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 Michiana Astronomical Society Star Party #8 2016

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We are proud to announce our Eighth Annual Michiana Star Party.

Hosted by the Michiana Astronomical Society (Northern Indiana and Southern Michigan)

Dates: May 6th - 8th 2016

Time: Friday 3:00PM - Sunday 12:00 Noon

Theme: Transit of Mercury

Dr. T.K. Lawless County Park
15122 Monkey Run Street
Vandalia, MI 49095
United States

The site is about 35 miles northeast of South Bend, Indiana.



Pre-registration fees:

Adult non-member $25
Adult MAS member $15
Under 18 Free 

At the Gate registration fees:

Adult non-member $30
Adult MAS member $15
Under 18 $10
Daily pass $5 - Come as early as you want, stay as late as you want. But no over night camping allowed with a daily pass.

Star Party Fees include semi-primitave camping at the county park where the star party is being held. There are flush toilets, but no showers or electricity.

Star Party Flyer:  MSP8_2016_Flyer.pdf

Star Party Program: MSP8_Program.pdf


For additional information about attending the MSP8 star party, contact Ruth Craft.

For additional information about becoming a vendor or making a donation to the MSP8 star party, contact Paul Surowiec.


Map of MSP:

Star Party Guidelines:

Please arrive after 3:00 p.m. Friday, set up before dusk.
Star party ends at 11:00 a.m. Sunday.
Parking in designated parking areas.
Please: No car movement on the observing field after dark.
If you plan to leave early, please park in the Early Bird parking area with your headlights pointed away from the observing field.
There is no electricity, you must bring with what ever power you require.
Please Red flashlights only! (We will provide red cellophane to cover if required.)
Minors must be accompanied by an adult.
Dogs on leashes are allowed.
Acoustical music instruments welcome!
Inappropriate behavior will result in eviction.
Dress warmly.
Smoking permitted beyond telescope areas, downwind.
You are responsible for the security of your own belongings.
In the event of an emergency use what ever lights you need to!

 Refreshments:  Coffee, bottled water and hot dogs supplied by Michiana Astronomical Society.

Door Prizes:

Door Prize items and other materials where contributed by:

Author: Dayle L. Brown is donating a copy of her latest book: Skylore from Planet Earth: stories from around the world...COMETS & METEORS

Author: James A. Zarzana is donating two copies of his latest Scifi book: The Marsc0 Dissident

Donations are being made by the following individuals: Chuck Bueter, Jim Hopkins, Linda Marks & Steve Accuosti and Paul & Eileen Surowiec

The following companies and organizations are making donations :


Note: Sponsors have requested we provide them the name and addresses of the winners of Door and Raffle and pictures of them receiving their item.

 MSP8 t-shirts fees:

All t-shirt orders must be received by the end of day Tuesday April 19th, if you wish to receive them at the star party.

T-Shirts can still be ordered, they just will not be received until after the star party.

S-XL $18
2XL and above $23

Restaurants, Drive-Ins and Dives near Lawless Park (Vandalia, MI)

 Three Rivers

Applebees, 1330 W Broadway St, Three Rivers, MI 49093 - (269) 273-7505

Big King Buffet, 200 Enterprise Dr, Three Rivers, MI 49093

Brewster’s Junction, 601 Hoffman St.,   - (269)279-9800 F+S: 11A-12:30A

China Buffet, 72 US Hwy 131   - (269) 278-1688 F+S: 10:30A -9:30P

Dad's Place, 1104 3rd St, Three Rivers, MI 49093

El Camino Real Rest., 1122 W. Michigan Ave. – (269) 273-7010 F+S: 11A-10P

Frankie's Pizza, 56951 N Main St, Three Rivers, MI 49093

Jack’s Pizza, 60010 Corey Lake Rd., - (269) 244-9915 F+S: 11A-10P

Happy Landings, 59640 County Line Rd., - (269) 244-5176

  • Breakfast: Sunday only, 7A-2P
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner: F+S: 7A-8P

Main St. Cafe, 13 N Main St, Three Rivers, MI 49093

Matt & Mike's Eatery, 103 S Lincoln Ave, Three Rivers, MI 49093

Oasis Restaurant, 656 U.S. 131, Three Rivers, MI 49093 - (269) 273-4000

Paisano’s Bar & Grill, 16 N. Main St.   -   (269) 278-8525 F: 4P-10P S: 12N-10P


SturgisBoundary Waters Café, 220 W. Chicago Rd., - (269) 659-8050 *closed Sunday

  • Breakfast: F+S: 9A-11A
  • Lunch: F+S: 11A-4P
  • Dinner: F+S: 4P-10P


Broadway Café, 158 S. Broadway, - (269) 445-2122 F+S: 8P-3A

Lindy’s Rest., 57983 Michigan 62, - (269) 782-5111 F+S: 11A-10:30P

Marino’s Sports Bar, 18250 W. State St., - (269) 476-9606     F+S: 12Noon-10PM 

McDonald's, 717 E State St, Cassopolis, MI 49031

Porky's Party Place, 1119 E State St, Cassopolis, MI 49031 (Located in: Marathon Gas Station)

Smokin' Good BBQ, 208 E State St, Cassopolis, MI 49031

Subway, 1101 E State St, Cassopolis, MI 49031

Tastee Twirl, 220 S Broadway St, Cassopolis, MI 49031

VandaliaFarm House Bakery & Rest., 59573 White Temple Rd., - (269) 476-9668

  • Breakfast & Lunch only: F+S: 7A-2:30P                              *closed Sunday

Area Hotels, Motels, and Campgrounds:

It is important to note the MSP8 star partry is held in a rural area, so hotels and motels are not located close by.

Three Rivers, MI:

Americas Best Value Inn - Address: 1211 W Broadway St, Three Rivers, MI 49093 Phone:(269) 273-8100

Holiday Inn Express - Address: 1207 W. Broadway, Three Rivers, MI 49093 Phone:(269) 278-7766

Super 8 - Address: 689 Super 8 Way, Three Rivers, MI 49093 Phone:(269) 279-8888

T&R Inn Between the Lakes - Address: 58656 Corey Lake Rd, Three Rivers, MI 49093 Phone:(269) 244-5620

Atlabsis Campground - Address: 57883 W Clear Lake Rd, Three Rivers, MI 49093

Jones, MI:

Lakeside Campground - Address: 12808 Prang Street, Jones, MI 49061 Phone:(269) 244-8490

Niles, MI:

Forler Motel - Address: 2483 Yankee St, Niles, MI 49120 Phone:(269) 684-4215

Dowagiac, MI:

Baymont Inn & Suites - Address: 29291 Amerihost Dr, Dowagiac, MI 49047 Phone:(269) 782-4270


 We are a 501c(3) non-profit organization. All contributions are tax deductable.