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Social Meet & Greet

  • Jun 17, 2014 · 7:00 PM
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El Paso in Hickory has become a favorite for many of us. It's always good to get together for dinner and see what everyone looks like cleaned up. Also a good chance for new members to meet us when we don't smell of sweat or river muck.

Located near the intersection of Hwy 321 & Hwy 70 in west Hickory.

Hope to see you there!

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  • Ray I.

    Great meet-up, laughter, fun, friends, food & drink, what's not to like.... Good to see you each and everyone!!!! (also the late one)

    2 · June 19, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I had a blast. Such a warm and wonderful greeting when I arrived late!

    2 · June 19, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I had a blast. Such a warm and wonderful greeting when I arrived late!

    June 19, 2014

  • Dottie D.

    I had a ton of fun last night. There are a lot of unusually cool and interesting people in this group. I am really looking forward to Saturday! For some reason, my location shows Mooresville (and I can't figure out how to change it)! I am actually in Conover. If anyone ever wants to carpool, I have a minivan and I'm happy to drive. I have a terrific playlist!

    3 · June 18, 2014

    • Kayak Dave "THE R.

      I looked at the photo closely myself, (not assuming anything), and I could clearly see your NOT standing on the fence behind you. When the picture is only 1/4" square and the eyesight is poor, I see a horse, a white fence in the background, and a person suspended so I had to click on it to blow it up, so no I didn't assume you photoshopped it. However, I DID photoshop my profile picture... (I don't have a canoe)

      June 18, 2014

    • Ray W.

      Can't believe people assumed photo shopped. I assumed velcro patches.

      June 18, 2014

  • Kayak Dave "THE R.

    Depending on the facility, we may be able to get two long tables next to each other. Something to consider in the future. When I first set this up I did say 25 but that I would call with an update the night before which I did. I updated the number to 35 on Monday night. The person on the other end even repeated the number back to me along with a WOW, but assured me it would be no problem. We can only give them the information & then they set up the room accordingly. Possibly we can look for places that have a separate large room, but don't charge a "party" fee or tack on a gratuity surcharge. If anyone knows of places we can hold our socials please pass that info along. We can certainly try them. We appreciate positive & constructive criticism. It only makes our group grow better.
    The Rat

    2 · June 18, 2014

  • Ray W.

    Good to see everyone tonight! Especially good to see Tim & Janet Allen back with us after a long and difficult absence. Great job Rat, thanks for hosting this month!!

    3 · June 17, 2014

    • Ray W.

      Thanks for the feedback Mark. We were caught off guard by the turnout, originally planning for up to 25 people. There is the option on limiting the number who can attend. We hate to do that on socials but may have to consider that as well. I think you and others understand it's a non-profit group just trying to help people meet others with similar interest and it's a continuous learning curve. And constructive feedback, along with some patience such as yours is very helpful in seeing how we can improve. Glad you guys were able to make it last night! Thanks again for the feedback.

      1 · June 18, 2014

    • Kayak Dave "THE R.

      Ray, Well said & I certainly agree.

      June 18, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Janet and I really enjoyed seeing old friends and meeting new ones. We just wish we could participate more often. We don't give up easily, so we will be seeing you all again eventually. Thanks Ray, for the special mention.

    3 · June 18, 2014

    • Kayak Dave "THE R.

      Any time you guys can join us will be great. We miss seeing you both.

      1 · June 18, 2014

  • Anna

    Had a really good time and good conversation! :) The seating was an issue for some and the service was slow, but hey these things happen occasionally, especially with large groups. Just like on the water....You get back in the boat and just keep paddlin! The camaraderie of the group more than made up for any issues. I am so glad I joined
    this group!

    3 · June 18, 2014

    • Ray W.

      Thank you Anna, good analogy!

      June 18, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I drove from Asheville and my daughter drove from Lincolnton looking forward to being a part of the group. We RSVP'd with plenty of notice and arrived to find no seats available. Please do not say that a good time was had by all.

    June 17, 2014

    • Kayak Dave "THE R.

      Dear former member... Last night we had the largest turnout of any social event so far. The restaurant did a great job accommodating us & put every table & chair they had together in one room plus left the surrounding booths open for just our group & we filled them too . I, myself sat in a booth with several others. We got up several times to "mingle" with the crowd just as many at the table did to mingle with those around the table & room.
      I'm sorry you feel you didn't have a pleasant evening with our group & that you traveled a great distance to attend our event.
      Meet-Up is a great organization with groups all around the world. Possibly you can find a group more accommodating to your likes & preferences & one closer to your home in Asheville or your daughter's in Lincolnton.
      Good luck on your search & I wish you well.

      4 · June 18, 2014

  • Kayak Dave "THE R.

    Wow guys!!! What a great response we've received for our social this month. I wish I could say I had something to do with it, but all the credit goes to ALL our members. Face it, we're all a bunch of great people to hang out with, get to know, do fun events with, spend time with... etc. The positive attitudes and helpful suggestions along with the camaraderie on our outdoor and recreational activities is what makes this group what it is. I appreciate all the support you all give to Ray and I and the rest of our events hosts: Matt, Arlene, Andrea, John, and Richard. THANK YOU ALL

    3 · June 17, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I will be late due to coming straight from work.

    June 17, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Just so you know...my lovely daughter, Morgan Inez, is a member of the group now. When you see her at the restaurant on Tuesday, please ask her why she cannot RSVP for herself.

    3 · June 16, 2014

  • Ray I.

    WOW,,, is this right,,,34 going,,,lol their going to love us,,,well our money anyway!!!

    3 · June 16, 2014

  • Anna

    Looking forward to it! :)

    2 · June 15, 2014

  • Dottie D.

    Hey, I'm new to the group and looking forward to meeting everyone. I am bringing 2 of my 4 children. THey are 11 and 6. Hope that's ok. They are pretty social and are huge hikers!

    3 · June 12, 2014

    • Ray W.

      Bring the kids, lol, they'll fit right in with David. :)

      June 12, 2014

    • Michele

      Don't encourage them Ray. It's so hard for David to settle down after the OTHER children go home.

      3 · June 12, 2014

  • Kayak Dave "THE R.

    Practice up on your Spanish before hand. Here's a few common terms... Jose' Cuervo, Tequila, Dose' Cervesa, Pour Four More'...

    2 · June 6, 2014

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