Vancouver Photowalks Christmas Gathering

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






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  • Maggie C.

    Maybe it was "one of those things." I signed on and there it was. I thought it rather strange but, again, maybe just one of quirky things.

    September 25

    • Rob

      I think it must have been Maggie, I think it happened to me a while ago as well! I wouldn't worry about it too much, just another cyber miracle! lol

      September 25

    • Rob

      That's very spooky Kelly!

      September 25

  • Maggie C.

    Curious why this article is front and centre. Isn't it from last year? Is it a segue into December 2014?

    September 25

    • Rob

      Hi Maggie, what do you mean by "Front and centre"? It's not on the upcoming list and seems to be deep in the past list on my PC.

      September 25

    • kelly

      Yes Maggie....this is still deeply buried in the past meet-ups....where are you viewing it?

      September 25

  • Shelley

    I hope lateness was not the issue of concern. I do apologize for being late. I left on time, but when i got to the parking lot, realized that I did not have my Visa card. i lost it somewhere..and it took a bit of time to park without a Visa card and not a lot of coins.

    I thoroughly enjoyed the event.

    December 20, 2013

    • kelly

      Of course not Shelley...glad you made it... and that you enjoyed it...see you again soon!

      December 20, 2013

  • kelly

    I have thought long and hard about what to say about this event, and have decided not to focus on the only negative aspect of it (and I'm sure everyone knows what I'm referring to).....I want to thank all of you for attending...it was a wonderful gathering amongst a great group of friends...and Barry I would like to thank-you again for giving me the opportunity to organize these photo-walks....it allows me to for-fill my two passions ....my love of the city and my love of the camera...and to share my passion with others.....

    Merry Christmas Everyone!

    4 · December 19, 2013

    • Nancy

      I had a great time at the social. And I've learned a ton about photography since joining this group! Thank you Kelly, Barry, Tracy, Catherine, Jan and all the others who organize these events! I always enjoy the company and love checking out the photos that people are taking. They just keep getting better! Have a great holiday everyone!

      2 · December 20, 2013

    • Darrell M.

      Thanks for being one of the hosts and for being open and friendly to the new comers like myself.

      1 · December 20, 2013

  • sandra

    I would like to thank all the organizers for providing us with such interesting photowalks. Although I am relatively new to this group and I have enjoyed all of our outings, am very impressed with the group and the organization of the walks. Keep it up... we really appreciate you!

    1 · December 20, 2013

  • Jack V.

    I personally would like to thank Kelly, Jan, Tracy and Geoff for al their hard work, dedication, patience and amazing organizational skills. Because of their efforts and creativity in constantly coming up with new and interesting venues we all were able to enjoy like never before our beloved hobby through the year.

    I look forward with excitement and anticipation to my continue participation on all this groups activities .

    Thanks again :-)

    2 · December 20, 2013

  • Paul D.

    It's too bad we don't have time to talk to and catch up with everyone.

    December 15, 2013

    • Jan

      Hi Paul, well maybe we can add a few more social functions into next years walks! I've got some ideas that I will be discussing with the organizers when we meet in January! In the meantime, have a Merry Christmas and look forward to chatting G Adventures with you!

      December 20, 2013

  • Rob

    I know....but I choose to think about how much fun we had!
    Kelly, Jan, Tracy, Geoff and Barry. You have enriched our photographic lives and planted the seeds of many new friendships. For me personally, this has been a year of drastic change in my life and it is hard to imagine how I could got through it all without my new found hobby and friends, I thank you all!
    Happy Holiday’s and Merry Christmas to all my Christian friends...

    4 · December 20, 2013

  • Brigitte

    Wow...what a fun event. Can't give enough praises to Barry for starting the group. Special thanks to the hardworking organizers - Barry, Kelly, Jan, Rob, Tracy, Geoff, Katherine. I love your enthusiasm for this wonderful city of ours and look forward to more fabulous walks in the new year.

    It continues to amaze me how quickly our wonderful friendships have developed. Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas. Cheers :)

    December 16, 2013

  • Geoff D.

    It was a wonderful gathering with really great people. Our group over the last year and a half has become something very special, and we need to thank our organizers and each other for that. Especial thanks to you Barry,Kelly, Jan, Rob, Tracy and Katherine, but also each of who us, who come as often as we can!

    December 16, 2013

    • Filomena R.

      I couldn't agree more! These walks have become the highlight of my day. Yesterday was the first time I got to really meet and chat with people. I'm usually alone with my camera, going from place to place and after living here for only four years, I really do love this group. It's nice to be in the company of such great people and wonderful artists. Thank you to all the organizers, especially to Barry for starting such an amazing group. Merry Christmas everyone! God Bless.

      2 · December 16, 2013

  • Barry B.

    Great

    December 16, 2013

  • Olena

    Excellent! It was nice to gather with all group at such a nice place and warm, friendly and cozy atmosphere! Thanks everyone!

    1 · December 15, 2013

  • Jeanette

    A fun pre photowalk event. Thanks again to all the photowalk organizers, you do an amazing job! Merry Christmas everyone, looking forward to spending more photowalk times with you in 2014.

    December 15, 2013

  • tracy

    Great night for a walk,the lights sure put you in the Christmas spirit

    December 15, 2013

  • Shelley

    it was nice to meet a few people. thanks.

    December 15, 2013

  • Denis S.

    I was a lucky charm tonight...the persons on my left...on my right and across me, each won a door prize...woo hoo!

    December 15, 2013

  • Heather

    Thanks to all the organizers for all you do, all the time. Today was great, as always.

    December 15, 2013

  • Martin T.

    Excellent..great people..lots of fun

    December 15, 2013

  • Nancy

    Great to see everyone and get caught up.

    December 15, 2013

  • Grant

    Here I was thinking I was avoiding illness and then my head starts hurting and my GI tract starts being upset. I guess I'm one more staying home :(

    December 15, 2013

  • kelly

    It is 1PM ...I am leaving my house now...50 attending...I have no way of checking here again, so even if you change you RSVP to no you will be marked NO SHOW

    December 15, 2013

  • Grant

    I'd like to say thank you to the sick folks who are staying home. Your consideration for those of us trying to dodge illness is much appreciated.

    2 · December 15, 2013

  • Nuwan

    I have to miss this as I am still fighting a cold that I cold not defeat. Need a bed rest! You guys have fun. Merry Christmas to you all.

    December 15, 2013

  • Brigitte

    Weather says it's supposed to be sunny this afternoon. Hope that is true. Either way....I will be there... looking forward to it :)

    December 15, 2013

  • Shannon L.

    Woke up sick :-( I'll have to be there in spirit. Have fun!

    December 15, 2013

    • Doris F.

      And the same here...so sorry, need to take it easy. Enjoy and happy Christmas/Holidays to all!

      December 15, 2013

  • Chang

    Caught the flu. Have s blast.

    December 15, 2013

  • Peter H.

    Sorry folks. Loosing battle with a cold that won't quit. Have fun!

    December 14, 2013

  • Lloyd D.

    sorry all.. as it stands i just fond out i booked 2 things on this day so i will have to back out have a great christmas !

    December 14, 2013

  • kelly

    Hi everyone!

    This is just a friendly reminder...we will be collecting your $10 donation to the food bank as you arrive, so to speed things up, please have it ready....we can't make change and don't take debit/credit cards.

    Please don't leave any spaces at the tables....just slide on in and buddy up to the person beside you....you are required to at the very least order an appetizer and a beverage....to keep things straight and help out the servers, don't change seats once your order has been placed...they are doing their very best to accommodate us by giving us separate bills...so don't forget to pay it....

    See you all tomorrow!

    1 · December 14, 2013

  • Imelda

    I am so sorry. As much as I want to come, but I am not feeling well, happy early Christmas to everyone! And again, Thank you for organizing this meet-up! This is a great group of photography!

    December 13, 2013

    • Martin T.

      Hoping you get well soon Imelda

      December 14, 2013

    • Imelda

      Thank you Marti. I hope you have fun!

      December 14, 2013

  • Rafael R.

    I'm ready for tomorrow :)

    December 14, 2013

  • Darrell M.

    My wife has double booked my for dinner tomorrow. Will stop by and say hello.

    December 14, 2013

  • Tharaka M.

    Sorry.. I have to miss it.. Another unavoidable photoshoot falls on the same day same time..

    December 14, 2013

  • kelly

    If you are driving, the closest parking lot is right in the Convention Centre. If you are heading West on Canada Place Way...it is about 1/2 block past Burrard Street on the right....I parked there a few weeks ago and it was $10.00 for the day....this will make it handy to grab your gear if you are attending the meet-up after the Gathering....

    December 13, 2013

    • Rob

      I conquer...and also that hopefully no opertunists read these forums. lol

      December 13, 2013

    • Martin T.

      I never leave my equipment in the car.. :-)

      December 14, 2013

  • Nancy

    There is also a really decent lot next to Waterfront Station and right next to Steamworks.

    December 13, 2013

    • kelly

      Hi Nancy, yes that is a good lot too....I suggested this lot simply because it is the closest to both of the meet-up locations.....it will be really quick to run back to the car to grab the gear for the second one...instead of having to take it into the restaurant...

      December 13, 2013

  • Jeanette

    Just want to say I think you guys are awesome to organize this for us. Looking forward to seeing some familiar and new faces on Sunday.

    December 13, 2013

    • kelly

      Your welcome Jeanette, see you Sunday

      December 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry but I have to bail! I had dual events and chose this one first. In the past few days you may have noticed on the news about the salmon hatchery in Port Moody burning to the ground. I'm a volunteer at that site and we had scheduled a party that was the conflict ow I have to attend that party for sure to commemorate that losses and the new beginnings.

    December 13, 2013

    • kelly

      Yes Neil, I saw that...so sad....in case we don't see you beforehand I want to wish you a very Merry Christmas

      December 13, 2013

  • Denis S.

    or park near you local skytrain and ride in

    1 · December 13, 2013

  • Gaye M. F.

    I think that I cancelled my spot for this gathering...if it did not register...please cancel! Have fun everyone!

    December 13, 2013

  • Greg L.

    Unfortunately I can't make it. I wish you all a Merry Christmas and Happy Holiday season. I look forward to seeing you in the New Year.

    December 12, 2013

    • kelly

      and a very Merry Christmas to you too Greg...see you in 2014!

      December 13, 2013

  • sandra g.

    I hope to be there if the wait list clears.

    December 1, 2013

    • kelly

      see you sunday!

      December 13, 2013

  • Filomena R.

    Kelly, I sent you a message saying I rsvp'd to this and for some reason it didn't go through. If there is a cancellation, please add me.

    December 11, 2013

  • robert

    Sorry Called into Work .Will be with you All in Spirit !!

    December 9, 2013

  • kelly

    Just a friendly reminder...the Christmas Gathering is next week, I have to confirm numbers with Mahoney's tomorrow....SO, IF YOUR PLANS HAVE CHANGED AND YOU CAN'T ATTEND, PLEASE UPDATE YOUR RSVP! (this includes those of you on the wait list)....Your RSVP is for you and you alone....no room for your significant other this time (unless they are a member and have signed up to attend as well)
    THERE ARE CURRENTLY 6 MEMBERS ON THE WAIT LIST THAT WOULD LIKE TO JOIN US....so be fair to both them and me..and change your RSVP if you are unable to make it...

    December 8, 2013

  • Darrell M.

    It says there is one spot left. If it is still open, I'd like to attend.

    Thanks

    December 5, 2013

    • kelly

      hi darrell, add your name to the waitlist, perhaps there will be some cancellations.....

      December 5, 2013

    • Darrell M.

      I would but the RSVP's are closed.

      December 5, 2013

  • Shelley

    I'd love to be on the waitlist..I see it is only a wailist of 6...just saying.

    December 5, 2013

  • Brigitte

    Great idea on the Food Bank donation !

    1 · November 28, 2013

    • kelly

      Thanks Brigitte!...I just think it is a better way to use $10.00... rather than everyone walking away with (in all likelihood) an insignificant $10 trinket...we can make a fairly substantial donation to the Food Bank and give something back to the community.... OHHH...the power of numbers!

      3 · November 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Kelly. I want to stay as a "yes" but have an event earlier - i can likely get there for 3:30-ish. Thats about the tome the staff will take food orders ill bet. Do you have preplanned timeline? Coming in from Port Moody!

    November 27, 2013

    • kelly

      Hi Neil, sure...that's fine...wouldn't be the same without you there...thanks for letting me know...see you on December 15

      November 27, 2013

  • kelly

    Alvin and Caz....sorry, but I have turned off the +1 feature.....because we have limited space, this is a members only event...if your +1 is a member, they must sign up under their own name....maybe there will be some cancellations...still a few weeks to go....hang in there

    November 25, 2013

  • Olena

    Thank you Kelly. I am attending. Could I bring 1+ (my husband Alvin who is a member of our group)? Somehow I couldn't add (1+) before. Thank you. Olena

    November 25, 2013

    • kelly

      Hi Olena....there still is no +1.....I don't know how it ended up there....I must have accidentally turned it on when I reset the number....if i had of known this event was going to be this popular I would have looked into a bigger venue, Alvin will need to RSVP under his own name and all I can say is maybe a spot will open up....72 is the maximum in the area we have reserved.

      November 25, 2013

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