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Second Pennsylvania Gathering 2005

boop - Jan 18, 2005 5:40 pm
Edited by Kip Carter Dec 12, 2005 11:42 pm

This thread is for information about the gathering. If you have questions please feel free to ask, I will get back to you as soon as possible. The Date we are looking at is July 23rd. One week after book 6 comes out. Just a good way to meet fellow forum members, and talk in person about the book. This gathering is open to any forum member interested in coming. We had one last year and everyone who came had a great time. If anyone is good at planning and has some ideas please feel free to post them for me. I will accept any help I can get. Just keep checking back for more information. Thanks

Boop

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Julia. - Jan 18, 2005 6:15 pm (#1 of 162)

YAY, I get to be the person to post on this shiny new thread. I have no idea what I'm doing this summer, but you can bet your new copy of HBP that I will be there. What are the plans for doing things? Are we going to meet in the park again, go see a movie, have many meals? Whatever it is, I can't wait!

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Accio Sirius - Jan 18, 2005 7:06 pm (#2 of 162)

Where again was the first meeting? I hated to miss that one. Hopefully I can plan waaaaay ahead.

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boop - Jan 18, 2005 7:34 pm (#3 of 162)

The gathering will be held at Governors Park on Sat July 23rd. The Park is in Bellefonte Pennsylvania, 15 minutes from State College.

At the park there is a swimming pool, basket ball court and a play ground.,

There will be food, drinks, games and fun for everyone. I will put a menu up at a later date.

Anyone who wants to come Friday, we will meet at the Wal-Mart parking lot. Then go to dinner from there see a movie.

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scully jones - Jan 18, 2005 8:01 pm (#4 of 162)

Brandon and I are definitely in!

*EDIT*

Oh shoot! We just found out that July 23rd is the date of a family reunion we HAVE to go to! We really ,really want to go to the gathering... Is there any possible way to have the gathering on Harry's Birthday weekend? It would give the slightly slower readers time to complete the book before we meet! We'll talk on messenger later, Betty!

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Julia. - Jan 18, 2005 9:22 pm (#5 of 162)

Oh, yuck! I have no life, so if we want to have the gathering a week later and make it a birthday party for Harry and Neville (which, by the way, I think is a great idea and an excellent occasion to eat cake) that will work just fine for me!

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boop - Jan 19, 2005 4:30 am (#6 of 162)

I have no problem changing the gather date to July 30th. WE can song happy birthday to Harry and Neville. This will also give people time to finish reading the book.

boop

~~~~New Gathering Date will be July 30th~~~~~

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mike miller - Jan 19, 2005 11:00 am (#7 of 162)

Betty - Either date looks good for me, I do like the idea of giving us slow readers a few extra days to finish the book. Please let us know what menu plans you are making because I would love to be able to bring something beside myself.

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Lady Kazuma - Jan 20, 2005 6:25 am (#8 of 162)

Hmm...July 30th is only 1 day after my birthday, and I'm not sure my mom would want me to leave then. On the other hand, I do get to take my birthday off work, so maybe it is a good thing... Hmm...

Well, I want to go. If I do, I'll probably be bringing my brother along again. I'll just have to ask. I'll get back to you.

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Accio Sirius - Jan 20, 2005 2:31 pm (#9 of 162)

The 30th may put me out of contention. We just got an offer for a beach house the last week of July. It may not coincide, but I'll keep it in mind!

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Tomoé - Jan 20, 2005 7:36 pm (#10 of 162)

Since I have no more life than Julia, it doesn't matter to me to come for the 23rd or the 30th.

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librarian314 - Jan 22, 2005 8:19 am (#11 of 162)

Hey all!

Count the Mr., Mrs. and kid **michelle the librarian**s in for either date. We've got good friends in Bellefont, so if we need grills, or awnings, I should be able to borrow them.

Let me know about the menu and I can help cook. I'm used to cooking for crowds, as I'm camp cook for about 20 people for our annual summer camping trip.

Looking forward to seeing y'all this summer!

**michelle the librarian**

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I Am Used Vlad - Jan 22, 2005 9:24 am (#12 of 162)

I am going to make every effort to come. I like the idea of having it on the 30th better than the 23rd. The 23rd will be only just a few days from when we are allowed to post about HBP, and being away for a day/weekend would probably cause people to fall hundreds of posts behind.

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Madam Pince - Jan 22, 2005 2:45 pm (#13 of 162)

Oh shoot. Mr. Pince and I would really love to come, but the 30th won't work for us because of a family reunion thingy. However, it sounds like it's better for everyone else, so we'll just wish you guys a good time and hope to see folks some other time maybe! If our reunion changes, we'll definitely be there!

I just wish Betty wouldn't have to do so much work with the food and all -- could people maybe bring stuff or something, or maybe just order pizzas or go out? I know, I know ... I'm not even going to be there, but I'm worried about Betty having to do too much.... I'm probably just being a worrywart... Wish I could help.... sighhhh...

***Madam Pince goes off to worry about overworking Betty...***

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Marie E. - Jan 22, 2005 4:15 pm (#14 of 162)

If it is on the 30th, I'll definitely try to attend. Like I said in the chat thread, my brother and I have a reunion to attend the weekend of the 23rd, too. If it's on the 30th, count me as a yes!

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boop - Jan 22, 2005 4:47 pm (#15 of 162)

Marie, Yes I have the 30th of July the date of the gathering.

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Kip Carter - Jan 22, 2005 4:53 pm (#16 of 162)

boop, it appears that you have decided to use the date of July 30th. I will add that date to the title to avoid any further questions. If it will cover more days that just the 30th, please let me know.

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Julia. - Jan 22, 2005 6:52 pm (#17 of 162)

July 30 it is then. Betty, if there's anything I can do/bring, let me know. You did such a great job with the last one, but I want to help with this one!

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MoaningMyrtle101 - Jan 22, 2005 10:39 pm (#18 of 162)

I really want to come, but my session at camp would clash with the 23rd and the 30th. I'm going to see if I can reschedule it at all and go earlier in the summer so I can make it to the Gathering. I'll try to be there, though, even if it means going to camp at the same time as my sister!

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Saralinda Again - Jan 22, 2005 11:00 pm (#19 of 162)

Well, I'm not sure how I'll get there, but I've put it into my calendar. By then I should have a thousand questions about HBP. I'll talk to The Kid (some kid, he's 30 and the one who turned me on to HP) and see if he and his family are interested in joining in.

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Steve Newton - Jan 23, 2005 9:31 am (#20 of 162)

Hey, maybe JKR could attend with the new baby!

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scully jones - Jan 23, 2005 4:25 pm (#21 of 162)

I'm already uber-excited about this next gathering! I can't believe I've already thought about what I'm going to pack!

I can't wait to meet some new people, and see everybody from the last gathering again... I really hope you can come Em!

*polishing my prefect badge*

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Julia. - Jan 23, 2005 9:30 pm (#22 of 162)

Sarah, where on earth did you get a prefect badge?

I too am uber psyched about the impending gathering. Can we have cool T-shirts again? I still wear my one from the last gathering all the time. Can't wait to see you all!

BTW, JKR, if you're reading this, please stop by! We're having cake!

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Lady Kazuma - Jan 25, 2005 6:59 pm (#23 of 162)

Eh. In order to go, I'd have to get my mom to go camping up in Bellefont. In order to do that, I'll have to convince my aunt and uncle to come for their visit over that time (they always go camping with us). In order to do that, my aunt will have to get off jury duty for that week. I don't know how well this is going to work... Still, I'll write it down.

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MoaningMyrtle101 - Jan 27, 2005 6:48 pm (#24 of 162)

Yay, I can come, I can come!!!! Camp CAN be rescheduled, and I don't even have to go with my sister!!!!

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Julia. - Jan 27, 2005 8:33 pm (#25 of 162)

YAY!!!! See you there Emily!

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TomProffitt - Jan 31, 2005 4:36 pm (#26 of 162)

Don't know if I'll show or not, thinking about it.

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Steve Newton - Jan 31, 2005 8:16 pm (#27 of 162)

I hope to be there but some things have to fall right.

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Ydnam96 - Jan 31, 2005 10:32 pm (#28 of 162)

We need to have something on the West coast cause some of us over here can't afford to fly all the way to PA! Smile I vote for Southern Cali (but I'm biased).

I wish I could go to this one, but I'll be in training for work.

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boop - Feb 1, 2005 7:49 pm (#29 of 162)

Here is the menu for the 30th of July:

Hamburgers (cheese)

Hot Dogs

macaroni salad

potato salad

Deviled eggs

Toss Salad

Vegetable platter

Brownies

Birthday Cake

Fruit Salad

asst. of chips, and pretzels

If someone is interested in bringing one of these items, Please let me know.

If anyone is coming in Friday. We will meet at Wal-Mart parking lot. Then we will decide where everyone wants to eat. Then we can go see a movie or go bowling. Sat. evening we can go see a movie or go bowling.

I will have a list of hotels and motels coming soon.

It is great to see new forum members thinking of coming. Last year everyone who came had a great time. I am looking forward to meeting new people and see everyone from the first gathering.

I am also looking into having shirts made again.

I will have more information coming

Hugs Always

Boop(Betty)

PS Ydnam96 sorry you won't be able to come because of the cost. If you want a gathering in the west you need to start one up or see if you can get someone to host one. I live way too far to host a gathering in the west, but if you can get one organized I will offer my help from here in Pennsylvania.

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Julia. - Feb 1, 2005 8:23 pm (#30 of 162)

I'll bring the brownies. I know I've already requested, but can the burgers please be kosher?

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librarian314 - Feb 2, 2005 7:50 am (#31 of 162)

Hey all!

Count me in for some deviled eggs, the veggie platter, and home-grown tomatoes for the burgers.

If you need grills, let me know. I've got both a gas and a charcoal grill, and can put my hands on several others.

Do we need tables, plates, cups, plasticware, table cloths, napkins, etc.?

Do you mean the Wal-mart on Brenner Pike behind the Big Lots and Joanne's?

Can't wait to see y'all!

**michelle the librarian**

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mike miller - Feb 2, 2005 8:42 am (#32 of 162)

Betty - Count me in for the potato salad. How much do you think we'll need?

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Thomas Phifer - Feb 2, 2005 8:57 am (#33 of 162)
Edited by Feb 2, 2005 8:01 am

So is this just for people in your area? Where do you all live? Pennyslvania?(sp?) (I guess) If so, where in Penn? I live in South Carolina. Is this for the whole forum, or just people you guys know?

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mike miller - Feb 2, 2005 10:31 am (#34 of 162)

Thomas - Not to speak for Betty (*waves and hugs to Betty*) but the gathering is for anyone who's crazy about Harry Potter. I had only been on the Forum a short time before the get together last year and had a great time. There were people of all ages there. My only regret was only going up for the day and not spending more time. The venue is near State College, PA, roughly in the middle of the state (check for an earlier posting by Betty for more location details).

I would encourage all who can come to make plans to be there. I'm looking forward to discussing all of the new things we'll have learned from reading HBP!

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Loopy Lupin - Feb 2, 2005 11:56 am (#35 of 162)

Julia. Out of curiosity, how are burgers made kosher? Sorry if that is a stupid question. Obviously I'm familiar with kosher hot dogs and the like. However, I have never noticed a package of ground beef that said "kosher" or had that kashroot symbol thingy. Maybe I wasn't looking hard enough.

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Catherine - Feb 2, 2005 11:58 am (#36 of 162)

I guess you could go to the Gathering and taste it for yourself, if they do kosher burgers!

Are you planning to go this year, Loopy Lupin?

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TomProffitt - Feb 2, 2005 2:38 pm (#37 of 162)

I'm tentatively planning on going and would appreciate a list of good hotels/motels. I'll bring my bowling ball (hasn't be used in a while). Yahoo! will give me directions if someone can post an address.

See y'all in July.

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Julia. - Feb 2, 2005 3:37 pm (#38 of 162)

Loopy, burgers are kosher if the meat is kosher. Basically this means that the cow has to be killed in a certain way and the meat has to be processed properly. And of course, no cheese on them.

Tom, Can't wait to meet you! For a good list of hotels check the thread from the first gathering. We'll all start posting where we're staying when it gets a bit closer to the gathering.

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Lady Kazuma - Feb 2, 2005 8:39 pm (#39 of 162)

Well, I managed to push the subject into conversation with my mom, and she gave me a "A-huh, okay." which means we'll talk about it later Sad So I still don't know. I'm trying to convince them of the camping idea, since I don't think my brother wants to take me again.

Turns out, he was a little freaked out by one of our more intense conversations last time, although over-all he had a good time. But... our car is still dented from last time, so I don't know if he'll want to come again.

I guess we'll see. He's the only member of my family who would actually attend the gathering with me, and my mom doesn't want me to go alone.

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Tomoé - Feb 3, 2005 7:52 pm (#40 of 162)

I hope you'll make it to the gathering Lady Kazuma!

I talked with Mireime, we'll bring the Birthday Cake, plus asst. of chips and pretzels (that's what we reckon will travel long distance best ^_~).

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Viola Intonada - Feb 5, 2005 1:23 pm (#41 of 162)

Hi! Everyone, I know I haven't been around for several months, but Betty being the sweetheart she is, emailed me about the gathering. I'm so excited! I am an absolute YES, I can't resist the chance of having people to discuss the book with in person. Now as for the rest of my family, I can't give a conclusive answer one way or the other yet.

Marie E., if you can come, will you be bringing your children?

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boop - Feb 5, 2005 3:47 pm (#42 of 162)

I am so excited that many of the people from the first gathering are coming. I am also happy that we will meet new members of Lexicon. I couldn't get the same pavilion, but we are in number 2 instead of number 1.

I will put up a listing of Hotels and Motels really soon.

Hugs Always

Boop(Betty)

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scully jones - Feb 5, 2005 6:05 pm (#43 of 162)

I'm SO excited! I wish this wasn't so far away! I'm not sure what Brandon and I'll bring since everyone seems to have everything covered, I'm sure we'll think of something. What other activities can we do? I'm up for bowling... Is there anything else?

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boop - Feb 5, 2005 7:24 pm (#44 of 162)

Sarah there is a place with miniature golf. I am just glad that you and Brandon will be there. If I find more activities I will post them

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Marie E. - Feb 5, 2005 8:31 pm (#45 of 162)

Viola, I hadn't planned on bringing my kids as I have to fly to Penn. It's much cheaper for just me to fly. If we didn't have a family reunion the weekend before, I would just drive out with the kids. Maybe next time...

Speaking of next time, I am still planning on hosting a gathering June of 2006 here in Colorado Springs, CO. I am scouting locations around town and possibly a nearby town, Manitou Springs. When I have something more definite I will start of thread for it to keep everyone updated.

Bowling sounds fun. I used to be on a bowling league. Before any of you get scared, I was also known for having the highest handicap in the league. My average was only 105. For those of you non-bowlers, I've known six year olds who have bowled a 105.

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Pigwidgeon - Feb 6, 2005 10:08 am (#46 of 162)

Hee hee hee! Don't feel bad, Marie. I haven't bowled in more than 10 years. I would celebrate if I got 10 pins!

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Ydnam96 - Feb 6, 2005 10:09 am (#47 of 162)

Haha, Marie E. a 105 is way better than I bowl. I'm lucky if I break 90. Smile

If you do have a gathering in Colorado I might be able to come. I'm in LA and I think I can get cheap flights to Colorado. The drive would be quite a doozy but Colorado is much closer than PA.

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Lady Kazuma - Feb 6, 2005 9:33 pm (#48 of 162)

I get made fun of when I bowl. Not only do I not bowl well, but my wrists are super-weak, and can't hold up long while bowling. I end up switching back and forth between my right and left hand, and people always get really confused. Still, I love to watch, so, if I do end up going, I think that will be a great activity for us.

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scully jones - Feb 7, 2005 3:25 pm (#49 of 162)

I can never find a light enough bowling ball that my hands fit in. I usually end up getting one that my thumb gets stuck in half way through a swing and I end up lobbing the ball and having a sore thumb.... Maybe I'll get lucky this time...

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Tomoé - Feb 9, 2005 9:30 am (#50 of 162)

100 is pretty much my average as well, but I'll be delighted to bowl with you all.

For those who want to bring something but don't know what, there's still 5 items on the list:

- Hamburgers (cheese) [kosher meat if possible, please]
- Hot Dogs
- macaroni salad
- Toss Salad
- Fruit Salad
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Re: Second Pennsylvania Gathering, 2005

Post  Lady Arabella on Tue Jun 16, 2015 5:39 pm

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Julie Aronson - Feb 9, 2005 4:06 pm (#51 of 162)

Sadly, I will not be able to attend, but I do have a suggestion for the burgers: get some veggie ones. This way, any vegeterians that show up are covered, some people might like them for health reasons, and Julia, you won't be limited, then, with your sides. I know a lot of people put sour cream and/or cheese in their potato and pasta salads, and this will solve the mixing problem for you. Plus it leaves you totally open to all the desserts (I don't know how long you wait, if at all, between meat and dairy dishes).

If the grill is big enough, or if someone has another small one (better idea), the juices from the non-kosher meat can be kept separate.

This is just a route I have taken in the past. I used to get funny looks, but all my friends are used to my dietary traditions by now Wink

Have fun!

Julie

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Tomoé - Feb 9, 2005 11:36 pm (#52 of 162)

Veggie burger, excellent idea Julie. I'm sorry you can't come.

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Julia. - Feb 9, 2005 11:51 pm (#53 of 162)

Hmmm, usually I wait three hours. Veggie burger's don't sound like a bad idea, except I don't really like them!

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Tomoé - Feb 10, 2005 12:07 am (#54 of 162)

Now, it would be much easier if you would help us to help you (just kidding, I'm pretty picky myself ^_~).

Edit: Three hours? is there any ingredient I should avoid so we won't have to wait that long before sharing the cake?

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Julie Aronson - Feb 10, 2005 6:15 am (#55 of 162)

Julia,

I agree that some veggie burgers leave a lot to be desired, but I find that the Flame Grilled Boca Burgers are almost disturbingly meat-like (especially when you cook them with a bit of worcestershire sauce), and REALLY good.

Julie

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Julia. - Feb 10, 2005 10:00 am (#56 of 162)

Don't worry about it Tomoe. I'll figure out. There's nothing you should avoid. I wait three hours after eating meat before eating dairy, and I certainly wouldn't ask you to make the cake non-dairy just so that I won't have to wait three hours. Really, don't worry about it, I'll figure it out. Perhaps I'll even try veggie burgers.

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Marè - Feb 11, 2005 1:02 am (#57 of 162)

Perhaps I'll even try veggie burgers.

If you want to, I could check (when I get home in april) for receipes.
I have some not so hard, make yourself, taste much better than the storejunk, veggieburger receipes.

I'm not so sure in which box I put them, though...

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boop - Feb 11, 2005 4:20 pm (#58 of 162)

Marie that would be nice if you can find your recipes.

I am going to provide the meat, plates, napkins, soda and water and anything else on the menu that is left to make. So don't worry about the meat anymore. it is being taken care of.

Hugs Always

Betty

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Catherine - Feb 11, 2005 4:46 pm (#59 of 162)

Betty, I am not coming to the gathering, but I wanted to say how reading these posts about the gathering make me feel good about the Forum.

I hope you all have a great time.

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boop - Feb 21, 2005 8:04 pm (#60 of 162)

Here is the list of Hotels & Motels:

Court Yard by Marriott:814 238-1881

Days Inn Penn State: 814 238-8454

Hampton Inn: toll free#800-426-7866 or 814 231-1590

Happy Valley Motor Inn: 814 238-8461

Hilton Garden Inn: 814 272-1221

Holiday Inn Express:toll free#877-424-1140 or 814 867-1800

The Atherton Hotel:toll free#800-832-0132 of 814 231-2100 & AAA rates are available

Sleep Inn: 814 235-1020

Holiday Inn- Milesburg: 814 355-7521 & AAA rates are available

Imperial Motor Inn:toll free # 800-782-0716 or 814 237-7686

Motel 6: 814 234-1600

Nittany Budget Motel: 814 238-0015

Stevens Motel: 814 238-2438 or [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] stevensmotel.com

Super 8 Motel: 814 237-8005 & AAA rates are available

Colony Lodge:toll free # 800-500-4656 or 814 355-5561 0r [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]

Best-Way Travel: 814 355-7535 & [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]

Rodeway Inn:toll free#800-424-6423 or 814 238-6783 & AAA rates available or [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]

south Ridge Motor Inn: 814 238-0571

Here is a site with hotels and motels listing: [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]

I hope this helps, Thank you

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mike miller - Feb 22, 2005 6:11 am (#61 of 162)

Betty - Thanks for the info! You guys seemed to have so much fun last year, I'm planning to stay overnight. Are most of these hotels in State College as opposed to Bellfort (SP?)?

Can you let us know a rough agenda realizing that many activities have not been finalized?

I'm on the list for potato salad, is there anything else you need at this point?

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boop - Feb 22, 2005 3:01 pm (#62 of 162)

Mike, The hotels are mostly in State College which about 10 miles from Bellefonte.

As for what are the plans we are going Bowling Saturday night and going out for dinner. I am not sure of the rest of the plans at this point. I can a sure everyone who comes will have a great time!!!!

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Viola Intonada - Feb 28, 2005 7:20 pm (#63 of 162)

Marie, Too bad your children aren't coming, but I'm so excited that you are! I'm not sure if I'm bringing my children or not. My oldest has a soccer camp in Indiana that will start on August 1.

Julia, I know a good solution to the 3 hour wait, eat the cake first!

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Dumbledore - Mar 1, 2005 10:11 am (#64 of 162)

Hihi!! I've just returned from another long period of forum hiatus!! Gathering sounds EXCELLENT.. just don't know how I'd be able to clear this one with the parentals!! Thanks Betty for working so hard to put this together.

-Lauren

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boop - Mar 1, 2005 3:08 pm (#65 of 162)

Lauren, Ask your family to come. There will be fun for everyone. There will be plenty of food. Aaawwwwww geee it is lots of fun planning, and the reward is see new and returning people!!!!!

I just got one of the pinata's. I am still trying to find a HP one like last year.

Hugs Always

boop

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Tomoé - Mar 1, 2005 3:49 pm (#66 of 162)

The pinata will be back! Yoohoo!

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MoaningMyrtle101 - Mar 2, 2005 1:31 pm (#67 of 162)

Yay, pinata!!! Although it was kind of odd to hit Harry's head with a stick...

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Ozymandias - Mar 3, 2005 11:50 am (#68 of 162)

Oooooh, I hope I can come. I don't know if I'll be able to afford it, though. But I guess if Brandon and Sarah can get themselves out there, I can figure out a way to get myself to Pennsylvania.

Hopefully...

Erin

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Thora - Mar 22, 2005 9:14 pm (#69 of 162)

Have no fear you won't be smashing Harry this year!

I'm so thrilled to know it's only like 6 hours away from me! My kids and I will come! My husband may not, but who knows. I may not be able to bowl though, depends on how my therapy for my back goes.

So what are we doing for t-shirts?

Thora

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Madam Pince - Mar 23, 2005 12:15 pm (#70 of 162)

Does Warner Bros. kibosh on Mare's design at the Accio Conference extend to more private affairs, like oh, say, Pennsylvania? I don't know exactly what their objection was (did it have to do with selling the shirts or something?) We wouldn't want to get her in trouble or anything, but maybe it's an idea?

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scully jones - Mar 28, 2005 7:14 pm (#71 of 162)

Has anyone bought their tickets yet if you're traveling far? We need to really soon. Also, has anyone booked their hotels yet?

What really sucks is that the family reunion that we had on the weekend or two before it-that we asked to reschedule this gathering to the 31st instead- has been moved to the 31st.

Alas, relatives will have to wait Wink See you all at the gathering!

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Julia. - Mar 28, 2005 7:24 pm (#72 of 162)

Hey Sarah!! Nothing official on my end yet, but my plan is pretty much the same as it was last time. Come in on Friday, leave on Sunday, and staying at the Leaky Cauldron.

No fun about your relatives. Glad you've got your priorities sorted!

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Thora - Mar 29, 2005 12:31 pm (#73 of 162)

Okay so is the park for the picnic/walmart/bowling alley in Bellefonte? Is there a buffet there too? That would help a bit with the food selection for friday night. I will drive up Friday and leave Saturday afternoon, I need to be back for Sunday morning.

Thora

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boop - Mar 29, 2005 6:17 pm (#74 of 162)

Thora, The bowling alley we are going to serves food as well. I have not heard from anyone planning their hotel or flying plans either. We can go bowling both Friday night and Saturday, they also have pool tables.

hugs always

Boop

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Viola Intonada - Mar 29, 2005 6:37 pm (#75 of 162)

Sarah, I'm glad you have your priorities straight. Unfortunately for me, hubby doesn't. He really wants me to attend a massive family reunion in Minnesota that weekend. What is it with people, don't they know that is the weekend of Harry Potter's birthday and that they shouldn't schedule family reunions that weekend? Sorry for the rant, but I do feel better know. But I haven't given up hope on attending the HP gathering, yet! I don't want to imagine giving up a weekend of discussing the new HP book with people who care!!! Maybe after two weeks of trying to discuss it with him, he will gladly ship me off to the gathering. hehehe

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Marie E. - Apr 1, 2005 6:04 pm (#76 of 162)

I have started saving up for my plane ticket and hotel costs. Is Pittsburgh the nearest airport, Betty?

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boop - Apr 2, 2005 7:38 am (#77 of 162)

Marie there is an airport in State College, and Harrisburg which is only one hour and half away. Pittsburgh is about 3 hours away from State College which is only 10 minutes from Bellefonte. Hope this helps Marie.

hugs always

boop

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Marie E. - Apr 3, 2005 8:35 pm (#78 of 162)

Thank you so much, Betty. I realized after I posted that this information is probably at the beginning of this thread and I shouldn't be so darn lazy! But you were sweet enough to repeat it all, so thanks again! Another development in the Gathering Fund: hubby was paying off my credit card and accidently overpaid them by $200. I batted my eyes and asked if this money could be used for my trip to PA. Shame on me, eh?

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Madam Pince - Apr 3, 2005 9:37 pm (#79 of 162)

You big Slytherin, you.

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Marie E. - Apr 4, 2005 4:34 pm (#80 of 162)

That's funny, I never thought of myself as a Slytherin before. Hmmmm. I have made tentative plans to room with someone. I'm nearly as excited about this as I am about HBP.

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Madam Pince - Apr 4, 2005 5:48 pm (#81 of 162)

I think that was a perfectly wonderful way of advancing your own self-interests! Wish I had a way to do the same! Have a great time!

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Julia. - Apr 4, 2005 7:31 pm (#82 of 162)

you guys are a riot. Can't wait to see you!

Also, I'm planning to make my reservation at the Leaky Cauldron some time this week.

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Thora - Apr 5, 2005 6:09 am (#83 of 162)

Now which hotel is it that you are calling the Leaky Cauldron? I think it'd be fun to get a room at the same place.

Thora

(Oh and I was listening to OotP last night and I kind of hope HBP doesn't present a good bad guy, the thought of smashing an Umbridge pinata is quite nice, wouldn't you agree?)

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Julia. - Apr 5, 2005 7:47 am (#84 of 162)

The Leaky Caludron is the place where a number of us stayed last year. It's called the Happy Valley Motor Inn. Phone number is 814-238-8416.

It's not the Ritz Carlton, but it's not a whole in the ground either. It's pretty cheap, so those of us on a student's budget aren't going broke over this.

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Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Apr 5, 2005 1:56 pm (#85 of 162)

I would also suggest, if a non-smoking room matters to you, you ask for it up front. When I stayed last year, I was told I got the last non-smoking room the motel had.

Have a great time everyone.

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Madam Pince - Apr 5, 2005 5:42 pm (#86 of 162)

We must've gotten there right after you, Kim -- we had asked for non-smoking when we booked reservations, but when we got there they said there were no more non-smoking rooms available. And I can tell you, the smell was pretty bad. We tried two different rooms and it was horrible in both. Actually I have found that to be the case with a lot of the older, "motel-style" properties -- they have been around so long and re-decorate so infrequently, that often the carpet and drapes have been around since the days when non-smoking rooms were non-existant, and the smoke smell can linger.

For what it's worth, overall we were pretty unhappy with The Happy Valley (aka Leaky Cauldron), but then again, we did arrive last and probably got the worst room (the smoke smell; it was downstairs right on the courtyard where a college fraternity reunion was taking place all night; the heat/a.c. unit was pretty loud; etc.) I don't mean to hack the place, and I can certainly understand saving some dollars, because I've definitely been there myself, but if you do have smoke allergies, or if you can spring for a more "name-brand" hotel, then you might be a little happier elsewhere. There are some other hotels that are a little closer to where the park is located, too. (The former travel-agent in me is coming out.....sorry!)

There is something to be said for camaraderie, though, too! And the staff was nice and the price was certainly right! Have fun, guys!

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scully jones - Apr 5, 2005 7:19 pm (#87 of 162)

This is Brandon - I'm hijacking Sarah's name because mine seems to have been lost and my new one won't allow me to post...

Anyways, Sarah and I are going to be flying in on thursday and we're going to try to stay at the Leaky Cauldron as well. We didn't stay there last time though so we don't know what it's like. We stayed at the Hilton and let me say this - it's not worth it... It was very expensive and they don't give you enough to make it worth it. The so called on site gym is tiny and their continental breakfast is sooo small. I had a banana for breakfast out of their enormous selection of entree's... I don't mean to rip the Hilton too much, I'm sure some people love it. I just didn't think it was worth the money. So Sarah and I are going to try to stay at the Leaky cauldron, if we can get a non smoking room. That's a must for us!

-Brandon signing out-

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Pinky - Apr 6, 2005 4:58 am (#88 of 162)

Brandon, if you have a new sign-in name, you have to go through the same process that new members do. Go to the "Philosophy of this Forum" thread at the top of the forum. There is a post there with instructions on how to get moved from Read-only status to participant. The forum is set up so that all visitors are automatically put on Read-only and have to be manually converted to participant.

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Thora - Apr 6, 2005 12:51 pm (#89 of 162)

Hmmm the smoke is kind of a big thing for me, allergies, babies, etc. Guess I'd better get calling. I know what Brandon means about the Hilton, I find one must pay a LOT of money to get anything besides a cookie cutter room and a bowl of cereal, never-the-less with 3 kids it's probably worth it for me, besides I plan to have a full trolley worth of fun stuff to bring.

So anyone who's been there, is there an nicer hotel that's close to the gathering place? I mean I know there's a list but without an address for the park I've no idea what'll be close...

Thanks,

Thora

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Tomoé - Apr 6, 2005 11:34 pm (#90 of 162)

Anything in Bellefonte is close, but I don't think there's any hotel in Bellefonte itself, only Bed and Breakfasts. Something in State College maybe ...

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MoaningMyrtle101 - Apr 29, 2005 9:46 am (#91 of 162)

My dad and I stayed in the Holiday Inn Express last year, and it wasn't so bad... I don't really remember what the breakfast buffet was like, I was so busy trying to guess if the girl at the next table was Julia or the woman across the room with two kids was Denise that I didn't notice very much what I was eating.

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Julia. - May 7, 2005 10:53 pm (#92 of 162)

Emily. I did not have that problem, I knew full well that the women sitting across from me were April and Rach. I'm calling the Leaky Cauldron tomorrow to book my room (I feel like I should be owling, but unfortuinatly my owl is directionally challanged and I haven't seen her in about a year. I sent her off to find a park and she's never come back!). Betty, I found out tonight that I have a friend who'd really love to come with me. Is it ok if she comes along?

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scully jones - May 9, 2005 2:57 pm (#93 of 162)

Brandon again...

Yello, Sarah and I are going to be staying at the Leaky Cauldron. I hope a lot of other members stay there also (hint hint) :p Julia, it will be great to meet one of your friends. Tell me is she another yankees fan that I can have fun with? Just kidding - or am I...

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Pigwidgeon - May 16, 2005 1:19 pm (#94 of 162)

Yeeeehaaaaaaaaaaaaah! It's official: I just made reservations at the Leaky Cauldron, so the directionally challenged owls will be returning for an additional flight. Hopefully, previous experience and better maps will help keep us from getting quite so lost. We'll be coming in Saturday morning and leaving Sunday.

Look forward to seeing you all again!

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Marie E. - May 16, 2005 7:02 pm (#95 of 162)

I'll be making my plane reservations soon. So excited!!!

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Julia. - May 16, 2005 7:37 pm (#96 of 162)

EXCELLENT!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Oh, I can't wait to see you all!!! *dances* Pig, I'll be bringing an extra map or two. Still not sure about my friend comming or not, but I'll keep you updated as I know more. *dances more*

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Madam Pince - May 17, 2005 5:58 pm (#97 of 162)

Pigwidgeon, does your vehicle have one of those handy-dandy On-Star navigational guide thingys? Might be a thought.....



***Bad Madam Pince....must go iron hands.....****

I'm just jealous that you guys get to go and I have to go to a dumb old family reunion.... ****scuffs feet angrily****

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Gina R Snape - May 17, 2005 7:46 pm (#98 of 162)

Wow, I've met Julia and I've met Penny in person. So this means I will have met everyone going to Pennsylvania "once removed"

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Viola Intonada - May 19, 2005 6:34 pm (#99 of 162)

Madame Pince, I share your feelings. I also must miss the gathering for a family reunion. I tried to get out of it, but wasn't successful. I'm really bummed, because I missed Marie on our grand tour of the West last year.

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scully jones - May 19, 2005 10:21 pm (#100 of 162)

That's funny because Brandon and I are skipping a family reunion to go to the gathering... hee hee!
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Penny Lane. - May 21, 2005 9:23 am (#101 of 162)

Do reservations go quickly? Should I be making plans now, as opposed to later? I had almost forgotten all about this, until I was reminded and asked about it. I should try and arrange some transportation/lodging. Any recommendations? I tend to not like places where I have to enter my room from the outside.

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Madam Pince - May 21, 2005 9:50 am (#102 of 162)

Penny, go back just a few posts in this thread and you'll see lots of impressions from last time. We made reservations at The Leaky Cauldron fairly late in the game, and while we they still had rooms, they did not have any non-smoking ones left. The Leaky Cauldron is a motel and so you enter your room directly from the outside (at least, all the rooms I saw worked that way.) The Hilton (where Brandon and Sarah stayed last time) has inside-access rooms, but as he mentions is a lot more expensive. I'm not sure how the Holiday Inn Express rooms are accessed. If you go to that site Boop provided (LionCountryLodgings or something?) you can go to each place's individual website and check it out, I think.

As for transportation, I think Julia took a train, and I Denise took a flight, so you might e-mail them about their arrangements.... We drove. Good luck making plans!

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Julia. - May 22, 2005 7:47 am (#103 of 162)

OK, here's the latest on my front. It looks like my friend Julie is definitely coming. (Yeah, I know, Julia and Julie. People call us by the wrong names all the time, bit annoying, really.) But the transportation thing is going to be kind of weird. We're coming in together on the train into Altoona where she'll rent a car. Then we'll drive together into State College for the weekend's festivities. However, we're leaving separately. She's going somewhere else afterwords, don't remember where at the moment, but whatever. So she'll take the car into Altoona and catch her train there. Betty has kindly agreed to give a ride into Harrisburgh Sunday morning so I can get my train home. (Yeah, I know it would make more sense to take the train home from Altoona with Julie, but the only train into New Haven that day gets in at 12:30 in the morning. I don't think my mum would like to meet me that late.) So, that's the latest on my end.

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Penny Lane. - May 22, 2005 10:32 am (#104 of 162)

Okay, I have another question: What exactly are we doing, and are we going anywhere with a dress code? I found I can rent a car for a more affordable price than either the train or the *shudder after my one and only experience* Greyhound.

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Madam Pince - Jan 21, 2005 7:32 pm (#105 of 162)

****Agrees with Penny about Greyhound****

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boop - May 22, 2005 12:48 pm (#106 of 162)

Penny there is no dress code where we are going. Dress the way you always dress. WE will be going bowling and maybe to the movies. So out to dinner Friday and Saturday evening. The bowling alley serves food. The Food I have had at the bowling has been good.

I will be posting an up date very soon.

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scully jones - May 24, 2005 2:55 pm (#107 of 162)

I'm getting very excited! So many people are coming, though I will miss those who were there last time and won't be making it. (this is sarah by the way). School is hectic, so looking forward to anything this summer is difficult when I have too much to think about for this week. I'm turning 22 in a couple weeks, the book is coming out, brandon's birthday, then the gathering... All so much fun!

Anyway, my looniness has passed. sarah out

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Thora - Jun 4, 2005 4:03 pm (#108 of 162)

So on Saturday are we having a picnic lunch? I'm bringing my kids so I really hope we are doing something run-around friendly Saturday morning-afternoon. I'd be driving up on Friday and leaving Saturday by 4pm.

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boop - Jun 4, 2005 4:47 pm (#109 of 162)

Thora We will have fun for all, my grandchildren were there last year and had a great time. It will be nice to meet your family. there will be plenty of food as well.

more update is coming very soon

hugs boop

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Julia. - Jun 4, 2005 9:59 pm (#110 of 162)

I'm so excited for this, I can't wait till July 29!!!!

So Betty, what exactly is the plan here? I know we're having the picnic lunch on Saturday (hopefully Pig, Hawk and I won't take two hours to find it this time). Are we going bowling Friday or Saturday night? Also, anyone have any thoughts on movies?

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boop - Jun 5, 2005 12:32 pm (#111 of 162)

Here is the update I promised:

Here is the list of food items, and who is bring what.

Hamburgers(cheese)- Betty

Hot dogs - Betty

Boca Burgers - Betty

Marcaroni Salad- ?

Potato Salad - Mike

Deviled eggs, Vegetable Platter - Librarian314(Michelle)

Toss Salad - ?

Fruit Salad- ?

Brownies - Julia

Birthday Cake - Elaine, Tomoe', Mireime

asst chips & pretzels - Tomoe' and Mireime

I will provide and item left on the menu, unless someone would like to add to the picnic. So ? items will be brought by Betty, unless otherwise told different.

There is plenty of activity for everyone, there is a playground, swimming pool, and 2 pinata's, coloring pages, puzzles, and plenty of talk about the new HBP book!!!

I have the drawings for the shirts now. April did a great job, they are so good. I have to take them to PAMP's and see how much each shirt will cost.

I would like to invite anyone who lives around the area to join us in a weekend of fun. Or just come for the day. If you don't know now, and decide you can make it on the weekend, just come. There will be plenty of food for everyone. So after you read the book and are dying to talk in person with fellow forum members you know where you can come.

As for Friday night we will be going to dinner. Then either to the movies or bowling. The same goes for Sat. evening as well. We can decide at the meeting place Friday evening at Wal-Mart by the Nittany Mall. The time for Friday evening is 6pm and the time for the picnic is 12 noon until ?????? I will be at the park well before noon, to get ready for everyone to come. I can give my cell number out to anyone coming so you can call if you need directions.

That's it for now. Have a great day!!!

Hugs Betty

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librarian314 - Jun 6, 2005 9:41 am (#112 of 162)

Hey all!

Thanks boop! for posting this. I'd forgotten exactly what I had signed up for and this beats wading through the posts to double check!

The tomato plants for the burgers went into the ground yesterday. Hopefully we will have nice, organic, pesticide free, homegrown tomatoes for the burgers.

Also, add me for fruit salad. I'll bring a watermelon basket! They're fun to carve.

About how many people are we planning for, so I know how much to bring?

Can't wait 'til the picnic!

Y'all take care!

**michelle the librarian**

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Tomoé - Jun 6, 2005 9:24 pm (#113 of 162)

Elaine will make a birthday cake too, should one of us make a cake for Harry and the other one for Neville?

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Steve Newton - Jun 6, 2005 11:28 pm (#114 of 162)

I'm still planning on attending but have no idea what I will be bringing. I will be driving up that day and it is about a 4 hour drive from where I live. I will check later to see what is still needed.

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Marie E. - Jun 7, 2005 6:26 am (#115 of 162)

I'll bring something but it may be of the "stopped by the grocery store on the way to the picnic" variety. I'll check in before I fly out to see what we need.

Mmmmm...watermelon baskets....

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MoaningMyrtle101 - Jun 8, 2005 11:24 am (#116 of 162)
Edited by Jun 8, 2005 11:28 am

I'm so sorry, but I can't come anymore. The foreign exchange company says I only have two dates to leave for a month in the French Riviera: July 11th and June 26th. I had to pick July 11th because I have the lead in a play whose final performance is June 26th and I can't be at an airport in Washington, D.C. and be at the Clay Center being Alice at the same time. I hope all of you have a great time, and I'll definitely be there next year. Oh, and if anyone has any idea how I can get a copy of HBP in English on July 16th, let me know. I can't read French well enough, or I'd just buy one of those. I hope they sell British versions in Marsaille. I don't want to wait!

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Tomoé - Jun 8, 2005 12:31 pm (#117 of 162)

I'm afraid there will be no point to try to buy HbP's French version before December. ^_~

The Fnac will have the Bloomsbury's edition of HbP on July 16th (the Fnac is the French equivalent of Barnes&Noble), there a Fnac store in Marseille at the "Centre Bourse", but some smaller libraries could have copies too. Do you know where you will be on July 16th?

Too bad you won't be able to make it to the Pennsylvania's meeting. -_-

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Julia. - Jun 8, 2005 7:15 pm (#118 of 162)

Awwwww, I'm sorry Emily, we'll certainly miss you. Have a good time in France though!

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scully jones - Jun 8, 2005 8:12 pm (#119 of 162)

Awwww Em I'm so sorry you can't come, I was looking forward to seeing you again. Brandon says he misses calling you Eminem....

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Penny Lane. - Jun 8, 2005 9:23 pm (#120 of 162)

Marie - what time does your flight get in? I want to see if I can plan accordingly...

Also, is this B.Y.O.Beverage than? And is there anything that anyone else wants that I could bring? I don't eat meat, so I was thinking I could wrangle up something creative, for the rest of the non-carnivores. ;-) Any suggestions or allergies?

ETA: EEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!! I've got a gold star!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thanks whoever bought me a present!!!!

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MoaningMyrtle101 - Jun 9, 2005 9:09 am (#121 of 162)

Thanks, Tomoe. I was worried there wouldn't be any copies in English. I think I'll be in Marsaille all month, but the foreign exchange company mentioned that some families take their exchange students on weekend trips to other parts of France.

Well, tell Brandon that if anyone but him called me that I'd strangle them, so I guess I don't mind it so much either. I was looking forward to seeing everyone again. I wish things had worked out better with the timing. I guess I'll read all about the Gathering when you guys get back, but it's not the same...

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boop - Jun 9, 2005 2:42 pm (#122 of 162)

Emily sorry you won't be there, but you will be there in spirit!!!

Penny, I will be providing the drinks, soda, water and fruit drinks.

Steven, if you want to bring some chips.

Tomoe, you can bring the birthday cake for Neville.,only if you want to.

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Steve Newton - Jun 9, 2005 3:00 pm (#123 of 162)

Can do!

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Julia. - Jun 12, 2005 11:00 am (#124 of 162)

Betty, be sure to keep all the root beer far away from Brandon.

I'm all excited now. Can it please be July 29 yet?!?!?

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Marie E. - Jun 12, 2005 12:15 pm (#125 of 162)

Penny, my flight arrives in Harrisburg at 4:13pm on Friday, the 29th. I'll email more info as the time gets closer.

I booked my room at the Leaky Cauldron this morning, thanks to Julia's gentle reminder ("Book it now!"). We figured that at least 8 of their 35 rooms will be filled with Lexiconers that weekend. We're taking over!!!

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Julia. - Jun 12, 2005 12:32 pm (#126 of 162)

LOL, yay for the Lex invasion! Glad you finally got your room booked Marie. Gentle reminder's are good.

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Thora - Jun 15, 2005 7:29 am (#127 of 162)

Ummm I just tried the number Julia left as the Leaky Cauldron, but got a private residence.... I looked it up on yellowpages.com and it lists one at 1245 South Atherton Street, State College, PA 16801. Is this the right one? It says the number is (814) 234-1111. I don't want to call the wrong place. Help!

Thora

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Julia. - Jun 15, 2005 9:18 am (#128 of 162)

Here's the website for the Leaky Cauldron. I can't remember which number it is off hand, but one of those should work.

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MoaningMyrtle101 - Jul 12, 2005 1:35 pm (#129 of 162)

Yay, my foreign exchange family has agreed (after much flipping through the phrase book) to take me to the Fnac store on the 16th!!!!

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boop - Jul 12, 2005 5:03 pm (#130 of 162)

That is Great Emily!!!! We look forward having you and your father with us at the gathering.

Not too far away now. I hope everyone is getting as exciting as me to see everyone. I am on vacation next week so I will have lots of things to do.

There is still plenty of room for anyone to come.

I will be posting where and what time we will meet on Friday evening.

hugs always

Betty

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MoaningMyrtle101 - Jul 16, 2005 2:32 am (#131 of 162)
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No, Betty, I still have to miss the Gathering. I was excited to be able to buy a British version of Half Blood Prince here in France and not have to wait for my parents to mail me a copy. My foreign exchange family said they would take me to the bookstore Tomoe mentioned so I could buy my book, but I still don't get back in time to make the Gathering.

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Penny Lane. - Jul 18, 2005 7:35 am (#132 of 162)

Hey, how long is everyone staying?

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Marie E. - Jul 18, 2005 5:49 pm (#133 of 162)

I'm leaving Sunday afternoon.

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Pigwidgeon - Jul 19, 2005 6:17 pm (#134 of 162)

Same here, and I'm coming in Saturday

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Steve Newton - Jul 20, 2005 8:17 am (#135 of 162)

What time does the get start on Saturday? We figure it will be about a 5 hour drive.

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boop - Jul 20, 2005 11:00 am (#136 of 162)

Steve I will start making the food at 12:30, so anytime you can come after 11 am, so if you leave at 9 you will get to the park about the time the burgers, hotdogs and boca burgers.

I will be at the park around 9 to get everything done. So it doesn't matter what time after 9 anyone wants to come. But if you come before noon I might put you to work, hehehehe

We only have 10 days to go, I am checking into shirts.

hugs always

Betty .

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mischa fan - Jul 20, 2005 1:56 pm (#137 of 162)

I am planning on getting to the park at 12:01 then.

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boop - Jul 20, 2005 4:38 pm (#138 of 162)

LOL Jim, I will save something just for you to do.

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Madam Pince - Jul 21, 2005 1:09 pm (#139 of 162)

Betty, when you are getting shirts, look for one for Jim with a picture of a Grim on it and the words "They're all gonna die!" He'd love it.

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Thora - Jul 22, 2005 12:28 pm (#140 of 162)

It's starting to look like I will be unable to meet up with you on Friday and will be coming just for Saturday, so please post where the picnic is so I can come. I will be bringing a Dementor pinata, like I said I would, and the lion head to wear when hitting it. I'm not sure if you'd like me to bring a barrel of butterbeer too, as I have the barrel from my party. I also have the Which Wizard and Name that Spell competition sheets if you'd be interested in doing them for a bit of sport. Just let me know.

Thora

PS There is no way I will fit the quidditch hoops in my car, sorry.

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Pigwidgeon - Jul 22, 2005 4:42 pm (#141 of 162)

*Sniff* I have bad news, guys I just found out today that I have an aunt coming in town, and it looks like there will be a family gathering Saturday that I highly doubt I'll be able to get out of. So Rach and I won't be able to go!



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Saralinda Again - Jul 22, 2005 7:14 pm (#142 of 162)
Edited Jul 22, 2005 9:12 pm

And I have to work, blame it. I arranged it in advance, but I missed a lot through illness and I have to make up the hours. I will be thinking of you!

Edited for typo

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boop - Jul 22, 2005 8:30 pm (#143 of 162)

April please try and come, you can visit with you aunt on Sunday. April you and Rach will be missed.

Thora I sent you an email

Saralinde Again, sorry you can't make it. Darn work can't you call in sick, hehehe, We will be taking picture so you will be able to see the pictures at least.

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mischa fan - Jul 22, 2005 9:20 pm (#144 of 162)

Madam Pince

Betty, when you are getting shirts, look for one for Jim with a picture of a Grim on it and the words "They're all gonna die!" He'd love it.


To tell you the truth Madam Pince, I would love it.

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Madam Pince - Jul 24, 2005 6:20 am (#145 of 162)

I knew you would!

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Ponine - Jul 24, 2005 4:40 pm (#146 of 162)

Enjoy you guys - I will be thinking of you... It sure sounds like you will have a lot of fun! I hope to see pictures, though!

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Steve Newton - Jul 26, 2005 8:23 am (#147 of 162)

We'll be driving up Saturday morning and staying over until Sunday.

I think that I am signed up for chips/munchies. How many should I plan for? "10, 20, 30, 40, 50, or more"?

My wife was actually born in Bellefonte.

Anyone knowing the source of the above quotation is too old for words. Or, at least, as old as I am.

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boop - Jul 26, 2005 3:29 pm (#148 of 162)

Sorry my internet was down so I couldn't log on.

Directions to the Park from Bellefonte. Please use [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] to get to Bellefonte.

If you’re coming in town from StateCollege way: At the first light in town there is a Brush House and a park on the left side. You will turn right onto High St., go through next light to the stop sign. At the stop sign turn right( Court House, Dairy Queen). Get into the left hand lane at the light ( Mikes Video), Turn left onto Bisphop St. Stay on Bishop St, you will pass ( left side:Bank,Bi-lO,Bank, Burger King, Weis Market, Army Resreve centre, right side: Bellefonte high School, Pizza Hut, Triangle Building Supply, GRAND RENTAL, you will turn the first road after Grand Rental and you will turn right . This puts you on Governors Park Rd. Once on this road stay on it don't turn off go straight, you will pass a set of town houses after them turn right this takes you into the park, turn on the first road this will be a left turn, go pass the play ground and you will see Harry Potter stuff around the Pavilion B on the left.

If you are coming off 80 follow the signs into Bellefonte. You will see on your right a Army Reserve Center and just to your left there will be a road called Governor Park Rd you will see a sign on the left GRAND RENTAL STATION, once you have turned stay on this road don't turn off it. You will pass town houses after them there is a road on the right turn right here this takes you into the park take the first left and you will pass a play ground look for Pavilion B which is on the left.

I hope these directions help if you need help you can call my cell phone, if you need it please E-mail me and I will email it back to you.

Steve plan for 50 people.

have a great day Betty

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boop - Jul 27, 2005 4:34 pm (#149 of 162)

We will be meeting at the Wal-Mart parking lot Friday night around 7 to 8. The Wal-mart is across from the Nittany Mall. I have a blue Dodge Van, with the paint starting to peel on the front. I will wait in the upper part of the lot. There is a Barns&Noble, Card Factory Outlet.

If anyone has more questions, please email me or post on here. I have my internet working again.

Hope to see some of you Friday evening.

hugs

Betty

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Steve Newton - Jul 28, 2005 7:19 am (#150 of 162)

Weather Underground is predicting a high of 80 and Partly cloudy for Bellefonte on Saturday. Sounds pretty good to me.

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Miréimé - Jul 28, 2005 8:34 am (#151 of 162)

Good!

I've got similar results from TheWeatherNetwork.com. They are predicting 84 for Williamsport and 77 for Altoona (so about 80 for Bellefonte which is in the middle), partly cloudy and 20% of possibility of precipitation.

One more day to finish packing our stuff and tomorrow at 5 AM Tomoé and me will be gone ^_^ .

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TwinklingBlueEyes - Jul 30, 2005 10:25 am (#152 of 162)

Steve, the Bloody Red Baron is hard to forget... (wink)!

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Thora - Jul 30, 2005 7:40 pm (#153 of 162)

Thanks for the wonderful time, Betty!

Thora

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Good Evans - Jul 31, 2005 6:10 am (#154 of 162)

I was about to ask whether the bloody red baron is an insight in to your character Steve, but TBE got there first......

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mike miller - Jul 31, 2005 6:44 am (#155 of 162)

Thanks to Betty for a great job of coordinating and flat-out hard work to make this year’s PA Gathering a great success. I had a great time seeing some of the same faces from last year and being able to meet some new people as well.

The food was great and the conversation enjoyable. Thanks to all who were able to attend and thanks again to Betty for her hard work.

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Steve Newton - Jul 31, 2005 3:34 pm (#156 of 162)

TwinklingBlueEyes, I brought this up at the picnic and got nothing but stares. I guess I'm just older than the rest. Nobody had even heard of the Royal Guardsmen.

Good Evans, insight into my character? MMMMMMMMMMMMMM.

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Steve Newton - Jul 31, 2005 4:37 pm (#157 of 162)

Boop, many thanks for all of your work and hospitality. I, and my family, had a great time. Who knew I would get the high score bowling. I may be able to walk again by tomorrow.

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mike miller - Jul 31, 2005 7:35 pm (#158 of 162)

Steve - I must have missed that part of the conversation; The Royal Guardsmen and their one big hit; The Bloody Red Baron. I know I had that on vinyl at one point.

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Marie E. - Jul 31, 2005 9:11 pm (#159 of 162)

I must have missed it too, Steve. I know my mom had that record. I heard it many times while growing up.

Betty, thank you so much for all your hard work. You're going to be a hard act to follow, that's for sure. Next year the gathering will be here in my hometown, Colorado Springs, sometime in July. I will start a thread for it in a few months, try to get some dates nailed down that work for everyone.

Again, thank you, Betty. Your generosity and kindness are what made the weekend a success.

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Steve Newton - Aug 1, 2005 6:06 am (#160 of 162)

I guess that I asked at the wrong time.

I was told by several people that because of my avatar they thought that I was short and skinny. Strike 2!

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Madam Pince - Aug 8, 2005 11:21 pm (#161 of 162)

Thanks for the pictures, Marie! It was so neat to see everyone and to put faces with names of those I hadn't already met! It looks like you had a great time, and Betty did another excellent job as hostess!

I would've sworn you had short hair, by the way. No idea why I thought that....

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Marie E. - Aug 11, 2005 6:44 pm (#162 of 162)

Because the picture I used as an avatar many moons ago showed me with short hair. I heard that from someone else at the Gathering, so it's not just you. I had short hair for the first six months or so of this forum's existence then started growing it out. It's gotten so long now that it's on my nerves! Time for a haircut![/color]
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