This year on Sunday June 10 and Monday June 11, 2011 I am having my 9th Annual Memorial Day Event, which is really a series of mini events all rolled into one. This year its in June as a result of Shavuot! YOU CAN DO EITHER SUNDAY or SUNDAY AND MONDAY, at your option. See below for the details.
The event features the following elements, weather permitting:
** Canoeing & Kayaking on the scenic Delaware River( Beginners welcome)
** Bonfire, with singing
** Camping on Sunday Night - (tent rental spots available for those without a tent)
** Hike on Monday, Memorial Day
You can do various combinations of the above events, and all events are in Western NJ near PA, within 90 minutes of NYC. The Delaware River is a lovely place to go boating as you will see below. Last year we had over 70 people for boating, over 120 people for the BBQ, and over 50 for the camping. Register early and often, as this will max out!
Here is the schedule of events –it’s a bit complicated, so pay attention and read everything on this page and the linked pages before sending me an email!!
On Sunday June 10
about 4 PM, for meat eaters and vegetarians
On Monday June 11
4) Breakfast, clean up and a local hike of 3 to 5 miles, possibly on the Appalachian Trail or near Waterfalls.
For those with children or who do not wish to go boating, you can do other things in and near the Delaware Water Gap, very close to where we will be BBQ’ing and Camping.
One place to consider is Mill Brook Village, where they recreate a 19th century village, sometimes with people in costume. This is open both on Sunday and Monday, and you can see the buildings. Also, there is Peter’s Valley Crafts Center, which has arts and crafts on display and classes of all types. These are very close to the location we are BBQ’ing at.
On the PA side, about 30 minutes away, you can visit Bushkill Falls, ‘The Niagara of PA’, which is also quite nice.
If you prefer, you can go directly to the park in the late morning on Sunday, and meet us later in the park for the BBQ, Campfire, etc.
$115 for everything (Kayak or Canoe, BBQ, Bonfire, Camping, Hiking)
$85 for Kayaking/BBQ/Bonfire
$75 for Canoeing/BBQ/Bonfire
$60 for BBQ, Bonfire, Camping & Hiking
$29 for BBQ/Bonfire
plus $20 transportation, paid directly to the driver.
Per CHILD ( Age 5 to 12 - above 12 is considered an adult)
$59 for everything (Canoe, BBQ, Bonfire, Camping, Hiking)
$39 for Canoeing/BBQ/Bonfire with 2 adults per boat
$39 for BBQ, Bonfire, Camping & Hiking
$19 for BBQ/Bonfire
$125 for everything (Kayak, BBQ, Bonfire, Camping, Hike)
$95 for Kayaking/BBQ/Bonfire
$85 for Canoeing/BBQ/Bonfire
$70 for BBQ, Bonfire, Camping & Hiking
$39 for the BBQ/Bonfire
plus $20 transportation, paid directly to the driver.
$65 for everything (Kayak or Canoe, BBQ, Bonfire, Camping, Hiking)
$45 for Canoeing/BBQ/Bonfire with 2 adults per boat
$45 for BBQ, Bonfire, Camping & Hiking
$21 for BBQ/Bonfire
Also, we intend to have a catered BBQ this year! If you want to help extra during the event for $20 - $40 off, let me know via the questionaire for the few spots I have for helpers.
Family rates for 3 or more kids available upon request, for canoeing/kayaking/BBQ and BBQ/Bonfire only.
ALL RSVPS BY WEDNESDAY JUNE 6
AT THE LATEST!
For campers, folks who don't have a tent will also incur a $10 tent rental fee if we need to rent tents. If you have extra tents or you need me to rent you a spot in a tent, let me know via the RSVP Questionnaire.
SO REGISTER EARLY BEFORE WE CLOSE THIS OUT—ITS USUALLY ONE OF THE MOST POPULAR EVENTS OF THE YEAR
DEPOSIT REQUIREMENT TO RSVP:
In order to complete your reservation, you must PAY IN FULL AT THE TIME OF REGISTERING or the relevant deadline VIA PAYPAL OR send a check postmarked by the deadlines at the top of this page.
RSVP deposits are refundable until June 3. Thereafter, you will need to find someone to take your place if you can’t make it to the event.
PAYMENT METHODS - CHECK OR PAYPAL
You may pay in one of two ways, via check or via paypal.
please send the payment/deposit , made out to “David Brotsky” and mail it to:
c/o Sharon Zavodnick
325 North 3rd Avenue
Highland Park, NJ 08904
In order to get the discounted rate for a given deadline, you need to have your payment postmarked by the deadlines above. .
Go to the RSVP Form here, and you will be able to pay the RSVP via paypal, and then fill out the questionnaire.
In order to get the discounted rate for a given deadline, you need to make your payment via paypal by the deadlines above. RAIN IN THE FORECAST MIGHT CANCEL THIS EVENT. WE HAVE GENERALLY MANAGED TO SNEAK THIS IN, WEATHER PERMITTING.
Directions—these will be supplied closer to the event.
WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING?
FOR THE BONFIRE
If anyone has musical instruments, please bring them and let me know - they add a nice touch to the bonfire!
CAN YOU GET ME A RIDE?
I hope to have rides for everyone coming kayaking on Sunday and for everyone who either goes home Sunday night or after the hike on Monday, but not for those who want to come just for the BBQ and camping, or just the BBQ. You will need to have transport in order to attend these events.
Yes! The kayaks are flat bottomed and easy to use - no prior lessons required - beginners are welcome. Everyone has their own kayaks…kayak website is: http://www.chamberlaincanoes.com/
Every year we get at least 10 to 20 beginners, so you are in good company. We have often had children, though I recommend they be at least 8 for a double kayak and 12 or 13 if they will paddle themselves. We will be kayaking for about 2 to 3 hours.
WILL I GET WET?
Usually not. Out of 50 kayakers, usually only 5 to 10 get wet. Pay attention to the instructional course we give before you get in your kayak and you should be fine. Some of those getting wet do so intentionally...horsing around and the like.
CAN I BRING MY IPOD/CAMERA, ETC KAYAKING?
Leave anything valuable at home or in the car such as ipods, cameras, etc. I ruined one camera one of the first years we went kayaking!
Anything you bring kayaking has to be able to get wet, including your shoes and clothing. Usually about 5 to 10 folks out of 50 fall in, so odds are greatly in your favor that you will be dry all day, but you don't want to get unlucky…leave any wallets, cellphones, keys in the car – DRIVERS will be able to drop their KEYS with the folks who run the place…cameras should be the disposable water ones or others which can get wet…
I PREFER A DOUBLE KAYAK OR A CANOE – CAN YOU RENT ME ONE?
Yes we can. Families like canoes and they are fine for the river, but I would recommend everyone who does not want to canoe should rent a kayak. While we can do a double kayak for you, its not so fun compared to everyone having their own kayak. It is truly easy kayaking, and much more fun in your own boat. Anyone but families with kids have always complained about being in a double kayak so please keep this in mind!
I am an experienced kayaker - Can you rent me a better kayak?
For those who are experienced kayakers, a longer kayak can be easier and more fun to operate. I use a Carolina when I go and I can get one for you also. Since the streams we will be going in are narrow, though, it can be harder to maneuver these boats unless you are an experienced kayaker. If you are sure you want one, let me know on the questionnaire. When in doubt, take the standard kayak, which is easier for most folks.
ARE FAMILIES WELCOME?
We have often had children, though I recommend they be at least 8 for a double kayak and 12 or 13 if they will paddle themselves. One recent year we had at least 4 or 5 kids, so you will be in good company. We will be kayaking for about 2 to 3 hours. If you want to go canoeing with children, the children must be at least 5 years old to be in the boat, no exceptions!
Also, if you prefer, you can do something in the area and then come to the BBQ/Bonfire. I will have a family rate for that. There are events in the area for families, such as Allaire Village, with a working railroad most weekends. Ask me via email for details of events in the area and a family rate for the BBQ/Bonfire.
WHAT ARE THE BBQ & BONFIRE DETAILS?
WHAT KIND OF FOOD WILL YOU HAVE?
I supply stuff for vegetarians and meat eaters – we grill vegetables, fruits, hamburger, hot dogs and maybe some chicken, plus have salads, chips and salsa, etc – you won't go home hungry I suspect…LET ME KNOW ON THE RSVP QUESTIONAIRE IF YOU HAVE ANY SPECIAL DIETARY RESTRICTIONS/ISSUES.
I AM A VEGETARIAN - WILL YOU HAVE ANYTHING FOR ME AT THE BBQ?
Yes, we always have plenty for the vegetarians, such as vegetarian hot dogs, hamburgers, grilled vegetables like portobello mushrooms and even grilled fruits such as bananas, apples, etc. all prepared on pareve grills,
WHAT IS YOUR LEVEL OF KASHRUT?
We buy all of the items with the standard recognized hechsers such as OU, OK, etc. All of the meat/chicken is purchased from local kosher markets such as Brachs in Queens, Glatt Mart, or Costco, which now carries OU certified meats in many locations. All of the equipment used is items that we use only for these types of events.
WHAT ARE THE CAMPING AND HIKING DETAILS?
BATHROOMS/SHOWERS AT THE BBQ /CAMPING SITE?
Yes, we have some bathrooms, but no showers – the bathrooms are what I call 'hi tech backcountry toilets' – they are clean, they have a seat like any toilet you are used to, and are not too smelly - they don't have running water, so we supply handwipes/purell…
SHABBAT AND SATURDAY NIGHT CAMPING
For those interested in this option, let me know on the form below. The charge would be $10 per person per night, but you need to be able to drive to the location and bring all food, tents and be totally self sufficient, etc. I will not be there until Sunday Morning, but you can arrive as early as Friday afternoon. I will be in touch with those selecting this option. BE AWARE THAT THE CAMPSITE LOCATION IS REMOTE AND HARD TO FIND AT NIGHT - I DON'T RECOMMEND SATURDAY NIGHT FOR MOST, AS YOU WONT ARRIVE UNTIL AFTER MIDNIGHT...
CATERED BBQ - DETAILS TO COME, BUT THE CATERER WE PLAN TO USE IS UNDER THE VAAD OF FLATBUSH
EARLY BIRD RATES - SUNDAY, June 3
ALL RSVPS NO LATER THAN Wednesday, June 6
Memorial Day in June - June 10 & 11, 2012
Canoeing/Kayaking, BBQ, Bonfire & Camping
EARLY BIRD RATES - SUNDAY, JUNE 3
ALL RSVPS NO LATER THAN WEDNESDAY JUNE 6