Little Three T&F Parents & Family Gathering

April 23rd at Amherst


Weather Note - It appears that our "spring" will continue and will probably be a little wet for the meet and gathering but that just makes it more fun for all!

In conjunction with the annual running of the Little Three track & Field Championships being held this year right here at home, on April 23rd starting at noon we will have a Family Gathering following the meet. As it the final meet in which we should have everyone competing (barring injuries which hopefully will not effect anyone), it is a great opportunity to try and get as many family members in attendance. Like we have done in past years, and like this past fall for XC when we were all at Wesleyan, we are hoping to get as many of you as possible to make the trip to Amherst to cheer on the team. Immediately following the conclusion of the meet - approximately 4:00 we are hoping to have a "tailgate gathering" for everyone. What is consumed will depend entirely on what you all care to bring and there is really no limit on those possibilities. There are approximately 75 men and women on the team and they are sure to be tired, hungry and thirsty after a day of tough competition. What would potentially be needed - a raucous and rowdy crowd for the meet, a lot of purple Amherst clothing and then grills, tables, and lot's of tailgate fare - burgers, dogs, chicken, sandwiches, salads, your son / daughters favorite food, perhaps your favorite food, something unique, something common, drinks, chips, paper ware and utensils - basically your call on what you would like to bring, as I am sure that it will get devoured and certainly will be greatly appreciated.

This is a chance to see the team compete against Williams and Wesleyan, a chance to see your son / daughter compete, be able to make the trip to Amherst, a chance to meet the other parents and their respective student-athletes, a chance to meet / see again the coaches and the most important part, to get everyone together and have a great time and show your support of the team and the program. As we get closer to the meet, we will keep updating this site with what people are bringing so that you will know who is bringing what - while some things may be the same, there is certainly a chance that one person's secret chicken is different then someone else's, so feel free to double up. Perhaps seeing what others are bringing will help to put an idea into your head. We had a good time last year and we have had a lot of fun with the past gatherings during Track and XC and we are looking forward to building upon that success this year.

Steve Shashy - one of our assistant coaches - will be in charge of this, and will be sending out information, as well as updating the food list for who is coming and what they might be bringing, and please do not hesitate to contact him at 413 542 2963 or email at Steve

On behalf of the team and the coaches, we are really looking forward to seeing you all here on the 23rd and are hoping for a huge turnout! If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact either me Ned mail or 413 542 8117 or Steve 413 542 2963 or email at Steve

Ned, Steve, John, Amy & Lukas,


Those coming and, if mentioned, what they are bringing. Keep checking back as April 23rd gets closer and things get finalized. we will try and update this regularly as we hear back from people and what they are bringing.

The meet starts at 12:00 with both the field and running events

With the potential for wet weather any little pup tents that people might have could be helpful to at least provide cover for the tables as their is not much in the way of inside space to gather

As of 4/20 Replies -

Yen and Steve Dao: Egg rolls (back by popular demand)

Susan Erickson: Honey baked ham and rolls

The Buckleys: TBA

The Gnirkes: Burgers and pasta salad

Patty and Brad Hager: Chili, fruit salad, iced tea/lemonade, plastic utensils

Paula and Steve Mueller: Cheesecake squares and chicken fingers

Scott and Tamsen Almeida: Pasta salad and cookies

The Alizzis: Desserts and beverages

The Skurmans: Sandwiches, wraps, potentially cookies

The Harrises: Fried chicken and potato salad

The Meltons: Paper cutlery, cookies, beverages

Pam Marcus and Jeff Erskine: Orzo and chicken salad

Many of Lisa Walker's relatives: TBA

Paul and Cheryl Zaccagnino: Various desserts

Jeff and Renee Hall: Dogs and drinks