2008 Annual Northeast Tolkien Society Picnic
- WELCOME, STRANGERS OF DISTANT LANDS, TO SHIRE WEST!!
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The 2008 Northeast Tolkien Society
(A Mythopoeic Society Chartered Discussion Group)
Bilbo and Frodo Birthday
Saturday September 20th 2008
TIME: 12 am to 4 pm
WHERE: Tolstoy Foundation Center, 104 Lake Road, Valley Cottage, NY
10989 (opposite Mulberry Road)
YOU MUST RSVP WITH THE ORGANIZER TIM FISHER
All newcomers and members must RSVP via email so we as a group can
arrange who brings what eatable and drinkable goodies (and how much
of them)....! Tim will provide the cake and decorations...
Assuming most know the way to the NY Thruway from wherever they may
Get off the Thruway at Exit 12 (Route 303 at West Nyack -- just west
of the Tappan Zee Bridge), proceed north on 303 about a mile (over
and down a large hill to a light at Lake Road (landmarks: a Shell Gas
station on the left and a tiny minimarket on the right) Turn Right
onto the road that proceeds straight ahead (there are also two roads
to the right and left at this intersection, do not turn onto them)...
Go about a mile on Lake Road until you reach a wooden sign on the
left that says Tolstoy Foundation Center (just beyond another drive
that says Tolstoy Home) turn in there and park. We will be on the
left of the first building in.
Or you can come up the Palisades Parkway (if you come from the
foreign strands of Jersey) straight up to the Thruway (Exit 9E) -- or
get off earlier at Exit 5N (Route 303 N) and proceed up Route 303 for
about 5-6 miles until you pass under the Thruway -- then see above...
Obviously you also can come down the Palisades Parkway to the Thruway
(Exit 9E) if you live in the far reaches of the north
You can also go to www.googlemaps.com and put in your origin and
Valley Cottage, NY for directions (this site is better than
www.mapquest.com because you can drag and thus adjust the route to
suit your own situation)...
Take a Red and Tan (Rockland Lines) Bus that is designated 9 or 9A,
9T, 9TA (9AT) from either the Port Authority on 8th Ave or the George
Wash Bus Station at the Bridge... after you ride through Nyack the
bus will turn left off Route 9W onto Lake Road at the Rockland Lake
Park (to the right on 9W). Tell the bus driver on Lake Road to go
only half way to the next stop (called Valley Cottage on Route 303)
and leave you off at the Tolstoy Foundation (apparently they often do
not know this stop -- which the bus regularly stops at going in both
directions! -- is there!!! You will see a group of buildings, one of
which is a Russian style white cube church, to the right. I.e., you
will be half way between Routes 9W and 303!
TAKING THE BUS: (IF this is your mode of travel contact Anthony and
Jessica as they are taking the bus and can arrange for us all to
travel together) CLICK HERE FOR THE COACH USA LINE: (note that the
buses are of course less frequent on Saturdays than weekdays)
INFORMATION TO INPUT:
Put in New York, New York as Origin and New York, Valley Cottage as
the Destination... and then Weekend as Day of Travel
The bus fare is $8 from GW Bridge or $8.85 from the Port Authority
(the subways have of course connections to both).