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almonsky
Mar 24 2009
Family Picnic

There seems to be some interested in a family get-together, and I think it was Laura that suggested a picnic. That sounds like a nice, simple family activity. We could use this opportunity to meet and get to know each other as well as discuss future activities. I am still interested in a camping or hiking trip, but a picnic seemed an easier first step.

What does everyone think about Sunday, 5/3, at James Island County Park in the afternoon? I think by then the playground will be finished, and we could meet over there somewhere, which I think is also near the sprinkler. As was previously suggested, each family could bring a dish or something for the grill, and we could shoot for some organized games, or just let the kids play. Although the intent of this would be for families with children to meet, obviously all are welcome.

Thoughts? Interest?

Amy Monsky

Alex_Kasman
Mar 25 2009
Re: Family Picnic

Amy,

We are definitely interested, but probably could not attend on May 3rd. It's strange because I usually think our schedule is very flexible. We're free Saturday May 2nd and most Sundays. Unfortunately, May 3rd is one of the few days where we've scheduled something far in advance. (Amanda has a piano recital that afternoon!)

-Alex

almonsky
Mar 25 2009
Re: Family Picnic

Okay. How about Saturday, 5/2 or Sunday, 5/10?

Alex_Kasman
Mar 25 2009
Re: Family Picnic

It is always difficult trying to find a time when lots of people can meet. So far, only three families have been involved in this discussion. I'm thinking we should find a time that would work for all three of us and set that as the official time. Then, we can start to inform other people, including lots of non-religious parents I know in the area who never read this discussion board, and hope that they can attend.

Both of the dates you list would work for us, Amy. (Just so you know, the 10th is Mother's Day. Doesn't affect our ability to attend the picnic, but I thought I should mention it.)

-Alex

Justin
Mar 25 2009
Re: Family Picnic

That sounds like fun. Alex.....pick a date! ;)

Melio
Mar 28 2009
Re: Family Picnic

I love picnics!. lets do it.

we can have kayak races n stuff. it'll be neat. :P

Alex_Kasman
Mar 30 2009
Re: Family Picnic: UPDATE

A few of us have been having a private discussion about these plans via PM and it seems that we've almost got firm plans. I just wanted to post the latest plans for anyone who is reading about it here but has not yet spoken up.

The current plan is to have the picnic at Wannamaker Park in North Charleston from 11-3 on Saturday May 9th. Everyone will bring a main dish for their own family and a side dish or dessert to share. We will provide a fire to cook on, drinks, plates, cups, forks, napkins etc.

The event is open to everyone, but it is really aimed at non-religious families with children in the Lowcountry. It should provide us a chance to talk and get to know each other. We're still working out the details of what sorts of events will take place....keep checking this location for more updates. And, if you'd like to join in the planning, post your thoughts here or write to me at shl@lowcountryhumanists.org.

-Alex

Melio
Apr 3 2009
Re: Family Picnic

Awesome Mr. Kasman,

My wife and boy will be happy to attend and eat up everyones potatoe salad!! ok fine we'll bring enough for others too :)

Melio
Apr 30 2009
Re: Family Picnic

I noticed this picnic is a BIG DEAL. it was mentioned in the new york times!

susanspy
May 6 2009
Re: Family Picnic

Hello all,

Susan here i guess i to am invited Awesome Mr. Kasman? if i am not please do cz i too would like to munch on the potato salad asap.

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Alex_Kasman
May 9 2009
Re: Family Picnic

I think today's picnic was a huge success and just wanted to thank "melio" and especially "almonsky" for their efforts and planning, and also thank all of those who came. From my perspective, there was lots of great food, lots of kids playing happily, lots of interesting conversations and (surprisingly) not too many bugs! I hope y'all had similarly wonderful experiences and hope to see you at future SHL events if you did. If you came and didn't have as good a time as I did, please let us know how we can do a better job next time. Or, if you were not able to join us today, please join us sometime in the future!

-Alex

Melio
May 10 2009
Re: Family Picnic

I had a really good time. and the "NO BUGS" part was amazing, The staff there did a phenomenal job of maintaining trash pick-up, I noticed at least 4 times they dumped the trash around the picnic area.

even the band they had there was interesting at best :) children's reggae!

I enjoyed meeting everyone, my wife and kid also had a good time, and we really did expect it to be hotter, and more humid, but boy what a perfect day!

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