Sunset at Haleakala Crater—January 2005 © David Brotsky
August Field Day!!
Blueberries & Peaches, Hiking, Mill Tour & BBQ
Sunday August 2, 2015 In Chester, NJ
EARLY BIRD DEADLINE Midnight Sunday, July 26
EVENT RSVP DEADLINE NOON WEDNESDAY, JULY 29
We are going to Chester, NJ, about 70 minutes/60 miles from Manhattan and Brooklyn. We are meeting the historic Cooper Grist Mill, and having two groups, one for a tour of the mill and a hike and one for a tour of the mill, fruit picking, a visit to a 4H county fair. Everyone will join for an excellent BBQ for all at 4pm! We will also have the ability for people to play volleyball, Frisbee and soccer.
Hiking – excellent moderate hike, partially along the beautiful Black River and visting the Black River Gorge, on the historic Patriots Path. We haven't determined the exact routing, but it will be 5 to 7 miles. All are welcome as long as they can easily walk 7 miles. Here is a likely version of the hike we will be doing.
Fruit Picking—this will be nearby, at the Alstede Farm, which is 0.4 miles down the road. Right now, peaches should be at their peak, blueberries should still be available and you might be able to pick some vegetables as well. All of the costs of fruit picking are extra - You will get a 20% off voucher, which entitles you to get 20% of the admission prices for Allstede and in addition to paying admission, you will also have to pay for the fruit that you pick at Allstede. Note that they also charge admission for children above 2.
Self Guided Tour of Historic Chester - Chester, a historic 200 hundred year old town a few miles away, has a free historic coach ride running every 10 minutes till 6 PM. In town, there are some nice shops and historic buildings to see...see the town’s website for more details
Limited rides – minivan solution
Because of the large numbers I expect for this event, rides will be limited and may not satisfy the demand. If there is enough interest, we might organize people into 15 passenger vans, hopefully from a few areas. The ride will cost about $25 to $35 per person, for gas and the rental. If you are willing to be a driver of one of the rental vehicles, you will also get a reduced rate to the event. We might send a list of drivers with phone numbers out in advance, but if you need a ride, assume you will have to go in one of the vans or take the train option.
For those who do manage to get a ride, pay the driver $20 when you enter the car. They are doing you a favor, so please have the money available in cash.
Organized activities vs optional activities
There are some activities we will organize, others that you can do on your own with your own rentals or equipment, and then join us at the BBQ
We will help organize folks into the following activities—please indicate your choices on the RSVP form
ORGANIZED EVENT DETAILS
Helping Out -
As at all of my events, we ask everyone to assist with things at the event. We are all in this together, so help when asked, volunteer to do things, clean up after yourself since we are not your maids, and things will go much quicker and smoother for everyone. Thanks in advance!
KASHRUT, BBQ, BONFIRE & CAMPING DETAILS
The BBQ will begin at 5:30 PM. We will have plenty of food, for vegetarians, fruitarians (ever have grilled bananas? They are a house specialty), and omnivores. Let us know on the RSVP Form if you have a special diet.
All of the food at the event is from reputable hechshers. The BBQ is being catered by Executive Caterers, under the supervision of Rav Zushe Yosef Blech.
The following are optional activities which you can do on your own
Volleyball , Frisbee and Soccer—we have gear for all of this.
What do I need to bring?
Everyone - hat, suntan lotion, comfortable shoes, lunch, and a light jacket in case of brief showers/rain.
Hikers – same as All plus 3 liters water, bug spray, backpack or bag for your lunch and stuff
ADVANCE PAYMENT REQUIREMENT TO RSVP:
In order to complete your reservation, you must pay for the event in advance either via check (postmarked by the deadline) or via paypal by the deadline at the top of this page. Failure to pay may result in your being unable to attend the event.
PAYMENT METHODS - CHECK OR PAYPAL
You may pay in one of two ways, via check or via paypal.
please send the full payment, made out to “Davetrek LLC”, and mail it to:
c/o Sharon Zavodnick
415 South 3rd Avenue
Highland Park, NJ 08904
In order to complete your registration, you need to have your payment postmarked no later than Wednesday, 7/29/15. Failure to do so may mean you will not be able to attend the event.
When you complete the RSVP form selecting your activities, you will be directed to a paypal page and will be asked to log in and pay at PayPal’s site. Once you complete the RSVP form and pay via paypal, you will be considered fully registered.
We require payment in advance, either via check or via paypal. Any balance of any monies you owe is due at the event. Please bring cash or checks (preferable) made out to “David Davetrek LLC”. When you arrive you will need to go through registration and complete any payments for the event.
Time of registration – calculated from when we receive your reservation on the RSVP Form.
You may cancel until Sunday 7/26. Afterwards, you may either substitute a friend for your spot, upon our approval, or receive a credit for a future event. NO cancellations after Sunday, July 26 or substitutions without permission.
Here are some answers to common questions.
ARE FAMILIES WELCOME?
Yes—especially for the fruit picking and county fair.
WHAT KIND OF FOOD WILL YOU HAVE?
I supply stuff for vegetarians and meat eaters – we grill vegetables, fruits, hamburger, hot dogs and some chicken and minute steaks (limited quantities), plus have salads, chips and salsa, etc – you won't go home hungry I suspect…For those camping out, we will have breakfast and pack lunches that you will make yourself.
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, Costco, which now carries OU certified meats in many locations and other similar establishments. The BBQ is being catered by executive caterers under Rav Zushe Yosef Blech. All other equipment used are my personal items or equipment that we use only for these types of events.
EVENT RSVP DEADLINE
WEDNESDAY NOON, JULY 29, 2015