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    The next open Carry picnic in the Kalamazoo area will be on August 9 from 1:00 to 4:00pm at Westfield Park in Portage.

    There's a lot of space for a lot of people, including a pavilion with picnic tables and a grill, a playground (for all of those youngsters at heart), tennis courts, a beach volleyball court, and basketball hoops. There are bathrooms there as well. The best part is that there is no illegal firearms ordinance! (Not that it would matter if there was.) There is an ordinance against alcohol, in case any of you were wondering.

    There are two parking lots, but we will be closest to the one on the east end near the pavilion, so park there for your convenience. The park is on Milham, and the closest cross streets are 12th and Milham.

    Link to map: (Thanks, Zig)
    http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&sour...3&z=16&iwloc=A

    Turning off of 12th onto Milham, going east, the park entrance (the second lot, not the first) is on the left about a fifth of a mile or so down the road.

    Here's a list of things we'll need:

    Grill - ZZZ
    Dogs/Buns - ZZZ
    Brats/Buns - SA-XD
    Burgers/Buns -
    Spices for the meat -
    Potato Salad -
    Dessert -
    Chips -
    Condiments -
    Cooler - EM87 (But we'll need more than the one that I have for the drinks other than the bottled water.)
    Ice - EM87
    Water - EM87
    Pop -
    Napkins/Paper Towels -
    Paper Plates -
    Plastic Ware -
    Video Camera/Camera - ZZZ
    Signs -
    Paper handouts -

    I'll start out by volunteering to bring a couple cases of bottled water, as well as a cooler full of ice to keep it all cold.

    Please RSVP by posting to this thread as attending or maybe attending, and if you plan to bring guests, include that number as well. As with all of our picnics, everyone is welcome whether they carry or not.

    It's gonna be a grand ol' time!
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    Not looking good for me to go anymore...

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    zigziggityzoo wrote:
    Tentative+1.

    Grill, Dogs, Camera, Video cam.

    (more than one grill would be nice).

    http://tr.im/Portage_oc_event (Map Location)
    Dogs and buns, or just dogs?
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    I should be there but don't know how many +'s, or what I'll be bringing yet. Will get sorted out as we get a little closer to date (still 1/2 my belongings in boxes from the move). Have a TON going on between now and then... but at minimum, I'll be there with something.
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    I will be there... but I think I am already on the list... I will watch the thread and fill in whatever is still needed when we get closer!
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    Hey everyone! I just got my first handgun and was interested in finding one of these picnics. So +1 for me! And I'll bring some food (dogs brats burgers whatever) but I don't have a grill that I can bring.

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    SA-XD wrote:
    Hey everyone!* I just got my first handgun and was interested in finding one of these picnics.* So +1 for me! And I'll bring some food (dogs brats burgers whatever) but I don't have a grill that I can bring.
    Welcome SA-XD. Please go to your "My Account" page (upper right-hand corner) and add your location to your profile. Look forward to meeting you.

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    SA-XD wrote:
    Hey everyone!* I just got my first handgun and was interested in finding one of these picnics.* So +1 for me! And I'll bring some food (dogs brats burgers whatever) but I don't have a grill that I can bring.
    Thanks for volunteering supplies! I'll put you down for brats and buns. Welcome to OCDO!
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    SA-XD, welcome! I must say, I like your interests on your profile... cars attached to guns, guns attached to cars... Tell you what, if we ever build a parade float, I'll nominate you to drive it, how's that? That would surely be some type of car/gun combo! Now I got myself thinking of something new for next year's Doo-Dah Parade. Be even better if we could get our hands on this BBQ grill, check it out - wouldn't this be awesome for our picnics???.....


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    WOW, NOW THAT'S WHAT I'M TALKING ABOUT! LOL :celebrate

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    I would definitely be up for driving the float! And that BBQ makes me feel simply happy...

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    lolz

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    To get this thread back on track, could someone with an account on MGO post this event there please?
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    Bumping this thread to promote the event to people who haven't seen it or forgot about it.

    The picnic is less than a month away! Who's going to attend? Who's going to bring supplies?

    Please RSVP to this thread if you plan on attending. If you are able to bring supplies, please post that as well.

    Thanks!
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    I was wondering if there were others that like to disc golf. I like to disc golf quite a bit, and I thought it might be a good idea to OC while doing so. I go to Knollwood all the time. I think this would be a great place to educate people on the issue. I read the sign at the park and the only thing not allowed there was alcahol. I do know that it is run by the City of Kalamazoo, althought I'm not sure if it is considered WMU campus or not. If someone living in the area could enlighten me on this issue or if any others are interested in OCing while Disc Golfing it would be greatly appreciated. Sorry that this is off topic of the Portage OC picnic but i didn't really think starting a new thread was really nessacarry.

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    bigdaddyj wrote:
    I was wondering if there were others that like to disc golf.* I like to disc golf quite a bit, and I thought it might be a good idea to OC while doing so.* I go to Knollwood all the time.* I think this would be a great place to educate people on the issue.* I read the sign at the park and the only thing not allowed there was alcahol.* I do know that it is run by the City of Kalamazoo, althought I'm not sure if it is considered WMU campus or not.* If someone living in the area could enlighten me on this issue or if any others are interested in OCing while Disc Golfing it would be greatly appreciated.* Sorry that this is off topic of the Portage OC picnic but i didn't really think starting a new thread was really nessacarry.
    I live literally right next to Knollwood and used to go discing all the time. I OCed there and never had any problems (as it should be.) It's city property, not WMU.
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    EM87 wrote:
    I live literally right next to Knollwood and used to go discing all the time. I OCed there and never had any problems (as it should be.) It's city property, not WMU.
    Do you still go? If so i will pm you my phone # so we could go an OC. I have yet to do so b/c I don't want to be the only one OCing, ad I want to OC with someone that knows the laws beter than I do. Also if anyone has any of the pamphlets i could get (my printer is being a piece of *@&%.) I woul really appreciate it.

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    It's not so much about whether I still go or not as much as it's "When do you want to go? I'd be happy to go any time I'm free. Later today? I'll PM you my number so in case you read this today you can call me.
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    Going to get a holster today! Hopefully nothing comes up between now and then!

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    Ill be there with moc and 2nd amendment banners I am gonna try to find a folding table cheap before then!!!and ill bringthe potato salad!!!!

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    Ill bing a few to the function. If there is anything we can bring let us know! Dogs, chips, buns, etc. Or I will have the wife throw some stuff in a bag and call it good.

    If you have anything I can print out, send me a link and I will throw it up at work. I have a few buds in local fire houses and police station with open minds and good attitudes! PM me for my number if you come up with anything!

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    Timing is looking bad for me. I was a tentative, now I'm a probably not. Sorry guys. Hope you have fun! Might send my parents and other family that way.

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    Well, so far it looks like I and one other person might make it. We will know more when the time is closer. Later, Bob
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    I may go, I'll know more later.
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    Still looking like I will be there! I may also have one other person with me... I will post what I am brining closer to the event..
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