[from the September/October 2014 issue of the MASA Planet
newsletter, check out the article for photos from the picnic]
The 2014 MASA Club Picnic was held on Saturday August 9 at
Columbia Park picnic shelter in Columbia Heights. Approximately 36
MASA members were in attendance on a day that alternated between
sun, clouds and sporadic light drizzle.
The picnic shelter turned out to be adjacent to a nice playground
that kept the little one entertained. Lawn darts (not the kind you
are thinking of), sidewalk chalk, Frisbee and blowing bubbles kept a
great many more of us enter-tained. A special thanks to Art and
Stuart for manning the grill keeping up with the demand of burgers
and hot dogs.
The picnic marked the unveiling of the 2014 KitBash Kontest,
where participating members were to build anything they wanted using
parts from an Estes Cosmic Explorer and Vector Force based on
anything Star Trek. About a half dozen members debuted their
creations at the picnic.
This is the first time the picnic has been held at that location.
In past years it has seemed to me that the launch portion of the
picnic is typically not well attended, so this year I had suggested
that we not do a launch and instead have the picnic at a location
that is more centrally located to most of the club members. In
hindsight this may have been a misjudgment on my part since most
members did in fact want to fly. The picnic grounds did have a
tree-lined soccer field, and many members brought some Micro Max
rockets, although none were flown.
After we were all fed, Neal awarded door prizes.
Thanks to the businesses and individuals who donated prizes. Here's the list of the prize winners:
[apologies for any misspelled names!]