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Re: REGIONAL ASTRONOMY EVENTS IN 2021

Jim Tallman
 

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Re: REGIONAL ASTRONOMY EVENTS IN 2021

Jim Tallman
 

Ewwwwww    :)

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Re: REGIONAL ASTRONOMY EVENTS IN 2021

Roy Diffrient
 

It really was not clear if the Delmarva Stargazers were still a club or not, so I emailed Don Surles, one of the founding members.  Here’s his answer:

Sadly, we have folded....early in 2020 it became apparent that in person meetings were a no no...and all the original founders of DSG are getting OLDER....74-77 of deceased....vulnerable  to the Covid 19 virus....

So, we looked at the future....and all of us decided it was not a near term winner....so we decided to pay the bills and donate the remaining funds....

I hated to fold....but for everything there is a season....“

Very sad.

Roy



On Mar 25, 2021, at 12:35 PM, Ted Forte <tedforte511@...> wrote:



Their groups page is still active with recent posts. Their webmaster commented that the Web page is currently defunct but he is migrating to a new server.  I see Don Surles is still active there.   Even saw a post from Kent a few months ago!

 

Ted

 

From: BackBayAstro@groups.io <BackBayAstro@groups.io> On Behalf Of Roy Diffrient
Sent: Wednesday, March 24, 2021 9:58 PM
To: BackBayAstro@groups.io
Subject: Re: [BackBayAstro] REGIONAL ASTRONOMY EVENTS IN 2021

 

I hope that’s correct – don’t know.  But the Groups.io page includes this message from last year (reading in part) -

“Delmarva Stargazers is shutting down.


 Michael Lecuyer

3/04/20   

 

The Delmarva Stargazes has begun shutting down the club for lack of volunteers and lack of good observing weather over the last few years.”

Roy

 



On Mar 25, 2021, at 12:19 AM, Ted Forte <tedforte511@...> wrote:



Actually, I think the news of the DelMarVa Stargazers death  has been greatly exaggerated . I just looked in on their groupsio page and they seem to be alive and well.  Don’t know about the star party, but the club is still kickin’ it seems.

 

Ted

 

From: BackBayAstro@groups.io <BackBayAstro@groups.io> On Behalf Of Ted Forte via groups.io
Sent: Wednesday, March 24, 2021 9:08 PM
To: BackBayAstro@groups.io
Subject: Re: [BackBayAstro] REGIONAL ASTRONOMY EVENTS IN 2021

 

I remember it well.  Sorry to hear the Stargazers and the Stargaze have gone the way of all flesh.

 

Now, who remembers the midnight Cajun Burgers at Mason Dixon?  Only REAL astronomers can stomach them (right Kent?)

 

Ted

 

From: BackBayAstro@groups.io <BackBayAstro@groups.io> On Behalf Of Roy Diffrient
Sent: Wednesday, March 24, 2021 7:10 PM
To: BackBayAstro@groups.io
Subject: Re: [BackBayAstro] REGIONAL ASTRONOMY EVENTS IN 2021

 

I guess I’ll have to explain.  I hope Kent chimes in here to defend himself.  And I will say on his behalf that he has greatly reformed in years since.  And this is from memory so others may remember it differently.

 

Long ago at Delmarva star parties the organizers provided all-night “Stargazer coffee” along with hot dogs at minimal cost.  The hot dogs, origin unknown but suspicious, were, basically, boiled in a pot, and whoever wanted one would fish it out, put it on a bun, etc.  And this went on through the night.  So hot dogs at midnight became sort of a ritual - at least for some.  And Kent loved hot dogs back then.

 

Then, Saturday night one year, the hot dog supply ran out, and finally there was just one left in the pot.  But it had been boiled so much that it had disintegrated.  Then the pot was unplugged.  I won’t say that hot dog had decomposed, since hot dogs may have enough preservatives in them to embalm the consumers, but it certainly did look nasty, with the many pieces of pinkish dog, no longer very hot, floating in the greasy water.  It was disgusting.

 

So Kent lifts the lid on the pot, looks in, and says “ Oh, one left – yum!”

 

We all laughed like lunatics.

 

All in good fun of course.  And a treasured star party memory.

 

Roy

 

Sent from Mail for Windows 10

 

From: jimcoble2000 via groups.io
Sent: Wednesday, March 24, 2021 8:58 PM
To: BackBayAstro@groups.io
Subject: Re: [BackBayAstro] REGIONAL ASTRONOMY EVENTS IN 2021

 

you won't live long on the hot dogs!

 

On Wednesday, March 24, 2021, 8:47:13 PM EDT, Ian Stewart <ian@...> wrote:

 

 

Long live the hot dogs.

 

On Mar 24, 2021, at 8:28 PM, Roy Diffrient <mail@...> wrote:



Unfortunately the last event on the list, the Delmarva star party, is gone.  And unless there has been an unheralded resurrection, the Delmarva Stargazers club is gone too.  That’s a shame – we had many great times and good observing for many years at their star parties held at Tuckahoe State Park on the Eastern Shore.

 

Roy

 

On Mar 24, 2021, at 7:36 AM, Shawn Loescher <shawn.loescher@...> wrote:



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.

Clear skies,

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.

 


Re: REGIONAL ASTRONOMY EVENTS IN 2021

jimcoble2000
 

I guess I would be unofficial then

On Thursday, March 25, 2021, 2:52:19 PM EDT, Matthew Cook via groups.io <lt_mrcook@...> wrote:


I believe officially belly dances get paid to dance.  Unofficial belly dancers get paid to not dance.


On Mar 25, 2021, at 13:50, charles jagow <chuck@...> wrote:

 Official belly dancers are part of a troupe or club and have had actual instruction and training.  Unofficial belly dancers might include a few “dancers” from Rivers Ave in Charleston SC who are shaking their rather amply fed bellies at whoever is unfortunate to see them.

Sent from Chuck's iPhone

On Mar 25, 2021, at 13:12, jimcoble2000 via groups.io <jimcoble2000@...> wrote:


Chuck, what is the difference between an official belly dancer and an unofficial one?Emoji

On Thursday, March 25, 2021, 11:24:45 AM EDT, Roy Diffrient <mail@...> wrote:


I had almost forgotten about the belly dancers.

Chuck, to say you’ll be missed would be a vast understatement.  Thanks for everything over the years.  Please stay in touch.  Hope all the snow out there melts before your star parties.

Roy


On Mar 25, 2021, at 10:00 AM, charles jagow <chuck@...> wrote:



My first venture to Tuckahoe involved a cloudy night where we all gathered in a tent and watched marathon episodes of Sky at Night hosted by Sir Patrick Moore while eating way over-boiled hotdogs on stale buns with who knows how long it had been simmering chili as well as hot chocolate by the quart.  I was hooked, Tuckahoe became another favorite star party.  ECSP, StarQuest @ Green Bank and Tuckahoe.  Heck we even had official belly dancers at one of the Tuckahoe shindigs.

 

At the last Tuckahoe event I attended with Kent, Ted, Roy and Doc B, Kent taught me how to take phenomenal pictures of lightning, one of the best damp nights I have had.  Even had the DSLR encased in a gallon Ziplock bag duct taped closed at the bottom around the tripod.

 

Now I will get to look forward to my next star parties including the Rocky Mountain Star Stare in Gardner CO this summer and the Okie-Tex star party this fall and hopefully some others.

 

 

 

From: <BackBayAstro@groups.io> on behalf of Roy Diffrient <mail@...>
Reply-To: <BackBayAstro@groups.io>
Date: Wednesday, March 24, 2021 at 10:09 PM
To: "BackBayAstro@groups.io" <BackBayAstro@groups.io>
Subject: Re: [BackBayAstro] REGIONAL ASTRONOMY EVENTS IN 2021

 

I guess I’ll have to explain.  I hope Kent chimes in here to defend himself.  And I will say on his behalf that he has greatly reformed in years since.  And this is from memory so others may remember it differently.

 

Long ago at Delmarva star parties the organizers provided all-night “Stargazer coffee” along with hot dogs at minimal cost.  The hot dogs, origin unknown but suspicious, were, basically, boiled in a pot, and whoever wanted one would fish it out, put it on a bun, etc.  And this went on through the night.  So hot dogs at midnight became sort of a ritual - at least for some.  And Kent loved hot dogs back then.

 

Then, Saturday night one year, the hot dog supply ran out, and finally there was just one left in the pot.  But it had been boiled so much that it had disintegrated.  Then the pot was unplugged.  I won’t say that hot dog had decomposed, since hot dogs may have enough preservatives in them to embalm the consumers, but it certainly did look nasty, with the many pieces of pinkish dog, no longer very hot, floating in the greasy water.  It was disgusting.

 

So Kent lifts the lid on the pot, looks in, and says “ Oh, one left – yum!”

 

We all laughed like lunatics.

 

All in good fun of course.  And a treasured star party memory.

 

Roy

 

Sent from Mail for Windows 10

 

From: jimcoble2000 via groups.io
Sent: Wednesday, March 24, 2021 8:58 PM
To: BackBayAstro@groups.io
Subject: Re: [BackBayAstro] REGIONAL ASTRONOMY EVENTS IN 2021

 

you won't live long on the hot dogs!

 

On Wednesday, March 24, 2021, 8:47:13 PM EDT, Ian Stewart <ian@...> wrote:

 

 

Long live the hot dogs.




On Mar 24, 2021, at 8:28 PM, Roy Diffrient <mail@...> wrote:



Unfortunately the last event on the list, the Delmarva star party, is gone.  And unless there has been an unheralded resurrection, the Delmarva Stargazers club is gone too.  That’s a shame – we had many great times and good observing for many years at their star parties held at Tuckahoe State Park on the Eastern Shore.

 

Roy




On Mar 24, 2021, at 7:36 AM, Shawn Loescher <shawn.loescher@...> wrote:



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.

Clear skies,

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.

 


--

v/r

Chuck Jagow

Treasurer - Back Bay Amateur Astronomers

Rott'n Paws Observatory

    N36:46:23.281 W076:13:31.512

 


--

v/r

Chuck Jagow

Treasurer - Back Bay Amateur Astronomers

Rott'n Paws Observatory

    N36:46:23.281 W076:13:31.512

 


Re: REGIONAL ASTRONOMY EVENTS IN 2021

Matthew Cook
 

I believe officially belly dances get paid to dance.  Unofficial belly dancers get paid to not dance.


On Mar 25, 2021, at 13:50, charles jagow <chuck@...> wrote:

Official belly dancers are part of a troupe or club and have had actual instruction and training.  Unofficial belly dancers might include a few “dancers” from Rivers Ave in Charleston SC who are shaking their rather amply fed bellies at whoever is unfortunate to see them.

Sent from Chuck's iPhone

On Mar 25, 2021, at 13:12, jimcoble2000 via groups.io <jimcoble2000@...> wrote:


Chuck, what is the difference between an official belly dancer and an unofficial one?Emoji

On Thursday, March 25, 2021, 11:24:45 AM EDT, Roy Diffrient <mail@...> wrote:


I had almost forgotten about the belly dancers.

Chuck, to say you’ll be missed would be a vast understatement.  Thanks for everything over the years.  Please stay in touch.  Hope all the snow out there melts before your star parties.

Roy


On Mar 25, 2021, at 10:00 AM, charles jagow <chuck@...> wrote:



My first venture to Tuckahoe involved a cloudy night where we all gathered in a tent and watched marathon episodes of Sky at Night hosted by Sir Patrick Moore while eating way over-boiled hotdogs on stale buns with who knows how long it had been simmering chili as well as hot chocolate by the quart.  I was hooked, Tuckahoe became another favorite star party.  ECSP, StarQuest @ Green Bank and Tuckahoe.  Heck we even had official belly dancers at one of the Tuckahoe shindigs.

 

At the last Tuckahoe event I attended with Kent, Ted, Roy and Doc B, Kent taught me how to take phenomenal pictures of lightning, one of the best damp nights I have had.  Even had the DSLR encased in a gallon Ziplock bag duct taped closed at the bottom around the tripod.

 

Now I will get to look forward to my next star parties including the Rocky Mountain Star Stare in Gardner CO this summer and the Okie-Tex star party this fall and hopefully some others.

 

 

 

From: <BackBayAstro@groups.io> on behalf of Roy Diffrient <mail@...>
Reply-To: <BackBayAstro@groups.io>
Date: Wednesday, March 24, 2021 at 10:09 PM
To: "BackBayAstro@groups.io" <BackBayAstro@groups.io>
Subject: Re: [BackBayAstro] REGIONAL ASTRONOMY EVENTS IN 2021

 

I guess I’ll have to explain.  I hope Kent chimes in here to defend himself.  And I will say on his behalf that he has greatly reformed in years since.  And this is from memory so others may remember it differently.

 

Long ago at Delmarva star parties the organizers provided all-night “Stargazer coffee” along with hot dogs at minimal cost.  The hot dogs, origin unknown but suspicious, were, basically, boiled in a pot, and whoever wanted one would fish it out, put it on a bun, etc.  And this went on through the night.  So hot dogs at midnight became sort of a ritual - at least for some.  And Kent loved hot dogs back then.

 

Then, Saturday night one year, the hot dog supply ran out, and finally there was just one left in the pot.  But it had been boiled so much that it had disintegrated.  Then the pot was unplugged.  I won’t say that hot dog had decomposed, since hot dogs may have enough preservatives in them to embalm the consumers, but it certainly did look nasty, with the many pieces of pinkish dog, no longer very hot, floating in the greasy water.  It was disgusting.

 

So Kent lifts the lid on the pot, looks in, and says “ Oh, one left – yum!”

 

We all laughed like lunatics.

 

All in good fun of course.  And a treasured star party memory.

 

Roy

 

Sent from Mail for Windows 10

 

From: jimcoble2000 via groups.io
Sent: Wednesday, March 24, 2021 8:58 PM
To: BackBayAstro@groups.io
Subject: Re: [BackBayAstro] REGIONAL ASTRONOMY EVENTS IN 2021

 

you won't live long on the hot dogs!

 

On Wednesday, March 24, 2021, 8:47:13 PM EDT, Ian Stewart <ian@...> wrote:

 

 

Long live the hot dogs.




On Mar 24, 2021, at 8:28 PM, Roy Diffrient <mail@...> wrote:



Unfortunately the last event on the list, the Delmarva star party, is gone.  And unless there has been an unheralded resurrection, the Delmarva Stargazers club is gone too.  That’s a shame – we had many great times and good observing for many years at their star parties held at Tuckahoe State Park on the Eastern Shore.

 

Roy




On Mar 24, 2021, at 7:36 AM, Shawn Loescher <shawn.loescher@...> wrote:



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.

Clear skies,

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.

 


--

v/r

Chuck Jagow

Treasurer - Back Bay Amateur Astronomers

Rott'n Paws Observatory

    N36:46:23.281 W076:13:31.512

 


--

v/r

Chuck Jagow

Treasurer - Back Bay Amateur Astronomers

Rott'n Paws Observatory

    N36:46:23.281 W076:13:31.512

 


Re: REGIONAL ASTRONOMY EVENTS IN 2021

charles jagow
 

Official belly dancers are part of a troupe or club and have had actual instruction and training.  Unofficial belly dancers might include a few “dancers” from Rivers Ave in Charleston SC who are shaking their rather amply fed bellies at whoever is unfortunate to see them.

Sent from Chuck's iPhone

On Mar 25, 2021, at 13:12, jimcoble2000 via groups.io <jimcoble2000@...> wrote:


Chuck, what is the difference between an official belly dancer and an unofficial one?Emoji

On Thursday, March 25, 2021, 11:24:45 AM EDT, Roy Diffrient <mail@...> wrote:


I had almost forgotten about the belly dancers.

Chuck, to say you’ll be missed would be a vast understatement.  Thanks for everything over the years.  Please stay in touch.  Hope all the snow out there melts before your star parties.

Roy


On Mar 25, 2021, at 10:00 AM, charles jagow <chuck@...> wrote:



My first venture to Tuckahoe involved a cloudy night where we all gathered in a tent and watched marathon episodes of Sky at Night hosted by Sir Patrick Moore while eating way over-boiled hotdogs on stale buns with who knows how long it had been simmering chili as well as hot chocolate by the quart.  I was hooked, Tuckahoe became another favorite star party.  ECSP, StarQuest @ Green Bank and Tuckahoe.  Heck we even had official belly dancers at one of the Tuckahoe shindigs.

 

At the last Tuckahoe event I attended with Kent, Ted, Roy and Doc B, Kent taught me how to take phenomenal pictures of lightning, one of the best damp nights I have had.  Even had the DSLR encased in a gallon Ziplock bag duct taped closed at the bottom around the tripod.

 

Now I will get to look forward to my next star parties including the Rocky Mountain Star Stare in Gardner CO this summer and the Okie-Tex star party this fall and hopefully some others.

 

 

 

From: <BackBayAstro@groups.io> on behalf of Roy Diffrient <mail@...>
Reply-To: <BackBayAstro@groups.io>
Date: Wednesday, March 24, 2021 at 10:09 PM
To: "BackBayAstro@groups.io" <BackBayAstro@groups.io>
Subject: Re: [BackBayAstro] REGIONAL ASTRONOMY EVENTS IN 2021

 

I guess I’ll have to explain.  I hope Kent chimes in here to defend himself.  And I will say on his behalf that he has greatly reformed in years since.  And this is from memory so others may remember it differently.

 

Long ago at Delmarva star parties the organizers provided all-night “Stargazer coffee” along with hot dogs at minimal cost.  The hot dogs, origin unknown but suspicious, were, basically, boiled in a pot, and whoever wanted one would fish it out, put it on a bun, etc.  And this went on through the night.  So hot dogs at midnight became sort of a ritual - at least for some.  And Kent loved hot dogs back then.

 

Then, Saturday night one year, the hot dog supply ran out, and finally there was just one left in the pot.  But it had been boiled so much that it had disintegrated.  Then the pot was unplugged.  I won’t say that hot dog had decomposed, since hot dogs may have enough preservatives in them to embalm the consumers, but it certainly did look nasty, with the many pieces of pinkish dog, no longer very hot, floating in the greasy water.  It was disgusting.

 

So Kent lifts the lid on the pot, looks in, and says “ Oh, one left – yum!”

 

We all laughed like lunatics.

 

All in good fun of course.  And a treasured star party memory.

 

Roy

 

Sent from Mail for Windows 10

 

From: jimcoble2000 via groups.io
Sent: Wednesday, March 24, 2021 8:58 PM
To: BackBayAstro@groups.io
Subject: Re: [BackBayAstro] REGIONAL ASTRONOMY EVENTS IN 2021

 

you won't live long on the hot dogs!

 

On Wednesday, March 24, 2021, 8:47:13 PM EDT, Ian Stewart <ian@...> wrote:

 

 

Long live the hot dogs.




On Mar 24, 2021, at 8:28 PM, Roy Diffrient <mail@...> wrote:



Unfortunately the last event on the list, the Delmarva star party, is gone.  And unless there has been an unheralded resurrection, the Delmarva Stargazers club is gone too.  That’s a shame – we had many great times and good observing for many years at their star parties held at Tuckahoe State Park on the Eastern Shore.

 

Roy




On Mar 24, 2021, at 7:36 AM, Shawn Loescher <shawn.loescher@...> wrote:



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.

Clear skies,

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.

 


--

v/r

Chuck Jagow

Treasurer - Back Bay Amateur Astronomers

Rott'n Paws Observatory

    N36:46:23.281 W076:13:31.512

 


Re: REGIONAL ASTRONOMY EVENTS IN 2021

jimcoble2000
 

Chuck, what is the difference between an official belly dancer and an unofficial one?Emoji

On Thursday, March 25, 2021, 11:24:45 AM EDT, Roy Diffrient <mail@...> wrote:


I had almost forgotten about the belly dancers.

Chuck, to say you’ll be missed would be a vast understatement.  Thanks for everything over the years.  Please stay in touch.  Hope all the snow out there melts before your star parties.

Roy


On Mar 25, 2021, at 10:00 AM, charles jagow <chuck@...> wrote:



My first venture to Tuckahoe involved a cloudy night where we all gathered in a tent and watched marathon episodes of Sky at Night hosted by Sir Patrick Moore while eating way over-boiled hotdogs on stale buns with who knows how long it had been simmering chili as well as hot chocolate by the quart.  I was hooked, Tuckahoe became another favorite star party.  ECSP, StarQuest @ Green Bank and Tuckahoe.  Heck we even had official belly dancers at one of the Tuckahoe shindigs.

 

At the last Tuckahoe event I attended with Kent, Ted, Roy and Doc B, Kent taught me how to take phenomenal pictures of lightning, one of the best damp nights I have had.  Even had the DSLR encased in a gallon Ziplock bag duct taped closed at the bottom around the tripod.

 

Now I will get to look forward to my next star parties including the Rocky Mountain Star Stare in Gardner CO this summer and the Okie-Tex star party this fall and hopefully some others.

 

 

 

From: <BackBayAstro@groups.io> on behalf of Roy Diffrient <mail@...>
Reply-To: <BackBayAstro@groups.io>
Date: Wednesday, March 24, 2021 at 10:09 PM
To: "BackBayAstro@groups.io" <BackBayAstro@groups.io>
Subject: Re: [BackBayAstro] REGIONAL ASTRONOMY EVENTS IN 2021

 

I guess I’ll have to explain.  I hope Kent chimes in here to defend himself.  And I will say on his behalf that he has greatly reformed in years since.  And this is from memory so others may remember it differently.

 

Long ago at Delmarva star parties the organizers provided all-night “Stargazer coffee” along with hot dogs at minimal cost.  The hot dogs, origin unknown but suspicious, were, basically, boiled in a pot, and whoever wanted one would fish it out, put it on a bun, etc.  And this went on through the night.  So hot dogs at midnight became sort of a ritual - at least for some.  And Kent loved hot dogs back then.

 

Then, Saturday night one year, the hot dog supply ran out, and finally there was just one left in the pot.  But it had been boiled so much that it had disintegrated.  Then the pot was unplugged.  I won’t say that hot dog had decomposed, since hot dogs may have enough preservatives in them to embalm the consumers, but it certainly did look nasty, with the many pieces of pinkish dog, no longer very hot, floating in the greasy water.  It was disgusting.

 

So Kent lifts the lid on the pot, looks in, and says “ Oh, one left – yum!”

 

We all laughed like lunatics.

 

All in good fun of course.  And a treasured star party memory.

 

Roy

 

Sent from Mail for Windows 10

 

From: jimcoble2000 via groups.io
Sent: Wednesday, March 24, 2021 8:58 PM
To: BackBayAstro@groups.io
Subject: Re: [BackBayAstro] REGIONAL ASTRONOMY EVENTS IN 2021

 

you won't live long on the hot dogs!

 

On Wednesday, March 24, 2021, 8:47:13 PM EDT, Ian Stewart <ian@...> wrote:

 

 

Long live the hot dogs.




On Mar 24, 2021, at 8:28 PM, Roy Diffrient <mail@...> wrote:



Unfortunately the last event on the list, the Delmarva star party, is gone.  And unless there has been an unheralded resurrection, the Delmarva Stargazers club is gone too.  That’s a shame – we had many great times and good observing for many years at their star parties held at Tuckahoe State Park on the Eastern Shore.

 

Roy




On Mar 24, 2021, at 7:36 AM, Shawn Loescher <shawn.loescher@...> wrote:



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.

Clear skies,

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.

 


--

v/r

Chuck Jagow

Treasurer - Back Bay Amateur Astronomers

Rott'n Paws Observatory

    N36:46:23.281 W076:13:31.512

 


Re: REGIONAL ASTRONOMY EVENTS IN 2021

jimcoble2000
 

At least we still have Northwest. Think of it as a 4 hour star party without booze.

On Thursday, March 25, 2021, 12:58:59 PM EDT, Roy Diffrient <mail@...> wrote:


Well, hopefully they’ll get it all back together.  That would be one of our closest star parties, if it happens, so I certainly want them to succeed.  But that message I copied laid out specifically how the club was going to fold and didn’t leave much room for optimism.

Roy


On Mar 25, 2021, at 12:35 PM, Ted Forte <tedforte511@...> wrote:



Their groups page is still active with recent posts. Their webmaster commented that the Web page is currently defunct but he is migrating to a new server.  I see Don Surles is still active there.   Even saw a post from Kent a few months ago!

 

Ted

 

From: BackBayAstro@groups.io <BackBayAstro@groups.io> On Behalf Of Roy Diffrient
Sent: Wednesday, March 24, 2021 9:58 PM
To: BackBayAstro@groups.io
Subject: Re: [BackBayAstro] REGIONAL ASTRONOMY EVENTS IN 2021

 

I hope that’s correct – don’t know.  But the Groups.io page includes this message from last year (reading in part) -

“Delmarva Stargazers is shutting down.


 Michael Lecuyer

3/04/20   

 

The Delmarva Stargazes has begun shutting down the club for lack of volunteers and lack of good observing weather over the last few years.”

Roy

 



On Mar 25, 2021, at 12:19 AM, Ted Forte <tedforte511@...> wrote:



Actually, I think the news of the DelMarVa Stargazers death  has been greatly exaggerated . I just looked in on their groupsio page and they seem to be alive and well.  Don’t know about the star party, but the club is still kickin’ it seems.

 

Ted

 

From: BackBayAstro@groups.io <BackBayAstro@groups.io> On Behalf Of Ted Forte via groups.io
Sent: Wednesday, March 24, 2021 9:08 PM
To: BackBayAstro@groups.io
Subject: Re: [BackBayAstro] REGIONAL ASTRONOMY EVENTS IN 2021

 

I remember it well.  Sorry to hear the Stargazers and the Stargaze have gone the way of all flesh.

 

Now, who remembers the midnight Cajun Burgers at Mason Dixon?  Only REAL astronomers can stomach them (right Kent?)

 

Ted

 

From: BackBayAstro@groups.io <BackBayAstro@groups.io> On Behalf Of Roy Diffrient
Sent: Wednesday, March 24, 2021 7:10 PM
To: BackBayAstro@groups.io
Subject: Re: [BackBayAstro] REGIONAL ASTRONOMY EVENTS IN 2021

 

I guess I’ll have to explain.  I hope Kent chimes in here to defend himself.  And I will say on his behalf that he has greatly reformed in years since.  And this is from memory so others may remember it differently.

 

Long ago at Delmarva star parties the organizers provided all-night “Stargazer coffee” along with hot dogs at minimal cost.  The hot dogs, origin unknown but suspicious, were, basically, boiled in a pot, and whoever wanted one would fish it out, put it on a bun, etc.  And this went on through the night.  So hot dogs at midnight became sort of a ritual - at least for some.  And Kent loved hot dogs back then.

 

Then, Saturday night one year, the hot dog supply ran out, and finally there was just one left in the pot.  But it had been boiled so much that it had disintegrated.  Then the pot was unplugged.  I won’t say that hot dog had decomposed, since hot dogs may have enough preservatives in them to embalm the consumers, but it certainly did look nasty, with the many pieces of pinkish dog, no longer very hot, floating in the greasy water.  It was disgusting.

 

So Kent lifts the lid on the pot, looks in, and says “ Oh, one left – yum!”

 

We all laughed like lunatics.

 

All in good fun of course.  And a treasured star party memory.

 

Roy

 

Sent from Mail for Windows 10

 

From: jimcoble2000 via groups.io
Sent: Wednesday, March 24, 2021 8:58 PM
To: BackBayAstro@groups.io
Subject: Re: [BackBayAstro] REGIONAL ASTRONOMY EVENTS IN 2021

 

you won't live long on the hot dogs!

 

On Wednesday, March 24, 2021, 8:47:13 PM EDT, Ian Stewart <ian@...> wrote:

 

 

Long live the hot dogs.

 

On Mar 24, 2021, at 8:28 PM, Roy Diffrient <mail@...> wrote:



Unfortunately the last event on the list, the Delmarva star party, is gone.  And unless there has been an unheralded resurrection, the Delmarva Stargazers club is gone too.  That’s a shame – we had many great times and good observing for many years at their star parties held at Tuckahoe State Park on the Eastern Shore.

 

Roy

 

On Mar 24, 2021, at 7:36 AM, Shawn Loescher <shawn.loescher@...> wrote:



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.

Clear skies,

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.

 


Re: REGIONAL ASTRONOMY EVENTS IN 2021

Roy Diffrient
 

Well, hopefully they’ll get it all back together.  That would be one of our closest star parties, if it happens, so I certainly want them to succeed.  But that message I copied laid out specifically how the club was going to fold and didn’t leave much room for optimism.

Roy


On Mar 25, 2021, at 12:35 PM, Ted Forte <tedforte511@...> wrote:



Their groups page is still active with recent posts. Their webmaster commented that the Web page is currently defunct but he is migrating to a new server.  I see Don Surles is still active there.   Even saw a post from Kent a few months ago!

 

Ted

 

From: BackBayAstro@groups.io <BackBayAstro@groups.io> On Behalf Of Roy Diffrient
Sent: Wednesday, March 24, 2021 9:58 PM
To: BackBayAstro@groups.io
Subject: Re: [BackBayAstro] REGIONAL ASTRONOMY EVENTS IN 2021

 

I hope that’s correct – don’t know.  But the Groups.io page includes this message from last year (reading in part) -

“Delmarva Stargazers is shutting down.


 Michael Lecuyer

3/04/20   

 

The Delmarva Stargazes has begun shutting down the club for lack of volunteers and lack of good observing weather over the last few years.”

Roy

 



On Mar 25, 2021, at 12:19 AM, Ted Forte <tedforte511@...> wrote:



Actually, I think the news of the DelMarVa Stargazers death  has been greatly exaggerated . I just looked in on their groupsio page and they seem to be alive and well.  Don’t know about the star party, but the club is still kickin’ it seems.

 

Ted

 

From: BackBayAstro@groups.io <BackBayAstro@groups.io> On Behalf Of Ted Forte via groups.io
Sent: Wednesday, March 24, 2021 9:08 PM
To: BackBayAstro@groups.io
Subject: Re: [BackBayAstro] REGIONAL ASTRONOMY EVENTS IN 2021

 

I remember it well.  Sorry to hear the Stargazers and the Stargaze have gone the way of all flesh.

 

Now, who remembers the midnight Cajun Burgers at Mason Dixon?  Only REAL astronomers can stomach them (right Kent?)

 

Ted

 

From: BackBayAstro@groups.io <BackBayAstro@groups.io> On Behalf Of Roy Diffrient
Sent: Wednesday, March 24, 2021 7:10 PM
To: BackBayAstro@groups.io
Subject: Re: [BackBayAstro] REGIONAL ASTRONOMY EVENTS IN 2021

 

I guess I’ll have to explain.  I hope Kent chimes in here to defend himself.  And I will say on his behalf that he has greatly reformed in years since.  And this is from memory so others may remember it differently.

 

Long ago at Delmarva star parties the organizers provided all-night “Stargazer coffee” along with hot dogs at minimal cost.  The hot dogs, origin unknown but suspicious, were, basically, boiled in a pot, and whoever wanted one would fish it out, put it on a bun, etc.  And this went on through the night.  So hot dogs at midnight became sort of a ritual - at least for some.  And Kent loved hot dogs back then.

 

Then, Saturday night one year, the hot dog supply ran out, and finally there was just one left in the pot.  But it had been boiled so much that it had disintegrated.  Then the pot was unplugged.  I won’t say that hot dog had decomposed, since hot dogs may have enough preservatives in them to embalm the consumers, but it certainly did look nasty, with the many pieces of pinkish dog, no longer very hot, floating in the greasy water.  It was disgusting.

 

So Kent lifts the lid on the pot, looks in, and says “ Oh, one left – yum!”

 

We all laughed like lunatics.

 

All in good fun of course.  And a treasured star party memory.

 

Roy

 

Sent from Mail for Windows 10

 

From: jimcoble2000 via groups.io
Sent: Wednesday, March 24, 2021 8:58 PM
To: BackBayAstro@groups.io
Subject: Re: [BackBayAstro] REGIONAL ASTRONOMY EVENTS IN 2021

 

you won't live long on the hot dogs!

 

On Wednesday, March 24, 2021, 8:47:13 PM EDT, Ian Stewart <ian@...> wrote:

 

 

Long live the hot dogs.

 

On Mar 24, 2021, at 8:28 PM, Roy Diffrient <mail@...> wrote:



Unfortunately the last event on the list, the Delmarva star party, is gone.  And unless there has been an unheralded resurrection, the Delmarva Stargazers club is gone too.  That’s a shame – we had many great times and good observing for many years at their star parties held at Tuckahoe State Park on the Eastern Shore.

 

Roy

 

On Mar 24, 2021, at 7:36 AM, Shawn Loescher <shawn.loescher@...> wrote:



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.

Clear skies,

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.

 


Re: REGIONAL ASTRONOMY EVENTS IN 2021

Ted Forte
 

Their groups page is still active with recent posts. Their webmaster commented that the Web page is currently defunct but he is migrating to a new server.  I see Don Surles is still active there.   Even saw a post from Kent a few months ago!

 

Ted

 

From: BackBayAstro@groups.io <BackBayAstro@groups.io> On Behalf Of Roy Diffrient
Sent: Wednesday, March 24, 2021 9:58 PM
To: BackBayAstro@groups.io
Subject: Re: [BackBayAstro] REGIONAL ASTRONOMY EVENTS IN 2021

 

I hope that’s correct – don’t know.  But the Groups.io page includes this message from last year (reading in part) -

“Delmarva Stargazers is shutting down.


 Michael Lecuyer

3/04/20   

 

The Delmarva Stargazes has begun shutting down the club for lack of volunteers and lack of good observing weather over the last few years.”

Roy

 



On Mar 25, 2021, at 12:19 AM, Ted Forte <tedforte511@...> wrote:



Actually, I think the news of the DelMarVa Stargazers death  has been greatly exaggerated . I just looked in on their groupsio page and they seem to be alive and well.  Don’t know about the star party, but the club is still kickin’ it seems.

 

Ted

 

From: BackBayAstro@groups.io <BackBayAstro@groups.io> On Behalf Of Ted Forte via groups.io
Sent: Wednesday, March 24, 2021 9:08 PM
To: BackBayAstro@groups.io
Subject: Re: [BackBayAstro] REGIONAL ASTRONOMY EVENTS IN 2021

 

I remember it well.  Sorry to hear the Stargazers and the Stargaze have gone the way of all flesh.

 

Now, who remembers the midnight Cajun Burgers at Mason Dixon?  Only REAL astronomers can stomach them (right Kent?)

 

Ted

 

From: BackBayAstro@groups.io <BackBayAstro@groups.io> On Behalf Of Roy Diffrient
Sent: Wednesday, March 24, 2021 7:10 PM
To: BackBayAstro@groups.io
Subject: Re: [BackBayAstro] REGIONAL ASTRONOMY EVENTS IN 2021

 

I guess I’ll have to explain.  I hope Kent chimes in here to defend himself.  And I will say on his behalf that he has greatly reformed in years since.  And this is from memory so others may remember it differently.

 

Long ago at Delmarva star parties the organizers provided all-night “Stargazer coffee” along with hot dogs at minimal cost.  The hot dogs, origin unknown but suspicious, were, basically, boiled in a pot, and whoever wanted one would fish it out, put it on a bun, etc.  And this went on through the night.  So hot dogs at midnight became sort of a ritual - at least for some.  And Kent loved hot dogs back then.

 

Then, Saturday night one year, the hot dog supply ran out, and finally there was just one left in the pot.  But it had been boiled so much that it had disintegrated.  Then the pot was unplugged.  I won’t say that hot dog had decomposed, since hot dogs may have enough preservatives in them to embalm the consumers, but it certainly did look nasty, with the many pieces of pinkish dog, no longer very hot, floating in the greasy water.  It was disgusting.

 

So Kent lifts the lid on the pot, looks in, and says “ Oh, one left – yum!”

 

We all laughed like lunatics.

 

All in good fun of course.  And a treasured star party memory.

 

Roy

 

Sent from Mail for Windows 10

 

From: jimcoble2000 via groups.io
Sent: Wednesday, March 24, 2021 8:58 PM
To: BackBayAstro@groups.io
Subject: Re: [BackBayAstro] REGIONAL ASTRONOMY EVENTS IN 2021

 

you won't live long on the hot dogs!

 

On Wednesday, March 24, 2021, 8:47:13 PM EDT, Ian Stewart <ian@...> wrote:

 

 

Long live the hot dogs.

 

On Mar 24, 2021, at 8:28 PM, Roy Diffrient <mail@...> wrote:



Unfortunately the last event on the list, the Delmarva star party, is gone.  And unless there has been an unheralded resurrection, the Delmarva Stargazers club is gone too.  That’s a shame – we had many great times and good observing for many years at their star parties held at Tuckahoe State Park on the Eastern Shore.

 

Roy

 

On Mar 24, 2021, at 7:36 AM, Shawn Loescher <shawn.loescher@...> wrote:



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.

Clear skies,

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.

 


Re: REGIONAL ASTRONOMY EVENTS IN 2021

Ted Forte
 

Yeah, they were fun.  The Tuckahoe party was the closest thing to ECSP around.

 

I’m not sure, but I think Kent did some belly dancing at Coinjock a time or two, but the DelMarVa version was more authentic.

 

My star party days are over, I think.  The whole reason for moving to the Arizona desert was to avoid having to travel to enjoy the sky.  I’ve got Coinjock skies right out my back door and even darker skies minutes away.  With the exception of one trip to the Texas Star Party, all of my star parties here have been local.  And I’m good with that.

 

Most of the time, it’s just me and the coyotes.

 

Ted

 

From: BackBayAstro@groups.io <BackBayAstro@groups.io> On Behalf Of Roy Diffrient
Sent: Thursday, March 25, 2021 8:25 AM
To: BackBayAstro@groups.io
Subject: Re: [BackBayAstro] REGIONAL ASTRONOMY EVENTS IN 2021

 

I had almost forgotten about the belly dancers.

 

Chuck, to say you’ll be missed would be a vast understatement.  Thanks for everything over the years.  Please stay in touch.  Hope all the snow out there melts before your star parties.

 

Roy



On Mar 25, 2021, at 10:00 AM, charles jagow <chuck@...> wrote:



My first venture to Tuckahoe involved a cloudy night where we all gathered in a tent and watched marathon episodes of Sky at Night hosted by Sir Patrick Moore while eating way over-boiled hotdogs on stale buns with who knows how long it had been simmering chili as well as hot chocolate by the quart.  I was hooked, Tuckahoe became another favorite star party.  ECSP, StarQuest @ Green Bank and Tuckahoe.  Heck we even had official belly dancers at one of the Tuckahoe shindigs.

 

At the last Tuckahoe event I attended with Kent, Ted, Roy and Doc B, Kent taught me how to take phenomenal pictures of lightning, one of the best damp nights I have had.  Even had the DSLR encased in a gallon Ziplock bag duct taped closed at the bottom around the tripod.

 

Now I will get to look forward to my next star parties including the Rocky Mountain Star Stare in Gardner CO this summer and the Okie-Tex star party this fall and hopefully some others.

 

 

 

From: <BackBayAstro@groups.io> on behalf of Roy Diffrient <mail@...>
Reply-To: <BackBayAstro@groups.io>
Date: Wednesday, March 24, 2021 at 10:09 PM
To: "BackBayAstro@groups.io" <BackBayAstro@groups.io>
Subject: Re: [BackBayAstro] REGIONAL ASTRONOMY EVENTS IN 2021

 

I guess I’ll have to explain.  I hope Kent chimes in here to defend himself.  And I will say on his behalf that he has greatly reformed in years since.  And this is from memory so others may remember it differently.

 

Long ago at Delmarva star parties the organizers provided all-night “Stargazer coffee” along with hot dogs at minimal cost.  The hot dogs, origin unknown but suspicious, were, basically, boiled in a pot, and whoever wanted one would fish it out, put it on a bun, etc.  And this went on through the night.  So hot dogs at midnight became sort of a ritual - at least for some.  And Kent loved hot dogs back then.

 

Then, Saturday night one year, the hot dog supply ran out, and finally there was just one left in the pot.  But it had been boiled so much that it had disintegrated.  Then the pot was unplugged.  I won’t say that hot dog had decomposed, since hot dogs may have enough preservatives in them to embalm the consumers, but it certainly did look nasty, with the many pieces of pinkish dog, no longer very hot, floating in the greasy water.  It was disgusting.

 

So Kent lifts the lid on the pot, looks in, and says “ Oh, one left – yum!”

 

We all laughed like lunatics.

 

All in good fun of course.  And a treasured star party memory.

 

Roy

 

Sent from Mail for Windows 10

 

From: jimcoble2000 via groups.io
Sent: Wednesday, March 24, 2021 8:58 PM
To: BackBayAstro@groups.io
Subject: Re: [BackBayAstro] REGIONAL ASTRONOMY EVENTS IN 2021

 

you won't live long on the hot dogs!

 

On Wednesday, March 24, 2021, 8:47:13 PM EDT, Ian Stewart <ian@...> wrote:

 

 

Long live the hot dogs.





On Mar 24, 2021, at 8:28 PM, Roy Diffrient <mail@...> wrote:



Unfortunately the last event on the list, the Delmarva star party, is gone.  And unless there has been an unheralded resurrection, the Delmarva Stargazers club is gone too.  That’s a shame – we had many great times and good observing for many years at their star parties held at Tuckahoe State Park on the Eastern Shore.

 

Roy





On Mar 24, 2021, at 7:36 AM, Shawn Loescher <shawn.loescher@...> wrote:



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.

Clear skies,

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.

 


--

v/r

Chuck Jagow

Treasurer - Back Bay Amateur Astronomers

Rott'n Paws Observatory

    N36:46:23.281 W076:13:31.512

 


Re: REGIONAL ASTRONOMY EVENTS IN 2021

Roy Diffrient
 

I had almost forgotten about the belly dancers.

Chuck, to say you’ll be missed would be a vast understatement.  Thanks for everything over the years.  Please stay in touch.  Hope all the snow out there melts before your star parties.

Roy


On Mar 25, 2021, at 10:00 AM, charles jagow <chuck@...> wrote:



My first venture to Tuckahoe involved a cloudy night where we all gathered in a tent and watched marathon episodes of Sky at Night hosted by Sir Patrick Moore while eating way over-boiled hotdogs on stale buns with who knows how long it had been simmering chili as well as hot chocolate by the quart.  I was hooked, Tuckahoe became another favorite star party.  ECSP, StarQuest @ Green Bank and Tuckahoe.  Heck we even had official belly dancers at one of the Tuckahoe shindigs.

 

At the last Tuckahoe event I attended with Kent, Ted, Roy and Doc B, Kent taught me how to take phenomenal pictures of lightning, one of the best damp nights I have had.  Even had the DSLR encased in a gallon Ziplock bag duct taped closed at the bottom around the tripod.

 

Now I will get to look forward to my next star parties including the Rocky Mountain Star Stare in Gardner CO this summer and the Okie-Tex star party this fall and hopefully some others.

 

 

 

From: <BackBayAstro@groups.io> on behalf of Roy Diffrient <mail@...>
Reply-To: <BackBayAstro@groups.io>
Date: Wednesday, March 24, 2021 at 10:09 PM
To: "BackBayAstro@groups.io" <BackBayAstro@groups.io>
Subject: Re: [BackBayAstro] REGIONAL ASTRONOMY EVENTS IN 2021

 

I guess I’ll have to explain.  I hope Kent chimes in here to defend himself.  And I will say on his behalf that he has greatly reformed in years since.  And this is from memory so others may remember it differently.

 

Long ago at Delmarva star parties the organizers provided all-night “Stargazer coffee” along with hot dogs at minimal cost.  The hot dogs, origin unknown but suspicious, were, basically, boiled in a pot, and whoever wanted one would fish it out, put it on a bun, etc.  And this went on through the night.  So hot dogs at midnight became sort of a ritual - at least for some.  And Kent loved hot dogs back then.

 

Then, Saturday night one year, the hot dog supply ran out, and finally there was just one left in the pot.  But it had been boiled so much that it had disintegrated.  Then the pot was unplugged.  I won’t say that hot dog had decomposed, since hot dogs may have enough preservatives in them to embalm the consumers, but it certainly did look nasty, with the many pieces of pinkish dog, no longer very hot, floating in the greasy water.  It was disgusting.

 

So Kent lifts the lid on the pot, looks in, and says “ Oh, one left – yum!”

 

We all laughed like lunatics.

 

All in good fun of course.  And a treasured star party memory.

 

Roy

 

Sent from Mail for Windows 10

 

From: jimcoble2000 via groups.io
Sent: Wednesday, March 24, 2021 8:58 PM
To: BackBayAstro@groups.io
Subject: Re: [BackBayAstro] REGIONAL ASTRONOMY EVENTS IN 2021

 

you won't live long on the hot dogs!

 

On Wednesday, March 24, 2021, 8:47:13 PM EDT, Ian Stewart <ian@...> wrote:

 

 

Long live the hot dogs.




On Mar 24, 2021, at 8:28 PM, Roy Diffrient <mail@...> wrote:



Unfortunately the last event on the list, the Delmarva star party, is gone.  And unless there has been an unheralded resurrection, the Delmarva Stargazers club is gone too.  That’s a shame – we had many great times and good observing for many years at their star parties held at Tuckahoe State Park on the Eastern Shore.

 

Roy




On Mar 24, 2021, at 7:36 AM, Shawn Loescher <shawn.loescher@...> wrote:



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.

Clear skies,

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.

 


--

v/r

Chuck Jagow

Treasurer - Back Bay Amateur Astronomers

Rott'n Paws Observatory

    N36:46:23.281 W076:13:31.512

 


Re: REGIONAL ASTRONOMY EVENTS IN 2021

charles jagow
 

My first venture to Tuckahoe involved a cloudy night where we all gathered in a tent and watched marathon episodes of Sky at Night hosted by Sir Patrick Moore while eating way over-boiled hotdogs on stale buns with who knows how long it had been simmering chili as well as hot chocolate by the quart.  I was hooked, Tuckahoe became another favorite star party.  ECSP, StarQuest @ Green Bank and Tuckahoe.  Heck we even had official belly dancers at one of the Tuckahoe shindigs.

 

At the last Tuckahoe event I attended with Kent, Ted, Roy and Doc B, Kent taught me how to take phenomenal pictures of lightning, one of the best damp nights I have had.  Even had the DSLR encased in a gallon Ziplock bag duct taped closed at the bottom around the tripod.

 

Now I will get to look forward to my next star parties including the Rocky Mountain Star Stare in Gardner CO this summer and the Okie-Tex star party this fall and hopefully some others.

 

 

 

From: <BackBayAstro@groups.io> on behalf of Roy Diffrient <mail@...>
Reply-To: <BackBayAstro@groups.io>
Date: Wednesday, March 24, 2021 at 10:09 PM
To: "BackBayAstro@groups.io" <BackBayAstro@groups.io>
Subject: Re: [BackBayAstro] REGIONAL ASTRONOMY EVENTS IN 2021

 

I guess I’ll have to explain.  I hope Kent chimes in here to defend himself.  And I will say on his behalf that he has greatly reformed in years since.  And this is from memory so others may remember it differently.

 

Long ago at Delmarva star parties the organizers provided all-night “Stargazer coffee” along with hot dogs at minimal cost.  The hot dogs, origin unknown but suspicious, were, basically, boiled in a pot, and whoever wanted one would fish it out, put it on a bun, etc.  And this went on through the night.  So hot dogs at midnight became sort of a ritual - at least for some.  And Kent loved hot dogs back then.

 

Then, Saturday night one year, the hot dog supply ran out, and finally there was just one left in the pot.  But it had been boiled so much that it had disintegrated.  Then the pot was unplugged.  I won’t say that hot dog had decomposed, since hot dogs may have enough preservatives in them to embalm the consumers, but it certainly did look nasty, with the many pieces of pinkish dog, no longer very hot, floating in the greasy water.  It was disgusting.

 

So Kent lifts the lid on the pot, looks in, and says “ Oh, one left – yum!”

 

We all laughed like lunatics.

 

All in good fun of course.  And a treasured star party memory.

 

Roy

 

Sent from Mail for Windows 10

 

From: jimcoble2000 via groups.io
Sent: Wednesday, March 24, 2021 8:58 PM
To: BackBayAstro@groups.io
Subject: Re: [BackBayAstro] REGIONAL ASTRONOMY EVENTS IN 2021

 

you won't live long on the hot dogs!

 

On Wednesday, March 24, 2021, 8:47:13 PM EDT, Ian Stewart <ian@...> wrote:

 

 

Long live the hot dogs.




On Mar 24, 2021, at 8:28 PM, Roy Diffrient <mail@...> wrote:



Unfortunately the last event on the list, the Delmarva star party, is gone.  And unless there has been an unheralded resurrection, the Delmarva Stargazers club is gone too.  That’s a shame – we had many great times and good observing for many years at their star parties held at Tuckahoe State Park on the Eastern Shore.

 

Roy




On Mar 24, 2021, at 7:36 AM, Shawn Loescher <shawn.loescher@...> wrote:



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.

Clear skies,

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.

 


--

v/r

Chuck Jagow

Treasurer - Back Bay Amateur Astronomers

Rott'n Paws Observatory

    N36:46:23.281 W076:13:31.512

 


Re: REGIONAL ASTRONOMY EVENTS IN 2021

Roy Diffrient
 

I hope that’s correct – don’t know.  But the Groups.io page includes this message from last year (reading in part) -

“Delmarva Stargazers is shutting down.


 Michael Lecuyer
3/04/20   

The Delmarva Stargazes has begun shutting down the club for lack of volunteers and lack of good observing weather over the last few years.”
Roy


On Mar 25, 2021, at 12:19 AM, Ted Forte <tedforte511@...> wrote:



Actually, I think the news of the DelMarVa Stargazers death  has been greatly exaggerated . I just looked in on their groupsio page and they seem to be alive and well.  Don’t know about the star party, but the club is still kickin’ it seems.

 

Ted

 

From: BackBayAstro@groups.io <BackBayAstro@groups.io> On Behalf Of Ted Forte via groups.io
Sent: Wednesday, March 24, 2021 9:08 PM
To: BackBayAstro@groups.io
Subject: Re: [BackBayAstro] REGIONAL ASTRONOMY EVENTS IN 2021

 

I remember it well.  Sorry to hear the Stargazers and the Stargaze have gone the way of all flesh.

 

Now, who remembers the midnight Cajun Burgers at Mason Dixon?  Only REAL astronomers can stomach them (right Kent?)

 

Ted

 

From: BackBayAstro@groups.io <BackBayAstro@groups.io> On Behalf Of Roy Diffrient
Sent: Wednesday, March 24, 2021 7:10 PM
To: BackBayAstro@groups.io
Subject: Re: [BackBayAstro] REGIONAL ASTRONOMY EVENTS IN 2021

 

I guess I’ll have to explain.  I hope Kent chimes in here to defend himself.  And I will say on his behalf that he has greatly reformed in years since.  And this is from memory so others may remember it differently.

 

Long ago at Delmarva star parties the organizers provided all-night “Stargazer coffee” along with hot dogs at minimal cost.  The hot dogs, origin unknown but suspicious, were, basically, boiled in a pot, and whoever wanted one would fish it out, put it on a bun, etc.  And this went on through the night.  So hot dogs at midnight became sort of a ritual - at least for some.  And Kent loved hot dogs back then.

 

Then, Saturday night one year, the hot dog supply ran out, and finally there was just one left in the pot.  But it had been boiled so much that it had disintegrated.  Then the pot was unplugged.  I won’t say that hot dog had decomposed, since hot dogs may have enough preservatives in them to embalm the consumers, but it certainly did look nasty, with the many pieces of pinkish dog, no longer very hot, floating in the greasy water.  It was disgusting.

 

So Kent lifts the lid on the pot, looks in, and says “ Oh, one left – yum!”

 

We all laughed like lunatics.

 

All in good fun of course.  And a treasured star party memory.

 

Roy

 

Sent from Mail for Windows 10

 

From: jimcoble2000 via groups.io
Sent: Wednesday, March 24, 2021 8:58 PM
To: BackBayAstro@groups.io
Subject: Re: [BackBayAstro] REGIONAL ASTRONOMY EVENTS IN 2021

 

you won't live long on the hot dogs!

 

On Wednesday, March 24, 2021, 8:47:13 PM EDT, Ian Stewart <ian@...> wrote:

 

 

Long live the hot dogs.

 

On Mar 24, 2021, at 8:28 PM, Roy Diffrient <mail@...> wrote:



Unfortunately the last event on the list, the Delmarva star party, is gone.  And unless there has been an unheralded resurrection, the Delmarva Stargazers club is gone too.  That’s a shame – we had many great times and good observing for many years at their star parties held at Tuckahoe State Park on the Eastern Shore.

 

Roy

 

On Mar 24, 2021, at 7:36 AM, Shawn Loescher <shawn.loescher@...> wrote:



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.

Clear skies,

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.

 


Re: REGIONAL ASTRONOMY EVENTS IN 2021

Roy Diffrient
 

Oh yeah, I remember Cajun Burgers at midnight!  Crazy! The Mason Dixon SP is gone too, but YCSP is getting started to take its place.

Roy


On Mar 25, 2021, at 12:10 AM, Ted Forte <tedforte511@...> wrote:



I remember it well.  Sorry to hear the Stargazers and the Stargaze have gone the way of all flesh.

 

Now, who remembers the midnight Cajun Burgers at Mason Dixon?  Only REAL astronomers can stomach them (right Kent?)

 

Ted

 

From: BackBayAstro@groups.io <BackBayAstro@groups.io> On Behalf Of Roy Diffrient
Sent: Wednesday, March 24, 2021 7:10 PM
To: BackBayAstro@groups.io
Subject: Re: [BackBayAstro] REGIONAL ASTRONOMY EVENTS IN 2021

 

I guess I’ll have to explain.  I hope Kent chimes in here to defend himself.  And I will say on his behalf that he has greatly reformed in years since.  And this is from memory so others may remember it differently.

 

Long ago at Delmarva star parties the organizers provided all-night “Stargazer coffee” along with hot dogs at minimal cost.  The hot dogs, origin unknown but suspicious, were, basically, boiled in a pot, and whoever wanted one would fish it out, put it on a bun, etc.  And this went on through the night.  So hot dogs at midnight became sort of a ritual - at least for some.  And Kent loved hot dogs back then.

 

Then, Saturday night one year, the hot dog supply ran out, and finally there was just one left in the pot.  But it had been boiled so much that it had disintegrated.  Then the pot was unplugged.  I won’t say that hot dog had decomposed, since hot dogs may have enough preservatives in them to embalm the consumers, but it certainly did look nasty, with the many pieces of pinkish dog, no longer very hot, floating in the greasy water.  It was disgusting.

 

So Kent lifts the lid on the pot, looks in, and says “ Oh, one left – yum!”

 

We all laughed like lunatics.

 

All in good fun of course.  And a treasured star party memory.

 

Roy

 

Sent from Mail for Windows 10

 

From: jimcoble2000 via groups.io
Sent: Wednesday, March 24, 2021 8:58 PM
To: BackBayAstro@groups.io
Subject: Re: [BackBayAstro] REGIONAL ASTRONOMY EVENTS IN 2021

 

you won't live long on the hot dogs!

 

On Wednesday, March 24, 2021, 8:47:13 PM EDT, Ian Stewart <ian@...> wrote:

 

 

Long live the hot dogs.

 

On Mar 24, 2021, at 8:28 PM, Roy Diffrient <mail@...> wrote:



Unfortunately the last event on the list, the Delmarva star party, is gone.  And unless there has been an unheralded resurrection, the Delmarva Stargazers club is gone too.  That’s a shame – we had many great times and good observing for many years at their star parties held at Tuckahoe State Park on the Eastern Shore.

 

Roy

 

On Mar 24, 2021, at 7:36 AM, Shawn Loescher <shawn.loescher@...> wrote:



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.

Clear skies,

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.

 


Re: REGIONAL ASTRONOMY EVENTS IN 2021

Ted Forte
 

Actually, I think the news of the DelMarVa Stargazers death  has been greatly exaggerated . I just looked in on their groupsio page and they seem to be alive and well.  Don’t know about the star party, but the club is still kickin’ it seems.

 

Ted

 

From: BackBayAstro@groups.io <BackBayAstro@groups.io> On Behalf Of Ted Forte via groups.io
Sent: Wednesday, March 24, 2021 9:08 PM
To: BackBayAstro@groups.io
Subject: Re: [BackBayAstro] REGIONAL ASTRONOMY EVENTS IN 2021

 

I remember it well.  Sorry to hear the Stargazers and the Stargaze have gone the way of all flesh.

 

Now, who remembers the midnight Cajun Burgers at Mason Dixon?  Only REAL astronomers can stomach them (right Kent?)

 

Ted

 

From: BackBayAstro@groups.io <BackBayAstro@groups.io> On Behalf Of Roy Diffrient
Sent: Wednesday, March 24, 2021 7:10 PM
To: BackBayAstro@groups.io
Subject: Re: [BackBayAstro] REGIONAL ASTRONOMY EVENTS IN 2021

 

I guess I’ll have to explain.  I hope Kent chimes in here to defend himself.  And I will say on his behalf that he has greatly reformed in years since.  And this is from memory so others may remember it differently.

 

Long ago at Delmarva star parties the organizers provided all-night “Stargazer coffee” along with hot dogs at minimal cost.  The hot dogs, origin unknown but suspicious, were, basically, boiled in a pot, and whoever wanted one would fish it out, put it on a bun, etc.  And this went on through the night.  So hot dogs at midnight became sort of a ritual - at least for some.  And Kent loved hot dogs back then.

 

Then, Saturday night one year, the hot dog supply ran out, and finally there was just one left in the pot.  But it had been boiled so much that it had disintegrated.  Then the pot was unplugged.  I won’t say that hot dog had decomposed, since hot dogs may have enough preservatives in them to embalm the consumers, but it certainly did look nasty, with the many pieces of pinkish dog, no longer very hot, floating in the greasy water.  It was disgusting.

 

So Kent lifts the lid on the pot, looks in, and says “ Oh, one left – yum!”

 

We all laughed like lunatics.

 

All in good fun of course.  And a treasured star party memory.

 

Roy

 

Sent from Mail for Windows 10

 

From: jimcoble2000 via groups.io
Sent: Wednesday, March 24, 2021 8:58 PM
To: BackBayAstro@groups.io
Subject: Re: [BackBayAstro] REGIONAL ASTRONOMY EVENTS IN 2021

 

you won't live long on the hot dogs!

 

On Wednesday, March 24, 2021, 8:47:13 PM EDT, Ian Stewart <ian@...> wrote:

 

 

Long live the hot dogs.

 

On Mar 24, 2021, at 8:28 PM, Roy Diffrient <mail@...> wrote:



Unfortunately the last event on the list, the Delmarva star party, is gone.  And unless there has been an unheralded resurrection, the Delmarva Stargazers club is gone too.  That’s a shame – we had many great times and good observing for many years at their star parties held at Tuckahoe State Park on the Eastern Shore.

 

Roy

 

On Mar 24, 2021, at 7:36 AM, Shawn Loescher <shawn.loescher@...> wrote:



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.

Clear skies,

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.

 


Re: REGIONAL ASTRONOMY EVENTS IN 2021

Ted Forte
 

I remember it well.  Sorry to hear the Stargazers and the Stargaze have gone the way of all flesh.

 

Now, who remembers the midnight Cajun Burgers at Mason Dixon?  Only REAL astronomers can stomach them (right Kent?)

 

Ted

 

From: BackBayAstro@groups.io <BackBayAstro@groups.io> On Behalf Of Roy Diffrient
Sent: Wednesday, March 24, 2021 7:10 PM
To: BackBayAstro@groups.io
Subject: Re: [BackBayAstro] REGIONAL ASTRONOMY EVENTS IN 2021

 

I guess I’ll have to explain.  I hope Kent chimes in here to defend himself.  And I will say on his behalf that he has greatly reformed in years since.  And this is from memory so others may remember it differently.

 

Long ago at Delmarva star parties the organizers provided all-night “Stargazer coffee” along with hot dogs at minimal cost.  The hot dogs, origin unknown but suspicious, were, basically, boiled in a pot, and whoever wanted one would fish it out, put it on a bun, etc.  And this went on through the night.  So hot dogs at midnight became sort of a ritual - at least for some.  And Kent loved hot dogs back then.

 

Then, Saturday night one year, the hot dog supply ran out, and finally there was just one left in the pot.  But it had been boiled so much that it had disintegrated.  Then the pot was unplugged.  I won’t say that hot dog had decomposed, since hot dogs may have enough preservatives in them to embalm the consumers, but it certainly did look nasty, with the many pieces of pinkish dog, no longer very hot, floating in the greasy water.  It was disgusting.

 

So Kent lifts the lid on the pot, looks in, and says “ Oh, one left – yum!”

 

We all laughed like lunatics.

 

All in good fun of course.  And a treasured star party memory.

 

Roy

 

Sent from Mail for Windows 10

 

From: jimcoble2000 via groups.io
Sent: Wednesday, March 24, 2021 8:58 PM
To: BackBayAstro@groups.io
Subject: Re: [BackBayAstro] REGIONAL ASTRONOMY EVENTS IN 2021

 

you won't live long on the hot dogs!

 

On Wednesday, March 24, 2021, 8:47:13 PM EDT, Ian Stewart <ian@...> wrote:

 

 

Long live the hot dogs.

 

On Mar 24, 2021, at 8:28 PM, Roy Diffrient <mail@...> wrote:



Unfortunately the last event on the list, the Delmarva star party, is gone.  And unless there has been an unheralded resurrection, the Delmarva Stargazers club is gone too.  That’s a shame – we had many great times and good observing for many years at their star parties held at Tuckahoe State Park on the Eastern Shore.

 

Roy

 

On Mar 24, 2021, at 7:36 AM, Shawn Loescher <shawn.loescher@...> wrote:



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.

Clear skies,

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.

 


Re: REGIONAL ASTRONOMY EVENTS IN 2021

jimcoble2000
 

Now a careful observer might note that out of all that junk food and those horrible little cement doughnuts that Kent pushed for years, he actually ate very little of what he was giving away to the detriment of others. As all drug dealers know; you never take what you sell.

Now that is not to say he is or was a saint in this regard. I know. I can never forget his dinner at the Golden Troth for some gathering. It defied description and this may account for his required abstinence as ordered by his health food eating doctor. The sight was not for the weak and one or two children may read this so I can go no further.

I fondly remember the caviar tastings we had on Saturday afternoon. I used to sneak good bottles of wine in for the cognoscenti while making sure the prols were at the box wine table.

Like Hemingway found out; just when you get a taste for good booze your doctor forbids it.

The great Spanish bullfighter, Belmonte, hearing of Hemingway's suicide, pronounced it "well done" as the glory days were past for him. Later, Belmonte, having been denied wine, bulls, and women decided to visit his mistress after church one Sunday, go to his ranch have his horse saddled, rode into the field and caped several of his bulls and then went home and shot himself. Such is aging. I can't recommend this course of action should Delmarva or ECSP be declared extinct; but I know the feelingEmoji

On Wednesday, March 24, 2021, 10:09:51 PM EDT, Roy Diffrient <mail@...> wrote:


I guess I’ll have to explain.  I hope Kent chimes in here to defend himself.  And I will say on his behalf that he has greatly reformed in years since.  And this is from memory so others may remember it differently.

 

Long ago at Delmarva star parties the organizers provided all-night “Stargazer coffee” along with hot dogs at minimal cost.  The hot dogs, origin unknown but suspicious, were, basically, boiled in a pot, and whoever wanted one would fish it out, put it on a bun, etc.  And this went on through the night.  So hot dogs at midnight became sort of a ritual - at least for some.  And Kent loved hot dogs back then.

 

Then, Saturday night one year, the hot dog supply ran out, and finally there was just one left in the pot.  But it had been boiled so much that it had disintegrated.  Then the pot was unplugged.  I won’t say that hot dog had decomposed, since hot dogs may have enough preservatives in them to embalm the consumers, but it certainly did look nasty, with the many pieces of pinkish dog, no longer very hot, floating in the greasy water.  It was disgusting.

 

So Kent lifts the lid on the pot, looks in, and says “ Oh, one left – yum!”

 

We all laughed like lunatics.

 

All in good fun of course.  And a treasured star party memory.

 

Roy

 

Sent from Mail for Windows 10

 

From: jimcoble2000 via groups.io
Sent: Wednesday, March 24, 2021 8:58 PM
To: BackBayAstro@groups.io
Subject: Re: [BackBayAstro] REGIONAL ASTRONOMY EVENTS IN 2021

 

you won't live long on the hot dogs!

 

On Wednesday, March 24, 2021, 8:47:13 PM EDT, Ian Stewart <ian@...> wrote:

 

 

Long live the hot dogs.



On Mar 24, 2021, at 8:28 PM, Roy Diffrient <mail@...> wrote:



Unfortunately the last event on the list, the Delmarva star party, is gone.  And unless there has been an unheralded resurrection, the Delmarva Stargazers club is gone too.  That’s a shame – we had many great times and good observing for many years at their star parties held at Tuckahoe State Park on the Eastern Shore.

 

Roy



On Mar 24, 2021, at 7:36 AM, Shawn Loescher <shawn.loescher@...> wrote:



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.

Clear skies,

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.

 


Re: REGIONAL ASTRONOMY EVENTS IN 2021

Roy Diffrient
 

I guess I’ll have to explain.  I hope Kent chimes in here to defend himself.  And I will say on his behalf that he has greatly reformed in years since.  And this is from memory so others may remember it differently.

 

Long ago at Delmarva star parties the organizers provided all-night “Stargazer coffee” along with hot dogs at minimal cost.  The hot dogs, origin unknown but suspicious, were, basically, boiled in a pot, and whoever wanted one would fish it out, put it on a bun, etc.  And this went on through the night.  So hot dogs at midnight became sort of a ritual - at least for some.  And Kent loved hot dogs back then.

 

Then, Saturday night one year, the hot dog supply ran out, and finally there was just one left in the pot.  But it had been boiled so much that it had disintegrated.  Then the pot was unplugged.  I won’t say that hot dog had decomposed, since hot dogs may have enough preservatives in them to embalm the consumers, but it certainly did look nasty, with the many pieces of pinkish dog, no longer very hot, floating in the greasy water.  It was disgusting.

 

So Kent lifts the lid on the pot, looks in, and says “ Oh, one left – yum!”

 

We all laughed like lunatics.

 

All in good fun of course.  And a treasured star party memory.

 

Roy

 

Sent from Mail for Windows 10

 

From: jimcoble2000 via groups.io
Sent: Wednesday, March 24, 2021 8:58 PM
To: BackBayAstro@groups.io
Subject: Re: [BackBayAstro] REGIONAL ASTRONOMY EVENTS IN 2021

 

you won't live long on the hot dogs!

 

On Wednesday, March 24, 2021, 8:47:13 PM EDT, Ian Stewart <ian@...> wrote:

 

 

Long live the hot dogs.



On Mar 24, 2021, at 8:28 PM, Roy Diffrient <mail@...> wrote:



Unfortunately the last event on the list, the Delmarva star party, is gone.  And unless there has been an unheralded resurrection, the Delmarva Stargazers club is gone too.  That’s a shame – we had many great times and good observing for many years at their star parties held at Tuckahoe State Park on the Eastern Shore.

 

Roy



On Mar 24, 2021, at 7:36 AM, Shawn Loescher <shawn.loescher@...> wrote:



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.

Clear skies,

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.

 


Re: REGIONAL ASTRONOMY EVENTS IN 2021

jimcoble2000
 

Ha ha. I am short of aircraft at the moment Bird. Heck I enjoyed observing with you out at Grundland. Second shot tomorrow so hiding under the bed for two more weeks after tomorrow I am set to goEmoji. Certified cootie free in two weeks. PS It is not very dark under my bed.

On Wednesday, March 24, 2021, 9:41:14 PM EDT, Bird Taylor <birdtaylor@...> wrote:


Hey Mark,


I fondly remember spending a couple of observation sessions up at Spruce Knob, WV several years ago, and the skies were magnificent. Back then NOVAC shared the campground for those seasons. Cherry Springs, PA is another amazing Dark Sky Site, but it is one heck of a long drive up and back. Now if you have access to an airplane you could always fly up to the grass airfield across from the observation field. I attended a couple of star parties up there. I especially enjoyed the stargazing herd of AstroBuddies, back in the days before all-night generators and the sound of tv sets in campers.


Clear Dark Skies,

Bird

On March 24, 2021 at 7:30 PM "jimcoble2000 via groups.io" <jimcoble2000@...> wrote:

 
I think you would be hard pressed to find darker skies than West Virginia, I could not see my car from 10 feet away. I guess the ocean would beat that (it does) but you have to enlist for 4 years and the accommodations are worse than Federal Prison. Chiefland is about a 13 hour haul from here if I recall. I lived south of there and it is one long BORING drive. I have heard good things about Staunton River but if the weather is bad I have heard it described as being like a civil way reenactment of Andersonville.

On Wednesday, March 24, 2021, 7:07:11 PM EDT, Ian Stewart <swampcolliecoffee@...> wrote:


Still going, not sure what's happening this year.

On 3/24/2021 5:58 PM, vp wrote:
Ian,
is there still a Chiefland Star Party?  I went to one many years ago (2002) and enjoyed it very much.  As you say, it is a long haul from Virginia.

George
On March 24, 2021 5:33 PM Ian Stewart <swampcolliecoffee@...> wrote:


Just to jump in here. I've been to Greenbank - great interactive program, Spruce Knob (Almost Heaven) - excellent skies when the weather cooperates but big storms when it doesn't. Staunton River - my favorite  - poorer skies than Spruce Knob but better weather and facilities. Coinjock, just miss the camaraderie there, Kent put on an excellent program. A bit of a drive but Chiefland in Florida has great facilities and some very stable skies.

Cheers

Ian

 


 


 

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