It looks like the best day for the Jbloggers picnic will be Monday of Chol HaMoed, in the afternoon/evening (starting around 2:30, ending around 5:30, maybe later???)
The two parks under consideration are Park Gilo and Gan Sacher.
Park Gilo -- lots of benches, lots of shade, probably quieter and more intimate
Gan Sacher -- central location (everyone knows where it is)
Both parks have parking (Gilo has more free parking).
Both parks are accessible by bus (probably more buses go to Gan Sacher, but I'm not sure)
Regarding a succah: I have not been able to find out if there are any parks in Jerusalem with a Succah. BUT....
1. we are meeting "in between" meals, so that should alleviate most of the conflict (what?? a Jewish event without food???? couldn't be!)
2. bring fruit and vegetable snacks (they are good for you heart!)
3. women aren't chayav (obligated) in succah, so it's just the men who have a problem!! (did I just say that????)
4. seriously, I can't work miracles. Isru chag was too difficult for most people, so figure out what works for you and deal with it! This is supposed to be fun!!
If you want your input to count, tell me now.
I will post the final date/time/place after Yom Kippur.
Please daven (or send happy, healing thoughts) for RivkA bat Teirtzel.
With love and optimism,