Oh God Oh God, we're all going to Dine... again!

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Sunday, May 6, 2012 11:37 PM


Saturday, September 15, 2012.

11:00am until 7:00pm.

Sycamore Shelter, Lower Cascades Park, Bloomingto?n, Indiana.

Oh God, Oh God, we're all going to Dine.... Again!

Yes, Folks, it's back. This years' FREE pitch-in Fan Picnic will be held at the Other Shelter at Cascades Park. The Big shelter, across from a Tibetan Buddhist Monastery (Appropriate, right?). As always, it's a free picnic, but y'all are invited to bring swag to donate to our Silent Auction/ Sale, with all proceeds going to Middleway House, Bloomington's local Shelter for Abused Women.

This marks the 5th Anniversary for our picnic, the 7th Anniversary for Serenity (aka The BigDamnMovie), and the 10th Anniversary for our favorite ad beloved TV Series Firefly. So this year, our theme is

"2012: The Year of the Flan".

There are three rooms in the Sycamore Shelter.

The Main room will be dedicated to The Picnic, the Swag Auction, and the video viewing. Good Dogs, some kind of hot cheese, and other goodies will be provided. If/when you RSVP, give us an idea of what foods you might bring. Outside, we'll have frisbees, a volleyball and other games available to play. Across the street is one of the better playgrounds in Bloomington, so bring the little Browncoats! We will have

One of the Side rooms will be dedicated to the Serenity Role Playing Game. Dave and Heather from Annapolis MD have graciously volunteered their time and energy to Host this. Anyone who wants to play, Novice or Expert, is invited to join in. Wearing a costume relevant to the character you want to portray is encouraged! If we don't get enough people for a full game, we might open the area to "Tales of the 'Verse"; anyone who wants to, telling stories about their Browncoat Adventures and Experiences. There are many stories that can be told, I'm sure!

The other side room will be dedicated to "SHINY" which is our version of "Bingo". The cost to play will be 50 cents per game, with small prizes to be awarded. The proceeds, of course, go to Charity.

The Annual Costume Contest will be right after we eat (Noon? You never know...). Certificates will be awarded for best Kid costume, Funniest costume, Most Creative, and Best All-Around.

Surprises and Fun await, so make plans to attend right away! :D


Tuesday, May 15, 2012 9:28 AM



We will be receiving donated swag from Firefly Cargo Bay and (possibly) Quantumn Mechanix this year. So, there will be some very Shiny swag on the Auction/Sale table this year!

"It never goes smooth..."


Tuesday, August 14, 2012 11:16 PM


One month away!


Wednesday, September 19, 2012 11:38 PM


We started the festivities a little after 11:30, and started eating after noon. Thanks to everyone who brought food, and a big Thank you to Irene Pintin Brown for cooking the good dogs and burgers. A special nod also to Ellen Long for the Kaylee cake.
We followed the meal with the costume contest. The winners were: Lillian Long for best (and only!) kid Costume; Heather Ackroyd for most accurate costume, Melbn the bear (see attendees' various photo albums lol) for funniest costume, and Robert Coleman for best overall costume. Also participating were Irene Pintin Brown and Charles David Dent.
Immediately aftwards, we had the sing-along, courtesy of Simon J. Dodd on guitar, Heather Ackroyd leading the vocals, and me hamming it up on the sidelines.
Then, a brief break, watching videos (which was ongoing throughout the day), followed by The Serenity Role Playing Game being played in the south room of the shelter (thank you Charles David Dent!), while 13-year old Liz (sorry, forgot your full name!) called the numbers for the "Shiny" Game (aka Bingo) in the north room. The large center room was open for food nibbling, swag buying/bidding, conversation and Video watching.
We announced the Bid winners at 5:30, because some folks were leaving. We estimated the overall contributions for Middleway House to $627.75, but we were WRONG! I took the money to MwH today, and the actual amount was... (wait for it).... $651.00!!!!!!!! Yay!
Most everybody left by 6:15 or so, but a die-hard group of us stuck around 'til after 7, watching "Dr Horrible's Sing Along Blog", and talking.
Overall a Shiny time was had by all, and we can't wait to do it again next year! :D

TD/Tim Brown, "Cap'n and organizer of The Browncoats Backwoods






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