GORGG 2001 Planned Events

Well GGang, it's about time that we posted what the event plans are. The plans aren't all fully formed, and could still be subject to change, but here they are:

Early bird reception. For those arriving in the area on Thursday or sooner, Dave Sr. will be hosting a reception at his home in Mississauga on Thursday, October 4, starting around 7pm. This will afford the early attendees the opportunity to meet Gary and John, and other list members while consuming alcholic beverages and munching on whatever we have in the gastro dept. To RSVP and obtain detailed information regarding getting there, contact Dave by email.
Check in at the hotel.
Meet and Greet - Hospitality suite (from 12 noon on), located in the Quality Hotel Penthouse. Get your participation stuff (meal tickets and "surprise packages!!".), and pay the $75 CDN participation fee (approximately $45 US funds). (This covers your banquet meal and the banquet hall rental, plus 2 breakfasts, and coupons for 1/2 price appetizers in the bar on Friday night) T-shirts --- if you have ordered T shirts, pick them up at the same time! Get your orders in once the price and design have been announced.
After checking in, go down to the hotel's English style pub bar "Hampton's" for beer (we warned them to be well stocked!). Mixed drinks and non-alcoholic drinks also available. 1/2 price appetizers for GORGGers, beer company prize giveaways, meals available(on your own), darts and pool tables in the bar as well! Marketplace sales in the hospitality suite (hours to be determined). After hours partying in the hospitality suite.
9 - 11:30 am: Breakfast buffet in Hampton's - included in GORGG price!
Free time for "touristing" or casual meeting until 6 pm. (Hampton's will be
open -- alcohol service starts at noon!).
4 pm - 6 pm: Marketplace sales in the hospitality suite.
Cocktails (cash bar) in the banquet hall starting at 6 pm.
Dinner starts at 7 pm. - buffet (great food, lots of selection including vegetarian, "meat eaters" and Happy Canadian Thankgiving!!). Webcast for those who can't join us live -- and email hook-up).
After dinner - GGiant Jam! We're getting a basic band set up (drums, amps, mikes, guitars, keyboard and sound engineer), so if you can play, please feel free. BYOI (bring your own instrument, if you like). Cash bar service will be available in the banquet hall area until 1 am.
After hours partying in hospitality suite.
9 - 11:30 am. Breakfast buffet in Hampton's - included in GORGG price!
11 am - 1 pm. Saying goodbye, more touristing, drinking in the bar, etc.
Last chance hospitality suite Marketplace
Sunday night -- hospitality suite STILL OPEN for the final finale!

Sound like any fun? Well, there's more... To encourage (or comfort) the spouses, significant others, and "also going alongs" we are setting up some activities for the non-GORGG addicts!

GORGG 2001 Hot Tub Club

GORGGed out?? You're not left out! We haven't forgotten you. While the GORGGS are hunkering down over their beer entranced by who was in what band when -- Join our informal "Hot Tub Club". The hotel has a hot tub, pool and sauna (however, they close at 11pm) -- but who says we can't make sure even the non-GORGG addicts have fun?? So far -- suggestions include:

A day trip to Niagara Falls (ok -- we'll let the GORGGs come too). Cost will depend on numbers interested.
Shopping (of course). Oakville itself has boutiques and a great waterfront area, nearby is Trafalgar Mall
Euchre group/ tournament.
Gambling!! (oh, "FORCE" KJ to take a group to Mohawk slots) -- a casino is also located in Niagara Falls for "full" gaming (blackjack, etc).
Nature lovers -- hiking in Bronte Creek Conservation area.
Wine tasting (yes, Canada is a leading wine producer!).

If you have any special interests (art galleries, historic sites, or other ideas -- let us know and we'll see what we can do). This is not to take away from any site seeing you'd like to do on your own (or with a GORGG), but we want to be sure everyone is included in weekend activities!!