MASA Picnic - Version 2000
and The Third Annual MASA Swap
All MASA members, their
families, their guests, and prospective members are welcome!
If possible, please RSVP
by Thursday, July 6.
Updated July 7, 5pm.
RSVP Count: 45 people
Location: Veterans Park, New
Date: Saturday, July 8
Time: from about 5 pm until dark
The third annual MASA summer picnic will be held at Veterans Park
in the city of New Brighton. Veterans Park offers such
amenities as: gazebo and picnic area, BBQ, softball field,
playground, restrooms, horseshoe pits (provide your own shoes),
ducks and geese (free of charge unless you feed them your dinner),
and a very special connection to the world of rocketry and space
MASA has reserved the picnic area of the park from 3 until 9 pm on
Saturday, July 8. The picnic will start around 5, but you're
certainly welcome to arrive early. There will be eating,
rocket talk (plenty of that), drawings for prizes, and the
opportunity to launch (small) rockets if you wish!
New Brighton Public Park Rules: park closes at 11
pm, no golfing, all pets must be on leash, no fireworks, no glass
containers in the trash - you must remove them from the park, beer
& wine (in small quantities) permitted only in picnic
areas. (Behave yourself, we'll be right next door to the New
Brighton Police Department.)
We do realize that the Minnesota Tripoli launch at North Branch
is on this same day. However, only about 20% of the MASA
membership belongs to both groups. Plus, the North Branch
launch typically winds down by mid-afternoon; giving you time to go
home, clean up, and come to the picnic to relax in the evening.
Veterans Park is conveniently near the intersection
of I-35W and I-694. It is located next to the New Brighton
City Hall at the corner of Old Highway 8 and 8th Street NW.
From I-694: Exit on Long Lake Road, go
south (the road will curve so that you'll be heading east), at the
stoplight at Old Highway 8 take a right, go about 2 blocks and take
a left onto 8th Street (between City Hall and the fire station),
parking lot is behind City Hall.
From I-35W: Exit on County Road E2,
go west until you get to Old Highway 8 and then take a right, go
about 3 blocks and take a right onto 8th Street (between City Hall
and the fire station), parking lot is behind City Hall.
What will be Provided
A grill for cooking your stuff
Disposable plastic utensils
A cooler with ice for things that need to be
A lovely park setting.
Lots of rocket geeks. [ahem]
What to Bring (Food!)
Any serving utensils or cutting knives that you
need for your food items.
Your MASA name tag.
Lawn chairs (or a blanket).
Grill-able items for yourself and your posse.
(optional) Your own beverage. (hopefully,
we will have lemonade for everybody)
A food item to share with the group (or
volunteer for one of the jobs under Volunteers)
(optional) Rockets and launch equipment. (see
below for more info)
(optional) Stuff for the swap
(optional) Your latest rocket project - just to
show it off.
The following list will be updated regularly as
people RSVP so we don't end up with 10 bags of chips or something
People have volunteered to bring the following food items to
chips (1 person)
2 liter bottle of Coke (1 person)
2 liter bottle of Diet Coke (1 person)
2 cases of soda pop (1 person)
"bean hotdish" (1 person)
"mystery salad" (2 people)
potato salad (1 person)
coleslaw (1 person)
We need people to help out! (A lot of you
promised to help, right? Right?)
Picnic Coordination Officer (PCO): Alan
Estenson Organizes this madness.
Fabulous Grill-Meister (FGM): One
or more people to fire up the BBQ. Will need to bring
charcoal, lighter fluid, matches, spatulas, and other grilling
accessories as desired. THE MOST IMPORTANT JOB OF THE
Condiment Provider (CP): One or
more people to bring along catsup (ketchup?), mustard, and
whatever other condiments you deem appropriate for burgers, hot
dogs, and such things.
Beverage Supply Officer (BSO): One
or more people to bring jugs of lemonade (or similar cold
beverage). Talking rockets makes you thirsty!
Glen Overby has volunteered to bring along a
couple 2 liters of Coke & Diet Coke as well as a jug of
lemonade. (Thanks Glen!)
Tom Schmidt has volunteered to bring along a
couple of cases of soda pop. (Thanks Tom!)
Fun Activities Augmentator (FAA):
One or more people to bring frisbees, balls, and other fun
picnic-y type things.
Launch Wrangler (LW): Someone to
keep an eye on the rocket launch activities.
Anything else that you'd specifically like to
volunteer to do?
To sign up for any of these, please email or
include it with your RSVP. Thank you!
MASA members are invited to bring out any
rocketry-related items that they would like to swap or sell.
(Time to clean out the closet!)
The following people will be bringing:
Alan Estenson: Seattle Rocket Works
"SLAT/s" kit (OOP, MIB), Holverson "Zoomie"
Damian Kostron: KosRox - kits, body
tubes, and more!
Ted Cochran: Collection of USSR space
program lapel pins (given to civilian participants in space
missions), Flammable Solid stickers, Unopened OOP Estes kits
that I'd consider trading - Mean Machine, Broadsword,
Heliocopter, Super Vega; Seattle Skunk Works Stealth Alpha
(carbon composite fins, F101-15 motor included), OOP Estes
BT80A nose cone
Russ Durkee: Battlestar Galactica Laser
Torpedo, Estes Streak, Estes SRX, Balsa tailcones for 1/70th
scale V2, Apogee Composite Motors, 18 mm, 24mm, 29mm Aerotech
Launching rockets is not the point of the picnic,
but merely an available activity. Many people thought that
it would be fun to be able to launch a rocket or two, so...
We have received special permission from the
director of New Brighton city parks to launch small rockets
during our picnic. There is a softball field at the east end
of the park (opposite end from the picnic area) with a large
church parking lot adjacent to it. This provides a
reasonably-sized launch and recovery area, so long as it isn't too
Any rockets launched at or after "dusk"
must contain an active light source - led's, glow-stick, etc.
The following rules will
No staging. No clusters. No
limit for "normal rockets"! "C"
engines will be allowed in "UFO" or similar
high-drag type rockets only! NO "D" or larger
engines will be allowed under any circumstance!
This is not an "official" MASA
launch event. Individuals launching rockets will have to
organize themselves, listen to the Launch Wrangler, and
operate in a safe manner. The NAR safety code will be
strictly observed by all participants.
Those wishing to launch rockets must bring
their own pads and launch equipment. The MASA equipment
will not be provided at this event.
The city permit for this event cost $45, which
wasn't planned into the MASA budget for this year. To raise
this money, Hub Hobby Center of Little Canada has kindly donated a
Public Missiles "Phobos" rocket kit worth $52.95
!! At the picnic, raffle tickets will be "sold"
for the incredibly low price of one dollar apiece. At the
end of the evening, hopefully we will have sold at least 45
tickets. Then, one ticket will be drawn at random. The
holder of this ticket will win the Phobos rocket kit!
Free "Door" Prizes
There will be several drawings for free
prizes! These prizes have been donated by MASA and Hub Hobby
Center, Little Canada. Everyone attending will be eligible
for these drawings.
Door prizes will include: an
out-of-production Estes Comanche-3 kit, an out-of-production Estes
Mean Machine kit, and much more!
It would be greatly appreciated if you could
RSVP by Thursday, July 6. Please list: how many people
will be attending, what food item you'll be bringing to share (if
you know what it'll be), if you'll be filling any of the volunteer
positions, items you'll be bringing for the swap -n- sell (if you
want them listed on this page beforehand).
For anyone without email, please call (651)
639-8019 with your RSVP and leave a message.
See you there!