MASA Picnic - Version 2008
and The Eleventh Annual MASA Swap
will be held on Saturday, July 19, 2008
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
Come help us celebrate MASA's Tenth Anniversary!
All MASA members, their
families, their guests, past MASA members, and prospective members are
Come for the whole afternoon/evening, or just part of it!
Please RSVP by July 17
updated on: July
RSVP Count: 40 people
The eleventh 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, fun and games, the
opportunity for rocket launching, and drawings for free prizes! Put
it on your calendar now; it's always lots of fun!
We're hoping to have a tremendous turnout of
people as we have a big party to celebrate MASA's 10th Anniversary!
If you know any past MASA members (who we may not have seen in a
while), please pass along word of the picnic to them and let them
know that they're invited.
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. Exit at Highway 37, take a left and drive just past the
townhouses, take a right onto Quaday Ave.
Field is a short distance up that road, adjacent to a VFW community center on the
right side of Quaday Ave. Address is 7350 Quaday Ave, Elk
River, MN 55330.
What will be Provided
Hamburgers, hot dogs, buns, and condiments!
Beverages! (soda and such)
Special MASA anniversary cake!
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
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 and ice water!
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 Wrangler (LW): Act as head
honcho and supreme overlord of the rocket range
LCO/RSO's: Run the rocket range
2pm - 3pm Rick Vatsaas
3pm - 4pm Buzz McDermott
4pm - 5pm Mike Erpelding
Anything else that you'd specifically like to
volunteer to do? Please let us know.
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:
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 "1981 Inspired" rocket that
you built for the Kitbash
Kontest, be sure to bring it along!
If you built a "Golden Scout", we encourage you
to bring it along and fly it at the picnic as part of the "Sky
of Gold" celebration.
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 of free
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 MASA
Donated by Hub Hobby Center, Little Canada
Donated by Hub Hobby Center, Richfield
Estes Screaming Eagle kit
Estes Nova Payloader kit
Estes Sizzler kit
Semroc Starfire kit
Semrco Squire kit
FlisKits Overdrive kit
Fliskits Freedom Forge Missile kit
Custom Evil One kit
Custom Ion Pulsar kit
Custom Venture kit
Custom Chief kit
LOC 36" nylon chute
Estes B6-4 motors
2 packs Quest B6-4 motors
Donated by Ken Jarosch
Estes SpaceShipOne kit
Blast Off Flight Pack
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 17. Please list: how many people will be
attending, what food item you'll be bringing to share for the
pot-luck (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!