I’d like to thank members who joined us and brought food to share and who helped with our Annual Convention and potluck picnic Saturday (Sept. 16) at Letha House Park. And thanks to our officers and board members-at-large who brought supplies and helped with the picnic — especially Treasurer Ron Palcic who handled ticket sales for our raffle.
We had nice weather and pretty decent night skies for observing, though we had some haze around the horizon and dewy conditions later in the evening.
Special thanks goes to Rich Whisler who did all the grilling for our meal, and to Marianne Wadsworth and Gail Korylak who organized the food line on three tables. Thanks also to Marianne, and Nancy Whisler who helped clean up.
And thanks to Observatory Director Jay Reynolds who held observatory training and brought a slide show about our solar eclipse program that helped draw an estimated 10,000 guests to Edgewater Park.
I think everyone, including visitors from the Black River and Mahoning Valley astronomy clubs, enjoyed the food and socializing.
Jay Reynolds, Bruce Lane, Dave Watkins, and I were the last to leave at 12:45 AM after listening to groups of coyotes howling in the distance off to the east and the west.
Finally, our sincere appreciation to the following donors who generously provided items for our raffle:
Our rescheduled September 24 OTAA Convention was a success with great weather, good food, starry skies, and good times! The event took place at the CAA’s observing site in the Medina County Park System’s Letha House Park West. Many thanks go out to the generous CAA officers and members who worked diligently to make the event happen.
The Cuyahoga Astronomical Association would also like to thank the following vendors for their donations raffle prizes for the convention:
The CAA’s annual OTAA Convention event has been rescheduled to take place on September 24, 2016 at Letha House Park West; registration should begin at 3:00 PM. The gathering was to have been held July 30 but a scheduling issue prevented it taking place.
Socializing, a cookout, door prize raffle, astronomy talk, and (weather permitting) star party are planned for the day and night. Members of the CAA and other regional astronomy clubs are invited to attend. In the event of cloudy or inclement weather, all events except for stargazing will take place.
Letha House Park West features an enclosed, heated and air conditioned event building with modern lighting, projection equipment, and restrooms. The CAA maintains its observatory at Letha House Park and that facility will be open during the star party. The parking lot is paved and a large, grassy area adjacent to the lot makes for easy telescope setup. Nighttime skies are good (considering the Northeastern Ohio location) allowing for rewarding observations.
Due to a scheduling conflict involving our Letha House Park venue, our planned July 30, 2016 OTAA Convention has been CANCELED. We are disappointed and upset that this issue developed outside of the CAA’s responsibility but circumstances afford us no alternatives. The officers and members of the Cuyahoga Astronomical Association regret any inconvenience this emergency cancellation may cause.
UPDATE: The event has been rescheduled to take place on September 24, 2016 at Letha House Park West. Announcements concerning the event will be posted soon. 7/29/2016