MASA Picnic - Version 2007
and The Tenth Annual MASA Swap
will be held on Saturday, July 21, 2007
rocket launching 2 pm - 5 pm
eating & socializing 5 pm - 8 pm
at the VFW picnic area &
rocket launchin' fields
Elk River & Rogers VFW post, Otsego
All MASA members, their
families, their guests, and prospective members are welcome to
Come for the whole afternoon/evening, or just part of it!
Please RSVP by July 20
updated on: July 18
RSVP Count: 36 people
The tenth annual MASA summer picnic will be held
at the VFW soccer fields that are
an occasional club launch site near Elk River. There
will be eating, rocket talk (plenty of that), fun and games, the
opportunity for rocket launching, and drawings for prizes! Put
it on your calendar now; it's always lots of fun!
Take a look at what went on at the picnics in
(from the Twin Cities)
Take I-94 west toward St. Cloud. Exit on Hwy 101 (Rogers/Elk River
exit). Take a right (North) on Hwy 101 and drive several
miles. Take a left onto Hwy 42 and then a left onto Quaday Ave.
Field is adjacent to a VFW community center on the left side of
Quaday Ave. (OR, take a left onto Hwy 37 and then the
first right after the townhouses onto Quaday. The field will
then be on your right.)
What will be Provided
Hamburgers, hot dogs, buns, and condiments!
Beverages! (soda and such)
Disposable plates, cups, napkins, utensils, etc
Coolers with ice for things that need to be kept
The soccer fields, for rocket launchin'.
Lots of rocket geeks. [ahem]
DOOR PRIZES! WOO-HOO!!
What you should Bring
A food item to share with the group -
traditional picnic items like potato salad, chips, cookies,
beans, etc or anything else that you'd like to bring!
Any serving utensils or cutting knives that you
need for your shared food items.
Your MASA name tag.
Lawn chairs (or a blanket, maybe a folding
A shade canopy (if you own one) Make sure
you stake it to the ground!
(optional) If you don't care for hot dogs or
free to bring your own grill-able item.
(optional) Personal or "adult"
(optional) Stuff for the swap
(optional) Your latest rocket project - just to
show it off.
(optional) Rockets and launch equipment so you
can do some flyin'
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
pasta or potato salad
We need people to help out!
Fabulous Grill-Meister (FGM): One
or more people to fire up the BBQ. Will need to bring
spatulas and other grilling
implements. THE MOST IMPORTANT JOB OF THE
Condiment Provider (CP): MASA will
be providing catsup, mustard, and relish. If you'd like to
bring other condiments to share, feel free to do so!
Beverage Supply Officer (BSO):
MASA will be providing soda!
Watermelon Carving Wizard (WCW):
Someone 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.
Launch Wranger (LW): Act as head
honcho and supreme overlord of the rocket range
LCO/RSO's: Run the rocket range
2pm - 3pm Buzz McDermott
3pm - 4pm Jeff Taylor
4pm - 5pm Ted Cochran
Anything else that you'd specifically like to
volunteer to do? Just speak up!
To sign up for any of these, please email or
include it with your RSVP. Thank you!
MASA members are invited to bring along any
rocketry-related items that they would like to swap or sell.
(Time to clean out that closet!)
The following people will be bringing:
Dwayne Shmel - "For the swap-n-sell, I have
extra C6-5 motors that I would like to swap for other motor
sizes. I also have D12-5ís that I would like to trade
Alan Estenson - Estes Quickfire R/C glider
(NIB) - $15; used pop-up shade canopy - FREE
Buzz McDermott - "I simply have WAY too many
model rocket parts, kits, motors, etc, piled up all over the
basement. I've GOT to get rid of some if it. My loss is your
gain. I will be brining a couple of tubs full of Estes,
Quest, Semroc, Flis and other manufacturers' kits to the
picnic. Prices won't quite be 'garage sale cheap' but they
will definitely be better than mail order or local retail,
and there's no tax or shipping charges! There will
also be a few 'classic' kits for sale at REASONABLE (versus
inflated Ebay) prices for those who really want an OOP kit
to build. Everything is also negotiable. Come to the
MASA picnic and help me make a little room in my basement!!"
Ken Jarosch - 3- Estes Alpha Starter Sets
$10.00 each; 1- Edmonds Arcie Best offer over $20.00 (1996
The range WILL be under RSO / LCO control at all
times! The launch range will open at 2pm and shut down at 5pm sharp. NO
LAUNCHES WILL BE PERMITTED AFTER 5PM. (Water rockets and
air-powered foam "stomp" rockets will be permitted after 5pm.)
If you have a "Goony" rocket that you built for
the Baby Bertha kitbash, be sure to bring it along!
This will be an official MASA club launch.
The launch range will be open from 2pm until 5pm. Flight
cards will be used to record all launches. If there is not a RSO/LCO volunteer for a duty shift, the range will be shut down
until a RSO/LCO comes on duty. The field
- Maximum lift-off weight of one pound.
- Normal maximum motor size of "E".
- Clusters & 3-stage flights allowed but are subject to
YOU MUST BRING YOUR OWN LAUNCH PAD &
CONTROLLER (GROUND SUPPORT EQUIPMENT) or arrange in advance to
share one with someone else. (We will NOT be setting up any
"community pads".) We will lay out a range area
using a "misfire alley" configuration. The Launch
Wrangler will direct you on where to set up your equipment on this
range. You will use your own launch equipment and push your
own launch button, but you will do so under the direction of an LCO/RSO. We will provide cellulose wadding and flight cards.
If you have any questions about this setup, please
ask them now!
In the case of extreme heat or high winds, the
launching portion of the picnic will be canceled. The, um,
picnic part of the picnic will still be held.
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 and Richfield. 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. Drawing will be held around 7pm.
Door prizes will include:
Donated by Hub Hobby Center, Little Canada
Edmonds Stage 2 Thunder kit
BMS/Alway Zenit kit
ASP 18mm parachute duration kit
BMS Gyroc clone kit
BMS K10 Cobra clone kit
Semroc Centurion kit
FlisKits D-Nelson Tomahawk kit
Custom Ion Pulsar kit
Estes Sizzler kit
Pack of Estes B4-4 engines
Pack of Estes C6-5 engines
Donated by Hub Hobby Center, Richfield
Donated by Jeff Taylor
Donated by Ron Wirth
Donated by Ken Jarosh
TLP Matra Super 530D kit
TLP Matra "Magic" R.550
1- Estes Hi-Flier L1
3- Estes Sky Writers E2X
1- Estes Shuttle Express E2X
1- Estes Cosmic Cobra E2x
9- Art Applewhite 18mm two part Pyramid (paper)
A HUGE thank you to all the business and
individuals who donated prizes!
It would be greatly appreciated if you could RSVP
by the evening of Thursday, July 20. 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, if you'll be donating any door prizes, and items you'll be bringing for the swap -n- sell (if
you want them listed on this page beforehand).
Please send your email RSVP to
See you there!