Holiday Celebration at the Lobby Lounge and Veranda Patio at the Vinoy

Enjoy evening cocktails and lite fare in there new Lobby Lounge and on the Veranda. Sit by the fire pit on the patio level or enjoy a menu of comfort classics at this indoor/outdoor bar.

We will be having a Gift Exchange: Starts at 7:15pm

If you are interested in participating in this, please comment below with a simple "Yes, I will participate in Gift Exchange". You don't have to though.

I want to try to get an accurate count of how many people will be participating as I have to set up for the gift exchange.  Thanks!

Rules for Gift Exchange

·  Gift should be $10 or less & wrapped

·  Try to make gift suitable for male or female

·  Gift should be new or unused

·  Keep gifts anonymous

·  We will draw numbers 1 thru however many are participating

·  Person who drew number 1 will pick first from all the wrapped gifts

·  Person who drew number 2 can pick from the remaining gifts or “steal” the gift from person number 1

·  If Number 1 has gift stolen then number 1 gets to pick again – they cannot steal back their original gift immediately

·  Person number 3 then gets to either pick from the remaining gifts or steal person number 1’s or number 2’s gift.

·  This sequence will continue until the last person.

·  No gift can be stolen more than 2 times

·  No person can have a gift stolen from them more than 2 times unless they give permission to have gift stolen

·  No gift may be stolen more than once in a sequence

·  Once the last person has chosen the last gift, the person who originally picked number 1 gets one last opportunity to steal a gift. Once they steal a gift that is eligible to be stolen, the game is over.  No more stealing!

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  • Dennis

    Fun night with good friends

    2 · December 20, 2013

  • John

    Metered is 3 hours for 3 dollars or you can valet for free if you get your ticket stamped by restaurant.

    December 19, 2013

    • JILLIAN

      Thanks. See you soon! On my way

      1 · December 19, 2013

    • John

      Getting crowded hurry! :)

      December 19, 2013

  • John

    I'm here at the Marchands bar & grill restaurant. Come in front door of Vinoy turn right to the restaurant in the back. We're sitting by the front.

    1 · December 19, 2013

    • JILLIAN

      John, where is the best place to park? Street/meter? Valet/cost?

      December 19, 2013

  • Rich C.

    John...won't be able to make it. Delayed at work.,

    December 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm in restaurant area

    December 19, 2013

  • Sandra

    May be a few minutes late depending on traffic

    2 · December 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Just got here. LSU football team just got here also. Going be a busy night here

    December 19, 2013

    • John

      I'm there in 20 minutes.

      December 19, 2013

  • Cindy C.

    Hi John, I regret that I won't be able to make it to the party tonight. Hope you all have fun.

    December 19, 2013

  • Laura

    Have to work late. Ugh. You all have fun!

    December 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Looks like I will be the early bird at 4:30

    December 19, 2013

    • John

      Jon, I should be there around 5. If you want to grab some tables that would be great. Thanks.

      December 19, 2013

  • David

    Yes, will participate in gift exchange

    December 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Looks like it will be a lot of fun, gonna have to drop out tho - something came up. Hope everyone has a great time

    December 19, 2013

  • JILLIAN

    See you around 6ish.

    December 19, 2013

  • Rhonda

    Gonna be there about 6 - 6:30

    1 · December 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry typo. Is 5:30 still our meetup time?

    December 19, 2013

    • John

      Yes it is.

      December 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I work until 8 in Palm Harbor, be there by 9, will anyone still be there maybe?

    December 19, 2013

    • John

      Hi Doug, please text me at[masked] when you get out of work to see if we are still around.

      December 19, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks John.

      December 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Is 5:30 still m

    December 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Is 5:30 still m

    December 19, 2013

  • Bonnie

    The Vinoy is great! I'll be there.

    December 19, 2013

  • Ann D.

    I'll be there at5:30 or so.

    December 19, 2013

  • Rhonda

    Vinoy it is :-)

    1 · December 19, 2013

  • Scott

    I will be there

    1 · December 19, 2013

  • Dennis

    Hi there I'll be at the Vinoy at around 7 PM

    1 · December 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'll be there.

    December 18, 2013

  • Ana H.

    The Vinoy is always very nice and accommodating. I'm in!

    1 · December 18, 2013

  • Dianna K.

    I think Ringside would be a great idea. We could try the Canopy again when it's a little warmer...

    December 18, 2013

    • John

      Good thought but decided on the Vinoy Hotel. Ringside is in my future plans :)

      December 18, 2013

  • John

    Hi Folks,

    I never heard back from the Canopy management after repeated attempts to contact them, so I have to change the venue. I have decided to hold the event just a block away at the Lobby Lounge at the Vinoy hotel. This is a bar area right inside the Vinoy hotel that also has an outside seated area with a fire pit.

    We can all meet there. If we need more room, just down the hall from the Lobby Lounge is there very large restaurant called Marchand's Bar & Grill. Both are casual but require you wear slacks and a shirt.

    This will give us room but still overlook the Christmas lights in the park if we end up sitting outside. They also offer valet parking that I think is free is you order food and/or drinks(not sure on that though).

    Please update your RSVP. This should still be a really great time as the Vinoy is a Beautiful place to meet. Hope to see everyone there!

    My Contact is[masked]

    1 · December 18, 2013

  • Derek

    I am in for the gift exchange. First time meeting everyone...looking forward to it. Stinks that we can't do it on the Canopy outdoor bar....love that place.

    1 · December 18, 2013

  • John

    Hi Folks,

    I have some bad news. The manager at the Canopy just emailed me a couple hours ago and told me the owner has decided to reserve the Canopy for only C1 Bank employees. They are expecting around 400 people and C1 bank wants to have the Canopy only for their employee's and the owner told them "Yes". That means we are out of luck until 9pm when they will open the Canopy to the public.

    The manager of the Canopy is checking to see if she can reserve us a spot by the inside bar or in their Sun Room. Please watch closely your email tonight so I can let you know what is going on. I hope to hear from her within an few hours.

    If this completely falls through I will post an alternate location to meet as I will still have this Meetup regardless. I will let you know as soon as I find out so you can update your RSVP's. Sorry for the short notice but stay tuned!


    John

    December 18, 2013

  • Rich C.

    If you don't mind walking a few blocks, there is usually plenty of parking in the Dolphin lot on the way out to The Pier. $3 covers you until 3am

    1 · December 18, 2013

  • Mark

    I Dont get outa the office until 6:30 pm , should be there by 7:00pm

    1 · December 18, 2013

  • bruce

    I will do the gift exchange. Can I bring a "mr. potato head"?

    1 · December 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hey all I was out by the meetup
    Location. Thought everyone should know there is valet parking and Meter parking on the street but when I was there street parking was hard to come by .

    1 · December 18, 2013

  • Tracey F.

    I would love to do the gift exchange!!!

    1 · December 18, 2013

  • Don W.

    yes for gift exchange. Thanks Much John.

    1 · December 18, 2013

  • David P.

    Doing gift exchange!!! Yeah!! Merry Merry!!

    December 18, 2013

  • Megan F.

    I work 10 minutes from The Canopy. I can get there early as well to help reserve tables. How early is to early though? I am done at 3:00.

    December 18, 2013

  • Dianna K.

    John, i work downtown and will be done at 5 so i can get there soon after to help reserve some tables.

    December 17, 2013

    • John

      Sounds good, I appreciate that! I hope to get there around 5pm myself. Depends on my job.

      December 17, 2013

  • Ana H.

    I would also like to do the gift exchange. Is it possible for me to bring a friend?

    December 17, 2013

    • John

      Yes Ana, you may bring a friend.

      1 · December 17, 2013

  • Rhonda

    I will do the gift exchange too!

    1 · December 17, 2013

  • Megan F.

    This is going to be a great and lots of fun night. I will be there, doing the gift exchange with many people! Can't wait. Another fabulous time with such a great group :)

    1 · December 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I hope the venue has room for all of us!

    December 17, 2013

  • Ana H.

    Love this place and it will be my first event with your group.

    1 · December 17, 2013

  • Mary g.

    Yes, I will participate in the gift exchange!

    1 · December 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I will be participating in gift exchange as well. :-). Is there a dress code for this event? I may be coming right from work.

    1 · December 16, 2013

    • John

      No dress code, wear what you like.

      December 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am also new to this meet up. Looking forward to a fun filled evening.

    1 · December 16, 2013

  • Victoria

    I will pass on the gift exchange.

    1 · December 16, 2013

  • JILLIAN

    I Will be participating in gift exchange. :)

    1 · December 15, 2013

  • Kathy B.

    I really wanted to do this, but I am a wish granter for the Make-A-Wish organization, and a young man of 6 years old, is going to have his wish launched this evening at another venue. Have fun and happy holidays to everyone!

    1 · December 15, 2013

  • Merrill

    Yes I will do the gift exchange

    1 · December 15, 2013

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