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This is being reposted this afternoon under the NEW group New England Kossacks

DailyKos readers who live and/or work in New England (Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont)

New England Kossak Meet Up

When:  Saturday, September 15, 2012

Time: 12noon - 3pm (when they stop serving lunch)

Where: Bangkok Cafe
369 Central Street
Foxborough, MA 02035
508-543-THAI (8424)

Menu (pdf)

map

The Mansfield (MA)  MBTA station is about 1 mile from the restaurant.  MBTA schedule (Providence/Stoughton Line); walking directions from the train station to Bangkok Cafe

Easy Off, Easy On via I-95  

Coming from the south (Rhode Island, Connecticut, etc.) on I-95

Coming from the north (Boston) on I-95

Coming on I-495 from Fall River/Brockton (going toward Milford/Marlborough)  

Coming on I-495 from Worcester/I-90 (Mass Pike) (going toward Fall River)

RSVP me (Clytemnestra) on Kosmail

Please contact those willing to carpool through Kosmail too.

Affirmative RSVPs thus far:
Clytemnestra
Rick DeVille (husband of SadieSue)
SadieSue (they will be coming from Western Mass willing to carpool. )
GreyHawk and Hawkwife
thankgodforairamerica (coming from central CT willing to carpool. )

Maybes:
litho
paulitics
brillig
northerntier  (will be coming from central VT, willing to carpool. )
The Poet Deploreate (will be coming from the North Shore, willing to carpool. )
Common Sense Mainer
Phil S 33
bjedward
Samantha Clemens (progressive radio talk show host)

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KIDS
A question has been asked about bringing kids.  Originally I was going to schedule this in a park about 12 miles away, but I didn't know how everyone would feel about "kid noise."  Bangkok Cafe is in an older strip mall, there isn't a park close by.

Adults will be primarily talking and getting to know one another. If it's a question of having your kids attend with you or not coming at all, PLEASE bring your kids.  But please also be aware of your kids  "expiration date"   with these kind of activities (speaking as a mother of 4), so that everyone has a good time.

If you want to make a day of it with your kids AND go to a zoo with an white alligator - the Capron Park Zoo would be a good bet.  (Capron Park was were I thought of holding this first get together in the first place)

Directions from Bangkok Cafe, Foxboro to Capron Park Zoo, Attleboro
 

* Misc stuff:

There is a Red Roof Inn .3miles (6 minutes if you walk) away if that would help (map)

Will the meeting move to different locations?

YES! Si! Oui! Da! Ha! Hi!

Especially if there are people who recommend places to hold it!

Those places have to be relatively straight forward to get to.

My thinking for choosing the Bangkok Cafe was to have a place that was easily accessible via the Interstate AND on the MBTA.  

We need, IMO, to be able to establish connections with Boston and Providence area kossacks who don't have a car or a reliable car so we have a car pool list before we start having meet up in Western MA, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine

 

Next Meet Up:
October -  Portsmouth, NH
Saturday, October 13, 2012
Host: Common Sense Mainer

Tue Aug 07, 2012 at 10:54 AM PT: This diary will be updated throughout the week (names added to the affirmative rsvp and maybe list - along with carpool offers).

Originally posted to New England Kossacks on Mon Aug 06, 2012 at 01:24 PM PDT.

Also republished by Massachusetts Kosmopolitans, Nutmeg State Progressives, and These Green Mountains.

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  •  Tip Jar (19+ / 0-)

    Bumper sticker seen on I-95; "Stop Socialism" my response: "Don't like socialism? GET OFF the Interstate highway!"

    by Clytemnestra on Mon Aug 06, 2012 at 01:24:44 PM PDT

  •  Whatever you decide (8+ / 0-)

    the locale of the meeting should be moved around. As someone who lives in NH, Foxboro is too far away. And if I think it is too far I cannot imagine what folks in VT and Maine think.

    Republican Family Values: Using the daughters from your first wife to convince everybody that your second wife is lying about your third wife.

    by jsfox on Mon Aug 06, 2012 at 01:34:01 PM PDT

  •  I'll be on the wrong coast (6+ / 0-)

    for my Mom's birthday on 9/15 but would love to come to a future meet-up.  

    " My faith in the Constitution is whole; it is complete; it is total." Barbara Jordan, 1974

    by gchaucer2 on Mon Aug 06, 2012 at 02:05:02 PM PDT

    •  good! (4+ / 0-)
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      gchaucer2, navajo, bumbi, SadieSue

      a September birthday eh?

      sigh

      September 1 - my birthday and my cousin's
      September 2 - my cousin
      September 3 - my mom
      September 7 - my cousin, and ex-brother in-law (and my grandmother now deceased)
      September 11- my sister (and a cousin now deceased)
      September - 13 - my brother-in-law

      that's not even the middle of the month and there are  more.. a lot more

      November and December MUST have been awfully cold months

      Have fun at your sister's -- we'll see you in a month or so!

      Bumper sticker seen on I-95; "Stop Socialism" my response: "Don't like socialism? GET OFF the Interstate highway!"

      by Clytemnestra on Mon Aug 06, 2012 at 02:12:17 PM PDT

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  •  Likely won't make it.... (7+ / 0-)

    Just before Rosh Hashanah, so I'll likely be back in PA.

    Previous New England meet-ups (focused on C&J readers; happen about 3 or 4 times a year over at least the last 2 years) in Portsmouth have attracted fairly large groups ~~ 20 to 30 attendees or so. Common Sense Mainer can likely give you more idea about who might come.

    The worst sin - perhaps the only sin - passion can commit, is to be joyless. (Gaudy Night, Dorothy L. Sayers)

    by mayim on Mon Aug 06, 2012 at 02:24:47 PM PDT

  •  That location is at an old Woolworth's (7+ / 0-)

    ...that I worked at as a teenager in the early 1970s! Best wishes from Dallas for an enjoyable meet-up. Wish we could send up some of the TexMex and margaritas that we Big D Kossacks have enjoyed at our get togethers.

    Cause we find ourselves in the same old mess singin' drunken lullabies--Flogging Molly

    by dalfireplug on Mon Aug 06, 2012 at 02:27:34 PM PDT

    •  it is? wow! (4+ / 0-)
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      dalfireplug, navajo, Bam Mac, SadieSue

      I only moved out this way in 1993 so I haven't a clue of what was there . . . all I know it that it has been repurposed many times

      Bumper sticker seen on I-95; "Stop Socialism" my response: "Don't like socialism? GET OFF the Interstate highway!"

      by Clytemnestra on Mon Aug 06, 2012 at 02:30:09 PM PDT

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      •  Believe it or not, it was the BIG shopping center! (4+ / 0-)
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        Clytemnestra, bumbi, Bam Mac, SadieSue

        The building on the left was an old bowling alley that has had many other incarnations the past 60 years. The L-shaped part of the plaza on the far right was a First National Supermarket. I grew up in Mansfield when it was a little self-contained working class town of 12,000 rather than the very affluent exurb that it has evolved into.

        Cause we find ourselves in the same old mess singin' drunken lullabies--Flogging Molly

        by dalfireplug on Mon Aug 06, 2012 at 02:46:02 PM PDT

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        •  so that's what Foxborough Furniture was! (4+ / 0-)
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          dalfireplug, bumbi, Bam Mac, SadieSue

          a bowling alley ... yup it's got the shape for it

          I knew that one of the buildings in the L was a supermarket, it just stood to reason.

          so was what is now Ocean State Job Lot on the other side of the interstate a supermarket too?

          Bumper sticker seen on I-95; "Stop Socialism" my response: "Don't like socialism? GET OFF the Interstate highway!"

          by Clytemnestra on Mon Aug 06, 2012 at 02:49:57 PM PDT

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          •  I believe that it was a supermarket (5+ / 0-)

            I moved from the area after graduating High School and that plaza was brand spanking new at the time. Until it was built, we had only a small IGA (where I also worked in the butcher shop) and an A&P in Mansfield and a Fernandes near the Dairy Queen in Foxboro. Any old hands in the area would remember that Fernandes was the dominant supermarket chain in the Attleboro area. Believe it or not, Mansfield was so small that there was an old guy who delivered milk on a horse-drawn wagon until the mid 1960s. He would allow kids to ride on the wagon which of course was a great thrill.

            If you're fairly new to the area, Attleboro was the home to the right-wing Speaker of the US House, Joe Martin. After his retirement, the area was represented by the more moderate Margaret Heckler. My staunchly Democratic family was delight when her district was merged with Barney Frank's leading to an epic battle that Barney prevailed over.

            Cause we find ourselves in the same old mess singin' drunken lullabies--Flogging Molly

            by dalfireplug on Mon Aug 06, 2012 at 03:21:55 PM PDT

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            •  :-) (3+ / 0-)
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              dalfireplug, bumbi, Bam Mac

              The Dairy Queen in Foxborough that is by what was once the mental hospital?  (my doctor moved into the professional part they did not tear down)

              Fernandes was before we were here.  The Hogopians (Ro-Jacks) became the dominant local chain in Attleboro/Seekonk etc. before Stop and Shop and Shaws built their mega marts.  Then they sold.

              We have been in this area for 19 years - and even now I can say "I remember when . . . "  It has changed that much

              As for Mansfield High
              http://www.classreport.org/...
              (I took the picture)

              Bumper sticker seen on I-95; "Stop Socialism" my response: "Don't like socialism? GET OFF the Interstate highway!"

              by Clytemnestra on Mon Aug 06, 2012 at 04:01:34 PM PDT

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              •  Oh the memories that pic conjures up... (3+ / 0-)

                I was in one of the first classes that spent all four High School years in that building - before that as a middle schooler we were on double sessions at the Qualters Middle School building next door which we shared with the High School as the new one was being built.  The School Committee opted to purchase that ugly ring of granite around the top in lieu of building a swimming pool which did not sit well with us students.

                Yes, the Dairy Queen is the one by the old state hospital. If those walls could talk....   Around 1965 I was in my uncle's car driving past there where someone jumped up on the windshield screaming "Kill me! Kill me or I'll kill you!" That was something not easily forgotten.

                Cause we find ourselves in the same old mess singin' drunken lullabies--Flogging Molly

                by dalfireplug on Mon Aug 06, 2012 at 05:53:47 PM PDT

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  •  I will try to make it. (4+ / 0-)

    It's a bit far from central Vt, but I'm from Mass. anyhoo and maybe I'll stay ovah at the Red Roof. I would be willing to drive if anyone else wants to go along from central or northern VT, NH or Maine. We could meet up somewhere. (Of course, I have no freekeeng idea how many DK peeps are out there who live in area I mentioned - could be 150 for all I know.) And if this time falls through, there's always November. (I just gave away my vote - I have town responsibilities , so every other would be best.)

    Thanks for this, Clytemnestra!

  •  I'd be happy to host in WMass (2+ / 0-)

    once you move on out this way.  Northampton might be a good spot - lots of different kinds of restaurants &, for those with the money, Amtrak will be stopping in Northampton starting sometime in 2013 (thank you for this, President Obama & all the GOP Governors who turned down the high speed rail money!) so this might help some with transportation.  Peter Pan Bus Lines already has a stop in downtown Noho so that's another possibility for a way to get here for those who can afford it but have no carpooling.

    There are also masses of wonderful local & state parks around here (though they all charge by the carload).  The DAR might be fun - a lake with swimming as well as picnic areas - as would Look Park which has a small working train, a shower-like water park for kids, lots of reservable picnic areas, bumper boats, pretty walks, & access to our rail trail bike path.  

    There are lots of options (as well as a surprising number of Kossacks) out this way!

    You can lose the Republic on an installment plan every bit as efficiently as you can with a coup d'etat. Bruce Fein, Censure Hearings, March 31, 2006

    by SadieSue on Tue Aug 07, 2012 at 11:47:39 AM PDT

    •  I lives in West Mass for a few years (2+ / 0-)
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      Common Sense Mainer, SadieSue

      Sunderland ... I've got ideas, we can brain storm over

      I'd love to know, however, if the "swords to plowshares" sculpture is still in Greenfield ... can you tell me?

      Bumper sticker seen on I-95; "Stop Socialism" my response: "Don't like socialism? GET OFF the Interstate highway!"

      by Clytemnestra on Tue Aug 07, 2012 at 04:06:39 PM PDT

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      •  I have absolutely no idea (0+ / 0-)

        though as far as I know, the sculpture is still there.  I'll try to remember to check the next time I'm in Greenfield visiting Wilson's!

        You can lose the Republic on an installment plan every bit as efficiently as you can with a coup d'etat. Bruce Fein, Censure Hearings, March 31, 2006

        by SadieSue on Wed Aug 08, 2012 at 11:44:24 AM PDT

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      •  PS Brainstorming would be great! nt (0+ / 0-)

        You can lose the Republic on an installment plan every bit as efficiently as you can with a coup d'etat. Bruce Fein, Censure Hearings, March 31, 2006

        by SadieSue on Wed Aug 08, 2012 at 11:45:07 AM PDT

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        •  well I am comtemplating going up there next (1+ / 0-)
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          bjedward

          week  ... does Mt. Tom have anything summery (like an Alpine slide or something) that I can bring my 16 yo too?  (using this trip as an excuse to get him off the computer)

          Bumper sticker seen on I-95; "Stop Socialism" my response: "Don't like socialism? GET OFF the Interstate highway!"

          by Clytemnestra on Thu Aug 09, 2012 at 04:52:19 PM PDT

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          •  Not anymore (2+ / 0-)
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            Clytemnestra, bjedward

            Mt Tom the ski area closed quite a while ago as did its Alpine Slide.  If you Kosmail me where you'll be (roughly) & what he likes (other than computers) & what you'd like him to do (outside activities, or at least non-computer ones, it sounds like!), I'll brainstorm with my husband & brother to see if we can come up with some things he might enjoy doing around wherever it is you'll be (not that things are all that far apart here!).

            You can lose the Republic on an installment plan every bit as efficiently as you can with a coup d'etat. Bruce Fein, Censure Hearings, March 31, 2006

            by SadieSue on Fri Aug 10, 2012 at 05:54:34 PM PDT

            [ Parent ]

            •  And that last sentence got mighty convoluted! nt (2+ / 0-)
              Recommended by:
              Clytemnestra, bjedward

              You can lose the Republic on an installment plan every bit as efficiently as you can with a coup d'etat. Bruce Fein, Censure Hearings, March 31, 2006

              by SadieSue on Fri Aug 10, 2012 at 05:55:10 PM PDT

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            •  well that shows you how long it's been since (1+ / 0-)
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              bjedward

              we "really" were there.  Usually when we are out that way it is to either get a copy of middle son's birth certificate in Northampton, or attend some UMASS something (then to eat at Anthony's Pizza - is that still there?)

              Bumper sticker seen on I-95; "Stop Socialism" my response: "Don't like socialism? GET OFF the Interstate highway!"

              by Clytemnestra on Fri Aug 10, 2012 at 06:22:13 PM PDT

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              •  I don't remember Anthony's Pizza (1+ / 0-)
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                bjedward

                But it's been a looooong time since I spent much time in Amherst (ever since Valley Books became online only, I haven't had much reason to head into downtown).  Antonio's on North Pleasant St is still open & is apparently as good or better now than it was - I have Celiac so the only pizza I get is from Hillside in Hadley or the frozen Against the Grain from River Valley Market so I am just about the worst person to ask about pizza (though I do have plenty of gluten eating sources!).

                If you venture outside of Amherst for pizza, Joe's in Northampton is still open & has been for decades.  Friends also rave about Pizzaria Paradiso which has a nice atmosphere & a huge variety of toppings, both usual & unusual.

                If you don't mind doing something active but indoors with your son, the new climbing gym on Route 9 in Hadley is getting HUGE raves.  My husband was a top New England climber in the 80s* & he was very, very impressed with it (a huge compliment as he has very mixed feelings about indoor climbing).  

                *he quit hard climbing to protect his hands as playing music is much more important to him than climbing ever was.

                You can lose the Republic on an installment plan every bit as efficiently as you can with a coup d'etat. Bruce Fein, Censure Hearings, March 31, 2006

                by SadieSue on Mon Aug 13, 2012 at 07:39:27 AM PDT

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  •  Also, any chance the October Portsmouth meetup (2+ / 0-)

    will on days other than the 19th & 20th?  We can't come then but would love to come up to Portsmouth if we're available!

    You can lose the Republic on an installment plan every bit as efficiently as you can with a coup d'etat. Bruce Fein, Censure Hearings, March 31, 2006

    by SadieSue on Tue Aug 07, 2012 at 12:09:16 PM PDT

  •  I hope to make it! (2+ / 0-)
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    Clytemnestra, bumbi

    Thanks, Clytemnestra!

    I live in the western Boston burbs, out near the intersection of Rt2 and Rt495. So if there is anyone along I 495 who needs a ride, let me know.  

    Be glad to help get you there and back if I can!

    James Madison: "The power of all corporations ought to be limited ... The growing wealth acquired by them never fails to be a source of abuses."

    by bjedward on Fri Aug 10, 2012 at 08:23:38 AM PDT

  •  Thx for the invite (0+ / 0-)

    With so many expenses here lately I am not sure I can make it in September, but will try.

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