CFI Holiday Saturnalia Party

On December 19th, CFI Austin will be hosting our first holiday party, and we intend to do it in style… old Roman style that is. We’re planning to meet at the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Austin (FUUCA) in Howson Hall. This facility is located at 4700 Grover Ave. Austin, TX 78756 People are welcome to show up as early as 7pm. In keeping with the spirit of feasting for this occasion, we are asking everyone to RSVP here, but to also coordinate with Eric Osterholm ( [masked] ) on a dish to bring and share (potluck style). Children and alcohol are allowed, but in both cases we request that you please bring your own. We will be accepting clothing donations for the Medina Children’s home- any size clothing you have laying around would be appreciated! We will also be doing a White Elephant gift exchange- bring a small wrapped gift ($5-$10 value) for everyone wishing to participate! We are still working out details on what the festivities will be, but we welcome all suggestions (except the ones about sacrificing goats or dancing naked under the trees- while intriguing, we encourage you to freely engage in those rituals in the privacy of your own homes). Io Saturnalia!

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks for the photos, Elze !

    December 31, 2009

  • Eric O.

    Just got some photos from Elze- they look great... I think Lisa M. and Mark M. were also taking photos... could I get copies? Thanks!

    December 21, 2009

  • nicole

    it was well organized, the food was good, and the white elephant gift trade was a lot of fun. (maybe set a limit of two times something can be traded next time, but as long as it is understood you cant steal from the kids, then it's all good.) the activities for the kids were awesome, and my kids had a fun time. (we should bring kid type food next year, though. the food was too fancy for my kiddos.) for me, it was also very nice to attend a function of non-christmas celebrators, so we were never wished "merry christmas." i know my kids appreciated this, too, as they are bombarded by that at school and in public, and it's just tiresome to explain to everyone. great job!!

    December 20, 2009

  • Jerrie

    Kudos to Eric for putting this together at the last minute! I hope it will become an annual event.

    December 20, 2009

  • A former member
    A former member

    The UU Church was a good venue for a potluck party -- lots of tables and chairs, a full kitchen, plenty of parking, sound system, etc. Highlights: those little bleu cheese toastettes, a really smoky Frey Cabernet, the lovely Clare, the Secondhand Chicken door prizes, and pecan pie! As Mr. Grace would say, "You've all done very well!"

    December 20, 2009

  • A former member
    A former member

    Met some new people. I actually had fun. I am usually shy and reserved, but I had fun.

    December 20, 2009

  • A former member
    A former member

    I didn't participate in the gift exchange, cuz I wasn't aware of it until the last minute. Oh, well.

    December 20, 2009

  • Eric O.

    What a blast! A HUGE "Thank you" to Clare, Michelle, Eric A and Luana for logistic and planning help, Michelle's daughter for helping with the kids activities, Jerrie for welcoming table duties, Jim Dee for the background on Saturnalia, the McCain family for the fabulous wine, Elze for photography and to Steve, Chris, Chris, Dan, Charles, Sean, Scott and the many other volunteers for their assistance for setup and cleanup!

    Here's to next year- Io Saturnalia!

    December 20, 2009

  • Clare W.

    The party was a blast! Mega-kudos to Eric O and everyone who made this FIRST ANNUAL celebration such a smash hit in two weeks' time!

    Can't wait till next year!

    December 19, 2009

  • Elze H

    It was great to see so many faces from different atheist and freethinker groups around Austin.

    December 19, 2009

  • A former member
    A former member

    Let's do it again!

    December 19, 2009

  • Eric O.

    We now have 50 adults, 12 kids, and at least 10 maybe's hanging out there... those who haven't coordinated with me for food- You get to bring main dishes- Vegan \ vegetarian is a great option if you need ideas!

    December 19, 2009

  • A former member
    A former member

    I will be in Austin on the 19th...but I don't really want to go to a church, even if it is only a UU church. It really saddens me that the Austin CFI is doing this in a church :-(

    December 18, 2009

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