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 Interest In Another?
whiteladyeowyn
Posted: Sep 29 2008, 12:13 PM


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I personally heard many people (( including our special guests )) express interest in another get-together or party in the future.

And while I know that Gandalf, Bilbo, et. al are still recovering from THIS one, this little Shieldmaiden already has ideas in her head.

It would be much simpler, and - if you guys are receptive to it - would not involve any panels or anything of the sort, unless we just wanted them to happen among us in a group or some such.

It would be about the Fellowship and the frienship more than it would anything, which was what a lot of you took away from this Party, if what I have been hearing is any indication.

I will say no more for now, in terms of details ( because there are none yet :lol: ), but it would not be for 18 months, at least. (( Spring of 2010 )).

What say you? :aragorn:
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Forestchild
Posted: Sep 29 2008, 01:23 PM


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Oh, please.....Yes....Another gathering would be most incredible and appreciated.

It was so great to meet you, and everyone else as well. I nearly did not leave on Sunday morning without bursting into tears, and I did not want to interupt the movie.

I will also offer my assistance to any future gathering. I live in Cincinnati and so it is a few hours drive to Shaker Village and that region. Feel free to e-mail me.

Thanks to you and everyone else for your incredible efforts to bring the Party to life for us all. I have made some wonderful new friends and will look forward to seeing them again someday. (Thank you again for allowing me to call the Reel; I'm hoping it was okay....)

So, yes, I think many would be interested in another gathering. And I believe we all understand the need to a reprieve between them. 2010 is fine.

-Forestchild-
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Uruviel
Posted: Sep 29 2008, 03:07 PM


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OF COURSE!! I know myself and the friend I brought with me would LOVE to come to another 'gathering'! I also have a few other close friends here who couldn't make it this year that just would have had a blast. And as for the panels, I only made it round to a few but I think the things I will remember best is when we were all together as a group (Bond-fire, hiking/boat trip, Hall of Fire, The party, etc). The fellowship is what makes this type of gathering so great and I would love to see it happen again. I will also volunteer myself if you need any help (Though I'm quite a ways away so it would be restricted as to how much I could do.).

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Lady Aibreán
Posted: Sep 29 2008, 04:15 PM


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Yes, please! :)

And I too offer my services if needed... I'm 3.5 hours away, but it is a very easy trip from Amon Indy!
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Melilot Fields from Deephallow
Posted: Sep 29 2008, 05:01 PM


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Hmm.... how can I say with enough emphasis...

***YES!!!***

There. That should be sufficient. :lol:

Yes, please, let's do this again. Another ALEP would be magnificent. Another theme would be marvelous, too. And in any case, the second event should be easier to plan, as our ALEP planners have done such a great job with ALEP 2008.

I loved the panels; wish I could have attended them all.

And the Bilbo birthday banner, and the pennants, and the streamers (along with the pipeweed sacks, which I forgot to bring this year :( ) are at your disposal when the next ALEP takes place.

To summarize: Let's do it again!

Melilot/Jo LynnE, the Banner Hobbit
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Bramblerose
Posted: Sep 29 2008, 05:08 PM


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Oh yes please and Jo I hope it is all right to call you that but at registration when I saw you and Dora and recognized both of you it was like meeting a rock star in person. I was so excited I guess that sounds silly but I did :) and I would love to have something more cozy as I did not get to a single panel and would have loved to meet more people and I would be willing to help if possible. Thank you so much for all your hard work.
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kat99
Posted: Sep 29 2008, 05:19 PM


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YES!!

I would most certainly come to another event!! I had a wonderful time and met so many great people! I also would be willing to help I am only about 3.5 hours away and could easily make a trip down. You all did a fantastic job with the event :lol: Thank you ~Kate
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Lewie
Posted: Sep 29 2008, 05:37 PM


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I'm pretty sure that I can't say "yes" strongly enough to indicate just how much I'd love for this to happen again. I have to say, though, this one was a pretty hard act to follow. :P
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Rosie_Cotton
Posted: Sep 29 2008, 09:24 PM


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Oh, good G-d, NO! :lol:

My exhaustion is exhausted!!! :blink:


of course I'd love another Party. I've been thinking about "The Spawn of ALEP" ever since Bilbo's Party ended.


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MithLuin
Posted: Sep 29 2008, 10:41 PM


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I think the organizers deserve a well-earned break before even having to *think* about having to do this again.

That being said, however....oh, yes, please!!!!!

It was *awesome*. The people were awesome. I am in withdrawal. I so very much want to do it again. But take some time to let the ideas percolate. I'm sure you have a much better idea of what goes into pulling off something like this now. Don't make any hasty decisions.

The panels are optional. I think a lot of people enjoyed them and learned a lot from them. So, not having them would be a bit of a loss. But at the same time...that was hardly my favorite part of the weekend. The event would still be amazing without them. If it were *too* unstructured though, it might be a bit awkward. At least people knew where to go and what to do when there is a schedule to follow.

I agree with Melilot that a new one should have a new theme, as well. We've 'done' Bilbo's 111th - let's do something new! Not that I have any brilliant suggestions. Mereth Aderthad is probably too obscure, and an Entmoot is too limited. Maybe Aragorn's coronation? (With a 'hobbity' event on at least one other night, like the Hall of Fire this time being more elvish.)

But whatever is decided, I will make every effort to be there. I applaud all the time and hard work that went into planning and organizing the amazing event that was ALEP 2008, and I am sure that you all would pull off something equally amazing in 2010 (or more likely, totally blow us all away again!)
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Melilot Fields from Deephallow
Posted: Sep 29 2008, 11:19 PM


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QUOTE (MithLuin @ Sep 29 2008, 05:41 PM)
I agree with Melilot that a new one should have a new theme, as well. We've 'done' Bilbo's 111th - let's do something new!

What I meant (I see now I wasn't clear! :( ) was that we could either do another ALEP -or- use a new theme. To repeat the ALEP theme would be easier in the long run, I think, since everything came together so wonderfully this time, and there would be no need to reinvent the wheel, as it were. And I admit I have no real idea of what all was involved in planning ALEP, so perhaps I'm way off on that idea. But I don't think I'd ever get tired of celebrating Bilbo's 111th birthday. :cake:

On the other hand, it could be that the organizers are so very, very tired of anything remotely pertaining to Bilbo's party that using another theme would be preferable. I can understand that, too. Several possibilities come to mind: Coronation celebration, the return to Edoras after Helm's Deep, the return to the Shire (Rosie and Sam's wedding), all kinds of things.

So.... either ALEP or another theme. All I demand is that we can all get together again! ;)

Melilot, also in : ALEP : withdrawal

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Ashlyn
Posted: Sep 30 2008, 02:54 AM


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QUOTE (whiteladyeowyn @ Sep 29 2008, 08:13 AM)
I personally heard many people (( including our special guests )) express interest in another get-together or party in the future.

And while I know that Gandalf, Bilbo, et. al are still recovering from THIS one, this little Shieldmaiden already has ideas in her head.

What say you?  :aragorn:

Yes, yes and ... ... ... yes!!!

QUOTE (whiteladyeowyn @ Sep 29 2008, 08:13 AM)
It would be much simpler, and - if you guys are receptive to it - would not involve any panels or anything of the sort, unless we just wanted them to happen among us in a group or some such.

It would be about the Fellowship and the frienship more than it would anything, which was what a lot of you took away from this Party, if what I have been hearing is any indication.

While I loved the panels, there were some I couldn't get to as they were scheduled at the same time, so I'd have no objection to fewer panels (maybe only one at a time), or, as you suggested, no panels and have this be about fellowship and friendship and just enjoying each others company and the different views/opinions we all bring 'to the table'.
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dora_took
Posted: Sep 30 2008, 03:35 AM


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QUOTE (Ashlyn @ Sep 29 2008, 09:54 PM)
as you suggested, no panels and have this be about fellowship and friendship and just enjoying each others company and the different views/opinions we all bring 'to the table'.


Ashlyn: that's easy! That's called agree on a place and hotel and everyone make reservations at the same time. No muss, no fuss. Instant party. It's the panels, entertainment, the guests, the pre-planned food arrangements, the set design... that all takes time/money/effort.

-Dora Took :hobbit lass: :sewing: :bed:
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Saelind
Posted: Sep 30 2008, 03:44 AM


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Count me in as interested in another Party! I'm also thinking about how to have an ALEP reunion at Dcon next year since so many of us go to that as well. I would happy to volunteer to help put on the next Party also.
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Rosie_Cotton
Posted: Oct 1 2008, 12:24 AM


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I receive a tarot card email with its explanation every day.
Today was my first full day back in the "Real" World, and my card for today was Death.


For me, the end of something, whether it be a relationship,
job, career or lifestyle is only the sign that it is time
for something new to be created.
If I am no longer in that
relationship, I am free to pursue new love. If I have lost
my job, I am free to look for a better one and so on.

The tale of the Phoenix sums up the meaning of the Death
card quite well, where a bird dies in the flames only to
emerge and fly out of the fire transformed into something
far greater.

So don't fear the Death card when it appears. Take it as a
sign that something in your life may come to an end. The
transition may be challenging but as the end comes to pass
a new beginning will present itself.
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Arwen1890
Posted: Oct 1 2008, 02:22 AM


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YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! My god, i will do anything and everything you need me to do if you'll only do something like this again... This was the best weekend of my life!!!!!!

:-)

purdy please... :-)

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nautika
Posted: Oct 1 2008, 03:23 AM


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I think I can safely speak for the Garden of Ithilien gals (6 of us). Of *course* we're interested! And NiRi and I have 3 friends who were hoping to come to the next one, too!

I loved every minute of it, but if I have a regret it's that I didnt make more time to just *talk* to people.

I dont know how often I could get up there to help, but if you need trivia questions, or meal tickets printed out, I could do that sort of thing from home.

You all did a marvelous job, and I dont begrudge you the rest, but please keep the site up so we can keep checking in, okay?

nautika

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whiteladyeowyn
Posted: Oct 1 2008, 03:29 AM


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Now, don't go getting too excited, my good Hobbits.

What i have in mind would not be so elaborate or involved.

It would be the simplest of simple things - nothing more than a weekend of old friends ( and new ) sharing Fellowship with one another while surrounded by nature.

There will be no Bag End, no big parties ( unless we throw one ourselves ).

But my interest is there, if yours is.
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Lewie
Posted: Oct 1 2008, 03:45 AM


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QUOTE (whiteladyeowyn @ Sep 30 2008, 10:29 PM)
It would be the simplest of simple things - nothing more than a weekend of old friends ( and new ) sharing Fellowship with one another while surrounded by nature.

If you were trying to make me less interested, that's about the complete opposite way to do so.
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AnnaEstel
Posted: Oct 1 2008, 12:41 PM


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I would LOVE to attend another gathering, of any sort, but will be unable to travel again for probably a couple years. :(

That being said, us Texas Ringer from the FOME boards have done 2 'moots' now that amounted to nothing more than a suggestion made farther up--we all got reservations at the same place and just hung out all weekend. And it was GREAT! It need not be elaborate to be memorable.
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Bramblerose
Posted: Oct 1 2008, 04:13 PM


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My interest is there and I think simple is great and I would just love to get to know the other people that came as I had the knee problem and could not walk as far as I would have liked. But it sounds great to me so I say bring it on and I will be there. :bag end:
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Gandalf
Posted: Oct 1 2008, 05:04 PM


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ACTUALLY....

Several of us were talking this very idea this past weekend and we came up with what we thought as a good idea.

The next one (and I agree it will have to be awhile) should be in Rivendell, and we can celebrate the Fellowship of the Ring leaving on their quest as the theme.

And I'll add myself to the list of people who would be GLAD to help so we can split up the work/headaches a bit.

Just a thought...find a place in the mountains...and get the Fellowship on their way.

Of course we'll have to talk Gimli into attending!

Gandalf the White
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DovoSandybanks
Posted: Oct 1 2008, 06:26 PM


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Truly I would love to help with whatever comes to be a reality, whether it is in 2010, 2012 or anytime in the future. This past weekend was so incredibly amazing and I wouldn't have traded a single moment for any other that I have had in years past.

I can personally say that I was in tears on Monday morning when I left. The lve from everyone was so true and real and I can assure you that none of whom I met will soon be forgotten. I would love for another gathering of all those who attended.

ALEP Staff, I lift my glass and my cap to you for being so patient and humble during the whole experience. I know you were all swamped with everything and it was probably a nightmare but you all did a wonderful job of, not only setting the mood, but gathering people together and creating a perfect mood for a wonderful fellowship of people who are so passionate.

If you ever need ANY help, I am just a phone call/email away.

Love you all and I will stay in contact, but I hope to see everyone again!
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dora_took
Posted: Oct 2 2008, 02:17 AM


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QUOTE (Gandalf @ Oct 1 2008, 12:04 PM)
Several of us were talking this very idea this past weekend and we came up with what we thought as a good idea.

The next one (and I agree it will have to be awhile) should be in Rivendell, and we can celebrate the Fellowship of the Ring leaving on their quest as the theme.

Just a thought...find a place in the mountains...and get the Fellowship on their way.

Well you know..... NH has the White Mountains which are incredibly beautiful, with many places for hiking (around the Basin, up the Flume, around Lost River...) or around the Lakes District with the mountains in the background

and it does have an airport in Manchester (which Southwest flies to!) - unfortunately it's about another hour/hour and a half to the mountains. Waterville Valley (a ski town) is extremely beautiful.

-Dora Took :hobbit lass: :sewing: (give me 4 more years and you'll find me there!)
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Posted: Oct 2 2008, 02:43 AM


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Seeing as how the Fellowship left in winter, New Hampshire should be very beautiful that time of year...

And, after all, I've needed an excuse to head North to go skiing anyways, so...


As an added bonus, I'd wager Gandalf will be quite pleased with the bulk of his robes in the cold weather! :gandalfgrey:
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Uruviel
Posted: Oct 2 2008, 07:25 PM


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I think the 'Fellowship' Idea is wonderful, and I must say, whilst on our hike through the forest I often felt like a member of the fellowship, just set out from Riveldell. That's what was so wonderful about KY. No matter where we went I could find a place in Middle-earth. Though I must say, if there hadn't been such a drought I think we would have seen some beautiful waterfalls on our hike.

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Posted: Oct 2 2008, 07:31 PM


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Sounds like the beginnings of a great plan to me! And I'm glad to volunteer for anything within my abilities to help.

:lonely mountain: :village:

Patti


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MithLuin
Posted: Oct 2 2008, 08:22 PM


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Shaker Village was fairly perfect for what we wanted to do, so if we change the location, we need to consider carefully.

1) Accessability - a nearby airport is essential for the out-of-towners, and it should have a reasonable number of flights to a reasonable number of places.

2) Accommodations - Shaker Village is unique in having hotel rooms without it being a hotel. There aren't many places outside of hotels that can host such a big gathering. There are some large retreat centers, but many of them have religious affiliations or cater to corporate guests. Being a hotel isn't really a problem, but most rural places don't have hotels that can handle many people at a time.

3) Weather - winter events in the north are plagued by lousy weather (possibly causing plans to fall through last minute), and the guests would be spending most of their time indoors if they did make it there.

4) A local organizer - Bilbo and Gandalf live near Shaker Village. If we have it somewhere else...someone else should organize it.

If we want a rural environment (to be more like Middle Earth), we are going to have to work very hard to pull off the first two things. I am not saying it can't be done or that we shouldn't look, but that we should find a place that does work before settling on a location. We would have had fun anywhere, but I think we had more fun because we got to enjoy beautiful outdoor days and stone walls and boat rides and quiet.



I have no vested interest in KY; it was a 9 hour drive for me, making it only 1 hour closer than Toronto for the Gathering. But I don't want to trade in what we had for less fun surroundings.

I think that Ithaca, NY is just like Ithilien, and it's full of waterfalls and gorges. It would be an awesome location for a Tolkien gathering. But...it isn't near any major airports, and I don't think it has any facility that would host 150 visitors for the weekend other than hotels/motels. The Finger Lakes, the Adirondacks...these places are beautiful, but hard to get to!

Lots of people have vacation time the week between Christmas and New Years, so it really is a good time to organize an event. Just keep in mind that you are trading in the opportunity for beautiful weather outdoors that you would get in the spring or fall, and also risking a blizzard preventing anyone from getting there! The Council of Elrond met on Oct. 25th, and Aragorn's b-day is March 1st, if you're looking for alternate dates to celebrate ;). And of course....there's always March 25th. We could have a Field of Cormallen celebration.


As many people have said...I will do whatever I can to help plan this. I'll research places if we think we want to get together somewhere else. What is important to me is spending more time in your wonderful company! :grouphug: For now, I'll hope for a reunion at Dragon*Con, and something the following spring :).
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Posted: Oct 2 2008, 09:37 PM


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I must admit that location would be the deciding factor for me, given the miles I must travel to be with you guys. Every mile is worth it but the journey to Shaker is now beginning to take a great toll upon me.

Not even taking into account the time difference, it was a non-stop 26 hour stint which I would gladly do again but health wise it has not been good as I have spondylosis in my lower neck which has now flared up due to the journey. Hauling the suitcase about and spending such a long time sitting (2 planes, 3 trains, buses, a taxi and thanks to Mr Baggins a car ride each way) has left my right arm/ shoulder racked in pain and barely moveable. The last time this happened, just over a year ago, I lost all use of my left arm and had to take 4 months off work. As things stand now, I have no idea how severe this bout will be yet and am crossing my fingers it will ease off over the next few days. Right now I am doped up on heavy duty painkillers and have physio tomorrow so we will see.

So I have learned that I need to be more careful with my travel in the future and I doubt I will be able to cope with a trip to somewhere very remote that will involve even more transfers than this time around. I have to get 2 planes just to get across the Atlantic before anything else! If it does end up being a mountain trip, which sounds idyllic, then I will be expecting lots and lots of photos and journals so I can feel as though I am there with you!

I am hoping, though, for a return event in Shaker at some point - there are more direct routes I can take there - as it seemed the perfect setting for a Gathering such as ours. Even the pain I am in now cant detract from the joy that lives in my heart and I regret not a single mile of that journey. It was worth it to be with each and every one of you.

Atlanta, on the other hand, is really straightforward for me to get to so I am SO going to DragonCon next year :) have booked the time off work already and sussed out flights. An ALEP reunion really really needs to happen there.

Only 336 days to go and counting .......

Morrigan
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Rosie_Cotton
Posted: Oct 2 2008, 11:11 PM


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Just to add my 2¢ (and it's probably only worth 1¢), Maggie and Winter do not go together - unless its in the Bahamas.

I hate the cold, I hate winter games, I hate winter sports, I hate snow, I hate ice, I hate winter.

Late Spring, Summer, early Autumn are fine. But Winter? Meh! <_<


:rosie: (getting in touch with her inner grumpy :lotr_gandalf: )
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Posted: Oct 2 2008, 11:45 PM


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Who said winter? I never said anything about winter! I said that the White Mountains in NH are ski country - but you don't want to be there in winter (peak $eason? are you nuts? and it's cold!). doesn't mean it isn't gorgeous at other times of the year. :rolleyes: ;)

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Yes, please. I was privileged to be invited to the Texas moot last year, and it was all about the company. We did share readings from Tolkien and a writing challenge, and the food had a definite theme, including Eowyn's stew, which was really quite good. ;) But most of the time was simply spent chatting.
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It was a certainty by Friday night that we MUST work to do this again. :)

Since I live just an hour away, I'd love it to stay in Kentucky. Berea, where I live, is on the edge of the Cumberland hills/mountains and has a rural feel, but I can't think of any place around here where we could be our Ringer selves :aragorn: and get the feeling of stepping out of time like we had at Shakertown. :cart:
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Posted: Oct 3 2008, 02:01 AM


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dora, there was a suggestion to plan an event around the Fellowship leaving Rivendell. That happened December 25th. That was how winter got into the conversation.

Personally, I think the Fellowship forming in Rivendell is good enough, and that's October 25 :P.

Tolkien sure did like his 25's, didn't he?
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Count me in. I'm still looking for the folks who were talking about a Columbus, OHio get together!

I've loved Shaker Village. The atmosphere was ideal. One location that comes to mind is Door County, Wisconsin. I can't remember the various accomodations but I do remember an old-fashioned resort Wagon Wheel??? up on the east tip----with several rental houses/ cabins.

Another PERFECT location would be Lake Hope State Park in SE Ohio---about an hour from the Columbus airport and we could dance in the woods----cabins to rent and also tent camping for the brave.

I'm near Cincy so if you need help, call!

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QUOTE (nautika @ Oct 1 2008, 03:23 AM)
I think I can safely speak for the Garden of Ithilien gals (6 of us). Of *course* we're interested!  And NiRi and I have 3 friends who were hoping to come to the next one, too!

nautika

As one of the members of the Garden group who didn't get to go (financial reason) :( but was dying to, I beg you to do it again!

For locations, there are some places in the Smokey Mtns that might be great for this if you choose not to go with the same place. There is a place in Virginia called Mountain Lake Resort that is where they filmed Dirty Dancing. It might be an option.
http://www.famouslocations.com/movie/M_Dirty_Dancing_1987

And this one looks fabulous and its in a gorge which would be great if you went with the Rivendell theme. :aakiss: Make sure you click on Virtual tour to see how pretty the lodge is.
http://www.lodgeonlakelure.com/

I'll start saving my pennies now to make sure that I get to go whether its in Spring or Fall of 2010!! Weeeeeeeeeee!!! :MPfireworks:

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Posted: Oct 3 2008, 02:16 PM


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I love it that the fellowship generated at ALEP endures, inspiring pods of ALEPers who live fairly close to each other to get together!

And I think the idea of an ALEP Reunion at DragonCon is a lovely idea! I'd love to attend DragonCon again, but probably can't in '09. But you never know; there is always hope.

And I love the idea of a future big get-together like ALEP in a few years, perhaps on a different theme and perhaps in a different location. Shaker Village is lovely, and it is now the American "Shire" for me. I think it would be fun to find a "Rivendell", a "Gondor", a "Lothlorien" or an "Ithilien" as well!

RE a smaller event, all you ALEP friends are welcome to attend "Tolkien_Forever's" annual Hall of Fire, which will be taking place practically right away in the Los Angeles area.

It will be Saturday October 18th, pretty much all afternoon and into the night. You'd need go to Yahoo Groups, "Tolkien_Forever" and join, and then sign up for this event in the Database section where the party info is. We encourage the creativity of our members, and this is a place to share your Tolkien-inspired poems, tales, songs, music, or artwork, to enjoy playing Middle-earth-themed games, or just relax and chat with fellow Tolkienistas. Costuming is (as always) encouraged but not required.

http://movies.groups.yahoo.com/group/Tolkien_Forever/

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Posted: Oct 3 2008, 02:17 PM


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*blush* I didn't realize the Lake Lure Inn only had 17 rooms. Sorry 'bout that. Other than that it was great! lol The Lake Lure area itself would be wonderful.
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My husband has said he would like to come next time, too. Spring would be okay for us, and so would anytime after the 15th of October. And autumn is so pretty, with colour in the trees and cooler weather! Serious winter is much harder for driving conditions, so we'll have to add our names to the list of those who would rather it be in some other season. But as long as we can drive there, we're ready to start planning the trip. There are a lot of possible occasions to celebrate, as many of us have pointed out already.

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Posted: Oct 4 2008, 01:37 AM


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I just saw on TORN that all the Dragoncon rate rooms at the Marriot are sold out. The other hotels are probably going fast too. I snagged a double at the Hilton but the price is higher than last year. <_< They have alot of overflow hotels that are cheaper. I stayed at the Hilton this year and found it quiet and convienent.
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Hi everyone!

I definitely would like to see us have another one of these wonderful get togethers! For me, going to Shaker Village again would be wonderful. I think it would be nice to go there at least one more time to make life a bit easier on our planning/hosting committee - unless someone else is taking up the task. It really suited the ambiance that we all wanted so perfectly and I loved that it wasn't your typical hotel housing. I think that is something that would be difficult to find elsewhere.

That said, I think we should look at a different theme so there will be less comparison to ALEP. And perhaps spring instead of fall so the Village would have a different feel as well. Just some thoughts :)

Hugs to everyone!
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Posted: Oct 5 2008, 02:18 PM


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It seems we haven't scared JP too badly! Here is what he wrote in his journal about this:

QUOTE ("Gandalf")
Already there have been questions of another ALEP. In truth, this was ever a one-time deal. We were glad to do it and have absolutely no regrets, but it was very demanding on several fronts, and it will take some time to recover (on several fronts).

However, my answer to this question has always been: ‘Let’s see how this one goes first’. Well, it is past, and the response has been flattering to say the least, and we have learned much, so I will say this:

With this event we did the best we could with the time, money and resources available to us. We took small and careful steps as we were new to the ‘convention’ thing and tried not to go overboard. If we were to have another convention and had all our registrations filled early on, we would put on such a convention as to make this one pale in comparison, as it was really quite conservative. Believe me when I say you have not seen anything yet.

:G rune:


That is an encouraging thought! He went on to clarify that he meant 'better' not 'bigger,' and that one change would be to get more help from willing people, so the burdens aren't all on the same few shoulders. This makes sense to me, as daunting tasks become less overwhelming with many hands to help. For instance, as cool as it was to be greeted by Gandalf or Eowyn....someone else could easily have handled registration and freed them up to do other tasks. And as awesome as Pippin was in setting up the Party field...I'm sure he would have appreciated a few more people to help move ladders and such!

If anyone can find a location that would be like Shaker Village, I'd be thrilled to try it out, but if not...we can always go back there :).


Edit to add:
I can't really think of any better places, though. There are similar places that aren't quite as nice. Such as the Sturbridge Host hotel on Cedar Lake near Old Sturbridge Village in Massachusetts. And that's not exactly near Boston, so hardly convenient to get to.

Someone mentioned the Great Smokies, which are (admittedly) beautiful wooded mountains. You can fly into Asheville, NC w/o too much effort (probably one stop from most major US airports, with a few direct flights available). But then what? Where can we stay? I somehow doubt the Grove Park Inn would be affordable. The Willow Winds Cabins look like they have a very nice grounds, but even if we booked all of them, we could only put ~92 people in beds. Hickory Nut Gorge is beautiful, but we'd have to split up into various accomodations. Gaestehause Salzburg has a limited number of rooms, even smaller than the 17-room lodge mentioned above. Fibber Magee's has three cabins that sleep 14 (total) and 9 suites in the Inn that sleep 18 w/o extra charge. There is a larger place nearby, but unless the group discount rates at The Esmeralda are stunning, they aren't going to be affordable, either. Chimney Rock Cabins would just about fit all of us, if we'd be willing to be scattered about in seperate cabins along the lake instead of in one central location. Probably too isolated, though, unless everyone had cars. You can put 120 people in beds in Mountain Village Chalets' 19 cabins, but their pavillion is built for only 40 people. At least Chimney Rock Park has facilities for groups, but not accommodations. If anyone else wants to try their luck at finding a good location in this area, try here or here.

So, as much as I'd love a Rivendell-themed mountain party, I can't think of an ideal place to have it. If you fly into Syracuse, you can get to the Finger Lakes, but I'm not sure if there's anything there....
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Posted: Oct 5 2008, 07:47 PM


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I'm sure there are other Shaker Villages, but those might not have organizers nearby that could pull of something like these guys did!

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A lot of things depend on many other things.

yes, there are other Shaker Villages, there's one right in Canterbury (outside Concord) in NH. But as far as I know, it's just a tour around, they don't rent out lodging. I think that may be unique to KY. Again, I don't believe Sturbridge Village rents out lodging either (at least there's nothing on their website that indicates it).

One thing that may be a 'dependent' is cost. How much are people willing to pay per person per night?
I think this is a shot of the 'town center' in Waterville Valley (Posted Image) but their package deals start at $63 night per person for a group of 4 - this is peak foliage time in October, mind you.

although there's a Best Western (the Silver Fox Inn) that has dining and conference facilities that is much more affordable (about $100night for a quad even during Oct. less in, say... early June). And they will even run a shuttle from the airport for $99 - holds 5 people and luggage.

And there are many places around the mountains (which have lots of rivers and streams and places for hiking in and around glacier boulder-jumble). There's also an architect there who builds in-earth houses, he built his into the side of the mountain.

So.... things can be done. It just depends on who you want to do them, how long you want to wait, what you are willing to pay for rates...

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I'm not sure exactly where this is, but it's somewhere in the White Mountain National Park
(Posted Image) - looks kinda Rivendell-ish to me.
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White Mountain National Park looks so lovely!


I guess the final place will be up to "The Boys" as they'll be the ones lugging sets, props, and every thing else around.

If it would only rain about 2 weeks beforehand so the land is lush and the streams are full, Shaker Village is still perfect in my mind. Heck, maybe I'll even get to see some of the museums and shops next time!
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Posted: Oct 6 2008, 03:25 PM


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No, Sturbridge Village doesn't have lodging. You'd have to stay in a nearby hotel, and make the village an 'excursion' for the day. I linked one such hotel above, that at least had a lake, so nice grounds, but still...why try to make that work when Shaker Village is obviously a nicer setup?

Colonial Williamsburg has lodging. But...it's a lot 'busier' than Shaker Village's peace and quiet. And this brings up price again. In no way is it as affordable as the Village was. And I agree that making people pay $100/person/night for accomodations would ruin this trip, making it much less affordable, so we'd have to find accommodations outside anyway. I ended up paying $33/person/night at the Village, and we all had beds. $25/night/person for a quad sounds great, but I imagine it's a bit of a downgrade from the rooms at Shaker Village. Still...those are the types of places we should be looking at, not expensive resorts that cost a forturne.

There are other old buildings that have been turned into inns or B&Bs, but generally they're not geared to house 150 guests. Carmel Cove Inn in Western MD charges $175+/room, and can handle a whopping total of 20 people.

This retreat center near Denver will arrange shuttles to the airport, provide meals, and has meeting areas. However, they only have about 70 beds, and the meeting areas hold up to 125 people. Same problem with this one near Memphis - only has beds for 75 people. In general, a retreat center that isn't exclusively geared towards religious retreats but is also open to other groups would have a lot of the community setup and rural location we're interested in. The trick is finding one that is affordable, near an airport, big enough...and not exclusively religious. This one is big enough and near Detroit's airport....but I'm guessing they'd look at us funny for trying to plan something other than a retreat there. They'd probably direct us to the nearby Inn/ golf course for conferences.

Tim and JP did a lot of research before picking Shaker Village, and I think they really did find an ideal spot.
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Posted: Oct 6 2008, 04:56 PM


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My original site for the party was Burlington, Vermont where I was actively looking for a site and I had gone through the local Chamber of Commerce. I was then inundated with brochures from a lot of places out in the White Mountains, some from Stowe, which is a world class ski resort and where the Von-Trappe (The Sound of Music) family lives and owns a lodge. I had rejected them out of hand as being too far away from the airport for practical transportation to work, though the Burlington international airport has connections all over the US as well as reasonable fares. That was before we decided on Shaker Village and then had to solve the same problem of getting 150 people to the site. The location is magnificent, I'm certain a stand-in for Rivendell or Rohan could be found, and with reasonably priced accommodations.

It just wouldn't be possible for the next event as being too far from the resources we have now. I also believe we have not fully exploited the facilities that Shaker Village provides and the staff there was truly great to us.

If we did a smaller moot in the meantime a site in the Smokies would be a good idea, if we could find a place suitably "uncivilized" to pass for a part of middle earth. There I will defer to WhiteLadyEowyn who knows the area quite well...
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I think the Village was pretty perfect myself, but I'm a Kentuckian, so that's to be expected. :D It's hard to imagine finding a place better than SV when it comes to not having to deal with traffic, etc.

I've been to the Smokies and loved Gatlinburg the last time I was there (8 years or so ago), but Pigeon Forge is too commercialized for my taste now.

Anyway, I'll keep checking in! And thanks again for the wonderful experience!!

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QUOTE (Tlobe @ Oct 7 2008, 12:09 AM)
If you need a helping hand I have two that are yours,,,,,,remember I am just over the hill

I'm "over the hill" too! :lobelia: + :rosie:
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In answer to the original question I say YES and a thousand times YES!!!!

Shaker Village Shire was just the best. America is a big beautiful place and surely other places exist that are like other places in Middle Earth (many in the Rocky mountains). But I just loved Kentucky and living in the Shire. I hope we can have another ALEP there again - spring or fall or whenever. Being so far away (California) all my help would have to be remoted until the actual event arrived and me with it - for I will most certainly be there. Once there I'll help with anything that needs doing (I could arrange to come early).

Rivendell??!!! That's my home!! Let's go!

I really like the panels and organized get-togethers. For shy folks and folks who come alone, this is a wonderful way to get to know new people and feel like they "belong". Everyone is so excited to be at an event like ALEP and meeting up with old friends that sometimes the loners end up sort of "on the side" and no one seems to notice because they put on a brave face.

Speaking of panels, in fact, at one of them I had an epiphany brought on by a speaker's remarks. I think the folks who attended them enjoyed them. So what if they aren't for everyone. There were lots of other things to do and people to visit with for those who don't care to go. How precious it was to hear Michael Drout and Connie Wagner and Michael Cook. I couldn't get to them all but I would have liked to. A round table group with a moderator is an idea for talking about a theme or could have one with no-theme.

Weren't the Bards wonderful!!!!! Beautiful harpist! Beautiful Kate! Fabulous Bilbo and Gandalf and Frodo on stage!

Wasn't Elrond a stitch! And Pippin's dancing!

Thanks a million times a million to our hosts for their long hard work and dedicated efforts. It was absolutely magical.

See you at DragonCon!
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Posted: Oct 13 2008, 08:03 PM


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So....we can have a reunion at Dragon*Con, and none of the ALEP organizers would need to be in charge of planning that. Any volunteers? I've never been, so I don't know what all would be involved in (essentially) throwing a big room party. Or would it just be as simple as marching in the parade together or hanging out at the Night at Bree?


Eowyn and GtW, were you volunteering to plan low key reunion get-togethers - no panels, no props, no catering - just a bunch of people showing up at the same time/place? Or something else?
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QUOTE (Frodo @ Oct 6 2008, 04:56 PM)
My original site for the party was Burlington, Vermont where I was actively looking for a site and I had gone through the local Chamber of Commerce. I was then inundated with brochures from a lot of places out in the White Mountains, some from Stowe, which is a world class ski resort and where the Von-Trappe (The Sound of Music) family lives and owns a lodge. I had rejected them out of hand as being too far away from the airport for practical transportation to work, though the Burlington international airport has connections all over the US as well as reasonable fares. That was before we decided on Shaker Village and then had to solve the same problem of getting 150 people to the site. The location is magnificent, I'm certain a stand-in for Rivendell or Rohan could be found, and with reasonably priced accommodations.

It just wouldn't be possible for the next event as being too far from the resources we have now. I also believe we have not fully exploited the facilities that Shaker Village provides and the staff there was truly great to us.

If we did a smaller moot in the meantime a site in the Smokies would be a good idea, if we could find a place suitably "uncivilized" to pass for a part of middle earth. There I will defer to WhiteLadyEowyn who knows the area quite well...

I think one of the big things to remember is now you have all the 'stuff'! Another one wouldn't be nearly the cost in the same location. But if you have to start transporting the stuff, it could get expensive. I think shaker villiage was fun, the food was good, the staff wonderful, atmosphere great. The ONLY thing I would change is to not have so MUCH stuff going on at the same time or maybe offer duplicates so that everyone could have a choice and not miss things. (or yeah, maybe have the bar open longer.)

There are a lot of people that didn't get to go to Shaker and wanted to.. So another would only up your attendance (IMHO).

Again, as I told Gandalf and Frodo, if there is another, I would ask that you put out a call for volunteers, some people would gladly help (I'm one!). Maybe offer a small incentive (a meal or a days meals) for help. There are those of us that could offer classes and teaching of things, that we may not hold credentials in, but would still do for a free meal or simply for fun. And I think you would want to change up the classes and have something different each year.

I would pay for the BBards again, though... it might be hard to find a group compareable! Although Niri is raving about Albannach. So.....

Just my .02,

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QUOTE (Rosie_Cotton @ Oct 7 2008, 04:33 PM)
QUOTE (Tlobe @ Oct 7 2008, 12:09 AM)
If you need a helping hand I have two that are yours,,,,,,remember I am just over the hill

I'm "over the hill" too! :lobelia: + :rosie:

I'd guess I'd have to say that I am as well... 3 hours north, so no hardship for me! :tower:

I could teach swordplay, archery, clothing, give a demonstration of any....

just don't ask me to cook!



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QUOTE (MithLuin @ Oct 13 2008, 08:03 PM)
So....we can have a reunion at Dragon*Con, and none of the ALEP organizers would need to be in charge of planning that. Any volunteers? I've never been, so I don't know what all would be involved in (essentially) throwing a big room party. Or would it just be as simple as marching in the parade together or hanging out at the Night at Bree?


Eowyn and GtW, were you volunteering to plan low key reunion get-togethers - no panels, no props, no catering - just a bunch of people showing up at the same time/place? Or something else?

Where and what is Dragon con???


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Dragon*Con (D*C) is a huge - and I mean around 40,000 people - convention that pretty much fills up 3 giant hotels in Atlanta D*C takes place over Labor Day weekend.

It started as a gaming convention and sprawled into a media convention. So you'll find authors, actors, artists, musicians, and just about as many costume contests as there are tracks (and there's over 30 of those!). It also has a Saturday morning costume parade that has over 1000 marchers and is so big that only the senior cops are allowed to pull duty for traffic control for it ('allowed' as in they all want it, and duty goes by seniority) and people come out with lawn chairs to watch. The costuming is the most amazing gamut: everything from ladies in 3 rows of caution tape (only), or guys dressed as Storm Troopers but made out of cardboard - to incredibly detailed, replica or vintage costumes, the best stuff comes out at night. And lots of parties.

Obviously, from the way people are talking, there has been a Tolkien Track, there is also a Young Adult (largely but not entirely) Literature Track as well.

Membership is not terribly expensive, but the hotels are (main hotels are $150night and up - but perhaps with 1 exception, I think they're already filled). It is also now, unfortunately out of my budget.

But it is definately quite an experience!

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Oh yes, most definitely! And I know quite a few people that missed this one that would also love to go!
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Not because I'm trying to push, but simply because the area just screams Rivendell to me and I love the mountains and want to share... here are some shots that I've borrowed from my NH list.

Overlooking Plymouth
(Posted Image)

(town center & a couple pricey hotels in Waterville Valley)
(Posted Image)

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So, Master Elrond, should we have another ALEP?

~ Yes

And should it be in Rivendell?

~ Yes

And would you like to host it?

~ Yes


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(Big Smiles)

Well, said.

Indeed, Master Elrond has the most expressive conveying of "yes" I have ever heard from anyone. That was wonderful to witness.

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Well, I could make an arguement for Northeast Georgia for Rivendell ... ... ... seeing as we have a right nice assortment of waterfalls too! ;)

(Posted Image)

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And more waterfalls . . .

(Posted Image)

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:blink: Oops! Duplicate post ... ... ... just move on down the line! :P
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And mountains too ... ... well, the foothills of the Appalachians anyway!

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Wow. Gorgeous! Fall colors!! Such lovely places you all live.

Now, if you want Mordor, I know just the place. :rolleyes:
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Ashlyn:

Is that one inthe second set, the one on the top, is that the falls in Fort Mountain State park? It sure looks like them.
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QUOTE (MithLuin @ Oct 16 2008, 12:13 PM)
So, Master Elrond, should we have another ALEP?

~ Yes

And should it be in Rivendell?

~ Yes

And would you like to host it?

~ Yes


B)

(Posted Image)

that was great, Mithluin!!!

Ok, Ashlyn.. yep, those are great, too. We got waterfalls as well.

(Posted Image)

We may have to do 'rock paper scissors' on this :lol: :lol:

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QUOTE (whiteladyeowyn @ Oct 16 2008, 08:18 PM)
Ashlyn:

Is that one inthe second set, the one on the top, is that the falls in Fort Mountain State park?  It sure looks like them.

Nope, that's Amicalola Falls, it's about 18 miles northwest of Dahlonega, just short of halfway toward Ellijay (and Fort Mountain).

If you want to see most of the waterfalls in the NE Georgia area, go here and click on each individual picture to bring up more pictures and directions to each waterfall.
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QUOTE (dora_took @ Oct 16 2008, 08:27 PM)
Ok, Ashlyn.. yep, those are great, too. We got waterfalls as well.

(Posted Image)

We may have to do 'rock paper scissors' on this  :lol:  :lol:

      -Dora Took

Well, we could, or we could just take turns!!! More parties that way, ya know! ;) :lol: B)
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Ashlyn:

I knew it was one or the other, cause I've been to both. :)
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QUOTE (whiteladyeowyn @ Oct 16 2008, 08:32 PM)
Ashlyn:

I knew it was one or the other, cause I've been to both.  :)

Shoot, we're close enough we could have a mini-moot at some time. I still regret I didn't get to Chattanooga when you said there was a showing of the Trilogy (darned RW)!
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They plan on doing it again :)
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QUOTE (whiteladyeowyn @ Oct 16 2008, 08:38 PM)
They plan on doing it again :)

Ooooh! Keep me updated, 'cause I wanna make it up there next time!
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I can add my concurence for the beauty of Amicalola Falls, GA! The Shieldmaidens from the Éowyn Challenge had our Moot 4 there in April 2007.

I recognized those falls instantly, Ashlyn -- I certainly took enough pix of them!! :lol: :lol: :lol:
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Posted: Oct 17 2008, 05:28 PM


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I rather liked the centralized aspect of Kentucky - and Kentucky does have other locations that might be suitable.

The Barren River State Resort Park has a 51 room lodge, 22 2-bedroom cabins, camping - and it is near Mammoth Cave - a side trip to Moria! Guided horseback trail rides! You don't have to bring your own horse!

Kentucky's Barren River Resort Park

Barren River Lake has an abundance of largemouth, white, and hybrid striped bass, bluegill, channel catfish, crappie, and rough fish. The lake's marina has 100 open slips, 40 covered slips, a launching ramp, rental fishing boats, and rental pontoons. A swimming pool near the lodge is for the exclusive use of lodge and cottage guests. A public beach, with a bathhouse complex, is the perfect way to cool off on a hot summer day. The resort has four miles of woodland trails for nature study. The entire family will enjoy guided trail rides that depart every hour, seasonally. A lighted basketball court, two lighted tennis courts, shuffleboard, and volleyball courts, with rental sports equipment, are popular, and the park also hosts daily summer activities and year-round special events, with a trained recreation director. An 18-hole, regulation golf course with a fully equipped pro shop, riding carts, and rental clubs, rounds out this park's many activity options.

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Surrounded by rolling, tree-covered hills, Louie B. Nunn Lodge overlooks the beautiful 10,000-acre lake and has 51 rooms with full amenities. In addition, the park's 22 two-bedroom, two-bath cottages have tableware, cooking utensils, and linens provided, with fresh linen available daily. Several cottages have lake views, while other cottages are nestled in the woods. Looking to sleep closer to nature? Let the sounds of the outdoors lull you to sleep in the 99-site campground. Utility hookups are available, and a dump station, showers, and restrooms are offered. The 146-seat dining room serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Two shelters with rest rooms (rental available), picnic tables, and grills are located near the main entrance to the park. Playgrounds are located in the lodge, cottage, and camping areas. Meeting facilities include two private dining rooms, seating 32 and 20 an executive conference room that seats 20, a large meeting room that seats 75, and a banquet room that accommodates 224-400. There is also a gift shop.

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Posted: Oct 18 2008, 01:54 PM


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QUOTE (Sindarinelvish @ Oct 3 2008, 02:17 AM)
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Count me in. I'm still looking for the folks who were talking about a Columbus, OHio get together!

I've loved Shaker Village. The atmosphere was ideal. One location that comes to mind is Door County, Wisconsin. I can't remember the various accomodations but I do remember an old-fashioned resort Wagon Wheel??? up on the east tip----with several rental houses/ cabins.

Another PERFECT location would be Lake Hope State Park in SE Ohio---about an hour from the Columbus airport and we could dance in the woods----cabins to rent and also tent camping for the brave.

I'm near Cincy so if you need help, call!

Sindy

Sindarelvish, please send me a PM with your email address and Meriel and I will add you to the email list we are compiling for the Columbus Ohio "Zoo Moot" for next June.

Meriel is doing a exhibition dance at the Dayton Ballroom Dance Association's President's Ball this weekend and that's why she hasn't posted much up about the Moot yet (having been involved with an insane practice schedule and her college classes and full time job), but we hope to have some info to post by the end of November.

Of course, we will post updates on it on this forum too! :)


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Posted: Oct 19 2008, 03:48 AM


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Barren River is close for me. I've been in the Lodge for meetings, and I know where the cabins are, but I've never been inside them.

Barren River hosts an annual Highland Games event each year...the first weekend in June, I think. Those of you who are fond of kilts should really attend! <eg> (There are also fireworks each year on July 4th, shot over the lake...twice the beauty.)

If you this place comes up in rotation, let me know what you need and I'll be glad to do what I can. NOT organizing, but following instructions. :D

nautika

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Posted: Nov 20 2008, 03:22 AM


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To answer the original question (albeit a little late): My interest in another ALEP-related event rivals my interest in a continued supply of oxygen to my brain.

I will go anywhere, given enough notice.

I will help however I am able.

However big, however small, whenever and wherever it can happen again, I'm in.
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Posted: Dec 8 2008, 06:24 AM


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oh yes! My fiance and I are most interested in another gathering. In fact we wish to be handfasted with a gathering of the nine. It would be very nice to have all the friends we made this year join us as we join our lives together. :faramireowyn: :aakiss: :rosiesam:
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Posted: Jan 19 2009, 07:16 PM


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Let me add a very Elrond-like "Yes" to this thread.

Depending on where it's decided another gathering might take place, I'd be more than happy to help out. Work a weekend before hand or even do whatever I could from afar. I'm about 3 hours south of Shaker Village if it winds up there again and could easily make it up there to help out a couple of times at least.

The White Mountains really are gorgeous and I'd love an excuse to make it back up to the Northeastern US again. I never did hop over the border to Maine to be able to count that as a state I had visited, even though we were but 5 minutes from it.

But, I must also put in a bid for the Southern Appalachians as well for a stand-in Rivendell. There are numerous places in North Georgia, East Tennessee and Western North Carolina that could easily be the valley where Imladris rests. We go backpacking in these areas (when we go) and they're just gorgeous! I always feel as one of the Fellowship when traipsing through old growth forests with several days of supplies on my back (or the kid, depending on the pack I happen to be carrying).

The issue, as has been said, are the logistics. Lodging, meals, etc. would be the main complications that would have to be worked out. Then, as has also been said, someone or a group of someones near by that could spearhead it (which I could *gulp* volunteer for such a group depending on where it was held). I guess we could all vow to do some scouting for sites as we're out and about in our regular travels. I know it will be in the back of my mind. My elvish heart is always kind of looking for home anyway. ;)

Namárië,
Mel
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Posted: Jan 19 2009, 10:16 PM


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Hi Mel,
I agree, the southern Appalachian mountains are lovely. I visited the the Great Smoky Mts Nat'l Park a couple of years ago. The woods and valleys and alpine-style cabins & motels inside the park were very charming (I think we were in Smokemont?) I bet there is something Rivendell-like in those Appalachian states. And the steep valleys and hiking and views are probably spectacular all around that area.
That's a good idea: be a "location scout" for us!
-Debbie/primmy
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Posted: Jan 20 2009, 02:35 AM


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Well, just to put in a plug for Northeast Georgia! Waterfalls, hiking trails, mountains, streams, lake, etc., all close by (and you can even pan for gold if you want to).

http://unicoilodge.com/georgia/lodges/unic...x?s=0.0.11.5646

and some pictures here: http://gastateparks.org/net/content/images.aspx?s=98.0.1.5 (note the round lakeview cottage!)
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Posted: Jan 20 2009, 04:05 AM


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Ashlyn I love the lakeview barrel cottages they look like Hobbit Holes all round as the Home of Bilbo. How cool is that wow. :bag end:
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Ashlyn, that looks so beautiful & peaceful.
Might just add that to my list of "places to visit before I can't visit places anymore"!
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Posted: Jan 21 2009, 06:07 AM


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Thanks for the links to Unicoi, Ashlyn. That name sounds really familiar, I think I may have visited that park before, probably with my folks. It is lovely. I don't recall seeing those round cabins before, though; they're cute!
-Debbie/primmy
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Posted: Jan 23 2009, 08:48 PM


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Here's another NE Georgia location that might work.

http://forresthillsresort.com/index.php/Group-Packages/

Close to:

Amicalola Falls and the start of the Appalachian Trail (and many other waterfalls and hiking trails) . . . :walking hobbit:

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Dahlonega, home of the nation's first Gold Rush . . . :coin bag:

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Posted: Jan 26 2009, 09:03 PM


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It seems....WhiteLadyEowyn has risen to the challenge.


Go check out the new forum!

http://z7.invisionfree.com/ALEP_2008/index.php?showforum=13

Anyone near Gaitlinburg? :walking hobbit:
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Posted: May 11 2009, 03:15 AM


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Georgia, Gaitlinburg, or Shaker Village have my vote! (Although, this isn't really a democracy, is it....? ;) ) The pictures from North Georgia are beautiful--I adore the Dahlonega area. Are there any places near there where we could meet...unobtrusively? Or, rather, un-intruded upon?

Also, I wonder if there's any way this could be arranged for early summer? While it does get warm here down South (especially considering the layers of garb), it would be lovely to meet without classes looming overhead. However, I would not dare to inhibit the majority for the convenience of one. :)

Thank you for simply suggesting this! I'm horribly disappointed to have missed ALEP--I know it was a once-in-a-lifetime experience. But, my friend brought back high praise and fantastic photos and I look forward to meeting everyone at another gathering!

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Posted: May 18 2009, 04:12 PM


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Never fear, Leofa, we all want to get together again; so one way or another it will happen, and no doubt more than once. We may need to wait a couple of years between events, of course, because so much work goes into making things work so splendidly. It takes time to get things organized, and it takes time for the organizers to recover afterwards. But I'm quite willing to wait, and to help in whatever way I can! If the Gondorian New Year doesn't work for you, there will doubtless be other times and places somewhere ahead of us. I'm still hoping for a return to the Shaker Village in another year or 2. It was just glorious there in late September! As close, I expect, to the Shire as we can find in our crowded, noisy, modern world. Sigh! We can dream!

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Peace,

Patti
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