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Event Details
Picnic in the Ruins Event date: April 29th, 2018
Hosted by Crown Province of Ostgardr - Brooklyn, NY
Event Last Modified: April 27th, 2018
 
Event details
Wondrous is this wall-stead, wasted by fate.
Battlements broken, giant’s work shattered.

Come to the green and lush Canton of Brokenbridge for a picnic on a fair spring day.  We shall eat, drink, be merry, and contemplate the passing of greatness under a Renaissance peristyle.  Spontaneous storytelling may break out, as may diverse handcrafts and learned conversation.  There is plenty of room for dancing, music, and fighting as well.

We ask all who attend to bring a dish to share.  There are barbecue grills nearby, if you wish to bring coals and fire-tongs.

The Pavilion is roofed, but open-columned; in other words, safe from rain, but perhaps not from wind and storm.  There is no private place to dress, except in park comfort facilities a few minutes’ walk away.  Choose your clothing accordingly.

We will be having heavy fighting, youth fighting, and fencing as interest allows.

Music and organized dancing will be led as well.

Their Excellencies’ best astrologers inform us that Sunday will be sunny, breezy, in the high 50s, and with little chance of rain.

With the weather being good, the event stewards will be just south of the site starting at noon, and you are welcome to join us!  We will not have access to the Peristyle until 2:00.

The site is dry.  No alcohol is permitted in city parks.
Smoking is not allowed on site, or in any city park.  However, smoking is permitted on the street a few moments’ walk away.
Dogs are permitted, but must be leashed on a 6 foot or shorter leash.  Please consider how your dog will behave during the event, and how they will affect others.

Site Opens:  2:00 PM
Site Closes:  5:00 PM

Bring a dish to share; preferably period, or something that passes the squint test.  (Bread and cheese qualifies!) Please also bring blankets to sit on, or folding tables and chairs if you prefer to sit above the ground.
Site Opens: 2 pm (note that this is later than last year)
Site Closes: 5 pm
 
Event Location
Grecian Pavilion, Prospect Park
96 Parkside Avenue
Brooklyn, NY  11226
Google Map

Directions:
Grecian Pavilion (“The Peristyle”), Prospect Park
96 Parkside Avenue, Brooklyn, NY, 11226
https://goo.gl/maps/fJXSqJ4NwS52

Subway (recommended)

Take the Q to Parkside Avenue and walk 7 minutes west along Parkside Avenue until the Grecian Pavilion is on your right, OR
Take the F or G to Fort Hamilton Parkway, walk south to and then east along Prospect Avenue, cross the circle and continue east along Parkside Avenue until the Grecian Pavilion is on your left (total walking time about 14 minutes)

Please note that the F is not running south of Church Avenue (one stop south of Fort Hamilton Parkway).  Take the MTA's free shuttle bus to Church Avenue and either walk or transfer to the F.

From NJ Transit or the Long Island Railroad:
Take your favorite train to New York Penn Station, leave it, walk east one block to Herald Square, enter the subway and board the Q train downtown.  Follow the subway directions above.
From Metro North:
Take your favorite train to Grand Central Station.  Follow signs to the subway beneath it, and board a downtown 4/5/6 train.  Ride it to Union Square, and then transfer to a downtown Q train.  Follow the subway directions above.

Driving

General Disclaimer:  As in all cases of Østgarðr travel, varying traffic conditions often mean that the most direct route is not the swiftest.  Please consult your oracle of choice before leaving home.

The site is not accessible from the roads within Prospect Park, as they are closed to vehicles on weekends.

From the south and west:  Take your best route to I-278 East across the Verrazano Narrows Bridge, and then take exit 24 for the Prospect Expressway.  Take exit 4 for 10th Avenue, and then make a left onto Seely st.  When Seely st.  tees into Prospect Park Southwest, make a right.  Go around the traffic circle, and take the 3rd exit onto Parkside Avenue.  The peristyle will be on your left, approximately 1500 feet from the traffic circle. 

From the north and northeast:  Take your best route to the BQE (I-278 West).  Take exit 24 for the Prospect Expressway, and proceed as above.

From southern Queens/southern LI:  Take your best route to the Belt Parkway.  Take Exit 11N (Flatbush Avenue) and proceed on Flatbush Ave.  north for approximately five miles.  Turn left on Parkside Avenue.  The peristyle will be on your right.

Note:  There are no parking garages or lots nearby, but there is street parking available along Parkside Ave, and on nearby side streets, though you may have to shark for it.

 
Registration Fees
Registration: Free.

Please email an event steward to rsvp so that we can get an accurate headcount.

Feast: Bring a dish to share; preferably period, or something that passes the squint test.  (Bread and cheese qualifies!) Please also bring blankets to sit on, or folding tables and chairs if you prefer to sit above the ground.

Make Checks Payable to: no fee

 
Contact Information
Event Steward:
Þórfinnr Hróðgeirsson mka Alec Story alec.v.story+picnic@gmail.com 908-799-8822
Vika Grigina z Prahy mka Victoria Swann lurking.girl@gmail.com

Send Reservations to:
Þórfinnr Hróðgeirsson mka Alec Story alec.v.story+picnic@gmail.com

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