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You're invited to the 2nd Annual Detroit Couch Crash! May 28-31, 2010
Posted April 15th, 2010 - 3:40 am by from Detroit, United States (Permalink)
Hi, I’m Nathan from Detroit – one of a team of CSers devoted to pulling off the most amazing city invasion in CS history during one of the world’s top electronic music festivals. One of my duties is spreading the word to CSers, so…

I’m excited to tell you that the 2nd Annual Detroit Couch Crash IS ON! Big time.

And you’re invited!

Last year was an amazing success. Over 100 surfers from around the country and world came to Detroit and left stoked about what they did and who they met - high on the CouchSurfing spirit that made it all possible.

This year we actually know what we’re doing….

http://www.DetroitCouchCrash.com

COMING TO THE DETROIT COUCH CRASH

Get CONNECTED
It will *really* help you and the Organizers if you join the following:
DCC CS Group: http://www.couchsurfing.org/group.html?gid=18807
DCC CS Event: http://www.couchsurfing.org/meetings.html?mid=28087
DCC FaceBook: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=346584299910
DCC Twitter: http://www.Twitter.com/DetCouchCrash

Figure out TRANSPORTATION
DCC Rideshare thread: http://www.couchsurfing.org/group_read.html?gid=18807&post=5241314
Also try the DCC FaceBook and note that you need a ride on the DCC CS Event
Post to your local city group and any along the route to Detroit

Find a HOST
With so many surfers in town for DEMF, you’ll want to lock in your host ahead of time. How?
CouchSearch: http://www.couchsurfing.org/mapsurf.html
DCC Need a Couch thread: http://www.couchsurfing.org/group_read.html?gid=18807&post=5219666
Also try the DCC FaceBook and note that you need a host on the DCC CS Event
DCC Organizers are available to help you find a host if all else fails. It’s our goal to make participating in the DCC as easy as possible for you.

Have QUESTIONS?
DetroitCouchCrash [at] gmail [dot] com
A hotline to reach Organizers will be active during the weekend as well.


DETROIT COUCH CRASH 2010 QUICK FACTS

WHEN: Friday, May 28th to Monday, May 31st (Memorial Day weekend)

WHERE: Many locations in and around Detroit, Ann Arbor, MI, Toledo, OH and Windsor, ON

COST: FREE (donations to cover costs accepted). Some events may require admission, but our goal is to keep costs as low as possible.

SCHEDULE & EVENTS
We're working tirelessly on a schedule of events that goes above and beyond the highlights of last year. The tip of the iceberg…

Thursday, May 27th
Cabin pre-party with hot tub, lake…

Friday, May 28th
Kick-off dinner and mass meet-‘n’-greet followed by hitting the town

Saturday, May 29th
Full day of events with several tracks (themes) to choose from, starting at 12pm after a brunch meetup
Many evening entertainment options

Sunday, May 30th
Full day of events and evening fun as with Saturday, including day trips to Ann Arbor, Toledo, Ohio and Windsor, Ontario

Monday, May 31st
Half day of events followed by the big Closer

Urban Exploration – Detroit is the #1 city in the nation for Urban Spelunking, the exploration of abandoned buildings.
Beer! – Sample and learn about Michigan’s burgeoning craft beer industry with brewery tours, pub crawls and more
Inside Detroit – Take a historic walking tour and learn why architecture students flock to Detroit to study and admire our rare buildings. Then go on an educational dive bar crawl!
Underground Art – Discover the scene through The Heidelberg Project and many local galleries
Biking the Motor City – Enjoy a bike tour and discover Detroit’s cutting edge urban agriculture scene
DEMF – Internationally famous Movement, Detroit’s Electronic Music Festival happens to be going on all weekend. Hundreds of thousands of people will be in the area from out of town (and country!) for this, transforming downtown into a sprawling party.

There’s plenty more in the works, whatever your interest, such as Urban Golf, Coney Island face-off, drive-in movie party, bonfire, bar golf, Funk Night, destruction club, Detroit Fly House, Dizzy Spell, strip club crawl, Earthworks, World Steam Expo, Theatre Bizzare, thrifting / fashion creation, Hash House Harrier r*n and more!

Thanks for taking a look at what we’re putting on. I hope you’ll consider making the trip, and if you can’t that you’ll spread the word. Please pass this on to anyone or group you think may be interested.

Cheers!

Nathan Andren

Detroit Couch Crash Organizing Team
nathaninja [at] gmail[ dot] com
650-646-5482 cell/txt

P.S.: This post is all rather too impersonal for my tastes. If you’re thinking about coming, just tap into the groups above – real people are waiting to welcome and assist you. =]

Posted May 12th, 2010 - 4:47 am by from Detroit, United States (Permalink)
The amazing Detroit Couch Crash event schedule is up!

http://www.DetroitCouchCrash.com

View it all in the handy Google Map or Calendar.

Ride shares and carpools are coming in from many places around the country. You can find out more about these in the CS Group and DCC FaceBook:

DCC CS Group:http://www.couchsurfing.org/group.html?gid=18807

DCC FaceBook: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=346584299910

You can also find a host and make plans for the extended holiday weekend.

If you want to get a hold of a real person to ask a question, Annie Bal is our Liaison, or you can email DetroitCouchCrash at gmail to reach all Organizers.

http://www.CouchSurfing.com/ANNIE%20BAL

That's it! I and the other DCC Organizers are hoping you'll come and looking forward to meeting you. =]

Cheers!

Nathan Andren

Detroit Couch Crash Organizing Team
nathaninja at gmail

650-646-5482 cell/txt

DETROIT COUCH CRASH EVENTS

THURSDAY, MAY 27th

Mike's Cabin Party and Mini-Burn
Time: 4:20pm till late
Location: 2771 Hemlock Rd, Reading, MI
Cost: By donation
RSVP?: Please, DetroitCouchCrash@gmail.com
Contact: Mike Horst (CS ID: MATHLETE) / 419-466-9640 cell/txt
Description: T'was the night before Couch Crash, when all through the cabin, Not a surfer was sober not even - apparently nothing rhymes with cabin! BUT the party will rock hard none-the-less. Come prepared to enjoy the lake, hot tub and good music and good times with surfers coming in from every direction! Bring something to burn in the bonfire, Burning Man style - anything flammable that you want to dispose of in a sacred manner vs. throwing out or recycling. In that spirit feel free to bring things to gift to others. Lakes of Fire is coming up in June and Burning Man will be here before we know it, so let's start building the energy. Feel free to arrive 10 minutes early....

FRIDAY, May 28th

Dinner at Mexican Town Restaurant
Time: 7pm to 9pm
Location: 3457 Bagley St, Detroit
Cost: Variable
RSVP?: No
Description: Mexican Town restuarant in thriving Southwest Detroit is the perfect setting enjoy a delicious meal with friends and newly arrived surfers before the big Kick Off.
More Info.: MexicantownRestaurant.com

DCC Kick Off
Time: 9pm till late
Location: Izzy's, 2572 Michigan Ave, Detroit
Cost: By donation
RSVP?: No
Contact: Lando Garcia (CS ID: XARCONIX), 734-624-6341 cell/txt
Description: We'll kick things off with T-shirt printing/stenciling and move into party mode as DJs set up to rock it late into the night.

SATURDAY, May 29th

Eastern Market Meetup
Time: 11am to 12pm
Location: Shed 1, corner of Russell St andWinder St, Detroit
Cost: FREE
RSVP?: No
Description: Experience the beating heart of Detroit at our famous and beloved farmer's market. Pick up fresh local produce from Grown in Detroit, get your organic goods from the Zen Center of Hamtramck and explore family-run shops.
More Info.:DetroitEasternMarket.com

Milliken StatePark and Harbor Saturday Morning Meetup
Time: 12pm to 1pm
Location: William G. Milliken State Park, 1900Atwater St, Detroit
Cost: By donation
RSVP?: No
Description: Milliken State Park is the meetup location for all daytime events Saturday. These will leave promptly at 1pm, so you can show up late, just not too late.
More Info.: DetroitRiverfront.org/east/tricentennialpark

Bike the Motor City I Track
Time: 1pm to 7pm
Location: Leaving from Milliken State Park, 1900 Atwater St, Detroit
Cost: By donation
RSVP?: Please, DetroitCouchCrash@gmail.com
Contact: Palmer Stevens (CS ID: PALMERMI), 248-867-3581 cell/txt
Description: Enjoy carefree biking in a major city without bike lanes as you visit one local hot spot after another on a loop around the city. The itinerary is being worked out to include the absolute best Detroit has to offer.

Forgotten Detroit Track
Time: 1pm to 7pm
Location: Leaving from Milliken State Park, 1900 Atwater St, Detroit
Cost: By donation
RSVP?: Please, DetroitCouchCrash@gmail.com
Contact: Chuck Manley (CS ID: ROUGERAT), 313-570-4764 cell/txt
Description: Witness the result that decades of neglect have wreaked on the city and its inhabitants as you explore abandoned schools and take part in the Burrito project by giving burritos to homeless humans. NOTE: Wear shoes and clothes that can get very dirty.
More Info.: BurritoProject.org

Thrifty-Crafty Track
Time 1pm to 7pm
Location: Leaving from Milliken State Park, 1900 Atwater St, Detroit
Cost: By donation
RSVP?: Please, DetroitCouchCrash@gmail.com
Contact: Nathan Andren (CS ID: nathaninja), 650-646-5482 cell/txt
Description: This fast paced track first takes you to the best thrift and vintage stores of Detroit, Hamtramck and Ferndale. Then we'll relocate to Izzy's and hack into our treasures to create FrankenFashions to wear out later.

Campus Martius Saturday Evening Meetup
Time: 7pm to 8pm
Location: Campus Martius Park, 800 Woodward Ave, Detroit
Cost: FREE
RSVP?: No
Description: Campus Martius Park is the meetup location for dinner Saturday. Dinner parties will leave promptly at 8pm, so you can show up late, just not too late.
Evening festivities will leave from dinner locations but will be included here. If you skip dinner but want to go out with us afterward, make sure to coordinate with the contact person for the event.
More Info.: CampusMartiusPark.org

Saturday Supper
Time: 8pm to 9pm
Location: Leaving from Campus Martius Park, 800 Woodward Ave, Detroit
Cost: Variable
RSVP?: No
Description: We'll go eat at one of Detroit's many memorable restaurants.

Big Baller Best of the Worst Strip Club Review
Time: 9pm to 3am
Location: Leaving from dinner
Cost: Variable
RSVP?: Please, DetroitCouchCrash@gmail.com
Contact: Nathan Andren (CS ID: nathaninja), 650-646-5482 cell/txt and Chuck Manley (CS ID: ROUGERAT), 313-570-4764 cell/txt
Description: Slick back your hair and paint your nails! We'll be taking you on a tour of some of Detroit's most mind blowing strip clubs, from 8 Mile to worse. The legend of Thunderbolt will not be denied!

SUNDAY, May 30th

Milliken State Park and Harbor Sunday Morning Meetup
Time: 12pm to 1pm
Location: William G. Milliken State Park, 1900 Atwater St, Detroit
Cost: By donation
RSVP?: No
Description: Milliken State Park is the meetup location for all daytime events Sunday. These will leave promptly at 1pm, so you can show up late, just not too late.
More Info.: DetroitRiverfront.org/east/tricentennialpark

Bike the Motor City II Track
Time: 1pm to 7pm
Location: Leaving from Milliken State Park, 1900 Atwater St, Detroit
Cost: By donation
RSVP?: Please, DetroitCouchCrash@gmail.com
Contact: Palmer Stevens (CS ID: PALMERMI), 248-867-3581 cell/txt
Description: Enjoy carefree biking in a major city without bike lanes as you visit one local hot spot after another on a loop around the city. The itinerary is being worked out to include the absolute best Detroit has to offer.

History and Hindus Track
Time: 1pm to 8pm
Location: Leaving from Milliken State Park, 1900 Atwater St, Detroit / Fischer Mansion, 383 Lenox St, Detroit
Cost: By donation
RSVP?: Yes, DetroitCouchCrash@gmail.com
Contact: Chuck Manley (CS ID: ROUGERAT), 313-570-4764 cell/txt
Description: Start out with a historic walking tour of Downtown Detroit, giving by a professional guide and CSer, then tour historic and gorgeous Fischer Mansion, now home to the Hare Krishnas. Cap it all off by participating in a celebration and healthy and delicious meal with the Krishnas.
More Info.: Fischer Mansion, DetroitISKONLive.com, 313-331-6740

Urban Playground Track
Time: 1pm to 7pm
Location: Leaving from Milliken State Park, 1900 Atwater St, Detroit
Cost: By donation
RSVP?: Yes, DetroitCouchCrash@gmail.com
Contact: Nathan Andren (CS ID: nathaninja), 650-646-5482 cell/txt
Description: Start out with some invigorating urban golf (golf attire encouraged but not required – BYO club, stick, broom, etc. and any tennis balls you can muster). Then we'll enjoy some choice urban spelunking at the 3.5 million square foot absolutely astounding Packard Plant.
More Info.: UrbanGolf.org

A-Squared Sunday Track
Time: 1pm to 8pm
Location: Leaving from Milliken State Park, 1900 Atwater St, Detroit
Cost: By donation
RSVP?: Yes, DetroitCouchCrash@gmail.com
Contact: Erika Etnyre (CS ID: ele123), 586-419-0368 cell/txt
Description: Head out for a day trip to beautiful, progressive, jam-packed Ann Arbor. Enjoy the atmospheric art museum and expansive outdoor Arboretum. Paint the famous Rock and grab dinner before touring Grizzly Peak Brewery and returning to the D!

Campus Martius Sunday Evening Meetup
Time: 7pm to 8pm
Location: Campus Martius Park, 800 Woodward Ave, Detroit
Cost: FREE
RSVP?: No
Description: Campus Martius Park is the meetup location for dinner Sunday. Dinner parties will leave promptly at 8pm, so you can show up late, just not too late.
Evening festivities will leave from dinner locations but will be included here. If you skip dinner but want to go out with us afterward, make sure to coordinate with the contact person for the event.
More Info.: CampusMartiusPark.org

Sunday Supper
Time: 8pm to 9pm
Location: Leaving from Campus Martius Park, 800 Woodward Ave, Detroit
Cost: Variable
RSVP?: No
Description: We'll go eat at one of Detroit's many memorable restaurants.

Dive
Bar Golf and Dizzy Spell

Time: 9pm to 12am
Location: Leaving from dinner
Cost: By donation
RSVP?: No
Contact: Chuck Manley (CS ID: ROUGERAT), 313-570-4764 cell/txt and Nathan Andren (CS ID: nathaninja), 650-646-5482 cell/txt
Description: There's nothing like pub crawling through downtown Detroit and tonight we'll take you to some of the most uniquely Motown bars. Teams will play Bar Golf, scoring Birdies and Bogeys before testing their spelling and trivia skills using Detroit locations.

Motor City Drive In Movie party
Time: 12am to 4am
Location: Ford-Wyoming Drive In Theater, 10400 Ford Rd, Dearborn, MI
Cost: $8.50 per adult
RSVP?: No
Description: Enjoy the largest drive-in in the world! You hear me?! Phew Bang! The world! Or rather, enjoy hanging out and partying with the gang, Detroit style. BYO_! And bring any lawn chairs you have.
More Info.: FordWyomingDriveIn.com, 313-846-6910

MONDAY, May 31st

Belle Isle Blowout
Time: 12pm to 7pm
Location: Southern tip of Belle Isle, Detroit
Cost: By donation
RSVP? No
Description: It may not be Central Park, but it was designed by the same guy and it's an island, and it rocks! So come on down for one last day of DCC shenanigans. Some will picnic, others explore the old abandoned zoo, some hold safety meetings deep in the woods, others seek out legendary Hipster Beach, while still others hit up the Victorian conservatory, Nature Zoo, Dossin Great Lakes Museum, golf course and driving range, water slide, GIANT slide, or simple bike or toss around balls and discs. Bring any food, BBQ supplies, games, etc. you want to share.
More Info.: FOBI.org

AND MORE!

Daytime event tracks for Toledo and Windsor are coming, along with some small group activities like kayaking, historic Greenfield Village, etc. We're bringing it for you, all right. The only question is how much Detroit style awesomeness can you take? ;]