Western Mass Meetup
posted June 14, 2013 2:34 PM   RSS | iCal | +googleCal

Sat July 27 at 1:00 PM, Northampton, MA
48 Main Street, Northampton, MA, USA (Map & Directions)
It's high time we had another Western Massachusetts meetup, so we're having one on July 27 in Northampton. This will be a multistage meetup: early arrivers will gather for lunch at La Veracruzana, then the gang will head to Hinge for meetin', chattin', drinkin', and possibly gamin' through the lazy afternoon hours and into the evening, when eventually the die hards will proceed to Herrell's for ice cream. It's been five years since the last Western Massachusetts meetup, at which awesome people attended and great times were had, and I hope a lot of you can make it!
For those who can only attend part of this, we'll plan to meet at these times:
  • Lunch: 1pm at La Veracruzana
  • Meetup: 3pm at Hinge.
For the sake of context for the comments below, my original proposal text read:
It's high time we had another Western Massachusetts meetup and I'm proposing one as promised to take place July 27 or 28 in or near the Pioneer Valley towns of Northampton or Amherst, Massachusetts. It's been five years since the last Western Massachusetts meetup, at which awesome people attended and great times were had, and I hope a lot of you can make it!

For our location I suggest one of our various brewpubs, where attendees can enjoy dinner and beer as late as they're inclined, but I'd be happy to gather earlier as we did in Hartford a few months ago if anyone wants to play some games with fellow MeFites.
posted by Songdog to Meetup (103 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite

I would like to come to a meetup and meet up with people.
posted by jessamyn at 2:37 PM on June 14, 2013 [3 favorites]


Argh that's when usonian and I are going to Old Orchard Beach!
posted by Lou Stuells at 12:07 AM on June 15, 2013


I, too, would like to meet up with folks. Count me in!
posted by gauche at 4:04 AM on June 15, 2013


Woot, Western Mass!

I mean, yes, I would like to attend. I would even go to Amherst. On a weekend. When I am not required to be there for work. (Really, I haven't been to any of the pub-type establishments in Amherst or N'ton in a long time so I don't have an opinion on the location - just tell me when and where.)

I'd be up for games, too.
posted by camyram at 4:09 AM on June 15, 2013 [1 favorite]


Should add, I obviously have a preference for Northampton simply because it's closer, but I'd happily drive to Amherst to see you wonderful people.
posted by gauche at 4:34 AM on June 15, 2013


Five years since the Northampton meet up? Wow. That was my very first meet up! Seems like I've known a couple of you longer than that.

Anyway, I would love to come to this one but I'll be away for a couple of weeks at the end of July. *sigh*
posted by bondcliff at 7:04 AM on June 15, 2013


Darn, I would love an excuse to go to Western Mass but I plan to be in NJ that weekend.
posted by Miko at 7:08 AM on June 15, 2013


If it's the 27th, I'm definitely in, as is otters walk among us. We'll be in Boston the 28th.

27th! 27th! 27th!
posted by dayintoday at 7:28 AM on June 15, 2013 [1 favorite]


Woo! I'm in.
posted by absquatulate at 8:15 AM on June 15, 2013


I can do either the 27 or 28. Yay, western Mass!
posted by chowflap at 8:16 AM on June 15, 2013


I might be able to make it over there from here (my part of Mass. is, apparently, west of Western Mass.) No particular preference between the 27th and 28th.
posted by Johnny Assay at 9:44 AM on June 15, 2013


I (and my gf sineala) would go! I would prefer Noho to Amherst (coming from Eastahampton). Either date is fine, any time is good!
posted by lysimache at 10:25 AM on June 15, 2013


Sounds fun! I might have family visiting then, but would love to go if I don't.

Either Amherst or Northampton would work for me. I don't know about places in Noho, but the High Horse in Amherst would be nice. They have a spacious upstairs room, good food and beer, and is nice and quiet now the students are gone.
posted by apricot at 10:36 AM on June 15, 2013 [1 favorite]


Amherst is just a tad easier for me than NoHo, though I'm pretty happy just having someone else set something up and then arriving and giving everyone high fives.
posted by jessamyn at 10:39 AM on June 15, 2013


Aaagh! I'm moving to Northampton, but not until 7/30! I guess I'll just have to wait for five more years until the next one.
posted by Lazlo Hollyfeld at 11:14 AM on June 15, 2013


This might even be worth the drive up from New Haven. I'll see if I can swing it.
posted by Lazlo Hollyfeld at 11:15 AM on June 15, 2013


I too will meet up at the meetup!
posted by languagehat at 11:22 AM on June 15, 2013


I approve of meeting up. Games also elicit positive feelings from me. Either day is fine for me. Let's do this.
posted by Aznable at 1:14 PM on June 15, 2013 [1 favorite]


Those of you who cannot make it (and those of you who can) I do not intend to wait so long before the meetup after this one.
posted by Songdog at 1:55 PM on June 15, 2013 [1 favorite]


Wholly unparsable, Batman! I meant: not gonna let five years elapse before the next one.
posted by Songdog at 4:09 PM on June 15, 2013


July 27 is eons away but I had fun last time and barring the unforeseen (and there is a lot of that) would like to be there.
posted by Xurando at 5:09 AM on June 16, 2013


I'm in for either day and can add to the tower o' games again.
posted by victoriab at 2:38 PM on June 16, 2013


Also, if someone wants to meet for lunch/dinner at Veracruzana first, let me know. I've been tempted to drive up from Hartford for their fish tacos before...so this would kill two birds for me!
posted by victoriab at 2:43 PM on June 16, 2013


victoriab, the mister and I are always up for Veracruzana, MeFi meetup or not. Say the word and there will be tacos.
posted by dayintoday at 3:28 PM on June 16, 2013


I would have a taco!
posted by jessamyn at 4:30 PM on June 16, 2013


Tacos, then games, then dinner and beer? And then, perhaps, ice cream?
posted by Songdog at 4:37 PM on June 16, 2013 [2 favorites]


Aren't tacos dinner?
posted by jessamyn at 4:57 PM on June 16, 2013 [2 favorites]


Either way (or both). victoriab seemed to be suggesting pre-gathering tacos, so I called it lunch in the interest of moar meetup.
posted by Songdog at 5:52 PM on June 16, 2013


La Veracruzana, for anyone who is unfamiliar. Much deliciousness.

Ice cream is also delicious. Especially Herrell's.
posted by camyram at 5:41 AM on June 17, 2013 [1 favorite]


Tacos, beer, ice cream, games and Mefites? Nirvana!
posted by victoriab at 5:57 AM on June 17, 2013 [2 favorites]


Definitely don't plan anything around me, but if a) this happens in Northampton and b) the weather is agreeable, then I'll probably fly in from Boston - the airport is about a mile from the center of town and is a very nice walk. If there are any foolish adventurous Boston folks that want to go but don't want to drive I'd be happy to bring people.
posted by backseatpilot at 8:55 AM on June 17, 2013


I would love to meet up at a meetup. Both dates and locations look pretty good.
posted by mrgoat at 8:57 AM on June 17, 2013


Off topic, but is La Veracruzana actually good?! I got burned by Bueno y Sano soon after moving out here and have been leery of local Mexican places ever since. It would be great to have a good option here! Degree of difficulty: I'm from California, so.
posted by apricot at 3:22 PM on June 17, 2013


I met my girlfriend at that 2008 meetup! It was a good meetup indeed. Hope I can make it to this one!
posted by not_on_display at 3:56 PM on June 17, 2013 [3 favorites]


I've been meaning to head out that way since I got into the region, so unless I get some out of town visitors, I'm in. And backseatpilot, I am *very* intrigued by this flight plan of yours - where do you fly out of?
posted by amelioration at 4:16 PM on June 17, 2013


Oh, hey: Johnny Assay! We met at the Bloomington IN meetup years ago. Maybe this will be the second installment of the world's slowest college town meetup tour?
posted by amelioration at 4:18 PM on June 17, 2013


Off topic, but is La Veracruzana actually good?

Yup. I'm pretty demanding about Mexican food, and I liked it a lot.
posted by languagehat at 4:51 PM on June 17, 2013 [1 favorite]


Oh crap, my calendar has failed me. I actually have a conflict on the 27th. Sorry!
posted by backseatpilot at 4:54 PM on June 17, 2013


If Mexican is the goal, may I also suggest Mi Terra (on Route 9 in Hadley) and Mission Cantina (South Amherst, although maybe a little small [ even with the recent expansion])?

I know nothing about Mexican food, though, so...

Are brew pubs out, for some reason? Just curious.
posted by absquatulate at 6:51 PM on June 17, 2013


Let me vote again for Mexican lunch for those interested, then [re]group at a pubbier place for meetery, games, beer, more food, etc. as schedules and interests merit.

There seems to be a slight lean toward Saturday the 27th at this point.
posted by Songdog at 8:18 PM on June 17, 2013 [4 favorites]


For lunchy stuff, La Veracruzana is good. My basis for comparison is having lived in LA for 6 years, and Anna's Taqueria in Boston being favorite. Thai Corner in Amherst is also amazing delicious, maybe even a little smaller. For Mediterranean stuff, Amanouz in Noho is so very good, similarly informal and smallish. As a transplanted Buffalonian, Wings Over Amherst is where I feed a homesick appetite.

Oh and Bub's BBQ is not too far in Sunderland, and their alligator tail and hush puppies are respectable.

What's the brew pub situation? ABC is... unreliable in quality. Haven't heard much about High Horse.

why am I even posting, I'll be in Maine.
posted by Lou Stuells at 12:42 PM on June 18, 2013


I would love to come if anyone is arranging ground transportation from the Greater Boston Area, but the MBTA doesn't quite make it to West of Worcester. Sticking my name in as a maybe mostly to keep apprised of the thread.
posted by maryr at 2:50 PM on June 18, 2013


I would love to come if anyone is arranging ground transportation from the Greater Boston Area, but the MBTA doesn't quite make it to West of Worcester.

I am interested in this, but I don't have my computer with me so I will have to wait to confirm attendance when I can look at my calendar. But if I go you are welcome to a ride.
posted by DiscourseMarker at 4:40 PM on June 18, 2013


I was thinking of coming, but then realised I'll be traveling to the UK.
posted by terrapin at 11:30 AM on June 20, 2013


Hey, have we picked an official day, time or place yet?
posted by victoriab at 5:30 AM on June 22, 2013


Hey, have we picked an official day, time or place yet?

No, but I'm going to join in the leaning towards Saturday because this lunch-dinner-whatever MeFitetravaganza sounds lovely but tiring (as in "I tire easily", not "MeFites are tiresome").

I think we've only mentioned pubs in Amherst so far, if anyone has Northampton suggestions. Veracruzana has locations in both Amherst and Northampton, which probably doesn't help to narrow it down.
posted by camyram at 9:23 AM on June 22, 2013


NoHo is easier to get to for folks coming from up or down I-91.
posted by Xurando at 12:10 PM on June 22, 2013


Is this still happening?
posted by Xurando at 5:23 PM on July 6, 2013


This is definitely happening. En-firm-inating the deets now.
posted by Songdog at 8:34 AM on July 8, 2013 [1 favorite]


Let me reduce this to two options, both on July 27: Northampton or Amherst.

Northampton: Amherst: I haven't been to Hinge yet myself, but it's been recommended by a trusted and reliable friend as having better food and beer options than the Northampton Brewery (though it lacks the latter's full bar).

I suggest meeting for lunch at 1pm, the pub at 3pm, and ice cream as the crowd determines.

What say you all?
posted by Songdog at 2:17 PM on July 8, 2013


Just chiming in as a N'ton resident who eats out way more than she should: I agree that Hinge has better food than the Brewery. High Horse also has great food.
posted by chowflap at 2:36 PM on July 8, 2013


YES! I will go to either location; if NoHo is easiest for travelers to get to, then I can make the trip across the river *exaggerated sigh* :)
posted by absquatulate at 2:38 PM on July 8, 2013


I think I've only been to Northhampton twice, and Amherst never, so I have no preferences and both sound good to me! I value local opinion, so you guys feel free to decide.
posted by DiscourseMarker at 3:00 PM on July 8, 2013


Alas, my plans have changed and I'll be traveling that weekend. It's a driving trip to New Bedford, so it's conceivable that I'll be passing through North-herst at the right time to attend, but likely not.
posted by Johnny Assay at 3:14 PM on July 8, 2013


I'd go to either one, but NoHo is easier for me to get to.
posted by Aznable at 4:45 PM on July 8, 2013


I am up for either but prefer the NoHo vibe over Amherst. Your decision.
posted by Xurando at 6:24 PM on July 8, 2013


I prefer Northampton, so I will vote for that option.
posted by lysimache at 7:40 PM on July 8, 2013


I will go to either, with Northampton having a slight edge over Amherst.
posted by camyram at 8:42 PM on July 8, 2013


Hrm, I prefer High Horse to Hinge, but I'll take Noho Vera over Amherst Vera, and Herrell's over Bart's. Another vote for Northampton.
posted by drumcorpse at 8:53 PM on July 8, 2013


I vote for Northampton.
posted by gauche at 5:57 AM on July 9, 2013


I'm good with either location and does anyone want to carpool from the Hartford area?
posted by victoriab at 7:22 AM on July 9, 2013


Northampton it is, by an overwhelming majority. Lunch is at 1pm; the meetup at Hinge starts at 3pm. OK?
posted by Songdog at 9:19 AM on July 9, 2013


victoriab, i'll carpool with you.
posted by Aznable at 10:39 AM on July 9, 2013


I can take a couple of people from the Boston area if people need a ride to be able to attend.
posted by DiscourseMarker at 12:22 PM on July 9, 2013


At that time I'm still going to be frantically packing, so I can't spare the time to come up. I'm in for sure next time.
posted by Lazlo Hollyfeld at 1:50 PM on July 12, 2013


Maryr and I will be driving in from the greater Boston area, shooting for arriving for the 3pm meetup at Hinge. What is my best bet for parking there?
posted by DiscourseMarker at 7:15 AM on July 25, 2013


See this PDF map for the locations of the city parking lots. Whenever I end up over in NoHo I usually end up parking in the Hampton Avenue or Union Station lots. Parking's not free, but is dirt cheap by big-city standards.

I'm sorry I won't be there — hope you all have fun!
posted by Johnny Assay at 7:41 AM on July 25, 2013


I'm coming up from the South Coast if anyone needs a ride from this direction (or back).
posted by jessamyn at 7:43 AM on July 25, 2013


Let me just say how very pleased I am to see a MeFi meetup in the Pioneer Valley! It's unlikely that I'll come out of my hole in the ground for this (never made it out to any of the Boston meetups in all of the years I was living there, either—I just moved out here in June), but Northampton is lovely, and I hope you all have a fabulous taco-beer time.

(Oh god. Taco beer. Best or worst idea ever? You decide.)
posted by cellar door at 7:51 AM on July 25, 2013


Sorry I will miss this one - and hope we can have another Western MA meetup sometime, as I relish any excuse to get out there. Maybe this fall? I'm heading for a rare visit to my former, beloved summer camp in NJ this weekend, so raise a glass for me and I'll hope to see you next time.
posted by Miko at 8:11 AM on July 25, 2013


I'll be with you in spirit. In body, I'll be in Philly getting together with a bunch of friends from the valley.
posted by sudama at 8:16 AM on July 25, 2013 [1 favorite]


I recommend parking in the city garage on Armory Street. It's less than a quarter mile walk from our meetup locations, and you don't have to pay until you return to your car, so it allows for flexible timing. The cost is only fifty cents an hour.
posted by Songdog at 8:33 AM on July 25, 2013


Are there any parking restrictions outside of the town center? I am a stingy SOB when it comes to parking, and I don't mind walking.
posted by not_on_display at 10:52 PM on July 25, 2013


You can find free parking on streets away from downtown. A good bet are the streets off Hawley St. (Phillips, Butler, and Hancock) which are a five minute walk, tops. In general, drive away from downtown on any street and meters eventually disappear.

Northampton businesses are holding sidewalk sales this weekend, which means it will probably be a bit busier than usual.
posted by otters walk among us at 8:09 AM on July 26, 2013


Hey, I'll have my car filled with Hartford-area folks and look forward to seeing everyone!
posted by victoriab at 8:29 AM on July 26, 2013


Be warned! The garage is 100% full right now, Friday noon. The streets/outside-of-center parking recommended above may be wise.
posted by dayintoday at 9:04 AM on July 26, 2013


Unfortunately I've got to switch to maybe. It's been a busy week and we might just stay in tomorrow, I don't know.
posted by gauche at 9:55 AM on July 26, 2013


Hinge is expecting us for drinks, food, and maybe games. Is anyone actually planning to bring games?
posted by Songdog at 12:32 PM on July 26, 2013


I have the Christmas add-on (and only the Christmas add-on) of Cards Against Humanity. Does that help?

(For reals, I can bring 90s Trivial Pursuit if you like.)
posted by maryr at 1:23 PM on July 26, 2013


I plan on bringing a few games. Any requests?
posted by Aznable at 3:12 PM on July 26, 2013


Victoriab and I are sitting at the taco joint with a napkin labeled META to mark the table. Where ya'll at?
posted by Aznable at 10:00 AM on July 27, 2013


Now arriving in Northampton. See you in a few minutes!
posted by Songdog at 10:05 AM on July 27, 2013


Dayintoday and I are on the way. Arrival imminent.
posted by otters walk among us at 10:10 AM on July 27, 2013


we're at a friend's in Florence we'll be at Veracruzana 2-ish. Post if you move on before then.
posted by jessamyn at 10:20 AM on July 27, 2013


Party of six (and counting?) at La Veracruzana. Parking garage and Hampton lot are full, unless you wait for a car to leave like I just did.
posted by Songdog at 10:36 AM on July 27, 2013


Our group has grown and moved across the street to Hinge. We're in the back, on the first floor.
posted by Songdog at 12:21 PM on July 27, 2013


Be sure and stop by—Jessamyn made brownies!
posted by Songdog at 2:02 PM on July 27, 2013 [1 favorite]


Excellent time, everyone! Anyone interested in exchanging the social dealies, I'm @thecakest on Twitter and Instagram and/or PM me for Facebook, LinkedIn, or other social whatnots.
posted by dayintoday at 7:38 PM on July 27, 2013


Thanks for a great meetup, Songdog. Thanks for the brownies, jessamyn. Thanks for the fun games and chats everyone. Good times all around. Next time it's Hartford's turn again!

I already sent out my Facebook info to a few people that asked for it, but if anyone else wants it just shoot me a MeMail.
posted by Aznable at 7:43 PM on July 27, 2013


maryr and I made it back to Boston-ish with almost no trouble (except for the one person trying to merge with me in a very impertinent manner). Thank you for organizing such a fun meetup. Please let us know if you ever decide to venture east!
posted by DiscourseMarker at 9:05 PM on July 27, 2013


I finally made it home! That was a great time, thanks Songdog for organizing it and everyone else for showing up. As promised: my sandpiper pics. Thanks very much otters walk among us, now I can never look at the Rustic drive-in sign the same away again.
posted by jessamyn at 9:18 PM on July 27, 2013


Fun times! My belly's full of beer and good food, and I totally dug the game we all played. Thanks, Songdog!
posted by not_on_display at 9:44 PM on July 27, 2013


Great time, Learned about Adventure Time and more. Thanks Song-dog.
posted by Xurando at 5:10 AM on July 28, 2013


That was fun, and we should definitely do it more often than once every five years. (For anyone who might be visiting Northampton, the Hinge has excellent burgers.)
posted by languagehat at 7:40 AM on July 28, 2013


Thanks for proving yet again...mefites make the best bar companions. Thanks for organizing Songdog and let me know about the next Ren fair...my kids would love to try a mace or battle axe on some poor romantic in a padded suit.
posted by victoriab at 8:18 AM on July 28, 2013 [1 favorite]


Good times were had, although I probably should have eaten dinner instead of having a second mimosa. I'm glad Herrell's got a second chance with me - I'm still impressed by all the flavors I tried. Discourse Marker is an excellent driver.
posted by maryr at 10:03 AM on July 28, 2013


So much fun! Thanks for organizing this, Songdog. We definitely cannot wait five years to do it again.
posted by camyram at 3:16 PM on July 28, 2013


I cannot believe I totally spaced on this and had it in my calendar for next week. Boo. Glad to hear it went swimmingly and you all got to enjoy local favorites.
posted by absquatulate at 8:32 PM on July 28, 2013


Can someone tell me what the "act out this title" game was called? I seem to recall it was something like TITLES which is not really helping me. Also DiscourseMarker if you want to upload the pic of me and Jim I'd love to see it. I have a few crowd shots that I'll upload, please let me know if anyone doesn't want to be immortalized on Flickr and I'm happy to accommodate.
posted by jessamyn at 2:03 PM on July 29, 2013


Jessamyn, the game was Time's Up: Title Recall.
posted by Aznable at 3:12 PM on July 29, 2013


Oooh, my turn: TITLE.
posted by maryr at 3:15 PM on July 29, 2013


I meant to add, if anyone is still following, that I am really bad at keeping up with any social networking besides Facebook and Ravelry, but feel free to message me for my info to connect there. You can watch me share geek memes for the umpteenth time and/or hear my opinions on yarn and knitting patterns, sometimes simultaneously.
posted by camyram at 6:00 AM on July 30, 2013


Photo posted!

Also, re: social media - feel free to send me a FB friend request, but I don't log in there terribly frequently. I am however, on Twitter everyday, @DiscourseMarker.
posted by DiscourseMarker at 11:00 AM on July 30, 2013



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