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DRY in the Rocks - Venue Change - Thanksgiving picnic this FRIDAY

  • Nov 25, 2011 · 5:30 PM
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Nation,

VENUE is dry and protected from the rain.


Thursday night in the US is Friday afternoon in Sydney so let's have a Thanksgiving Picnic Friday afternoon.

Since it’s Friday and alcohol is legal in public parks if you're having food we’ll hang out on the grassy hill and have drinks long after we finish eating and the sun goes down.

There will NOT BE BBQs so bring Thanksgiving picnic food to share with the group and drinks for yourself. Also be sure to bring a blanket to sit/put food on.

You can buy cooked turkey at Coles/Woolworths that just needs to be heated.

There is a bottle shop at the corner of Alfred St/George right next to Circular Quay--but it's a bit limited and pricey FYI. 

I've checked the location and it's dry with a great view of the Opera House and well lit at night. It's only 600m from the station and also has some parking. Bathrooms are located across the street.

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  • Chris

    Damn shame there was no Tofurkey.

    November 27, 2011

  • Lydia S.

    Great night, everyone. I want to say a special thanks to the group of us who stayed behind and cleaned up all the food and trash. What a great way to end the event (but not the night) with a clean space. You all did so well consolidating food and salvaging the good bits while tossing out the bad bits. It was a lot of work so THANK YOU CLEAN UP CREW!!

    November 26, 2011

  • Lydia S.

    The rain was shite, but Mother Nature will have her way no matter what. The great part was everything else and the pumpkin pie. Oh, and Meryl's pecan pie. Holy cow!

    November 26, 2011

  • Troy F

    Looks like the guy who caused more of a hubbub for nothing has been deleted anyway. Time to move on and enjoy the upcoming summer and silly season without nasty language and hurt feelings on this public forum. Jamie, if you can still read this, get a life and grow up!

    November 26, 2011

  • Stephanie B.

    And it really doesn't sound like the expat group that I know to be making fun of people for dressing up in a cruel way. We all love a good fancy dress party and are always happy to meet new members. I'm sorry that your first experience with the group was such a disappointing one. I personally feel that the expat group has made it heaps easier to adjust to a new country and quickly became my family away from home. Hopefully you'll give us another chance sometime in the future. ~Steph

    November 26, 2011

  • Stephanie B.

    Hi Jamie! I'm sorry as well that you didn't enjoy the Thanksgiving event. It seems there were a few misunderstandings and misinterpretations. I loved that you guys showed up all dressed up and was so excited to take a picture of you to show my family back home what a festive Thanksgiving I was having on the other side of the world. The contest prize may have been something that only those of us who know Ben would realise the humour in and understand that it was just a joke.

    November 26, 2011

  • Michael S.

    Jamie - abusing the guy who's putting heaps of time into organising our events for no reward other than getting people together is not cool. I don't know who ridiculed you on your costume, but I've gone to heaps of the expat functions, and it's as open, friendly and welcoming as any group I've come across in 11 years of living in Sydney. The 10K prize was obviously a joke - you need to work on your irony, and your negative attitude. The rest of us will go back to enjoying each other's company.

    November 26, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am glad however that everyone else had fun and sorry for not having the same experience. I hope you all enjoyed you Thanksgiving and the food that was shared.

    November 26, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Actually it wasn't even the fact that there wasn't a prize. to be honest it was the being made fun of that wasn't fun. The comments that were made directly to us and not to us, Within an ear shot were not very friendly and made the situation very uncomfortable. I'm in a new country and going to my first meet up ever to have rude comments made about me. We knew going in that we would be some of the only people dressed up. We thought it would be fun.

    November 26, 2011

  • Danielle S.

    That was a wonderful night and a Thanksgiving I will never forget! Thank you all for letting me join and I look forward to the next event. Cheers, Danielle

    November 26, 2011

  • barry

    Hi Jamie!, I went to this event and had a good time I had some turkey with cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie, and whiskey. I shared food and drinks with people and celebrated Thanksgiving the way it was meant to be celebrated but if I was a bit more selfish or immature and went to this event just to try and make some money rather than celebrate Thanksgiving I might understand where your coming from. Kudos Ben for Organizing the event and being the most festive person there

    November 26, 2011

  • Debbie S.

    Good event bad weather!

    November 26, 2011

  • Chad T.

    Well it wasn't exactly dry, but overall, I have to give it thumbs up because my wife and I did meet and chat with some people. Overall fairly organized. The seating provided was terrific!

    November 26, 2011

  • Chris

    I don't even eat turkey.

    November 25, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hey Benjamin, way to advertise a $10k prize and then give it to yourself. You're a real douche bag. Just so you know. Way to make new members feel welcome. Loser.

    November 25, 2011

  • Lydia S.

    Or, since it's a potluck, everyone bring their own plate/knife/fork/spoon/cup. I realize it's a bit too late to be mentioning this, but late comers like me may still get this.

    November 25, 2011

  • Benjamin

    I'm not bringing plates and silverware for everyone so if you don't have anything maybe someone should buy a bunch on the way.

    November 25, 2011

  • Benjamin

    Just a repeat for those emailing me: The venue is dry and protected from the rain.

    Maria--yes, a Native American costume would fit with a Thanksgiving theme.

    Jeff--yes, the search for a venue started with pointing to random places on a map, but was then followed up by visiting each place at night in the rain to make sure it would be well lit and dry.

    November 25, 2011

  • Jeff

    Erik. Wine is always ok.
    Ben. Are you just closing your eyes and pointing to random places on a map?

    November 25, 2011

  • Benjamin

    Thanks Steck. I'm sure that could be arranged, but wouldn't the $10,000 cash prize (for best Thanksgiving costume) be a lot sweeter!

    November 24, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    I think that having found The Rocks location, I'm entitled to a beer from the powers that be.

    November 24, 2011

  • Benjamin

    In other amazing news, our friends at the El Guapo Superfund will be offering a grand prize of $10,000 to the most festive Thanksgiving Themed costume! Get rich or have fun looking like a pilgrim trying ;-)

    November 24, 2011

  • Benjamin

    I have just discovered that in fact Kirribilli is an alcohol free zone, so we're CHANGING the EVENT LOCATION yet again (so sorry). Now it will be UNDER the BRIDGE IN THE ROCKS where George St dead ends into Lower Fort St. It's dry, has bathrooms, a great view of the opera house, and it's legal to drink.

    Sorry for all the changes. Please check the details above for how to find us. My number is also in the details, but if you call it I will charge you an admin beer.

    November 24, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'll bring a few bottles of wine. Hopefully, that's okay.

    November 24, 2011

  • Christina M.

    HAPPY THANKSGIVING ALL! xx

    November 24, 2011

  • Benjamin

    For those wondering, the official location is the location indicated officially on the event page. This will probably be changed due to rain, but watch that space for the official announcement, which will probably be made on Thursday. I?ve visited several places at night in the rain this week to see, which is the best and at the moment the top choice is under the bridge in the rocks (George/Lower Fort), which is dry, well lit, has a nice view, and centrally located near our original location.

    November 23, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am planning on bringing stuffing. And was thinking the same thing about rain?

    November 20, 2011

  • Josh

    Curious about potential postponement or the alternative for a weather conflict also? I'm planning on bringing a large size smashed potatoes and hopefully some infamous store bought cranberry sauce

    November 20, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm bringing a Cole's 2kg turkey-in-a-box (feeds 5, they claim), a banana bread, and a Pepsi Max 2-liter bottle. Hope that's enuf.

    November 20, 2011

  • Goli

    Not the best cook but I can bake! I'll bring red velvet cake. Not very Thanksgiving-y but definitely American :) Or if I can find canned pumpkin I'll try to make a pumpkin pie.

    November 20, 2011

  • Benjamin

    100% coordination is impossible, but please post what you're bringing so others can get a general idea.

    November 19, 2011

  • Frank

    Do we just bring whatever or are we coordinating?

    November 19, 2011

  • Benjamin

    Although overpriced and meant for tourists, for last minute booze, check out The Australian Wine Centre, 1 Alfred St. Circular Quay.

    November 19, 2011

  • Benjamin

    You can generally find precooked (cold) turkey in coles/woolworths and I think Steck found hot turkey in a box. The closest supermarket (if you're desperate) is the IGA express at 20 Bridge St (shop 19), but you'll probably find a better selection in the Woolworths by Town Hall. http://iga.dynamiccatalogue.com.au/portal/storelocator/location/2000%2Csydney%20nsw

    November 19, 2011

  • Benjamin

    I have seen alcohol there before and it's generally legal in every park area if you're having food unless otherwise posted.

    November 19, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Who is bringing what? I brought some turkey (Cole's turkey-in-a-box) last year.

    November 19, 2011

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