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Offline AMG Coordinator

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AMG Boston Planned Activities
« on: October 24, 2008, 01:24:43 AM »
As planning for AMG in Boston pushes forward, I'd like to get feedback and suggestions from everyone regarding planned activities.  Below are some preliminary ideas.  However, nothing is set in stone.

Friday will consist of the Aids Memorial and the Meet and Greet.

For the Meet and Greet I'm thinking along the lines of a clam bake theme. 

For those who have attended the last two meet and greets, please give your input as to what has worked and what hasn't.  Were you happy with the amount you paid vs what you received?  Do you like the idea of dinner or would you prefer light finger foods. Cash bar vs prepaid open bar?  How long would you like this event to be?  In the past, I have scheduled this from 6pm to 11pm. I know some enjoy sampling the nightlife on Friday evenings.  Would you maybe prefer an earlier event; maybe from 4pm - 8pm or even 3pm - 7pm?

A trip to  Boston wouldn't be complete without a historic walking tour.  It has been suggested that we take a professionally guided tour.  Preliminary research has returned prices ranging from around $12 - $15.  I'm thinking Saturday for this.

If I recall, someone mentioned a day trip to Salem.  I'm thinking Sunday for this.  If this is something the group would like to do, I need to know what type of tour you would like.  Do you prefer to do this independently or as part of a structured tour.  Also, would this be a day trip?  I have found some nightime ghost walking tours.

Now is your opportunity to let the Coordinating Committee know what you would like to see on the agenda at the upcoming AMG in Boston!

Dennis

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Re: AMG Boston Planned Activities
« Reply #1 on: October 24, 2008, 07:52:26 AM »
I have a few thoughts here......

First -- I'd much prefer a cash bar to a prepaid open bar -- unless there is an option that costs less for those of us that do not drink.

As for tours --

Boston is a very walkable city, so a walking tour would be a good choice -- the Freedom Trail is one possibility -- I'm not aware of other options, but I am sure they are out there and could work.  However, from a cost perspective, it is very easy to get around on foot and easy to get your hands on a visitor map to help guide you where you want to go -- all for free.

A fun and different tour can also be had with the Duck Tours.  These are old WWII amphibious vehicles that drive around Boston hitting many of the big sites and ends with a splash into and a short boat ride on the Charles River -- with beautiful views of Boston on one side and Cambridge on the other (yes you boat in the river aboard the same vehicle that you toured the city streets).

It will be August -- and that means it can be quite hot in Boston.  Luckily, you are only a short T ride from Revere Beach (remember, that second 'r' is silent  ;) ).  I've never been to the beach myself, but my partner informs me that it is quite popular and nice.  Across from the beach is the famous Kelly's Roast Beef restaurant where you can try a delicious clam or lobster roll.

For the baseball fans -- you might be able to catch a Red Sox game, but you can also get a tour of historic Fenway Park during most days where there is not a day game being played.

I'll continue to pick through my and my partner's heads for some other ideas -- some for large groups, some for small and post as I think of them.

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Re: AMG Boston Planned Activities
« Reply #2 on: October 24, 2008, 11:15:47 AM »
Thanks Mike.  A walking tour will, without a doubt, be on the tour.  What I need to know is if everyone would like to do this independently as a group (without a tour guide) or as part of a guided tour.

It was suggested to me by Allan, who did such a wonderful job last year guiding the walking tour in SFO, that we do a private guided walking tour.  I tend to agree.  There is a lot of history in Boston that we might otherwise miss if we did this on our with just a map.  A guide would also assist in the keeping the group togethor. 

As I mentioned, the price ranges from around $10 to $15 per person and I think it would be well worth it.

Particularly, what I"m looking for is feedback regarding activities done as a group. 

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Re: AMG Boston Planned Activities
« Reply #3 on: October 26, 2008, 07:22:13 PM »
I'm all for a walking tour, and agree that guided would be best.

I'm interested in going to Salem for a day trip as well.

I'd like to go to the beach.

I'm definitely interested in anything that involves eating lobster!

I like the idea of a ghost tour, too, because it's never too early to get in the Hallowe'en spirit.

On thing Santi and I will do is take a trip to the village of Hull. I'm guessing we will need to rent a car for this. I recently looked on Google Earth and discovered that the first house I remember living in still stands. It's on a little peninsula of a peninsula, and we lived across the street from Stony Beach. That's where I first ate lobster, where I first tasted beer, where we had lobster bakes on the beach, where a German Shepherd pissed off my first cat and she jumped on his back, sunk her claws in and rode him all the way into the Atlantic Ocean...I don't know if anyone else is interested in a trip like that but we'll be doing it. My dad asked me why seeing that house meant so much for me.  I told him I'd probably knock on the door and say, "Hi, I'm Creighton and I lived here 40 years ago.  I accidently left some very large starfish drying on the roof before we moved...do you perhaps still have them?"

Cheers!

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Re: AMG Boston Planned Activities
« Reply #4 on: February 07, 2009, 12:30:39 PM »
Just to revive this, I would be interested in the day trip to Salem. I think Sunday would be great - and appropos on so many levels. ;D

HUGS,

Mark

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Re: AMG Boston Planned Activities
« Reply #5 on: March 11, 2009, 01:21:01 PM »
Please continue to discuss.

Thanks!

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Re: AMG Boston Planned Activities
« Reply #6 on: March 11, 2009, 04:56:42 PM »

If your looking for things to do in Boston, try these:


http://www.likeme.net/states/MA/Boston/activity?page=1

And when you get tired of looking at history, make some:



http://boston.gaycities.com/bars/

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Re: AMG Boston Planned Activities
« Reply #7 on: March 11, 2009, 07:41:39 PM »
I think the above suggestions all sound good.  For the Meet and Greet, maybe 5pm to 10pm would work.  That way those who want to go out can chill and get ready for late night outings.  The walking tour sounds great... guided would be best.  Do we have any members that are in Boston?  It's be great to have somebody like Claude in Montreal and Allan (and others) in SF.  I like an open bar, as long as it's economical.  Or, if a cash bar, not outrageously priced like man restaurants.  Perhaps we can do our own bar like in SF.

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Re: AMG Boston Planned Activities
« Reply #8 on: March 11, 2009, 09:29:00 PM »
I think the above suggestions all sound good.  For the Meet and Greet, maybe 5pm to 10pm would work.  That way those who want to go out can chill and get ready for late night outings.  The walking tour sounds great... guided would be best.  Do we have any members that are in Boston?  It's be great to have somebody like Claude in Montreal and Allan (and others) in SF.  I like an open bar, as long as it's economical.  Or, if a cash bar, not outrageously priced like man restaurants.  Perhaps we can do our own bar like in SF.

Hey David,

I don't currently live in Boston, but I did live there from 1995-1998 and worked there from 1990-2000, so I might be able to help with lay of the land.  I don't drink and never really hit the bars, but I did live near 2 of them -- a Dance club and a leather bar.
Additionally, I think that my partner will be coming up for a few days (still working that out) and he lived in Boston for about 8 years before we met.

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Re: AMG Boston Planned Activities
« Reply #9 on: March 12, 2009, 12:56:07 AM »
They have a full bar setup in the room we'll have for the meet & greet. This will be a cash bar.

To have an open bar would be $14 per person with a two hour minimum for draft and bottled beers, house wines, well liquors, soda, and juices.

Or...$17 per person for all of the above plus call liquors and champagnes.

There's a two hour minimum for an open bar.

Cash prices are as follows...

Beer $5/$6
Well liquors $6.25
Soft drinks/juices $2.25
Premium liquors $7

I've held Cheers from 6pm - 11pm. However, if everyone would prefer 5pm - 10pm that can easily be changed. I didn't want to make it too early as to avoid cutting into anyone's sightseeing.

The hotel doesn't have a space like SFO did. I thought our daily social hours could take place in the bar downstairs (Fritz). They offer 2 for 1 during happy hour and I'm still in discussions with the owner for unique specials for our group.

Dennis

I think the above suggestions all sound good.  For the Meet and Greet, maybe 5pm to 10pm would work.  That way those who want to go out can chill and get ready for late night outings.  The walking tour sounds great... guided would be best.  Do we have any members that are in Boston?  It's be great to have somebody like Claude in Montreal and Allan (and others) in SF.  I like an open bar, as long as it's economical.  Or, if a cash bar, not outrageously priced like man restaurants.  Perhaps we can do our own bar like in SF.



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Re: AMG Boston Planned Activities
« Reply #10 on: March 12, 2009, 08:42:03 PM »
I got my little mag in the mail today, Discover the Magic of Salem.

They call Salem "The Land of Witches and Pirates."  There's the Witch Dungeon Museum, the Witch History Museum, and the New England Pirate Museum.  I am so there! at all three! at the same time!

Order this colorful guide for free here:

http://www.salem.org/
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Re: AMG Boston Planned Activities
« Reply #11 on: March 18, 2009, 01:16:49 PM »
Sounds great Dennis, you can keep the times as they are for my part...And the walking tour of Boston is a must and Creighton- Salem sounds like such fun!!!

Jody  :)
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Re: AMG Boston Planned Activities
« Reply #12 on: March 25, 2009, 11:05:28 AM »
Now that our trip is confirmed, I can post here. First, we'd LOVE to take a trip into Salem (sister city of where we live).  We'd also like to go see Plymouth if it's not too far away.  Basquo, thank for the link.  I just orderd our booklet.

 Being a non-drinker, I like the idea of a cash bar.  Maybe the sweetie who paid for the cash bar last year will see fit to do so again ;).  The food sounds wonderful!!!  We may want to plan a walking trip on Saturday to combat the calories likely to be consumed on Friday night.  We're flexible as far as times go for the M&G - whatever the group decides is fine with us.

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