If you are planning to attend the annual NGS "Conference in the States" in Nashville (see the previous article) and you also are a reader of this newsletter, you are invited to one more event. This particular event is not listed on the conference schedule as it is not a part of the official NGS program. Instead, it involves an unofficial "pick-up group" of this newsletter's readers.
Many of the readers of this newsletter meet after any genealogy conference closes on Saturday evening. You are hereby invited, and you are also invited to bring a friend, newsletter reader or not. We normally go to a local restaurant for a "Dutch Treat" meal. We also try to set a new record after each conference for the highest noise level ever achieved by genealogists. If you are looking for a quiet dinner with a few people, this isn't it!
WARNING: These events are always unplanned, uncoordinated, and unstructured. There is no program and no agenda, and we won't even know the place of the dinner or the exact time until the last day or so of the conference. Some dinners have been great successes; a few were a bit less so. You take your chances with this crowd!
The restaurant of choice usually is moderately priced although we are always constrained by what is available locally. If we have a choice between an upscale restaurant and a somewhat lower-class venue, we always choose the low-class place!
Past dinners have been held at Disney World, a German beer hall, various Tex-Mex places, a Mexican seafood restaurant, Italian restaurants, a pie shop, and one event was held at a place appropriately called "Dick's Last Resort." (My eardrums still have not recovered from that evening!) Pictures of last September's dinner at Manuel's Mexican Restaurant in Austin, Texas, are available at http://eogn.typepad.com/photos/fgs2004dinner/.
Suggested attire includes tee shirts, blue jeans, Bermuda shorts, and/or kilts, as you see fit.
Next, if you have friends who are planning on attending this EOGN Saturday Night Soiree, I suggest that you NOT sit with them! You already know those folks! This is a perfect event to sit amongst strangers and to convert them to newly-found friends.
If you will be in Nashville on June 4 and would like to attend this anarchistic event, you absolutely must add your name to the list of attendees by the end of Friday afternoon so that we can warn the restaurant as to the expected headcount. The sign-up list will be kept at the New England Historic Genealogical Society's booth in the Exhibits Hall.
See you in Nashville!
P.S. Here is a special request to newsletter readers in the Nashville area: Do you know of a suitable restaurant near the convention center? I looked at Google Maps and can see a couple of possibilities but really would appreciate any recommendations from people who are familiar with the area. (We can skip the sub shop.) If you have a suggestion, please post a note at the end of this article.