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First Annual AOS StarFest
June 15, 2007 @ 12:00 am - June 17, 2007 @ 12:00 am
The Amateur Observers Society of NY is proud to announce our very first Starparty, the "AOS STARFEST." This event will be held over the weekend of June 15-17, 2007, at the Stone Tavern Farm, under the exceptionally dark skies of Delaware Co, NY.
The Stone Tavern Farm is a 400 acre working farm located near the Catskill town of Roxbury, NY. This site is within a 3 to 4 hour drive of most of our members located on Long Island, and an easy drive from the NY/NJ/CT metro area.
Facilities on the farm include a Bunk House and a wood floored "MASH" style tent with bunks (already sold out), a large Pavilion with enough seating for all the attendees, comfortable and private bath & showers, and a large grassy field that we can use to set our telescopes on. In addition there is a 12000 sq. ft indoor arena that can be used in the event of inclement weather. (This makes the event rain or shine.) The farm also has enough space for camping, which is included free with your registration. This is a family friendly Starparty with activities for both kids and adults planned throughout the day on Saturday, including solar observing.
We have two of the top speakers in the astronomical community coming to give presentations at the AOS STARFEST; Bob Berman, writer for Astronomy Magazine, and author of several books, most recently "Cosmic Adventure: A Renegade Astronomer's Guide To Our World And Beyond", and Long Island's own Phil Harrington, Astronomy professor, contributing editor for Astronomy magazine, and author of many books like "StarWare", "StarWatch," and his latest book, "The Illustrated Timeline of the Universe".
Phil will also be staying with us Saturday night to observe, and help us celebrate our very first Starparty! (He will also sign copies of his newly released StarWare 4.)
Friday night there will be a free "Pizza Party" to welcome attendees, and meals will be available to purchase on Saturday, including breakfast, lunch and dinner. Saturday Dinner we're having a special "Star-B-Que" featuring the best of the Stone Tavern Farms "farm fresh" food.
You get camping, the outstanding speakers, activities, solar observing, and free refreshments all night Friday & Saturday night with your $45 registration fee. Also for families, all children under 14 are free! As you can see we've tried to think of everything we can to make this the best Starparty you've ever been to. Attendance is limited, so please register soon before all the spaces are taken.
Whether this is your first Starparty or 50-th, this is going to be an event that is not to be missed! For more info and the registration form, please see our website.