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General Discussion / 2019 Star B-Que
« on: August 15, 2019, 11:43:11 AM »
I talked to Karlin, the park supervisor for Olmsted County. We can use Root River overnight for a Star B-Que, but we are not allowed to camp there. I've never been to one of our Star B-Ques before, so I am not sure if this is a deal breaker for us. The dates are open, nobody has the park reserved. If we use the park, and once we decide the date, she will email me a letter that states that we have permission to be in the park all night. This way, if the sheriff shows up, we have documentation to show.

For those of you that have not been to Root River yet, here is a link to the park information:

The park has dark skies, a porta-potty, picnic tables and some grills and is close to Rochester. It is pretty remote. There is a dirt road for less than a mile that leads to the park entrance that has some major potholes, so be careful!

Chester Woods is another candidate because it has camping, however, the camping location is pretty far from the observing area and I am not sure about campsite availability for those that want to camp. Camping was full last week.

If we agree that Root River is the place to hold it, I will start a poll to pick the date. I think that it is a great place to do it, I'm just not sure about the no-camping rule though.


Hello! We are planning a few special events in addition to our normal outreach public viewing events, October will be a busy month!

World Astronomy Week Event - Friday, October 5th at Eagle Bluff with a backup date of Saturday, October 6th.

Regular Monthly Outreach Event - Friday, October 12th at Watson Soccer Fields (FYI)

Astronomy Day Event - Saturday, October 13th at Watson Soccer Fields  - Maybe we can plan something special for this one (meeting agenda item?).

We are hoping to get some materials from the Night Sky Network that we can hand out at these events. Thoughts or suggestions?

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