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Briners Go Mad!! Madison, WI - October 2-4, 2009

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Dells, Dells on Tap weekend
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Madison, Dells on Tap weekend
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Dells, Labor Day weekend
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Madison, Labor Day weekend
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No preference - if you plan it, I'll be there!
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Briners Go Mad!! Madison, WI - October 2-4, 2009

Postby beenie » Sat May 30, 2009 8:35 pm

Alrighty, now that the weekend is decided (after a minor freakout on my end, sorry), here's the running tally of who will be here. I've separated it into "Definites" and "Maybes" Definites are those who - to my knowledge - have secured lodging (or live here, LOL), Maybes are those who have expressed an interest in coming, but have not - to my knowledge - secured lodging.


Definites:
beenie & Pari
lunanoir
Erin
Quizzy
CopperTop
Dana (and Tim?)
Mr. & Mrs. koshersalty
Mr. & Mrs. jrzjrz
jackiecat
sadiedog & Josh
whiskmeaway



Maybes:
Sharona
volfan
Mr. & Mrs. honeycomb
Guru Family
Grovite & IrishTiffanyLeigh



Am I missing anyone?
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Postby Sharona » Sat May 30, 2009 8:47 pm

Having never been to a briner meet other than last week's (omg still in raptures over the BBQ) ... hell yes I want to attend, and I'll try to. Would love the chance to catch up with you two again, too.

Selfishly, I want no earlier than mid September, no later than mid October. This is just for maximum raptor-migration bird-watching potential. Told you it was selfish.

Realistically, I have no idea if I can make it there. It'll all depend upon what kind of job I end up in, our finances at the time, and whether I can do a road-trip (yaaaay!) or have to fly.

One thing for sure, now that I've stuffed my husband with Slam's BBQ leftovers and no less than three consecutive home-runs of recipes downloaded from here or altered or just mushed-together-and-winged, he is quite thrilled to have me zip out of town to briner gatherings.

Before I mollified any feelings of abandonment during my convention road trips by bringing home microbrews we don't see in Georgia. Now I can do it by bringing home recipes :)
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Postby sadiedog » Sat May 30, 2009 9:38 pm

1.) We are an 80% attending at this time.

2.) I am willing to go to Madison. The Farmer's Market sounds fun. I'm sure there are other things to do too.

3.) Josh, Sadie and I will be driving the northern route from Idaho. My parents want to see their granddogter :D.

4.) I'm also ok with pushing the date back a week or two. Mid October gets really close to the end of the season for safe mountain driving. Late September - early October allows us more good weather days than bad. (No we will not go through Nebraska. Never again. Josh has broken down ever single time he has gone through Nebraska. No more. :P)
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Postby lunanoir » Sat May 30, 2009 9:54 pm

since I managed to get blizzcon tickets this year and will be traveling august 20-24 for that, I prefer early october. Definitely not labor day weekend.

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Postby Caveman » Sat May 30, 2009 10:56 pm

The traditional weekend is good for me...but Madison is SOOOO much cooler than The Dells...just sayin'
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Postby Kinsley » Sat May 30, 2009 11:57 pm

As I said last fall, I've been to Wisconsin 4 years in a row, 3 times with
stops in Chicago and enjoyed almost every minute, but I'm not coming
back that way until some of you folks come to visit me.

I do think we've pretty much used up the Dells. Madison has a lot more to
offer. Everyone should experience Ella's Delli!


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Postby Quizmistress » Sun May 31, 2009 1:32 am

I'm down on Madison, most anytime, barring perhaps a few hours away to do a wedding some weekends.

Let's see...Hawklady, besides the usual native birds in the area,
you could always toodle out to Sauk City/Prairie du Sak for some eagle watching.

Micro-brews? Hmmm, Capital Brewery, JT Whitney's, Great Dane Brew Pub just to name a few.
And if you want to maybe tour the New Glarus Brewing Company, we can check into that.
That said, let us not forget the many wineries in the area. Botham & Heiney, for instance.

Kinz, how about I get you into the Unitarian Meeting House for a look 'round, huh?
Did you really get a chance to drive around town & see all the FLWright buildings?
And there are more designed by his many students.

Now for a restaurant for Saturday evening.... :think: Thats a toughie.
Hey Salty! Should we all go to Smokeys? :wink: Martini Bob would be glad to see us.

Let's chew (sorry) on our many options.
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Postby Kinsley » Sun May 31, 2009 2:09 am

Quizmistress wrote:Kinz, how about I get you into the Unitarian Meeting House for a look
'round, huh? Did you really get a chance to drive around town & see all
the FLWright buildings? And there are more designed by his many students.

I've made my position clear. 8) I'll come back to Wisconsin, but not until
folks from around there come here. We've got cool zhit too. :wink:

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Postby beenie » Sun May 31, 2009 2:24 am

Quizmistress wrote:Now for a restaurant for Saturday evening.... :think: Thats a toughie.


That's something we need to mull... we'd love to find someplace that can showcase the bounty that sprouts forth from lush WI farmlands (i.e., Harvest), but not outlandishly priced, either (i.e., not Harvest, though I suppose Harvest isn't any worse than the DelBar).

As for Baltimore, we're gonna try for next summer. I have a cousin graduating high school next year (as I do next month), and we might be able to make a roadtrip out of that (I'm flying solo this year).
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Postby Tena » Sun May 31, 2009 9:55 am

I should be able to go this year *keeping my fingers crossed*

Labor Day weekend is out for me. I think I'm going to Houston that weekend (haven't made up my mind yet.)

I prefer the October time slot (early October is great).
And Madison is gorgeous so I wouldn't mind hanging out there.
I saw a TV spot for House on the Rock yesterday and we didn't get to that a few years ago so I wouldn't mind heading over there to check it out.

I've visited Kinz in Baltimore so I'm exempt from his rule. 8) But Quiz, feel free to chauffer me around to all the FLW buildings. ;)

Oh, and Ellas Deli is a must-see attraction!
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Postby Kinsley » Sun May 31, 2009 10:48 am

Tena wrote:I've visited Kinz in Baltimore so I'm exempt from his rule. 8)

But you don't live in Wisconsin or Chicagoland. :? Unrelated issue. :lol:
Besides, I've been to KC twice since, so it is your turn. :wink: We only
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Postby Littlebit » Sun May 31, 2009 11:08 am

Me: Are you off Labor Day Weekend?
Hubby: Yeah. Where are they getting together?

BTW, I've given him the link and Hubby is up to "occasional lurk mode".

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Postby Chef Mongo » Sun May 31, 2009 3:42 pm

If y'all settle on Labor Day weekend, I'll backburner any plans for a meet here that weekend. Can't compete with that! :)

If it's later in the year, I might have a shot at making it. No promises.
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Postby Dana » Sun May 31, 2009 5:06 pm

Sometime in October (or very late Sept.) is best for me. After school starts, and after the month from hell that is September in a school district.

I'd rather not do it Labor Day weekend. Just me. Plenty to do that weekend, including possibly, the ATL meet, if it happens.
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Postby jackiecat » Sun May 31, 2009 6:19 pm

Not labor day is best for me. Flying on a holiday weekend is the pits!

I'd much prefer to keep it in Madison. I think we've done the Dells. And Madison has so much to offer that I haven't had a chance to see yet.
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Postby haleoalau » Sun May 31, 2009 8:32 pm

I would like to come. I don't have an opinion regarding dates. My one contingent (and it's mine alone, alas) will be if Bebe can stay at Gamma's for a long weekend.
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Postby Erin » Sun May 31, 2009 9:54 pm

jackiecat wrote:Not labor day is best for me. Flying on a holiday weekend is the pits!

I'd much prefer to keep it in Madison. I think we've done the Dells. And Madison has so much to offer that I haven't had a chance to see yet.


Agreed. I also think we as a group have the potential to waste time or be too chained to a schedule with events in both the Dells and Madison. And, truth be told, I think I prefer Madison, so that gets my vote.

I'd say if I had a preference, it would be late September/early October, both for the relative low-keyness of the time and also because Wisconsin is just so darned pretty in the fall. Add to that, I generally detest hot weather, and even more so when I'm traveling (mythical beach vacations aside).
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Postby BonBon » Mon Jun 01, 2009 11:45 am

Labor Day will not work for me either. Our daughter is having baby close to first week of September. Late Sept or early Oct work for me. Hopefully I will be done with grandma duties by then. Those pesky babies can ruin any plan though.
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Postby jrzjrz » Mon Jun 01, 2009 5:40 pm

Hawklady wrote:Selfishly, I want no earlier than mid September, no later than mid October. This is just for maximum raptor-migration bird-watching potential. Told you it was selfish.




September - October is a great time for Bald Eagle watching along the Wisconsin river in Sauk city(just outside Madison). Kim and I would love to take you and hubby. There are even a couple of excellent restaurants in the area for great lunch. Plus the Wolershiem winery. :wink:

Yes, Beenie I would love to come this year for more than just the dinner. The one in Atlanta sounded like sooo much fun. I know us Madisonians can show everyone a good time. :D If you need any help or ideas Kim and I may be an alternative source. 8)
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Postby koshersalty » Mon Jun 01, 2009 9:51 pm

Quizmistress wrote:
Now for a restaurant for Saturday evening.... :think: Thats a toughie.
Hey Salty! Should we all go to Smokeys? :wink: Martini Bob would be glad to see us.

Let's chew (sorry) on our many options.


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Postby altnbrwnismyguru » Tue Jun 02, 2009 3:15 pm

Early Oct would the be thest for us and as we have a little one we shall have to bring her and we would indeed go for madision over the Dells this year Im soooo over the Dells.
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Postby Kristina » Tue Jun 02, 2009 4:38 pm

I'd probably be able to swing the 10th-11th of October or the 17th-18th based on the university calendar.

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Postby sadiedog » Mon Jun 08, 2009 10:20 pm

Bump.

After further review, I like any of these dates:
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Postby whiskMEaway » Mon Jun 08, 2009 10:31 pm

Since i have a job with "normal" hours now, I just may be able to attend this year! (Whether or not i can drag Stewie along is a whole other story...)

I am up for whenever, wherever; but if i had to choose, i would vote for Madison... I could even try to get us a hookup at a place that buys wine from my company for dinner...
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Postby Littlebit » Mon Jun 08, 2009 10:46 pm

Hubby is making it sound like Labor Day Weekend is a possibility for us, as long as it's on this side of the country. There are still a lot of "if's" in there...if we get a puppy and how keen/available my in-laws would be to puppysit, if he ets a new job by then (Walgreen's has been pulling a bunch of crap and he's become disillusioned with them) airline prices if we'd have to fly, etc. But the fact that he's willing to consider going for Labor Day is big. HUGE!

So please....something....Labor Day weekend...maybe OK?
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Postby Quizmistress » Tue Jun 09, 2009 12:05 am

Whisk ventured:
I could even try to get us a hookup at a place that buys wine from my company for dinner...

And what place might that be?
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Postby beenie » Tue Jun 09, 2009 12:12 am

Well, "Madison, some other weekend" seems to have the lead, and I'm seeing some posts indicating early October would be a plus. I happen to have a little bit of time off the first weekend in October (first person who knows why gets a drink on me), so how does the weekend of 10/3-10/4 sound?
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Postby lunanoir » Tue Jun 09, 2009 12:35 am

beenie wrote:Well, "Madison, some other weekend" seems to have the lead, and I'm seeing some posts indicating early October would be a plus. I happen to have a little bit of time off the first weekend in October (first person who knows why gets a drink on me), so how does the weekend of 10/3-10/4 sound?


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HBD2 Beenie that weekend.

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But in all seriousness, that's a good weekend for me. So is the following one, which is a free three-day weekend.
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Postby sadiedog » Tue Jun 09, 2009 8:14 am

beenie wrote:...so how does the weekend of 10/3-10/4 sound?

Sounds good to me.
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Postby whiskMEaway » Tue Jun 09, 2009 10:13 am

Quizmistress wrote:Whisk ventured:
I could even try to get us a hookup at a place that buys wine from my company for dinner...

And what place might that be?


One of my bosses has the Madison territory, so i would have to check with him and get a list. He sells to places all over Mad-town, so i am sure there will be a good variety to choose from...
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