is one of those things that falls into the "sum of its parts
is greater than the whole" category. It's a party, a big party;
picnic; a barbecue; a series of extremely loosely organized
sporting events; and above all a chance to have fun in the
sun! There's food, music, volleyball, croquet, juggling, and
anything else that the crowd dreams up. (Yes, we've already
done that Wizard of Oz / Dark Side of the Moon routine...)
no ClarkeFest last year?
Ian's dad, Lionel, was very ill, which necessitated several trips to Spain. Sadly, he passed away in January this year. On a more upbeat note, Daniel was born in March 2004, which also distracted the organizing committee.
with the web site?
Why not? It's a central place to communicate from and
it gives Ian some HTML practice. If only we had a little more
time to update it.
should I bring?
We welcome contributions of food, beverage, and anything
else you think might be needed. For suggestions of what to
bring, shoot us a quick e-mail
and we'll let you know what we need.
can I buy it?
The nearest market is at least 15 minutes away, so it's
best to buy before you get here. There is a liquor store in
it formal attire?
If your idea of formal is shorts and t-shirts, then yes.
there be sleeping accommodations?
If you book early enough. Rooms go fast, but in this house
there's more than enough floor space to go around. And if
we think you might constitute a danger to yourself or others
on your pilgrimage home, we will make room for you, don't
worry! For additional details on our policies and procedures,
please see our disclaimer.
Generally, friends, family, and colleagues, including
spouses, significant others, and offspring. If you are on
the A list of invitees (let's face, there's only one list,
who needs the headaches?), feel free to bring a friend or
two, but we'll hold you responsible for their behavior.
I've been invited. Who will I see there?
can I get to ClarkeFest?
Planes, trains and automobiles. Don't be ashamed, ask
for directions. If you're coming
by means other than car, give us a shout with the details,
and we'll try to coordinate with someone driving that route.
From the new venue, it'll be virtually impossible to pick
you up once ClarkeFest is underway.
parking be available?
Yes. The house is on a cul-de-sac again and we're one
of only five houses on the street, so no problem.
Is there entertainment for my little one(s)?
But of course; as strange at it may seem, we now have
one of those as well!
We have juggling equipment (must be 18 years or older to handle
torches); frisbee; croquet; model trains; and an enormous
yard to run around in, complete with paddling pool to cool
There's also a surfeit of forest with a small stream at the
back of the house (recommended only for those with a strong
resistance to poison ivy, a penchant toward snapping turtles
and a strong desire to get acquainted with carnivorous pitcher