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Towncrier
04-11-2007, 07:56 PM
Due to popular request, our somewhat annual (up until 2006) Memorial Day picnic is on for 2007. We will open up our home to all 100,000 or so DISers on Sunday, May 27th starting at noon. We will provide soft drinks, hamburgers, hot dogs, and hospitality. In past years, the picnic has gone on past midnight.

And if there is enough interest, we'll have everyone over on Monday morning for breakfast. I make a mean Belgian waffle.

Drop me a PM if you need directions to our home. I am hesitant to post the exact location on the internet, but I can tell you that our home is located in northern Summit County near the intersections of State Routes 8 and 82.

I can't promise you good weather, but I can promise that you'll have plenty to eat and that the Disney spirit will abound. And the Indy 500 will be playing on the TV in our living room for those of you who can't miss the big race.

See you on Memorial Day.

shep
04-12-2007, 06:25 AM
We will be there..:thumbsup2

helenabear
04-12-2007, 09:00 AM
It's marked on our calendar for us to be there as well!!!!

dizneenut
04-12-2007, 04:06 PM
My gang will be there!! :)

Towncrier
04-12-2007, 04:22 PM
Woohoo. :banana:

NancyIL
04-12-2007, 05:00 PM
One of these years I'll make it, John - but not this year. I'm sure you'll all have a GREAT time!

EpcotKilterFan
04-12-2007, 07:33 PM
Sure wish I could be there :( But I will be in Disneyland Paris after taking the Magic to the Med:banana: :cool1: :banana:

You know I will be there in spirit......

Debbie

Towncrier
04-13-2007, 07:52 AM
Sure wish I could be there :( But I will be in Disneyland Paris after taking the Magic to the Med:banana: :cool1: :banana:

You know I will be there in spirit......

Debbie

You know, I let you off the hook a couple of years ago when you decided to take the very first East to West coast relocation cruise on the Disney Magic, but this is ridiculous.

Bon voyage. And say "bon jour" to Mickey for me.

Fire14
04-13-2007, 02:06 PM
We'll be there and bringging the good hambuger buns if wanted.

Tuffcookie
04-13-2007, 02:06 PM
Alex & I will be there!

John, I was up your way on Tuesday. I had a meeting at the Twinsburg PD regarding the Public Records laws. I went right past the turn-off for your street!

I will come armed with DIS cookies!;)

TC:cool1:

Tiger Lily 03
04-13-2007, 03:30 PM
Ted and I plan to be there. We'll bring whatever you need. Potato salad?

bobcat
04-13-2007, 04:27 PM
We'll it's about time! ;) Memorial day wasn't the same last year. The kiddos and I will be there!

shep
04-15-2007, 11:14 AM
:banana:

disney_for_life
04-15-2007, 04:26 PM
This is the first I have heard about this! :cool1: I know my husband and I would love to come. :love: PLEASE tell me how to get there. I am going through Disney withdraw :scared1:

Towncrier
04-16-2007, 01:52 PM
This is the first I have heard about this! :cool1: I know my husband and I would love to come. :love: PLEASE tell me how to get there. I am going through Disney withdraw :scared1:

PM sent. It's always good to see new faces.

The history of this picnic is that way back in 2001, Nancy and Barry (perfectmatch300) posted a request on the DIS for anyone interested in joining them at Geauga Lake over the Memorial Day weekend. My response was to invite EVERYONE on the DIS over to our home in NE Ohio for a picnic that day. And so the tradition began. Up until last year, we continued to host a picnic on Memorial Day. A couple of years, we added a trip to Cedar Point on the Friday and Saturday before the picnic, but the unpredictable weather in NE Ohio (and the fact that I got kinda tired of Cedar Point) caused us to revert back to just a simple picnic on Memorial Day. And breakfast on Monday morning for those who might still be in town (or for the locals who wanted to drop by again).

We took last year off as our son was graduating from high school the week after Memorial Day and my wife didn't think that she could handle the stress of back to back weekend events at our house. She would have let me have the DIS picnic, but I thought it better to give her a chance to concentrate on the graduation party (which just so happened to fall on my 51st birthday).

So the picnic is on again, at least for this year. Our daughter is a high school junior, so I cannot promise that my wife won't pull the plug on the 2008 picnic. In the meantime, we can concentrate on having fun at this year's affair.

crzy4dals
04-16-2007, 05:17 PM
I am so excited to find this thread.
Depending on my DH's work schedule my family and I are interested in a gret together. We live in Mentor and have a son who wil be 8 at the time of the event.
I have subscribed to the thread to try and keep up to date on the planning.

Erin

Tuffcookie
04-16-2007, 08:15 PM
disney_for_life & crzy4dals,

I hope you both can make it!

We always have a great time at Towncrier's & DW's house.

It is always fun to meet fellow DISers. Who else understands our Disney fixation????;)

TC:cool1:

ASFCurly
04-17-2007, 10:30 PM
haven't been on the DIS much at all lately, but decided to check this evening to see about the picnic and I will definately be there, can't wait.

helenabear
04-19-2007, 03:35 PM
I cannot wait to have TC's cookies again! I love them!

it might be easiest for us to bring something like chips or cookies. Let me know what you will need John :)

shep
04-20-2007, 09:48 AM
John--Is there anything Amanda can cook or we can bring?:rolleyes1

Towncrier
04-20-2007, 10:01 AM
We have potato salad and hamburger buns covered so far. Elaine mentioned bringing chips or cookies. Tuffcookie is bringing her famous DIS cookies. You can bring whatever you would like (and whatever would be easiest). If there is some sort of snack food or dessert that your girls especially like, you can bring that. Or surprise me.

Could I be any more wishy washy?

perfectmatch300
04-20-2007, 02:44 PM
I am glad to see that the tradition lives on! :banana:

I am afraid we will be missing out again this year. As most of you already know, Barry & I are living in Central FL these days and a trip north just does not seem to be in the cards (or the budget for that matter) at this point.

Maybe next year if Sarah's graduation doesn't take over the picnic slot, if not maybe the following year if the tradition continues.

I'm sure you will all have a great time! Sorry we will not be able to be there, but if any of you are in the WDW area, please look us up! We do love DIS meets - or even Sea World or Universal meets if that's where you are going! :wave:

believe
04-30-2007, 07:17 AM
TC...could I bring a dish that was prepared but needed to bake???? Would Sue mind me using her oven?

Towncrier
05-01-2007, 01:57 PM
TC...could I bring a dish that was prepared but needed to bake???? Would Sue mind me using her oven?

Sue won't mind at all.

dizneenut
05-02-2007, 01:12 PM
So glad to see so many coming!!

As per Amanda's request ;) Junior said he'll bring cheesecake! :)

TLinden16
05-02-2007, 08:51 PM
I have a question. Are people with Boston accents allowed to come?

I'm trying to see if I can make arrangements to fly in for this.

Towncrier
05-03-2007, 07:34 AM
I have a question. Are people with Boston accents allowed to come?

I'm trying to see if I can make arrangements to fly in for this.

It is MANDATORY to have someone with a Boston accent present. You are hereby elected. And when you are searching for flights, you can include Akron/Canton airport (CAK) as well as Cleveland (CLE) in your search. We are conveniently located about halfway between them. I hope you can make it.

Fire14
05-04-2007, 06:49 AM
I have a question. Are people with Boston accents allowed to come?

I'm trying to see if I can make arrangements to fly in for this.

Your more than welcome we need to meet some new to us disers.

helenabear
05-04-2007, 02:54 PM
Karen, I would LOVE to see you there!!! My goodness of course you are welcome!!!!

I have a feeling with cheesecake and cookies, we might bring a bunch of chips. If we go to church, we'll need something easy to take with us and leave in a car.
Of course warm cookies aren't bad, but I probably don't need to be tempted with that smell going up ;)

bobcat
05-04-2007, 08:59 PM
Of course warm cookies aren't bad, but I probably don't need to be tempted with that smell going up

Is that like the tootsie roll puzzle? How many warm cookies can you eat between Columbus and Cleveland! I'm game to try this one!

Jhalkias
05-04-2007, 09:13 PM
John,

We are going to try and make it. I will discuss with Amy this weekend. Alex is graduating May 19th, but I told him he just had a party two years ago for HS - no party this year. We will be in town and around, so I hope we can come up!

dizneenut
05-04-2007, 09:42 PM
Karen, it would be great if you can make it. I'd love to finally get to meet you! :)

Towncrier
05-05-2007, 09:38 AM
John,

We are going to try and make it. I will discuss with Amy this weekend. Alex is graduating May 19th, but I told him he just had a party two years ago for HS - no party this year. We will be in town and around, so I hope we can come up!

Congrats to Alex on his graduation. I am so excited for him and for you. If James sticks to his books, perhaps we will be attending a similar event a year from now. I hope you can make it.

TLinden16
05-10-2007, 04:18 AM
Sadly, my wish to make it to one of John's picnics is going to have to wait another year. I'm going to have work part (if not all) of Memorial Day weekend. :( I really wanted to go this year.

I will get there one of these years, John.

Towncrier
05-10-2007, 08:09 AM
:guilty: :guilty: :guilty:

Pembo
05-17-2007, 07:54 AM
Why is it when you get invited one place, you get multiple invites for the same day???? BUT we are holding firm and the picnic is our priority. Mark is looking forward to it. Let me know if you need anything John!

Towncrier
05-17-2007, 07:57 AM
It's for the same reason that the night that the 3rd Pirates of the Caribbean movie debuts, the marching band has their annual potluck dinner and awards (not to mention choir practice).

Glad you are still able to come.

Tiger Lily 03
05-17-2007, 08:15 PM
Karen, sorry you won't be there.

I'm away for the week. (Cancun) I look forward to meeting everyone Sunday.

believe
05-21-2007, 08:13 AM
Lily...I was wondering if you would be joining the gathering. YAH!

Pembo...Glad you are holding firm. It is tough at times.

TC...looking forward to seeing you and the family. I so need a break.

Barb
05-22-2007, 11:32 AM
Sadly, here's another year we can't make it. Add me to the list of people who have to work all weekend. Reality has a way of being a huge party pooper! :sad1:

Have a great time everyone! :cool1:

disney_for_life
05-22-2007, 11:51 AM
My husband and I are looking forward to your picnic on Sunday. I can't wait to meet other Disney lovers like ourselves. I do have a few questions. What happens if it rains? Will the picnic be called off? Secondly, what can we bring as far as food goes? I can't wait until Sunday:goodvibes

disney_for_life
05-22-2007, 11:55 AM
I forgot to ask, but do other people bring there pictures of past trips to the world to share at the picnic? I would love to see other peoples pictures! :love: (anything to help cure my Disney addiction) :rolleyes1

Pembo
05-22-2007, 12:44 PM
Bring your pics, there always seems to be some to share and watch out for Tc's videos.

If it rains, we move inside. Mrs. Towncrier lets take control of her whole house. I hope she gets a great gift after these picnics?! :confused: :thumbsup2

Towncrier
05-22-2007, 01:05 PM
My husband and I are looking forward to your picnic on Sunday. I can't wait to meet other Disney lovers like ourselves. I do have a few questions. What happens if it rains? Will the picnic be called off? Secondly, what can we bring as far as food goes? I can't wait until Sunday:goodvibes

We setup the tables inside our attached 2-car garage, so rain is never a problem. You only need to bring yourselves. The food and (soft) drink has been taken care of. And to answer your next post, everyone is welcome to bring photos and whatever Disneyana they would like to show to everyone else. We are at a distinct advantage of having all of our Disney stuff close at hand.

I still have all those old DISmeet videos that Pembo is referring to and I will dig them out if forced.

Marla Hellwig
05-22-2007, 02:45 PM
Kara and I were trying to make this one - but with our Med cruise right around the corner this year's picnic isn't going to happen - darn it all

Will look forward to seeing pictures

:)

Marla

Towncrier
05-22-2007, 03:11 PM
Will look forward to seeing pictures

What happens at the Memorial Day picnic STAYS at the Memorial Day picnic (although I do recall once posting photos of microwave s'mores and what a BAD idea that turned out to be).

Pembo
05-22-2007, 05:25 PM
What happens at the Memorial Day picnic STAYS at the Memorial Day picnic (although I do recall once posting photos of microwave s'mores and what a BAD idea that turned out to be).

Amen to that! If I see my pic on the DIS, I'm suing!:rolleyes1

ASFCurly
05-23-2007, 12:11 AM
I wish I had some Disney pics that I could bring, the closest thing I have are some pics of one of the Disney cruise ships that I saw over Christmas on our family reunion cruise on the Zuiderdam. Can't wait till Sunday!

Towncrier
05-23-2007, 09:40 AM
Just wanted to let everyone know that it's OK to show up anytime on Sunday. You can come and go as you please. Even though the official start time is noon, I can guarantee that someone will be home earlier.

And do NOT let the weather forecast scare you away. Rain or shine, we will have the picnic.

See you on Sunday!!! :yay:

Pembo
05-23-2007, 12:23 PM
John, I'd love to be there before noon but that darn job of Mark's is getting in the way!:confused3

Marla Hellwig
05-23-2007, 02:31 PM
What happens at the Memorial Day picnic STAYS at the Memorial Day picnic (although I do recall once posting photos of microwave s'mores and what a BAD idea that turned out to be).


rofl - I remember those pictures

Oh well - guess we will be there in spirit

goofy4tink
05-24-2007, 06:34 AM
I think, perhaps, that Karen and I will have to make a trek out there soon!!! Sure do wish you were closer though. Have fun you guys...I'll be thinking of you when I'm trapped at my mother-in-law's house on beautiful Cape Cod!!!!
Will we be seeing you in Dec John??

Towncrier
05-24-2007, 08:01 AM
Will we be seeing you in Dec John??

Never say never, but don't hold your breath. :confused:

dizneenut
05-24-2007, 11:23 AM
Can't wait til Sunday. We so need the break!!

:lmao: Speaking of s'mores, will we be having them again this year? ;) :lmao:

Towncrier
05-24-2007, 12:09 PM
Can't wait til Sunday. We so need the break!!

:lmao: Speaking of s'mores, will we be having them again this year? ;) :lmao:

Sue found FOUR boxes of graham crackers in our pantry, probably some dating back to the very first Memorial Day picnic. I'll have to check the expiration dates on the crackers before I can give you a firm yes-or-no answer. :rotfl: :rotfl2:

NancyIL
05-25-2007, 07:58 PM
Never say never, but don't hold your breath. :confused:

John - you say that every year, and every year you make it to Disney in December! :)

I hope you guys will have a GREAT DIS get-together!

Tiger Lily 03
05-27-2007, 08:05 PM
We (DH and me too) had a fantastic time today. It was great to meet up with everyone. DH took a few pics. If s'mores happened, sorry that we missed them.

John, Sue and family--Thank you!

Fire14
05-28-2007, 07:40 AM
Thanks again John and Sue It was a wonderful day spent among friends old and new.

dizneenut
05-28-2007, 01:17 PM
Thanks again John & Sue for opening up your house to us. We had a wonderful time, as always. :) :) :)

Pembo
05-28-2007, 02:56 PM
Thanks Towncrier's! We had a lot of fun as always.

Tuffcookie
05-28-2007, 05:53 PM
It is always great to meet with fellow DISers! John & Sue are such wonderful hosts. Thanks, guys!!!:goodvibes
It was nice to meet Disney_for_life, Michelle, and her DH, Paul. Amazingly, they are from the same town I am (Barberton!) It really is a small, small world!:)
Unfortunately, Debbie, who is one of the original founders of the NE OH DISers, was away on a Disney Mediterranean cruise. I hope she posts lots of pictures when she gets back!


TC:cool1:

Towncrier
05-28-2007, 05:56 PM
It was a pleasure having everyone over. I think that there were equal numbers of DISers and my son's friends from high school and college. They are a ravenous bunch (the college kids) as we went through over 80 hamburgers and over 50 hot dogs. The desserts were gone by midnight (and there were a LOT of them). Our cupboard was bare this morning, so I made a quick trip over to Giant Eagle to restock. We had wonderful weather and could not have asked for things to go any better.

It was nice that disney_for_life and her DH Paul could make it to the picnic. It's always great to find new Disney fans in the area.

Poohbear67 and her DBF called us this morning as there was some confusion about the fact that our Memorial Day picnic is actually held the day before Memorial Day. Sue and I insisted that they come over regardless and I am glad that they were able to drop by. We had a very relaxed afternoon chatting with the two of them and hopefully Nancy (and perhaps Mike) will be joining me on the ride up to Niagara Falls next Saturday for the Hard Rock Cafe DISmeet.

Don't feel too badly for Debbie. I believe that while we were enjoying our picnic in NE Ohio, she was at Disneyland Paris after taking the Disney Magic relocation cruise across the Atlantic Ocean. Seriously, we missed having Debbie and her mom at the picnic. Maybe next year?

And not to forget our other founding member, we missed RNMOM and her DH Tim at the picnic too. I hope to see them next weekend at Niagara Falls and next year at our picnic.

Thanks again to everyone who graced us with their presence on Sunday (and Monday). It made the weekend extra special.

believe
05-29-2007, 07:27 AM
John..Thanks for you and Sue having us again this year. We had a great time, as always. Loved the weather. It was nice to see green grass;)

helenabear
05-29-2007, 02:07 PM
Thank you again John for having us! We had a great time even though we had to leave earlier than usual. I look forward to next year ;) (one can always still hope, right?)

Jhalkias
05-29-2007, 09:57 PM
Thanks from us too John for your hospitality. It was great to see you, Sue, and your family, as well as meeting some very nice people. Thanks again for including us!

disney_for_life
06-03-2007, 07:54 PM
Thank you so much for a great picnic! My husband and I really enjoyed ourselves! We had a blast meeting new people who share our love of Disney! You all made us "newbies" feel very welcomed into your little group. We can't wait until next year! :goodvibes Thank you again for openeing your house up to us.