available at the park for our convenience, but you may want to bring your own chair with you. I'm going to try to grab Pavilion 2, which is the closest to the water, practically on top of the artist easel facing the water. (I'm thinking this would be a great spot/frame to do the group photo!). My next choice would be Pavilion 3, which is the closest to the bath house (which should be open? I'm told they close it the second week of October) and closest to the playground. I'm hoping to get at least one of them. The last option would be Pavilion 1 which is furthest from the bathrooms and about equal distance from the water as # 3 I will have signs up directing you in the right direction.
I have a table top grill that I will bring. If someone else has one that they can bring, that would be great. There are also stationary grills available throughout the park. We will also need a few easy-up portable folding canopies (just in case we can't get a Pavilion). If someone has one to bring, please let me know. There can never be too many canopies! A folding table or two would be a good idea as well for the trackable table and registration/raffle table. If you have one you can bring, please let me know.
The Group Picture will be at 1:15 PM with the raffle beginning shortly after at about 1:30 PM. If you have an item you would like to donate to the raffle, please let me know.
I will provide the Hamburgers and Hot Dogs so please be sure to log in and let me know if you can come & how many will be in your party so I can get an estimate on the amount I will need to get. Due to the rising cost of beef and the number of people attending this event, I will be putting out a donation jar to help offset the cost. It is not required for you to donate, but it would be greatly appreciated.
This event is open to any and ALL cachers. You do not have to be from the Granite State to attend.
Please bring a dish that you can share with everyone! You will find a list of needed and suggestions below of items to choose from to bring. Please let me know in your "will attend" log what you will be bringing.
Volunteers are needed for the following. If you can be a volunteer, please let me know
- Login Registration & Nametags - Mrs. Hikers2
- Raffle Table Registration - ...
- Grilling - Substickers & ProudMommy552011
- Trackable log in table - mjbuzz & PulmonaryHip
- Cleanup - phild31
We are in need of the following items. If you can definitely bring it, please let me know in your post and I'll cross it off the list.
- Buns for the burgers - PattiNH
- Rolls for the dogs - PattiNH
- Condiments (mustard, relish, catsup, mayo, diced onions, pickles etc.) - PulmonaryHip
- Cheese for burgers - ...
- Paper Plates - Substickers & SherriOwl
- Napkins - Substickers & SherriOwl
- Plastic Utensils - mjbuzz
- Bowls - ...
- Ice - phild31
- coolers - phild31
- Soda (cans) - ...
- Bottled Water - phild31
The following is a list of food suggestions you can bring. You can choose from the list, or bring something entirely different.
- Pasta Salad
- Potato salad
- Finger Sandwiches
- Veggie Platter
- Deviled eggs
- Fruit bowl
- Cheese & crackers
- Baked Beans
- Pasta/chicken/rice casserole
- Sandwich meat
- Appetizer dish
PLEASE NOTE: You do not have to bring ALL of one item. You can choose to bring partials, for example, you can bring 2 or 3 dozen hamburg buns or hot dog rolls, or for the condiments, you can choose to bring just mustard, or you can bring both mustard & catsup or whatever combination you choose. Please put a note in your will attend log of what you will be bringing so that we have some idea what to expect.
Additional Note: There are no outlets for crock pots, but I'm sure they should stay warm for a while if insulated.
The following people are bringing these items.
- Hamburgers - Me
- Hotdogs - Me
- Cookies - Hikers2
- Pasta Salad - ~Bailey~
- Deviled Eggs - mjbuzz
- Taco Salad - krymesolvr93
- Chili w/bowls - phild31
- Veggie Platter - mikeandawn
- Dessert - weatherednBoston
- Finnish Candy - MeKa52
- Chips, Pretzels, & Doritos - twilighter
- Brownies and a dish - robinjune&hubb
- Cookies - substickers
- Sandwich Platter - SherriOwl
- Cookies & Cupcakes - haverood
If there is something that I forgot to suggest, I will add it to the list as I think of it. If there is something that isn't on the list that you would like to bring, please let me know!
If you would like, you may want to bring your bikes with you. There are many trails here and a bike will help you get around much faster if you are going after the various caches in the area! The trail terrain is fairly level in most spots.
Looking forward to seeing you all there!