This will be our official Season Premiere Party at Arlington Central Library. We'll be watching the episode (provided Xyro finishes uploading in time for us to download in time for us to watch), having a free raffle for pony merch (fan and commercial, some even signed!), among other things TBD.
IMPORTANT NOTE: THERE WILL BE PRESS AT THIS EVENT. Being one of the largest groups on the east coast means we tend to attract a fair bit of attention. We've had blogs written about us, magazine articles, Dark Pony was on the cover of Baltimore Sun's entertainment circulation "b". For this event CBS Insider is going to be in attendance trying to understand the Brony culture and show the rest of the world just what makes our meetup group and the community so awesome. We've had enough back and forth with their producer that we're confident the piece will be neutral to positive in its reporting. With that in mind here are two simple things to keep in mind.
1) Put your best hoof forward. Whether you talk to CBS staff, just end up in background shots, or actually go on air, please remember that you're representing not only yourself, but the DC Bronies and indeed the Brony community world-wide.
2) If you have anonymity concerns of any kind, CBS will respect that. Please notify Engineer Brony and Dark Pony if you wish to remain off camera. Dark Pony will be the media POC for this event, so any questions and concerns can go directly to him.
PARKING: There is an underground garage that does NOT require a permit or have a time limit on weekends. There is limited street parking available in the area. I still highly recommend metro for this meetup.
METRO: The library is halfway between Ballston and Virginia Square metro stops on the ORANGE line. There are no closures announced for ORANGE, but trains will run on 24 minute intervals, so plan accordingly.
Schedule (exact timing and order subject to change):
1:30-2:30 - Arrival and socializing, PMVs
2:00 - CBS Insider Intro
2:30-3:30 - The "Engie can't hold all these ponies" Raffle (free, one entry per attendee)
3:30-4:30 - Ponies: The Anthology 3 Preview and Episode Viewing (exact time TBD) - if you watched it in the morning before coming to the meetup, please NO SPOILERS for those of us who haven't seen it.
1) Clean up after yourself. We are guests and want to be good guests who have no problem being invited back.
2) Do NOT EVER exchange money while in the Library or on Library property. There can be no exchanging of money at Library Meetups. If you need to settle accounts with an artist or are buying merch from Delc, it needs to happen outside of Library property AFTER the meetup.
The Library does allow us to bring food/drinks/snacks as long as we clean up after ourselves. Use the following spreadsheet to track who will bring what. I've started off listing some items we'll definitely need - keep in mind we'll need enough for about 100 people, but that quantity doesn't have to come from just one of you.
While we'll have snacks available, please eat Lunch before and/or Dinner afterward. Don't expect what we have to be your only meal for the day.