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East Coast Cyburbia Get-Together (with Poll)

Where whould you be interested/able to attend an east coast get-together?

  • CIP Conference, Halifax, NS, July

    Votes: 2 16.7%
  • NNECAPA Conference, Concord, NH, September

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Portsmouth, NH - Date to be determined, no conference

    Votes: 1 8.3%
  • Portland, ME - Date to be determined, no conference

    Votes: 2 16.7%
  • No preference, just tell me where and when!

    Votes: 4 33.3%
  • Other ideas, shared below

    Votes: 3 25.0%

  • Total voters
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This meeting of Tran and jmf reminds me that there needs to be a Northern New England/Eastern Canada get together sometime in the future.....can't let all the fun happen in Denver!
 

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Portsmouth NH or Portland Me. would'nt be a bad places for us east coasters to get together. Or the CIP conference in Halifax in June JMF and I will be working on something for there....

I am pretty sure you can still get brador in quebec.
 

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donk said:
Portsmouth NH or Portland Me. would'nt be a bad places for us east coasters to get together.
If you all are serious about this, get me some general timeframes, and Mary Poppins and I can probably help set something up in either NH or ME. :)
 

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I am good anytime in april or may, except easter weekend (friend's wedding). Once the summer starts I am pretty much committed every weekend.
 

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Well, my wife has exams likely until the end of April. And we are hoping to go to the UK in May...don't know the dates yet. It's possible that late May or June would work for us.
 

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donk said:
Portsmouth NH or Portland Me. would'nt be a bad places for us east coasters to get together. Or the CIP conference in Halifax in June JMF and I will be working on something for there....
Are you guys presenting? I'm still trying to squeeze the budget for the CIP conference... no word whether I'll be successful yet. My bf's family lives in Truro/Stellarton... so we would really like to get back there to visit too.
 

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NHPlanner said:
If you all are serious about this, get me some general timeframes, and Mary Poppins and I can probably help set something up in either NH or ME. :)
I would love to meet you guys but my world is getting complicated/booked up pretty quickly and I only get 2 weeks vacation :( If the weekend works we will try to head down, but unfortunately, its not likely.

CIP is looking good though.

Nerudite - Truro is only about 45mins/1 hour from Halifax, Stellarton is a little further. CIP starts on Monday so you could fly in Friday or Saturday before, that way you get to stay over a Saturday night which usually makes the airfare a lot cheaper.
 

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CIP is in July, right? That might work for us...even though I wouldn't be attending the conference per se.
 

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Not presenting, CIP is my "perk" / education funding for the year, but only if I can drive to it.

CIP is July 6 - 9, 2003 in Halifax for anyone else that is interested. There are "reasonable priced flights" from Boston and Montreal.

Maybe teh east coast thing could be at a NE APA function. (Always trying to get work to pay)
 

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jmf said:

Nerudite - Truro is only about 45mins/1 hour from Halifax, Stellarton is a little further. CIP starts on Monday so you could fly in Friday or Saturday before, that way you get to stay over a Saturday night which usually makes the airfare a lot cheaper.
Yeah, we would probably come in on a Saturday and then stay an extra week. Bradd (my b.f.) hasn't been out to N.S. in about seven years so he really wants to go. And I haven't been there. I want to see PEI as well.

So far the airfares are about $750 for July from Edmonton. Insane huh?

You guys need to start saving for CIP in Calgary 2005. ;)
 

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donk said:
Maybe teh east coast thing could be at a NE APA function. (Always trying to get work to pay)
The 3 southern NE states aren't meeting until October in Hartford. I'm not sure when the northern NE states meet.
 

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Seabishop said:


The 3 southern NE states aren't meeting until October in Hartford. I'm not sure when the northern NE states meet.
NNECAPA's conference is in Concord, NH (my hometown) in late September.
 

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Thread Split

I split the thread...thought this East Cost get-together deserved it's own thread.

If people are interested in combining it with a conference, the NNECAPA conference is going to be held in Concord, NH on September 25 & 26. The theme is Linking Resources: Natural, Social & Built.

More details as they become available.
 

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We may have to start a poll, or maybe just note our preference here.

I'm not sure which one works best for me, or if I will be able to attend either of them (NNECAPA or CIP). NNECAPA would be closer, but of even less relevance to me than CIP would be...

We may have to have two get-togethers ;)
 

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Ok thats it any folks in the DC area wanna get together and do a Cyburbia dinner or coffee one night? Maybe down at Kramers books?
 

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At Tranplanner's suggestion....we now have a poll...
 

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I prefer CIP, but, I would travel to the others.

I might even be willing to trek way down to DC or Philly as I have family only a few hour drive away.

I'll probably be in NYC in June for a concert, date to be determined.
 

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I can't decide dammit! And I still have to get the most important feedback of all...that being "what does my wife think?" ;)

I'll just go with the flow on this one...I figure for sure there will be a get-together of donk, jmf, and nerudite at CIP. Don't know who will be at NNECAPA (besides NH and MP).
 

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Tranplanner said:
I figure for sure there will be a get-together of donk, jmf, and nerudite at CIP.
Don't forget Paul... we will all be coming to you next year when CIP is in Toronto. :)

I'm *hoping* to go to the CIP... but you know city budgets and all. We'll see after Denver and Vancouver, BC how much money I have left to spend this year. It's looking good (especially now that the Canadian dollar has perked up a little)... but I won't know for sure until late April/early May.
 

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Tranplanner said:
Don't know who will be at NNECAPA (besides NH and MP).
As a former attendee at NNECAPA events, I highly recommend them. Those Northern New Englanders are a fun bunch!

And I say that as a born & bred Connecticut Yankee. :)
 

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nerudite,

You sure do get to travel alot. I only get to go to things that are an easy drive, and I sometimes cover my own meals and partial milage.

I doubt I will go to toronto, but you never know, i can save on hotel bills by staying with friends, but I will be trying for DC as a servie bonus.

As for albany, that is a bit too far, probably 10 hours for me, if we are getting into miles like that , montreal may be better.
 

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donk said:
if we are getting into miles like that , montreal may be better.
Montreal would be OK with me...and I assume my wife too....I've never been and would love an excuse to head up there....it would be about a 5 hour drive for us....nothing out of the ordinary considering the 20 hour drive we made to Indiana last September...
 
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SGB said:
Is Albany, NY out of the question?

[Work w/ me here, KMateja!]
Yay! Albany! or actually - Yay! Saratoga Springs! But I would also totally do Portland or NH. and actually may talk rob into CIP - for some reason, he's been dying to go to Nova Scotia this summer!
 

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KMateja said:


Yay! Albany! or actually - Yay! Saratoga Springs! But I would also totally do Portland or NH. and actually may talk rob into CIP - for some reason, he's been dying to go to Nova Scotia this summer!
He's probably heard about the beer out there! I'd love to go back out to NS this summer...lack of vacation time might be a bit of a problem for me though. A weekend jaunt to Albany/Montreal/Boston would be more "doable"
 

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PlannerGirl said:
Ok thats it any folks in the DC area wanna get together and do a Cyburbia dinner or coffee one night? Maybe down at Kramers books?
Hey PG,
I would love to meet with you and the other kindred spirits there in DC. I am dying to meet some new planners since I am fairly new to the area. Just tell me when and where and I'll be there.
 

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Drop me a PM Trail and we can try to set something up. Im in Arlington-Ballston but can get most places (without getting TOO lost)

Any others in the DC area? George? Others?
 

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Couldn't go anywhere out of the realm of "day trip" (can't leave the kids with Grandma too long). Portsmouth or Portland might work.
 

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Depending on what you guys decide, I may join you. I am planning to start a Masters program in September and it would be nice to meet some other planners beforehand. I live in Boston and grew up in Portland. Any of those places, including Portsmouth, would work for me.
 

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Question...

How far is it from N.S. to Portland? I have never been to Maine but I've always wanted to... maybe I can drive down after the CIP conference (if I get to go).
 

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It is probably be about 12 hours by car. or there is a ferry route from dartmouth that would not save much time, but would be fun to take.
 

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donk said:
It is probably be about 12 hours by car. or there is a ferry route from dartmouth that would not save much time, but would be fun to take.
Unless something drastic happened while I was in Toronto....the ferry goes from Yarmouth, NS (about 3 1/2 hrs from Halifax) to Bar Harbour, ME or Portland, ME.

The one to Bar Harbour is the high speed catamaran, only 2:45 instead of 6 hours.

Here are links for more info:
http://www.scotiaprince.com/
http://www.nfl-bay.com/
 

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Erica and I took the CAT ferry from Bar Harbor to Yarmouth for our Honeymoon....I loved it, she hated it (it was choppy). I've heard nothing but good thoings about the Scotia Prince.

The drive from Bar Harbor to Portland would be about 4-5 hours.
 

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oops

my brain has not been working very well the last day or so.
 

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Hmmmmm... this is so cool! When I was thinking about going back east for the conference, I never really thought about going to Maine. Sweet!
 

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Mapquest sez Portland, ME would be an 11 hour drive from Toronto. I think I can shave at least a couple hours off of that...I'll say 8-9 hours total drive for me. I think I'd want to take a 3-4 day weekend to do that trip.

At this point, Portland sounds more reasonable than Halifax. I think if my wife and I do Nova Scotia again, we want to go for more than just a couple of days.
 

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[BI think if my wife and I do Nova Scotia again, we want to go for more than just a couple of days. [/B]
All this discussion of Nova Scotia... It sounds like a lot of you have been there.

We're planning to go there on vacation in a couple of months. I'd love to hear more about places to visit, good restaurants and brewpubs, trails, etc. We'll probably focus on Halifax and points north and/or west...
 

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Portland's got a really great public market that you all could see if you went there. It's filled with local and organic fruits and vegetables, crafts, food, wine, etc. They really need the business to avoid shutting down. I think, in all, Portland's downtown has improved markedly since the 80's when I grew up there. Now, I always look forward to going into the little city when I'm home to see if its surviving and to buy and few things and support it.
 

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All this discussion of Nova Scotia... It sounds like a lot of you have been there.

We're planning to go there on vacation in a couple of months. I'd love to hear more about places to visit, good restaurants and brewpubs, trails, etc. We'll probably focus on Halifax and points north and/or west...
Both NHPlanner and myself spent our honeymoons in Nova Scotia last year. jmf lives there, so she's probably the best person to offer advice on attractions, etc. Halifax is a great city for tourists, lots of good restaurants, etc. We also liked Lunenburg a lot (UNESCO heritage site). Peggy's cove was nice, but we prefered the quieter locales. The drive along the coast was fantastic. A bike ride would probably be even better - I think there was a fairly comprehensive trail system.

Cape Breton, which we didn't get to, is meant to be even better.
 

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Tranplanner said:


Both NHPlanner and myself spent our honeymoons in Nova Scotia last year. jmf lives there, so she's probably the best person to offer advice on attractions, etc.
Cape Breton, which we didn't get to, is meant to be even better.
OOH - tell me more. Actually, we are going to be at Cape Breton for part of the time. The question is, where to spend the rest of the time? Truro? Digby? Wolfville? Sydney? Someplace else?

And the tourist literature is just overwhelming. It's not like we're German and get four weeks off.
 

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From my visits to NS I would skip truro, and not spend too much time in sydney, what I have seen of Cape Breton island was nice, but it was only on the way to a conference in Sydney with no stops.

I think I would stay in or around halifax and day trip to places nearby.

If you are driving up, you'll want to spend a day in Saint John, NB too.
 

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In a former life I worked for the NS Dept of Tourism, taking people on tours of NS. I know most of the province pretty well and have done a lot of travelling in province myself.

Tell me where you are coming from and how are you are planning to get here (fly and rent; drive, public transit), your main interests (history, outdoors, culture....), and how many days you have to spend here and I can try to pull together a possible itinerary for you. PM me if you would rather.

Also, make sure you order a Doer's and Dreamers Guide and a map from the province. They are free and give info on the whole province including accomodations. They are so good that a lot of Nova Scotians carry them around too.

The provincial tourism website is: http://www.novascotia.com/
and you order the guide from: http://www.checkinnovascotia.com/Public/main/brochureRequest.asp
 

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It's official... I get to go to Halifax!

That will be three conferences this year out-of-province. I love this town... finally a place that actually provides you training!
 

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My wife has become interested (again) in getting back in touch with her Cyburbia side....and is reviving the possibility of an East Coast Cyburbia Bash.....Portland seemed to be the place, when would be a good date?
 

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Hmm . . . Ideally, August 9th - 17th. But other people should decide because its just a 2.5 hour trip for me.
 

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NHPlanner said:
My wife has become interested (again) in getting back in touch with her Cyburbia side....and is reviving the possibility of an East Coast Cyburbia Bash.....Portland seemed to be the place, when would be a good date?
We'll have to see...we're going to be quite busy (and poor) starting in September (see Chateau Tranplanner in the FAC).
 

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I can not make it up that far north... Why not some place in the middle of the East Cost... like Philly, DC, or Baltimore??
 
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