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Gathering site [Aug. 27th, 2008|10:27 am]
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[mood |creativecreative]

Hey all... so, Shutterfly has these awesome share sites now, and I made one with my Gathering photos. I've set it so that others can upload their photos as well. So, check it out, add photos, add videos, leave comments!


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Hey Ed... [Sep. 14th, 2006|12:23 am]
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You ever going to reply to my last email back in June before your Toronto event this summer? I'm guessing your lack of response had something to do with a request for a refund...

Heard it didn't go so well. Glad I didn't go. I'd still like my money back.

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(no subject) [Jul. 11th, 2006|07:45 pm]
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[mood |okayokay]

My friend, rosamundeb, has posted the first batch of photos from The Gathering at her journal - http://rosamundeb.livejournal.com/278146.html
She takes AWESOME photos!

And here are mine - http://share.shutterfly.com/action/welcome?sid=9Qct3Lhw3Ygg (there are a few from Detroit in the album before you get to the Toronto pics).
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Pictures are up! [Jul. 10th, 2006|01:26 am]
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[mood |calmcalm]

I've posted my Gathering Photos to my LJ gallery.  Feel free to take anything you like.

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City Pass [Jun. 20th, 2006|03:55 pm]
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[mood |lethargiclethargic]

City Pass

2006–2007 CityPass includes admission to the following:

• CN Tower  
• Art Gallery of Ontario 
• Royal Ontario Museum 
• Casa Loma 
• Ontario Science Centre 
• Toronto Zoo 

I was already planning to do at least 2 of the attractions listed, but this will save me even more. Just the CN tower "total experience" pass is 31.99, and the science center is 14.00 - you still have to pay $11 for the IMAX - so it looks like a great deal. Just thought I'd share.

*also posting on the Gathering message board*
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Eowyn gown for sale [Jun. 20th, 2006|02:04 pm]
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[mood |worriedworried]

Ok, this is my last attempt to try and find a buyer for my Eowyn gown (green stable dress worn in The Two Towers). I had an interested party, but they backed out. I'm quite desperate to get this gown sold to pay for some overdue bills... so, please, make an offer.

You can find pictures and info here:

Feel free to post any questions you may have.
X-posted to a couple places.
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Latest from the board, via MithLuin [Jun. 13th, 2006|09:55 am]
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Here is what is meant by "scaled down":

"For the picnic we are going with 6 foot subs from Mr. Subs, pizza,chips, party platters maybe and pop. Like a really friendly picnic. It would be cool to do pot luck like a real Hobbit party, but not an option with people flying in. :(

We are also nixing the official decorations. If people want to bring things to be hung up or strung we can get the set up crew to do that Friday morning.

We are also wondering if there is interest in an "orphan table". And what that is, is a table manned by the Gathering store in vendors room selling odds and ends. Fic zines, jewelery, pottery, homemade stuff.It's a table you don't have to pay for but can sell on.

As far as the events go, the Stage show, the new picnic, the movie and banquet and masquerade are all still on with no changes really from the original set up."

I have not heard that any guests have been cancelled, so I am assuming they are all still on :D .
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GOTF update [Jun. 11th, 2006|08:54 am]
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Copied from the EZboard, via holbytla

Copied and pasted this from the yahoo group -hob

Hey all,

Just talked to our Powers that Be. There have been some more registrations and some very helpful donations over the last few days. They will know one way or the other by the end of next week. But things are looking better. However, we aren't out of the hole yet by a long shot.

What they are suggesting is the people who are waiting for the last minute to see what happens to NOT.

Go to the site and fill out the registration form. Where it asks about paying say you are sending a check and then just wait. If we do have the con, just get the email address for PayPal or overnight your check.

With the registrations processed we can see who many PAYING people are willing to come. But only doing this IF you are GOING to pay as these numbers will make or break us.

I can't say the amount we need but it's not that many really, certainly not anywhere near the 700 people mentioned before. That was keeping everything flashy, but if we do bare bones and still have the guest and the stage show and NEW version of the picnic we can pull if off AND have the movies even.

So if you have roommates or friends planning to come, even people buying day passes may want to know this and change their minds to full 4 days. Get them to the site to fill it out and then wait to pay. I know a couple of you who fall into this, I'll go poke you if I don't see you listed soon. (grabs Elven bow)

SO, we're not dead yet. There's hope if we can either get the equivalent money raised or get the people or some combination of both.

So keep your fingers crosses and if you know some rich uncles, hit them up. :) You can repost this info anywhere talking about the Gathering.

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Simaril package upgrades [Jun. 8th, 2006|11:39 am]
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[mood |curiouscurious]

The option to upgrade your attending registration to a Simaril package is now available - see the Gathering website for details.
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Urgent message from the Gathering... [Jun. 6th, 2006|09:45 pm]
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[mood |worriedworried]
[music | -]

Just got this email:

Dear Tolkien Fan,

The Gathering of the Fellowship event is in trouble, and we need your help.

When we first started out on this road, shortly after our successful December 2003 event, we anticipated a renewal of the enthusiasm and fellowship from those three wonderful days to carry on and help fuel our next convention. But even with those lofty feelings, we knew that the Lord of the Rings movies were ended and that film interest was waning, so we were conservative and budgeted for a smaller event. We felt certain, however, that associating ourselves with the new stage musical would bring the fans back to Toronto. Unfortunately, registration sales have consistently lagged behind our targets.

Over the past several months, in order to address the lack of registrations, we have listened to your requests and expanded our guest list, and continued to build The Gathering of the Fellowship into the event that we believed people wanted to see. And truly, we have heard nothing but good "buzz" and enthusiasm from fans—but still the registrations have not sold. It leaves us dismayed that people continue to praise our efforts, and yet do not commit to attend. Guests and programming are very expensive, as you may know, and we are a non-profit group run by volunteers. We can not afford to absorb our losses into the general corporate ledger as may be practiced elsewhere. The money comes out of our own pockets.

After the 2003 event we practically had our whole staff of volunteers move on to other things, leaving precious few of us left. We have struggled to attract new volunteers, and then those that join our team seem to disappear for various reasons. Just in the last month we lost five committee members who decided that they can not attend the event, leaving us in a lurch. The Board of Directors—Anthony S. Burdge, Jessica Burke, and myself—along with a strong, core group of people, have had to wear various hats to juggle all of the necessary tasks. And yet being volunteers, we all have full time jobs and families that we must also attend to. We have not been able to address the floods of emails in a timely manner because of this, and we have been in a constant struggle to manage the few funds that come in with the mounting expenses.

So where are we at? I'll be very specific: we budgeted for 1,000 attendees, yet we have only registered 300. This is in comparison with the over 1,500 we had in 2003. The event is in danger of not happening at all. Already, we are cutting costs to the bone, and concentrating on what people are coming to see: our guests and programming. But none of this will happen unless we can raise the necessary funds within the next ten days.

How can you help? If you know of someone that plans to come to the event but were hoping to pay at the door, please tell them buy now! They can take advantage of the Vacation Packages now on sale (described in the newsletter & on our site), as well as all the discounts and other price reductions we also have on our site. Tell your friends; spread the word. If each of you can bring just one more person to the event, we can hold the event without a hitch. We also understand that many potential attendees may be shying away due to the hotel expenses. If you know someone who wants to attend, but cannot afford the hotel, let us know. We have a good number of folks sharing hotel rooms. The Gathering Friend Finder (groups.yahoo.com/group/GatheringFriendFinder) is a great resource to help would-be room-buddies get in touch and save on expenses. Call your friends, cash in any favors, ask mom to come. We all want this to happen, but we cannot stress enough how much we need your help!

And we will certainly accept free donations. (So anyone out there wishing to help sponsor our event, please let us know! We're in need of sponsors! If you happen to know any multi-millionaires who are also Tolkien fans, maybe they can help us bridge the gap.) The Gathering of the Fellowship is very special to all of us—it is the people that make it so, and the love of the Professor that binds us together. It would be a shame if 2003 were the first and only Gathering.

Why did we decide to burden you with these sad facts? Well, we are literally down to the wire, and no manner of subtle hints and pleas will do it now. We need to be explicit, and because you are the supporters of this event—the ones we are most grateful for—we owed you this honesty.

In fellowship,

Edward Rodrigues
President, The Gathering of the Fellowship

* To purchase a Registration, please visit the Registration Page.
* To make a Donation, please visit the Operation Gathering website, our fundraising branch.

Please Note: You received this message because your email address is listed by a Registrant for The Gathering of the Fellowship Toronto 2006 Event. If this is not true and you have received this email in error, please disregard and accept my apology.
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