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VW Derf April 2nd, 2015 06:12

TDIFest 2015
 
Good news, everyone! TDIClub is pleased to announce that TDIFest 2015 will be held at the Jordan Grand Hotel, at Sunday River Ski Resort in Newry, Maine, from September 4th to 6th.

TDIFest started in 2000, in Wilmington, NC, when a small group of TDIClub supporters got together to raise funds to keep TDIClub up and running. As TDIClub and TDIFest grew and we worked with a variety of venues all over the US and Canada, we learned that locales have significantly different regulations pertaining to conferences and events. TDIClub encountered insurmountable difficulties while attempting to take TDIFest to St. Louis, Missouri, in 2014. Canceling TDIFest 2014 was a last-resort decision that was not taken lightly. The time that TDIClub core event organizers would have spent planning TDIFest was instead spent developing a plan to ensure the success of TDIFest for future years, and ultimately the continuity of TDIClub.
Among other changes, entry to TDIFest will become a benefit for TDIClub’s financial contributors. For more information about changes coming to TDIClub, including more information about contribution, continue reading here.

TDIFest 2015 will be held at the Jordan Grand Hotel at Sunday River Ski Resort in Newry, Maine, from September 4th to 6th.

After reviewing all viable locations where TDIFest 2015 could be held, we decided to extend our relationship with Boyne resorts and return to Sunday River. Sunday River's Jordan Grand is an excellent fit for TDIFest 2015, given their familiarity with our organization and willingness to go the extra mile to meet our needs, which allows us to limit the amount of venue-specific management needed for this year. Jordan Grand is Sunday River’s newest hotel and offers numerous improvements as compared to the Grand Summit, used for TDIFest 2013 – an even more fantastic view, excellent conference facilities, and an amphitheatre-like parking area which will work well for our needs.

As described in the TDIClub updates announcement, entrance into any TDIFest will be free for any TDIClub member who is a “Contributor” level or higher. Please note that this is just entrance into the event in general and does not include meals or optional events that require additional fees. Individuals who wish to attend TDIFest will be required to first become a “Contributor” to TDIClub, either prior to the event’s start or at the door. On-site contribution will be possible, similar to how event registration has been available at the door at prior TDIFest events. While TDIClub membership will be available at the door, access to meals and any other limited-attendance events (such as the awards banquet and auction) cannot be guaranteed unless purchased by the pre-registration deadline. There are no other methods by which entry into TDIFest can be obtained. More information, including dates, hotel information, and room reservations will soon be available at http://wiki.tdifest.com.

Registration for TDIFest 2015 is currently planned to be available as of June 3, 2015. Details about how to register will be released closer to availability.

Read more about our plans for TDIFest 2015 at http://wiki.tdifest.com in the next few days.

tomo366 April 2nd, 2015 06:20

Nice! Sunday River is Beautiful! MAINE is beautiful!

mishkaya April 2nd, 2015 06:21

Count me in! :)

IndigoBlueWagon April 2nd, 2015 06:36

Easy for us. I like it!

Abacus April 2nd, 2015 06:36

I could not be more psyched about this! Since I finally have that weekend off and am somewhat local (a few hours away), I am offering to help in whatever way I can.

Windjammer April 2nd, 2015 07:14

Sounds like an awesome location. Should make for a great turn out.

MonsterTDI09 April 2nd, 2015 07:37

To anybody thinking about going to the fest. Trust me it's worth the trip the views are spectacular, if you are lucky you see will some moose.

n8ronJ April 2nd, 2015 08:36

Seeing a moose would be awesome... Just not right in front of me in the road! Or my car will end up being parted out at the Fest :eek:

Nash_TDI April 2nd, 2015 08:39

Had a great time a few years ago. Hopefully I can squeeze in another work trip to NYC as a midpoint for the trip.

VeeDubTDI April 2nd, 2015 08:50

Quote:

Originally Posted by Abacus (Post 4773568)
I could not be more psyched about this! Since I finally have that weekend off and am somewhat local (a few hours away), I am offering to help in whatever way I can.

I plan to take you up on this offer. Let's talk soon about some things. :)

TDIMeister April 2nd, 2015 08:54

Yay!!

Abacus April 2nd, 2015 09:04

Quote:

Originally Posted by VeeDubTDI (Post 4773700)
I plan to take you up on this offer. Let's talk soon about some things. :)

Sounds good. I'll do what I can to help, especially since I was unable to help last time due to work.

Campbellonh April 2nd, 2015 09:32

Awesome, can't wait!

manual_tranny April 2nd, 2015 09:43

I have a wedding to attend in France on September 6th. I guess I'll be missing this one..

I am pretty sure that one of our Utes will be attending. I'll miss you guys!

PeterV April 2nd, 2015 10:59

The Jordan Hotel site is well laid out. This will be another great Fest.

1854sailor April 2nd, 2015 11:53

This looks doable for me, but the missus has meetings with students on Labor Day. :(

IndigoBlueWagon April 2nd, 2015 12:30

What I liked best about the hotel was when I walked into the Lobby with Parker (my dog) and learned that (a) dogs aren't allowed; (b) service dogs are allowed; (c) hotel staff aren't allowed to ask if a dog is a service dog. Perfect

rocketeer928 April 2nd, 2015 14:21

Parker playing the role of a service dog. Now that's funny.

I would love to come to this year's Fest. Not sure, as I am currently looking for work. I had two interviews the past couple of weeks that went really well; one near Boston and another near Chicago. If I land in MA, then I would try to be there with my buddy n8ronJ. If in IL, that would be difficult. If no job soon, then no chance.

jasonTDI April 2nd, 2015 17:22

I'll try and make it this time.

cevans April 3rd, 2015 06:07

Quote:

Originally Posted by rocketeer928 (Post 4773964)
Parker playing the role of a service dog. Now that's funny.


It's a very serious responsibility.

I loved the Maine fest, but I'm somewhat surprised that Detroit wasn't picked again, though. Middle of the country, lots of car culture, history, museums...I'm Monday morning quarterbacking and I apologize.

Maine was great, though. Awesome drive up, amazing scenery, the Mt. Washington drive was classic. It was surprisingly very, very fun - and the lift ride to the banquet was a really nice touch. Good venue all around.

VeeDubTDI April 3rd, 2015 06:26

Quote:

Originally Posted by cevans (Post 4774366)
It's a very serious responsibility.
I loved the Maine fest, but I'm somewhat surprised that Detroit wasn't picked again, though. Middle of the country, lots of car culture, history, museums...I'm Monday morning quarterbacking and I apologize.
Maine was great, though. Awesome drive up, amazing scenery, the Mt. Washington drive was classic. It was surprisingly very, very fun - and the lift ride to the banquet was a really nice touch. Good venue all around.

We were looking at Detroit/Ypsi again, but the budget wasn't adding up. Food pricing increased nearly 30% and there was an increase in hotel rooms; the value just wasn't strong enough. No worries, we'll be back there for the Detroit Auto Show in January! :cool:

Sprockette April 3rd, 2015 06:47

Quote:

Originally Posted by rocketeer928 (Post 4773964)
Parker playing the role of a service dog. Now that's funny.

I am sure Parker is the best therapy dog around. ;)

n8tgc April 3rd, 2015 07:04

Fantastic! Close enough for a day-trip! Putting it on calendar now...

IndigoBlueWagon April 3rd, 2015 07:10

Quote:

Originally Posted by Sprockette (Post 4774398)
I am sure Parker is the best therapy dog around. ;)

Precisely. At my feet right now.
http://idparts.com/gallery/d/32271-2/parker_001.jpg

Bob S. April 3rd, 2015 10:13

Quote:

Originally Posted by IndigoBlueWagon (Post 4774415)

Is there really a dog under all that fluff?:)

Abacus April 3rd, 2015 10:48

I think I picked that out of the dryer one time.

tomo366 April 3rd, 2015 11:17

Quote:

Originally Posted by Bob S. (Post 4774608)
Is there really a dog under all that fluff?:)

Lol that's is not a dog....

1854sailor April 3rd, 2015 11:32

I've got something that looks like that hanging in my basement stairwell. It has a wooden handle and is used to mop the floor. :D

VeeDubTDI April 3rd, 2015 11:42

Some pictures from last weekend's trip to Sunday River...

The sunset view when we arrived on Saturday evening
https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-D...0/IMG_2373.JPG

Slider's restaurant where we will be having the meet & greet. It extends out onto a large slope-side patio
https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-N...0/IMG_2434.JPG

Heated pool with two hot tubs
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-2...0/IMG_2438.JPG

Awesome panorama of the back side of the hotel
https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-R...0/IMG_2439.JPG

I got a ride in a snow cat! View of the hotel from the top of Lollapalooza
https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-C...0/IMG_2448.JPG

Pisten Bully 400... what an amazing machine
https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/--...0/IMG_2460.JPG

Losers in the lobby! (references: here, here, here, here, and here)
https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-q...0/IMG_2409.JPG

Lobby fireplace
https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-o...0/IMG_2498.JPG

Covered bridge over Sunday River
https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-T...0/IMG_2505.JPG

At the end of the Chondola at the top of North Peak where the Sunday banquet will be held
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-i...0/IMG_2477.JPG

tomo366 April 3rd, 2015 11:50

Nice!!!

AndyBees April 3rd, 2015 12:19

The days are marked on our calendar !

Hope to see ya'll there!

JDSwan87 April 3rd, 2015 12:39

So what all typically happens at the TDIFests??

Abacus April 3rd, 2015 13:04

What happens at the Fest stays at the Fest!

Just kidding. Look back through the pictures of past Fests and you'll get a good idea. It's a GREAT time.

VeeDubTDI April 3rd, 2015 14:04

Quote:

Originally Posted by JDSwan87 (Post 4774716)
So what all typically happens at the TDIFests??

This is what happened at TDIFest 2013: http://wiki.tdifest.com/doku.php?id=tdifest2013:start

For any of you adventurous types who stumble upon the 2015 page, it is still under construction. I will post a link to it once we get a few things finalized and all of the information is up-to-date.

VeeDubTDI April 3rd, 2015 16:14

Following up on the losers in the lobby pic, which is traditionally people hanging out in the lobby to use WiFi, the hotel has good WiFi everywhere, so you can get your fix anywhere - not just the lobby.

Also, the only cell phone provider with reliable service on the mountain is Verizon. AT&T is spotty and Sprint doesn't work at all.

Here is a Verizon LTE speed test:
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-7...0/IMG_2393.PNG

Here is a WiFi speed test:
https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-h...0/IMG_2529.PNG

Bob S. April 3rd, 2015 18:11

Nice looking venue!

ATR April 6th, 2015 03:37

Hmmmmmm.....
It's a big maybe for me at this point. I'd love to make it, but at this point there's too many variables for me this far out.

jonferns April 6th, 2015 06:50

2013 Fest was a lot of fun! Looking forward to this year's fest!

hughesjasonk April 6th, 2015 07:23

Subscribed

AARodriguez Corp. April 6th, 2015 11:00

We'll be there, looking forward to it!
http://malonetuning.com/sites/defaul...ogo_215x77.png

JFettig April 6th, 2015 11:13

Quote:

Originally Posted by n8ronJ (Post 4773681)
Seeing a moose would be awesome... Just not right in front of me in the road! Or my car will end up being parted out at the Fest :eek:

Exactly what happened to Fix Until Broke, and I last time!
https://youtu.be/0oPZ4VTg-OE

Abacus April 6th, 2015 11:21

Quote:

Originally Posted by JFettig (Post 4776577)
Exactly what happened to Fix Until Broke, and I last time!
https://youtu.be/0oPZ4VTg-OE

I've seen them do that and I've seen them turn around and ram the car behind them. They're not the smartest of creatures.

yatzee April 6th, 2015 11:47

yup, this one is nice and close, and I know that area pretty well - will try to make it down, if I'm allowed in (no more TDI...)

Bob_Fout April 6th, 2015 13:40

Quote:

Originally Posted by yatzee (Post 4776596)
yup, this one is nice and close, and I know that area pretty well - will try to make it down, if I'm allowed in (no more TDI...)

I'm sure we would accept you...this time... if we had to...

n1das April 6th, 2015 15:28

N1DAS & g/f Lisa --> IN.

Looking forward to TDIfest2015!! Count us in!

I'm planning to bring the 2014 BMW 535d to the 'fest like I did in 2013. :cool: In 2013 I had picked up the 535d about 2 weeks before TDIfest2013.

Lug_Nut April 6th, 2015 17:12

Disappointed
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by IndigoBlueWagon (Post 4773876)
What I liked best about the hotel was when I walked into the Lobby with Parker (my dog) and learned that (a) dogs aren't allowed; (b) service dogs are allowed; (c) hotel staff aren't allowed to ask if a dog is a service dog. Perfect

Actually they can, and they should. They can't ask if YOU have a disability that would justify you having such a dog on site, but they absolutely can ask about the dog, including asking to see the certificates of training.
Dogs IN training, not yet certified, are clearly identified as such, and are similarly allowed only when the trainer / handler has the appropriate trainer certificates on hand.

IndigoBlueWagon April 6th, 2015 17:34

I agree they should. My son has been bugging me for years to register Parker as a service dog. Although service dogs perform some very important duties, the registration is also used (or you might say abused) by folks who just want to talk their dogs more places.

I actually stayed at the Bethel Inn for the '13 Fest. They allow animals.

hughesjasonk April 6th, 2015 17:42

Quote:

Originally Posted by Lug_Nut (Post 4776853)
Actually they can, and they should. They can't ask if YOU have a disability that would justify you having such a dog on site, but they absolutely can ask about the dog, including asking to see the certificates of training.
Dogs IN training, not yet certified, are clearly identified as such, and are similarly allowed only when the trainer / handler has the appropriate trainer certificates on hand.

Not all service dogs have "certificate of training" for example service dogs for ptsd and TBIs just have behavior evals.

BeetleGo April 7th, 2015 03:49

This site is superb! The last couple of miles will plant a smile on your face good and proper! All uphill with curves!!! Die ZOOMzoom-shaka-laka! This place is located at the end of the road on a mountain, and we will most probably be the only ones the at this time of year!

What a great launching point for a longer trip too! :cool:

BlankThis April 7th, 2015 16:10

Would love to attend if I can hitch up with someone who wants to cruise together. I don't know many if any in the community so I'm a little cautious about whether I should attend or not.

mrvermin April 7th, 2015 16:54

Quote:

Originally Posted by BlankThis (Post 4777694)
Would love to attend if I can hitch up with someone who wants to cruise together. I don't know many if any in the community so I'm a little cautious about whether I should attend or not.

There will be a few others from QC attending this year, as well I will be coming in from ONT. Hope to see you there....

MrVermin

MonsterTDI09 April 7th, 2015 17:52

Quote:

Originally Posted by BlankThis (Post 4777694)
Would love to attend if I can hitch up with someone who wants to cruise together. I don't know many if any in the community so I'm a little cautious about whether I should attend or not.


You should attend. Everybody is friendly easy going.

AndyBees April 8th, 2015 04:41

Random pics of a previous TDI Fest
 
Here is a link to a few random pics of the 2012 TDI Fest in Ypsilanti, Michigan ... great time. (sorry, no pics of the 2013 Fest, I lost the chip:eek:):

In this link, the first pic you will see is of Fred at the go-cart event...:D


http://pics.tdiclub.com/showgallery.php?cat=5674&page=8

Abacus April 8th, 2015 05:16

Here are some pics of the 2013 fest I took, but I was only there for a few hours on Saturday due to work constraints. I'll be there the whole time this year and am looking forward to it.

BlankThis, you should attend. While I have not met many of the people on the board, I still consider them friends. It's easy to converse with people when you have a common interest and I have only found a small handfull of people I'd drive by and smile if they were broken down on the side of the road.

yatzee April 8th, 2015 05:48

Quote:

Originally Posted by MonsterTDI09 (Post 4777787)
You should attend. Everybody is friendly easy going.

Not when the fest was in Montreal!

tomo366 April 8th, 2015 06:07

Quote:

Originally Posted by yatzee (Post 4778024)
Not when the fest was in Montreal!

Really?? I was there were you at a different Fest than me??:rolleyes:

CNGVW April 8th, 2015 06:55

I would like to go if there is any information on booth size and cost please forward to me.

i would love to show my TDI/CNG Beetle road-racer. And is there a place to part RVs ?

whitedog April 8th, 2015 06:59

Quote:

Originally Posted by CNGVW (Post 4778077)
I would like to go if there is any information on booth size and cost please forward to me.

i would love to show my TDI/CNG Beetle road-racer. And is there a place to part RVs ?

Bob, are you planning on parting out an RV?

:D

If I wanted to supply some hand made VW themed trinkets to sell with all money going to Fred, how can I do that? I won't be attending, BTW.

Campbellonh April 8th, 2015 09:29

Well, there are pictures of the 2013 fest in the photos area. Here is a link: http://pics.tdiclub.com/showgallery.php?cat=5923

VeeDubTDI April 8th, 2015 09:56

Quote:

Originally Posted by CNGVW (Post 4778077)
I would like to go if there is any information on booth size and cost please forward to me.

i would love to show my TDI/CNG Beetle road-racer. And is there a place to part RVs ?

Vendor information will be posted at a later date. Stay tuned!

VeeDubTDI April 8th, 2015 09:58

There are some outstanding pictures of the 2013 Fest at Sunday River in the picture thread found here: http://forums.tdiclub.com/showthread.php?t=394094

Some of my favorites are from the drive up the Mt. Washington Auto Road, which we intend to do again this year if the road is available. :cool:

Abacus April 8th, 2015 11:14

The only recommendation I have this year if we go back up The Rockpile (what we peakbaggers call Mt Washington) is to let the people with standard transmissions lead. Someone ahead of me was in an automatic and I was shifting all the time despite keeping some distance back from them as a buffer.

It's pricey, but I might be up for a canopy tour.

VeeDubTDI April 8th, 2015 11:38

I don't think any arrangement of vehicles is going to help a whole lot, as it kind of ends up in a traffic jam no matter what. I was first in line and following the stage van, who set the pace kind of low (but not too low), and people started backing up from there. There are plenty of pull-outs if the traffic gets irritating, and you can pick up the end of the line and set your own pace (for the most part).

The canopy tour sounds awesome! I'm sure there will be others who are interested... perhaps you can start a thread and get a separate event going, either sometime during the weekend or before/after the Fest activities.

Abacus April 8th, 2015 11:46

I'd forgotten about the pace van. I hereby nominate GTiTDi to drive it next time.

MonsterTDI09 April 8th, 2015 12:02

Quote:

Originally Posted by Abacus (Post 4778321)
The only recommendation I have this year if we go back up The Rockpile (what we peakbaggers call Mt Washington) is to let the people with standard transmissions lead. Someone ahead of me was in an automatic and I was shifting all the time despite keeping some distance back from them as a buffer.

It's pricey, but I might be up for a canopy tour.

Is there a weight limited? I didn't see any information on the subject.


Abacus thank you for volunteer for the job to back everyone out of there parking space.:DThe last time we were there it was foggy as hell.

Abacus April 8th, 2015 12:08

I think I saw a 250 pound weight limit.

I'd be glad to be volunteered! I didn't think it was too bad last time, visibility was a good 10', which is better than some times I've been up there without a car and had to rely on the GPS tracklog to get below treeline.


http://hikerinmaine.smugmug.com/Cars...12435212-L.jpg

Campbellonh April 8th, 2015 16:33

I'd be up for a canopy tour. Also, if the weather cooperates, there is an awesome little swimming hole not far away, called Frenchman's Hole. And maybe a nice area drive that we didn't do last time due to the rain.

vw_nut April 8th, 2015 20:25

It was our first time at a TDI Fest in 2013 , Kim and I had a great time,We met a lot of neat people, i am looking forward to comming back seeing all again, gonna mark my calender

deegingerkid April 12th, 2015 15:23

We're gonna try to be there. CA to ME again is quite the trip. In between a potential wedding (NOT mine) and a WEC race in Texas, we may be able to justify the trip. Maybe.

Big maybe. stay tuned.

AndyBees April 13th, 2015 17:41

Hey ...... everybody, be looking in your "good junk" TDI parts for items to donate for the auction, raffles, etc ........... I've been digging thru my stuff!

The M-O-O-N may Shine again!... :D

diesel4ever April 14th, 2015 11:34

Planning to be there. Just over one fill up away.

Abacus April 14th, 2015 11:45

Quote:

Originally Posted by AndyBees (Post 4782129)
Hey ...... everybody, be looking in your "good junk" TDI parts for items to donate for the auction, raffles, etc ........... I've been digging thru my stuff!

The M-O-O-N may Shine again!... :D

Kentucky shine? I had some at my brother's in Quality (near Bowling Green) and it was smooth sippin' shine, and I'm not a hard stuff guy.

Makes me wonder about donating some Maine lobsters or other local seafood. I don't have a lot of spare parts that are worth donating.

MonsterTDI09 April 14th, 2015 14:58

Quote:

Originally Posted by diesel4ever (Post 4782655)
Planning to be there. Just over one fill up away.

There is fuel,right by the hotel.

MonsterTDI09 April 14th, 2015 15:06

Quote:

Originally Posted by Abacus (Post 4782666)
Kentucky shine? I had some at my brother's in Quality (near Bowling Green) and it was smooth sippin' shine, and I'm not a hard stuff guy.

Makes me wonder about donating some Maine lobsters or other local seafood. I don't have a lot of spare parts that are worth donating.


That would be cool. I guess you would have it shipped overnight to the winner.

Abacus April 14th, 2015 15:15

Quote:

Originally Posted by MonsterTDI09 (Post 4782781)
That would be cool. I guess you would have it shipped overnight to the winner.

Um....yeah, lobsters are the cheap part, it's the shipping that's expensive.

That's why I need to think about it.

I'll come up with something, I'm sure.

deegingerkid April 15th, 2015 23:13

Quote:

Originally Posted by AndyBees (Post 4782129)
Hey ...... everybody, be looking in your "good junk" TDI parts for items to donate for the auction, raffles, etc ........... I've been digging thru my stuff!

The M-O-O-N may Shine again!... :D


Do it. You, me, TooRoundTDI, GTiTDi, and Pod too. On the deck. In thunderstorms.

One of the best memories from '13.

AndyBees April 17th, 2015 06:04

As in FB - Like..

Yep! That was a good time just hanging out and savoring the moment!

RedBug April 17th, 2015 17:50

Adding it to my calendar.

TomJD April 17th, 2015 20:12

Probably should comment! I am super excited this is happening. We have some great leadership here at the TDIClub and a lot of people willing to lend a hand and serve. Not sure if I will be able to make it yet due to the fact that I have about 9 weddings to attend this year, but I am confident it will go off without a hitch. VeeDub...you have my number and I would love to help in any way possible.

gutts April 19th, 2015 06:44

Very nice !
I will be there !
Let me know if I can help . I am not too to far away .....

millere5815 April 19th, 2015 15:55

I have full intention of going this year. I have owned my TDI now for 9 months and so, and have been on the forum the whole time. Can't wait to make the 900 mile trip from Northwest Ohio.

mrbrefast April 19th, 2015 16:31

Having done the initial research for which car I wanted to get as my first; and then learning a LOT from the accumulated wisdom of members here... I am very excited to drive my way over to Maine for September.

Abacus, this is not QUITE the "meet up in Maine" plans we tried to have for this year... but I think it is a worthy alternative, no?

Is there any decent and nearby camping... or is the hotel as nice and worth it as the pictures earlier in this thread make it seem?

maybe368 April 19th, 2015 18:56

I am retired and am certainly not afraid of a long drive, but I was wondering if the fest is ever held out west. It seems that most of the members here are east of the Mississippi, but you guys might like the long drive also. We do have the Grand Canyon and Sedona around here...Mark

mrvermin April 19th, 2015 22:04

The hotel and surrounding grounds are really nice, as well, rooms booked under the TDIFest banner help with the costs of the function space :cool:

Once booking is open, I'll be looking at the Thursday to Tuesday on that weekend :D

Quote:

Originally Posted by mrbrefast (Post 4786179)
Having done the initial research for which car I wanted to get as my first; and then learning a LOT from the accumulated wisdom of members here... I am very excited to drive my way over to Maine for September.

Abacus, this is not QUITE the "meet up in Maine" plans we tried to have for this year... but I think it is a worthy alternative, no?

Is there any decent and nearby camping... or is the hotel as nice and worth it as the pictures earlier in this thread make it seem?

MrVermin

TheGrove April 20th, 2015 04:14

Quote:

Originally Posted by maybe368 (Post 4786255)
I am retired and am certainly not afraid of a long drive, but I was wondering if the fest is ever held out west. It seems that most of the members here are east of the Mississippi, but you guys might like the long drive also. We do have the Grand Canyon and Sedona around here...Mark

It has, the last time was 2010 in Portland OR. The location is very dependant on the group of members who organize themselves to host the fest.

BeetleGo April 20th, 2015 04:56

TDIClub would love to go West, and we have before. All it takes is member commitment to pull one off.

I would love to come out West, Midwest, Western Canada!

xbiker423 April 20th, 2015 18:30

Quote:

Originally Posted by Campbellonh (Post 4778547)
I'd be up for a canopy tour. Also, if the weather cooperates, there is an awesome little swimming hole not far away, called Frenchman's Hole. And maybe a nice area drive that we didn't do last time due to the rain.

Yeah! I spent many summers working for Hurricane Island Outward Bound and we would jump/swim there all the time. We would always joke about the people who stopped to take pictures at the covered bridge posted earlier in this thread.

RDC98tdi April 23rd, 2015 12:52

Anyone in the Central / Mid Kentucky region going?

Thomas83 April 26th, 2015 22:21

Subscribed...let's see who's up to driving with me, or I joining a caravan with others from Southern California? Could be quite an adventure.

rocketeer928 April 27th, 2015 05:16

Quote:

Originally Posted by rocketeer928 (Post 4773964)
I would love to come to this year's Fest. Not sure, as I am currently looking for work. I had two interviews the past couple of weeks that went really well; one near Boston and another near Chicago. If I land in MA, then I would try to be there with my buddy n8ronJ. If in IL, that would be difficult. If no job soon, then no chance.

Update: My TDI, wife, and I will be moving to Lake County, Illinois within a month, as I got a new job there. Unemployed only two months. Phew!! Not much vacation time for 2015, so I won't be making it to TDIFest in Maine.

1854sailor April 27th, 2015 09:44

Congrats on the new job, but sorry that we won't see you at the Fest.

Nash_TDI April 27th, 2015 11:14

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Originally Posted by RDC98tdi (Post 4789083)
Anyone in the Central / Mid Kentucky region going?

I am trying to work out where I can go.

hughesjasonk April 27th, 2015 13:05

Looks like I'll be there so far

biohazardtj April 30th, 2015 06:19

any activities planed like last time, mtwashington (hopefully no fog this time) tours.....stuff like that? the drive there and home was worth the trip alone! minus the late night towtruck call to get the other TDI accross the border haha good times....

VeeDubTDI April 30th, 2015 08:23

Yes! I have Mt. Washington on hold for a sunset drive to the top on Saturday evening again, same as in 2013. The contract hasn't been finalized, but at this point it's available and we're on the list.

As for other events like tours, we are working with Sunday River to do something similar to the Snowflake Factory tour, since it was popular and a lot of people missed it last time. :)

BeetleGo May 1st, 2015 04:53

Any chance we can get an alternate route up to dinner? I'm thinking a TDIFest hayride-like afair up the mountain with that tractor you rode in?

VeeDubTDI May 1st, 2015 05:56

The snow cats are parked all summer, so you won't be getting a ride in one of them.

The alternate way up the mountain to dinner is by school bus up a winding road. I can make those arrangements if there are people who don't want to ride the Chondola (although the Chondola is awesome).

BeetleGo May 4th, 2015 04:52

You're right. Taking the high wire act is clearly the way to go! :D

Sootman May 5th, 2015 15:47

I've gotta learn to look at this more often. Back to Sunday River with a new hotel! Wow, I'm pretty sure I'll be able to make it and if I do I'll hide the gasser out back so you folks won't have to be embarrassed :D

MikeS_18 May 18th, 2015 07:50

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RED RUM! RED RUM!!!


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