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So far it seems....like renting the pavilion is in favor.......





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I would be willing to help pay for the cost.

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I would be wiiling to donate if we have enough people to share the cost.

Edited by: BERNIEMAC1948 at: 5/20/2011 (05:13)
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I would be willing to contribute to the pavilion.

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Thanks Ruby...my only qualms for it is if it RAINS.....but your canopies would help that problem......thanks for your advice!!!



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Although I am sure it's a lovely place to rent, I really don't see the need if the park has picnic tables to use. I also have a couple of canopies we could set up if we want a little shade, but I'm pretty sure we'll be able to find a table in the shade.


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MORE INFORMATION:

A fellow SPARKER gave me information to call to rent the STONE HOUSE at Coggshall Park......the cost approximately $75.

Now the question is....would SPARKERS be willing to donate to help cover the cost of the rental??? I usually do this free....but having a place to host the SPARKrally may be nice too.

Tell me your thoughts and ideas.................


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Janine.....from Chicopee using mapquest it told me:
using I-90E it is 1 hour 31 mins, 80.77 miles
using RT 2E it is 1 hour 42 mins, 70.0 miles





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Amy....how far away is it?

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I hope all this excitement stays and everyone joins us....it is lots of fun!!!!





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WOOHOO! This is great! I'm close enough to walk to the park! Saturday the 30th sounds good. I can't wait!!! (Hopefully, the rain will be gone by then!) LOL!

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This exciting. I am looking forward to this. Can't wait.

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This sounds great I don't have to work on the 30th and Coggshall park is only about 20 minutes from me. I've been there many times. Guess I need to start thinking of what to make.

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I think this sounds wonderful!! Being an avid visitor of Coggshall Park, it wont disappoint you!! i promise!! :)

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How about the Boston team? Some members may be interested.

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FYI...to other members of local teams.....please invite your teams.

I have posted on the Pioneer Valley GOalGetters team page.....so Janine...if you want to post on the Western Mass team......Ruby...for your Lowell teams......
The more the merrier...let's make this the BIGGEST and BEST Sparkrally yet!!!!!
Any other area MA teams....please join us!!!


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Maryanne, you really made me laugh when I read about the second walk. I love it!

Martha, I also love the idea of a challenge of some sort.
Now, who's up for figuring out the challenge?

I am sosososo looking forward to this rally, I can hardly wait!
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Awesome!

So there you have it. Coggshill Park on July 30th at 11:00 am. I'm there!

The idea about the food sounds great - My mind is already racing thinking about what I'm going to do............ emoticon

Love the 'walk' idea. Once we get closer maybe we can put a little itineray together. Like 11-11:30 meet and greet, 11:30 to 12:15 walk.........12:15 to 1:15 eat........1:15 to 2:15 walk food off - hah a ha hah a ha ha.

Looking forward to seeing some old friends and meeting some new ones! WOO HOO.

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Great ideas!!!
Loving it!!!!





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I agree with RubyClaire - let's all make something (those who don't like to cook can bring fruit or veggies!) with the recipe. I live in Weymouth and can definitely drive as well.

I can't wait!! It will be so fun to put names with faces!!! Maybe we should start a little challenge on how many pounds we want to lose/exercise points we want to earn/water we want to drink between now and then!

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Hey everyone, although I lived in Fitchburg for a short while, I never had the opportunity to go to Coggshall Park, but am really looking forward to it. My daughter, who lives in neighboring Lunenburg, said there are picnic tables to use.
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I love the idea of having a picnic with everyone bringing a healthy dish to share. This gives us the chance to taste foods that we may not otherwise have the opportunity to try. I also think it's a good idea to bring your recipe with you for us to copy so we may try making these dishes at home. This is what we did last year and I thought it was SUPERB!!

As for time, may I suggest meeting at 11:00am, emoticon rather than 12 noon, to allow for stragglers (I am STILL working on being on time to events) and to afford us time to meet each other and possibly go for a emoticon walk emoticon before we break bread together. I feel that if we meet at 12, by the time we really get started, go for a walk then back to eat, it is then 1:30 or 2pm. emoticon

Saturday, July 30th, for a date, sounds good to me.

Below are two links, one is information & history of Coggshall Park & the other is history & information about Fitchburg.

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I'm also hoping everyone will not just rush off after eating. Think about the cost of gas today.
Let me tell you, if you decide NOT to go, just because, you'll be missing a GREAT opportunity to meet, dine and genuinely have one heck of a good time with your GREATEST supporters.
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There are picnic tables and grills to grill on. July 30 at noon at Coggshall sounds great.


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Sounds good to me Amy! I will make every effort to make this one.

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So how does July 30th for Coggshall Park???
Now we need to decide time....12pm sounds good to me....
ALSO....do we want to plan a picnic lunch...or just a get together....
Anyone that is familiar with this Park...is there picnic areas????? I will see what the website has to tell me also.





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Fitchburg is awesome and anytime in July would be great.

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NP Bernice - I could drive you too. So maybe between us we can get 2 or 3 cars from this area and follow each other to the rally!

Amy - so far I am seeing a couple YAY'S for July 30th weekend.

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Presently, July 30is the only weekend I am available I can drive Sexy Susie;) and the member from Quincy.

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I am free every weekend in July. I would love to attend if I could travel with someone from the Randoph area. I would pay for gas.

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So far July is good for me...

I am close to Fitchburg, so Coggshall is my vote!

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As of right now July is wide open for me but that is bound to change so do not plan around me. I live in Easthampton (near springfield) now and grew up in southeastern mass so I am not familiar with any other locations so I cannot really give any input in this department. Let me know what is decided and hopefully I can make it. Thanks for putting this together! It should be fun!

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7/16 is out for me (5K). Pretty much whatever is closest to Boston is best for me, but don't let me stop you.

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Fitchburg works for me as well.

How about the last weekend in July (30th or 31st)?

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Hi Amy,

Yes to Coggshill Park
Dates NOT available: July 2/3 and July 9/10

I am willing to drive 3 other people from the Dedham (surrounding) area.

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Coggshall Park sounds good to me....
Only weekend not good for me is July 9-10th....

This is the easiest for everyone to SEE the results.....use this thread if possible.

So how many are a YES for Coggshall Park???

Put dates that you are available out........here so we can get the best one.


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Irene no date has been decided so that's good that you let it be known you can't do the 23rd.

Once Amy gets enough responses and a location is determined we can work on the date that will be most convenient for the majority of the group planning to attend.

Amy - would it be easier if we responded this way??


Example - for me, I would be interested in attending the sparkrally in July and Coggshill sounds good. Only dates I am unavailable are the weekends of the 3rd or 10th as I will be on vacation.

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I live near Fitchburg not too far from Worcester and wouldn't be able to make it on the 23rd. I work every other weekend and that is my weekend on. I hope you pick another date but if you don't I'll catch the next one.

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July 23rd is good for me. Any weekend in July would be great.

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Hey Amy,

So far I see a few people have mentioned Coggshill Park so maybe we can start to 'consider' zero'ing in on that.

As Amy said, the location of the gathering switches from area to area and I think once we make a final determination we can then consider who is going from which area and would they be willing to drive.

I live in Dedham and as long as the date works for me, I will be going and can drive 3 other people.

Let's start tossing around some dates.

July - I could do the weekend of July 16/17, 23/24, and 30/31 otherwise I'm on vacation

SO, what do people think of Saturday July 23rd?

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Just an FYI....we have done other SParkrallies in different locations....so now it is time for this area to have one. I know it is not centrally located to everyone. That is why we move it from area to area.......


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That all sounds wonderful!!! Ive only been to Coggshall and it is veryy nice!! I am up for anything at anytime!!

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I'm up for anyplace. Carpooling is a great idea; I'm in Weymouth, so it seems we've got a South Shore carpool possibility already!



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I like Coggshall Park. I'm from Fitchburg, and I don't have a vehicle to get to the other places.
There is no entrance fee for Coggshall, and I believe that the "Stone House" has been rebuilt since the fire there. There was a $75 rental fee for the Stone House the last time I rented it. Calling City Hall would provide the answers. I can check on it this Thursday and get back to you.

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Kathleen...welcome to SparkPeople! Yes, a SparkRally is when people from SP get together and do something, usually involving healthy food or exercise or whatever everyone wants to do. There are always opportunities for SP friends to get together....keep your eyes on the message boards for more info.

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Hi there, so I'm kind of new. Can someone tell me what a sparkrally is? I assume it's people from sparkpeople getting together--yes? If so, I'd love to do it. I'm in Quincy, so anyplace east of Worcester would be good. Are there other events where people from this site get together? That sounds pretty cool.

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I'm in Brighton, so I'm guessing Worcester is the closest for me. Thanks for starting this. :)

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I am from Chicopee (near Springfield).
Car pooling could be an option for some folks too.....





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Fitchburg would be out for me. The other 2 are ok. Where is everyone coming from?

I am south of Boston- Hull.

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The huge concerns for me are the distance (Fitchburg is the closest to me, but not by much), the cost of admission (I can't find admission prices online, but don't want to assume it will be free), and the date (I work Saturdays and sometimes on Sundays).

Do any (or all) of these places have a pavilion or some other covered place to meet in case of rain?

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I have been t Greenhill Park in Worcester and Coggshall Park in Fitchburg. Both places very nice. Coggshall has a nice walking route. Never been to Crystal Caves in Auburn. Anyone of these is fine with me.

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Since I can't send another team mail til later this evening.....
I will post the information here and then let the team decide our next adventure.

Here are the suggestions given to me, you can google all of them (since I am not good with links...ROFL)

Green Hil Park, Worchester, MA
Crystal Caves, Auburn, MA
Coggshall Park, Fitchburg, MA

I have gone to all the websites.....all very impressive....now mind you I have NOT been to any of these places. This is coming from suggestions of fellow team members. So we can move the get togethers to different areas in the state and the same people do not have to always do the long traveling.

It looks like July may be the best month.....but that still needs to be decided amongst the team members.

Hope to hear from everyone....will their feedback.

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