Saratoga Springs Bus Trip!!!

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  • #2217
    Joe Bottigliere
    Joe Bottigliere
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    The Northeastern Woodworkers Association will be hosting their 26th annual showcase the weekend of April 1st and 2nd.
    As has been our tradition, we have scheduled a bus trip up to the Saratoga Spring City Center for Saturday, April 1st. The cost of the trip will be $55 per person. This will include the bus, admission to the show and a tip for the two drivers. The Hampton Jitney luxury bus can accommodate 51 passengers. Sign-up sheets will be provided at the upcoming club meetings. Friends and family are welcome with priority given to members. Payment will be do at time of sign-up. (Sorry, no refunds will be given for you cancelling after March 17th.)

    The bus will make its first pick-up at the Park & Ride at exit 63 North, off the LIE and will be leaving promptly at 6:00 AM. We will make a second pick-up at the exit 49 South Park & Ride (between Pinelawn Rd. and Rt. 110 in Melville) departing there at 6:30 AM. Then, if there is enough interest, we will again stop at Christopher Morley Park on Searingtown Road off LIE exit 36 at approx. 7:00 AM. Finally, we will make a quick breakfast stop en route on the Throughway then proceed to Saratoga. (Typically arriving at 10 AM.)
    We depart the city center approximately 4:00 PM and stop at a nearby Carrabba’s in Latham, NY for dinner. We typically arrive back on the Island at approximately 10 PM.

    To help provide the opportunity for such events, the LIW has always assumed the balance of fees associated with them. In order to be more fiscally responsible, a minimum of 30 attendees is required or we must cancel the trip. The more attendees, the less financial burden on the club.

  • #2309
    Joe Bottigliere
    Joe Bottigliere
    Participant

    Time is drawing near for when we need to get our deposit in on the bus. Surprisingly, we have only 14 members signed up for the trip. We need a minimum of 30 attendees to make this happen. If you are considering attending please let me know. Either email me or post here on the forum and I will get back to you. If you are not familiar with the trip or if it would be worth your while, again, contact me or someone who has gone and we will be happy to explain. This has traditionally been a fun and educational outing. It would be disappointing if it did not take place.
    Joe

  • #2340
    Joe Bottigliere
    Joe Bottigliere
    Participant

    Due to an underwhelming interest in this function, the bus trip has been cancelled.
    For those of you who have paid, please see me at the next upcoming meeting (Turners, Cabinetmakers or general) and I will refund your money.

  • #2344
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    Charlie James
    Participant

    That’s too bad. There’s plenty of bread in the account why not just go for it anyway? The people that want to take advantage can spread out…

  • #2345
    Joe Bottigliere
    Joe Bottigliere
    Participant

    Nice idea, Charlie, and I would certainly be one to take advantage of it. But that would not be fiscally responsible of the Board. The bus alone costs nearly $2K. Include tickets and a tip and you won’t be doing things like that for long. Just because we have the money doesn’t mean we should spend it frivolously. But I think everyone knows that.

  • #2346
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    Charlie James
    Participant

    Joe, haven’t rented a bus in quite a while, I didn’t think it was that much! Isn’t it still $5 for a movie ticket or .99 cents for an album at Korvettes? You’re right, Fuggetaboutit!

  • #2347

    Why not rent a van or two for interested parties? Failing that, how about using personal vehicles?

  • #2348
    Joe Bottigliere
    Joe Bottigliere
    Participant

    We’ve tried a van a few years back (maybe more than just a few). Actually, it was more like a small bus. That didn’t go over too well. Everyone is free to car pool and go up on their own. And that, I know, is what a few of the guys are doing. I personally would not want to get involved in managing someone else’s vehicle. Likewise, I don’t think it prudent for the club to rent a vehicle and take responsibility for someone to drive it.

    No one is more disappointed than I that this trip had to be cancelled. It’s a long standing tradition that is falling by the wayside. Perhaps it’s scheduling. Maybe it’s financial. Could be it’s just getting old. But with the exception of the Turners, I find it difficult to understand that from the remaining 150 members we could not find 30 people interested in supporting this activity. Maybe it just needs a rest.

  • #2358
    Bill Leonhardt
    Bill Leonhardt
    Participant

    I really, really like the Saratoga show. I like it so much, that I will go for two days, so the bus doesn’t work for me any more. Sorry to see this great club asset go fallow.

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