I think it's easy to meet upstairs at Pusser's once inside the show. Just go to the far right corner once up the staircase, it's the opposite side from the band and dockside from the bar. Depending upon transportation folks can then decide where it'd be easiest to go eat and drink.
There are decent restaurants up towards the top of Main St on either side, that don't get that crowded because folks don't want to walk up that far. I've had good meals
at the Italian place on the right side about 3/4ths the way up. Also, the lobster Roll place on the right side halfway up is my Lunch *go to stop* EVERYDAY I'm there!
The Iron Rooster is good for breakfast before going into the show. It's on the Circle off Main St in the right hand corner 300ft from the main gate of the show.
Over the Spa Creek Bridge a bit of a hike is the 'Boatyard bar & Grille', which would be a better dinner place, since you are going a distance from the show.
If we choose a few places like these then folks with young sailors in tow can still join in meetups earlier in the day, and then the bar folks can meetup after hours.
Or we can all sit on the seawall and have the lady hand us chowder, hot dogs
, and ice cream bars over the fence
I'll be there Thursday morning until Saturday afternoon, look forward to meeting some CF'ers this year as last year I missed the meetups!