Wednesday, July 16, 2008

NYC-area bloggers picnic: Planning

Here's my original picnic proposal.

A number of commenters requested a September date. Which do you prefer, folks?

  • Sunday, September 7
  • Sunday, September 14

I'd appreciate it if we could have an early dinner picnic, starting at around 3 PM, because the hubster may be teaching a college accounting class on Sunday until 3, and, if so, couldn't get there earlier than 3:30. Sunset is at approximately 6 PM.

The Punster and I went scouting for a good location in Central Park. We found a spot that, while visible from a few paths, is:

  • a bit off the beaten track, and far enough from the entrance path that our faces would not be recognizable (for those concerned about maintaining their anonymity)
  • close to the Diana Ross Playground at the 80th Street and Central Park West entrance (for those bringing kids)
  • only about (the functional equivalent of) a two-block walk to the Delacorte Theater ladies' and men's rooms (for the benefit of the youngsters and oldsters, particularly)
  • under the trees, for those of us (me!) who prefer shady spots.

The picnic will be a kosher-food-only bash, since many of us keep kosher. The Punster and I will be bringing enough chummus, baby carrots, and potato chips to stock a store, and advise other non-Orthodox bloggers to bring something pre-packaged and clearly marked with a hechsher (rabbinical seal indicating that a product is kosher) showing that the food or non-alcoholic beverage is kosher parve, or, especially if in doubt, paper goods and plastic tableware. We'll rely on the frum folks for anything home-cooked. So nu:

  • dairy or meat?
  • Who's bringing what?


Blogger katrina said...

I vote for September 14. I will bring fruit, and I think a dairy picnic makes more sense, but that may mean Chalav Yisrael, which is why I'm bringing fruit.

Wed Jul 16, 05:39:00 PM 2008  
Blogger rivkayael said...

Either is good for me. I'll bring a parve dessert.

Thanks Shira for organizing this!

Thu Jul 17, 01:09:00 PM 2008  
Blogger Shira Salamone said...

Katrina, dairy might make sense, for the sake of the vegetarians among us. I can pick up some Chalav Yisrael cheese at Supersol kosher supermarket on the Upper West Side, to cover those who only eat Chalav Yisrael dairy.

RivkaYael, yum! :) And you're welcome.

Folks, does a dairy picnic on September 14 sound good to you?

Fri Jul 18, 02:34:00 PM 2008  
Blogger katrina said...

Shira--Is the picnic still happening on 9/14? I have to figure out if I want to bring TC.

Mon Aug 25, 09:18:00 AM 2008  
Blogger Shira Salamone said...

Katrina, sorry I missed this comment. The picnic's still happening (weather permitting). I just posted a reminder.

Wed Sep 03, 10:03:00 PM 2008  

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