Re: [porcfest2007] PorcFest 2008 Possible Weeks
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So below is my compilation of people's inputs on the various weeks:
Weather is expected to be more enjoyable / less hot
Overlaps Bike Week
(Too?) Early in the summer
Alexanders have obligations during the week, can come by on the
weekend (like this year)
Overlaps NASCAR, for better or worse
Bride seems to be staying with that weekend now though, i.e. its
Tom: Burning Man Aug 18th until Sept 10th 2008, but will try to work
Jim Blackie/GunstockAcres recommends this week (from the choices)
Jason Sorens recommends
May be too close to start of school in some states/regions
Chris Lawless recommends
Jon Maltz sees as our only viable choice
Ward Griffiths sees as best of available choices
Concern about being too hot
Gives us nearly a year to advertise and plan
Too late in the summer
Reviewing these arguments, I think August 18-24 is the better week of
the above choices. However, Jon raises an interesting suggestion/
challenge that if we are able to organize everything to be in the
campground area, this may be a better use of facilities and open
other weeks. I've been pondering this option. Below are my comments
-I agree, the separation/distance was rather annoying and it would
be nice to keep things concentrated.
-People would still have access to the Gunstock facilities (e.g.
wireless, game room, etc.)
-What about vending/vendors? Having the tables and chairs delivered
to the camping area may be possible, but unless we get canopies,
we're suck if it rains. Canopies are not cheap. Best I found online
is $100 for a 10' x 10'. We are expecting a lot more vendors this year.
-The weekday and evening activities are already going to be there
-Poplar Field (across from the Bathrooms) and/or the Boardwalk are
where we'd be looking.
-How would we handle communal meals? Is it feasible for us to cook
and sell our own food (with enough grills)? Alternatively, I can
check to see if the caterer can cater down there. Or perhaps we can
purchase food and bring it down there, similar to what was done for
-Not using the main area may open up July 5th (Craft Fair) and 12th
(Miss Winnipesaukee Pageant)
-In general, how would we handle rain? What is the rain situation
generally like in NH in August?
-What would we do for the larger/main talks? Audio projection may
not be too big a problem, but my main concern is if it rains. It will
be trivial to cover the main speaker(s), but not several hundred
people. If we do the week of 8/18, perhaps we can work a deal to
keep the main lodge available in the event of rain.
-With most non-campers attending on Friday and Saturday, it may be
an issue shuffling all those people (and/or their cars) to the
camping area. It seemed easier/cleaner to have those days events in
the main area at the Gunstock entrance. Similarly, non-campers would
have to buy Gunstock day passes to attend, whereas they don't if
events are in the main area.
-Depending on what equipment we'd have to buy or rent, this may save
us a fair amount of money. It ended up being $1000 per weekend day
for the Main Lodge, $600 for the Stockade on Saturday, and $250 for
the Main Lodge Tent for the week. It was $2100 to buy all 10 camp
sites in the Boardwalk area. Poplar Field is 32 sites. Both are
water-electric. If we got Poplar Field, we'd be committed and have
to (re)sell at least 22 sites to Porcupines.
As always, please let me know what you think.
On Aug 28, 2007, at 10:52 AM, Rich Goldman wrote:
> So, talking with Gunstock, our options for next summer there are the
> following weeks:
> June 9-15
> August 18-24
> August 25-31
> Any thoughts? I'm currently inclined towards August 18-24th...do you
> think that's too late in the summer? My concern is the week of June
> 9th will be too early in the summer.
> P.S. Those still only on the PF07 list, please accept my invite to
> the PF08 list.