Greetings MERAL officers, presidents and AlCors,
Please share this email with your club members:
As the pandemic slowly comes under control, we are hoping to be able to hold in-person events later this year. So now is the time to make travel plans!
To that end, below is a list I have accumulated, with input from MERAL clubs, that lists all the large regional events I am aware of in MERAL territory (mostly). A couple of these are not in the MERAL territory, but they are so well known that I thought they should be included.
Not all the events have been confirmed at this point, so I have included links to the websites for all the events if they are available. The events are in chronological order, with the events that have not determined a date at the bottom of the list.
Don Knabb, MERAL Chair
Northeast Astronomy Forum, April 10 – 11, Rockland Community College, NY (Not in MERAL). Virtual event - https://www.neafexpo.com/
Astronomy Day, May 15, Northern Virginia Astronomy Club - C.M. Crockett Park, Midland, VA. This event might need to be virtual this year due to health concerns, that is yet to be determined. https://www.novac.com/wp/outreach/astronomyday/
Cherry Springs Star Party, June 10-13. https://www.facebook.com/CherrySpringsStarParty/
Green Bank Star Quest, July 7-10 Green Bank WV. Final decision yet to be made. http://www.greenbankstarquest.org/
Stellafane, August 5-8 (Not in MERAL), Springfield, Vermont. Website indicates the event is a go. https://stellafane.org/
Almost Heaven Star Party at Spruce Knob Mountain Center in Circleville, WV over Labor Day weekend, 3 -7 Sep, 2021. https://www.ahsp.org/
York County Star Party Sept 8-12 and Oct 6-11. http://www.skyshedpodpa.com/york-county-star-party.html
Blackwater Falls Astronomy Weekend, September 9 – 11, Blackwater Falls State Park, WV. http://kvas.org/events.html
Staunton River Star Party (Fall), October 4 - 10, 2021, Staunton River State Park, Virginia http://chaosastro.org/starparty/
Northern Virginia Astronomy, Star Gaze, 10/9 Typically hosted at C.M. Crockett Park, Midland, VA. https://www.novac.com/wp/outreach/stargaze/
South Jersey Astronomy Club Star Party. No fall star party date is currently listed. http://www.sjac.us/star-party/
Mega Meet, Pulpit Rock, PA. No date is currently listed. https://lvaas.org/page.php?page=megameet
Black Forest Star Party, the date is to be determined. https://bfsp.org/
Delmarva Star Watch, Trap Pond DE. No information available, no website.