To that end, here is the "official announcement", for your vacation planning purposes:
FJR - NERDS 2011
New England Riders Doing Stuff
(Riding and Drinking and Smoking! Oh my!! )
Aug 17th - 21st, 2011
This year's event headquarters will be the quaint village of Stowe, located in north-central Vermont. (www.gostowe.com) The event will run for nearly a full week. The "official dates" for organized activities will be from the morning of Thursday Aug 18th (arrive Weds PM?) through the evening of Saturday the 20th (departing Sunday AM?). But folks can definitely come in a day or two earlier, or stay later, and can come and go for as much or as little of the week's schedule as they want (or can tolerate)! One could arrive on Tuesday and not depart 'till the following Monday for the fullest NERDS experience!!!
We have made every effort to make NERDS '11 as cost effective a gathering as possible. Our motto is:
More NERDS Fun for Less Money!!
The hotel facility that we've made our arrangements with is the Commodores Inn and Resort. Our group rates are very reasonable, especially when considering the included full Vermont style breakfast buffet. And, by bunking up with a roomie or two (or three?) you can make it down-right Yankee Frugal! It would be hard for you to camp out for less $, but you are certainly free to do so if you want. The hotel's owner / operators are very bike-group friendly, and they will accommodate our needs and desires well.
A Vermont style, full country breakfast buffet is included in your room rates and is served each morning in the hotel's Lakeside dining room beginning at 7AM. For lunches you'll be on your own, but you'll probably be somewhere out on the road at that time. Lunch stop suggestions will be included in each of the ride routes.
We will be having an outdoor group Barbecue (weather permitting) on Friday evening, pond-side on the lawn. It's suggested that folks try to plan on being there at that time if possible. It's sure to be a lot of fun and the cost will be just $20 per person (includes all taxes and gratuity, but not drinks). We're planning on having some "community coolers" setup with beer and wine (suggestions welcome), and we'll just ask for you to drop a buck or two into a coffee can when you take one so that we can refill the coolers when they empty. Or you can always BYOB if you prefer. (The Inn just can't allow any BYO into the dining room due to their liquor license)
Dinner on other night(s) is available on premises at the hotel in the Lakeside Dining room, each evening from 5:30 to 9PM. Their New England Country buffet is just $16.95 per person ($22 total, including taxes and gratuity) or if you just want the Soup and Salad bar that's available for just $8.95 per person.
All dining (including the barbecue Friday) will be "pay as you go". You should also feel free to go out (in smaller groups) and explore some of the great dining opportunities available throughout Stowe village and up the Mountain Rd.
Since there will be no formal banquet, no sponsors, no door prizes, etc., there will be no event registration fees! All that you really need to do to attend this nerdly shin-dig is to call the Inn and make your own reservations.
The NERDS web page will be up very soon with all of the per night room / cost information and hotel reservation contact details and group rate code.
We will also be selling some "FJR-NERDS '11" long sleeve tee shirts to commemorate the inaugural event. The shirt designs are still being finalized. All details and ordering will also be provided on the website. So stay tuned to this thread for a link to the new NERDS web site as soon as it's ready. Should be in just a few weeks.