Spring Fling 2013 Sign-Up Sheet
Okay folks, let’s do this!
I am going to set the date for Saturday, 4/20, which sounds like it will work best for most people. Time: From around noon until around 3 PM. If you feel like showing up a little early or staying a little late, I won’t kick you out. :)
For those of you new to the Spring Fling, Carol did an excellent job explaining what to bring and what to expect in the Spring Fling Idea thread, but in case you missed it, here’s a quick rundown.
What to bring:
Extra plants, seedlings, or garden related stuff you have lying around. If you don’t have any, no worries! There are usually extras. Last year I had no plants to trade, but tried to make up for it in other ways (I brought a couple of extra-special dishes and did the kiddie door prizes).
At least one dish to pass. Anything from main dishes to salads to side dishes to desserts.
We always have a drawing for door prizes. It’s a lot of fun, and if you can, bring a door prize or two to go into the drawing. Like Carol said, door prizes can be anything related to gardening. I got an outdoor thermometer one year and a jar of jelly and a hummingbird feeder the next (which I promptly traded for a cool metal pinwheel/wind spinner stake) :). One year someone brought a huge bag of bunny poop, which I thought was an EXCELLENT prize, and the kind I’d really like to win! Homemade prizes are always welcome, and in my opinion, they are the best kind! Homemade jellies, handmade signs, homemade soap, hand-painted birdhouse gourds…
Folding or patio chairs that you can easily transport. Enough to seat whomever you are bringing.
Who is welcome:
All OK Garden Web members and their close friends or families. Children are especially encouraged. I have two of my own, ages 4 and 6, and they would love some other kids to play with. The more, the better! I have a large play set for them to play on, and a fenced yard where they can run to their heart’s content.
What I will be responsible for:
The venue :P
I will keep track of everyone who signs up on a spreadsheet. To sign up, you need to reply to this thread telling us how many people you’re bringing, and how many children. THEN you need to e-mail through my page with your personal e-mail address. Before the fling, I will send each of you my address, a map, and directions.
I will provide name tags for everyone.
I will provide a ton of ice..
I will bring a dish to pass and a door prize, like everyone else. If I find myself with the time and the means, I will also try to do prizes/goody bags for the children again.
Paula has VERY GRACIOUSLY been mentoring me through this process, and has volunteered to bring paper goods (cups, plates, napkins, cutlery), door prize tickets, and some folding tables.
What I need help with:
Beverages. If every family/group could bring just one bottle or jug of soda/lemonade/iced tea/water/fruit juice, it would be a huge help.
Coolers: I only own one large cooler. I am guessing that we are going to need a LOT of ice to chill beverages, and possibly to keep a few dishes cool. If a few people could sign up to also bring coolers for us to use for the day, that would be great.
Good news! I don’t *think* we need to collect for a potty fund this year! I live within 1-2 minutes of at least two gas stations, and 3-4 minutes from several fast food places. So unless the general consensus is that we NEED a potty on site, I think we can skip it.
What I would like to propose instead is a meat/main dish fund. One year Paula provided vast quantities of fried chicken and brisket for everyone, and I know it was an expense. I would anticipate that just a few dollars per family or group would cover this expense. Certainly five dollars or less. If you can’t afford it, no worries! I’m sure it will work out in the end, and we are willing to cover any budget shortfalls. Dave makes a MEAN smoked brisket, and I hope to talk him into making a few for the party.
I think that’s it! Time to start signing up!