Public:Halloween Party 2016
Some of the most dangerous drugs aren't on the streets...
They are under your sink.
Welcome to the Annual Halloween Party Wiki: your one stop shop for photos/videos from previous parties, recipes of some foods served, tee shirt designs, and upcoming plans as well as a FAQ for folks that can't seem to figure out what exactly a multi-day party encompasses.
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If there's something you'd like to know about or see here, let the host and hostess know.
-The Hosts, emeritus.
Dates and Location
- 2016 - Wednesday 26 October through Sunday 30 October.
The address is:
86 Route 43 Stephentown, NY 12168 (close to the border of Massachusetts)
If you are planning on flying in, the tiny Pittsfield Municipal Airport is closest, but is probably expensive. The next closest is the Albany International Airport. If you are looking for a direct flight, your best bet is probably Boston Logan. Please let the hosts know ASAP what your flight plans might be so we can discuss how to get you to/from the airport.
Note: Our lease stipulates that no-one arrive earlier than 4pm on Wednesday. And our stay ends at 1pm on Sunday.
Please visit http://www.4sg.com/properties/yourownbb/ to get a sense for what the rental location is like.
All overnight guests will be given complimentary earplugs in case they wish to try to sleep through revelry.
Fundraising (a.k.a. How the heck are we paying for this new venue?)
84% (as of 12/01/2016)
At 2013's party, the Hosts announced that, given the inability of everyone to stay at the same house for the length of the party, that it was time for us to move the party to a larger venue in Stephentown, NY (near the Massachusetts border). Thanks to the original work done by Sean Stanley, and the web searches and phone calls made by Corinna Baksik, Giles Hall, and Sean Graham, we have found a lovely, large place (13 bedrooms, 11 1/2 bathrooms) that should accommodate all of us. You can find more information about the place here.
This does mean that we are asking for donations to help cover the rental cost. Based on some back-of-the-envelope calculations on what people have been paying to rent hotel rooms, rooms at bed-and-breakfasts, and houses, we think renting this location will end up being cheaper overall, AND allow us to all be under one roof for the duration of the party.
Please don’t think this is a pay-to-play situation. The Hosts have been very concerned about that idea for years because we acknowledge financial realities. If you can contribute to this cause, please do, but even if you can't, you should still come! If we have the same number of people attend this year’s party, and if people pay what they paid for hotels at previous H-Parties, we should be able to hit our financial goal.
User:AdamF has volunteered to be in charge of the financials, and you can donate funds using paypal, cash, or check:
- Venmo: @adamfblahblah
- Paypal: paypal.me/adamfletcher
- Address for checks: TBD
Words of Wisdom
'And ye harm none do what thou wilt'
Keep in mind, however, that there might be small children around some of the time. Along those lines:
- There are various signs up helping with behavior choices.
- No slipping minors candy, alcohol, drugs or even juice (without clearing it past parents).
- When in doubt, ask the Hosts or a representative of the Hosts(Moarloks)
Three bowls do I mix for the Temperate:
- One to health--which they empty first--the second to love and pleasure, the third to sleep. When this bowl is drunk up, wise guests go home.
- The fourth bowl is ours no longer, but belongs to violence,
- the fifth to uproar,
- the sixth to drunken revel,
- the seventh to black eyes,
- the eighth is the policeman's,
- the ninth belongs to biliousness,
- and the tenth to madness and the hurling of furniture.
-Eubulus, 375BCE, writing on wine.
Starting with the first halloween party, tee shirts have been used to help subsidize travel expenses for people. This year, our very own HParty Poet Laureate, Basho P. Luddite, has taken up the challenge of shirt design. Based on a 1567 painting by Pieter Bruegel, she felt like “Het Luilekkerland” (Dutch for "the lazy-luscious-land") was a good Hparty theme.
She’s looking for some help from you, though. She’s interested in adding some HParty themed imagery into the picture. For example, there will be a seven-layer cake, model rockets, oculus rift, and cinnamon swirls. If you have something you’d like to add to our very own "Het Luilekkerland", send me an email with your ideas or hop on Slack and let us know.
For those interested in pre-ordering shirts, please send the size you are interested in, and whether you want a men or women's cut. It's still unclear whether we will be able to get men and women's cuts, but we're going to try.
What are the shirt profits used for?
All proceeds will be going to help finance the travel of Kaci Wade (aka Audry Darling) from Corvallis, Oregon. The exact cost of the tees has not been determined yet, but we expect the cost will be between 25 and 30$. A bit pricy maybe, but it’s for a good cause.
Projected cost: ? per shirt. Somewhere near 25-30$
RSVP - (Please give projected arrival time and sleeping arrangements)
Please RSVP via email as soon as possible as much planning has to occur to pull this party off.
There is a Slack channel available for communications leading up to and during the party. If you have an ice-nine.org email address, you can sign yourself up for the Imaginary Bridges Slack group here. Otherwise, email grahams and he'll send an invite to whichever email address you prefer.
List of Activities and Things to Expect
- Building games with RPG Maker [AdamF]
- DOUBLE ELIMINATION 9-BALL POOL TOURNAMENT (over the whole weekend, sign up by putting your name below here)
- mid-day-ish: make slack bots [AdamF]
- Yoga led by Basho P. Luddite (aka Pavlov's Bitch)
- Johann Sebastian Joust
- Hot Tubbin
- Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes
- Going SOMEWHERE in the area of the rental
Halloween Party Music
If you play an instrument that is roughly portable, people will want to make music with you. For song ideas and suggestions you should see at:
- The HParty Music Page
- The Noble Rot Songbook (PDF) (also available on github, ping AdamF for access)
Important note: Sophus is on a special diet. If you want him to be able to eat something, foods must comply with what is found on dropbox.
The management would like to better arrange the food situation for the party. The set up will be the following. If you are interested in fixing a particular dish or even a whole meal, you sign up for a particular time slot. We will need main chefs for meals and helper bees. No one person will be allowed to be a main chef for more than one full day of cooking, or more than three meals. When you sign up for service, you can declare a bunch of dishes you choose to cook, or you can wing it with local produce you find and choose to use. So sign up and give as much info or as little as you choose. If you plan to cook certain dishes, food may be purchased ahead of time if you tell us what you'll need.
We started playing with the idea of eventually having hparty merit badges. Want to contribute to ideas?
Things We Needed More of at This Year's (2016) Party
- actual maple syrup, sophus friendly
- Some non-terrible pots and pans, especially frying pans
- We seemed to run short on eating utensils, especially forks. So perhaps some plastic utensils (of the durable, reusable variety preferably)
- 2 PS Move controllers
- Baking supplies (flour, sugar, leavening, cocoa, spices, etc.)
- Good sharp knives, random kitchen utensils
- Stand mixer (maybe)
- Raspberry Pi 1B, to try with https://github.com/adangert/JoustMania
- Extra bath towels for out-of-towners
- Laundry detergent (plenty of it)
- Dryer sheets
- Dishwashing detergent (those pods + some palmolive shit and two sponges)
- Various candies
- 2 capos
- Lots of guitar picks
- A pack of acoustic guitar strings
- 2 PS Move Controllers
- Bluetooth Dongle
- Raspberry Pi 2
- Steam Link
- Ticket To Ride
- Poker Supplies
- Baking Steel
- Crock Pot
- Kitchen Spoons/Spatulas
- Measuring Cups/Spoons
- 3 Half-Sheet Baking Pans
- Acoustic/Electric Guitar
- Noble Rot (dated)
- Radio Gear (Mixer, cables, etc).
Past is Prologue
Post Party Wrap up
What worked? What didn't? Help plan for the next one!
Media from previous parties
Each year, the party generates an a diverse array of images, music and video. You can look at previous year's media here.