CELEBRATION EVENT "It's Dec 22nd and we're still here!" /Winter Solstice Party

UPDATE (13/12/12)): Due to high chance of rain, time changed to 18:00 and we'll meet in the Star Tavern (a 'pub' actually part of the Winterwonderland, INSIDE Hyde park). It's easy to find and there's plenty of room there and live music. Here's the WW website. It doesn't have as much info as you might like but it does give basic details. Given we're meeting at 6 of course you could turn up early and do rides etc before that if you like. If anyone wants to let off (eco friendly) lanterns to mark the occasion, we'll do so at a suitable let up in rain etc.  The place closes at 10pm. http://www.hydeparkwinterwonderland.com/food-and-markets/

So...The world (still!) hasn't ended?! Well, what better cause for celebration,... and the Winter Solstice as well today, heralding longer days from here on in. YAY!

As always, CLHG members and people from other secular organisations also welcome.

If you want to let off chinese style sky lanterns at dusk (15:54) to celebrate the return of the light...(thanks Rose, for the suggestion), please make sure you buy eco friendly wire free ones e.g. Link:  http://www.amazon.co.uk/Friendly-Lanterns-Christmas-Chinese-Weddings/dp/B0032XQWIG/ref=pd_sim_sbs_kh_3"

WEAR: Dressing up is not mandatory of course...but if you want a bit of fun, wear winter (lack of) colours - White, silver,  furs (fake, we assume!), and any furry animal theme.  Rose has her furry wolf hat and scarf combo as inspiration for the rest of us. (Wish we'd taken a picture!)

BRING: If you would like to take part in 'Secret Sagan'- Make or buy a small gift to exchange, under £5 (suggested theme : since winter is associated with a 'resting' of palate and colour, we can indulge with anything else 'sensory' instead e.g. something that smells nice, feels nice ...steady! ).

EAT, DRINK & BE MERRY : There are all kinds of bars and cafes so each person can pick what they like, or as a group : Rustic revelry in the heart of Winter Wonderland! Around an open fire pit, warm up on hot cider, mulled wine & farmhouse foods at this outdoor gathering place. Join the party at night with live music 70s & 80s style!

Admission into Hyde Park Winter Wonderland ( free - you simply turn up and pay to do whatever takes your fancy).

Certain attractions get fully booked during peak times, they recommend that you check availability on the Hyde Park Winter Wonderland website. You will need tokens for the rides, available from the Token Booths on site. These cannot be purchased in advance.

You can purchase advanced tickets online for the:

Ice Rink
Magical Ice Kingdom
Zippos Christmas Circus
Zippos Cirque Berserk
Giant Observation Wheel.

See you there, wrapped up warm (though after a mulled wine or two we might not feel the cold much anymore eh?!)

Price: Free.  Donations towards our 'Separate Ethics from Religion category' Campaign will be welcome though!


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  • Adrian

    Nice to meet a couple of newbies and see some of my favourite regulars. It rained of course and we couldn't take advantage of the event, but some great conversation all the same .Very genial. I wonder who gave it one star...hmmm.

    December 23, 2012

    • Andre

      Common-sense tells me that if I thought the event deserved to be rated with one star, I wouldn't rate it with one star, just as I wouldn't tell an ugly person that their face is ugly. Besides, from my point of view, what matters is the fact that we are getting to meet people we didn't know before, and I don't see how this could deserve one star, just because the place was wet. Therefore, I think that either somebody was angry about something I can't begin to imagine, or someone that wasn't there rated the event with one star because they have some personal agenda.

      2 · December 24, 2012

    • Georgi L.

      This person has now had ample time to either contact us privately, or to come forward here in a mature and open manner, or to leave. Since this is not an isolated incident of using this group for personal agendas (and without explanation), we will not let it ride this time. I think Martyn, Adrian and I handle criticism and disagreement pretty well, and tend to be very easy going. However, this is not a job, and we're not nannies to petulant individuals who lack the maturity to be direct and open. Obviously our reaction is not about the rating, but as Andre (and others) have said "I think everybody is missing something quite obvious: choosing to rate any event of this sort with one star is to launch a deliberate attack on the organisers and everybody present".

      2 · January 16, 2013

  • Steve I.

    It was dark (its midwinter), it was wet (this is England) and it was poorly attended ( people were busy shopping or already drunk at office parties) but the hardy souls (oops) who attended had a good chat, made new friends, enjoyed the music and booze. Thanks to those who made it possible.

    January 6, 2013

  • Georgi L.

    In retrospect we should have cancelled the event due to rain as it made it impossible to see the sights and take part in the Winter Wonderland. Also turnout was inevitably negatively affected by the weather. Nevertheless we had some fun with mulled wine, cake, choccies and some nice chatting. Would be great to do another time if dry.

    December 23, 2012

    • Alex D

      Lol! Yes, that god sent rain and sent her son to give you a 1-star review is evidence you are having an effect ... wait, that would mean they exist...

      December 23, 2012

    • Georgi L.

      Thanks MTTT and Alex, since Adrian & I each scored it 4, this means we know everyone else attending scored it mostly 5 i.e. we can deduce that this kind of event will be welcomed by most people for another time. So it's not about ego & we're not 'upset' by it but without proper feedback we can't know what events you guys want, or what to do differently. A 1 star signifies that this event was the worst organised, most terrible event that is possible (zero stars isn't allowed). Yes we could ignore it, but since this person has also done it on the CLHG site, there seems to be a negative intent ...and that can't be ignored. We're hoping that in the next few days that they'll have the integrity to post what was so awful, and we can have a sensible discussion. Or indeed leave, if they don't have the guts to do so.

      December 24, 2012

  • Joanne

    As always people made the event (though mulled wine is ALWAYS welcomed). Well organised and good communication. Shame you couldn't control the weather.

    December 23, 2012

  • Andre

    I arrived late, but I had a very enjoyable time

    December 23, 2012

  • Matias C.

    Very good, very wet

    December 23, 2012

  • Steve I.

    Enjoyed a stimulating chat with the hardy souls (oops) who made it.

    December 23, 2012

  • Erin N.

    in the end things have extended to far too long and as a result i wont be able to make it tonight. :-( Woe, is me...
    Have a wonderful time tonight!!! :-)))

    December 22, 2012

  • Christian

    i should be there by 8

    December 22, 2012

  • Alex D

    Sadly I have predictably been too disorganised to be able to spare any shopping hours this close to winterval, so won't be able to join you al. Have lots of fun everyone, and I look forward to seeing you in the new year!

    December 22, 2012

  • Georgi L.

    Hello all, looks like we've got a nice group coming to this celebration event, including a few more people not listed here, from CLHG. As the forecast is rain it's unlikely we'll be able to light any (eco-friendly!) lanterns afterall; if you'd rather not lug them around on the off chance then maybe leave them and we'll use them for another (drier) celebration event! Steve and Graham, you never know about Mayans being there, we are a multi-cultural society and maybe this extends to time travel too? Or perhaps someone might dress up - any volunteers? ;-)

    Looking forward to seeing you all. It's good to keep the merry, and ditch the myth eh?!

    December 21, 2012

  • Graham L.

    I heard that as far as the Mayans were concerned, their current calendar would end on Friday 21st and a new calendar would begin at day one thereafter, lasting until the date of their next calendar. Sorry to be a spoilsport but the ending of a Mayan calendar had nothing to do with the world ending.
    "Oh yes it did!"
    "Oh no it didn't!"
    "Look behind you!"

    December 20, 2012

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  • Georgi L. +1
    FOUNDER, ORGANISER, cat herding faith virus boghossinator, Co-Organizer
    Event Host
  • Helen
    Premium LAAGer, dangerous around chocolate!
  • Steve I.
    Speaks Enlightenment!
  • Joanne
    Sweet as Bro!
  • Andre
    Tee-total whimsy
  • Matias C.
    High Priest of Our Noodliness
  • Adrian
    FOUNDER, Cat herding KingHell of Puns, Organizer
  • A former member

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