Sunset at Haleakala Crater—January 2005 © David Brotsky
JULY Field Day!!
Blueberries & Peaches, Hiking, Mill Tour & BBQ
Sunday JULY 7, 2019 In Chester, NJ
EARLY BIRD DEADLINE Midnight WEDNESDAY, June 26
STANDARD EVENT RSVP DEADLINE MIDNIGHT THU, JULY 3
Last Minute Deadline Sunday, July 7, 2019
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 must pay for admission at Alsted Farms 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 and 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 Dinner
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!
DINNER will begin at 4:30 PMish. We will have plenty of food, for vegetarians, fruitarians (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. Dinner is from Tokyo Hibatchi, under the Vaad Harabonim of MetroWest, located in Springfield NJ.
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 David Brotsky
206 West 99th St, Apt 1D
New York, NY 10025
In order to complete your registration, you need to have your payment postmarked no later than Tuesday 7/2/19. 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.
Here are some answers to common questions.
ARE FAMILIES WELCOME?
Yes—especially for the fruit picking Mill Tour.
WHAT KIND OF FOOD WILL YOU HAVE?
I supply stuff for vegetarians and meat eaters. We will have a hot kosher dinner from a Chinese restaurant in Springfield NJ, Tokyo Hibatchi, which is under the Vaad Harabonim of MetroWest . There will be plenty of food for vegetarians. We will also have some ‘simpler items’ for those who like more basic food, like steamed vegetables and brown rice.
We will have snacks throughout. The food for these parts of the event are all items with the standard recognized hechsers such as OU, OK, etc. All . All of the equipment used is items that we use only for these types of events.
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 ?
Yes, we always have plenty for the vegetarians/vegans - some of the main dishes will be vegan.
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 restaurant we are using is Tokyo Hibatchi, under the Vaad Harabonim of Metro West. All other equipment used are my personal items or equipment that we use only for these types of events.
Is any of the produce you pick organic?
Some of the produce at this farm is certified organic – when you go to the farm they label certain areas as organic. Here is some info from Alstede and ask at the farm for more details…
You may cancel until Wednesday 6/26. Afterwards, you may either substitute a friend for your spot, upon our approval.
NO refunds or credits after WEDNESDAY 6/26/19.