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Friday, October 21, 2005

Vermont Blogger Meetup II

A number of you have emailed me asking when that Vermont blogger thing will be. Sorry I've been so lax about setting it up. I've been flat out busy, and unable to think about anything in the non-urgent pile.

I've finally decided (with help from Bill at Candleblog) that the best day is Saturday, November 5th. Time? 3pm. Place? Montpelier. More specificly? TBA. We're looking into a couple options. Will let you all know asap.

Sorry to those of you who can't make it. Turns out that's pretty much the only day that will work for me. Hope it works for you!

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I should be able to make it, since I live in Montpelier.

Posted by: Michael Martine | Oct 21, 2005 8:13:00 PM

Sarah and I should be able to wander over that day. Looking forward to meeting some more folks. Let me know if you need any place scouted! :)

Posted by: scully | Oct 21, 2005 8:46:17 PM

Okay, okay, okay, I'll clear my schedule so I can make this one. I totally swear. And I know that relieves you all...

Posted by: NTodd | Oct 21, 2005 8:53:14 PM

Count me in!

Not to tell you where to hold it or anything Cathy, Bill or whomever, but as you may already know and, simply fyi:

The Capitol Grounds Cafe, the Langdon Street Cafe and, I am also told, J. Morgan's at the Capitol Plaza Hotel each offer free wifi. These are all within easy walking distance from each other, as is most of Montpelier of course.

Just so you know up front, the first two places are much more manageable on a budget for someone like myself.

In addition, for anyone without a laptop with wi-fi however, the Langdon even has an online public access computer available for use on site.

Of course, speaking of which, the Kellogg-Hubbard Library offers meeting space for the public, but one needs to book ahead and if we want to make sure, especially for anyone like Pat Hejny, that it is accessible (as I am not sure the basement, where some of the meeting space there are, is), they have a really good and very spacious meeting room on the first floor, which features its own accessible bathroom.

The library's Website indicates (here):

The meeting rooms of the Kellogg-Hubbard Library are an important part of the Library's services. They are available to any non-profit community group that does not charge an attendance fee. For more information on booking meeting rooms, call 223-3338.

On Saturday, the library closes at 5:30 PM however.

While the library offers wi-fi, as I understand it, it is a service that one must pay for.

In addition, the library does have eight online public access computers, but one is allowed only a half hour per day, here; which is not bad, especially if the meet up were held there from 3:00 PM on, we would not really be there all that long anyway.

Posted by: mwb | Oct 21, 2005 9:32:19 PM

Opps, this seems to be the most recently updated Capitol Grounds Cafe Website these days, here (they appear to be hosted on two different sites I guess, I don't know):

"Montpelier's Meeting Spot"
Free Wireless Internet Access!

Posted by: mwb | Oct 21, 2005 9:39:05 PM

Thanks, Morgan, for your suggestions. Don't worry, I think most of us are on a tight budget. At least, I am. So we won't be having it in an expensive place.

NTodd! Glad you will make it.

Spread the word everybody. It would be cool to get a bunch of folks there. I've talked with most of you over email and in person, and I read all of your blogs, and I know everybody would have plenty to talk about if we all got together.

Posted by: cresmer | Oct 22, 2005 9:31:39 AM

For reasons of space, I would suggest Positive Pi 2. Lots of open space and tables that can be joined together. They hosted a huge HS girl's soccer banquet thing there this September. Prices are good too, as folks can get slices for $2.

Posted by: scully | Oct 22, 2005 10:29:46 AM

Langdon Street Cafe was suggested to me as a place large enough to accomodate a group or 20 or so (should it get that large). I've never been there, but if they're as wifi friendly as Morgan makes them sound, that seems like an appropriate spot. Once we pick a spot we should probably call ahead and warn them we're coming. Then they can hang the "Nerd Alert" signs everywhere.

Posted by: Bill Simmon | Oct 22, 2005 2:41:27 PM

Yeah, I am actually at the Langdon at the moment using the online public access computer, even though I do not have a cent to buy anything and, they are cool with it as long as I do not hog the thing. It is roomy enough and, while I have never been to the Radio Bean myself yet, from what I have heard about it, if you like that spot then you will like it here. It is an excellent and *friendly* environment and they have great coffee, tea and brews, etc. as well as some food stuff.

Just spoke to Meg, who is part of the cafe co-op and while I made it clear that nothing is set as far as where we may gather, she said that someone should e-mail Noah (check their site for the e-mail address) and they will bring it up at their next co-op meeting (maybe both you Bill and Cathy should and if you want cc me too if I can be of help on the ground as well). She also said that they are of course a public place, so we would of course be welcome, yet a heads up for such a gathering like ours would be welcome. I have a feeling we will be more than 20 people coming this time around, but this place can accommodate it in my opinion; however if you check with Noah, they can tell you themselves.

Posted by: mwb | Oct 22, 2005 3:30:45 PM

This is a great idea, and if I weren't going to be several time zones away, I'd be in attendance. Any chance this might happen again off in the future?

Posted by: rws | Oct 23, 2005 9:04:06 AM

rws: I'm sure we'll have another one at some point. I hosted a very small blogger meetup last fall, and would like to continue doing them.

Posted by: cresmer | Oct 23, 2005 9:20:27 AM

I'll be there - and for what it's worth I think Langdon St. would be a better place to meet. It's a little more off the beaten path, and Capitol Grounds can be packed on weekends.

Posted by: yankunian | Oct 23, 2005 11:47:01 AM

will there be martinis?

Posted by: newyorkex | Oct 23, 2005 4:12:58 PM

Um, I'm not usually known as yankunian but the martini question was mine...

Posted by: newyorkex | Oct 23, 2005 4:17:47 PM

My vote is or Langdon Street over Capital Grounds because Langdon Street will have more space. As for Positive Pie or J Morgans, I haven't been to either so I'll have to abstain on those locations.


Posted by: Hardy Machia | Oct 24, 2005 11:46:21 AM

My vote is Langdon, too, if they'll have us. Bill is checking on it.

Posted by: cresmer | Oct 24, 2005 4:44:43 PM

If we're at the voting stage of things, then -- as Cathy mentioned, if they will have us -- my vote is to hold it at the Langdon Street Cafe.

Posted by: mwb | Oct 24, 2005 8:05:52 PM

Hi,I want to add my vote for Langdon. In addition to its other attractions, it is an easy place for me and my walker to get to. I can't tell you how much I am looking forward to meeting all of you!

Posted by: Pat Hejny | Oct 24, 2005 9:00:13 PM

Langdon St. gets my vote, too. No martinis, but brews and organic wine. See you all there! I'm going to make an effort to read some Vermonters' blogs I haven't looked at before (thank you, Cathy, for maintaining the list... soon it will need its own site!). I do not have a laptop, but I do have a digital camera, and plan on taking lots of pics (you are all hereby warned).

Posted by: Michael Martine | Oct 24, 2005 10:25:52 PM

Langdon St. is a good choice. Unfortunately, I'll be in DC visiting a friend who's receiving some teacher/coaching award.

Posted by: Murf | Oct 25, 2005 9:32:39 AM

Glad to see that you are arranging this event. I too will be away (Denver). Have a great time and enjoy. Hopefully I'll be able to make a future event.

Posted by: JDS | Oct 25, 2005 12:10:07 PM

Glad to see that you are arranging this event. I too will be away (Denver). Have a great time and enjoy. Hopefully I'll be able to make a future event.

Posted by: JDS | Oct 25, 2005 12:13:39 PM

Glad to see that you are arranging this event. I too will be away (Denver). Have a great time and enjoy. Hopefully I'll be able to make a future event.

Posted by: JDS | Oct 25, 2005 12:21:34 PM

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