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MASA Picnic - Version 2001

and The Fourth Annual MASA Swap -n- Sell!

All MASA members, their families, their guests, and prospective members are welcome!
If possible, please RSVP to Art Gibbens by July 19
Volunteers needed!
Updated July 19, 8pm.

RSVP Count: 31 people

Location: Veterans Park, New Brighton
Date: Saturday, July 21
Time: from about 5 pm until dark

The 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 prizes!

This is the same location as last year's picnic.  To see what went on last year, look at the 2000 picnic report.

New 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.)


click to see full mapVeterans 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 plates

  • Disposable cups

  • Disposable plastic utensils

  • A cooler with ice for things that need to be kept cool

  • 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 -n- sell.

  • (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 like that...
People have volunteered to bring the following food items to share:

  • salad-type thing

  • mystery salad

  • cole slaw

  • potato salad

  • "some bizarre dish that will soak through your paper plate"

  • Wilbur beans



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 EVENING!

    • Art Gibbens (Thanks Art!)

    • Steve Robb (Thanks Steve!)

  • 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.

    • Rick Vatsaas (thanks Rick!)

  • Beverage Supply Officer (BSO):  One or more people to bring jugs of lemonade (or similar cold beverage to share with everybody).  Talking rockets makes you thirsty!

    • Glen Overby - several 2 liters of soda (Thanks Glen!)

    • Steve Robb - lemonade (Thanks Steve!)

  • Watermelon Carving Wizard (WCW):   One or more people to bring a tasty picnic-type watermelon as well as suitable knife to carve it up.

    • Bright Family (Thanks!)

  • Fun Activities Augmentator (FAA):   One or more people to bring frisbees, balls, and other fun picnic-y type things.

    • Needed!

  • 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!


Swap -n- Sell

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


Rocket Launching

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 Center)

  • Estes Nova Payloader kit (donated by Hub Hobby Center)

  • 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 production kit

  • 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 back!


RSVP Please!

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!

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