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.