Nashua, NH meetup!
posted January 8, 2023 4:19 AM   RSS | iCal | +googleCal

Sat February 25 at 5:30 PM, Martha's Exchange
185 Main St, Nashua, NH, USA (Map & Directions)
Edit: let's do this! Winter New England meetup
I am moving back to New England from many years away (along with my once-mefite spouse Greg Nog) and I thought it might be fun to meet/see some mefites in the area. We'll be living in Manchester, NH but could be convinced to go to Boston if that's where the people are!
posted by likeatoaster to Meetup (62 comments total) 10 users marked this as a favorite

I would be interested in this!
posted by bondcliff at 10:34 AM on January 8

I'd also be interested! Hopefully our schedules match up. I live north of the city, so I'd be OK with going up to NH or with going into Boston or one of the cities around it.
posted by Rustic Etruscan at 12:03 PM on January 8

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posted by Potomac Avenue at 3:38 AM on January 9 [1 favorite]

Yeah, sounds fun!
posted by jpdoane at 4:28 AM on January 9

We are pretty much directly between Boston and Manchester in Southern NH though I haven’t been active here in years. Not sure if there are attendance requirements!
posted by yerfatma at 4:29 AM on January 9 [1 favorite]

Pencil me in!
posted by briank at 4:38 AM on January 9

I'm in Portland and would be interested in something between here and Boston
posted by donnagirl at 5:00 AM on January 9

I could be interested!
posted by woodvine at 5:16 AM on January 9

I am also possibly interested! Also, welcome back!
posted by rmd1023 at 7:50 AM on January 9

Despite being here for 20+years, I've never gone to a meetup and would love to break that streak in 2023. I'm in Mass, basically between Manchester and Boston, so any locale thereabouts would be fine.
posted by jeremias at 8:08 AM on January 9 [1 favorite]

I've also never been to an IRL meetup and may very well be interested. I'm near Cambridge and could travel an hour or so to a meeting. I'll be keeping an eye out. Thanks!
posted by primate moon at 9:24 AM on January 9 [1 favorite]

I'm an hour west of Manchester. Probably wouldn't travel farther than that. Meetups are good!
posted by Hobgoblin at 9:46 AM on January 9

I'm not up for things inside still, but would love something outside (maybe later than February?) I'm in Arlington, can drive.
posted by jenettsilver at 10:25 AM on January 9

I'm in Arlington MA, too, but would consider driving to Manchester or Concord NH to welcome you and your brood back.

(I'd mask if indoors, and indoors seems to be the only reliable winter option in NH, eh? I made the mistake of not masking at a work-holiday-party in late December and got the Covid—NW Boston covid numbers were rising steep at the time, but seem to have fluctuated a bit in the right direction recently.)
posted by not_on_display at 11:58 AM on January 9

I’m coming from Hartford CT and could drive up to 100 miles or so.
posted by victoriab at 11:59 AM on January 9

I'm not sure what would make the most people happy (Portland, western NH and Hartford are pretty far from each other). Is Manchester the most central location? Or Portsmouth? Lawrence/Methuen, MA?
posted by likeatoaster at 12:35 PM on January 9

Interested -- located in Boston and fine with heading north!
posted by chiefthe at 12:49 PM on January 9

Another Arlingtonian (Menotomy Moonbat) that is well positioned to possibly participate.
posted by sammyo at 1:09 PM on January 9 [1 favorite]

I'm not sure what would make the most people happy (Portland, western NH and Hartford are pretty far from each other). Is Manchester the most central location? Or Portsmouth? Lawrence/Methuen, MA?

Nashua has always worked well for meetups, attracting people from all over the region. That'd be my vote.
posted by bondcliff at 1:58 PM on January 9 [5 favorites]

I'm in the Boston area (Somerville) and am reading with interest.
posted by zeptoweasel at 4:43 PM on January 9

Nashua would work as well as Manchester for me. Enjoyed a meet there some years ago with some of you. I mask where there are people and avoid indoor gatherings but - for Metafilter? I will try to overcome my hermitey ways.
posted by Hobgoblin at 4:29 AM on January 10

Another Somervillein watching with interest.
posted by firechicago at 12:07 PM on January 10

I probably can't make it but my wife's family live in Manch Vegas and Merrimack, NH. Get a Moe's sandwich as soon as you can. Also, everyone in this thread should think about renting a house or two here on MV just after Labor Day. With proper logistics, decent weather, and DIY collaboration, we could have a yearly late summer meetup/retreat/party here on the Vineyard.

Welcome back to the Granite State!
posted by vrakatar at 9:23 PM on January 10 [1 favorite]

I'm in the Hartford, CT area and if the stars align might be able to make it up to something in the greater Boston area.
posted by gauche at 5:13 AM on January 11

I'm in Portsmouth NH and would be interested as well! Bonus points if it involves a dog friendly activity, since I have a 5 month old puppy with separation anxiety but he's super friendly and very cute :)
posted by litera scripta manet at 6:58 AM on January 11 [1 favorite]

I've never been to an MeFi event but count me in as interested. I'm in Newton, MA and happy to drive.
posted by scottso17 at 8:28 AM on January 11

Nashua has always worked well for meetups

I live in Nashua. I'm also really socially awkward, so even if you held one at like, Jeannotte's, which is a block away, I still might not go. But maybe. Put me down as interested though.

For various reasons, I'm not particularly interested in traveling much. I might go to Manchester, maybe Salem, NH, but getting into Massachusetts or north of downtown Manchester is not of much interest to me. The exception is that if you held it on Wednesday the 19th, I'll be at work in Concord that day and would expand my range to anything between Concord and Nashua. I would also be much more likely to attend that day, if that matters.
posted by kevinbelt at 7:18 AM on January 12

I live in Western Mass, which is kinda far, but I'm potentially interested. (I moved to New England 18 months ago and haven't seen much of it yet. Although Jan/Feb doesn't seem like the best time to go see things around here, so...)
posted by needs more cowbell at 3:02 AM on January 13

I'm in central MA (Worcester), and interested--I'd probably be willing to drive up to an hour or so. Boston also works well for me, since I can take the commuter rail in. I also drive to Maine semi-regularly, so if a meetup happened along that route and it matched up with a trip, I'd be happy to drive further.
posted by dizziest at 7:51 AM on January 13

Ooh! It's been a very long time since I've been to a MeFi meetup and I'd love to join if I can. Thanks for initiating! I'm in metro west Boston and it sound like the general vibe is that the event will be reachable for me.
posted by Sublimity at 3:16 PM on January 14

I'd be interested, I live on Cape Cod (vraktar I'm sending you a note!) but family is in more northern NH and it's not uncommon for me to be driving back and forth, might be able to time a trip around a meetup in southern NH or Boston area.
posted by soy bean at 4:05 PM on January 14

Do Friday or Saturday nights work best? Nashua sounds like a good spot. The weekend of Feb 10-11, or 17-18?
posted by likeatoaster at 4:55 PM on January 17

posted by Potomac Avenue at 4:34 AM on January 22

I would probably prefer a Saturday. I’m tired after work on Fridays.
posted by kevinbelt at 5:59 AM on January 22

Yeah, getting up to NH on a Friday after work can be tricky.
posted by bondcliff at 4:55 PM on January 23 [1 favorite]

Saturday works better for me, personally. Friday would be a bit of a reach even from where I work.
posted by Rustic Etruscan at 4:54 PM on January 26

If someone can suggest a Nashua venue, I'll make it official for Saturday Feb 18!
posted by likeatoaster at 8:26 AM on January 30

Martha's Exchange downtown is nice. Good food, drinks, nice atmosphere. Out-of-towners would have to deal with parking, but it's walking distance for me. I've generally been in off hours so not sure how hard it would be to get a big table. I'm also not a particular fan of their restrooms, which don't seem to have hot water.

110 Grill is a chain but I like their food, it's right off the Everett Turnpike so it's easy to get to from out of town, they have a party room that would give us some privacy, and they have a really good gluten-free menu.

A little north of Nashua is the Thirsty Moose Taphouse in Merrimack. Another chain but still somewhat local. Good food, lots of drinks, and the space is big and open - seems like every time I'm there, there are two or three groups of 12+. It's also right off the highway, and if you like ice cream, there's a Hayward's Ice Cream (the best in NH) in the parking lot.

Those are, at least, the places I take out-of-towners when they visit.
posted by kevinbelt at 10:07 AM on January 30

I think we did Martha's Exchange once before and it worked out well. I don't recall parking being an issue. I've eaten at a 110 Grill before as well and it was pretty good.
posted by bondcliff at 2:36 PM on February 1

Actually turns out we can't make babysitting work for the 18th so I'm gonna call it for the 25th. Hopefully thats enough notice to get a lot of you maybes! Let's do Martha's Exchange.
posted by likeatoaster at 5:05 PM on February 1 [1 favorite]

The 25th works great for me, and I've always liked Martha's Exchange! Hope to see a lot of you there!
posted by Rustic Etruscan at 6:00 PM on February 7

I’m in Portland, Oregon and am watching with interest.
posted by bendy at 6:06 AM on February 8 [1 favorite]

Contemplating a trip to Alec’s.
posted by bendy at 6:13 AM on February 8 [1 favorite]

I think my mom got married at Martha’s Exchange in 2002.
posted by bendy at 6:24 AM on February 8

Is it the 18th or the 25th?
posted by bendy at 6:29 AM on February 8

The 25th!
posted by likeatoaster at 7:12 AM on February 12 [1 favorite]

I realized that I have four relative-families with homes within 30 minutes of Nashua and I don’t want to stay with any of them. And I’m unemployed and have a big deadline for a freelance gig the following week and as much as impulse-driven me wants to be there it just won’t work.

I hope y’all have fun and I’ll see you next time.

Oh my god, SHOES.
posted by bendy at 10:56 AM on February 12

Ah well, have fun you crazy kids! I have a friend's housewarming party to attend. But now that the covid numbers are low again, hopefully there will be more meetups in the near future.

Welcome Back, Kotters
posted by not_on_display at 10:35 PM on February 15 [2 favorites]

I'm just posting to bump this for the maybes! Come out with us on Saturday - we can wear masks, etc and are flexible on the time if that makes a difference for anyone.
posted by likeatoaster at 7:16 AM on February 21

Do we have a time set?
posted by kevinbelt at 8:04 AM on February 21

Oh, I just saw the top of the page. I've been following via my activity page.
posted by kevinbelt at 8:05 AM on February 21

Just a little far for us this time of year. Will be there in spirit!
posted by terrapin at 11:51 AM on February 22

Assuming this is still happening my wife may or may not be joining us.
posted by bondcliff at 10:41 AM on February 23 [1 favorite]

Unfortunately, I won't be able to make this. Hope it's fun and awesome!
posted by rmd1023 at 2:16 PM on February 24

So how does this work? Do I just walk into Martha's at 5:30 and say "I'm here for the Metafilter meetup"? Is there a table under someone's name?
posted by kevinbelt at 12:15 PM on February 25

I called and made a reservation for 530 for Heather!
posted by likeatoaster at 12:31 PM on February 25 [1 favorite]

Heading up!
posted by bondcliff at 1:32 PM on February 25

Drive safely. The roads just got pretty lousy.
posted by kevinbelt at 1:52 PM on February 25

We'll be about 15 minutes late, sorry snow lol
posted by likeatoaster at 2:11 PM on February 25

That was a lot of fun! Thanks for hosting the meetup and getting everyone together!
posted by Rustic Etruscan at 6:04 PM on February 25

Yeah, that was great! So nice to be at a meetup again. Hope everyone got home safe.
posted by bondcliff at 6:34 PM on February 25

I’m glad I got to meet you guys. This was a lot of fun and I hope there’s another chance to do it again.
posted by kevinbelt at 7:38 PM on February 25 [3 favorites]

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