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Firetwirling Party + Birthday Celebration

  • Apr 6, 2013 · 5:00 PM
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I am putting on another one of my fire twirling parties on Saturday 6th April. Additional fire twirlers welcome!

This time around the fire twirling party will also be combined with Neil's birthday, a fine upstanding fellow who is kind enough to also be supplying free drinks for us all (beer, vodka, gin, red + white wine, "lolly water" for the girls).

Chow Down, Bow Wow

There will be no BBQ (so please keep your sausages at home, or in your pants), but I will ask you to bring something to contribute that doesn't need cooking (or just needs reheating), such as dips, salads, meatballs, home-made pizza, or anything else you think would be appropriate. To avoid everyone bringing a mountain of olives, here is how it will go -

If your phone number ends in;

* 1, 2, 3; Meat/hot food dish (eg pizza, meat balls, lasagna)
* 4, 5, 6; Green/cold stuff (eg salads, cold meats)
* 7, 8, 9: Bits, Bobs and Sweets (eg chips, dips, things to dip, desserts, marshmallows, sparklers)
* 0: Chaos theory, bring whatever you want.

Lets hope everyone's number doesn't end in 7, 8, 9.

Will you share your dollar with me?

Attendees will be asked to make a donation to attend this event (unless you have a musical or other performance skill to donate). It actually costs money to keep this group open. Johnna has been paying for this personally since the group opened in June 2010 (approx $342 so far), and we are all benefiting from her investment.

Hot Carnival Party Thing! - DRESS UP

There is a dress up theme for this party. Anything "hot", "carnival", "party", or "thing". If choosing to dress up "hot" - please don't set yourself on fire. That's my job.

Anyone who dresses up does not have to pay a Meetup group donation - unless they want to. Ditto for those with musical or other performance skills to donate. Those willing to perform get an automatic spot on this party.

So, what to bring:
* Yourself
* Your donation (unless you're dressing up/performing)
* Some food to contribute (list in the comments below what you will bring)
* A chair

When you RSVP:

* Add a +1 if you are bringing someone, but since "kids are free", you don't need to include them in your RSVP.

Singing in the Rain

This event will still go ahead if it is raining, as it is too late to put the brakes on now. We will just spend more time inside, and possibly postpone the fire twirling portion of the party.

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  • Michael

    More pictures at https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10151645753914863.1073741829.504979862&type=1

    Some of these may or may not end up on the meetup gallery.

    Msg me if any of these photos you are featured in are so distasteful (in your opinion) that it has to be removed ;)

    1 · May 20, 2013

    • Neilium

      Can't get that one Mike, say's unavailable or removed or I'm a mongrel and not allowed... ha

      May 20, 2013

    • Michael

      Ah try again. I forgot to make it public.

      1 · May 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hey Michael and Chris, thank you so much for a great night. I really enjoyed myself, meeting new people etc. With the clean up, next time we can exchange numbers and if you need help just call. I am sorry to here that the smokers left their stinky butts everywhere, I agree with you, it is disrespectful. Again thank you for a great nite. x

    April 8, 2013

    • Michael

      Hi Tony. I am almost over the cold, just going through the stages - It took a good 4 days for my voice to return.

      Some people out the front and smoke near my porch, so my clean up involves both the front and backyard, inc the ground next to the table where an astray was sitting. I picked up around a dozen butts in total.

      In total I had approx 53 people and several kids on the guest list. As you may have guessed, both Neil, Chris and myself had privately invited people from outside of the meetup group, hence the smaller limit on the meetup event itself. Of the meetup people who didn't make it on the guest list, the only one I noticed was Rob, and I (hopefully) assumed it was because he read Kate's last minute message about her +1 cancelling. I would hope there would be no one thinking it is ok to gate crash as I do think carefully about how many people will fit in my home, especially if it rains.

      April 13, 2013

    • Robby

      Thanks Neil for the invite. Maybe next time.

      April 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks for a great night michael & Chris & Neil, a great mix of conversations and fun had by all - wish i'd been able to stay on till later & next time would be happy to be on clean roster for next day!

    April 9, 2013

    • Michael

      You're welcome. Putting out those plastic crates with labels (recycling, rubbish) was a good idea (that I didn't think of) that helps make the clean up job easier - less of a "forest" of bottles on the benches and table tops. Guess I'd better check the calendar for the next event ;)

      April 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Agree with all that has been said so far - great party, great people, great conversations, great food, great drink, great firetwirling, great music, great photos, great stargazing ... have I missed anything? Hearty thanks to all involved and sorry about the cleanup, Michael - occurred to me as I was leaving. Will help out afterwards another time - promise!

    1 · April 8, 2013

    • Michael

      That's all spot on. I've never begrudged the time needed for set up and clean up - that's just part of hosting a party. It was only the cigarette butts in the lawn/garden that upsets me. Occasionally I do have a helper or two for setup, food prep, and clean up, but I wouldn't say no to a more formalised arrangement ;)

      April 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great party! Thankyou Michael and Neil and Jo :)

    1 · April 8, 2013

    • Michael

      Jo? You mean Chris? ^_^
      You're welcome, see you and your "husband" again soon ^_^

      1 · April 8, 2013

    • Neilium

      Or Mr Hat

      April 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Wat if the dreaded 'R' word happens? Will it still b on?

    April 6, 2013

    • Michael

      If you bring your umbrella it won't rain :) If you leave it at home, it will rain.

      April 6, 2013

    • Michael

      Mud sounds fun, utes does not ^_^

      April 8, 2013

  • Michael

    Thanks all for a great party. Good folk and good company. More pics to come soon. The disappointment of note was the smokers using my lawn/garden as ashtrays. That aside, was a really fun night. Will be doing it again in a few more weeks ;)

    1 · April 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks Michael and Chris for opening your home up to us to make us feel welcome once again. I hope that there wasn't too much clean up required today...A great night with a great mix of people...

    1 · April 7, 2013

    • Neilium

      Ditto on that Tony Yes mate there is a stinking mess outside n in well at seven this morning anyway...Cheers Neil helping with my gear My shout..

      April 7, 2013

    • Michael

      It's like a confetti bomb went off the next day :) I had a bit of help with the clean up but still got some cleaning to do.

      April 8, 2013

  • Malcolm K.

    Thank you Michael & Chris & the birthday boy Neil,
    You guys always put on a great show which is appreciated by all.
    It was a fantastic night with a great mix of people to mingle with.
    Looking forward to seeing some of the crazy pics from you, Neil & Tony....I hope the photos didnt catch anybody playing up! ;-)

    April 7, 2013

    • Michael

      There might be some incriminating evidence in some of my pics, but I've yet to review them all ;)

      Next party will be in a month or so.

      April 8, 2013

  • Neilium

    PRAY HARD.....Saturday Cloudy. Scattered showers, more frequent about the (Lower Hunter.) The chance of thunderstorms about the Lower Hunter in the afternoon and evening. Winds E/SE and light.

    April 5, 2013

    • Neilium

      Ha voice from the outreaches, don't bring one back eh? ' cof'

      April 7, 2013

    • Michael

      It sprinkled in the afternoon but then quickly cleared up :) Wasn't cold enough for a fire either.

      April 8, 2013

  • richelle

    Thank you to the brothers who hosted a great party & Tony has taken some awesome photos to remind us. Thanks to Neil2 for supporting my son on the open mic - first time Anthony had done an impromptu set like that, he was a little nervous but loved it!

    1 · April 7, 2013

    • Michael

      The live music was a new thing for my fire twirling parties and it was pretty cool.

      April 8, 2013

  • Michael

    It was a lot of fun. Good tunes, great people. Disappointed about the smokers using my garden/lawn as an astray.

    1 · April 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great night, wonderful people, fantastic twirling. Hope to have some photos up later this afternoon...also thanks to my new female friends for your great tips for us single guys, I appreciate your candor.

    April 7, 2013

  • Linda S.

    Thanks Michael, it was lovely to meet you. Enjoyed meeting more new people.

    April 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry guys for the last minute pull out, thought id b able to make it, turns out i cant! Definatly b there for the next one!!!

    April 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm still coming tnite but no +1 anymore so there's a spot up for grabs :)

    April 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm about to go scrub. Good luck on the weather front. Was looking sooo good all day. I won't b unscrubbed until almost 9 so let's hope the weather holds out . Good luck and hope to c everyone later on tonight

    April 6, 2013

  • richelle

    I will wear a party dress & come as someone going to a party; my son is pretty good on his guitar, we have 2 acoustics we can bring along if anyone else fancies a strum. Food .. hope a big sweet potato is a fair offering :)
    Looking forward to meeting everyone :))

    April 6, 2013

    • Michael

      Your outfit sounds like you put a lot of time and effort into ;)

      I think Michael Hancock is bringing a guitar. I forgot to mention that Chris and I own 1 acoustic, 2 semi's and 1 electric (most with old/rusty strings), but I've no skill in them anymore ;)

      April 6, 2013

  • Michael

    Who is going to be dressing up this evening?

    April 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hey Michael,
    Sorry short notice but family emergency came up and I'm not going to be able to attend :(
    Sorry looking forward to meeting all of u !!

    April 6, 2013

    • Michael

      Hey that is ok. I will have another one in a month or two :)

      April 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Is the suburb "Jesmond"?

    April 5, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Derrrr. Have been using Iphone App and it only had street address. See you there.

      April 5, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Btw Neil2 it wouldnt dare rain on this parade :)

      1 · April 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Not sure how this wrks but I have gone back in and RSVP only one. I've lost my driver lol...... To her sisters Tupperware party..... Go figure ?????? It is in Sydney so she couldn't make both.

    1 · April 5, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Yeh Tupperware!!!!! I used to have these parties when she was little. Oh well this is what I get for raising kids that are all close lol. I'm looking forward to the night ......just hope I'm not the oldest. Lol. Oh well it doesn't matter I'm looking forward to it regardless . And wanting to c some fire twirling. Please leave some till I get there. Pleeeeaaasse

      April 5, 2013

    • Neilium

      Code Marg....code.

      April 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hey Guys, I am not well and think there are people waiting with lots of energy for the night! Happy Birthday Neil and happy twirling Michael - have fun

    1 · April 4, 2013

    • Neilium

      Maybe next one Merrin hope you're better soon.

      April 5, 2013

  • Michael

    Don't forget in the interests of having fun and a laugh, fancy dressers do not have to donate.

    If you have a fold out chair, bring that too.

    This should be a good party.

    April 3, 2013

    • Michael

      I'm not a wine drinker, so I get by with my collection of can and stubby holders (and my schooner holder).

      April 4, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Everyone can bring their own disposable wine glasses. Surely everyone has a take away glass of some sort. Lol

      April 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    so does that mean BYO plastic cups & brolly?

    April 4, 2013

    • Michael

      Oh I've plenty of plastic and paper cups, but if the wine drinkers want to sip their wine with class and refinement, they will have to fight over the 4 wine glasses. I would suggest thumb wrestle or egg and spoon race, or mud pit. Or they can just bring extra glasses ;)

      April 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Would love to attend,if that would be the weekend after easter!

    March 20, 2013

    • Michael

      If it rains I wonder if 53 people will fit inside my home ^_^

      1 · April 3, 2013

    • Neilium

      Garage party wear a bodydom

      1 · April 3, 2013

  • Linda S.

    I'm bringing dips, chips and crackers. Table and chairs. Look forward to this.

    April 3, 2013

  • Peter H.

    I think i will be able to join in on this event.. though it is also my first so a bit nervous.. in anycase i will see on Saturday night

    April 1, 2013

    • Michael

      Oh yeah, if you have some musical ability or some skill to entertain the crowd, then you automatically get a spot ;)

      1 · April 2, 2013

    • Peter H.

      Lol.. i realised the event was full after i commented.. went to join the waiting list but when pressing on the link through my phone, it didnt register. I tried about 7 times.. all good maybe next interesting event

      April 2, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    All good :) im coming!! Bringing my saxamaphone :)

    1 · April 2, 2013

  • Robby

    Sorry Michael, you are getting an email for my No, not going. I see there is a few on the waiting list who have never been to a fire twirling party, I have been to 4 or so, next time.

    April 1, 2013

    • Michael

      Oh that's very considerate of you Rob. I will have another one 4 - 6 weeks after this one :)

      April 1, 2013

  • Michael

    Note: Anyone with musical skill or other entertainment skill (turtkle juggling, contortionism) qualifies for instant RSVP, free booze, no need to bring food and no donation ;)

    1 · March 22, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hey maybe the open mic night Tuesday should be a separate meetup ... Just sayin :))))

      March 30, 2013

    • Neilium

      Ha just sayin... There'l be a couple of mics at the party Jill... you're welcome to tantalize the ears of the crowd. maybe people could put in their songs they want to 'karry me ok' to in case I haven't got them on my lappy but I have heaps. and anyone got their backings on a stick is fine " Just Sayin"

      March 30, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Would like to come to the party, new to this but fire twirling sound interesting, I have tried it once, bit scary, but hey why not. Helene

    March 28, 2013

    • Neilium

      |Just hang with me for a while Helene.. then you'l have someone to blame for your nerves...ha

      March 28, 2013

    • Robby

      Hi Helene, you or anyone else would not of been as nervous as me at my first meetup. I see Johnna is going, she was there at my first meetup, talk to her about the 2011 Halloween party if she remembers that.

      March 29, 2013

  • Robby

    Now I see its a theme dressup night, I could of done of my shows I have been doing at a nightclub.

    March 21, 2013

    • Michael

      Hi Rob. It's an oufit both my brother and I have recycled a few times. The waiting list is "manual" in that the first person on the list is not the "next in line" - when a space opens up, you should receive an email notification. It is then a matter of grabbing that spot because everyone else on the waiting list would have gotten the same email. This stops people automatically being accepted when they may have changed their mind about coming.

      March 28, 2013

    • Robby

      I got my first email today notifying me.

      March 29, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    OMG I can't wait for this "event"... Thanks so much for putting it on guys :)))

    March 28, 2013

    • Michael

      Cool bananas ;) In 2011 I was putting them on every 4 - 6 weeks inc the BBQ but I got lazy in 2012 and only put it on twice (minus the BBQ part on on occasion as the whole event is very time consuming).

      March 28, 2013

  • Neilium

    Well looks like I'm coming as The Roadie... cause that's what I'l be doin...

    March 27, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      And looks like I'm coming as a scrub nurse......straight from wrk.... Will change into clean scrubs first though lol

      1 · March 28, 2013

    • Michael

      Fake blood is encouraged, real blood is not ^_^

      March 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Ok so the clothing choice is "hot", "carnival", "party", or "thing"." What is "thing"?

    March 27, 2013

    • Michael

      Open to interpretation :) It could be an inanimate object (come as a toaster) or some non-human creature (come as a preying mantis), or anything else that takes your fancy.

      March 28, 2013

  • Michael

    Don't forget folks, if you dress up you won't have to pay any donation to help cover meetup.com fees - unless you really want to ;)

    March 27, 2013

    • Michael

      I won't be surprised if people rub their bread on you.

      1 · March 27, 2013

  • Johnna W.

    Mwah!

    March 23, 2013

    • Michael

      Who was that for ? :P

      March 24, 2013

    • Michael

      Is your +3 your kids or grown ups? Kids get in "free" and don't need to be included in the RSVP ;)

      March 24, 2013

  • Malcolm K.

    Hey Mike,
    Unfortunately I cant make it to this one & hope to join you next BBQ.
    Take care mate
    Mal.

    March 20, 2013

    • Malcolm K.

      I am going into hospital for micro surgery today on an obstructed airway in my head & its going to be a bit ugly for a cpl of weeks...looking ahead, I will be a new man! Yay!

      March 21, 2013

    • Malcolm K.

      Yea, ent surgery for a deviated septum. I'm at Lingard at the mo. About to go in for approx 4hr surgery procedure.

      March 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Happy to bring some firewood (plus some food to share) - don't have a tree to chop down so will be a bag of pre-cut! Looking forward to it!

    March 20, 2013

    • Michael

      I do have a bunch of pine wood I got from backing crates/pallets from our Industrial Drive way. It would probably do the trick. It just burns fast is all but there should be enough for this party at least (I think).

      1 · March 21, 2013

    • Michael D.

      I will bring a bag of firewood too, always good to have more than not enough :)

      March 21, 2013

  • richelle

    I would love to attend your joint party & will bring my 2 awesome kids, ages 12 & 14. My son plays guitar & I'm sure would love to bring along his acoustic. My staffy is a gorgeous friendly character can he rsvp too? He makes people smile :)

    March 20, 2013

    • Michael

      Hi Richelle, you're more than welcome to attend. This party will feature fire and is not fully enclosed, so I am not sure how your dog would fare with that.

      March 20, 2013

    • richelle

      I will ask him:) He is 9 & v well-behaved. Loves beach fires but sh*ts himself at loud bangs like capguns & firecrackers. Stitch the staffy is everyone's mate & my son adores him so wldn't let him out of his sight..I will think on it .. just awesome that you guys are organising this :))

      March 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Damn, missed this one...you guys are just too quick at RSVPing. Maybe next time...

    Regards,

    Tony

    March 20, 2013

    • Linda S.

      Thanks Michael

      March 20, 2013

    • Robby

      Same here Tony. Its not the guys being quick, Its us being slow.

      March 21, 2013

  • Linda S.

    Neil I have table and chairs if you need?

    March 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    heard a lot of good things about these parties to couldn't miss the chance.

    March 20, 2013

    • Michael

      Oh have you? Word seems to get around in the meetup circle ;)

      March 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    just one child

    March 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Michael,
    Just RSVP my 2 kids will be attend too :)
    Thanks

    March 20, 2013

  • Michael

    Thanks Cathy, but you don't have to RSVP "No" if you were never able to make it.

    March 20, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      No not at 4am. Lol I finish at 9:30 will go home and grab my driver and will b there. If there is no one out the back will turn around and go home lol

      March 20, 2013

    • Michael

      You can of course call or SMS on[masked] 321. I will keep my phone with me except when I'm twirling.

      1 · March 20, 2013

  • Michael

    I have created a Waiting List which you have to join, and when someone changes their RSVP to "No", you will get an email, and then it's a case of "First in first serve"

    March 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Looking forward to it

    March 20, 2013

  • Neilium

    Sounds good to me.

    1 · March 20, 2013

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