Turkey Day 2010 is shaping up and getting closer!
So far these are the new bits of information:
We will start on Thanksgiving Day (that's next Thursday) around 10:30 to 11:00 with our annual croquette games! We have two croquette sets and there should be enough room for them since the park is big and flat. In case of rain, if anyone has small table games such as bar puzzles or something that can be played while chatting with folks, that's a good thing, too. If folks don't want to play croquette or table games, we can chat and visit for awhile since gathering and socializing is the main theme of this event.
We will have time for hors d'oeuvres while chatting and playing croquette so anyone who wants to bring small nibbly bits to keep folks from perishing while waiting for the feast would be good. Dave the Coffee guy got diverted to a mainland trip so Buffers will be bringing the coffee and we have a huge coffee urn so that part should be covered. There will be hot water and tea for those who aren't fond of coffee, bring your favorite mug or cups. We have a large water cooler and we can probably find some ice to put in it for ice water. That should keep folks alive until time to dig into the turkey.
The official Thanksgiving Dinner is at 1:00 so if you can't get there earlier, get there by 1:00, but you'll miss out on a lot of the fun stuff since most of the socializing will be before the dinner. We will also use the pre-dinner time as set up time while the folks are playing croquette which is why we are socializing before lunch instead of after. Plus folks generally want a nap after Thanksgiving Dinner.
There is a refrigerator to keep cold things cold while we are setting up, playing and socializing until turkey time. There are electric outlets if anyone has an electric buffet warmer? Or has other electrical warming things they want to plug in.
Does anyone have a CD player and some Thanksgiving type CDs? If not Thanksgiving type, then perhaps something happy like Jimmy Buffet or Hawaiian slide guitar or something? I'm not the most musical sort, but something light, happy and in the background type music?
Hooli is taking charge of the centerpieces on the tables, if you have other and/or additional decorating ideas, either go forth and decorate or co-ordinate with Hooli, I'm not sure which would be best but the more the merrier. It's a pretty big pavilion, there should be room for lots of decorating. I think we should have enough tablecloths (they look a lot like big white sheets in case you were wondering Hooli), but if you have an extra tablecloth bring one just in case. As far as tables, (Hooli asked earlier) each table is like a double sized long picnic table, they may be twelve feet to fourteen feet long or so. Four of them facing the open sides of the pavilion and another long one over by the kitchen window where we will probably put the food. We will probably bring in a smaller table for the drinks and hors d'oeuvres so they can be at the other end of the pavilion and out of the way of the prepping by the kitchen.
Since we have a variety of religious faiths in our group we will be singing "Simple Gifts" as our group prayer so if you get a chance, brush up on the lyrics to "Simple Gifts". It is a very traditional sort of Thanksgiving song and singing a group song as our prayer will be more comfortable for a lot of our folks. It also gives everyone a chance to be personally involved with giving thanks.
Does anyone need directions to Laupahoehoe Point Park? Start from Hilo and head towards Waimea. You'll go through the village of Laupahoehoe which has the gas station, train museum and the scenic overlook which looks out over Laupahoehoe Point park. After you go through the village, there will be another gulch and then there will be a sign pointing towards the ocean which says "Laupahoehoe Point". Turn right, then turn right and follow the road to the end, that's the pavilion. It probably will take about forty minutes to drive from Ken's House of Pancakes in Hilo to Laupahoehoe Point Park since the road isn't particularly fast.
It looks like there will be about forty or so folks so it should be a fun event. If you have any questions, just ask!