There are a lot of ways I could start this thread this year. I think the first thing I want to say is that each year the future of the cottage gets a little dicier. I mentioned this last year, and talked to a few folks about it at the BBQ. The short version of the story is that cottages on Lake Michigan are expensive
and the owners that have inherited the property over the years simply don't have the resources that the original purchasers did. This is rapidly becoming more obvious. That said, we're good for at least one more year, so it's time to commence preparations for BBQing!
I don't know if anyone noticed a difference last year, but my "keep it chill" approach worked great for me. The day was still a blur, but I remember feeling distinctly more relaxed without quite as many "extras" happening. I want to just keep focusing on the fundamentals again this year.
I don't have dates in mind for BBQ yet, so feel free to toss out your suggestions and we'll finalize them in the next couple months. Also feel free to share any requests or suggestions.
Edit: 4/30 - let's get this post into shape....Parking:
1) Let's start with parking, we're going to do the same thing we've done the last couple years, it adds some walking but makes things less complicated overall. Read this post
and this post
from a couple years ago and you'll have all the details.Dates:
2) Our normal sequence of events will be in place too:Friday Evening - Pre-Party 6/22
Anyone that gets into town early and wants to hang out at the cottage and eat some pizza/sushi is welcome!Saturday Early Afternoon - Main Event 6/23
You know the drill, show up between 11:00 and 1:00 and be ready to feast around 2:00.Saturday Night - TR After Dark 6/23
FIRE is the one word to describe this part of the BBQ. We'll be sitting around one on the ground and shooting various kinds into the air.Sunday Morning - Lakeside Breakfast 6/24
Anyone still in the area is invited to come back to the cottage and enjoy an informal breakfast and help put the finishing touches on the cleanup process.
...and now we start the attendee list!Confirmed:
drfish & Mrs drfish & Ellie & Wren
sis_of_fish & Mama Fish & friends
SHOES & family
Sheldomaus & family & friends
thegleek & wife
FroBozz_Inc & family
Damage & gyromancerUnconfirmed (but likely):
just brew it!
ForgeFresh Meat (taking all bets!):
Bomber & friend