mefite in hbg seeks other mefites for fun and boozing. February 27, 2009 2:29 PM   Subscribe

mefites in harrisburg pa?

i'm kinda new to the area and trying to get out and socialize. however, going to a bar alone is not my idea of fun.
posted by sio42 to MetaFilter Gatherings at 2:29 PM (48 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite

Yeah, I'm there with ya (not right now, but I had similar experiences back in the day). If no MeFits rise to the challenge, you might try meetups.com.
posted by Deathalicious at 5:11 PM on February 27, 2009


Or MeFites.
posted by Deathalicious at 5:11 PM on February 27, 2009


Drink some Troegs Nugget Nectar for me.
posted by fixedgear at 5:37 PM on February 27, 2009


Sub-question: Is there any interest in a Central Pa. meetup?
posted by MonkeyToes at 7:27 PM on February 27, 2009


State College mefite here. Always up for a meetup.
posted by The White Hat at 7:02 AM on February 28, 2009


YES! I'm stranded in (sigh) Williamsport! Where and when, I'm there baby! I'm unemployed, newish to the area, and thus have a lot of free time and am pathetically desperate for intelligent conversation. In fact I'm scaring myself a little here now. Just count me in. I have no problem driving to Harrisburg, but maybe we could see if there's a place centrally located based on where we would all be coming from.

MonkeyToes, where are you?
posted by scratch at 7:22 AM on February 28, 2009


a central PA meetup would be awesome! the ABC here has a nice upper floor with pool tables etc. i have never been to a meetup but would help in organizing one, whatever that may entail.

ps i will drink a nugget nectar soon, fixed gear, i promise :)
posted by sio42 at 11:13 AM on February 28, 2009


I could do a central PA Meetup, but not necessarily Harrisburg, that's a bit of a bump. I could do something closer to State College. Even considered hosting one myself.
posted by Toekneesan at 5:44 PM on February 28, 2009


miagaille and I might be able to make it, depending on the date.
posted by dmd at 6:20 AM on March 1, 2009


State College would work for me, or sio42's bar sounds ok too. What about a weekend afternoon?
posted by scratch at 9:41 AM on March 1, 2009


I'm in Paradise (Amish Paradise!). Dangit, where are the Lancaster County Mefites!?
posted by DWRoelands at 6:17 AM on March 2, 2009


hmm... i wonder how many of us there in the tri city area - york, lancaster, harrisburg?

if more central PA folks are interested, we can try to figure out where a good middle ground would be.
posted by sio42 at 4:33 PM on March 2, 2009


FWIW, Lancaster would work best for me. Lancaster Brewing Company, perhaps? Some Saturday afternoon?
posted by MonkeyToes at 6:15 PM on March 2, 2009


LBC, ABC - good beer, good food. any other takers for the LBC? i guess we should pick a date so we can post it as an official mefi meetup :)

the last two weekends in march are good for me, but that may be too soon. or not.

i have a wedding (not mine) in april sometime, but otherwise april is good for me too.
posted by sio42 at 7:17 AM on March 3, 2009


I'm afraid Lancaster's too far for me -- 2.5 hrs each way. Maybe we can do one meetup closer to State College and one closer to Harrisburg?
posted by scratch at 7:17 AM on March 4, 2009


that sounds like it would probably be best. although gathering at that place in State College that's on the corner and has the baked ziti...damn what is it called? it's that famous-y restaurant and it looks like an old hotel...oh well...

point: 2 different meetups for logistical reasons sounds reasonable.

guess we'll just keep this thread open until we can find more mefites?
not really sure how we go about polling folks on meetup/location/date etc...
posted by sio42 at 4:55 PM on March 4, 2009


If a meeting were to occur in downtown State College, we ought to consider Herwig's. Nothing against the intersection room or whatever, but the food is much better at Herwig's and the rudeness of the staff is much more entertaining. I extend my invitation to host, but it would be in Linden Hall, several miles from downtown. If you're interested in a more rural meetup, with horses, cows, and kids, I would be happy to make pizza and provide beer.
posted by Toekneesan at 7:14 PM on March 5, 2009


ok. so do we make this an official State College/calling all Central PA etc Mefites Meetup?

not that i don't want to hang out with just Toekneesan by myself...but i was kinda hoping for more than two mefis :)

i've never been good at planning get-togethers.
posted by sio42 at 7:41 AM on March 13, 2009


Propose a date. How about the 27th of this month?
posted by Toekneesan at 2:23 PM on March 13, 2009


the weekend of the 27th will be rehearsal stuff for a wedding the following weekend.

how about April 25th? that's about a month away and should give folks time to plan to attend.

*reminds self to check back to this thread sooner than 10 days from now*
posted by sio42 at 3:18 PM on March 22, 2009


I could make that if it were in State College.
posted by Toekneesan at 9:06 AM on March 23, 2009


ok - we'll go with a state college meet up on 4/25 at 2 pm.

herwig's looks interesting but i'm not too keen on so much sausage and pork ;)
posted by sio42 at 7:18 AM on March 25, 2009


i have posted this on the meetup calendar.

perhaps we will get some more suggestions on places to have it.

otherwise, it will you, toekneesan, and i bonding over schnitzel and lager! :)
posted by sio42 at 7:22 AM on March 25, 2009


sio42: are you thinking of the Corner Room? Great milkshakes!

Wish I was back in State College, if only for the meetup.
posted by amicamentis at 10:07 AM on March 25, 2009


I'll be there, Herwig's or otherwise! Though, it may be worth noting to the Bacchanalians that Herwig's does not have a bar. I would suggest either the Corner Room or Zeno's.
posted by The White Hat at 10:37 AM on March 25, 2009


Oh man, Zenos. I lost many brain cells there in the eighties.
posted by octothorpe at 5:54 PM on March 25, 2009


yes, the Corner Room! thank you! i kept thinking "it's on the corner, what's it called?"

i have had really great baked ziti there several times.

do you think it would be terribly busy that time of year? should we reserve something?
or would this zeno's be better? i have not been to zeno's.
posted by sio42 at 5:51 AM on March 26, 2009


Not in SC anymore, or I would be there.

If it's on a Saturday night, Zeno's will be packed. And if they have a band, there won't be much in the way of conversation it's not big and really loud. Zeno's doesn't get really noisy until the band starts, so even it would be a good option if you get there earlier. And if you like beer, that might be your best option in State College. Zeno's has a very good selection of beers. I spent way too many hours and dollars in Zeno's during the time I lived in SC (late 90s until just recently).

http://www.zenospub.com/

There's a link to see what's scheduled. It's nice and quiet in the afternoon, most of the time.

I'm not sure what would be a good bar to have a conversation later on a Saturday night. If you start around dinner time and get a table somewhere, you probably would have some choices. Upstairs from Zeno's is Bill Pickle's Taproom, it's a new place owned by the same company. I think they have many of the same beers.
posted by jefeweiss at 9:37 AM on March 26, 2009


I agree that Zeno's will be packed. Anyone up for Cajun? How about Spats? Kinda spendy but great food and good libations. Less likely to be totally packed. Bill Pickle's could work but they might also be a bit busy on a Saturday night. There's also Mad Mex for the more thrifty but that could also be kind of crowded.

A place I know a lot of faculty go to get away from students is Whiskers out at the Penn Stater. It's a bit square but it's also a bit more adult.

Sounds like this is actually going to happen. This is exciting.
posted by Toekneesan at 11:10 AM on March 26, 2009


BTW, Zeno's is one of my favorite bars in the world, so if we decide on that, I'll survive the students and the crowds. I might not hear much of the conversation but I will be there.
posted by Toekneesan at 11:13 AM on March 26, 2009


i was hoping we could do a mid-afternoon thing, like around 2 or so.

i would be driving up and back the same day.

i'll defer restaurant choices to those who are more familiar with the choices available.
i have no special diet things going on but i really don't like seafood. i cannot watch people eat crabs. i have a very special reaction that is probably something i should talk to my therapist about.

anyways, as long as there will no be crab eating, i think i'll be fine :)
posted by sio42 at 6:50 PM on March 27, 2009


Heck, 2 changes the density factor. Most students will still be sleeping off Friday's drunk. I think we could go anywhere at 2. Let's say Zeno's at 2. It's in the dead center of town. We could easily walk somewhere else if folks want fancy food. Herwig's is two blocks in one direction, Spats two in the other direction, though how do you feel about watching people suck the head out of a crayfish? Spats might not work. But there are about thirty other choices within five blocks.

Need directions?

http://maps.google.com/maps?oe=utf-8&client=firefox-a&ie=UTF8&q=Zeno%27s+State+College&fb=1&split=1&gl=us&cid=0,0,15049475643578271686&ei=PQ7OSf_yC87ulQfdrPXZCQ&ll=40.800199,-77.86118&spn=0.015756,0.028582&z=15&iwloc=A

Zeno's is downstairs.

See youns there.
posted by Toekneesan at 5:15 AM on March 28, 2009


Oh and why don't you add the tags State College and Pennsylvania to this post. Maybe that will catch the attention of a few lurkers.
posted by Toekneesan at 5:20 AM on March 28, 2009


This is so cool. My brother lives right near State College (Rebersburg,) and I was just telling him about metafilter, and how they were everywhere, and that though us New Yorkers reign supreme, even a State College meetup would draw at least a few people.
posted by StickyCarpet at 3:04 PM on April 2, 2009


Rebersburg? Wow! My friend in college (Penn State, natch) was a descendant of the guy that founded the town. I believe he also had a building named after him on campus.

You could send your brother as your State College proxy.
posted by amicamentis at 8:33 AM on April 5, 2009


You're not meeting at Otto's?

WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU PEOPLE?!?!?

I miss State College...
posted by slogger at 9:56 AM on April 9, 2009


I would point out that Zeno's offers over 300 different beers and they are current serving, I believe it's a Stout, that Otto's is brewing for them exclusively. In other words, I think you can actually get more different kinds of Otto's beers at Zeno's than you can currently get at Otto's.

Of course the food at Otto's is much better, and mostly local ingredients.
posted by Toekneesan at 9:43 AM on April 11, 2009


Sweet, I didn't miss this. Pretty sure 4/25 is Blue and White Weekend, so it's basically a home football weekend here if that's the case. Though 2:00 would probably be during the actual game so it might not be as bad.
posted by jackflaps at 2:08 PM on April 14, 2009


I'm not sure if my brother will attend, but if anyone wanting to go this needs a place to stay, I might be able get you a bed at his place. Memail me.

If there's a home game, lodgings will be scarce.
posted by StickyCarpet at 3:14 PM on April 14, 2009


Damn you blasted contest! 'Tis Spring! Must you foul every season with your inebriated and rioting masses‽

*shakes tight fist at Beaver Stadium*

Be prepared to shift into contingency mode.
posted by Toekneesan at 6:47 PM on April 14, 2009


wow, my years at PSU satellite campus failed to inculcate me in the rituals of PSU football.

i wonder if traffic going up will be outrageous.

ugh. *sighs, shakes head at Beaver Stadium*
posted by sio42 at 9:06 AM on April 16, 2009


*sighs again for different reason*

i have been informed by boyfriend that the Thing with His Parents we thought was next weekend is, alas, tomorrow. *sigh* not that Thing with His Parents won't be fun but....

toeskneesan - i hope somebody still shows up!
thanks for your participation in this thread/meetup attempt!!!

-5 pts for me not being able to attend my own thing i planned.
posted by sio42 at 9:43 AM on April 24, 2009


Well, I'll still show up. I've got a beard, round glasses, and a long ponytail. I'll also subtly be wearing my Metafilter t-shirt.
posted by Toekneesan at 5:28 PM on April 24, 2009


I'll be wearing a white shirt, may or may not be sporting stubble, and will be standing near the guy in the Metafilter t-shirt.
posted by The White Hat at 8:02 PM on April 24, 2009


I'll be the one in the White Sox shirt staggering in fifteen minutes late after his 30-mile bike ride.
posted by jackflaps at 8:51 AM on April 25, 2009


My brother won't make it mid-afternoon. Fishing season just opened, and he's running around stocking ponds and lakes with the trout he's raised in his fish farm in Rebersburg , and delivers in a modified antique fire truck (Elk Creek Fish Hatchery, if you drive by and see a crusty, survivalist, bearded gent, stop in and introduce yourself).
posted by StickyCarpet at 10:58 AM on April 25, 2009


Sorry I missed this; I've been trying to get over a bug the last couple of days so after the bike ride I needed to go sleep for a couple of hours. We should try another one sometime...
posted by jackflaps at 4:16 PM on April 25, 2009


No pics, just me and The White Hat. Couple of hours of who are you and why do you do that. It was great but I owe that to the company. Hope to see more of youns next time.
posted by Toekneesan at 4:03 PM on April 27, 2009


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