Twenty-two months ago Barry Brady founded Vancouver Photowalks. In that relatively short time the membership has grown to almost 1600 and we are rapidly approaching our 100th meet-up.
These photo walks have taken us all over the metro Vancouver area to explore its many different neighbourhoods and attend its events and festivals. The photowalks have allowed us to share two things we all have in common...our love of this wonderful, awesome city...and our passion for walking around with our cameras capturing images of it. During our time together, many special friendships and bonds have been formed....which brings us here... to the "Vancouver Photowalks Christmas Gathering".....something many of you requested we do, because as it has been pointed out, we spend more time together than we do with our own families and friends!
We, the organizers are all humbled by the response to this gathering. It is going to be a low-key, very casual get-together. To accommodate the large group, we had to modify our original reservation....we will now be seated in two areas of the restaurant (in very close proximity to each other), with seating at tables of 4, 6 and 8. Everyone in attendance is obligated to order at least an appetizer and a beverage...and everyone will be billed individually. When you arrive, it has been requested that you don't leave any spaces at the tables...fill them up....it will help the servers take and deliver your requests in a timely manner..and keep the billing straight.....there is lots of room to get up and mingle...to avoid confusion, just don't order anything unless you are at your seat.
We had thought about doing a "Secret Santa" gift exchange but have since thought better of it... instead, we have decided to do something "good as a group"...so, we are requesting a mandatory minimum donation of $10.00 to attend.....if the confirmed group remains as is....we will then be able to make a donation of over $700.00 to a charity and this year we have chosen the Vancouver Food Bank....we will collect your donation when you arrive...please bring your exact donation in cash...we can't make change and can't accept credit cards.
We are looking forward to a really fun afternoon and hope you are too....there is currently a wait-list so if your plans change please change your rsvp to allow someone else to attend. We will be taking attendance at this event, if you don't show up, you will be marked as a NO SHOW.
Feel free to wear your ugly christmas sweater...it will be sure to compliment the name tags we will be handing out for you to wear.
Kelly and Jan