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The Annual Four-Twenty Gathering - 20th April 2017

Post by Lemming » Wed 25th Jan 2017 11:24 pm

Here we go again then, it's the traditional 4/20 thread!

Thursday 20th April 2017 is Four-Twenty Day!

As usual, I've been beaten to it and there's been a 420 2017 thread running since September 2016!

There are also quite a few members already listed on FlyByNite's Who's in Town.

If you've read any of my previous 420 thread introductory posts then you'll be aware that they're all largely the same. They do get longer every year though and it's is all part of the tradition. So ...

Why 4-20?

The origins of 4-20 are the stuff of legends and discussed elsewhere on this forum.
Suffice to say it's a time, 4:20, as in twenty past four, now firmly associated with marijuana, especially in America.
In American shorthand, the 20th of April (20/04/17 in Europe) is 04/20/17, so it's 4-20 Day!

(Wikipedia: 420, 4:20 or 4/20 (pronounced four-twenty) refers to consumption of cannabis and, by extension, a way to identify oneself with cannabis subculture.
The notable day is April 20.)

History of the 4-20 Gathering

2005
Soon after the ACD sprouted a forum in March 2005, Old Hippie Dave posted details of meets he'd arranged around 20th April 2005.
It seems that he and others on the Channels forum had been celebrating 420 day in Amsterdam for a few years.
After the event he posted this: Old Hippie Dave's video of 4/20 2005.

2006
In 2006 AzLaker helped to organise a band of ACDers to join the Channelites in de Kuil coffeeshop (420 cafe) on 20 April 2006.
The following day Old Hippie Dave held a "Vapo Party" in Amnesia.
Reports: Old Hippie Dave's video, OHD live report part 1 and part 2, Lafe live, Lemming, AzLaker part 1, part 2 and part 3, Zunkii, Bluelaru, BlueBerry.

2007
2007 was a big gathering with several forums represented. There's loads of pics in circulation of some of those epic sessions.
Travelogues: Lemming part 1, part 2, part 3, Twitch part 1, part 2, cattales1960, Mazdog, back2thedam (Haarlem crawl), Islandgurl part 1, part 2.

2008
Planning for the 2008 gathering was, at least as far as this forum was concerned, interrupted by it being off-air for months.
Fortunately Channels was still there and, especially, VDF stepped in and kept everyone in touch.
Travelogues: Lemming, Twitch, Bhang Buddie, SilentlyScreaming.

2009
By far our biggest gathering yet. We pretty much took over the 420 coffeeshop for half an hour or so.
Live reports were posted in Travelogues by AzLaker, Cattales1960, Couch, Fishinbob, Hestia, Lemming, WolfDangler and Worsall.
Followed by reports from Boner, Chilly1952, Couch, FenixNYC, Gapie, Hestia’s epic account days 1-8, days 9 & 10, day 11, day 12, day 13, day 14 (20th April) and day 15, Kermit, Lampshade, Lemming, LiquidSwords, PirateRaff, SoulRider and Twichaldinho.

2010
Some Icelandic volcano with an utterly unpronounceable name blew up and grounded all air traffic in Europe just before 4-20.
Nevertheless, a hard core of ACD members hit town in style.

Some members from the USA arrived just before the volcano went off and some determined people from the UK managed to get there by road, rail and ferry.
They were joined by Amsterdam resident members and, between them, they even managed to bring about the first ever ACD competition for best coffeeshop.

All of the members of the forum chose a shortlist of coffeeshops for our intrepid reporters to check out and give a rating to.
All of those members who made it then toured the shops and chose a winner.
We named our accolade the "Hestia" (well, if the American academy of movies can call theirs "Oscar" then why not?).
You can read all about it in the accounts below but I can tell you that Green Place won.

Travelogues: Hestia 420 Trip Hestia, Combined, 420 Trip Hestia First Installment, 420 Trip Hestia 2nd Installment, 420 Trip Hestia 3rd Installment and 420 Trip Hestia; Islandgurl 4/20 Begins... the Eruption.; Gapie Live in NES 420; Valo Day 1 - Monday 19th April 2010 and Day 2 - Tuesday 20th April 2010; Angry Pirate Obscurerd by clouds, a latecomers tale...; Treetop Treetop's 420 boat infested trip so far...; Lem's 4-20 Verdict; Cisco Ciscos Volcano Vacation; Ed the Head Ed the Head's 2010 Hajj.

2011
Of banners and boats, cups and cakes. Volcanoes went off all over Amsterdam but, fortunately, not in Iceland.
The Cup went to Basjoe and a good time was had by all. See these accounts:

08-420 08-420s 420 in Amsterdam; Arsonist What? You left BEFORE 420?!; AzLaker Finally......a trip report; Camman Nine days of smoke . . .
Chillers2 chillers 2's LATE 420 trip...; Cisco Cisco's S Sour Dude !!?! 420 Report; Colina ACD 420 boat trip 2011; FlyByNite And so the adventure begins.; Ftcarer 18-22/4/11
Gapie live @ nes at 18 april 2011; Hestia Hestia; Hulldj Where did the last 12 weeks go?? my 420 trip; Kermit Froggie style; Lafe Quick 420 report; Lemming 4-20 Lem Live; Lemming Lemming's 4-20 Recollections and Pictures; MK101 My 420; Philly-Rich Philly's 420 recap.; Rasa Rasa's "Burning Down the Dam!"; Steven 420 here I come....; Stuart1976 18th -21st april..; Trad Trad's April Visit; Uncle Ron The Annual 4-20 Gathering - 20th April 2011.

2012
A few travelogues from 2012

Lemming 4-20 Gathering 2012 in pictures and 4-20 2012 LIVE!
FlyByNite Amsterdam Adventure 2012 Trip Report
Smirks Passengers on flight 420 to Amsterdam, proceed to gate G13

2013

Lemming: "Pics 17th April", "Pics 18th April", "Pics 19th April", "Pics 20th April", "Pics 21st April", "Pics 22nd April", "4-20 Live!", "4-20 Menus"
Treetop: "4/20 2013 Treetop style"
Willjay: "willjay & Robyn's 420 adventure"
Ftcarer: "ft & Wifeys 420"
Jimi62471: "My trip was awesome!!!"
Stuart1976: "2013..420"
Nimrod: "Live report buried within a long thread"
Jwall162: "My return to the 'Dam 19th-28th April. 2013"
Bigguy: "Lost not the first"
Hasj: "204"

2014

Lemming: "Lemming's Traditional Pictorial Travelogue of 4-20 2014" and "420 Live"
Banshee Beat: "Banshee Beat trip report #2: 18/04 - 22/04"
FtCarer: "ft n 1st born's 420"
DRA: "Going For the Green in 2014: The Progress"
Jack Ganja: "What I Can Remember of April"

2015

Lemming: "ACD Four Twenty 2015"
Papi: "Papi's first 420 in Dam-ACD style, 17-22.04"
ftcarer: "Ft & 1st born's 2015 420"
fraidofspiders: "Fraidofspiders - first trip to Amsterdam"
madmaxxx: "420 haarlem/dam and the ACD crawls"
Occasional Bowl: "420 2015 Live"
Smirks: "Passengers on flight 420 to Amsterdam, proceed to gate G" (link to correct page)
bleak: "bleak's stoner photos thread" (video)

2016

Lemming: ACD Four Twenty 2016
Choppermike: Day Trip 420
Drugsbunny: My little trippy wippy
AndieFRANKBarlow: A bit late but.... 4.20.2016
DeLekkersteNUGS16: De Leukste Nug's 4/20 Week Live Report - The Life & Times of an Amsterdammer
Ftcarer: ft's 422 daytrip or "dad I need help i've lost my fucking passport"
OneHighMofo: Episode 4/20 - The Crispy Menace
The Pot Doctor: TPD's first travel report.... 420
Macky: Live 420 ,so it begins
Papi: Roll on 420 live report

2017

We'll be there. Will you?
If so, please reply to this topic and post your dates here. Then I'll put you on the list.
It's completely free. Everyone is welcome. You just have to make your way to Amsterdam and join us for one of the coffeeshop crawls that we'll be posting details about nearer the time.

See you there!

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Re: The Annual Four-Twenty Gathering - 20th April 2017

Post by tinky » Wed 25th Jan 2017 11:28 pm

Will be there from 19/4 - 22/4.

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Post by Lemming » Thu 26th Jan 2017 12:32 am

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Here is a list of all of the members who've said they'll be around during 4-20 week so far (in alphabetical order):

Choppermike "19/04/2017 -> 23/04/2017" (posted: 13th Oct 2016)
Danny211204 "17th/26th april" (posted: 4th Sep 2016)
Drugsbunny Macky says he's coming (posted: 12th Sep 2016)
Dylszero87 "18th - 21st (420 birthday) " (posted: 27th Nov 2016)
Gapie "see ya sooons" (posted: 2nd Oct 2016)
KeyMonCha "18th-21st" (posted: 28th Sep 2016)
Lafe "arrive 18 April, depart 23 April" (posted: 22nd Nov 2016)
Lemming "17th to 24th" (posted: 25th Jan 2017)
LLMReb "April 23 - 28" (posted: 12th Nov 2016)
Macky + Wife + Wife's brother "Arrive sat 15 depart 24" (posted: 7th Sep 2016)
Madmaxxx "17th till 21th" (posted: 24th Jan 2017 )
Matty223 "april 15-25" (posted: 7th Nov 2016)
Nathan420stoner "18-23th" (posted: 23rd Oct 2016)
OneHighMofo "Monday 17th April till Friday the 21st" (posted: 14th Dec 2016)
PurpleLean "18th april-21st april" (posted: 11th Jan 2017)
Rickydude "Monday 17th April till Friday the 21st" (posted: 14th Dec 2016)
Tinky "19/4 - 22/4" (posted: 27th Nov 2016)

A good mix of veterans and first timers already.
Everyone welcome. Please post here if you'd like to join us.

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Re: The Annual Four-Twenty Gathering - 20th April 2017

Post by OneHighMofo » Fri 27th Jan 2017 07:04 pm

having lots of fun working my way through these Travelogues Lemming - great post :)

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Post by macky » Sat 28th Jan 2017 05:59 pm

Very 8) Lem! Things we need to figure out ,cup,T and T what format they take .Where to be at 420 ,is Utopia open before six now? If we do camera shot or boat trip ,road trip ,bike trip With Nugs the list 17 ,I know bunch of lurkers out there are planning on coming , nice. I ordered 25 badges taking Ingi and a few others in to account I should have enough ,but if we get a rush of posting I can order more so post up :D We have time , put some thought into these things :mrgreen: Roll on 420

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Re: The Annual Four-Twenty Gathering - 20th April 2017

Post by matty223 » Sun 29th Jan 2017 08:14 pm

Anyone wanna do ribs on the 19 th,, Cafe de Klos

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Post by Lemming » Tue 31st Jan 2017 08:03 pm

To continue the discussions started by Macky -

Bases

Voyagers/Batavia is a reliable combination for many purposes. I'll probably propose evening sessions in the Bat Cave (downstairs at Batavia) on my first and last nights. Voyagers is a good place to meet for train excursions to Haarlem, Utrecht or whatever else comes up (personally I'd like to check out some other places such as The Hague).

Utopia is a perennial favourite, at least with me. The latest I've heard, though, is that it's still closed until 6pm on school days.

I don't know whether it makes any difference but the Easter bank holiday falls the weekend before 4/20 this year so I wonder whether the whole week might be a school holiday in the Netherlands?

So long as it's open at any time then I think it makes a good base because of Ingi and her crew. It performs the role that the Nes used to do in being a great place for first timers to catch up with us. Ingi and co recognise many of us and can point us out to newcomers.

4:20 on 4/20

Again this is dependent on how things settle down regarding opening hours. Ideally I'd like to get back to the traditional 420 Cafe (de Kuil). Last year we tried the new 420 Coffeeshop (the former Dutch Flowers) but that's rather small.

Boat

I'll get in touch with the captain. Hopefully we can do the same as the past couple of years.

Cup

I'll defer to you on that one, Macky (although we could just give it to Utopia and be done with it :lol: ).

Ribs

I'll happily put a meet at de Klos on the itinerary but, as a vegetarian, I won't be joining you!

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Re: The Annual Four-Twenty Gathering - 20th April 2017

Post by macky » Wed 1st Feb 2017 12:16 am

Interesting Lem,hear you on cup maybe give them nine lives award or dodged a bullet cup :idea: Onehighmofo brought cup last year.
The elite cup is that week maybe if we can buy enters from CS it would make cool crawl one afternoon.
On 420 I like how we set T and T couple hours apart a couple years back.This gives people time to get over whitey or eat .Gives time for small groups break off for a while and then catch back up. I prefer to crawl :lol:
Trip to the hague will have takers Lem.
The only event I,m holding ,like last year a little birthday bash :mrgreen: Last year a group of us had fun at Barneys uptown.
Something about Barney rubble ,Tree Top and a vaporizer…things got little blurry governor :D
This year moving to Bat Cave,some like being able to have a Dab a Doo time. So 18th eight o,clock Batavia Mackys bash come out have some beers .I will already have been in town a few days ,so should have lots of smokables :D
ROLL ON 420 :mrgreen:

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Re: The Annual Four-Twenty Gathering - 20th April 2017

Post by spidergawd » Wed 1st Feb 2017 02:15 am

Ha ha! Please do the business Mr Fly. 16th to 19th April 2017. :D

Ssshh but I think Dylan at the Heineken on the 17th is looking very likely. And mackys Batavia Bash sounds the one not to miss. Plus a bit of sitting canalside shooting the breeze. :D :D
What a long strange trip it is.

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Re: The Annual Four-Twenty Gathering - 20th April 2017

Post by Not_the_monk » Wed 1st Feb 2017 03:48 am

Lemming wrote:I don't know whether it makes any difference but the Easter bank holiday falls the weekend before 4/20 this year so I wonder whether the whole week might be a school holiday in the Netherlands?
https://www.government.nl/topics/school ... %80%932017
May holiday 2017

All regions: 22 April to 30 April 2017 inclusive.

Schools may extend the May holiday by one week if they wish

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Post by FlyByNite » Wed 1st Feb 2017 05:35 am

spidergawd wrote:
Wed 1st Feb 2017 02:15 am
16th to 19th April 2017
Done.

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Post by Lemming » Wed 1st Feb 2017 08:48 am

Excellent! I'll update the list and start an itinerary later.

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Post by Lemming » Wed 1st Feb 2017 06:35 pm

@Macky - nine lives award or dodged a bullet cup - like it :lol: . Got a few months so could organise the cup any which way you like. Vote in advance, crawls around a shortlist, free for all, whatever you think best. Look forward to celebrating your birthday with you. I missed that last year but should be there in time this year.

@spidergawd - welcome aboard. Shame you're leaving early though. I think I'll arrive too late for Dylan but do you know there's supposedly a new coffeeshop just the other side of the station from the concert hall? It's called Roots.

@Not_the_monk - thanks for the info. Sounds encouraging.

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Post by spidergawd » Wed 1st Feb 2017 09:47 pm

Lemming wrote:
Wed 1st Feb 2017 06:35 pm

@spidergawd - welcome aboard. Shame you're leaving early though. I think I'll arrive too late for Dylan but do you know there's supposedly a new coffeeshop just the other side of the station from the concert hall? It's called Roots.
Thanks Lem, I'm glad to be coming over for a bit of a 420ish, well a good ACD gathering anyway. I think 2013 was my last one, with my daughter.
I'm surprised theres no info on Roots CS, being so near the concert halls. Me and Smirks (for it is he with whom I am going to see the Great Troubador) will correct that. :D I've not seen Bob Dylan before, funny that we should both get to 70 for it to happen, hope we're both still standing come April. :roll: :wink: :mrgreen: He's on the 16th, 17th and 18th so your Mrs wouldn't make it. still tickets going, around the £100 mark. :D
What a long strange trip it is.

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Post by Lemming » Thu 2nd Feb 2017 12:30 am

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People
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Here is a list of all of the members who've said they'll be around during 4-20 week so far (in alphabetical order):

Choppermike "19/04/2017 -> 23/04/2017" (posted: 13th Oct 2016)
Danny211204 "17th/26th april" (posted: 4th Sep 2016)
Drugsbunny Macky says he's coming (posted: 12th Sep 2016)
Dylszero87 "18th - 21st (420 birthday) " (posted: 27th Nov 2016)
Gapie "see ya sooons" (posted: 2nd Oct 2016)
KeyMonCha "18th-21st" (posted: 28th Sep 2016)
Lafe "arrive 18 April, depart 23 April" (posted: 22nd Nov 2016)
Lemming "17th to 24th" (posted: 25th Jan 2017)
LLMReb "April 23 - 28" (posted: 12th Nov 2016)
Macky + Wife + Wife's brother "Arrive sat 15 depart 24" (posted: 7th Sep 2016)
Madmaxxx "17th till 21th" (posted: 24th Jan 2017 )
Matty223 "april 15-25" (posted: 7th Nov 2016)
Nathan420stoner "18-23th" (posted: 23rd Oct 2016)
OneHighMofo "Monday 17th April till Friday the 21st" (posted: 14th Dec 2016)
PurpleLean "18th april-21st april" (posted: 11th Jan 2017)
Rickydude "Monday 17th April till Friday the 21st" (posted: 14th Dec 2016)
Spidergawd "16th to 19th" (posted: 1st Feb 2017)
Tinky "19/4 - 22/4" (posted: 27th Nov 2016)

Everyone welcome. Please post here if you'd like to join us.


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Events
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*All events and times provisional and subject to stoners in Amsterdam.
Time is, after all, an illusion - it's always 4:20 really!

Monday 17th April 2017

22:00 (10pm) Batavia proposed by Lemming for opener for those not at Dylan

Confirmed people on FBN's WiT 17th April.
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Tuesday 18th April 2017

20:00 (8pm) Batavia for Macky's Birthday Bash

Confirmed people on FBN's WiT 18th April.
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Wednesday 19th April 2017

11:00 (11am) Changing of the guard T&T proposed by Spidergawd and Choppermike
??:?? (?pm) Cafe de Klos proposed by Matty223 for ribs

Confirmed people on FBN's WiT 19th April.
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Thursday 20th April 2017

16:20 (4.20pm) 420 Cafe (de Kuil) (hopefully) proposed by tradition
19:00 (7pm) Boat trip (hopefully)

Confirmed people on FBN's WiT 20th April.
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Friday 21st April 2017

Confirmed people on FBN's WiT 21st April.
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Saturday 22nd April 2017

Confirmed people on FBN's WiT 22nd April.
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Sunday 23rd April 2017

21:00 (9pm) Batavia for last night smoke up proposed by Lemming

Confirmed people on FBN's WiT 23rd April.
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