Join us for dinner! You are invited to join me and many other genealogists for dinner on Saturday evening, September 1, after the FGS 2012 conference in Birmingham, Alabama. Rumor has it there will also be a few door prizes.
I cannot provide all the information just yet as I am still negotiating with the restaurant about "minor" details such as menu, price, and so forth. I will write a full announcement as soon as the details are settled, probably within the next day or two. I can tell you the dinner will be held very near the convention center and the official convention hotel. The price will probably be in the $40 to $50 range.
The agenda is simple: there isn't one. There will be no presentations, no programs, and little of anything else in the way of organization. This is a chance to sit with friends, even newly-found friends, and to relax over a meal and discuss genealogy.
If you know anyone who has ever attended a previous EOGN Dinner, ask them if they enjoyed it.
As in past EOGN dinners, you absolutely MUST have a reservation in advance. No exceptions. I have to provide an exact headcount to the restaurant several days in advance so that they can prepare enough food for all of us. There will be no opportunity to join us at the last moment, unless you can buy a ticket from some other attendee who has to cancel at the last moment. (That has happened before.)
In fact, you will need to make a reservation online at an address to be provided within the next two or three days. If you have a printer available, it would be to your advantage to print out your ticket(s) before the dinner. That will save a bit of time when we all arrive at the restaurant. However, printing the ticket is not absolutely required.
If you do not have a printer available, don't worry about it. I can still check you in manually as I will have a printed list of everyone and can verify your status. However, having a printed ticket in your hand will save you a few seconds when you are at the door.
Only those with confirmed reservations can be admitted. Again, printed tickets are not required but can be a time-saver.
If you are bringing a spouse or other invited guest(s), make sure you make a reservation for everyone in your party. It will be embarrassing to tell your spouse that you are going out to dinner with others while your spouse is left alone in the hotel room because "you forgot to make a second reservation!" If there are two of you, you need two tickets.