Dear family and friends,
We're getting married Labor Day weekend 2013, and we would love to see you at our wedding!
: Friday, August 30 -- Monday, September 2, 2013 (ceremony on September 1)
: Camp Kinderland, 1543 Colebrook River Road, Tolland, MA
: A weekend-long destination wedding in western Massachusetts,
featuring swimming in the lake, board games,
camp fires, hiking, etc.
Tim Abbott & Alya Asarina
Camp Kinderland is a summer camp, founded in
1923 by Jewish activists as a retreat for their children
from the tenements of New York City. After the summer ends,
they rent out the camp for groups to enjoy all of their
facilities. We are going to have the whole camp for the
long weekend. It’s going to be lots of fun!
Camp Kinderland has great facilities, including a waterfront
suitable for swimming and boats, trails, a rec hall, a big dining hall, two basketball courts,
several large fields suitable for Ultimate, and a playhouse. We plan
to make use of all of them for general hanging out and activities,
and the ceremony and reception.
Everyone is staying in the cabins at Camp Kinderland. The cabins
are rustic buildings, but they all have electricity, bathrooms, and
showers. Each couple will have an air bed, a full size mattress, or
two twin size mattresses pushed together to sleep on, and each
single adult have a twin size mattress.
You will receive your room assignment when you arrive at the
camp, and perhaps in an earlier e-mail as well. Couples will have their own rooms; individuals will be sharing
a room with at most two other people of the same gender. Essentially
everyone is lodged in cabins with their friends.
Linens (including sheets and 2 towels per person) are provided by
The cost of lodging is $175 per person for all three nights, or $75
per person per night for those who aren't staying for the whole
weekend. Children under 18 stay for free. Lodging at the camp
includes all meals. Boris Lipkin (Alya's brother) is managing lodging
and handling payments.
If the cost is at all a burden, we can definitely arrange a
subsidized (or free) stay. Please get in touch with us if you have
any concerns about the accommodations.
Camp Kinderland staff will be providing meals and snacks throughout
the weekend. They are aware of everyone's dietary restrictions, so we
should be able to accommodate everyone's needs. The chef will be around
to answer any questions you may have. However, if you are still
concerned, you can bring some food, and store and prepare it in a
small kitchen in the rec hall. Note that fridge space will be rather
We will provide beer, wine, and non-alcoholic beverages throughout the
The reception food will be a buffet, so there's no need to decide
which dish(es) you want ahead of time. Our caterer is aware of
everyone's dietary restrictions.
Cell phone reception at camp is flaky. There is wi-fi internet
available at the office.
Here are the housing assignments
for the wedding. We will also provide you with a printout with
the housing assignments, maps, and weekend schedule when you arrive at
the camp. A few notes:
- The housing assignments are sorted by cabin, ordered
counterclockwise from the bottom left corner of the map.
- In many places, people are assigned to "room 1", "room 2",
etc. within a cabin. This can mean one of two things:
- Guests will decide who gets which half of the cabin when they
- We have some specific room assignments in mind, but they're
hard to describe. We'll let you know about the exact room assignments
The map below should help you get a sense of the layout of the
camp's building complex. Wedding guests will be staying in both the
counselor and camper parts of the the cabins in the north and west
ends of camp, as well as the staff housing in the southeast
corner. The cabins are surrounded by over 100 acres of woods, and the
lake is entirely on camp grounds.
We also have a black and white
map of the camp that shows some things better and other things
Here's a general packing list you may find helpful:
http://www.whatamiforgetting.com/. We also have a number of
suggestions specific to our wedding:
- Board games/card games/party games! We're expecting there to be
lots of board games played at the weekend. We recommend labeling your
games (e.g. by putting a slip with your name inside the box, if you
don't want to write on the game directly), to make it easier for
everyone to retrieve their copy of Dominion, etc. a the end of the
weekend. We've created
tracking who is packing what games to help those travelling across
the country plan what games to bring.
- Anything you think would be fun at a campfire.
- Any sporting equipment you want to bring. The camp has a shed full
of random gear, and we're bringing at least a half dozen good
Frisbees, but if there's some unique activity you want to do, feel
free to bring the gear for it! We're bringing birdies for badminton --
bring your racket!
- Any water sport/game equipment you want to bring, e.g. beach balls.
The camp has paddleboats, canoes, life jackets, noodles and an
impressive dock system with several floats to visit and a nice roped
off area that could be the playing area for a water sport.
- Movies you (or someone else) might want to watch. We'll be able to
project DVDs on a big screen in the playhouse.
- Any video games you're excited to play in addition to the Rock Band
party we have planned.
- Any other entertainment equipment that you think would be fun
(e.g. extra-awesome boffing weapons (regular ones will be provided),
juggling balls, blinky lights, ....?).
We're planning a few activities that revolve around
specific games. Please let us know if you can bring any of the
- Scrabble set (English or Russian)
- Chess sets and/or chess clocks (for bughouse)
- A good flashlight. The cabins have lights, but it's the wilderness,
and there are no lights outside.
- Your camera. We'll be hiring a professional photographer for part of
the day on Sunday (i.e. for the ceremony and the time around it), but
we're hoping everyone will take lots of pictures throughout the
Toiletries & such
- Insect repellent. The wedding is at a New England camp by the lake
-- there will be lots of mosquitoes, especially at dusk.
- Soap, shampoo, etc. (not provided).
- Note that the camp provides sheets, pillows and 2 towels per person.
General clothing suggestions
- Warmer clothing for the evenings.
- Rain gear (just in case).
Clothing for special activities
- Bathing suit.
- Clothes & shoes appropriate for sports (e.g. ultimate frisbee,
capture-the-flag, etc.), ideally including a light shirt & dark shirt.
- Hiking boots. The hiking trails may be muddy; also for the Monday
hike, if you're planning on going.
- Attire for the wedding ceremony. Alya and Tim will be dressed
formally for the wedding ceremony, and we expect that most people will
choose to dress up, but what you wear is completely up to you. Some
guests may choose to wear math t-shirts, for instance.
- Dancing attire. This should be different from your wedding ceremony
attire, as we will have a live band the night *before* the
Q: Is there a gift registry?
A: Your presence at our wedding is a wonderful present in
itself. So please just come, hang out for the weekend, and don't
get us anything! If you really feel that you'd like to give something, please
make a contribution through our charity registry.
Q: Who is in the wedding party?
A: We do not have an official wedding party.
Q: What should I bring?
A: See the Packing page. The only relatively formal occasion will
be the wedding ceremony/reception; the ceremony will take place
Q: Can I bring my pet?
A: Unfortunately, the camp does not allow pets.
Q: Who's coming?
This is our nearly final list of guests:
Adam D'Angelo and Jenny Lin
Alex Vandiver and Laurel Bobrow
Andrew Spann and Eleanor Lin
Andrew and Kate Thomas
Anisa Schardl and Snowflake
Bella and Gregory Pogossiants
Boris Lipkin and Pardis Farhadian
Chris Abbott and Rebecca Slater
Colin Kennard and Anne Christiansen
David Roe and Victoria de Quehen
Dottie and Scott Myers
Edda Ruvimovna Lipkina
Elena Asarina and Vladimir Lipkin
Ernie and Cathy Abbott
Eugene Asarin and Marina Kleptsyna
Freeland, Liam, Linnea, and Kieran Abbott, and Susan Thomas
Inna Zakharevich, Thomas Barnet-Lamb, and Isaac Zakharevich-Lamb
Iolanthe Chronis and Brad Stronger
Jeff Arnold and Deborah Hanus
Jessica McKellar and Adam Fletcher
Kelsey Byers and Robert Jacobs
Kim, Mike, and Morgan Callahan
Lael Odhner and Mariko Jameson
Lilia Tsalenko and Michael Yacobson
Matthew and Sasen Cain
Mira, James, and Jesse Whiting
Naomi Muscatine and Benny Wijatno
Olga Simek and Nicolas Hadjiconstantinou and their daughter Athena
Oliver Kosut and Cindy Keeler
Saul Dorfman and Jenna Byrne
Shuang You and James Harvey
Stella Ayzinger and Boris and Jacob Erlikhman
Waseem Daher and Siggi Hindrichs
Yuran Lu and Cordelia Link
We appreciate the many generous offers of help we've received from
our friends and families. Our apologies if we accidentally leave
someone out, or don't have a chance to mention your help here until
after the wedding!
- Thanks to Naomi Muscatine for providing advice and moral support
during a 4-hour wedding dress shopping trip.
- Thanks to Boris Lipkin for organizing payments.
- Information about Camp Kinderland was ruthlessly copied
Kinderland wedding website.
- Thanks to the anonymous weddingbee poster who posted
list of northeast outdoorsy wedding venues through
which we found Camp Kinderland.
- Thanks to Chris Abbott for finding us a band!
- Thanks to Katya Prupis for finding us a
- Thanks to Lanthe Chronis, Jeff Cohen and Random Hall
for help with liquid nitrogen ice cream.
- Thanks to Olga Simek for taking care of flowers for the
- Thanks to Debby Abbott for agreeing to officiate our
ceremony, and putting lots of thought into it.
Please keep in mind that this schedule is definitely not
meant to be exclusive, and we hope and expect that people
will come up with other fun stuff to do at the weekend. If
you have an idea for an activity you're excited about, let us
know, and we can add it to the "official" schedule.
Our current schedule is available in a few formats:
- The nicest way to view the schedule is to add it to
your Google Calendar. You can do this by using
your friend's email address in the "Other Calendars"
section on the left sidebar. We've found that Google
Calendar's "4 Days" view is great for viewing the
- We will give you a printout of the schedule as part of
your packet when you arrive at the camp.
- You can view the embedded Google calendar widget below.
- You can click on the nicely colored screenshot at the
bottom of this page.
The wedding location is between 2 hrs 15 min and 2 hrs 45 min away
from each of the Boston, Providence and New York area
airports. (Boston and Providence are a little closer than New York.)
The closest airport is Hartford, about a 45 minute drive away.
We are coordinating carpooling via
Google spreadsheet, with one sheet for each direction of
- If you have a car and can offer rides, please indicate so in the top section
of the spreadsheet.
- If you're looking for a ride, feel free
contact the driver for one of the cars with available space. If none
of the options work for you, please indicate your travel info on the
bottom half of the spreadsheet. You can then contact people with
compatible plans to organize car rentals/carpools.
The address of the camp is 1543 Colebrook River Road Tolland, MA
01034. It's pretty easy to get there using Google Maps
Navigation, with the exception of the fact Google Maps doesn't know
the street address for Camp Kinderland if you look it up by name. If
you do that, Google Maps Navigation will tell you "You have arrived!"
when you're a mile or two down the road from the camp. There's a big
sign at the entrance to the camp (on Colebrook River Road), so it's
pretty hard to drive past it without noticing it. Please note that
there are no gas stations particularly near the camp, so if you’re
running low, we recommend filling up as you're passing through
Westfield, Great Barrington, or Winsted (depending on the direction
you're coming from). Finally, if you get lost, call the camp's
landline at (413) 258-4463 or one of our phone numbers from the
The parking area at the end of the camp driveway will be clearly
indicated. You'll get your room assignment, along with a map of the
camp and other information, when you check in with our greeters at
the Camp Office. Driving into the camp is strongly discouraged, but
you can drive up to your cabin to drop off your things if you need
to. If you do, please leave your car in the parking area