Folks, it's time to start planning gathering in or around the Albany area. I think everyone had fun at the gathering at Annie's last year. Who wants to host this year and in what month?
I would gladly host, however I have NO PARKING at my house due to some genius locating the septic tank at the end of the driveway keeping all traffic from accessing the lawn beyond. (Friggin' genius to be sure)
However, in lieu of hosting, I will gladly help with any planning, coordination and record keeping the host/hostess needs help with. (I ran the Chinese auction last year which garnered $110 for the host family and relieved Annie of having to be two places at once)
Personally I prefer Sunday, cuz I work Saturday morning....but I probably could take Saturday off (since I have only done that once in a full year), esp if it is planned far in advance so I can give the family I work for notice to get a replacement for me that day.
Let's hear it folks. Who wants to host? Who wants to organize the food? Do we want to do a Chinese Auction again? (I still have the tickets btw)
Last year we didn't have a Porta potty....wasn't really necessary with about 25 in attendance and one of them was in diapers. If the numbers are going to tax the hosts water/septic system we can take up a separate collection for the porta potty. Annie found prices of about $110 for the weekend.
I think that Annie found out that she didn't need to make as much food as she did. (But she didn't have to cook for the family for a week cuz of the leftovers) The Host family/person shouldn't have many more expenses than the ones attending. Everyone brings some food to share, their own chair (when possible) and something for the auction (if they can...it doesn't have to be chicken related). IF we are there enough hours to warrent it we might want everyone to bring their own lunch sandwich and chips or munchie to share. Usually enough food isn't a problem, but drinks/beverages can be. (So can ice/coolers...I'll work on that)
So who wants to host? The sooner we plan the date the sooner we all can start hatching chicks and/or collecting eggs to swap, add to the auction or take pre-orders to be delivered that day.