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Martha...that I don't know..since I have never been there but I will be going hopefully soon to check out the place....maybe Ruby can answer that or someone who has been there......
We are getting participation....excitement is growing!!!!!





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So, I'm getting ready to post the Food Thread (since people are talking food already). Do we have access to grills? Do we want to grill, or just bring already prepared items?

I think I'll do a separate Topic so I can keep track of what we've got, etc and somebody's contribution won't get lost in the car pool requests!

Can't wait!!

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Hi all, the following is a message I received from one of my Lowell team members. I told her that as of this moment I have a full car, but with her permission I would post her message here, as well as on our Lowell area teams' pages.

I am (we are) looking forward to any & all replies that can address this message.

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Hi RubyClaire,

I am from Lowell and would like to go to the Rally in Fitchburg in July.
I would also like to go with someone from Lowell. Can you help me out in
this situation? I will be happy to bring something with me along with the recipe and calorie count.. I have not been active yet on sparkpeople. I seem to have a hard time navigating the whole system. I am motivated though. Let me know what your thoughts are.
Thank you,
Ayla

I am co-leader of a several GREAT teams:

1) Lowell Losers ~ THICK to Thin:
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2) Earth Angels:
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3) Proud Lesbians Over 50:
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Awesome.

And I'm going to do the salad like a salad bar! Just in case we have vegetarian's in the group, I don't want to put the chicken on it. I'll bring my little portable scale so people can weigh and measure the chicken and reduced fat cheese if they want to add. :)

Such a dilligent sparker I am! HA HA HA HA HA HA.

Ok, off to the grocery store!

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Yes...we will put together a list of who is bringing what....see what we need. I have a big galvonized tub that we could use for icing the drinks down.





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That sounds YUMMY!!!





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Right now, between this thread and the email messages I have received I have 42 coming (of those 7 are possibles). This list includes a few husbands and children.

I will be bringing 2 cases of water (32 bottles per) and can bring 4 folding chairs. I think Bernice is going to drive with me and if w

If I get no other people that need a ride, I can bring another 4 folding chairs (I think I have 8). So, on July 10th when I get back from Maine I will post the final list I have and we can start confirming if I need to drive anyone etc.

Now, what shall I make??? Hmmmm, some nice bruschetta and maybe a big salad with some nice grilled chicken. YA YA YA, hey Martha - that's what I'm going to bring.

Maryanne

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You're most welcome, Amy. I sent messages out to ALL 10 teams which I am privy to belong. The ones I do not lead, I sent personal messages to the leaders & asked that they send messages along to all team members, JUST IN CASE some members may be from up here or may be visiting up here at that time.
I however, forgot to mention chairs so I'll send out another message in the next week or two.
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to everyone!!

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1) Lowell Losers ~ THICK to Thin:
www.sparkpeople.com/LLThicktoThin

2) Earth Angels:
www.sparkpeople.com/EarthAngels

3) Proud Lesbians Over 50:
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Chairs and canopies may be needed....but I will know once I get to make a trip to the park to check it out....which I am hoping to do in a couple weeks. Everyone will need to bring their own drinks also.....Thanks for spreading the word Ruby!!!





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Wow! It looks like our rally is going to be SPARKtacular!!
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Woo Hoo!!

I've been letting my teams know to bring good healthy food to share, plus the recipe of whatever they make. Is there anything in particular you may want?


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1) Lowell Losers ~ THICK to Thin:
www.sparkpeople.com/LLThicktoThin

2) Earth Angels:
www.sparkpeople.com/EarthAngels

3) Proud Lesbians Over 50:
www.sparkpeople.com/PLOF


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Welcome Lorenamay! So glad you are going to join us for the 30th - it's always nice to meet some of the people that give us so much support as we struggle thru this journey to good health.

Since you are a new member, you may want to check out our Daily Chat Thread. There's a group of us that check in on a daily basis to just say hi......or to maybe see if someone needs some encouraging words etc. It's a lot of fun. Do stop by.

Maryanne

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Welcome...and yes please join us..the more the merrier!!!
Just get watching this thread...we update it often.
I am getting soooo excited....so far it seems like it will be a big turnout!!!


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Hello there! I am brand new to sparkpeople and just finding my way around the website. It is amazing but slightly overwhelming. I would love to come to Fitchburg and meet some people in person. I noticed that it is Saturday, July 30th. I hope to attend with my husband,(and possible my 14 yr old, if that is okay? It's hard to tell with that age, she may opt out at the last minute). Will keep my eyes open for further details. Thank you

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Woo Hoo!! Can hardly wait for the SP Rally!!!!

I'm especially excited to get to meet so many new people.
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It's going to be FANTABULOUS!

I am co-leader of a several GREAT teams:

1) Lowell Losers ~ THICK to Thin:
www.sparkpeople.com/LLThicktoThin

2) Earth Angels:
www.sparkpeople.com/EarthAngels

3) Proud Lesbians Over 50:
www.sparkpeople.com/PLOF


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Looking forward to it!

If you focus on results, you will never change. If you focus on change, you will get results.

- It's Janine!


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ASTORRES1's Photo ASTORRES1 Posts: 9,054
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We have canopies.....so no matter what the weather deals us...we will have a SPARKLING time!!!!





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I'm so looking forward to meeting everyone. Let's hope the weather will cooperate.



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FYI!!!!
The Team SPmail that went out...had the wrong date...the DATE for the Rally is July 30th Saturday.
Hope to see lots of you there!!!

GO SPARK!!!





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Great.....if everyone comes that says they are ...this will be the BIGGEST one yet!!!!
I am getting EXCITED!!!!





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Just read about the spark rally. Never been to one, but it sounds wonderful. Put the date in my calendar and looking forward to it.

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Di....I hope you and hubby can attend.......it wouldn't be the same with out you!!!





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I hope that we'll be going too. It is during our vacation and we haven't finalized our plans yet. Would love to see everyone again!

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WOOHOO Ruby...we will figure it out!! Glad that you will do some scoping for us...lol
Can't wait for the RubyReport..........lol






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RUBYCLAIRE's Photo RUBYCLAIRE Posts: 5,279
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WOW! $75 per hour! I bet they really make their money because this is a favorite spot for wedding pictures.

Amy, I have never been there either, but am hoping to scope it out very soon. My canopies or "easy ups", I bought them last year & I have yet to use them, so your guess is as good as mine as to the ease of putting them up.

I shall be sending the emails out to my teams this week telling them about this fun time & to save the date.

I KNOW it will be FANTASTIQUE!! I can hardly wait.



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1) Lowell Losers ~ THICK to Thin:
www.sparkpeople.com/LLThicktoThin

2) Earth Angels:
www.sparkpeople.com/EarthAngels

3) Proud Lesbians Over 50:
www.sparkpeople.com/PLOF


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ASTORRES1's Photo ASTORRES1 Posts: 9,054
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The other question I have......since I have never been there.......I don't what the park is like.
Where do you want to meet??? My hubby and I will try to get there early to stake out the best area....unless someone has other suggestions.......gladly accepted.
I will make a sign for everyone to see.....but those with tents/canopies will need to weigh in on this too......





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Plan B is fine with me!! We can bring our own chairs; maybe a couple of us could bring folding tables, etc.

Martha



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Plan B it is Amy!!!

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I agree with plan B.

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I would agree with Plan B! That cost seems excessive.

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I agree to go along with plan B. Should be have an alternate date in case of extremly bad weather?

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I agree with Marie go with the canopy.

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Didn't realize the restoration was still under way. The price does seem extreme (probably because so much has gone into the restoration). I also have a "sort of easy-up" I could bring. Why don't we plan on doing it that way?

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OKAY...May 31st UPDATE!!!
Since I did not get a rely to my email regarding this I called Kayla McNamara.
I talked with her about Coggshall Park, regarding renting the Stone House.
It is being restored at the moment, hopefully to reopen the end of June.

The cost is alittle extreme.....$75 per HOUR
It holds 50-60 inside with an additional 50 on the balcony.

So I guess...to me that is expensive....AND we don't even know if it will be available then.
Do we want to go with PLAN B....us the canopy that RubyClaire offered and use the picnic area??? PLEASE let me know.....


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CATCHAT711.....welcome to SparkPeople and the team! The SparkRally will be July 30th at Coggshall Park in Fitchburg. Basically it is a get together of Spark people (and their families if they choose). We will probably do some exercising and there has been talk of a picnic/pot luck. More details to come. All are welcome!

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I am new to the team and website. I would like more information on the Spark Rally and what it is all about. Could someone update me a little because I would like to join. Thanks;0)

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I am definitely interested in participating. I work in Fitchburg very close to the park and live nearby also. If you need any assistance, please let me know. I would be happy to help out!

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Awesome :-)

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I just sent an email to the contact person at Coggshall Park, regarding rental information. Once I hear anything...I will certainly pass along the information!!!


Happy Sparking
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Maryanne....Thanks!!!





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Opps - thanks Marie - that would have caused ALL sorts of confusion.

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All right but the Saturday date is the 30th!

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Ok,

From what I read here I think we're good to move forward. I need to post the rally information on both the Boston team site and ther South Shore site.

Coggshill Park in Fitchburg MA
Saturday, July 31, 2011
Time: 11:00
There will be a MINIMAL fee for the use of the Pavillion/StoneHouse (whatever it's called). The full cost for rental is 75.00 so once we confirm the participation, we'll know the cost.

Food has not been determined yet but the basic jest of it will be, make anything you want (perhaps your favorite dish) and as an additional thought from someone, write down your recipe and the calorie information (if you know it) in the event someone may want it? Once we get a little closer to the date - Martha has so WONDERFULLY volunteered to organize the food so we don't get 14 dishes of the same thing-HA HA HA.

Transportation: Once we know who is interested, we already have several volunteers (from the South Shore area) that will drive so we can probably arrange a few car pools to help save on gas and to accommodate those that may not have vehicles.


I'd like to post most of the above on the other sites so if someone could please confirm that I have everything right I would appreciate it.

Thanks
Maryanne


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I would be more than happy to pitch in also.

Irene from MA/USA.
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Hi gang

Sorry I have not participated but you all know why

I too would be able to chip in for the pavillion and I have that weekend free at the moment!

Laura

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I will also pitch in for the cost of the pavillion. Not that there can possibly be any rain left in the sky....

So, June 1st to July 30th is 60 days; a good amount for a challenge. What shall we do? There's already a weight loss challenge going on. I was thinking we could track how far it is from our home ot the Park and pledge to walk that far between 6/1 and 7/30, but then I remembered some of you said you only live 4 miles away. (I live 60 miles a day, so that's only a mile a day). Then I thought, Since this is MA Sparklers, we could walk from Provincetown to North Adams, the two farthest corners of the state. That's 262 miles; which averages to 4.4 miles a day. You could also include running, swimming, or any other form of exercise that involves distance.

If anyone has any other ideas; offer them up!

i would also be willing to manage the food sign up sheet when it gets closer....

I CAN"T WAIT TO MEET YOU ALL!!!

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I know I just joined the team, but I am already so excited for this. And July 30 is my weekend off!! Very excited to meet everyone emoticon

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I will do that soon...
Is it fully enclosed or sides open with a roof???





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I'm sure we'll have at least 20. I'll be glad to pitch in, and the Stone House is a great meeting place. Need to check on the availability, though.

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I'm in favor of the renting and I would also contribute.

Once we get a head count we can figure out the cost. As long as we get a minimum of 20 people that's less then 5.00 per person.

I'm going to post a message on the South Shore team site.

BERNICE - are you going to post one on Spark Boston site or do you want me to?

Maryanne

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