The Nookery is having a BIG party again this July, and this time, we are getting invitations out on time!
What: Party, with lots of food, games, poetry, music, juggling, conversation, back rubs, silliness, field trips, fun.
Where: The Nookery, our wonderful, BIG, house in Gaithersburg, near Kentlands.Address: 16516 Raven Rock Drive. Phone: (301) 926-8539 (WANT KEY)
Beginning: Friday, 20 July, whenever people show up. There is no too early. If you get here before we are ready, we draft you to help. And don't be shy about showing up at 3:00 in the morning. Someone will be awake.
Ending: Sunday, 22 July, probably after the 22nd is technically over. If you are coming from out of town, and want to come early or stay late,because you hate travelling all this way for such a short time, that can probably be arranged. Give us a call.
Hosts: Marc, Pooh, Sam (aka Poryshkin, aka zenlizard), Margaret (aka Saria)
Birthdays: Two invitees (at least) have birthdays over this weekend. I have no idea if they will be here. If so, we may have special festivities.
Moon landing: We will not attempt one.
Crash space: Is available. Let us know, early, though, if you need it. There is space for tents in the back yard. Bringing tents will probably be a good idea for this one. We usually have more than 50 people when invitations get sent out, and sent on time. I am hoping to organize crash space so people who want to crash early can all crash in the same room, and not be disturbed by ongoing partying. So if you plan to stay over, let me know what kind of hours you will keep. Also, sometimes other Gaithersburg residents (Commuter attendees) have taken crashers home with them. If you know them, you may ask them.
Friends: By all means, bring your friends. Check with one of us first, though, so we have more of an idea who is coming. And show them the invite, so they know the ground rules.
Food: Marc will be making some pizza and lots of bread, and there will be pizza fixings available for anyone else who wants to make pizza. If Tangent, aka omelet boy, is here, he may make omelets at some point. We often do a big pot of soup. There will be Chinese food orders. There will likely be quesadillas made. Banana bread has been known to happen. Often there is a bagel run. If anyone else likes to cook, they will be allowed. No onions, though, because two of the Nookery denizens are hypersensitive to the fumes. There *will* be vegan fare. If you bring something you have made, please provide a complete ingredient list, so that people with allergies can see for themselves whether they can eat it.
Ice Cream: There is a likelyhood that Doug Ayen will show up with his LN2 dewer, so we may try reprising a couple of the best flavors from Baitcon. Even without, I have my little mixers that sit in the freezer, and since we now have a big chest freezer, I can use them.
Games: We like to play games here, but we like people who don't, too. Mah Jongg, Fluxx, Merchants of Venus, Iron Dragon, Settlers, Knights,Cities,Seafarers, and Starfarers of Catan, Cribbage, Chrononauts, Apples to Apples, Guillotine, Eleusis, Pokemon, and a slew of Cheap Ass Games are favorites here. Feel free to bring games of your own. If there is enough interest, there will be a game of Fuzzy Heroes, so bring your favorite stuffed animals. (Or stuffed whatever. Two years ago, Tammy's stuffed broccoli was the hero of the game.)
Poetry and Music: Marc hopes to set aside some time for poetry workshops, readings, and discussions, so bring poetry. Musicians should bring their instruments, and we will find time for playing. We have a number of large seperate spaces in the house, a screened in porch, and a large back yard.
Field Trips: There is usually a jaunt to a used book store. There may be trips to thrift stores, or hikes in the nearby (3 minute walk away) state park, if the weather is nice.
Children: The house is *not* child-proofed, so toddlers will have to be watched. Parents of young children are encouraged to get together and trade watching time.
Alcohol: We don't need alcohol to have fun, and we would rather not have it.
One of the denizens of the Nookery is very sensitive to the smell, as well. If you want to bring homebrew, that is different, but talk to one of us first.
Smoking: Far enough away from the house that smoke doesn't drift in through windows, or bother people on the porch or in the yard. If it is raining,have an umbrella. Please remain outside for a minute or two after finishing your cigarette.
Peanuts, peanut butter, and peanut butter cups: These will be here. Please don't eat them, or open them, where Helgi can smell them. If you anything with peanuts or peanut oil in it, or any other nut, label it, and let Helgi know. He has a life threatening nut allergy.
Onions: These will not be here. (see food)
Other: If you have an allergy, especially a food allergy, let us know. Things people bring should have complete ingredient lists, so pay attention to them.
Parking: Driveway is reserved for handicapped parking. There is plenty of parking on the street, and the school parking lot three doors down should be available on the weekend.
Public Transportation: The Ride-On 56 bus comes practically right by here, and pick-ups at metro stations can be arranged. If you are planning to come from out of town by public transportation, let us know, and we will get you here.
RSVP: If you want to come at the last minute, that is fine. If you know you will or will not make it, though, RSVP. This will give us a rough idea, at least, of how many are coming.
From DC and points south: Take the DC Beltway to I-270 N. Follow directions from I-270 (from the South).
Take I-70 W to exit 68, Maryland Route 27 S. Continue on 27 S through Damascus, where they try to get you off of it, to I-270 S. follow directions from I-270 (from the North). Or else take I-95 to the DC beltway, go west (counter-clockwise) to I-270, and follow the directions from I-270 (from the South).
From Philadelphia: Take I-76, the Pennsylvania Turnpike, to US Route 15 S. Take that to I-270 S in Frederick. Follow the directions from I-270. Or go to Baltimore and follow directions from there.
From New York, New Jersey, Eastern Pennsylvania, and points northeast: Take your local interstate (I-84 with a jog, I-80, or I-78) to I-81 S. Take I-83 S near Harrisburg. Continue on I-83 when I-283 goes straight, and cross the Susquehanna on it. In about 4 exits the Harrisburg Expressway continues on, and I-83 veers south. Get off I-83 onto the Harrisburg Expressway, toward US 11 and US 15. Take US 15 south at the next exit, and follow it to I-270 S in Frederick. Follow directions from I-270 (from the North).
From the south, get off at Clopper Road exit #(10), and turn left at the second light (first real road) onto Quince Orchard Road. From the north get off at Quince Orchard Road, Route 124 (exit 11B), and go through two traffic lights, the second of which will be Clopper Road. Continue on Quince Orchard Road through five more traffic lights, the last of which should be Longdraft on the right, and Kentlands Blvd. on the left. Make the next right, onto Raven Rock Drive. We are at 16516, the fifth house on the left.
>From anywhere else: Take these directions, look at a map, and figure it out.