I'm also curious about an official Boston meet-up...2010
I’m throwing out some ideas to see what might develop. Let the debates begin!
This has been on my mind as a personal quest, due to the extraordinary magnetic attraction of the Boston-area group. Would you folks welcome hosting the first national meet-up?
In another thread, we’ve begun playing with the notion of long-range plans to convene on the exceptional location that is New Orleans, and more precisely, the French Quarter.
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While New York is certainly a hub for fragophiles, I think Sniffapalooza kinda owns the rights to that city and is the best group for arranging events there.
I'm also curious about an official Boston meet-up...2010
You know I'm definitely up for a Boston 2010 meet-up.
I've actually been toying around with some ideas already for the tentaitve July 23-25 weekend of BN worldwide meet-up weekend.
I'd like to ideally have a firm date so I can do some more concrete planning.
I am flexible and having you all in Boston would be fabulous beyond belief.
Boston's close enough for us to drive.
We want to go back to NOLA anyway.
Where in CA?
We'll try for at least 2010 and 2011.
I'm up for Boston!
Make sure you have a boat or two on standby.
Kidding, ofcourse I think this is a great initiative
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I would love for you to all come out this way. Maybe by then my house will be done and i will host a gourmet evening of food and fragrance.
This will be so exciting!!!!
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I love the idea of a fragrance party. Is there a thread somewhere on how to do this? I'm guessing everyone brings a couple of samples and a lot of blotters.
I go back to Boston on a regular basis anyway to visit family, so coordinating with a BN meetup would be easy. New Orleans would also be a great trip; I've wanted to go there for years. As for California, the Northerners seem to have a critical mass of active folks (over 10), so that's a point in their favor. Those of us down here in the South rarely seem to muster more than 5 people at a time ... but we also have Beverly Hills and The Scent Bar.
With some planning, I would consider any or maybe all of Quarry's suggestions. If the group is small enough, I like Brielle's idea of a house party, too.
I will also propose the idea of a mini-convention, where we would all stay at the same hotel and have a sample trading night in one of the conference rooms. Maybe other events, too! This would work great if we ended up with a larger-sized group. Then we could schedule multiple smaller group excursions throughout the weekend to local purveyors of elixirs.
Can I suggest Boston in July 2010 (See SMM's dates), and the California Scent Bar in 2011, and somewhere in the middle (Chicago?) for 2012??? Agree with Astaroth that July in Boston is less than ideal, but hey, that's why God made swimming pools and AC.
If we can make the Boston get-together happen, I am DEFINITELY up for going to Brielle's for a Gourment Food/Scent Party, and at some point during the weekend, I will insist on hosting some sort of fragrance-and-food-based thing myself... With optional favorite SFF films/ tv series (and of course, Dr. Horrible's sing along blog) on our DVD interspersed!
Chez Bromberg isn't particularly spacious, but we can definitely host a few of the out-of-towners, too. Oooooooooooooo, a BN slumber party! Dang, sign me up!!!
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If we want to do a big US meet-up I am happy to be the Boston point person. Plus the advantage is I have many helpful hands amongst the local BN community.
We have been talking a bit about what a Boston Basenotes National Meet-Up would look like and here is a first draft:
Friday July 23rd Scented dinner at Brielle 87's house. Rent a van to ferry everyone up to Chez Brielle.
Saturday July 24th Colonial Drug in Harvard Sq. followed by Neil Morris presentation and food followed by a screening of "Chanel Before Coco" in the Somerville Theatre private viewing room.
Sunday July 25th Back Bay Shops Neiman-Marcus, Barney's, Saks, Louis Boston, Chanel and Hermes.
We think we can amuse the fragrant masses for three days with this skeleton of a plan.
Oh, SMM, you seem to have it all covered. I love the idea, and would most likely be up for this kind of event. Good scents, good food, good company - well, there you have it.
I think I'd be able to join in a Boston meeting, especially with the advance planning, and it sounds wonderful!
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For California, of course I'm partial to San Francisco (because then I could help).
We don't have Scentbar, but we do have quite a few active local perfumers who do frequent personal appearances. Given planning time and the blessing to promote it as an official Basenotes event, we have some amazing noses here that might be talked into a little sniffing...
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You are very generous. We'd love to participate if everything works out. How about a target hotel or motel for out of towners? That could also provide Plan B in case you draw more of us that your homes can accomodate. SMM should picture the annual ACS meeting
Boston is a destination this summer. I can drive up, if we are still living here in NJ. My husband should be finished with his St. Croix project & "may" have something "up north". That's all I could get out of him on the employment front but that may be all he knows right now.
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I'm only doing Boston if my partner in crime Tang is onboard...where are you girlfriend???
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As more can-doers post, this Boston thang gets more exciting. Tingaling, Tang — your friends are calling.
ECaruthers has a good point about suggesting a common hotel if our numbers continue to swell.
I was already checking out the Amtrak stops for the Boston area (flying's fun but trains are waaay cooler).
I'm trying not to twist DH's arm—Brielle's house photos may do all the persuading for me.
If you have it in San Francisco, I would be happy to help as well as I have experience with organizing conferences in San Francisco. I haven't been to a Basenote Conference before, do have any of the fragrance companies underwrite or exhibit? Even a moderate sized activist conference I helped with we had a brewery as sponsor (makers of Bastard Ale).
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Are suspicious (see Off-Topic funny pics thread) Canadians allowed? Will we be fingerprinted and subjected to all sorts of degrading investigations?
I'd love to come to any and all of these, but I'll say right off the bat that July is a bad month for me this year (already have plans scheduled, and they involve going out west, not staying out east). I would make specific plans to get down to NOLA tho (I've always wanted to visit/experience New Orleans and my sister will be working on a Habitat build in a few months so I'm even more interested now), and California too (my preference would be for SoCal, but I'd go north, too!). The thought of the Scent Bar *irl* and shopping in general in LA has me drooling.
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I'm a "planner" gang & am looking to lock in to some cheap airfare and guaranteed rooms for the Boston location for the weekend of July 23-25th ~ is this a GO?
Ooooo. Depending on airline costs (DH doesn't get paid during the summer), I'd love to go out to Boston this summer.
As for California, So Cal does have the famous Scent Bar, but I'd recommend San Francisco, along with Astaroth. So Cal usually means needing a car. For instance, the best places for sniffing in So Cal are a good 45 minutes apart: 1) Beverly Hills/Center area (Scent Bar & Barneys); 2) South Coast Plaza in Orange County (Hermes, Chanel, etc.). Plus, as Astaroth points out, we do have a more active group up in San Francisco, plus Rogalal's planning kicked serious butt over my own during the meetups last year.
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