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Experience Manitoba's Christmas party and end-of-year celebration!

  • Dec 12, 2013 · 6:00 PM
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Join us for dinner, drinks, gifts, games, great conversation, and tons of fun as we celebrate the end of another fabulous year!  We have booked a table at a beautiful restaurant in the city - Maxime's Restaurant- so no carpooling or driving too far for this one! 

(Above: Maxime's Restaurant)


The Bekios family established Maxime’s in 1984. Since then it has continued to grow & evolve with several additions, most recently that of the 70 seat elegant lounge in 2003.  At Maxime’s, the warm, inviting atmosphere provides the perfect setting for our Christmas party.  The family still emphasizes freshly prepared classic favourites & engaging hospitality to create a dining experience that is relaxing, enjoyable and most importantly memorable.

For more info check out: http://www.maximesrestaurant.ca/


(Above: the green room we have booked for our group!


The Menu:

We have chosen a selection of salads and entrees that you will be able to order once we are at Maxime's.  Included in the cost is your choice of salad or soup, your choice of entree, plus dessert, and your choice of coffee or tea or a soft drink.  


The salad choices will be:

• Field greens with House dressing

• Caesar salad

• Greek salad

• Mandarin Raspberry Field Green salad, with Cranberry Raisins & Toasted Almonds


The entree choices will be:

• Chicken Parmesan - Our tender breaded chicken cutlet baked with a savoury tomato sauce and mozzarella cheese

• Chicken Cordon Bleu - Tender, breaded chicken cutlet topped with ham, gravy and mozzarella cheese and oven baked

• Souvlaki and Shrimp - One skewer of souvlaki (your choice of chicken or pork) coupled with four grilled garlic tiger prawns or four of our breaded shrimp and cocktail sauce

• Steak Sandwich - 8 oz. New York, charbroiled and served with caramelized onions on garlic crostini

• Manitoba Pickerel - Pickerel fillets lightly breaded, seasoned and pan fried, served with our creamy dill wine sauce

• Four Cheese Ravioli à la Primavera - Ravioli filled with Ricotta, mozzarella, romano and parmesan tossed in a sundried tomato pesto cream sauce with mushrooms, red peppers, julienned carrots, spinach and red onions (Vegetarian option)

• Fettucine Alfredo - Fettucine noodles cooked al dente and tossed in our specially prepared Alfredo sauce.  Add chicken, tiger prawns, or sautéed mushrooms (Vegetarian option available)


*All dinner entrées (except pasta) are accompanied by choice of potato (baked potato, homemade fresh mashed potatoes, french fries) or rice, and fresh vegetables. 




After dinner we will play a version of gift exchange that doesn't involve stealing others' gifts, as Experience Manitoba believe in embracing a culture of gratitude and sharing.  Gifts will have been lovingly made by hand or chosen with care so we will take the time to be thankful for each and every member who makes this group what it is! 

Some of us will want to take home our gift and not open it until December 25th.  If you are terrible with surprises or don't live by the "all good things come to those who wait" rule, of course you are welcome to open your gift at the event - we would love to share your joy! But there is no pressure on you to do so.  Sandy will place hers under her tree so she can think of you all on this special day. 


The Plan:

5:30pm (OPTIONAL) - meet in the lounge at Maxime's for a drink before dinner

6:00pm - meet at Maxime's in the green room for our celebration

We'll have dinner, a member "seat" shuffle, play some games, enjoy dessert, and do the gift exchange

We have the "green room" all evening, so there's no pressure on us to be done at a certain time.


Please Bring:

- Your Experience Manitoba lanyard (if you don't have one, you'll receive yours at this meetup)

- A wrapped gift for the gift exchange.  Please bring either a homemade gift, or spend about $5 on a gift for a "female outdoor adventurer."  Please do not put your name on the gift - the gift exchange will be secret. 

- Money for alcoholic beverages (optional)

- Camera (optional)


"I love this special time of year,

full of all goodwill and cheer.

I'd love to spend it with our group,

so Maxime's was the place to book.

I will bring a gift for a fellow member,

to be opened end of December.

We'll have some giggles and some fun,

it will be great to see everyone!"

 - Sand x 


When you RSVP for this meetup, you need to pay $25.00 by PayPal, which includes the meetup fee, dinner (your choice of salad and entree), dessert, your choice of coffee/tea/soft drink, tax & gratuity.


You can find information about our policies, including meetup fees, refunds, and carpooling, here: http://www.meetup.com/Experience-Manitoba-Group/about/


If the meetup is full but you are interested in attending, please click the "notify me" button at the top of the RSVP list.  Spots do open up, and we are sometimes able to add another date for an event if there is enough interest.


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http://www.meetup.com/Experience-Manitoba-Group/pages/Disclaimer_and_Waiver_of_Liability/

By RSVPing “yes” for this event, you agree with and accept all statements in this disclaimer and waiver.

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By RSVPing “yes” for this event, you agree to accept responsibility for all risks and hazards you may encounter at this event, and you further agree to bear all costs of rescue or medical attention rendered to you personally arising from this event.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Whomever my secret Santa was I want you to know the homemade chocolate peanut clusters were DELICIOUS! Thanks!

    January 13, 2014

  • Wendy L.

    Great company, great food, great fun. What more do you need.

    December 16, 2013

  • Sandy H.

    Wow! What an incredible night! Absolutely loved our singalong to the 12 days of experience Manitoba'Christmas . Goats! Loved the introductions everyone gave about their favorite event, it was sooo wonderful- the wooping and the oh yeahs filled the room so much that the staff want to join our group! Lol loved the cards for gift exchange Katy :) so many gifts! :) the staff were so nice and everyone looked so pretty. Have a merry merry Christmas - thank you all for making my Christmas. Sand x

    3 · December 13, 2013

    • Kate R.

      It was amazing! My jaw hurts from laughing and smiling so much! Merry Christmas everyone

      December 13, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thank You Sandy & Katie for a fabulous evening & the evening made Christmas special for me and what a wonderful fun loving group. Merry Christmas everyone

      1 · December 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Fantastic First Christmas Party!! I had a wonderful time chatting with as many as I could and the meal was fantastic. My Present it tucked under my tree. Thank You.

    1 · December 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    What a wonderful evening!

    2 · December 13, 2013

    • Kate R.

      It was a great time indeed! Merry Christmas Pauline!

      December 13, 2013

  • Christine A. S.

    Really nice experience.

    1 · December 13, 2013

    • Kate R.

      It was great seeing you again Christine! Merry Christmas!

      December 13, 2013

  • Margaret

    This was am excellent event! Loved the song!

    1 · December 13, 2013

    • Kate R.

      Thanks Margaret! Merry Christmas!

      December 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    So much fun!

    1 · December 13, 2013

    • Kate R.

      Thanks for coming, Kim. Merry Christmas!

      December 13, 2013

  • Loretta

    I had the most amazing time once again with all of these wonderful ladies - when asked what was my fave of the year it was really hard to answer because they have all been a really good time. I love my Experience Manitoba family and the true friendships that have developed that will last a lifetime. Good choice to have it at Maxines - good food and amazing staff!! Kudos to all the organizers for all the work you do in organizing all of the events including tonight - we are truly blessed by all of you!! Wishing all the Experience Manitoba ladies and their friends and family a very Merry Christmas and many blessings for 2014. And as we were saying goodnight a few of us had laughs as we extended those greetings and realized we would be seeing each us on Saturday at one of our events with EM. Keep on smiling everyone!!!

    2 · December 13, 2013

    • Kate R.

      Lovely pics Loretta. It was great seeing you - Merry Christmas!

      December 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Had a great time and enjoyed meeting new people.

    1 · December 13, 2013

    • Kate R.

      It was great meeting you! Merry Christmas!

      December 13, 2013

  • Patricia M.

    Wonderful evening, fantastic to see so many familiar faces and some new ones. May the holiday season find you surrounded by loved ones. Get out and create some beautiful memories! Remember you are loved by all the generous, funny, warm, and caring women that make up your Experience Manitoba Family.

    3 · December 12, 2013

    • Cheron L.

      Lovely thoughts, Patricia. Thank you. Wishing you the same in return.

      1 · December 12, 2013

    • Kate R.

      Thanks for the reminder, Patricia. Merry Christmas!

      December 13, 2013

  • Cheron L.

    Great! Absolutely fun, good food and great company! Loved the Secret Santa, and the 12 Days of Christmas - a-la- Experience Manitoba. Well done, ladies - another goodie!

    2 · December 12, 2013

    • Kate R.

      The Experience Manitoba 12 days of Christmas is officially the best version ever! Thanks Cheron!

      1 · December 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Fantastic!

    1 · December 12, 2013

    • Kate R.

      Thanks Marian - it was nice meeting you!

      December 13, 2013

  • Linda Baziuk S.

    Fabulous as usual

    1 · December 13, 2013

    • Kate R.

      Thanks Linda - Merry Christmas!

      December 13, 2013

  • Cindy S.

    So wonderful to be able to share the joy of Christmas with all our wonderful women. Loved the 12 days song Thanks for your hard work in making sure all our events run so smoothly.

    2 · December 13, 2013

    • Kate R.

      There was definitely a lot of joy in that room - Merry Christmas Cindy!

      December 13, 2013

  • Tracy

    This was an excellent get-together! Good job organizers! Especially considering it was the first time. Looking forward to many more... :)

    1 · December 13, 2013

    • Kate R.

      Thanks Tracy! Merry Christmas!

      December 13, 2013

  • Lorraine

    It was a lovely 1st Experience MB Christmas get-together. It's always really nice to see girls from past meetups and good to meet new members. Susan wrote perfectly of how Sandy and Katy have inspired and encouraged us. How great they have been. I have to extend the same sentiments to the Event Hostesses. Thanks for the fun. All the Best over the Holiday season.

    3 · December 13, 2013

    • Kate R.

      Thanks Lorraine! And Merry Christmas to you!!!

      December 13, 2013

  • Susan S.

    Oops! I told you guys I was under the weather and on cold medication. I see I'm on the list now. I feel better already. Thanks!

    December 13, 2013

    • Kate R.

      Yep, we've definitely got you on the list as having attended. Merry Christmas!

      December 13, 2013

  • Amber-Jo

    Sorry I was unable to make it, but what lovely photos I see uploaded of the event. Looks awesome, everyone dressed so lovely. Have a SUPER HOLIDAY SEASON EVERYONE!!!! All the best.

    December 13, 2013

    • Kate R.

      We had a great time Amber-Jo, but there will be many more great times to come :) Merry Christmas!

      December 13, 2013

  • Susan S.

    It was wonderful to finally get to a meet-up! It's been so long since I've been to an event. Even though I arrived late due to my mother's medical appt., and missed having my photo taken with the group (brings back memories), and didn't see my name posted as those who attended, I actually got there!!! And all things considered, I really do feel part of the group (really, I was there-ha ha; ask Wendy Lee!). And what a lot of "love" and laughter in that hot little room. You all "made my Christmas" special. Loved the singing!!! Merry Christmas everyone, and Happy 2014!

    1 · December 13, 2013

  • Kate R.

    Someone inadvertently left their gift behind! It's in a royal blue gift bag with blue ribbon handles (don't want to say what the gift is in case the recipient hadn't opened it yet!). If it's yours, let me know and we'll get it to you!

    December 12, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I think it was me ! oops! I was putting on my coat and set it on the table by the coat rack ,,,well and you know the rest LOL! Hopefully will catch up sometime soon ? Thanks for picking it up : )

      2 · December 13, 2013

    • Kate R.

      I sent you a message, Marian :)

      December 13, 2013

  • Sandy H.

    For those that were asking, here are the words for our official Christmas tune! Now we have our very own song to sing on the sleigh ride every year :)
    On the 12th day of Christmas, my girlfriend gave to me:
    12 members hiking
    11 women cycling
    10 paddlers paddling
    9 Ladies fishing
    8 Members milking (goats)
    7 campers swimming
    6 Geese-a-Laying
    5 picnics…
    4 snow shoes
    3 new friends
    2 garter snakes
    and An Experience Manitoba Christmas tree!
    Sand x

    1 · December 13, 2013

  • Chris R.

    What can I say other than this awesome group and our activities just keep getting better & better. Last night I sat back and I looked at the room full of smiling faces and tons of laugher and I am so happy that I am part of all this. Thank you ladies for making my not so great day into a wonderful day. Have a great Christmas everyone.

    3 · December 13, 2013

  • Loretta

    I'm loading in pics that were taken.

    1 · December 13, 2013

  • Susan S.

    Hey girls, just wanted to let you all know ahead of time that I am a bit under the weather with a sinus/head cold. I am still planning on attending, and will sit at the end of the table and be respectful of the fact that I don't want to pass this cold on to anyone else. My doctor gave me the okay to go out! I may not stay for the entire evening (I have to pace myself!), but I really want to see you all! Don't worry, I won't "hug" you!

    December 12, 2013

  • Bev

    I have a feeling that I may be a bit late as this is across town for me but I will be there !

    December 10, 2013

    • Sandy H.

      OK Bev thanks for letting us know that you will be late x looking forward to seeing you! :)

      December 11, 2013

  • Sandy H.

    Don't forget ladies - After dinner we will play a version of gift exchange that doesn't involve stealing others' gifts, as Experience Manitoba believe in embracing a culture of gratitude and sharing. Gifts will have been lovingly made by hand or chosen with care so we will take the time to be thankful for each and every member who makes this group what it is! Some of us will want to take home our gift and not open it until December 25th. If you are terrible with surprises or don't live by the "all good things come to those who wait" rule, of course you are welcome to open your gift at the event - we would love to share your joy! But there is no pressure on you to do so. Sandy will place hers under her tree so she can think of you all on this special day.
    Sand x

    December 9, 2013

    • Sandy H.

      Please Bring:

      - Your Experience Manitoba lanyard (if you don't have one, you'll receive yours at this meetup)

      - A wrapped gift for the gift exchange. Please bring either a homemade gift, or spend about $5 on a gift for a "female outdoor adventurer." Please do not put your name on the gift - the gift exchange will be secret. - Money for alcoholic beverages (optional)

      - Camera (optional)

      December 9, 2013

  • Wendy L.

    Hey Sandy and Katy,

    I know it is really, really late. Do you have enough room for one more? My schedule says I am free that night for dinner. If you can add me to your guest list, let me know. If you can't, Merry Christmas to everyone:)

    December 9, 2013

    • Sandy H.

      Phew... I am just going to call them - and you got in in time! :) I have rsvped for you Wendy, just pretend to change your rsvp (change it to yes) and then you can pay - so glad you can make it! Sand x

      December 9, 2013

  • Chris R.

    I'm so looking forward to this Christmas party that I'm just vibrating with excitement. We are going to have so much fun ladies!!! Whoot whoot.

    December 9, 2013

  • susan l.

    I am looking forward to this party very much. See you all there.

    November 30, 2013

    • Sandy H.

      Looking forward to seeing you too Susan :)

      December 2, 2013

    • Susan S.

      I have missed so many of our meet-ups, and can hardly wait to see you "guys"! Big Hugs! Susan Sigurdson

      1 · December 2, 2013

  • Beryl

    Looking forward to it! See you all there

    1 · December 2, 2013

  • Carol C.

    Wish I could make it. This sounds like so much fun, and Maxime's food is great. Happy Christmas to all.

    1 · November 30, 2013

    • Sandy H.

      Merry Christmas Carol!

      December 2, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    This is soooo perfect with time ,date and price for me !! I am at work now planning a gift ! looking forward to meeting all of you : )

    December 1, 2013

    • Sandy H.

      looking forward to meeting you too! :)

      December 2, 2013

  • Amber-Jo

    This sounds nice. Do you know if this or any meetup group is having anything for New Years Eve?

    November 11, 2013

    • Sandy H.

      I don't know of any Amber sorry - Last year I think Stacey did one for NYE but maybe she's not cos she is dong a Xmas day one? Try asking her at http://www.meetup.com...­

      November 11, 2013

    • Cheron L.

      There is a New Year's eve MeetUp with Stacey's group - not official - but put together by Stacey and some of the members. A group is going to Finn's Pub at The Forks. Have a look at Out and About - you'll see all the details there, Amber-Jo.

      November 28, 2013

  • Linda Baziuk S.

    I look forward to seeing everyone! For those who cannot make it Merry Christmas.

    1 · November 22, 2013

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