It's that time again... furry bowling time that is! The 8th installment of Furlife's When Furballs Strike series is now set for Saturday, January 28th at 1:30 p.m.
Kenmore has been kind enough to be our host in the past for WFS 1, 4, 5, 6, 7 and also the Rainfurrest 2010 staff party (and really likes us fuzzies!) and once again will be giving us complimentary rental of their party room. For WFS 8, the bowling cost will remain the same at $7 and includes two games of bowling, shoe rental (if needed) and a free prize raffle ticket.
Yep - I am bringing back the prize raffle once again and have already purchased many great prizes and furry swag to win so don't miss out on that! The raffle will be held in the room after everyone has completed bowling. Extra raffle tickets will be available for $1 each to help offset the cost of prizes if you want to increase your chances to win :)
If anyone has any prizes to donate towards the raffle that is always greatly appreciated (most of the prize fund comes out-of-pocket, thanks to everyone that donated cash or prizes last time).
NEW DINNER AFTER-PARTY LOCATION
Yes, you heard right - we are done with Denny's... our group is simply too large. With as big as FurLife and the WFS meets have been, the only real option is to go to a serve-yourself buffet restaurant as it's unrealistic to tax a wait/cook staff with 60-70 orders on a busy Saturday night.
After much searching and negotiation, the new location for our dinner will be:
Old Country Buffet - Lynnwood
[masked]th St. SW, Lynnwood 98036
I was able to secure an AWESOME group rate for us - just $12.50 includes the buffet, drink, tax AND gratuity, which is at least a $2-3 savings over the normal price which does not include a drink. Yaay!
I will have printed directions available at the meet to OCB from Kenmore Lanes, and the dinner will be pay-your-own - just tell the cashier you are with the FurLife group. They take cash and visa/mastercard.
Important: When you RSVP, please let me know if you will NOT be attending the dinner at OCB after the meet so I have a more accurate number for the staff there. Otherwise, I will assume all RSVPs will be attending dinner.
So here are the updated details:
When Furballs Strike 8
Date: Saturday, January 28, 2012
Location: Kenmore Lanes
Address: 7638 NE Bothell Way, Kenmore, 98028
Time: Meetup/check-in at 1:30 p.m., start bowling at 2pm
Cost: $7 flat-rate for two games of bowling, shoe rental and a raffle ticket.
Who: Any fur and everyfur! Bring a friend, or two... or three!
Kenmore is also fairly centrally located, less than 10 minutes from Lake City Way, 405, and is close to Edmonds, Shoreline, and a short jaunt from Seattle, Everett and the Eastside as well.
EDIT: I have made a thread on the forum regarding carpools and rideshares for attendees to organize carpooling to the meet and the dinner afterwards, go here: http://www.meetup.com/furlife/messages/boards/thread/19149202/#[masked]
We will be meeting in Kenmore Lanes' huge meeting/banquet room which is just inside the automatic doors on the street side of the complex, near the lowest-numbered lanes. We will have the room stocked with plenty of tables, chairs, fans, and lots of water as well as a changing area for our fursuiters.
I (Kijani) will be there handling check-in. When you pay your bowling fee I will give you a lane assignment – if you want to be on a lane with somebody please let me know that at the time of check-in. We will be doing 5 bowlers per lane. If you need bowling shoes go to the front desk and tell the attendant you're with the Fur Life group and your rental will be accounted for.
The bowling fee does not include food, but Kenmore Lanes has a full restaurant and bar for us to order from at our leisure. Please do not bring in any outside food or drink as this is against Kenmore's house policies.
Remember we will be going to Old Country Buffet at 5 p.m. for dinner.
Just like previous WFS meets, I will be giving out fun awards for high game in “classic” and “fursuit” divisions. We will also be running our prize raffle again with lots of fantastic gifts to give away for bowling with us at WFS!
We should be finishing up around 4:30, and I have set our dinner reservation at Old Country Buffet at 5 p.m. Also, Kenmore has been a great host for us in the past and was very kind in giving us this great deal and free use of the meeting room so please help clean up after yourselves. Let's try leave the place looking cleaner than when we came in!
Please RSVP as soon as you are reasonably sure you can attend so I can get a more accurate number of bowlers reported to Kenmore Lanes management.
Thanks so much and see everyone at When Furballs Strike 8! Any questions feel free to post here or shoot me an e-mail.
If this will be your first WFS meet or you would like to see what it's like and how insanely fun it is... check out these videos!
When Furballs Strike 7 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LZxlDxGq_kk) - Great turnout, 33 suits, 82 attendees!
When Furballs Strike 6 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YwkIe2u0zKo) - Another record, 39 fursuiters!
When Furballs Strike 5 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rx4xIC_IMIU) - Record 95 total furs attended!