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home Aside posted 10-27-2005 06:46 PM ET (US)   Profile for home Aside   Send Email to home Aside  
Hello Everyone,
Seeing that I'm from Michigan and active with the BWGLCC, this post for the most part relates to Great Lakes Area continuouswave.com participants....
That being said, I'm wondering what the interest would be in having a Holiday get together. Somewhere that would be convenient for Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, and Ontario. Maybe within an reasonable distanced Saturday drive for everyone, a dinner & drinks, overnight at a hotel, breakfast, and back home on Sunday.....
Anyone interested ? Anyone with idea's of appropriate location that would fit the bill, feel free to post your ideas regarding locations with restaurants that would suit the occasion....

Pat Henahan

Buckda posted 10-27-2005 07:00 PM ET (US)     Profile for Buckda  Send Email to Buckda     
Mackinac Island.

You're going to need the rest of your enclosure! :)

Just kidding - I assume you mean sans Whalers?

The Island is still a good idea, but perhaps somewhere closer...

Anything appropriate in the Detroit area?

banff22 posted 10-27-2005 07:50 PM ET (US)     Profile for banff22  Send Email to banff22     
I'd be interested to meet some more Whaler folk, with or without their Whalers.

Closest to me (just West of Toronto) is Port Huron I think, 3.5 hrs maybe. But Detroit isn't that much further. Is it? I'm new to this area of NA so bear with me.

Peter

home Aside posted 10-27-2005 09:09 PM ET (US)     Profile for home Aside  Send Email to home Aside     
Buckda & Peter,
Yes I was thinking maybe early December, and bbbbuuuuurrrr sans the Whalers......HHHMMMM Never been to Mackinac Island in the winter.....It doesn't have to be in Detroit area necessarily, just somewhere convenient for everyone that has restaurants,hotel, maybe some night life....if we could get ideas from everyone from the different areas and come up with a place that makes its as even a drive for everyone as possible that would be cool....Also a thought though is if we did choose the Detroit area, I'd be glad to host at my home, we've got a lot of room, we enjoy entertaining and I could also put up a few people for the night too.....Bring all your rendezvous, refurb, & off season projects photo's, Ideas for next summer's rendezvous'
I thought early December just because things get busier the later in the month it gets.....so post your ideas, we'll get a consensus and go from there.....

Peter,
Metro Detroit area is about another 60 miles from Port Huron.....Jump the train to Windsor & I'll pick you up....

Pat

banff22 posted 10-28-2005 02:23 PM ET (US)     Profile for banff22  Send Email to banff22     
Train?
Now there's a heck of an idea.

Peter

kingfish posted 10-28-2005 02:37 PM ET (US)     Profile for kingfish  Send Email to kingfish     
Pat-

The train from Sarnia to Windsor (is there one?)? Or from Toronto to Windsor?

Peter-

If you simply stay on 401 rather than leaving 401 and taking 402 at London, Ont., you wind up in Windsor. According to my Yahoo maps, the distance from London to Windsor on 401 is a little less than 60 miles more than the distance from London to Sarnia on 402. (Maybe that's the 60 miles you are talking about Pat?)

All-

When is the Detroit Boat Show? Not as good as the Toronto Boat Show, but it could be a reason to meet...

John

kingfish posted 10-28-2005 03:02 PM ET (US)     Profile for kingfish  Send Email to kingfish     
Never mind - the Detroit Boat Show is not until March. I'm going to need a Whaler Buddy fix before that...
home Aside posted 10-28-2005 03:39 PM ET (US)     Profile for home Aside  Send Email to home Aside     
Kingfish,
I was referring to the train from Toronto to Windsor.

Detroit N/W Suburbs are about 69 mile from Sarnia / Port Huron.

I just threw out the Train Idea for Peter's Option list.

I'll have to check, I'm not sure of the Mileage difference between Toronto to Detroit Via Windsor and Toronto to Detroit Via Sarnia.

But speaking of Windsor, Ontario there are a lot of restaurants, Bars, Casino's & hotels, might be an option, HMMMMM

Pat

banff22 posted 10-28-2005 03:44 PM ET (US)     Profile for banff22  Send Email to banff22     
There is a train from Toronto to Windsor.
I just never remember that it's there being new around these parts.

Windsor is a 4+ hour drive. And that highway has more accidents than "Carter has liver pills" as my father says.

Peter

TomG posted 10-28-2005 04:56 PM ET (US)     Profile for TomG  Send Email to TomG     
What about somewhere in the Ann Arbor area? Webers Inn is always nice...and tons of great restaurants in town.


Ann Arbor is a little more central for those coming from Chicago and West Michigan...and still not bad for the Detroiters and northern Ohioans.


Tom

Cicada posted 10-30-2005 06:57 AM ET (US)     Profile for Cicada  Send Email to Cicada     
Pat,

Count me in on this. I'm pretty flexible on date and place so I'll defer to the group. I like the off season get togethers. Keeps the spirits and interest up when the water gets hard.

I'm assuming that you're thinking about a Saturday?

Paul

dfmcintyre posted 10-30-2005 08:55 AM ET (US)     Profile for dfmcintyre  Send Email to dfmcintyre     
Same as Pat here....

Don

home Aside posted 10-30-2005 10:42 AM ET (US)     Profile for home Aside  Send Email to home Aside     
Yes, I was thinking a Saturday would be good, have everyone drive to the destination on Friday evening or early Saturday, have some afternoon time to settle in, Cocktails/dinner, some other activities (Euchre or Texas Hold em tournament, view rendezvous photo's / Power points), overnight depending on where & how far it is from respective homes, breakfast & comaradarie on Sunday, & then head for home on Sunday afternoon.

Ann Arbor, Mi & Windsor, Ontario have been mentioned, let's have some more location ideas, to make it driveable for as many participants as possible......I'm figuring we might get people from Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Ontario, if we can find the right place.....

Pat

David Pendleton posted 10-30-2005 06:57 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Pendleton  Send Email to David Pendleton     
Hey, what about Wisconsin and Minnesota?

What are we, chopped liver?

home Aside posted 10-31-2005 08:11 AM ET (US)     Profile for home Aside  Send Email to home Aside     
Dave,
You're Certainly not chopped liver, you're Cheese & Pasties.....all joking aside, Wisconsin & Minnesota are certainly encouraged to participate, the more the merrier, throw in your ideas.....

Pat

Buckda posted 10-31-2005 09:56 AM ET (US)     Profile for Buckda  Send Email to Buckda     
That's putting it more in line with a Chicago or perhaps Northwest Indiana (South Bend?) area if you're pulling folks from MN and Northern WI.

Definitely facilities present in greater Chicagoland to accomodate a group like this, including an airport if folks would rather fly in than drive a few hours; though I suppose that is also an option for someone like David, from MN - flying from Minneapolis to Detroit Metro is probably just as expensive as flying to Chicago, depending on the carrier.

Dave

David Pendleton posted 10-31-2005 03:48 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Pendleton  Send Email to David Pendleton     
I want what everybody else wants: a place close to where I live. :)

I'll let you guys decide and then I'll figure out if I can make it.

My first choice would be Chicago.

home Aside posted 10-31-2005 08:10 PM ET (US)     Profile for home Aside  Send Email to home Aside     
Or the Whaler Express, the train from Detroit (actually Dearborn) to Chicago......

Pat

TomG posted 10-31-2005 10:09 PM ET (US)     Profile for TomG  Send Email to TomG     
Chicago works for me...I always love to visit the big city.

I am 3 hrs. from either Detroit or Chicago so it makes no difference to me. It would definitely be more central for folks coming from WI and MN.

Tom

David Pendleton posted 11-01-2005 02:16 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Pendleton  Send Email to David Pendleton     
So, is that four votes for Chicago?
kingfish posted 11-01-2005 03:24 PM ET (US)     Profile for kingfish  Send Email to kingfish     
Detroit
Buckda posted 11-01-2005 04:01 PM ET (US)     Profile for Buckda  Send Email to Buckda     
Oh John - You're smack on the dividing line for driving distance, and I can think of at least one other reason for visiting Chicago (besides seeing me and Larry). :)

Obviously, I'm good with Chicago, but I'd be happy to drive to Detroit as well.

Dave

kingfish posted 11-01-2005 04:30 PM ET (US)     Profile for kingfish  Send Email to kingfish     
Dave-

Just trying to hold up my end of the conversation, and thinking of our Canadian friends...(you did hit me pretty close to home with that though, on all three counts!)

John

Buckda posted 11-01-2005 04:51 PM ET (US)     Profile for Buckda  Send Email to Buckda     
Just ribbing you John.

The best option is probably to take a poll of midwest members who are interested in this. Since we've heard interest from Toronto as well as Minneapolis, Chicago is more equitable in terms of distance than Detroit.

However, if 95 percent of the attendees are coming from Michigan and Ohio, then Detroit is probably a better option even though it makes those from MN drive much further. Conversely, if a big Michigan, Wisconsin and MN contingent appear to be interested, then Chicago is probably a better option.

Dave

macsfriended posted 11-03-2005 01:47 PM ET (US)     Profile for macsfriended  Send Email to macsfriended     
Hi all,
Chicago has some bonus points due to their powerboat show over the first weekend in Jan '06.
home Aside posted 11-03-2005 07:09 PM ET (US)     Profile for home Aside  Send Email to home Aside     
Except that this is suppossed to be a Holiday Rendezvous....
Christinee posted 11-04-2005 02:45 PM ET (US)     Profile for Christinee  Send Email to Christinee     
Sounds like fun! 2 votes here for Detroit, Ann Arbor or Windsor.
banff22 posted 11-04-2005 07:58 PM ET (US)     Profile for banff22  Send Email to banff22     
Although I know my 11 yr old son would love to have a re-match of a "Chubby Bunny" contest with a young lady he met in the North Channel this summer (she lives in Chicago), I'm afraid it's a little far for a weekender for me. Even if I love going to Chicago, such a great town.

4 to 5 hours is my best.

Peter

banff22 posted 11-04-2005 08:05 PM ET (US)     Profile for banff22  Send Email to banff22     
And BTW, I don't live in Toronto,(heaven forbid), I'm west of TO. Those times could get me to Ann Arbour I think.

Peter

David Pendleton posted 11-05-2005 06:57 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Pendleton  Send Email to David Pendleton     
Do we have a list of who would attend such a thing?

Time's a-wasting if we're thinking of early December. We should also formalize (or at least solidify) the votes for location.

Detroit would be too much for me, I much prefer Chicago. It's still a 6+ hour drive for me, so it's not like I'd be getting off easy.

What say ye?

David Pendleton posted 11-05-2005 07:10 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Pendleton  Send Email to David Pendleton     
Perhaps this will help, a picture is worth a thousand words...

http://members.tcq.net/davepen/chicago.drivetime.zone.html


djahncke posted 11-05-2005 07:52 PM ET (US)     Profile for djahncke  Send Email to djahncke     
Add one more vote for Detroit, Ann Arbor or Windsor.
Diver Dan posted 11-06-2005 11:38 AM ET (US)     Profile for Diver Dan  Send Email to Diver Dan     
Great idea but perhaps a ittle more prep time for next year
6-hour map seems to be most equitable for either Chicgo or South Bend. Since it would be a whaler event, outside activities not necessarly controlling choice, matter of fact South Bend more likely due to overall costs (room, restaurants, etc.). I could check with the Notre Dame Alumni Club for banquet room availability (other than on a home game weekend)but would need to know numbers. Does anyone have a directory of whaler owners (e-mail or paper?).
ShrimpBurrito posted 11-06-2005 11:54 AM ET (US)     Profile for ShrimpBurrito  Send Email to ShrimpBurrito     
David - That is a slick map. How did you do it? It looks like you did it on Mappoint, but I couldn't find anywhere to make such a map on their website.
David Pendleton posted 11-06-2005 01:27 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Pendleton  Send Email to David Pendleton     
Yes, it is MapPoint, but the standalone retail product.

South Bend would be okay. I've never been on the ND campus...

banff22 posted 11-07-2005 09:14 AM ET (US)     Profile for banff22  Send Email to banff22     
What about a date?
Early December has been mentioned. Does the December 3rd & 4th weekend work?

Peter

home Aside posted 11-07-2005 03:58 PM ET (US)     Profile for home Aside  Send Email to home Aside     
December 3 & 4, 2005 sounds good to me.

One thing I forgot about when I started this thing is that I'm on afternoons during the month of December. Which means I won't get off work until 10PM at the latest or 8:00PM at the earliest on Friday evening....so I'll be making my way either late Friday or early Saturday depending on the location....

Pat

David Pendleton posted 11-07-2005 06:02 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Pendleton  Send Email to David Pendleton     
I'll go with that weekend, to keep things moving.

Pat, have you got a list of potential attendees and their location preference put together?

home Aside posted 11-07-2005 07:28 PM ET (US)     Profile for home Aside  Send Email to home Aside     
So far it looks like, the list below are at least tentative since they have replied, still haven't heard anything from the Ohio or Indiana contingents

Home Aside
Buckda
Banff22
Kingfish
Cicada
TomG
DMcIntyre
Dave Pendleton
Jimh & Christinee
Djahncke

I too would like to see this as fair as possible for everyone as far as distance traveled....

How about everyone who has responded thus far posting a #1 and #2 preference as far as location, as well as the number in their party....Just so we can get a little more serious about putting this together....

Pat

Cicada posted 11-07-2005 09:07 PM ET (US)     Profile for Cicada  Send Email to Cicada     
I'll have to check with Suzanne for her schedule to see if she's able to come.

I would be leaving Saturday sometime with arrival depending on location. Does anyone have any preferences on type of location? An interesting place could make the travel a little easier to take.

I'm open to just about anywhere.

#1 Ann Arbor. Basically because it's close, nice area and setting, has decent restaurants, etc.

#2 Chicago. Great City to visit. All kinds of stuff going on. Museums, shopping, restaurants beautiful waterfront. Too bad it's not in Michigan. Not the most inexpensive place to go. Could get costly and the traffic is terrible.

Paul

kingfish posted 11-07-2005 10:18 PM ET (US)     Profile for kingfish  Send Email to kingfish     
#1: Detroit
#2: Windsor

1 person

DIVE 1 posted 11-07-2005 10:28 PM ET (US)     Profile for DIVE 1    
I would definately be up for this depending on my schedule. Any location is fine with me.

Jim

TomG posted 11-08-2005 08:35 AM ET (US)     Profile for TomG  Send Email to TomG     
#1 - Ann Arbor
#2 - Chicago

1-2 people...not sure if Jan can attend or not...have to check her work schedule.

Tom

banff22 posted 11-08-2005 09:17 AM ET (US)     Profile for banff22  Send Email to banff22     

#1. Detroit
#2. Port Huron

1 person

Peter

Newport_whaler posted 11-08-2005 03:57 PM ET (US)     Profile for Newport_whaler  Send Email to Newport_whaler     
Well I have been following this thread and was not sure if I would be able to make it or not. I believe that I am going to be able to make it at this time, as well as Barb.

I noticed that South Bend was mentioned and since this is where I am from I thought I would give some information to work with.

Notre Dame will be done for the season (Football) and the bookstore will be available Friday and Saturday 8am-10pm and Sunday 9am-10pm for those that would be interested in some ND stuff.

There is Amtrak in Niles, MI (only a few miles from South Bend) that runs from Detroit to Chicago – http://www.amtrak.com/

For those that may be coming from Chicago there is a commuter train – South Shore which connects from several locations along the way and then to South Bend Airport http://www.nictd.com/

I am providing a link for Motels – Hyperlink there are others but these are the only ones that advertised on the site.

That site has some of the dinning choices as well but a limited amount http://www.livethelegends.org/visitorthingsnight.php

The College Football Hall of Fame is also located in South Bend http://collegefootball.org/news.php?id=592

Studebaker Museum http://www.studebakermuseum.org/

And if we would like to travel a little for Sunday breakfast some say it’s the best in the world --- AMISH Dinning http://www.essenhaus.com/

Some numbers for mileage for ya as well
Chicago to South Bend Total Est. Time: 1 hour, 41 minutes
Total Est. Distance: 93.37 miles
Detroit to South Bend Total Est. Time: 3 hours, 24 minutes
Total Est. Distance: 218.06 miles
Mendota Heights, MN to South Bend Total Est. Time: 8 hours, 9 minutes
Total Est. Distance: 498.61 miles
Toronto, ON to South Bend Total Est. Time: 7 hours, 20 minutes
Total Est. Distance: 455.13 miles
Cincinnati to South Bend Total Est. Time: 4 hours, 38 minutes
Total Est. Distance: 246.03 miles
I am choosing #1 South Bend #2 Chicago ------- I hope this helps

Buckda posted 11-08-2005 06:22 PM ET (US)     Profile for Buckda  Send Email to Buckda     
I agree with the South Bend angle - not only because it's close to me, but because if it's so-far central location.

Pat -
I hate to make things more difficult, but you should also check to find out what people's real parameters are.

For instance, my preference is South Bend or Chicago, but I wouldn't NOT attend if it was held elsewhere. Others might not be so flexible.

Dave

David Pendleton posted 11-08-2005 07:12 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Pendleton  Send Email to David Pendleton     

Either Chicago or South Bend would work for us.

I would not attend if it were anywhere else mentioned above, because it's just too far go drive in a weekend...

How about St. Paul? :)


LHG posted 11-08-2005 07:33 PM ET (US)     Profile for LHG    
I think this thread has been hijacked by the Detroit crowd.

Maybe this event should be held in Feb in Buffalo New York!

kingfish posted 11-09-2005 06:04 PM ET (US)     Profile for kingfish  Send Email to kingfish     
How can the Detroit crowd hijack this thread, when they originated it?

Inquiring minds want to know...

LHG posted 11-09-2005 06:15 PM ET (US)     Profile for LHG    
You got me there, John!

Actually, it sounds like a nice affair for Michigan area CW'ers. Sorry that I can't make it as I will not be in town.

kingfish posted 11-09-2005 07:15 PM ET (US)     Profile for kingfish  Send Email to kingfish     
Larry-

You mean if it winds up in Chicago, you won't even be there anyway?

Geez, Dave B., I'm not sure just you and my daughter are enough of a reason for me to make the trip!!

Just joking, all around, wishing it was spring already...

John

home Aside posted 11-09-2005 07:32 PM ET (US)     Profile for home Aside  Send Email to home Aside     
Hello All,
This is how it appears as of now.....I took it upon myself to put Detroit/Windsor as one locale because they are so close together.....still need to get numbers attending, for instance, If the rendezvous is away from greater Detroit area I will probably be solo, if in Detroit area my wife would also attend....

Home Aside 1)Detroit/Windsor 2)Ann Arbor
Buckda 2)Chicago 2)Anywhere
Banff22 2)Detroit/Windsor 2)Port Huron
Kingfish 2)Detroit/Windsor
Cicada 1)Ann Arbor 2)Chicago
TomG 1)Ann Arbor 2)Chicago
DMcIntyre
Dave Pendleton 1)Chicago 2)South Bend
Jimh & Christinee 1)Detroit/Windsor 2)Ann Arbor
Djahncke 1)Detroit/Windsor 2)Ann Arbor
Newport Whaler 1)South Bend

11 on list...#1 choices are worth 2 points, #2 choices 1 point. Totals so far.......subject to change,

Detroit/Windsor 10 points
Ann Arbor 7 points
Chicago 6 points
South Bend 3 points

if everyone can put number attending in their party as well as types of food, Greek, Mexican, Italian, etc.....

As I said in my earlier post, When I started this thread I forgot I was on Afternoon shift for the month of December, so the earliest I could get out of work on a Friday is 8PM the latest 10PM....so my schedule will be tight...I'll try & be as flexible as possible, and if it's in the Detroit area,and everyone would like to have a more private get together instead of a noisey restaurant, I'd also be happy to host a party at my home and put a few people up......Obviously, if we choose somewhere else, such as South Bend, others will have to make the arrangements, Cudos to Newport Whaler for his efforts seeling South Bend.....and as I said the current totals could be subject to change.....

WHOA....Something just struck me, if we have hockey fans in the midst and the Detroit area is ultimately chosen, we could go to a Plymouth WHALERS hockey game.....there is a very nice Greek retaurant right in the arena. It is the best sports deal in the Detroit area, $12.00 gets you a ticket to the game, soft drink, & pizza/hot dog (they have beer at the arena too......)Just thinking....let me know

Pat


home Aside posted 11-09-2005 07:34 PM ET (US)     Profile for home Aside  Send Email to home Aside     
Oops....when I listed everyones preferences the first one is their first choice, second one is second....looks like I hit the 2 in a few places that should have been 1 sorry

Pat

jeffs22outrage posted 11-10-2005 10:58 AM ET (US)     Profile for jeffs22outrage  Send Email to jeffs22outrage     
Pat,

I might be able to meet up for this. I will try to keep the dates open. As for a location, I think since you started the thread you pick the spot. Design by committee never works.

Cheers

banff22 posted 11-10-2005 12:04 PM ET (US)     Profile for banff22  Send Email to banff22     
Food?
"Greek, Mexican, Italian, etc....."
Sounds good to me. What about desert though?

And did I read hockey, $12.00 and beer all in the same paragraph? Oh Oh! Typically I find this hockey much better than mid-season NHL.

Something else for me came to mind if I ever happen to be in the Detroit area is to visit this Lockeman's place everyone in that area speaks so highly of.

Peter

home Aside posted 11-10-2005 12:34 PM ET (US)     Profile for home Aside  Send Email to home Aside     
Peter,
And the name of the Hockey team "Plymouth Whalers" has a catchy sound to it too....

I was down to Lockemans this morning, the Montauk is all set for winter, back home & tucked away in the garage....I'll have to check his Saturday hours, that might be an activity to do Store Hours permitting, I know he's closed on Sundays.....

Jeff,
You've got E-mail!!!!
You'd almost be required to be at the Rendezvous since you live at Ground Zero so to speak, many nice eating establishments in Royal Oak, and a good comedy club too....let us know and post your choice vote...

Pat Henahan
1-248-892-8580

Cicada posted 11-10-2005 09:43 PM ET (US)     Profile for Cicada  Send Email to Cicada     
Sounds like the Detroit area has been chosen for the rendevous? Memphis Smoke may be a choice for a restaurant. There's always Greek Town. Ooopa!

Paul

home Aside posted 11-11-2005 08:38 PM ET (US)     Profile for home Aside  Send Email to home Aside     
Hello All,

latest update on votes is below

Home Aside 1)Detroit/Windsor 2)Ann Arbor
Buckda 1)Chicago 2)Anywhere
Banff22 1)Detroit/Windsor 2)Port Huron
Kingfish 1)Detroit/Windsor
Cicada 1)Ann Arbor 2)Chicago
TomG 1)Ann Arbor 2)Chicago
DMcIntyre
Dave Pendleton 1)Chicago 2)South Bend
Jimh & Christinee 1)Detroit/Windsor 2)Ann Arbor
Djahncke 1)Detroit/Windsor 2)Ann Arbor
Newport Whaler 1)South Bend
Jeffsoutrage 1)Detroit/Windsor

12 on list...#1 choices are worth 2 points, #2 choices 1 point. Totals so far.......

Detroit/Windsor 12 points
Ann Arbor 7 points
Chicago 6 points
South Bend 3 points

Jeffsoutrage has joined in and I talked with Dave Zamit from Lockemans Hardware & Boats and he may join in also...a good chance for informed conversation for those thinking about E-tec Motors

Time flies by so fast, and since there haven't been any more serious votes cast to oust Detroit/Windsor from first place, I, as originator of this thread, am going to declare the venue of the Holiday Rendezvous to be DETROIT/WINDSOR.....December 3rd & 4th...Everyone is welcome

also for those from out of town who might want to comme in Friday night or early Saturday let us know so we can schedule activities......

That being said, if everyone can post the number attending in their party as well as types of food, Greek, Mexican, Italian, etc.....We can start the planning.......

I would appreciate it if everyone from the greater Detroit area would chime in and recommend restaurants, activities, etc. I will look into some hotel rates for those from out of town....I am going to be out of town for a few days starting Sunday November 13th.......till about the 19th....anyway make your posts and e-mail me if you want...

So let the games begin......


Pat Henahan
1-248-892-8580

jeffs22outrage posted 11-12-2005 10:34 PM ET (US)     Profile for jeffs22outrage  Send Email to jeffs22outrage     
Well I will offer up my suggestions...For Royal Oak there is Lile'y Sea Food which has some ok - pretty good food with meals between $10 - $20. They have home brewed beer and tables with charts of the great lakes laquered as table tops. Also there is Bastone which is newer to downtown and has good - great food and GREAT beers. They tend to have a belgian influence in there foods and beers. The meals are about the same price as Liley's. They can seat larger groups of people however, like most places in the "RO" it can get loud on a Saturday night with all the people. D'Amato's is another place in downtown Royal Oak that can seat large groups. It is an italian place with good food. Prices can be a bid more here if you end up with wine alone with dinner.

For those who do not know the area, Royal Oak is about the geographic center of the Metro Detroit Area. It is right at the intersection of I-75 and I-696. Easy to get to coming from anywhere in the Detroit area.

http://www.metrotimes.com/guide/restaurants/place.asp?id=4775
http://www.metrotimes.com/guide/restaurants/place.asp?id=8878
http://www.metrotimes.com/guide/restaurants/place.asp?id=2964

If in Port Huron - I will throw this out there...Don McIntyre you might like this one. The Crystal Bar in down town Port Huron is kind of an old time bar with the best fish and chips I know of. Not exactly a place with a "HOMEY" feel but it is close to the bridge and just off I-69 and I-94.

Like I stated before, Pat it should be your call in the end. If you choose a place in Royal Oak let me know and I can help you with getting things together.

Cheers,
Jeff

dfmcintyre posted 11-13-2005 05:53 AM ET (US)     Profile for dfmcintyre  Send Email to dfmcintyre     
Jeff -

Crystal for slumming it, if the group wants to meet here. I can also come up with three or four other places and a few that have a private area that we could reserve; Fogcutter, QuayStreet Brewery. Just let me know.

Don

TomG posted 11-13-2005 10:06 AM ET (US)     Profile for TomG  Send Email to TomG     
Much as I like to eat at all the places in Royal Oak that Jeff mentioned, I guess I was thinking of this as a little different kind of gathering. It seems to me that a more quiet, private venue where we can just hang out and talk would be more appealing than a busy downtown restaurant. Frankly, I think we'd be hard-pressed to find a place where 10-20 people could even get seated in Royal Oak on a Saturday night.

I don't have any great ideas of where that should be...just expressing an opinion about the "flavor" of the get-together. Maybe we could meet for dinner and then adjourn to someone's house or a quiet pub for rest of the evening.

Tom

banff22 posted 11-13-2005 10:34 AM ET (US)     Profile for banff22  Send Email to banff22     
My favourite words...
quote:
a quiet pub for rest of the evening

I tend to prefer not yelling at new and old acquaintances.

Peter

home Aside posted 11-13-2005 01:08 PM ET (US)     Profile for home Aside  Send Email to home Aside     
Hello All,

I agree with Tom G on some of his points re: Restaurant tables for that many people on a Saturday night.....As I said earlier in the thread, Nancy & I would be willing to host the get together at our home, we have lots of room, and we enjoy entertaining. Or we could go out somewhere to eat, and then return to my home for desert, coffee, and after dinner drinks, conversation etc, etc.....

If a quieter, in home get together suits everyone, I can arrange the food, beverages, tally it up, and divide the cost up amongst the participants....

I also have a neice who works for Hilton Hotels and am going to inquire if she can get some discount prices for those coming from out of town who may need a hotle room...

I'll be out of town from this afternoon until Wednesday....I check back then

So, lets hear everyone's opinions on which way to go

Pat

jeffs22outrage posted 11-16-2005 10:53 AM ET (US)     Profile for jeffs22outrage  Send Email to jeffs22outrage     
Pat, If you are offering up the house for a get together I will have to say that is going to be the best place for a quiet dinner. You know how the places can get around here on a Saturday night. To help out everyone could bring something for dinner thus removing some of the burden off your back to cook. Hopefully you will have some venison to share;p.
djahncke posted 11-16-2005 01:33 PM ET (US)     Profile for djahncke  Send Email to djahncke     

Pat,

I second Jeff's point. If you are willing to host it would be the quietest place for us to get together. If Buckda is coming maybe he could do an encore performance of his Isle Royal slideshow for those that didn't make the Mullett rendezvous.

-Don

Christinee posted 11-16-2005 08:23 PM ET (US)     Profile for Christinee  Send Email to Christinee     
Pat,

I say take the ball and run with it. We'd be delighted to come to your house.
I know you are a man who appreciates good food so whatever you decide to
purchase (as in already cooked) would be alright by me. I'm sure we would all be willing to give you a check for whatever amount this may be. On the other hand most would probably contribute a side dish and or dessert if you provide the meat. Everyone can bring their prefered beverage. You decide and let us know. That being said, I'm really looking forward to this!
-Chris

TomG posted 11-17-2005 09:06 AM ET (US)     Profile for TomG  Send Email to TomG     
Pat, if you are willing to host us in your home, that would be wonderful. We'll certainly be glad to chip in for expenses and bring a dish too...Jan makes some awesome desserts. Are you sure you want to have such a wild & crazy group in your house? Better move all the valuables to safer areas. ;-)

Tom

home Aside posted 11-17-2005 12:01 PM ET (US)     Profile for home Aside  Send Email to home Aside     
Hello All,
Back from the Windy, Rainy, and I guess now snowy northern Michigan Forests....I'm heading back up tomorrow morning....anyway
Nancy & I are announcing that the BWGLCC Holiday Rendezvous will be at our Home on the evening of Saturday December 3, 2005. I suggest a Buffet style meal, We will supply the Meat/Fish (I'd like to do Beef Tenderloin and slice it to put on rolls with Bernaisse sauce & I'll grill up some Salmon also). So if we can maybe get some volunteers for appetizers, Veggies/fruit, Salads, sides, desserts, wine, Beer, Pop, etc, I think we can make this a party. If you can post it here or e-mail me with what you're going to bring, I'll put it together and post a list of what we have later.
Depending on when the out of towners are planning on getting into town, I thought we might be able to plan an outing on Saturday, maybe a trip down to Lockemans Hardware & Boats (although they are only open until 1PM, maybe I could talk Dave into staying open a little later for a group), to the Dawson Great Lakes Museum on Belle Isle, or maybe I can set up a tour of the Coast Guard Station on Belle Isle....any other suggestions/ideas would be appreciated.....
I probably won't post again until late Sunday or Monday, so send in those suggestions and menu items as soon as possible.....talk to you soon

Pat

TomG posted 11-17-2005 01:19 PM ET (US)     Profile for TomG  Send Email to TomG     
Pat, I have a freezer full of delicious Lake Michigan salmon. I'd be happy to donate some to the cause. Just let me know how much you need and we'll bring it along.

In addition, we'll plan on bringing a dessert or two. Lockeman's sounds good...so does the Maritime Museum...

Thanks for taking this on!

Tom

jimh posted 11-17-2005 01:33 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
[Fixed some very long URI's.]
home Aside posted 11-21-2005 01:00 PM ET (US)     Profile for home Aside  Send Email to home Aside     
Hello All,
I'm back, start posting what you want to contribute (food/drink wise)to the BWGLCC Holiday Rendezvous on December 3, 2005. Also I will be sending out e-mails later today to everyone who has signed up. Also post the number attending so we can get an accurate count....


Pat

home Aside posted 11-22-2005 10:03 PM ET (US)     Profile for home Aside  Send Email to home Aside     
Menu thus far

Pat & Nancy - Beef tenderloin with bernaisse sauce on rolls
Shrimp cocktail
Paul & Suzanne - Crab dip, veggies/fruit, soda
Jeff - Chicken / cheese tortilla dip
TomG - Grilled salmon & desserts
Peter - liquor, beer, help and other thirst quenchers
Dive 1 - 3 layer German chocolate cake

Pat

Newport_whaler posted 11-23-2005 11:59 AM ET (US)     Profile for Newport_whaler  Send Email to Newport_whaler     
Well I have been asked to watch the new puppy that my parents have (Charlie) during that weekend. Moms Birthday so cant say no. Barb and I wish we could make it but am unable to. It sounds like a great time and a special Thanks to Pat and Nancy for opening your home to everyone.

Barb and I wishing you and yours a special Thanksgiving- I will leave ya with a joke that is so dumb that it will make ya laugh

Two friends were hunting in the woods. One was an experienced
hunter.He was taking his friend on his first hunting trip. But his friend was a peaceful guy who didn't have the heart to hurt any animals.

Eventually, they found a deer. When they were within shooting range, they saw that the deer had an infection in one eye. The infection explained why the deer hadn't seen them sneak up. The experienced hunter readied his gun and looked through the viewfinder. But before he could shoot, his friend started making a commotion.

"Hey," he said, "this is a bad-eye deer."

Tom

home Aside posted 11-23-2005 02:52 PM ET (US)     Profile for home Aside  Send Email to home Aside     
Hello all,

Tom,

Sorry you can't make it, thanks though for the reply and interest....

I'm sure we'll here from more of the others after the holiday weekend, which is understandable....here's the latest update

Pat & Nancy - Beef tenderloin with bernaisse sauce on rolls
Shrimp cocktail
Paul & Suzanne - Crab dip, veggies/fruit, soda
Jeff - Chicken / cheese tortilla dip
TomG - Grilled salmon & desserts
Peter - liquor, beer, help and other thirst quenchers
Dive 1 - 3 layer German chocolate cake
Buckda - Trip to Meijers to fill in gaps with anything else needed

Also just to clarify..... the Event going on at Dossin Great Lakes Museum, that just happens to be on Saturday December 3, 2005, is in addition to our trip down to Lockemans Hardware & Boats......I figure Lockemans around 9AM or 10AM and the Dossin Museum event around 12PM or 1PM

Pat

David Pendleton posted 11-23-2005 08:55 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Pendleton  Send Email to David Pendleton     
You appear to have already accounted for this in your planning, but I (and my wife) will not be attending.

home Aside posted 11-24-2005 08:45 AM ET (US)     Profile for home Aside  Send Email to home Aside     
Dave,
Sorry you can't make it, I would enjoy meeting you. The Great Lakes Group on CW has some good numbers in it and members seem to have some longevity on the site....This year the votes of members who replied dictated the venue....I'm hoping this might turn into a yearly event....and someone else will host making opportunities for members to go to different locales each year....Unfortunately, the holiday season has everyone pretty busy and not everyone can make it......take care, I hope to see you on the water some time....Happy Thanksgiving...

Pat Henahan

home Aside posted 11-26-2005 10:19 AM ET (US)     Profile for home Aside  Send Email to home Aside     
Hello Everyone,
Hope you're all feeling Fat & Sassy after a nice Thanksgiving Dinner......I tried to be good....key word TRIED...

Anyway, One week until the BWGLCC Holiday Rendezvous, which will be held at my home, Saturday December 3, 2005....thus far the plan is to commence the festivities around 6:30PM - 7:00PM......

I have not yet received responses from everyone regarding numbers attending and what they will be bringing, which is understandable due to the Holiday Weekend.....

Salads & appetizers are still open for anyone who wants to contribute (check the last list posted to get an idea what is already been offered).....So if you can respond either here or to my e-mail address and let me know I'd appreciate it.

It appears there are some who might be able to attend the Field Trip portion, but not the Dinner portion of our Holiday Rendezvous and vice versa. On Saturday Morning starting anywhere from 9AM - 10AM we're going to Lockeman's Hardware & Boats in Detroit to visit with Dave Zammit and get some up close education on the Evinrude e-tec's. From there we are going down to the Dossin Great Lakes Museum on Belle Isle arriving around 12PM - 1PM.

That being said I've e-mailed maps of all locations to everyone who has replied earlier in the thread, as well as anyone else I know of from the Great Lakes Area.....if there is anyone else, new or old, Jr or Sr member, participants, who I have not thought of, or didn't realize were in the area, who would like to attend....by all means, please contact me here on the thread or e-mail me and let me know.....the more the Merrier!!!!!

Pat Henahan

home Aside posted 11-26-2005 10:58 PM ET (US)     Profile for home Aside  Send Email to home Aside     
Latest Addition to the Menue

Pat & Nancy - Beef tenderloin with bernaisse sauce on rolls
Shrimp cocktail
Paul & Suzanne - Crab dip, veggies/fruit, soda
Jeff - Chicken / cheese tortilla dip
TomG - Grilled salmon & desserts
Peter - liquor, beer, help and other thirst quenchers
Dive 1 - 3 layer German chocolate cake
Djahncke - Seasoned Red Skin Potatoes

Pat

PeteB88 posted 11-27-2005 07:33 PM ET (US)     Profile for PeteB88  Send Email to PeteB88     
Hey everyone, we had dinner with Tom G last night and went to a Warren Miller ski movie - he told us about the rendezvous and we are trying to clear time to make it. Ellen is a fab cook and will certainly bring something - perhaps a few loaves of awesome bread. I am looking forward to it if we can break loose. I will confirm (hopefully) by Tuesday.

One day closer to summer . . .

home Aside posted 11-27-2005 09:18 PM ET (US)     Profile for home Aside  Send Email to home Aside     
Pete,
Glad to here that you may be able to make the Holiday Rendezvous....let me know here or e-mail me re: number attending, and when you think you can make it down for the day time Field trip and evening get together or just the evening....look forward to meeting you

Pat

home Aside posted 11-28-2005 05:06 PM ET (US)     Profile for home Aside  Send Email to home Aside     
Hello Everybody,

Just talked with Dave Zammit of Lockemans Hardware & Boats and let him know a group would be coming down Saturday Morning, arriving somewhere around 9AM-10AM, he said he'll look forward to seeing us and showing us around, kicking some tires, and answering any questions on older OMC's or the E-Tec's, etc, etc....he and his wife are also hoping to make the evening festivities, he just has to check his calender one more time.....

Pat

PeteB88 posted 11-28-2005 10:43 PM ET (US)     Profile for PeteB88  Send Email to PeteB88     
Pat

Thanks! It looks like we are going to be able to clear Saturda y for the rendezvous but still have one more hoop to jump through. I doubt we will make the field trips and will confirm Ellen and I for the evening. Chances are 80% right now.

I will email you final in a couple of days but I am quite sure Ellen and I will be there. She wants to make a couple of loaves of bread and we'll bring a bottle of wine for sure.

best
Pete

home Aside posted 11-28-2005 11:21 PM ET (US)     Profile for home Aside  Send Email to home Aside     
Pete,
That would be great, I'll look forward to hearing from you

Pat

djahncke posted 11-29-2005 12:10 PM ET (US)     Profile for djahncke  Send Email to djahncke     
Pat,

Are we going to meet at Lockeman's or gather at another point and car pool down?

-Don

home Aside posted 11-29-2005 02:20 PM ET (US)     Profile for home Aside  Send Email to home Aside     
I suggest those in the N/W Suburbs (Farmington Hills, W. Bloomfield, Beverly Hills, etc) meet at my place or maybe a nearby/conveniently located coffee shop Saturday morning, and then car pool it down depending on everyone's schedules, others coming from different areas can meet us also and or meet us down at Lockemans.....
I did send out e-mails with map attachments to those who have signed up, if they didn't come through let me know if you need the addresses so you can yahoo your own maps.....

Pat

home Aside posted 11-29-2005 09:44 PM ET (US)     Profile for home Aside  Send Email to home Aside     
Latest Update......

Pat & Nancy - Beef tenderloin with bernaisse sauce on rolls
Shrimp cocktail
Paul & Suzanne - Crab dip, veggies/fruit, soda
Jeff - Chicken / cheese tortilla dip
TomG - Grilled salmon & desserts
Peter - liquor, beer, help and other thirst quenchers
Dive 1 - 3 layer German chocolate cake
Djahncke - Seasoned Red Skin Potatoes
Pete & Ellen - Home made Bread & Wine
Kingfish = Gourmet Outre Coffee & Outer Banks Cornbread

Pat

TomG posted 12-01-2005 06:57 PM ET (US)     Profile for TomG  Send Email to TomG     
Pat and all...

Jan and I will be there for dinner and socializing Sat. evening, but it looks like we will get into town too late to make the field trips. Hope everyone has a good time at Lockeman's and the museum...see you at Pat's.

Tom

home Aside posted 12-01-2005 08:05 PM ET (US)     Profile for home Aside  Send Email to home Aside     
Tom,
Got ya.....look forward to seeing you and meeting Jan


Pat

jimh posted 12-01-2005 09:03 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
I will definitely be at the Saturday dinner.

Where is the Rendezvous Point for the Saturday A.M. trip? Or meet at Lockeman's?

--jimh

PeteB88 posted 12-01-2005 09:33 PM ET (US)     Profile for PeteB88  Send Email to PeteB88     
what about Buckda - he's gonna be there right?
home Aside posted 12-01-2005 09:36 PM ET (US)     Profile for home Aside  Send Email to home Aside     
Jim,
Glad to hear you can make it......You're not that far away from my place, if you know of a coffee shop somewhere in the 13 Mile & Southfield area near you, Peter, Buckda, me, and possibly Kingfish (depending on how early he leaves Saturday morning) could meet you and we could all ride down together......let me know what you think...

Pat

Buckda posted 12-01-2005 09:39 PM ET (US)     Profile for Buckda  Send Email to Buckda     
Yes.

I'm saddling up after work tomorrow afternoon and will be there late tomorrow night.

Looking forward to it!

Dave

home Aside posted 12-01-2005 09:40 PM ET (US)     Profile for home Aside  Send Email to home Aside     
Pete,
I'll be picking up Peter at the Windsor Train Station around 11PM Friday night, Buckda will be arriving at my house in Farmington Hills around 11:30PM Friday night, Kingfish will be coming from Battle Creek Saturday Morning, not sure just what time yet, feel free to join us Saturday Morning if you want for the trip to Lockeman's and Dossin Great Lakes Museum....and of course Ellen is welcome to join us too for the field trip Saturday morning/ afternoon....

Pat

home Aside posted 12-01-2005 09:42 PM ET (US)     Profile for home Aside  Send Email to home Aside     
Dive 1 (aka Jim Biro of Port Clinton, Ohio)) is also meeting us at Lockeman's Saturday morning.....

Pat

Cicada posted 12-01-2005 10:45 PM ET (US)     Profile for Cicada  Send Email to Cicada     
Still working on meeting everyone at Dossin's. Tied up with a company get together tomorrow night. Looking forward to seeing everyone.

Paul

PeteB88 posted 12-02-2005 04:15 PM ET (US)     Profile for PeteB88  Send Email to PeteB88     
The "Go" meter hit 95% likely we will be able to join you guys tomorrow. Ellen is stopping at Krogers to pick up some yeast for the bread. I will confirm by Email in the morning but everything looks great.

Best

banff22 posted 12-02-2005 05:14 PM ET (US)     Profile for banff22  Send Email to banff22     
Train leaves in 45 minutes.
Roads are closing due to snow. Roads turned to ice in the last hour as the sun went down.

Great idea about the train Pat!

Peter

kingfish posted 12-02-2005 05:24 PM ET (US)     Profile for kingfish  Send Email to kingfish     
Peter-

So you'll be sharing the good news with us that you made reference to an another post when we get together??

Inquiring minds...

banff22 posted 12-02-2005 06:26 PM ET (US)     Profile for banff22  Send Email to banff22     
Of course. Now let's see if Ican post from a moving train as well as I did from a boat using this BB thing.

Peter

jimh posted 12-02-2005 08:48 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
I will meet everyone at Lockeman's. What is the target time?
home Aside posted 12-02-2005 09:07 PM ET (US)     Profile for home Aside  Send Email to home Aside     
Jimh,
Target time for Lockeman's is between 9AM - 10AM, hopefully closer to 9AM.....did you get me earlier e-mail re: meeting for coffee somewhere between you & Me and riding down together ? Let me know if you want to, if not we'll meet you at Lockemans...I'm leaving in about 15 Minutes to pick up Peter in Windsor


Pat

djahncke posted 12-02-2005 10:06 PM ET (US)     Profile for djahncke  Send Email to djahncke     

I'm planning to meet everybody at Lockeman's. See you all tomorrow morning.

-Don

home Aside posted 12-03-2005 12:42 AM ET (US)     Profile for home Aside  Send Email to home Aside     
Hello Everybody,

Peter & Buckda have landed in Farmington Hills, we are having a lager & discussing tomorrows planned events.....See you at Lockeman's to begin the fun

Pat

kingfish posted 12-03-2005 07:53 AM ET (US)     Profile for kingfish  Send Email to kingfish     
I'll be catching up with everybody at Lockeman's - I'll call while on the road.

John

PeteB88 posted 12-03-2005 10:43 AM ET (US)     Profile for PeteB88  Send Email to PeteB88     
We'll be there -- is anyone bringing salads?
LHG posted 12-03-2005 01:54 PM ET (US)     Profile for LHG    
*IMPORTANT NEWS ALERT*

Dear Mr Home Aside:

Although realizing your intentions were good in planning this event, I must inform you that this morning, the Founding & Charter members of the Boston Whaler Great Lakes Cruising Club, founded Labor Day weekend, 1992, by myself, and distinguished Whaler owners Backlash and JimG, have met in emergency session and determined that since we can't be there, this event is not a properly sanctioned event of BWGLCC, that holding this event under this name is without our permission, and accordingly, you must cease and desist in the use of this name.

Furthermore, in reviewing the list of Attendees, is is apparent and recommended that instead, you refer to yourselves and this event as being sanctioned by the Antique OMC Owners Association of Greater Michigan, Ohio and Ontario. This appears fitting, as we note that one of the day's events includes a visit to a local OMC Servicing Dealership. This certainly makes sense, as hopefully you will all gain continuing and developing knowledge as to how to keep your engines functioning for, perhaps if you are lucky, one more season.

If you continue to use the BWGLCC name for this event, as Mercury and Yamaha owners, we will call up on the Mercury and Yamaha gods (assuming they are still talking to each other), to silently and slowly cause your VRO systems to self destruct ahead of time, resulting in blown powerheads upon the crystal clear cruising waters of the Great Lakes, and at a time when no Mercury or Yamaha powered Whalers will be able to tow you in.

And in addition, I have also met in secret session with Eagleman, representing a quorum for the Illinois and Wisconsin chapter of the Boston Whaler Mercury Owners Association, and we have determined that one of our members, Buckda, has violated our Code of Ethics in associating with this group of OMC Owners, and worse, being seen on the premisis of an OMC/E-TEC Dealership, and will be duly sanctioned upon return to Chicago. In all likelyhood, his free towing privleges will be revoked, and will no longer be assisted nor accompanied in long over water runs for emergency breakdown parts.

Finally, word is out among the Honda owners association of Japan, that they have not only have a defector in their midst, doing the unthikable and selling one of their new prized engine designs, but that this same defector is EVEN WILLING to associate with a bunch of stinky, smokey OMC 2-stroke owners. The Honda gods are accordingly doing everything in their power to prevent sale of that offending Boston Whaler.

And in conclusion, we wish you all a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. And in knowing some of you, I know you will all raise your Diet Cokes in a toast to those Whaler Owners who can't be there.

Repectfully Yours,

LHG Your Cruise Director,
The Boston Whaler Great Lakes Cruising Club

"Without Black, you run in Back"
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PS: this document has been reviewed and approved for accuracy of content by Mr. Tony, A.K.A. "Paleale", honorary counsel to BWGLCC.

ConB posted 12-03-2005 02:34 PM ET (US)     Profile for ConB  Send Email to ConB     
Larry, That's funny! Do you think Marlin would go for a boat ride if you didn't have "black on back"?
Con
home Aside posted 12-03-2005 04:32 PM ET (US)     Profile for home Aside  Send Email to home Aside     
Honorable LHG and other BWGLCC Board members,

Eat your hearts out, wish you were here, and so do You!!!

LHG that's some funny stuff.....I do wish you guys were here, we had 8 of us down to Lockeman's and then Spouter had to head back to Ohio, then we were off to the Dossin Great Lakes Museum where we were joined by Cicada.

I'm am truly ashamed to say in all my years in this area I had never been to the Museum, it is truly a remarkable place....then we were off to Duffy's Bar for a quick lunch & Guiness...

We're expecting we will have 18-20 for our dinner & drinks tonight, we'll be posting photo's later, it has been a great day thus far, filled with interesting events & good friends....

Pat
Buckda
Kingfish
Peter

jechura posted 12-03-2005 04:48 PM ET (US)     Profile for jechura  Send Email to jechura     
Larry

Being at the Lockemans "Summit", but not 100% positive, David, on loan from Michigan to Illinois, may have wrote a check for a deposit.

Jerry

Sheila posted 12-03-2005 09:56 PM ET (US)     Profile for Sheila  Send Email to Sheila     
Sounds like you all are having a blast!

Pete, Ellen, thanks for the phone call. I don't believe I've ever been "passed around" a party before. I guess by phone it's acceptable.

I was happy to put voices with some of the names. To all of you, safe returns home, Merry Christmas...er....Happy Holidays....er....Happy Winter Festival!

My BH and I were at my USCGAux Flotilla Christmas party last night. It was fun, but you all sound like you're having more fun. Besides, I had to be home early as I was due on the water at 7 am to crew for a friend as a safety boat for an outrigger race. I guess back there, you guys don't have boating-related time restrictions to your holiday parties?

Sorry, couldn't resist.

djahncke posted 12-04-2005 12:54 PM ET (US)     Profile for djahncke  Send Email to djahncke     

Larry,

Your threatened sanctions against Buckda are beyond the pale and quite beneath such a distinguished whalerer as yourself. To deny a fellow whalerer assistance especially when it is well known that his current motor (what type is it again … Oh yea that black thing on his transom named after a mythical Roman god, Mercury) has proven to be less than reliable. All I can assume is that the cold winter weather has frozen your heart and that with the thaw in the spring you will come to your senses and recognize that we all must support Buckda. Not for the misfortune he is suffering with his powerplant but for his good sense to select such a fine boat.

Despite your cold heart we all wish you could have joined us for this festive gathering.

-Don

PeteB88 posted 12-04-2005 02:25 PM ET (US)     Profile for PeteB88  Send Email to PeteB88     
I don't know what the rest of the Whaler world did last night but we had a great time at Pat's. It was great meeting everyone and the food was awesome. Montauk cooler held the beers and we all agreed to come back to Pat's every Saturday night for the same. Buckda had lots of photos and more. We even did a conference call to Sheila on my cell phone and got the latest conditions off Oceanside California. I hope you guys post the group photo with Ellen sound asleep on the couch.

Thanks again Pat and Nancy for your hospitality and best to all.

One more day closer to summer.

Pete and Ellen.

PeteB88 posted 12-04-2005 02:43 PM ET (US)     Profile for PeteB88  Send Email to PeteB88     
I don't know what the rest of the Whaler world did last night but we had a great time at Pat's. It was great meeting everyone and the food was awesome. Montauk cooler held the beers and we all agreed to come back to Pat's every Saturday night for the same. Buckda had lots of photos and more. We even did a conference call to Sheila on my cell phone and got the latest conditions off Oceanside California. I hope you guys post the group photo with Ellen sound asleep on the couch.

Thanks again Pat and Nancy for your hospitality and best to all.

One more day closer to summer.

Pete and Ellen.

Buckda posted 12-04-2005 06:48 PM ET (US)     Profile for Buckda  Send Email to Buckda     
Special thanks to Pat and Nancy for a great rendezvous. You are both gratious and wonderful hosts. I hope everyone got home okay in the snow!

Besides being alarmist and jumping the gun (ala "Dewey Defeats Truman!"), I find the allegations against me leveled by the BWGLCC founding members to be alarming. Not because they're making them, but because Larry is teaming with two Yamaha guys against old-line OMC entusiasts.

The demonstrations of three E-Tec motors (225 HO, 90 and 50 HP) were informative and impressive.

Best of all was the opportunity to meet new people who are at least as enthusiastic about their Whalers as I am, and to see that they too, deal with skeptical family members!

Thanks again everyone. Looking forward to the opportunities to go boating with each of you soon.


Dave

TomG posted 12-04-2005 07:34 PM ET (US)     Profile for TomG  Send Email to TomG     
Jan and I had a great time...thank you, Pat and Nancy for your hospitality, lovely home and great family...you really made us all welcome!

It was so much fun to talk Whalers non-stop...well, almost non-stop except for munching on all the wonderful food and drink. And what a great bunch of people to hang out with...plus the great photos Buckda had for us of the Isle Royale and Inland Waterway rendezvous'.

And we even got Sheila into the act...via phone from SoCal...

Dive 1's German Chocolate Cake was to die for...and Kingfish's special blend of Outré coffee got our motors revving.

And is the world ready for Whaler Ale????

I hope this is the First Annual...I'd be happy to host next year's bash in West Michigan.

Tom

TomG posted 12-04-2005 08:00 PM ET (US)     Profile for TomG  Send Email to TomG     
Oh yeah...and one more thing...

LHG...you will be happy to learn that I have been suitably indoctrinated by this band of "BWGLCC Renegades". (You should see their gang "colors" with the Skull and Crossed Harpoons).

Thanks to them I have gotten a fresh dose of "Whaler Religion". I'm thinking seriously about keeping my current Outrage/Honda and buying it a a full set of canvas for the New Year.

Happy Holidays!

Tom

LHG posted 12-04-2005 08:17 PM ET (US)     Profile for LHG    
It sounds like everyone had a great time, but I've got to say, for some reason, my ears are still ringing!
home Aside posted 12-04-2005 08:31 PM ET (US)     Profile for home Aside  Send Email to home Aside     
Hello Everyone,

I just want to thank all the Whaler enthusiasts of CW and BWGLCC who attended the Holiday Rendezvous, Nancy & I really enjoy entertaining and were glad to host it at our home. Nancy now knows first hand that what I've been telling her that the quality of the people I've met here on Continuouswave.com is TRUE.....

The Company and Whaler conversation was great, the food was to die for....

Some of the highlights were Pete and Ellen's Salad & Bread, Kingfish's Cornbread & coffee, TomG's & Jan's Salmon & cake, Erin & Jeff's Spicey chicken dip, Suzanne & Paul's Crab dip, veggies, fruit, and Whaler Beer, Pat & Nancy's Beef Tenderloin with Bernaisse sauce & Shrimp cocktail, Dive 1's German Chocolate cake, Don's Roasted Redskin Potatoes, Peter's Drinks, Jimh's Detroit Beer and Buckda's entertainment all made for an unforgetable evening.......Not to go unnoticed was our phone call to Sheila in Sunny California, and a the reading of LHG's long winded and very humurous post regarding the rendezvous.....I wish you all could have been here......

I hope everyone made it home safe & sound....I will talk to you all soon.....Happy Holidays

Pat & Nancy Henahan

banff22 posted 12-05-2005 11:55 AM ET (US)     Profile for banff22  Send Email to banff22     
It was a wonderful get together. It was great to see familiar faces again and finally be able to put a face to some familiar names.

The hospitality of the Henahan Family was superb.

Regards,
Peter

kingfish posted 12-05-2005 01:05 PM ET (US)     Profile for kingfish  Send Email to kingfish     
Thanks to Pat for putting this event together; it was a fun opportunity to meet with friends old and new, and the visits to the Dossin Great Lakes Museum and Lockeman's were informative and fun.

And thanks to Pat and Nancy for sharing their home with us (even put a few of us up overnight) and for acting as such gracious hosts; the "potluck dinner was superb, as was the comraderie.

Larry, JimG and Steve, sorry you guys couldn't make it, but we did talk about you all night long! (Larry - funny post!)

John

Cicada posted 12-05-2005 01:08 PM ET (US)     Profile for Cicada  Send Email to Cicada     
Pat and Nancy,

Thanks again for you wonderful hospitality. Suzanne and I had a great time seeing the people we already knew and meeting some that we didn't.

I view the edicts and sanctions directed toward the event and specifically Buckda as a last ditch effort to keep him under the direct influence of the Dark Side. Hopefully the demonstrations, camaraderie and good food was enough to help him make the "right" decision.

A real enjoyable get together and a boost to the spirit as the water gets hard up here.

Paul

PeteB88 posted 12-05-2005 02:43 PM ET (US)     Profile for PeteB88  Send Email to PeteB88     
I have read the post about proper sanctioning etc about three times, maybe four and I hope it is meant to be humorous. I believe everything just about all the time - I don't know LGH I'm pretty new etc and I didn't know anything about BWGLCC and hope all this is a ha ha inside joke. If not, enlighten me and if not, I got Buckda's back - I got respect for him because he is everywhere and must be committed to the Whaler world. we had a great time, no need for unnecessary tension. I hope it's a joke but if you wanna throw down bring it on!!! Buckda, I got your back .. .

One More Day Closer to Summer

kingfish posted 12-05-2005 02:58 PM ET (US)     Profile for kingfish  Send Email to kingfish     
Pete-

Inside joke - probably too complicated to explain to someone who "wasn't there" ("...You had to be there..."), but all in good fun - take the gloves back off...

John

Buckda posted 12-05-2005 03:45 PM ET (US)     Profile for Buckda  Send Email to Buckda     
Last night after driving home from the rendezvous, I had to reflect on Larry’s post. I know he’s kidding, but in all seriousness, I found it interesting that by far, a greater number of BWGLCC “members” have OMC or Yamaha engines, as compared to Mercury (LHG is doing double time by having 5 Mercs on only three boats!!).

Let’s review who was at the rendezvous, and what they have on the transom (presumably from the dealership, except in the case of TomG).

The “foreign main motor” contingent:
Tom G: 180 Outrage (post classic) with Honda 150 HP 4-stroke

The “OMC/Bombardier” contingent:
Djhancke: 15’ Sport with 70 HP Evinrude; 17’ Dauntless with 115 HP Evinrude FICHT
Kingfish: 22’ Outrage with 225 HP Evinrude and 8 HP Yamaha 4-stroke
Home Aside: 17’ Montauk with 90 HP Evinrude
Cicada: 18’ Outrage with 150 HP and 9.9 HP Johnson motors
Jechura: 22’ Outrage with 235 HP Johnson and 15 HP Yamaha 2-stroke
Jeffs22Outrage: 22’ Outrage with 235 HP Evinrude
Banff22: 22’ Outrage with 225 HP Evinrude
JimH: 22’ Revenge with 225 HP Evinrude
PeteB88: 13’ Sport…I’m going to guess Evinrude power!
Dive1: 22’ Raider with twin Evinrude’s (I don’t remember HP)

With the Mercury:
Buckda: 18’ Outrage with 150 HP Mercury

LHG: I prefer to think of myself as a “missionary.” Staying away won’t win any converts! You should have SEEN how EASY it is to winterize an E-TEC engine, and what cool diagnostics/control features you can command from a simple palm pilot. Amazing, really – and with such light weight!

= |

Dave

Buckda posted 12-05-2005 03:47 PM ET (US)     Profile for Buckda  Send Email to Buckda     
Oh, wait....I was supposed to convert THEM to Mercury?!

Sheesh...all of those photos of me fogging Isle Royale for bugs sure didn't help out.

:)

PeteB88 posted 12-05-2005 05:51 PM ET (US)     Profile for PeteB88  Send Email to PeteB88     
OKAY, gloves off, good thing Ellen didn't hear about this, she is much more serious than I am about certain things - plus she was Head Wrestling Coach at her Middle School two years ago and the team whommpped booty - she had more kids out for the team than the other three middle schools combined - she's a dangerous woman!!!

best

jimh posted 12-05-2005 07:51 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
My thanks to Pat and his family for hosting this fine event. It was beautifully organized, and it was a great pleasure to have a wintery evening dinner party with old and new Boston Whaler friends. Three cheers for Pat!

DIVE 1 posted 12-05-2005 08:02 PM ET (US)     Profile for DIVE 1    
Pat & Nancy,

Thank you for putting this together and opening your beautiful home to us. I really enjoyed myself and had a great(relaxing) time. I truly enjoyed seeing everyone and meeting other Whaler fanatics for the first time.

Happy Holidays to all of you.

Gotta Go - Back to work

Jim

TomG posted 12-05-2005 08:21 PM ET (US)     Profile for TomG  Send Email to TomG     
Dave, that is a very intersting breakdown on power. I think Pete has a Yamaha on his 13, but that won't change things much.

Also, I can't help but notice from your list how many 22' hulls were there.
"We're gonna need a bigger boat!"

Tom

Cicada posted 12-05-2005 08:24 PM ET (US)     Profile for Cicada  Send Email to Cicada     
Dave,

You forgot Cicada, the 15' Sport with the 1978 Johnson 70.

I'm disappointed LHG, Backlash and JimG didn't make it to the rendevouz. You guys missed a good time.

Paul

PeteB88 posted 12-05-2005 09:44 PM ET (US)     Profile for PeteB88  Send Email to PeteB88     
Pete has Yamaha on the 13 and one of two cool older Johnsons for the 11.5 - - a 25 and a 9.9 - both tiller. I can choose power easy depending on who is running the boat and if there are 10 HP limits on any body of water. It's a piece of cake to lift either motor on or off the 11.5.

best

jeffs22outrage posted 12-06-2005 09:09 AM ET (US)     Profile for jeffs22outrage  Send Email to jeffs22outrage     
Echoing everyones comments. Thanks you Pat and Nancy for your hosting of the party.

Erin really surprised me after we left, the first comment when we got in the car was, "those are some REALLY great people." I am not saying she is a cold hearted person by any means, she is very much the opposite of that. It is just nice to hear that being the first thing she had to say to me. Like Pat said, it is nice that she now can see that the quality of character around here is as good say I say it is.

Thanks Again

BTW Dave, you forgot to add the Montauk - Mariner 90 tower of power.

Buckda posted 12-06-2005 09:53 AM ET (US)     Profile for Buckda  Send Email to Buckda     
Jeff -
I didn't forget, but I thought it was your dad's boat.

If we want to include family members' boats, we'd have to add your Mariner and my dad's Yamaha 250 on his 22' Guardian....and Kingfish's family Montauk in Canada (John...did that have an OMC motor?).

banff22 posted 12-06-2005 10:30 AM ET (US)     Profile for banff22  Send Email to banff22     
Oh Oh.
My brother still has our original family tender, a 10 or 11 ft Whaler with a 9.9 Mercury.

Peter

jeffs22outrage posted 12-06-2005 11:34 AM ET (US)     Profile for jeffs22outrage  Send Email to jeffs22outrage     
dave

classify it as you will, I use it more than he does and it is the "family's." I just thought I would help you out so you were not the lone Merc owner...;P

TomG posted 12-06-2005 12:22 PM ET (US)     Profile for TomG  Send Email to TomG     
I feel so inadequate...only one Whaler in the family. Guess I better get busy...

Tom

Royboy posted 12-06-2005 12:48 PM ET (US)     Profile for Royboy  Send Email to Royboy     
Sounds like we missed a wonderful time, dang it! Oh well, we'll just have to wait for a "sanctioned event". Too funny, Larry.

Roy

jimh posted 12-10-2005 10:07 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
I am posting some pictures in another thread:

http://continuouswave.com/ubb/Forum7/HTML/000632.html

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