Hey guys! After negotiating and plotting with NAS and Earthplace, the event venue, we've reached the following plot and schedule:
SATURDAY OCT 5th:
9am–12pm: Set up for NAS Fish Show
12pm: Judging for NAS show begins
12:15pm: CAPE puts out food for Luncheon Program**, people start eating
12:30pm: Amanda starts talk "Planted Tank 101"
1:30pm (or whenever Amanda stops talking): Michael starts talking on "Emersed Aquatic Plant Culture"
2:30pm-ish: program wrap-up, raffle of bowl setups**** (1 free raffle ticket for everyone who pays for lunch and additional tickets sold). SUNDAY OCT 6th:
11am: setup for auction with NAS. Vendors bring lots, register, label stuff and go nuts. Items donated to CAPE should be labeled "888", items donated to NAS are "999"
11am–auction end: CAPE sells baked goodies***
1:00pm: Auction begins. Stuff is sold and bought.
Auction End (i.e. whenever there's no more stuff to sell): CAPE's club funds are hopefully larger than the day before.
*We're going to need volunteers to set up tables and stuff, put out food during the luncheon, collect moolah for food at lunch, hand out flyers to encourage people to join, and do other miscellaneous stuff as needed. Please let me know what you're able to do.
**The luncheon program will be a pot luck, so we need people to make foodstuffs we can offer to people. We're charging a $5 suggested donation to eat (by which I mean, if they don't cough up $5 a pop, guilt the hell out of them until they do!) with 1 raffle ticket for each donation of $5 and 1 extra ticket for each dollar more than that. CAPE members who bring us food for the event can eat for free.
I'm hoping Tom will be able to cover the dessert aspect of food, so that all we need to do is find people for the main courses and sides, but I'm compiling a list of things people are bringing so we can make sure there's an even balance of types of food. Please pipe up if you can offer something—if you're unable to make the event but want to contribute, you're welcome to drop off food at my place the night before. We're going to try to offset your food costs with the money from the lunch, but we make no guarantees that we'll get that many attendees.
Michael: "I'll probably make greek potatoes and chicken, maybe a salad and or meatballs."
Amanda: Asian cuisine (because that's mostly what I know how to make LOL): Lo mein, chicken & cilantro wonton soup, either satay or yakitori (haven't decided yet), maybe sushi? (it would be veggie-based rolls since I can't afford sushi-grade fish and would feel bad serving fish at a fish show anyway LOL). Might be able to snag a frozen dish or two from BJ's, as well.
****I'm supplying the plants for the bowls, but I need help decorating them!
Of course, we're hoping you all can at least come to our luncheon and/or the auction, to show support for the club!