CFI Austin 2nd annual Saturnalia celebration!

  • December 17, 2010 · 6:30 PM
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CFI-Austin is pleased to be able to announce our 2nd annual Saturnalia celebration! Saturnalia is a time to eat, drink, and be merry. The customary greeting for the occasion is "Io, Saturnalia!" Io (pronounced "e-o") being a Latin interjection related to "ho" (as in "Ho, praise to Saturn"). For the ancient Romans, the Saturnalia was a most popular festival. It was introduced around 217 BCE to raise citizen morale after a crushing military defeat at the hands of the Carthaginians. Originally celebrated for a single day (on December 17), its popularity saw it grow until it became a week-long extravaganza, ending on the 23rd. Efforts to shorten the celebration were unsuccessful. Augustus tried to reduce it to three days, and Caligula to five. These attempts caused uproar and massive revolts among the Roman citizens. Think of our modern day Mardis-Gras! We are doing a catered dinner (Bombay Grill), and have been extremely lucky in talking a world-class magician\illusionist to perform for us. In order to cover costs, we are asking for a modest $20 per adult ($15 for current FOC's), and CHILDREN 12 AND UNDER FREE. As we cannot sell alcohol, BYOB! 5:30 - 6:30 setup 6:30 arrivals 6:30 - 7:30 welcome & dinner 7:30 - 8:30 white elephant gift exchange 8:30 - 9:?? world-class magician\illusionist! 9:?? - 10:30 general mingling, music, dancing 10:30 - 11:00 cleanup Last years white elephant gift exchange was an absolute riot. We ask that everyone bring a small generic gift ($10 limit- wax candles (cerei), and earthenware figurines (sigillaria) were common gifts of the Saturnalia). Gifts will be placed on a table up-front, and tickets will be drawn for participants to select and unwrap a gift, one at a time. Children have the option of selecting a gift from the table, or from the unwrapped gifts in people hands. A single item can only be swapped 3 times. Dress- Togas were not worn for the Saturnalia, rather colorful robes and pointed hats, with blue and gold being the predominant colors.

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  • Elze H

    I really enjoyed the amazing magic tricks, and the (dis)-illusionist's sense of humor. The White Elephant gift exchange surprised me in that so few gifts were stolen -- either CFI'ers are unusually polite, or nobody thought very highly of the value of the gifts? :-)

    December 18, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    Well presented. Everyone attending was insightful and pleasant.

    December 18, 2010

  • Francine

    A simply fabulously enjoyable seasonal gathering burgeoning upon our country for free-thinkers of all ages!!

    December 18, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    The illusionist was good. The food wasn't so good. It seems that it may have been too expensive for some people, and being on a Friday may have been problematic for others.

    December 18, 2010

  • Michelle

    The food was great and the "disillusionist" was amazing. Too bad more people didn't come.

    December 18, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    I enjoyed meeting some nice people.

    December 18, 2010

  • Eric O.

    We really need to add to the Saturnalia theme- costumes, decorations (temple couch, statue of Saturn, etc), and to the program; lighting candles, more secular rituals, etc.

    December 18, 2010

  • Eric O.

    Just found out that we are adding Aloo Bengan (Eggplant & potatoes sauteed with onions, tomato & curry) to the menu! Yum!

    December 16, 2010

  • Eric O.

    Here's the menu:
    * Tandoori Chicken
    * Chicken Tikka Makhanwala
    * Saag Paneer (vegetarian)
    * Saffron Rice
    * Naan
    * Gulab Jamun (sweet pastry ball served with honey)

    December 16, 2010

  • Steve B.

    Yes, vegetarian appetizers and entrees.

    December 16, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    Will there be vegetarian options? Thanks!!

    December 16, 2010

  • Eric O.

    Yes, they have many vegetarian dishes, which is one of the reasons we chose to use them.

    December 5, 2010

  • Robert A.

    Will Bombay Grill provide vegetarian options? I guess I could tolerate a little ghee.

    December 5, 2010

  • Steve B.

    As I recall our plan was to have FOCs pay $15 and others $20. This may change depending on what the caterer asks for.

    December 2, 2010

  • Marla Shane M.

    How much are the tickets for this - or is the catered dinner free? Sorry I missed the planning meeting!

    December 2, 2010

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