As many of you know, this is the 7th year of what has turned into an annual event in Goshen. The rules are simple - come closest to guessing the exact time and day that a 69-pound concrete block falls through the ice (without going over) and you’ll win half of all the proceeds. The block sits on a wooden pallet that holds a flag. The flag is simply a marker that shows where the block is when it gets completely covered in snow. The block is connected by a rope to an electric clock. The clock is plugged into an outlet in the gatehouse on the dam holding back Hammond Pond. Once the block falls through the ice or the ice floe moves away from the dam, the tension on the cord will pull the plug out of the wall socket and stop the clock. It’s that straightforward.
This year’s fundraiser will benefit the Matthew and Nancy Harry family of Goshen in their quest to purchase a handicapped accessible van for their 10-year-old daughter Naomi. Naomi was diagnosed with Muscular Dystrophy at age 5. Now a student at New Hingham Elementary School, Naomi gets around with the help of an electric-powered wheel chair. If you’d prefer to make a donation straight to the cause, you should know that 100% of those funds will go directly to the Harry family.
Regular updates will be posted here. Additional tickets can also be downloaded from the site. Participants that include an e-mail address on their ticket stub will be added to a private e-mail distribution list that is used to provide periodic updates and snapshots of the block. The current list includes several hundred addresses of people who are regularly entertained by these updates. The sooner your tickets are returned, the sooner you can become part of that exclusive group.
The deadline for ticket submissions is Sunday, March 27th. Note that this is a departure from previous years because it appears the effects of climate change are having an impact on our contest. Tickets received after that date (unless they were postmarked on or before 3/27) will be returned. This date is weather dependant and is subject to change.
Here are some statistics from the past 6 year’s of Meltdown events to consider as you make your selections:
· The most popular dates were 4/12 (264), 4/10 (262), 4/11 (255), 4/13 and 4/15 (249) and 4/8 (228).
· The ratio of morning to afternoon picks was 19% and 81% respectively.
· 80% of all the guesses were for times between April 1st and April 21st (hint, hint).
· The favorite times were 3 p.m. (283), 2 p.m. (256), 3:30 p.m. (202), 1:00 p.m. (193) and 2:30 p.m. (184). The winner is the person who is the closest to the exact time the clock stops without going over.
· Daylight savings time starts on Sunday, March 13th. Keep that in mind when making your selection.
· The official end of the previous contests were as follows:
o 2010 – April 2nd at 11:52AM
o 2009 – April 5th at 11:02AM
o 2008 – April 16th at 3:04PM
o 2007 – April 21st at 12:00 Noon
o 2006 – April 1st at 8:18 PM
o 2005 – April 12th at 4:47 PM
· Other significant dates to consider are as follows:
o 3/31 at 1:05PM – First pitch on Opening Day at Yankee Stadium in New York
o 4/08 at 2:05PM – First pitch on Opening Day at Fenway Park in Boston
o 4/15 at 2:45AM – Day and time the Titanic sank in 1912
As always…THINK SPRING!
Hammond Acres Association
(For more information - e-mail - email@example.com, phone – 413-268-7110)
Mail ticket stubs to P.O. Box 923, Williamsburg, MA 01096-0923
Please make checks payable to “HAMMOND ACRES CLUB”