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Light reception for 100, near Mt. Auburn

bbkatiebb Jul 17, 2011 07:42 PM

Hello all,
I am helping to plan a reception after a memorial service for around 100 people. The service is at Mr. Auburn Cemetary. I have talked to some caterers, and a few venues; @ mt. auburn (expensive to rent) and the new VFW in Cambridge (unfortunately booked).
We are open to restaurants, halls or other ideas. We would like to stay around $2000 if possible for a light luncheon (sandwiches, salad, cookies and non-alcoholic drinks).
Any ideas would be wonderful.
Thanks so much!

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  1. StriperGuy RE: bbkatiebb Jul 17, 2011 09:56 PM

    Not much that big around there. Conley's Pub. Donohue's pub also. Stellina.

    Stellina Restaurant
    47 Main St, Watertown, MA 02472

    Conley's Pub
    164 Belmont St, Watertown, MA 02472

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      momoftwo RE: bbkatiebb Jul 18, 2011 12:42 PM

      maybe try the MIT faculty club. nice views of the river and Boston, depending on the date/time, might be easy to park along memorial dirve

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        Duster17 RE: bbkatiebb Jul 18, 2011 01:28 PM

        What about the Commander's Mansion at the Arsenal in Watertown?

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          tartandfit RE: bbkatiebb Jul 18, 2011 02:46 PM

          Cambridge Boat Club might be an option. I don't know their fees, but the view is stellar.

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            cpingenot RE: tartandfit Jul 18, 2011 03:28 PM

            don't know about lunches, but dinner events start at $3,500 there

          2. opinionatedchef RE: bbkatiebb Jul 18, 2011 02:52 PM

            Your day of week and time of day are critical needed info to help you best! Most rental places do not have tables and are expensive but Habitat in Belmont is a lovely spot and may be affordable for just this short type of event. They have a list of caterers but might also be willing to allow drop off of sandwiches w/ minimum staff. maybe. worth calling them.

            otherwise, call a good sandwich place like dave's pasta in somerville or strip T's in watertown; they may know of a city park nearby w/ picnic tables and chairs.

            some less expensive spots for catering: the National Heritage Museum in Lexington has tables and chairs and AC; The Griffin Museum in winchester is v. nice and fairly cheap (but has no tables).Another cheap one, The Concord Scout House, is in concord.The Camb. Boat House is also nearby. Sometimes Unitarian churches are possible (center of Harv Sq; watertown square)

            Lastly, if it's a day or time of day when the right size restnt is normally closed, maybe that could work out.

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              bbkatiebb RE: opinionatedchef Jul 19, 2011 10:03 AM

              We are having the service Saturday around 11. So the reception would be around 12:30ish. I have talked to a few restaurants that are willing to open up for us.
              Thank you for so many different suggestions. I now will be making a few more calls!

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                Taralli RE: opinionatedchef Jul 19, 2011 11:23 AM

                If I remember correctly, Habitat has a $2,500 rental fee.

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                  opinionatedchef RE: Taralli Jul 19, 2011 11:58 AM

                  plse know that hab rents for diff rates for diff times of day and days.yes, lovely spot.

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                Parsnipity RE: bbkatiebb Jul 18, 2011 07:19 PM

                You could try the Friends Meeting House in Longfellow Park, Cambridge. They rent their space, have a kitchen, and are completely open to all sorts of catering.

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                  Taralli RE: Parsnipity Jul 19, 2011 10:23 AM

                  I attended a memorial service there, & it was lovely.

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                    cpingenot RE: Parsnipity Jul 19, 2011 10:45 AM

                    I had friends who investigated it for their wedding and they said that for non-members of the congregation it was pricy. (they were quakers, but affiliated with a different meeting).

                    It might be cheaper just to rent the fellowship space.

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                    bbkatiebb RE: bbkatiebb Jul 19, 2011 10:01 AM

                    Thanks to all who have posted. I truly appreciate the thoughts and suggestions.

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                      opinionatedchef RE: bbkatiebb Jul 19, 2011 11:59 AM

                      bb, do let us know where you end up so we can help others like you in the future.

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