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Let's start a discussion - where to hold the next FrankenFest?

Discussion in 'Events & Happenings' started by w1jim, Aug 21, 2017.

  1. Rockyhill

    Rockyhill No marigolds in the promised land Subscriber

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    This is way more convenient for me than Clinton. I'm glad I made the pilgrimage to Frank's once but it was a haul from ME!
     

     

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  2. mhardy6647

    mhardy6647 AK Subscriber Subscriber

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    Chelmsford is fine by me, too (FYI/FWIW).

    NEARC ended up having the last big antique radio fleamarket ("RADIO XLVIII") at the Radisson in Nashua, just off Exit 1 of Rte. 3 (i.e., just across the line from The Bay State).
    It seemed like a better than average venue from an attender ('exhibitor') perspective -- and they helped NEARC out, big time, when another hotel dumped 'em at the last minute due to a double-booking.

    No idea how the costs were, but given the locale and the general Gestalt of the place, it may be affordable. It's big, it is easy to get to (by New England standards, that is!) and there are tonnes of parking.

    Just a hop, skip and a jump from Chelmsford ;)

    www.nearc.net
     
  3. w1jim

    w1jim I can fix it but good... Subscriber

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    Clearly NEARC events have a much bigger budget.
    At best we should want a site that charges about $300 to $500 I'd think.
    Maybe that's unreslistic in which case we'll need to rethink this.
     
  4. mhardy6647

    mhardy6647 AK Subscriber Subscriber

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    The "RADIO xxxx" (which they inherited from its earlier organizers) is a very big deal, indeed -- not sure how big the budget is; an e-mail to Bruce Phillips would probably answer that question. The cost per attendee is very modest. (and, presumably, smaller groups are readily accommodated by the hotel, presumably at lower cost).

    NEARC's own, much more modest swapmeets are held at a slightly funky place* in Brookline, NH. Just a few miles from MA 111/Pepperell, MA (or a few miles from Nashua, NH on NH 130). Not exactly trivial to get to, but it's probably cheap. Not really good for multi-room setups, but plenty of space.

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    * "Brookline Event Center-32 Proctor Hill Road, Brookline NH 03033" (More like an Elks' Club kinda place than an "event center", I'd opine).
     
  5. baco99

    baco99 AK Subscriber Subscriber

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    Just throwing this out there, but it may be necessary to have two New England events, one north and one southwest. We have a fairly large and active region. We could consider southern NH or Rt 495 corridor for one, and Hartford area for another....?

    Two times a year, with split locations might appeal to more people, tho attendance per event might naturally be capped for each.
     
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  6. Bill Ashton

    Bill Ashton AK Subscriber Subscriber

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    Can someone plot a geographic center of the members in this region?
     

     

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  7. GD70

    GD70 AK Subscriber Subscriber

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    As a start, there's several of us that come up from NY, northern Westchester county, some from Orange county. Others come down from NH, CT, and I would guess from N.E. N.J.
     
  8. w1jim

    w1jim I can fix it but good... Subscriber

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    That's why my gut tells me that the Sturbridge area would be ideal.
     
  9. mhardy6647

    mhardy6647 AK Subscriber Subscriber

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    I can't disagree; I reckon you're spot on.
    Too bad Markus doesn't live down that-a-way anymore ;)
     
  10. jcamero

    jcamero GD, a band beyond description Subscriber

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    The Wisconsin Chapter of Audio Karma votes, SE Wisconsin.
     
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  11. mhardy6647

    mhardy6647 AK Subscriber Subscriber

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    Y'all can start your own, you know?
    Or... pick up I-90 and head east. If you get to Boston, bang a U-ey and go back westward a bit.
     

     

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  12. hugo454

    hugo454 Gold Member Subscriber

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  13. kaplang

    kaplang Works for me ! Subscriber

    Near me. The only location that makes sense.
     
  14. jcamero

    jcamero GD, a band beyond description Subscriber

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    I hosted a gathering June 11th of this year.
     
  15. Taylor Player

    Taylor Player AK Subscriber Subscriber

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  16. C6Bill

    C6Bill AK Subscriber Subscriber

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    I put a pin in, let me know if you can see it
     

     

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  17. Taylor Player

    Taylor Player AK Subscriber Subscriber

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    Last edited: Aug 24, 2017
  18. motorstereo

    motorstereo AK Subscriber Subscriber

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    I tried......dunno if it worked or not
     
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  19. Taylor Player

    Taylor Player AK Subscriber Subscriber

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  20. AdamAnt316

    AdamAnt316 Collector of heavy things Subscriber

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    Added my pin. As for where the next one should be, as long as it's within an hour or two, I should be able to make it. Clinton worked out well for me, since it was relatively close by (and I knew the area to some extent), but as long as I have an address I can point my GPS at, I should be OK. A location near I-84/I-91 would probably be rather of a haul for our northern brethren, methinks; there aren't many pins on that map yet, but the Worcester area looks like a good bet thus far.
    -Adam
     
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