The Southern Maryland Scale Modelers meet every third Thursday of the month at 7:00 pm at High Tide Games, 22599 MacArthur Blvd, California, Maryland, (San Souci Plaza, between McKay's and Mission BBQ).

We are also meeting online via Zoom most Thursdays at 7pm -- an email is sent to members with meeting info.

Everyone is welcome, all we ask is that you bring a project, finished or not, theme or non-theme to share during our Show-N-Tell discussion. Okay, you don't really have to bring a project...

Thursday, October 20, 2016

159: October Meeting

Just a friendly reminder of the meeting today, Thursday 20th October at 7pm at the Pax River Naval Air Museum.

Theme: Build the same kit -- 1/72 scale Airfix A6M2 Zero (kit# A01005).

As usual, bring a theme model, or not. If you do bring a model be prepared to talk about it, or not.

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Pax River Museum Renovation of Buildings B and C

Hi Everyone,

Below is a paste of the letter I received today; essentially it means beginning in January (or about) we won't be able to meet at the Conference Room where we typically meet (in Building B).

I will contact both George and Amy to arrange for them to come to a meeting and give us options, since they are offering!


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September 30, 2016

I am writing to notify you of new things happening at the museum in the coming months.

On Thursday, August 18th, the bid opening for the renovation of Buildings B and C was conducted.  There are still a few steps to be completed but we anticipate that the contract will be awarded by the end of September.  This contract will allow 60 days for the design phase, then conduct review of the design, and finally authorize the selected contractor to proceed with the renovation.  Our best estimate is that the renovation work will begin in early January, 2017, and the contractor will be allowed 150 days to complete the project.  

During the renovation work, we will lose the certificate of occupancy for Building B and C.  This means that we will be unable to hold retirement ceremonies, meetings, or conferences in our normal conference room.  I do not want you to think that this represents an eviction notice and you will be left to find another place to meet.  We will gladly work with you to find a workable solution for both your organization and the museum.  I would like to attend one of your meetings in the near future to discuss and better understand your space requirements so that we can do appropriate planning.

Additionally, we are working to implement workshop offerings beginning in 2017.  We would anticipate that several of the clubs that meet in the museum would like to offer workshops as a method to increase membership or just to demonstrate to the community the value of participation in your organization.  Amy Houle Caruso is coordinating these workshops.  She would also like an invitation to one of your club meetings to discuss this program and how your club might benefit from participation.

We will work to make the impact of this renovation on your organization as painless as possible and I thank you in advance for your patience regarding any disruption.  Should you have questions, comments, or suggestions, please feel free to contact me via email or by phone, or just stop by the museum.

George Hill
President, Board of Directors
Patuxent River Naval Air Museum

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