MASA Picnic - Version 2001
and The Fourth Annual MASA Swap
All MASA members, their
families, their guests, and prospective members are welcome!
If possible, please RSVP
to Art Gibbens by July 19
Updated July 19, 8pm.
RSVP Count: 31 people
Location: Veterans Park, New
Date: Saturday, July 21
Time: from about 5 pm until dark
fourth annual MASA summer picnic will be held at Veterans Park in
the city of New Brighton. Veterans Park offers such amenities
as: gazebo and picnic area, BBQ, softball field, playground,
restrooms, horseshoe pits (provide your own shoes) and ducks and
geese (free of charge unless you feed them your dinner) MASA
has reserved the picnic area of the park from 3 until 9 pm on
Saturday, July 21. The picnic will start around 5, but you're
certainly welcome to arrive early. There will be eating,
rocket talk (plenty of that), fun and games, and drawings for
This is the same location as last year's picnic. To see
what went on last year, look at the 2000
Brighton Public Park Rules: park closes at 11 pm, no
golfing, all pets must be on leash, no fireworks, no glass
containers in the trash - you must remove them from the park, beer
& wine (in small quantities) permitted only in picnic
areas. (Behave yourself, we'll be right next door to the New
Brighton Police Department.)
Park is conveniently near the intersection of I-35W and I-694.
It is located next to the New Brighton City Hall at the corner of
Old Highway 8 and 8th Street NW.
From I-694: Exit on Long Lake Road, go
south (the road will curve so that you'll be heading east), at the
stoplight at Old Highway 8 take a right, go about 2 blocks and take
a left onto 8th Street (between City Hall and the fire station),
parking lot is behind City Hall.
From I-35W: Exit on County Road E2, go
west until you get to Old Highway 8 and then take a right, go about
3 blocks and take a right onto 8th Street (between City Hall and the
fire station), parking lot is behind City Hall.
What will be Provided
A hot grill for cooking your stuff
Disposable plastic utensils
A cooler with ice for things that need to be
A lovely park setting.
Lots of rocket geeks. [ahem]
What to Bring (Food!)
Any serving utensils or cutting knives that you
need for your food items.
Your MASA name tag.
Lawn chairs (or a blanket).
Grill-able items for yourself and your clan.
(optional) Your own beverage. (hopefully,
we will have lemonade for everybody)
A food item to share with the group (or
volunteer for one of the jobs under Volunteers)
(optional) Stuff for the swap
(optional) Your latest rocket project - just to
show it off.
The following list will be updated regularly as
people RSVP so we don't end up with 10 bags of chips or something
People have volunteered to bring the following food items to
We need people to help out!
Picnic Coordination Officer (PCO): Art
Gibbens Organizes this madness.
Fabulous Grill-Meister (FGM): One
or more people to fire up the BBQ. Will need to bring
charcoal, lighter fluid, matches, spatulas, and other grilling
accessories as desired. THE MOST IMPORTANT JOB OF THE
Condiment Provider (CP): One or
more people to bring along catsup (ketchup?), mustard, and
whatever other condiments you deem appropriate for burgers, hot
dogs, and such things.
Beverage Supply Officer (BSO): One
or more people to bring jugs of lemonade (or similar cold
beverage to share with everybody). Talking rockets makes
Watermelon Carving Wizard (WCW):
One or more people to bring a tasty picnic-type watermelon as
well as suitable knife to carve it up.
Fun Activities Augmentator (FAA):
One or more people to bring frisbees, balls, and other fun
picnic-y type things.
Anything else that you'd specifically like to
volunteer to do?
To sign up for any of these, please email or
include it with your RSVP. Thank you!
MASA members are invited to bring out any
rocketry-related items that they would like to swap or sell.
(Time to clean out the closet!)
The following people will be bringing:
Alan Estenson: Estes Nova Payloader kit,
Estes Mean Machine kit, SRW SLAT/s kit, Estes Venom kit, Estes
Liberty kit, blacksky-compatible rail guides
Damian Kostron: KosRox Saturn 1B and
Mars Lander kits
We did not arrange for permission to launch model
rockets this year. (No one took advantage of it last
year.) To repeat, we do NOT have permission to launch model
rockets in the park.
Of course, feel free to bring along water or air
(stomp) powered rockets instead!
The city permit for this event cost $50. To
raise this money, a rocket kit worth up to $63 has been donated by
MASA member Tim Bush!! (This was one of Tim's prizes from
the recent RMR DesCon. Thanks Tim!) The kit is a
Blackhawk R&D Sandia Tomahawk from Aardvark Rockets.
It is 2.6 inches in diameter and 61 inches long with a 29mm motor
mount. You can read all about here.
At the picnic, raffle tickets will be "sold" for the
incredibly low price of one dollar apiece. At the end of the
evening, hopefully we will have sold at least 50 tickets.
Then, one ticket will be drawn at random. The holder of this
ticket will win the rocket kit!
Free "Door" Prizes
There will be drawings for lots and lots of free
prizes! These prizes have been donated by MASA, MASA
members, and Hub Hobby Center of Little Canada. Everyone
attending will be eligible for these drawings. If you have
something to donate, or you convince your local hobby store to
donate something, please let us know! Must be present at the
time of the drawing to win.
Door prizes will include:
Estes Master Series Space Shuttle kit (donated
by Hub Hobby Center) - out of production, collectible kit!
Estes Nike Arrow kit (donated by Hub Hobby
Center) - out of production kit
Estes Rattler-7 kit (donated by Hub Hobby
Center) - out of production kit
Estes Polaris kit (donated by Hub Hobby
Estes Nova Payloader kit (donated by Hub Hobby
Estes Menace kit (donated by Hub Hobby Center)
Estes Delta Clipper (donated by Ken Jarosch) -
out of production kit
Estes Warp II (donated by Ken Jarosch) - out
of production kit
Estes Magnum (donated by Ken Jarosch) - out of
Orbital Sciences "frisbee" (donated
by Alan Estenson)
Estes Zinger kit (donated by Alan Estenson) -
out of production kit
3 sets of 8 Rail guides (donated by Alan
Estenson) - work with standard blacksky rail
KosRox Streadur (streamer duration) kit
(donated by MASA) - rare, sell it on Ebay! <grin>
This list will keep growing, so be sure to check
It would be greatly appreciated if you could RSVP
by Thursday, July 19. Please list: how many people will be
attending, what food item you'll be bringing to share (if you know
what it'll be), if you'll be filling any of the volunteer
positions, items you'll be bringing for the swap -n- sell (if you
want them listed on this page beforehand).
For anyone without email, please call 651-459-6072
with your RSVP and leave a message.
See you there!