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CANCELLED: JOAWS Christmas Village & Bazaar & The "Bill Riggs" Photo Booth

JOAWS Christmas Village & Bazaar

"The Bill Riggs Photo Booth"

December 6 & 7

Dedicating this event to Bill Riggs!

This event will still go on...

Jeff Coates took this picture 2 years ago, December 2011, at a charity Help-Portrait event for veterans. That was 2 years ago!  Bill loved being involved in charity work with the JOAWS photo booth being another venture he suggested when I told him we'd be having a booth for the club, a place to exhibit and possibly sell our pictures.  Bill had suggested we add the photo booth...and we did!  He also was the main force for us getting a Portraiture Focus Group going 2 years ago, teaching us studio lighting; and assisted by Greg Mitchell who taught us all about posing.

Little did I know what an affect, an impact, that picture would have.  It was a constant reminder to him to "get well enough to attend the JOAWS Christmas Bazaar and take photos again".  When I visited him later when he was at VA Hospital, I asked where he had the picture?  He pointed to where he had it placed...within eyeshot from his bed.  He said with determination, "I'm going to that!; I'm going to be there!"  One of his friends who was in the room kiddingly said back, "Yes, and I'm going to dress as an elf!"  I said to this friend, "..well, get your suit ready...because we're going to see that this happens!"  We were all having fun with this that we didn't know if this was even possible, but we hoped it would be.

Well, we were certain that was going to happen as when I visited him with Gaynel Bryan, former organizer of the club, we were totally amazed at how much he had improved.  He was no longer bedfast, not using a walker, needed no assistance walking, and that very day...gave up his cane!  Oh, and he's lost weight...lots and lots of weight!

Today, Thanksgiving...November 28, I received word that Bill had passed away at 9:55 am that day.  It was a shock to us all.  The culprit...sepsis, which I'm very familiar with as that is what the cause of my own husband's death was.

I still think this picture encouraged him; I like to think it may have been the hope he needed for having been able to return to this event...

So, with his spirit in mind...I'm dedicating this event...this photo booth portion this year, and any future dates, as the "Bill Riggs" Photo Booth!  He deserves a big, BIG hand!  As he is one big guy with a huge, huge, heart!

We need all of you to be help with this event.  We want you to bring some of your photo related items to be sold at the club's booth, and for you shooters to be there to help with the picture taking!

All funds from the photo booth go to the church as a "Thank You" as they've been extremely kind in providing us "free" space for other events.  However, anything sold form the vendor booth, is yours 100%.

This is held at the Joy of All Who Sorrow Church... Christmas Bazaar (16th & Delaware).  Bill doesn't know if he'll dress as Santa this year, but says he will be there!  (You can see several pictures from past events when he did, look under his photo in the Photo Album).

Let’s make this our BIG CHARITY for this year.

Below is another picture of some of our team from IMUPC who were there 2 years ago...yes, all dressed up for this photo!  It sure was a fun evening!!!

If you're willing to come and help...if not the full time, just an hour or so would help!  We will need members to man the  photobooth, printer, costumes, etc. again this year.

Costumes were loaned to the church from the Indiana Repertory Theatre (IRT) from their Dickens plays.  In 2012, similar costumes were loaned by Margie's Costumes.

Dressing up in period style is NOT an expectation; but the team decided they'd like a group picture similar to what was being taken of visitors who wanted their pictures taken this fun event.

This is a 2-day event:  Friday evening (6-9pm) and Saturday (10-3 pm).  We have been privileged to have both booth space to sell photos, etc. and a portrait studio, which is where this picture was taken (by Bill Riggs).

This year, we're trying something a little different.  Those taking part with the portrait studio will assist with all aspects, which includes assisting those who want pictures taken re costume selection, paper work/payment, taking photos, and even printing photos on site, etc.  I've purchased a 2nd printer to help speed the delivery process for printing...

(Details of those duties will be forthcoming once we know who all will be taking part.)

If you want to be part of this very fun and exciting event...please RSVP.  This is an ideal situation for Portrait Focus Group members.  There is plenty to be, other members are more than welcomed to sign up and help.  When we have sufficient names, we'll call a meeting to discuss further details.

Questions:  Please feel free to email me:  [masked]


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  • Carol T.

    CANCELLING the JOAWS event for this weekend both Friday and Saturday). I've been watching the weather, and done some emailing to those who had planned to attend. This is the justification: The winter storms warning will continue through midnight, having received close to 4 inches of snow in the Indianapolis area. New snow accumulations will range from 2-5 inches.

    Snow could be heavy at times. High 28. Breezy, with 20 mph gusts. New snow accumulation of 2 to 5 inches possible. Tonight: Scattered snow showers. Becoming partly cloudy, with a low of 14. Breezy, with 20 mph gusts.

    I don't think it's fair to expect a few of you to attempt to come out in this weather just to support the event. We'll be doing this again; the expectation is that you keep safe...!

    December 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I might have to cancel this depending on tomorrow night's weather. My husband would prefer that I did not go if it is still bad.

    December 5, 2013

  • Doug B.

    Carol, As I suspected, I cannot get to this event until I around 7-7:30. It would be great if you can plug me in where ever I can help at that time....thanks D

    December 4, 2013

  • Carol T.

    Any more questions...let me know as I'll try to either answer or ask. this will be handled pretty much the same as previous years...except, this year we will have our panels to hang pictures on (will need some helping getting those from the Attic to the church!) and the manner in which we, who will be taking pictures. That will not be just one or two photographers behind the camera, but we'll take turns. I have a typed procedure...that I'll send to everyone who will be taking part in that... They do not have to be "pro's" Bill Riggs will be there to assist and guide if necessary. (This will be good experience for those who are a little nervous about this aspect).

    Thanks for asking Susan. As soon as I know more, I'll post.

    November 24, 2013

  • Carol T.

    I don't have a date/time yet for set up. In the past two years, we've been able to get in on Thursday evening. That is what I asked for us for this year too. I've not gotten a confirmation back. I don't want to bother them this week, since this is Thanksgiving week. But if I don't hear anything this week, I get back with them on December 2 (next Monday) to confirm. On the day of (Friday, December 6)...I believe it has been 3 pm...but, again, I'll confirm that. Once I know, I'll send an email to all those who have RSVP'd and also make a posting here in the comments section.

    November 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    What is the earliest we can get inside to set up the table?

    November 24, 2013

  • Carol T.

    Re the "maybe" feature. That is just one of many things that have been taken away from the Meetup sites. I have fought with Meetup on these types issues so much that I'm literally tired and ready to move on to some other site if something pops they have changed the site so much that it's hardly the same site it once was. It's not just me that is upset...all Meetup organizers are! You should read some of their emails... Did you notice the changes when you go to schedule a meeting? You have next to no options, and definitely no creative abilities. It's all set up to respond to people with I-pods, etc. now.

    1 · November 10, 2013

  • Carol T. need to insist your kids come and let us deck them in Dicken's outfits and YOU take their picture!!!! That would be a great family thing. Everyone should do that!!! They can eat there fairly cheaply too...all homemade. They'd probably be delighted you asked!

    1 · November 10, 2013

  • - Gaynel -

    I said yes, so long has my kids don't plan anything. (There used to be a "maybe" when RSVPing and a place to make comments. I guess that is no longer a feature on

    November 10, 2013

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