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NUMBER ELEVEN. We are coming up on one year of meetups, friends!

Please note: certain important details of this meetup are DIFFERENT than has previously been the case! You have my advance apologies that this meetup is not going to be the most convenient for all, but it is what I can manage with my current work schedule. If you’d like to organize a meetup at a less weird time, please mosey toward the forums and let the people know!

NOTE: a mistake was made in scheduling previously. Location has been changed to reflect that.

When: SUNDAY, September 30th, 2018, 10 am

Where: Harvard Art Museum Cafe

32 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

The closest T stop is Harvard, on the red line. The museum is about a ten-minute walk across the Harvard yard from the station.

Venue: The cafe is located in the atrium of the art museum. You do not have to pay the entrance fee to sit in the cafe area. The cafe has a small selection of pastries and other snacks, but if you have specific dietary requirements you may need to bring your own food. The building is accessible via a ramp on Prescott Street.

How to find us: I will claim a table and set up a paper sign. I will have my knitting and/or a painting project. I SHALL ENDEAVOR TO GET SOME COLORING SHEETS THIS TIME. And crayons. Yeah, crayons!

What to bring: Crayons, paints, coloring sheets, a puzzle, thoughts on the historical evolution of small cakes, interesting stories about mummies.

If you need more information, you can inquire on the “Boston” thread at FOCA.

Looking forward to seeing you all there!

Hey friends! My apologies for organizing this, our TENTH MEETUP, at the last minute, but life has been somewhat hectic for me!

When: Saturday, August 11th, 2018, 1 pm

Where: Boston Public Library Newsfeed Cafe, 700 Boylston Street, Boston

The closest T stop is Copley, on the green line. The library is directly outside the exit.

Venue: The cafe is in the newer Johnson building (the entrance that faces Boylston Street). The Johnson building entrance is accessible. There are some vegetarian sandwich options, but no vegan ones which I recall.

How to find us: I will claim a table and set up a paper sign. I will have my knitting and/or a painting project. I still have no coloring sheets! Please bring your own coloring sheets if you desire coloring sheets! Also crayons! See below.

What to bring: Crayons, paints, coloring sheets, a puzzle, the philosophy of porcupines, meta-analysis of films featuring trombones.

If you need more information, you can inquire on the “Boston” thread at FOCA.

Looking forward to seeing you all there!

Greetings Awkward Folk! Time for MEETING NUMBER NINE.

When: Saturday, July 21st, 2018, 1 pm

Where: Boston Public Library Newsfeed Cafe, 700 Boylston Street, Boston

The closest T stop is Copley, on the green line. The library is directly outside the exit.

Venue: The cafe is in the newer Johnson building (the entrance that faces Boylston Street). The Johnson building entrance is accessible. There are some vegetarian sandwich options, but no vegan ones which I recall.

How to find us: I will claim a table and set up a paper sign. I will have my knitting and/or a painting project. I still have no coloring sheets! Please bring your own coloring sheets if you desire coloring sheets! Also crayons! See below.

What to bring: Crayons, paints, coloring sheets, a puzzle, the philosophy of porcupines, meta-analysis of films featuring trombones.

If you need more information, you can inquire on the “Boston” thread at FOCA.

Looking forward to seeing you all there!

Hello Awkwardeers! The time of our eighth encounter approaches.

When: Saturday, June 23rd, 2018, 1 pm

Note: I am taking a bus into Boston. I will update here and on FOCA if something happens to the bus. (I hope nothing happens to the bus.)

Where: Boston Public Library Newsfeed Cafe, 700 Boylston Street, Boston

The closest T stop is Copley, on the green line. The library is directly outside the exit.

Venue: The cafe is in the newer Johnson building (the entrance that faces Boylston Street). The Johnson building entrance is accessible. There are some vegetarian sandwich options, but no vegan ones which I recall.

How to find us: I will claim a table and set up a paper sign. I will have my knitting. I still have no coloring sheets! Please bring your own coloring sheets if you desire coloring sheets! Also crayons! See below.

What to bring: Crayons, paints, coloring sheets, a puzzle, stories to tell to goats, poultry-related trivia.

If you need more information, you can inquire on the “Boston” thread at FOCA.

Looking forward to seeing you all there!

Hello Awkwardeers! It’s time for meetup number seven.

When: Saturday, May 26th, 2018, 1 pm

Note: I am taking a bus into Boston. I will update here and on FOCA if something happens to the bus. (I hope nothing happens to the bus.)

Where: Boston Public Library Newsfeed Cafe, 700 Boylston Street, Boston

The closest T stop is Copley, on the green line. The library is directly outside the exit.

Venue: The cafe is in the newer Johnson building (the entrance that faces Boylston Street). The Johnson building entrance is accessible. There are some vegetarian sandwich options, but no vegan ones which I recall.

How to find us: I will claim a table and set up a paper sign. I will have my knitting. Due to Mercury being in retrograde*, I will NOT have any coloring sheets this time! Please bring your own coloring sheets if you desire coloring sheets!

What to bring: Crayons, paints, coloring sheets, a puzzle, advice about goats, thoughts about the most preferable breed of miniature cattle.

If you need more information, you can inquire on the “Boston” thread at FOCA.

*Mercury is probably not in retrograde.

Boston Meetup, Saturday, April 28, at the Newsfeed Cafe in the main Boston Public Library at Copley Square. The closet T station is Copley on the Green Line. The Johnson Building, closest to the Newsfeed Cafe, has an accessible entrance. The cafe has a variety of sandwiches and pastries, including vegetarian options, though vegan and gluten-free are less sure.

Your substitute organizer this month is Vicki. I will try to get there by 1 p.m. and claim a table, likely near the large outside windows.

I have shoulder-length mostly white hair, and will probably be wearing a purple shirt. I’ll make some kind of identifying sign for the table (maybe just “FOCA” in large friendly letters).

Feel free to bring coloring things (pencils, crayons, etc. as well as pages to color on), pictures of other people’s pets, and ideas about the evolution and distribution of the sweet potato.

UPDATE AS OF 11:48, SUNDAY 3/18: well, this is very annoying! There was a holdup on the Commuter Rail, so I will not be arriving with my sign and my knitting until around 2 pm. Please carry on without me!

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Hello Awkwardeers! NUMBER FIVE NUMBER FIVE NUMBER FIVE

When: SUNDAY, March 18th, 2018, 1 pm

I am taking a moment here to emphasize that the meetup is on SUNDAY this weekend.

Where: Caffè Nero, 733 Centre Street, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

The closest T stop is Green Street, on the Orange line (one stop from the end). The coffee shop is a ten minute walk west of the station.

Venue: So far as I can tell from Google maps and the Yelp page, the building should be reasonably accessible. It’s level with the sidewalk and has a variety of table sizes.

They have some vegetarian (not sure about vegan) options and one gluten-free sandwich.

How to find us: I will claim a table and set up a paper sign. I will have my knitting, some coloring sheets, and some art supplies.

What to bring: Crayons, more fun coloring sheets, a puzzle, stories about llamas.

If you need more information, you can inquire on the “Boston” thread at FOCA.

NOTE: I will not be organizing the meetup in April, though I hope to make a rousing comeback in May! If you would like to organize the April meetup, please head on over to the forums and post in the Boston thread about your ideas!