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Tea, Earl Grey, Hot (NaNoWriMo Writers Afternoon Tea and Celebration!)

To celebrate the success of all our writers participating in National Novel Writing Month, we've arranged a special event to celebrate with a great local bakery and cafe. After the stress and exhilaration of November, what better way to reenter civilized life than with afternoon tea!

This event is space-limited due to the size of the venue, so please add yourself to the waitlist if interested and hopefully a spot will open up. Please note that this event is ONLY open to writers who participate in NaNoWriMo. Please keep your RSVP updated and accurate!* We are required to make a credit card guarantee to the cafe to secure our reservation, so please make any changes by noon on November 30 at the latest. Also, if you have any dietary restrictions that you'd like the restaurant to be aware of, please answer the question after you RSVP 'Yes' (only works from the full webpage, not the the mobile site or smartphone apps). Please do not post it in your public RSVP comment or in the general comment thread.


The cost per person will be $21.75 plus tax (6.5%) and gratuity. The tea service includes 3 tea sandwiches, 2 scones with clotted cream, preserves, and honey, 7 mini pastries, and unlimited tea (Twinings and Tazo).

In the meantime, good luck writing! And by the way, you don't have to successfully complete or 'win' NaNoWriMo to join us for this event (though we hope you do!). We're quite happy to see all of you writing, whether you hit 50k or not. Patrick Rothfuss (The Name of the Wind, The Wise Man's Fear) didn't finish last year either (see below).

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*Since this meetups require reservations and a credit card guarantee to the restaurant, and since missing one of these meetups may take a spot away from someone else who wants to go, we'll need to have a stricter attendance policy than normal. A no-show will prohibit you from attending another dinner meetup for 4 months and a writers meetup for 2 months after the no-show. Thanks for your understanding and cooperation!

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  • Elizabeth B.

    This was so much fun! I'd never had an actual full tea service before - this was a GREAT way to celebrate the end of NaNoWriMo! Congratulations to everyone!

    1 · December 3, 2012

  • Kent

    This was a LOT of fun! Good tea, good scones/finger sandwiches/desserts, and good company. A great way to celebrate! Congrats to ALL for participating in NaNoWriMo 2012!

    1 · December 3, 2012

  • Cyndi

    Had a great time with the NanoWriMo crew and really enjoyed the setting and the service:))

    1 · December 2, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Horrid traffic on rt 7. Be there as soon as possible

    December 2, 2012

  • Vijay

    Parking is available in the rear, off Maple Ave.

    December 2, 2012

  • Kent

    Hey, all you fellow (and fellowette?) NaNo's - just a bit of a warning! I wrote my "novel" on my iPad using the"Pages" application; and when I had finished, my wordcount was 55,555. However, when I converted it into MSWord, in order to upload it for NaNoWriMo validation, MSWord only called it 55,150 - - a net loss of 405 words. It wasn't worth the trouble to add more words, since I already had a sizeable buffer over 50K. Still, just be careful if you're barely squeeking over that 50K line!!! Make sure to give yourself an extra few hundred words to spare!!! Also, the instructions for the "Scrambler" worked perfectly - my count stayed exactly at 55,150 after the scramble! So, keep on cranking out that wordcount! You still have a few days left! Look up - grab my hand - I'm reaching across the line for you!!! And, I'm looking forward to all of us sharing that yummy victory tea! Remember, everybody that participates is a WINNER!!! See you all on Sunday! = : )

    November 27, 2012

    • Vernieda

      And on the flip side of that coin, when I compiled my files into a master RTF in Scrivener, I suddenly gained 100 words! So the lesson of this story is: word counts change from program to program!

      November 28, 2012

  • Vijay

    Hi everyone! Just wanted to wish you luck for the final 3 days of November! I hope you're all looking forward to tea on Sunday. We do need to keep RSVPs accurate, otherwise the cafe will prepare food for someone who's not coming and we'll be charged for it. So PLEASE remember to update your RSVP if you can't make it. Our reservation is for 3pm, so please try to be on time as well. Come hungry! :-)

    1 · November 28, 2012

  • Elizabeth B.

    So . . . Starbucks recently bought Teavana. Kent, I think your dream may come true, just not in the way you were expecting ;-D

    November 18, 2012

  • Kent

    @Marsha - Fair enough! As long as you're a tea-fan! But I won't stop flying the "Earl Grey RULES!" banner until there is a Teavana on every street corner (like Starbucks!). = : )))) And, I've been known to tip the occasional cup of coffee, too! = ; )

    November 6, 2012

    • Dave

      You are aware, Kent, that Starbucks sells tea, right?

      November 6, 2012

    • Marsha F.

      I'm with Vijay, Teaism is way better. So I think we can all agree to that, right? And I won't even mention 'that S place; their coffee is horrible.

      November 6, 2012

  • Kent

    @All - oh crap! Just realized the wide-open foil-thrust that I'm leaving myself open for with the "tiny teabag" comment. Oh well! Stab away!

    November 6, 2012

  • Kent

    @Vijay: Curses! Can't a man have a proper rant without reality rearing it's ugly head? Damnitall, I'll rip open my tiny teabag, if I must - on principle if not just out of sheer pig-headedness (my particular mutant power - "They call me 'Mr. Obstinance"). But, you are SO right! Teaisms are almost like heaven! Teavana only sells and pushes teas (a worthy venture, granted!). But Teaism is an ambiance and a shelter from the madness - a little slice of Nirvana! Ooooommmmmmm!

    November 6, 2012

  • Kent

    @Dave: DAMN YOU, Man! That's not the foo-fooey teas that we tea afficianados (say, "snob" and you DIE!) love and crave!!! Well, okay - the brand they have isn't all that bad [Tazo]. Still, it is mostly in (pause to control revulsion) teabags!!! I want Tea to have the noble acclaim it merits, as in England, or China, or...well, pretty much anywhere else but America!!! Sigh!

    November 6, 2012

    • Vijay

      @Kent: While I agree that tea at Starbucks is more of an afterthought (I'd actually rather see Teaisms proliferate than Teavanas), this undercuts your previous booyah, since our afternoon tea options are Twinings and Tazo and will be in teabags. ;-)

      November 6, 2012

  • Kent

    @Dave: ...and, good shot across the bow, my chapeau'd churl!

    November 6, 2012

  • Kent

    This will be SO cool! In your FACE coffee drinkers!!!

    2 · November 6, 2012

    • Marsha F.

      <sniff> I will have you know, Kent, some of us have a decided appreciation for both.

      1 · November 6, 2012

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