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    New England APUG Get Together

    Hey to all APUG'ers in the New England region.
    I have been in contact with a few of you already - thank you for your info. I would like to organize a get together on either Saturday Oct 16 or Oct 23. I will check for any exhibits in the Springfield area that may be up.
    My thoughts are:
    1) We could gather and head to the Quabbin Reservoir for some photographic fun. Its a wonderful place and I would be glad to introduce the place to all.
    2) We could meet in Springfield at the Valley Photographic Center (VPC) where I volunteer as Installation Curator. We will have up on the walls an exhibit of photos from the children of Springfield. And I think there will be a show of one of our members at one of the museums in the Quadrangle.
    We could meet at the VPC and introduce ourselves and show some of our photos, visit the Quadrangle and end the day up by going to Red Rose Pizza.

    I have e-mails from several New Englanders already, and if anyone else is interested, please PM me with your e-mail address. Also please let me know which of the two above scenarios is to your preference.
    I am glad to put together this initial New England event and look forward to meeting all of you.
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    Option 1
    Cheers, Shesh

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    A couple of you have responded that you would like to gather and head on up to the Quabbin Reservoir for some photographic opportunities. That is quite alright with me. The date I would prefer is Sat Oct 16.
    Please let me know if this scenario is OK with you. If so, we can discuss what time and where to meet.
    Looking forward to meeting everyone.

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    A third person has opted for visiting the Quabbin on Oct 16.
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    Sounds like a fun outing. I won't be able to make it. I'm booked to shoot a job that day. I'll be doing the sunny weather dance for you... and me!

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    Hopefully there will be other outings and get togethers. I decided to grab the bull by the horns and coordinate the first outing.
    I look forward to meeting as many of the NE APUG'ers as possible.
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    I'm in. So far, either date is OK with me. Post details as you get them.

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    I am still planning on leading a trip to the Quabbin on Oct 16th.
    A couple of questions first:

    1.) How early does everyone want to meet?
    2.) What route will most of you be getting to this part of the state - I90, Rte 2, I91?

    I will make a trip up there before the 16th to get the exact hours of the Visitors Center. If you fall in love with the Quabbin, you may want to buy a map from them. A map will give you info on access roads and prohibited areas.

    We can either do some photography first and stop by the Visitors Center afterward; or stop at the VC first and photograph second. I prefer to some picture taking first, but that's me.
    Looking forward to meeting everyone.

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    Hey all,
    Here is a site to check over:
    http://centralquabbinarea.org/quabbin/

    I would like to meet at the Visitors' Center at 7:00 am on Sat Oct 16th - please let me know if this is OK or too early in the am.

    And now - Directions...
    Coming from the Boston area / Eastern Mass:
    Get on to the Mass Pike West and keep going... Look for Exit 7 Ludlow, this is the exit you want to take.
    After paying your toll, go to the end of the short access road and turn RIGHT on to Rte 21 North. Follow this road all the way to the end (probably a 15 min drive) to where Rte 21 meets Rte 202. Turn RIGHT on to Rte 202 North. You will go about a mile, up a hill and at the top is a traffic light. Rte 202 turns left, BUT you want to go Straight through the light and about a mile it will meet Rte 9. Turn RIGHT on to Rte 9 East. The Quabbin Visitors' Center road will be about 2 to 3 miles down the road. It will be on the Left Side and marked with a sign for the State Police (who now police the park and area). Turn Left here and follow the road a short ways to the Visitors' Center. If I remember correctly, the parking area just past the Center is still accessible, if not park right in front of the building.

    Coming from the West - Berkshires or NY:
    Take the Mass Pike East to Exit 7 Ludlow. Follow the directs above from that point north.

    Coming from the South - Conn:
    Get on to Rte 91 North. Drive up to Springfield where you will bear right on to Rt2 291 East. Take Rte 291 East all the way to the end where it will meet the Mass Pike (Rte 90). Turn right on to the Pike's access area, grab you ticket and head East. Exit 7 will be the next exit, so don't pick up warp speed! Take Exit 7 Ludlow and follow the above directions to the Quabbin.

    From points North - VT or NH:
    Get on to Rte 91 South. Keep driving to Holyoke (pronounced Whole-yoke) and the Holyoke Mall (which is on your left). The Exit just past the Holyoke Mall is for the Mass Pike; this is the one you want to take. Get on to the Mass Pike and head East to Exit 7 Ludlow. As stated already, follow directions from this point to the Quabbin.

    If you're gonna drive down Rte 2 - points North and East:
    Take Rte 2 West until you hit the town of Orange. Take the exit for Rte 202 South Belchertown Amherst. Follow Rte 202 South into Belchertown where Rte 202 will meet Rte 9. Turn Left onto Rte 9 East and follow this road for about 3 to 5 miles to the Quabbin Visitors' Center (see above directions).

    Dan Sullivan:
    If you are staying in Amherst at a B&B - get on to Rte 9 East - Amherst College is at the intersection of Rte 9 & Rte 116 South - head East to Belchertown and follow directions from where Rte 202 & Rte 9 intersect.

    One Cautionary Note: Some of these small western New England towns love out of towners that speed and will ticket at the drop of a hat - especially Rte 21 where the Speed Limit is 35 mph in places (Oh the lessons of experience!!). So please drive carefully.

    If you have any questions, please contact me either through e-mail, APUG PM or phone (413-733-6001). I am looking forward to meeting everyone and hope that this is the first of many outings/meetings.

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    I'm thinking about showing up but it really depends upon how far I get on my sermon for Sunday. I live in Reading, I can stay with my parents in Westminster so I don't have to get up at 5am to meet you. I'll keep you posted.

    Shalom,
    Eric
    Shalom my friends.

    Eric Redard.

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