Important: please RSVP now to ka1gtt  (I am good on QRZ or use the contact link at the top of the website) so I can get a headcount for the restaurant.

Please join us for the 2020 holiday get together which will take the place of our normal meeting in January. Since the first Wednesday is Jan 1, we are having the party the following week, Jan 8th. (The Wednesday, Feb 6th meeting will be back at the Chelmsford Bible Church.)

The BARS January 8th Holiday Party Location is in Bedford, MA. This month’s meeting is very special as we greet the New Year and hold a New Year’s version of our traditional Yankee Swap.

Here are the details:
Date: Wednesday, January 8, 2020
Time: 7:00 PM
Where: Great Wall Restaurant, 309 Great Road, Bedford MA 01730
Restaurant Tel. Number: 781-275-7007

– Yankee Swap (Participation Optional for members.  If you wish to participate bring a wrapped gift of $15 or so in value. No boatanchors from the basement!)
– Dinner Buffet – includes soup (Cost $24 per person including tip – please bring cash as we will collect for the bill when you arrive). Exact change appreciated!
– Beverages (other than tea and water) are not included in above cost.

Ordering beverages (other than tea and water) or menu items:
Beverages, other than Tea or Water, and menu items can ordered from the main restaurant menu (other than the buffet) at an extra cost that are not included as part of the Club’s bill. These can be purchased individually by paying the waiter directly.

Directions to Great Wall:

Coming from the North:
From Chelmsford and Billerica, follow Route 4 South into Bedford Center. Continue south on Routes 4/225 for about one mile (four traffic lights). At the 4th light (across from Papa Gino’s), turn right into the STOP and SHOP Shopping Center. The GREAT WALL is on the right hand side near the back.

Coming from the North or South via Route 128:
Take the Route 4/225 exit towards Bedford. Travel about 1.5 miles from Route 128 and at the 3rd Traffic Light get into the Left Turn Lane (across from Papa Gino’s). Turn left into the STOP and SHOP Shopping Center. The GREAT WALL is on the right hand side near the back.

Come and enjoy.



PS the Yankee Swap rules from Jim, N1HTS, our Master of Ceremonies, are posted below. Consider joining the swap! It’s fun and you never know what you’ll end up with.


Yankee Swap Rules:

Please be there by 7:30 if you want to participate as we can’t add people once we start, which will be after the meal and any business type discussions.

Everyone gets a randomly drawn number when they bring a wrapped gift of $15-ish to the swap.

Nobody leaves until the swap is over.
You can not pick the gift you brought.

The person who gets the first pick also gets the last pick.

The person with the lowest number starts the first round.  They choose
a gift, open it and take it back with them.

One at a time in ascending order, a swap round begins when the next
person chooses a present, opens it, and decides to keep it OR swap it
for a present someone else has already opened.

If the person wants to keep the newly opened gift, the next round begins.

If the person wants to swap the newly opened gift for an already
opened gift, the person who receives the “new to them” gift can either
keep their new gift OR swap with any other opened gift which has not
been swapped in the current round.  Swapping in that round continues
until someone is willing to keep their “new to them” gift.

Opening and swapping rounds continue until all presents are unwrapped.

The final round begins when the person who picked first (#1) gets to
choose from all the presents AND ends when someone in the swap round
decides to keep the gift they have received.

Let the games begin 🙂

Oh and after we are done you are free to negotiate a swap
for what you really wanted but didn’t get.


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