The bus is a 55-passenger coach bus with reclining seats, tinted
windows, air conditioning,
DVD player, VCR, stereo, a driver, and most
importantly - a bathroom!
We are planning to arrive by NOON! The show starts at
8:00PM. After the show we may cook
a few burgers, relax,
drink more, then casually depart once the exit lines have lightened up.
If you have any questions,
email to Chip now or call me at 860-668-1682.
For day of concert, my cell phone:
Bus Ride Only:
The bus cost includes parking fees & driver gratuity.
Send checks payable to: Chip Dyer, 9 Partridge Meadow, West Suffield, CT
Be at our
house by 9:00 AM!
Pickup point #1:
9:00AM at 9
Partridge Meadow, West Suffield, CT 06093 (our house)
Pickup point #2:
9:30AM at AMF Bowling
Centers, Chicopee, MA (across from the I-291 entrance to the Mass Pike).
We leave from our house in West Suffield promptly, so... You need to be at our house
The bus leaves promptly!
DO NOT BE LATE!!! The bus will leave without you!!
Remember.... It takes a while to pack 40+ people and all the
tailgating gear, so please arrive EARLY! P..L..E..A..S..E..
The following recommendation are good safe tailgating
Please pack light (i.e. bring less chairs & grills etc...).
Great Woods scrunches everybody in. It seems we have less room each year!
For your alcoholic beverages (mixed drinks, beer, malt
beverages, etc...) bring some "squeeze sports bottles"
and/or some type of covered
container for your beverages. Lots of open container drinks (beers too) are
dumped by police every year (Great Woods). Remember - there is an "open
container law" so be safe and
don't lose or spill your drink. Also remember
that glass breaks and then people get hurt - especially
drunk people that
fall with bottles... so be safe... bring your squeeze bottle!
If you don't intend on sitting down, please don't bring a
chair. Every year it seems like we have about
80 chairs and only about 12
people actually sit!
We WILL NOT have much room on the bus for coolers on the ride up,
so pack a small cooler or bag that
will fit overhead or with you in your
seat for the ride up.
Have the Jell-O shots ready too.
Great Woods specific - Do not drink beer or wine coolers straight out of the
bottle/can in the parking
lot - the Police Will Find You and dump it!
THINGS WE NEED BROUGHT
We need volunteers to bring the following items:
(let me know if
you can help - I will coordinate who's bringing what):
Amp / stereo / mixer / speakers - check with me for the
latest on this.
Gas powered 120-volt AC generator (mine blew up last year in
Heavy gauge extension cords (50 ft)
EZ-Up / Quick Shade Canopies
Preferably larger sized 12'x12'
or 14'x14', preferably ones with square footprints, and preferably the
easy-open kind (not the ones with 50 poles to assemble).
We need 2-4 large
ones & 2-3 small.
Tables - we need
at least four (4): 3 for food, 1 small one for the stereo
A "decent" sized gas grill for everybody to use (instead of 23 small
JELL-O SHOTS (see
Please bring your own ice (last year we ran out)
Decorations - tropical/Buffett/ Landshark Lager, etc...
Munchies - if each couple/single could bring 1 (and only one) bag of
"munchies", we'll be all set.
Don't bring more than one, or we'll have way too
Limbo Gummy Rummies (needed for the limbo contests!)
Air freshener for the bus restroom.
Portable battery operated fan for the bus restroom.
gloves for dispensing gummy rummies
(We'll provide) Trash bags - couple boxes.
(We'll provide) Paper Towels - several rolls.
(We'll provide) Toilet Paper - a few rolls.
(We'll provide) First Aid Kit
Please know that you are responsible
for anything you bring on the bus.
We can not monitor everything, and we assume no
things that accidentally break. If it breaks, you will need to
work out a 'replacement' on your own.
INDIVIDUAL THINGS FOR YOU TO BRING
Remember - please
drinking cup or Sport/Squeeze bottle and/or covered containers for
JELLO SHOTS -
Food for yourself (sandwiches, hot dogs, hamburgers, rolls, condiments,
Mixers, soda, ICE
Non-Alcoholic drinks like water/gatorade/propel
etc... (especially if it's a scorcher)
Camera / digital camera / video camera
Inflator / pump for any decorations that need
to be inflated
Rain gear (if appropriate)
Acetaminophen / Ibuprofen / Aspirin for the
alcohol induced headache that shows up after hours of tailgating.
DVDs for the bus ride up.
Cash $ for the $7.50 beers
and of course ALCOHOL!
Be sure to write your name on everything you bring that you
would like to bring back home with you.
Take some masking tape and place it on
your coolers/chairs/tables etc. and then
write your name on it. People lose
items every year.
I recommend bringing sandwiches instead of burgers and dogs. It
leaves much more time
for drinking without all that cooking, and more
importantly... much more room on the bus!
THINGS NOT TO BRING (i.e. things we will have...)
Buffett / Tropical Tunes -
we have plenty of Buffett tunes and much more...
Kegs - Great Woods does not allow kegs
Gas - I'll bring
- I have set from Billy & Maggie
INFORMATION FOR THE TWEETER CENTER (when we get there)
One year not so long ago, the space in front of the bus was
already taken when we got there!
It was not pretty. The same thing may happen
this year. So, as soon as we park - we all need
to pitch in to set up "camp."
This may mean walking 3 or 4 busses down from our own bus,
but it needs to
happen quickly! Space goes fast! We need to set up the tables and tents first -
don't worry about making a drink until after. Grab the tents, tables and chairs
and spread out fast!
Center cracks down hard at other shows, so please follow the
The general important items about Tweeter Center:
below is from 2006 and is subject to
Remember, to have the ultimate tailgating experience, "you've
got to play by Tweeter rules".
Please respect the staff, security, and police at
the Tweeter Center. They do their best to
accommodate us in all of our
craziness. If you have further questions, please contact the Tweeter Center.
The Parking lots usually open at 12 NOON for both Thursday's and
Cars entering the parking lots may be subject to ticket check
- i.e. without tickets, you can not park in Tweeter Parking lot.
There is very limited amounts of space available for
tailgating - everyone will be scrunched together.
RV's are allowed, but you will be sent over to the dirt
parking lot, parked tight, and will be unable to open awnings.
Unopened water bottles are NOT be allowed inside the shows.
The folks selling you bottled
water inside have been instructed to remove the
covers from the bottles before they give them to you.
Tweeter Center parking lot attendants are backed by Tweeter
Security and Mansfield Police!
The official word is: "Mansfield town by law
prohibit the consumption of alcohol in our parking lots.
Anyone violating this
law risks eviction." This has always been the law, and police have always
the other way provided you weren't noticeable and/or causing problems.
THINGS TO REMEMBER FOR THE DAY
Guys - No peeing in the bus! Please use the woods or the
The bus toilet fills very fast
and gets pretty full. We like to keep our women happy, so we don't
women to pee in the woods, but we expect the guys to use the woods or the
We'll try to take a GROUP PHOTO at 2:00 pm in front
of the bus. If you would like to be in it...
be sure to get there!
Please keep an eye out for 'strays' looking for a place to
pee. Many people just walk onto random
busses to use
the toilets! If you see somebody you don't know, feel free to kick them out!
Bring sandwiches instead of grilling! Sandwiches are mush
easier to prepare and nobody gets burned ;)
Bring less STUFF! Bring less STUFF! Bring less
Tell your friends to look for us in the
Peter Pan bus.
Use "Squeezee bottles" and/or some type of covered
container for your beverages.
Simplify! Simplify! ... bring less stuff ;)
Check the latest weather here or
DIRECTIONS TO THE DYER's HOUSE
Our house is in West Suffield (9 Partridge Meadow, West
Suffield, CT 06093)
We are near Congamond Lake on the border of CT and MA. If you
look at a map, you'll see a "dip" in
the top of CT. We are on the lower right
hand corner of that "dip."
The "Easy Way" from the North or South: Take I-91 to Exit 40
(Bradley Field Connector). Follow Bradley
Field Connector to Route 20 West
(sign at exit for East Granby & Old Newgate Prison). Follow Route 20
to NEWGATE Road (right hand turn at the top of hill; sign for Old Newgate
Prison). Follow Newgate
Road to 1st Stop sign. Turn left onto Copper Hill
Road. Take next right (fork) onto Griffin Road just past
golf course and continue straight until
next stop sign. Turn LEFT onto Phelps Road and take your 1st right
Partridge Meadow. Our house is the 2nd house on the left - #9.
Click here for custom directions to our house.
NEED TICKETS ?
tickets?! The parking lot is MOST of the FUN!!! ;)
There are always folks selling tickets in the parking lot the
day of the show. Be picky though... some are
scalpers... keep your eyes out for
folks who's friends didn't show or are passed out... those are great deals!
Make a sign "Need Tickets" and write your cell phone # on
it and post it on the bus front window or one of the canopies.
Never give up on tickets! Even if the show is said to be "Sold
Out" this really doesn't mean there are no
tickets left. They always hold
tickets back for friends of the band and corporate friends of the venue.
unused tickets are released the last few days before the concert through the
agency or the venue itself. Keep checking a few times a day up
to and including the day of the show.
You can ALWAYS get tickets at
Also, keep checking with me as I may have extra tickets.
Also, keep checking
LET OTHERS KNOW WHERE WE ARE
Chip's cell 860-978-5713 or Donna's cell 860-305-2004
Give us a call when you get
there if you want to meet us.
I have made a lot of Jell-O shots in the past... here's some
recipes and info on making them
Microsoft Word Document
or in Acrobat Reader
Cell: 860-978-5713 (Donna's cell is 860-305-2004)