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Old 07-24-2012, 05:03 PM   #1
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Chef Jeff from Lakeside Deli & Grille, will be putting together a buffet that will include various appetizers, salads, sandwiches, non alcoholic drinks and desert.
I hope he will post more details as he can.
Alcoholic drinks will be available for purchase.

Currently the plan for payment will be cash as you sign in to get your Winnipesaukee.com name tag.



Thank you for your cooperation.

***This ForumFest 2012 thread will be where you should RSVP***

I will keep a running list of attendees. Chef Jeff will need a headcount a few days prior to provide the appropriate amount of food for your party.

Due to the late date of getting this ForumFest going, there will be no Raffle for Charity this year.

There are plans in the works for ForumFest 2013 aboard the Winnipesaukee Belle for a 90 minute cruise with a gathering at Wolfe's Tavern afterward, which will work out nicely for those who wish to drop-by for a shorter visit. The Raffle for Charity will be back next year.

For those of you wondering what ForumFest is, please visit:
Winnipesaukee.com’s ForumFest – How the Tradition Began

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Old 07-24-2012, 05:18 PM   #2
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Are the hours really 2am to 5pm?
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Old 07-24-2012, 08:53 PM   #3
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Finally. I might actually get to go to this one...... It's on a Saturday. Yippeeee!
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Are the hours really 2am to 5pm?
Good pickup Janet.

Rattlesnake Gal has fixed the hours in her post.

Thanks RG

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Talking Thanks Janet and Rusty!

I posted the typo on purpose... Just keeping you on your toes.
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Old 07-25-2012, 01:23 PM   #8
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She's getting married on September 15th... I think I'll have to miss FF this year!
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How will you manage with out Laura??? Also, you better plan on bringing those pups. Cosmo will probably be there.
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We will plan to be there! Great location with a great view of Meredith Bay.

Thanks RG for getting FF on track for 2012!
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Old 07-27-2012, 04:35 PM   #15
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Count in CSUhockey3 and CSUhockeyMom! I've been wanting to go for years -- I'm finally living here so I can go!!!
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Old 07-28-2012, 04:32 PM   #17
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Rats! I'll be in NH on the Saturdays prior and after (8th & 22nd). Just my luck it's on the off weekend when I'll be in NJ. Maybe next year..................or maybe on the 22nd if the 15th is a washout due to rain.

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Old 07-30-2012, 09:05 AM   #18
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Old 07-30-2012, 10:07 AM   #19
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I hope I can make it, I have penciled this in...... will be able to know for sure in a few weeks....
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I've never been to a forumfest...

Do people usually come by boat, plane, train, car, bike or foot?

I'm guessing not by boat as there are probably not a lot of public docks nearby?
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I've never been to a forumfest...

Do people usually come by boat, plane, train, car, bike or foot?

I'm guessing not by boat as there are probably not a lot of public docks nearby?
The public docks are right nearby. Just a short dock over to the Deli.
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Both of us are planning to be there.
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Old 07-30-2012, 07:26 PM   #24
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Mrs. HC and I will be there...great spot for the gathering!
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I've been getting questions about the format of this year's ForumFest so I thought I'd provide some explanation:

This year will be our 9th Annual Forumfest and the 10th if you include the mini-ForumFest (PepperFest) held at Waldo Peppers in 2006. Each year we have been very fortunate to have one or more of our members volunteer to organize the event. It takes lots of time and effort to arrange a location, solicit donations from local business for the raffle and manage all the little details. Since I don't live at the lake and have a very demanding full-time job my involvement in the planning has always had to be minimal.

As the date of the usual ForumFest got closer this year no one was stepping forward to organize it. Some of our past organizers have left the area or are just too busy. Once we were into July it seemed like I had to do something if there was going to be a ForumFest this year.

One of my favorite ForumFests was the mini-FF at Waldo Peppers. No one had to do any work or planning in advance. Everyone just showed up, had lunch together and chatted for a couple of hours. I even got to spend most of my time meeting and chatting with people instead of worrying about the video stream and other things. And we helped out a local business. I always hoped to try that format again some day.

With the clock ticking it seemed like this year was a good one to try that again. I spoke to Rattlesnake Gal and we identified a few locations. The new Lakeside Grill and Deli seemed to have a great spot on the lake and their owners are members of the forum. RG contacted them and they were more than happy to host us. Just to be clear, this was my idea, not theirs.

My hope is that it will be a lot like PepperFest. I'm going to spend my time trying to chat with all of you instead of worrying about video streaming, the raffle, the food, etc.

I hope to see you all there!
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Webmaster.....

I think you all made a good decision with date and location! I understand that a lot goes into the planning of these events and I thank you for that.

Please plan on 4 of us...me being the "official member" of the forum and the other 3 "lurkers" or "creepers", as I like to call them....will be joining me!

Thank you....

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Old 08-08-2012, 11:15 PM   #28
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Will be there with a guest, sounds fun!
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Old 08-09-2012, 04:10 PM   #29
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The Lakeside Deli and Grille is very excited about hosting the ForumFest and we are very thankful to be thought of for the location. We have been reading the forum for years and only recently been active in commenting. Lets all hope for some great weather and we will put together a nice spread for everyone. Thanks again! ChefBrown and Mrs. ChefBrown
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I've been getting questions about the format of this year's ForumFest so I thought I'd provide some explanation:

This year will be our 9th Annual Forumfest and the 10th if you include the mini-ForumFest (PepperFest) held at Waldo Peppers in 2006. Each year we have been very fortunate to have one or more of our members volunteer to organize the event. It takes lots of time and effort to arrange a location, solicit donations from local business for the raffle and manage all the little details. Since I don't live at the lake and have a very demanding full-time job my involvement in the planning has always had to be minimal.

As the date of the usual ForumFest got closer this year no one was stepping forward to organize it. Some of our past organizers have left the area or are just too busy. Once we were into July it seemed like I had to do something if there was going to be a ForumFest this year.

One of my favorite ForumFests was the mini-FF at Waldo Peppers. No one had to do any work or planning in advance. Everyone just showed up, had lunch together and chatted for a couple of hours. I even got to spend most of my time meeting and chatting with people instead of worrying about the video stream and other things. And we helped out a local business. I always hoped to try that format again some day.

With the clock ticking it seemed like this year was a good one to try that again. I spoke to Rattlesnake Gal and we identified a few locations. The new Lakeside Grill and Deli seemed to have a great spot on the lake and their owners are members of the forum. RG contacted them and they were more than happy to host us. Just to be clear, this was my idea, not theirs.

My hope is that it will be a lot like PepperFest. I'm going to spend my time trying to chat with all of you instead of worrying about video streaming, the raffle, the food, etc.

I hope to see you all there!
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Is this a family event, or adults only?
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I've been getting questions about the format of this year's ForumFest so I thought I'd provide some explanation:

This year will be our 9th Annual Forumfest and the 10th if you include the mini-ForumFest (PepperFest) held at Waldo Peppers in 2006. Each year we have been very fortunate to have one or more of our members volunteer to organize the event. It takes lots of time and effort to arrange a location, solicit donations from local business for the raffle and manage all the little details. Since I don't live at the lake and have a very demanding full-time job my involvement in the planning has always had to be minimal.

As the date of the usual ForumFest got closer this year no one was stepping forward to organize it. Some of our past organizers have left the area or are just too busy. Once we were into July it seemed like I had to do something if there was going to be a ForumFest this year.

One of my favorite ForumFests was the mini-FF at Waldo Peppers. No one had to do any work or planning in advance. Everyone just showed up, had lunch together and chatted for a couple of hours. I even got to spend most of my time meeting and chatting with people instead of worrying about the video stream and other things. And we helped out a local business. I always hoped to try that format again some day.

With the clock ticking it seemed like this year was a good one to try that again. I spoke to Rattlesnake Gal and we identified a few locations. The new Lakeside Grill and Deli seemed to have a great spot on the lake and their owners are members of the forum. RG contacted them and they were more than happy to host us. Just to be clear, this was my idea, not theirs.

My hope is that it will be a lot like PepperFest. I'm going to spend my time trying to chat with all of you instead of worrying about video streaming, the raffle, the food, etc.

I hope to see you all there!
Don, That is what we do with the snowmobile club, it works out well for many events. We had 75 people at Canoe for our Christmas Party and it was a pleasure. I like the potlucks and other things as well but that becomes work for a group of someones!
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I think it's a great idea and I'm looking forward to it! I've already saved the date before Argie could book it - yippee!
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Sue and I are planning on attending.

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My hubby & I are hoping to go.
As that week arrives, I will know for certain and I will re-post then for head count purposes.
Great location for this year's fest - I have been wanting to try this place too, what great reviews they have received on here!
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They have a pretty big parking lot and Hannafords is across the street behind them.
They have a great view of the lake.
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Is it possible for this thread to get a sticky now that we are getting close to our ForumFest date? Thanks! RG
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I'm not sure yet, darn it!! There's a bunch of stuff going on, so I can't make a hard commitment yet, but will definitely attend if AT ALL possible. Might be 1 or 2 people.

I wish I could be more definite at this time

Hopefully!!!

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Frankentooth, I just noticed that you are fairly new to posting on the forum and glad you have joined us (At least by the number of postings). Have fun and enjoy the Winni Forum while making many new friends. Iím sure it is never to late to go to a forum fest and you will be welcomed as everyone else. Go and have a blast and meet many wonderful people.

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Thank you for your cooperation.

RSVPs so far:

Just Sold & Mrs Just Sold - 2

Bclaker - 1

rgilfert & Mrs rgilfert - 2

Island Girl & cessnaair - 2

CSUhockey3 & CSUhockeyMom - 2

CateP & guest - 2

Hermit Cover & Mrs Hermit Cover - 6

Webmaster - 2

eillac@dow & 3 "lurkers" or "creepers" - 4

fishdc & guest - 2

Argie's Wife - 1?

Water Camper - 2

RG - 1

Quilt Lady & DRH - 2

Greene's Basin Girl - 3

Donnamatrix & Jerry - 2

Riverat & Mrs Riverat - 2

ghfromaltonbay - 1

Dave 35 & Mrs Dave - 2

Frankentooth - 1

Fatlazyless - 1

Lakegeezer - 1 (maybe 2)

Island Radio - Maybe could be 1, could be 2

Rich - maybe 2

Current head count is 43 guests, but possibly 48.

Please RSVP by September 10th if you plan to attend. Hope to see you there!

For those of you wondering what ForumFest is, please visit:

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I just wanted to remind everyone that we were asked to pay in cash at the gathering. The Lakeside Deli will be open to the public during our ForumFest and us paying with cash will help to keep things running smoothly for everyone.

The current plan is to pay to get your name tag, that way we know who has paid and who has not. Thank you!
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My hubby & I are hoping to go.
As that week arrives, I will know for certain and I will re-post then for head count purposes.
Great location for this year's fest - I have been wanting to try this place too, what great reviews they have received on here!
**I am sorry that I am a day late with this (I just saw the Sept 10th date) but unfortunately, we will NOT be attending. Our plans are not working out for us to be there...
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Will be there, and will bring the cyano bacteria - tennis ball, toilet, 50-cents toss, lake water fund raiser.....all money goes to keeping the lake clean....last year in August 2011 at the Center Harbor forum-fest, it only brought in a total of $4.50 which was pretty pathetic......and this year it will no doubt do much much better!
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Unfortunately I will not be able to make it. I am attending my parents anniversary party. I keep missing the chance to meet the members of the forum. Hopefully I can make it next year. Enjoy!

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Old 09-13-2012, 10:39 AM   #56
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I'm going to try to be there on Saturday but I've been a bit under the weather lately... Additionally, Argie managed to book a gig that night, too. Stinker.

Anyhow, if I make it, it will be just me - party of one.

Can we pay at the door? Or do you need payment in advanced?

Thanks for putting this together! Mucho appreciated!
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Old 09-13-2012, 03:06 PM   #57
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I may be there.. with one guest.

Sorry for the late possibility.
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Old 09-13-2012, 05:08 PM   #58
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Just wanted to let everyone know what to look forward to on Saturday for ForumFest. The buffet will include the following:
Assorted cold sandwiches pinwheel style (all Lakeside favorites),
Quinoa Salad w/ lemon, Tomato, and Scallions
Potato Salad
White Bean Chicken Chili w/ Sour Cream and Ched/Jack
Chicken Satay Skewers w/ Thai Peanut Sauce
Seafood Cakes w/ Lime Cilantro Aioli
Veggie Strudel w/ Charred Tomato Sauce and Balsamic Glaze
Assorted Desserts to include Pumpkin and Chocolate Whoopie Pies, White Chocolate dipped Ginger Snaps, and Chocolate Chip Cookies.

Looking forward to Saturday. The weather looks great for the day.
See everyone here @ The Deli.
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Old 09-13-2012, 05:09 PM   #59
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I'm going to try to be there on Saturday but I've been a bit under the weather lately... Additionally, Argie managed to book a gig that night, too. Stinker.

Anyhow, if I make it, it will be just me - party of one.

Can we pay at the door? Or do you need payment in advanced?

Thanks for putting this together! Mucho appreciated!
Hope you are feeling better and well enough to attend!

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I just wanted to remind everyone that we were asked to pay the $15 in cash at the gathering. The Lakeside Deli will be open to the public during our ForumFest and us paying with cash will help to keep things running smoothly for everyone.

The current plan is to pay to get your name tag, that way we know who has paid and who has not. Thank you!
Hope to see you Saturday!
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Old 09-13-2012, 07:59 PM   #60
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Always good food at the LS Deli...this sounds great....
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Old 09-13-2012, 08:15 PM   #61
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The outlaws are in town for a visit....please add 4 more to our 2....Thanks RG.
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Old 09-14-2012, 06:30 AM   #62
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I see a wind forecast og 16 MPH tomorrow afternoon. If that holds we will not be leaving the island. This is the one disadvantage of living on the broadside of Rattlesnake!

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Old 09-14-2012, 06:54 AM   #63
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I'm sorry to say that I have a family function that would cause too tight a schedule. Best wishes to all.
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Old 09-14-2012, 08:52 AM   #64
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If it is that windy, it is entirely probable that I will have to miss the fest too. Getting beat up on my PWC is not my cup of tea.

This forecast has changed since yesterday. Maybe we'll be okay.

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Old 09-14-2012, 09:26 AM   #65
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I will be by for a visit- looking forward to seeing old and new friends!!
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I will try and make it over for brief appearence... Hopefully the wind will not be as bad as predicted... and it will be a boat ride that brings me over...
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It's my weekend to have the grandkids. They are looking forward to the Prescott Farm Day at the same time as the FF. Unless I can weasel my way out of grandkiddings responsibilities...................
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It's my weekend to have the grandkids. They are looking forward to the Prescott Farm Day at the same time as the FF. Unless I can weasel my way out of grandkiddings responsibilities...................
Hummm standing up Forum Fest for Grandkids.......... I think you know most of us would be upset if you didn't do the GrandFather Job first... Have fun with the grandkids......
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Old 09-15-2012, 10:31 AM   #69
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Given the wind now and the potential for it to be worse for my return trip on my PWC, I will not be able to attend ForumFest today.

My job today was to bring name tags and collect $15 per person as I gave them out. Can someone please do this in my stead? I can reimburse you for any cost incurred for the tags. Sorry for the short notice, I was really hoping to be there. I sure hope someone can step forward! Thank you.

To Chef Jeff and Annie, there are a few of us from the island that will be unable to attend. We would like to honor our financial commitment to you and will need an address to mail a check. Thank you and sorry for the late notice.

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If the wind stays as it is we will leave the island on the boat and grab RG on the way...... However, the forecast is for much worse than it is now.. So Cessnaair and I will probably stay put for the day.

RG hike on over and we can share some peanut butter sandwiches!

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If the wind stays as it is we will leave the island on the boat and grab RG on the way...... However, the forecast is for much worse than it is now.. So Cessnaair and I will probably stay put for the day.

RG hike on over and we can share some peanut butter sandwiches!

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Sounds tasty, but if I did that, you'd be leaving the island to bring me to Huggins Hospital. I am allergic. I miss nuts so much.
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Old 09-15-2012, 05:57 PM   #72
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Hi Folks--

I just wanted to say thank you for an amazing event! It was so nice to have met you face to face! The atmosphere and food were great--Many thanks to all who had a hand in organizing it!
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Old 09-16-2012, 08:55 AM   #73
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Thank to everyone who attended the ForumFest yesterday. The Lakeside Deli & Grill was a perfect location and they provided an outdoor buffet that was fantastic and took great care of us!

This year's ForumFest was a simple gettogether and we didn't have the raffle, speeches or other structure like in past years. Everyone seemed to enjoy just being able to chat and enjoy some great food. As always it was fun to meet some new people and put a face to their forum aliases.

The windy conditions on the lake prevented several people from getting off the islands and I heard that someone coming up from Alton by boat had to turn back. The attendance was a little smaller than usual but I'd estimate that about 40 or more people came by at some point during the afternoon.

I didn't take many pictures and we didn't get a group shot this year. Others were taking pictures too and I hope you'll post a few here.

Thanks again to everyone who dropped by!
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Thanks to Annie and Jeff for a great spread. It was nice to meet and eat with both ol.d and new friends!!!
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I was sorry to have, once again, not been able to get there. Family stuff happening that I didn't know I was supposed to go to. Thanks for the notice wife! And once again....Maybe next year.
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Old 09-17-2012, 06:00 PM   #76
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Want to say that Sue and I had a Great Time at the Forum Fest. We were reunited with some old friends and have made some new friends.
Location was excellant, overlooking Meredith Bay, food was Great, even got to take some home.

Thank you Mr & Mrs Chef Jeff,

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If you RSVPed that you were going to attend ForumFest and were unable to do so, here is the mailing address for Lakeside Deli if wish to honor your financial commitment to Chef Jeff and Annie:

Lakeside Deli & Grill
261 College Road
Center Harbor NH 03226


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