2014 Spring MAHHA, April 25-27th, Official Planning Thread
Donna here.....Time to start officially preparing for the fun!
-Friday April 25th - Sunday April 27th.
-This is a Family Friendly Event!
-Pine Grove Furnace State Park
1100 Pine Grove Rd.
Gardners, PA 17324
-There is a Google Spreadsheet for signing up. There are 2 tabs at the bottom on the left of the page. An "Attendance signup", and a "Breakfast/Supper Items needed" tab. We will need to know the number attending the Saturday Supper about a week before...see below.
-There are pre/post hike threads started here, and here.
-We have the Furnace Stack Pavilion reserved for the entire day Saturday. The cost for this is covered with the raffle monies.
-Vendor Sales...As with all MAHHAs...there will be no vendor sales. The MAHHAs are for fun, fellowship, food, relaxation, etc. We, as a group, do not have a sales permit from PGFST, and have no interest in obtaining one.
-Demonstrations/instructional times...To be determined.
-Cell Phone Coverage...There is next to no coverage in the park. I have been able to text more often than call. There are some locations where there is some call coverage...but not very reliable.
-All of the group sites have been reserved. The cost for these sites is covered with the raffle monies.
Each of these group sites have their own campfire ring...bring plenty of fire wood...just make sure it is from PA as per PGFST requests. Note: The park allows gathering dead, down wood... but no chainsaws in the park.
-Parking....With the amount of attendees, there will be a concern for parking. There is a large parking lot at the group sites, but we need to park conservatively. Our group will be the only one using this parking lot, so it will be better than years before. As last year....There will be no parking allowed along the entry road into the group camping area. And there will be no parking allowed on the main road.
-Anyone coming for the day on Saturday, will need to park in one of the day use areas...not in the group camping parking lot.
-Pre Hikers/Post Hikers...There will be NO parking in the group parking lot before Friday or after Sunday late afternoon. Please do not go to the office and ask....not happening! You can use the Parking area available for the Appalachian trail located near the Furnace Stack Pavilion. You will need to register your vehicle with the office. You may also use the parking lot down the road...at Caledonia State Park...on the other side of Rt. 30. You might need to register your vehicle there also.
-Family Campground...It is just up the road on the right. Sites can and should be reserved for anyone not wanting to hang or tent in the Group Camping Area. There are sites with electric. There are sites that allow dogs. There is a bath house with showers and flush toilets for those with sites. Note...Sites with electric that allow dogs have the highest demand. The person reserving sites in the Family Campground is responsible for the cost.
-Dogs are not allowed in the Group Camping area, but are allowed at the pavilion.
-Service dogs are allowed anywhere in the park.
-No alcoholic beverages allowed in the park. Rangers will be patrolling the area and will be invited to attend the dinner.
-Name Tags... [O]TTeR has graciously volunteered again this year to make name tags for attendees. Please use the signup sheet to let him know what name you want on the tag.
-Saturday morning Breakfast: Dutch is the contact person. Please use the signup sheet to register your attendance.
-Something new...We will be adding sausage to the menu this year. We are asking for volunteers...each to bring enough to serve 10. Please sign up on the spread sheet.
-I am looking for someone to bring a Large Coffee Pot or alternate way to heat water for instant coffee, tea, or hot chocolate. If you have one, and can bring it, please sign up on the spreadsheet. If someone does bring something to heat water, and you want a hot drink...bring a mug, and your coffee, hot chocolate or tea bag of choice.
-There are additional items listed on the spread sheet...Please sign up to bring something if you are able. Thanks!
-Saturday Supper: Donna is the contact person. (Contact thru 2Questions, or on this thread.) Please use the signup sheet to register your attendance.
We will be having a Pig Roast as the main event. The pig will be roasted off site, and brought to the pavilion ready to serve off the bone. I will need a count of attendees about a week before the roast. The cost for the Pig Roast is covered with the raffle monies.
-We will be grilling Kosher Beef Hot dogs for children and adults not eating the pork. Please note the number of hot dogs you want cooked for your family on the signup sheet.
-Everyone is encouraged to bring a food contribution for the supper. Please see the sign up sheet for suggested food items. There are other items needed...please sign up to bring something if you are able.
-See Post #16 in this thread, with a food suggestion/request from Dylan.
-Raffle: After the meal, we will be having a raffle. Pan will post on this thread with details about the raffle.
-After the meal and raffle: Please make sure you clean up your eating area and take with you, or dispose of, any food containers you brought. This will help to leave the pavilion area in the same or better condition than when we arrived.
-Sunday when leaving group hang area: Please look around your area before you leave to make sure everything is cleaned up...again...let's leave the group hang area in the same or better condition than when we arrived. If someone forgot something, take it with you and post on HF. If you don't want to take it with you, leave it on a picnic table. Tim and I will be walking the group area before we leave.
If there are any details I neglected to include here..please let me know.
Thank you for taking the time to read this.