Sunday, November 24-28
Thanksgiving in Vermont
Our 2nd annual trip!
After last year's awesome Thanksgiving trip, we've decided to do it
So here's the deal:
Thanksgiving weekend in one of the most awesome houses in the Mt Snow
area - booked entirely for JOC for four days and four nights over Thanksgiving.
What's in it?
Each room has private bath
Outdoor Hot Tub
Large screen TV
Ping Pong Table
1 Miles from Slopes
and the most lovely hosts, Magnus and Carina Thorsson (Jewish! - kidding)
Special thanks to Bonnie Gluck for finding this gem of a place after
last year's place went bankrupt (was it the cost of our mess?)
Anyway, the cost of this adventure? Just $295 per person for lodging
and enormous quantities of food for 4 days and 4 nights. For those who
have never shopped around for these things, this is as an obscenely good
If interested, please read on and be sure to sign up quickly - last
years trip filled up nearly a month before Thanksgiving.
Here are all the details in Q and A
WHERE/WHEN ARE WE GOING?
We will head this year to the vicinity of Mt Snow
in Vermont, the second largest resort in Vermont. Like Killington, they
work obscenely hard to make snow so that they can be open on Thanksgiving.
We will be staying
at the Gray Ghost Inn. http://www.grayghostinn.com tells
you about the house. JOC is not used to luxury, but hey, we can pamper
ourselves every now and then...
The drive there is about 4 1/2 hours. We will arrive on Wednesday night,
Nov 24th (or Thursday morning) in prearranged cars and stay until
WHAT IS THE COST?
The cost is $295 which includes all lodging and food.
HOW DO ACCOMODATIONS WORK?
The lodge offers a number of different rooms, ranging from singles to
quads, but mostly doubles. Choice of rooms is given on a first come, first
serve basis. In other words, as soon as payment is received, you choose
your room, so it pays to plan ahead. At the end of the email, you will
see a list of rooms offerred.
HOW DOES SKIING WORK?
As far as skiing goes, you can choose to ski as little or as much as
want. Last year, there were a number of people who did not ski at all,
and had a great time. For skiers, Mt. Snow has snowmakers working around
the clock. I cannot predict how many trails will be open. Indeed, there
is always the slight possibility that the mountain will not be open at
all. If that happens, we will drive north 1 hour to ski at Killington which
"guarantees" skiable terrain. I will discuss group rate options with attendees
in the weeks before the event.
HOW MANY SPOTS ARE THERE?
The house can take up to 58 people in its 26 bedrooms
with room for three couples sharing a Queen, which leads me to ask and
IS THIS A SINGLES EVENT?
No!No!No! This is a no pressure, chilled out gathering of people who
love to ski, love Vermont, or just wanna hang out by the fire with
old and new friends. It is expected that most people will be single, and
yes, it is true that last years' event produced a married couple, but please
come only with an open mind and a fun spirit, and not with a "meet market"
Since I get this question a lot, typical ages of attendees are 21-35
mean of about 28-29.
HOW RELIGIOUS IS THE GROUP?
While JOC invites people of all denominations, as
a group, we will keep
Shabbat, and strict Kashrut. There will be a Sefer Torah brought
in, and we will be davening 3 times a day, all within an Orthodox halachik
framework. We will be kashering the kitchen, and double-wrapping everything
in the oven.
As far as accommodations go, rooms will be separate genders (except
married folk), but floors on the whole will be mixed.
WHAT IS THE FOOD LIKE?
Ask any JOCer who has been on an extended trip,
and they will assure you
that there will be lots and lots of food.
The rough menu is:
Breakfast: coffee, tea, hot chocolate, hot cereal, cold cereal, fruit
Lunch: Sandwiches - PB, Jelly, cream cheese, tuna, etc..
Dinner and Shabbat: Catered, exact menu to be determined. Of course
have a Thanksgiving dinner with everything you'd expect in such a meal
except the annoying relatives.
There will also be vegetarian options. As one who is not a vegetarian,
eagerly solicit requests, like AVOCADOS (sry- private Utah joke)
WHAT SHOULD I BRING?
A detailed packing list will be sent out to attendees.
HOW WILL TRANSPORTATION WORK?
A few weeks before the trip, I will send out a spreadsheet
with a list of all attendees and driver info. You will then be
to call drivers to get a lift. It is expected that drivers will
generously reimbursed for driving.
WHAT IF I CANCEL?
The deposit is fully refundable
until Monday, November 1
In the communal spirit of JOC, everyone will be assigned to help cook,
set up, and clean up a dinner meal. None of this "screw it up so bad
that I never ask you to do it again" crap that every husband has mastered.
HOW DO I SIGN UP?
A) Pay a deposit.
To book a spot, I need a $100 deposit per person. This is fully refundable
until Monday, November 1. The balance is due Monday, November 1.
You can pay by
i) Making out and sending a check to Jewish Outdoors
508 Wyndham rd
Teaneck, NJ 07666
ii) paypal firstname.lastname@example.org - ADD 2%
TO COVER PAYPAL FEES
B) Sending me the following info:
i) Your full name
ii) Your phone numbers (all of them)
iii) Do you have a car?
iv) If so, when would you be driving up, and from where?
v) Would you be available to lead davening and/or lain, or give a dvar
vi) Please examine the email appendix and tell me what room and bed
want. Give me a few choices in order, since some may be taken. If responding
closer to November, wait on this, and I'll email you the list of what is
IS THERE A DEADLINE?
Not really. However, those who pay the deposit first
get first dibs on
choice of room and bed, and most people would rather have a room with
fewer people, I imagine. Also, last year's event did fill up by the end
of October. so if you wait too long, you might be out of luck
Hope to see you - can't wait!!!
Email me! (but please read this email carefully first :) )
A) Rooms with only one queen, and no other bed, are for couples.
B) All beds are otherwise for one person, including Queens.