While spacetweeps here in Florida were immersed in Thanksgiving plans, MSL launch activities and #endlessBBQ v5.0, our counterparts in Australia were enjoying their first #CSIROtweetup (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation), and the associated #endlessBBQAus. We were glad to see the tradition spread to yet another continent, and really happy to see this great post about the #CSIROtweetup– including a mention of the #endlessBBQ! Big thanks to @astro_geeky for helping to spread the tradition!
For this #EndlessBBQ, we thought we’d try something a little different. Yesterday I put a question out on Twitter asking if anyone would be interested in doing a space themed Cupcake Camp for the Mars Science Laboratory/Mars Curiosity launch celebration on November 26 at about 6pm. As I expected, many of you favored this idea.
What is a Cupcake Camp you ask? Cupcake Camp is “an ad-hoc gathering born from the desire for people to share and eat cupcakes in an open environment.” Founded by Ariel Waldman & friends a few years ago, Cupcake Camps have been held all over the world. And now is our chance to have one of our own here in Cocoa Beach, Florida and at the same time, share our common love for space.
Just like the previous #EndlessBBQs, Cupcake Camp Cocoa Beach will be free to everyone attending, however, you are welcome to make a small donation if you choose. We will need volunteers to either make or purchase space themed cupcakes to bring to this event. If you’re interested, please say so in the comments below or send me a message on Twitter. We are looking for every provider to bring at least 6 cupcakes but no more than 12. If you’d prefer to purchase cupcakes or even cookies, you’ll find several grocery stores in the area like Publix, Wal-Mart or Winn-Dixie that all sell them.
Our friends at Cocoa Beach Brewing Company have graciously offered to host #EndlessBBQ v5.0/Cupcake Camp Cocoa Beach. They have several award winning locally brewed beers (see site link above for details) and a very spacious beer garden to accommodate us all. If you’d like to see pictures from previous #EndlessBBQs, click through the Flickr photo gallery on the right. You can also follow Cocoa Beach Brewing Company on Twitter or like them on their Facebook page.
We are very excited about the MSL Mission and #EndlessBBQ v5.0/Cupcake Camp Cocoa Beach on November 26 @ ~6pm. We hope to see you all there!
We are excited to announce that we have found the perfect venue, so #endlessBBQ v4.0 for the GRAIL launch is going to happen. The event will be held at the Cocoa Beach Brewing Company– we get to use their new deck (which is under construction now). We are accepting sponsorships at this time (contact jen at endlessbbq dot com to arrange), and we look forward to seeing all of you GRAIL #NASATweetup-ers (and other spacetweeps attending the launch) there.
We are currently targeting the afternoon/evening of September 8th for the BBQ; we will make an announcement if that date changes. Here is a link to the event on Plancast. More details to come as we work them out.
#EndlessBBQ is hitting the road- on another continent! We organizers- @CraftLass, @herrea, and @flyingjenny- are excited to announce that we are headed to Cologne, Germany for the DLR-ESA #Spacetweetup and German Aerospace Day on September 18th. After that, we’re planning to share the #endlessBBQ experience around Europe a bit. We are looking forward to catching up with our spacetweep friends and meeting many more new ones.
We’re not really sure where we should go after Cologne, so now is your chance to help us decide. Want us to stop in your area? To make a request please fill out this form. Hope to see you there!
For today’s installment of #endlessBBQ, please park at Perrone Plaza as indicated on the map below. Some have asked what to bring- you don’t *have* to bring anything, but if you’d like, bring beer and/or side dishes. Oh, and a swimsuit and towel if you want to swim. Show up around 3:30ish- or later- and we’ll see you there!
We’re having #endlessBBQ v3.0 this Friday afternoon, hopefully after the @NASAJuno launch and Tweetup. Show up Friday afternoon around 3:30 for the next installment of the most epic gathering of space tweeps ever!
116 Via Havarre
Merritt Island, FL 32953
Bring, drinks, food, donations!