Early Bird Special at Magic Wings Butterfly Conservatory

Butterflies, tropical flowers, tropical birds,  a few cute lizards.  Did I mention: butterflies?  These are some of the sights you will get to capture with your camera on this winter day. 

For this early admission you may bring tripods, monopods, and other equipment, which you will be allowed to use until 9 am.  After 9 am, only handheld photography is allowed.  Early arrival also means cooler drier conditions, slower more cooperative butterflies, and no crowds.  

Admission for the the earlier time is $20.  You will need to pay in advance so that I can cover the deposit for this special event.  You can pay via the Meetup site (PayPal) or contact me to arrange other payment means.   The $20 admission will cover the entire day.  You can stay as long as you want beyond 9 am. 

In order for this earlier meetup to happen, at least 4 members need to sign up.  This count does not include me.  If signup does not reach 4, then this early (7 am) meetup will be cancelled.  After we have reached at least 4 signups, I will send reminders for your payment.  Payment and RSVP deadline will be 1 week before the meetup (Sat., Feb. 7, 2014).

IMPORTANT TIPS

• "Warm up" your camera before your arrival to prevent your camera lens / viewfinder from fogging up inside. Keep your camera inside your heated car (NOT in the cold trunk) on your way to the Butterfly Conservatory.

• Be prepared for very warm and humid conditions inside.  It will get warmer as the day progresses.  Short-sleeved shirts are highly recommended. 

• (Optional) Wear brightly colored clothing to increase the chances of attracting butterflies.

• No outside food or beverages are allowed anywhere in the Conservatory. There is a cafe on premises, for those who need food or drinks.


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  • Massimo N.

    Thank you Kathy for organizing the early bird special. The conservatory was all for us and it's always a pleasure to spend some time with butterflies!

    February 15

  • Ulrich F.

    Yes, thank you very much! Didn't know this place existed and that one could get the early special. The weather also played along...

    February 15

  • Ali M.

    This was WONDERFUL!! Thanks again Kathy for setting this up. It was great to be able to have the place to ourselves!

    February 15

  • Eric

    Kathy thanks for setting this up. I've been there several times before. Thus was the only time I could actually take my time and not get in the way. Thanks again.

    February 15

  • Lindsey S.

    The Early Bird Special was Awesome because it wasn't crowded with other people (like in normal hours). It was a Blast!!!!!!!

    February 15

  • Charles D.

    Kathy Thanks for organizing this advent. You sure do a great job on put these advents together. Thanks again Kathy

    February 15

  • Kathy W.

    I am on my way. ETA 7:15. First 4 people should be able to enter. If not pls pay $ I will return money as soon as I arrive. THANKS

    February 15

    • Tom F.

      Thanks for organizing this outing. Really enjoyed it.

      February 15

  • Massimo N.

    I'm on my way!! :-)

    1 · February 15

  • Tracey

    Hi Kathy, I apologize for the last minute response but I am not able to attend the meetup today. I hope everyone enjoys themselves and I look forward to seeing the photos!

    Tracey

    February 15

  • Charles D.

    Just watch the weather, The storm will come in at 11am. So I will be there. Plenty of time for photos before the storm starts

    1 · February 14

  • Lindsey S.

    I'll be there at 7am and Thank You Kathy for all your efforts in making this happen! Your continued messages have been So Helpful! I am really looking forward to meeting you and the other members! Safe trip to Everyone!!!

    1 · February 14

    • Kathy W.

      I'm looking forward to meeting you and all the other new(er) members. Keeping people informed is important to me, even if only to let them know "I can't decide."

      February 14

  • Christine Lumbra Y.

    Hi Kathy, thank you for the updates. I hate to do this last minute, but I'm going to need to back out. I will definitely plan to go another time with my family. Can't wait to see everyone's pictures. Have fun!!!

    February 14

    • Kathy W.

      Thank you for letting me know. I will keep your name on the "yes" list for now, so I can keep track of who paid. Later tomorrow we can arrange for reimbursement method. I hope you get a chance to check out this place in the future. Kids love it. The 7 am slot is great for photographers, though.

      February 14

  • Kathy W.

    I've been monitoring the weather forecasts, and it gets more difficult to decide what to do. Forecasters disagreeing with each other. It likely will not really snow until late morning in CT and MA. But I don't want to put your lives in danger. Sunday reschedule not happening: mostly because there's almost no interest for that day. (Thx for all your comments!) Reschedule for next 2 Saturdays bad because we have 2 other events (with Ira) at roughly the same time & some Magic Wings attendees also going to those events. Going in the spring defeats the purpose for this event. Can't do it on Presidents Day because some of us (me) work it. Can't cancel because no refunds from Magic Wings (I would lose my deposit money after I reimburse members' fees). So, unless anyone has other ideas, I will go ahead with 7am early attendance, hope for good driving conditions, and a decent turnout. The 9 am meetup will be totally optional, and at your own risk. Actually, both meetups are at your own risk.

    If anyone is interested i

    1 · February 14

    • Tom F.

      I am planning to be there for 7.

      1 · February 14

    • Ali M.

      I am planning to be there for 7 as well

      1 · February 14

  • Kathy W.

    Just for clarification: tomorrow's Early Bird Magic Wings meetup is still on. If the weather suddenly does not cooperate for us, I will understand if members back out due to dangerous driving conditions. Drive safely and see you all tomorrow morning.

    February 14

  • Ulrich F.

    If it snows late Saturday, our driveway will not be cleared at 5:30am on Sunday, when I would have to start. So, Sunday sounds more iffy, to me, than Saturday.

    February 14

    • Kathy W.

      Ulrich, you have a good point there. We may all trouble leaving home so early on Sunday.

      February 14

    • Massimo N.

      Yes, if it snows tomorrow pm/night, we'll all have a hard time getting there early on Sunday. Tomorrow morning would be easier since by then we should all be cleared out. If you need to reschedule, the 22nd works for me too.

      February 14

  • Eric

    The 22nd works as well for me too.

    February 14

  • Ali M.

    The 22nd works for me as well.

    February 14

  • Ulrich F.

    ...not to mention the roads at that time! If the 22nd or 23rd are out, I suggest either the following weekend or taking the risk and sticking with tomorrow.

    1 · February 14

  • Lindsey S.

    I hope the weather cooperates and we can all get together tomorrow, but if rescheduling is needed I am available on both the 16th & the 22nd.

    February 14

  • Ira D.

    Kathy- We have photo ops planned for the 22nd (Connecticut Historical Society) and 23rd (Lyman Winterfest). The weather is forecast to be good on Sunday the 16th which I prefer. (as of Friday A.M.)
    * We have 12 people signed up for 9AM on Saturday, so they need to be contacted too.

    February 14

  • Christine Lumbra Y.

    Thanks Kathy! If a reschedule is necessary, 2/22 works for me also.

    February 14

  • Audrey T.

    The snow is currently being forecast for late afternoon /early evening so I'm hoping it won't effect the event. If rescheduling does become necessary, Feb 22 works better for me.

    February 14

  • Kathy W.

    We may be getting some more 'white stuff' tomorrow, here and in Deerfield, MA. Although it will be a smaller event. I am watching the weather forecast and will contact Magic Wings about the possibility of rescheduling for either the following day (Sunday, Feb 16) or the following Saturday (Feb 22).

    1 · February 14

  • Christine Lumbra Y.

    Any chance of a carpool? I've never been there and I understand that it's quite a long drive.

    February 13

    • Kathy W.

      Christine, yes it is a long drive: just under 1 hour from Hartford, CT. So it will be further for you. If you, or others, would like to carpool, we can meet at the commuter lot in Bloomfield, CT. But before we make plans for that, I'm watching the weather (more S#$W on the way) and will contact Magic Wings about possibility of rescheduling.

      1 · February 14

  • Charles D.

    Is this advent still on for tomorrow? With the way the roads are and another storm coming in for Saturday.

    February 14

  • Ali M.

    Thank you for setting this up!! Very excited!

    January 20

  • Matt A

    How bad I wish I could make this!! Look forward to your shots!

    January 16

    • Kathy W.

      You'll have to go on your own with your family, if you have never gone. Your son will live it.

      January 16

  • Kathy W.

    Thanks Eric. Crossing my fingers, hoping enough people sign up.

    1 · January 13

  • Eric

    This is wonderful. Thanks for setting it up.

    January 13

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