Hi folks!

It's crunch time! Thanksgiving is next week and our deadline to RSVP is right around the corner, December 1st!

Details are as such:

Date:         Wednesday, December 18th
Time:         6pm till 8:30pm
Where:      Palace Gardens (click here for the website)
Address:   3100 Campbell Drive, Homestead, FL  33033
                  (Across from the Homestead Hospital)

I know many of you RSVP'd back when I asked for interest. But now I'm asking for you to do it again. It was a while ago, and you might have changed your mind. Who knows!? I want to give an accurate number to Judy for how much to prepare.

All details will be listed on the website HERE (or click the image above).

To RSVP,  you can click here or just reply to this message, and let me know if you're coming and how many. Oh, and see below for info on the White Elephant gift exchange. So much is going to happen that night. It'll be so much fun!! Please, do try to make it.

Barbara Livieri
Secretary - SFNPCC
White Elephant is a gift exchange with an emphasis to “steal” gifts rather than exchange them. Most often, this type of gift exchange takes place at a party with other participants in attendance.

The game gets its name from the term white elephant as defined as something dubious or of limited value, or an object no longer of value to its owner but of value to others. So basically the game calls for people to bring “gag” gifts or gifts they received that they have no use for.

In our White Elephant gift exchange, each participant will bring a wrapped, unmarked photo print. But... those prints can be of any nature (keep it PG rated please). It can be an epic print of your most favorite time in the Alaska, or it can be a print of some photo you took when you were 10 years old, of your foot. Whatever kind of photo print you choose, you wrap it up nice or not so nice, but it must be wrapped or concealed somehow. No names and no identifying marks. No one will know who's gift is from who, or what is inside. That's the fun of it!

The gifts will be placed on a separate table, and the guests are given numbers as they arrive, or their names are randomly drawn, and they select gifts in that order — with a twist.

On the first turn, the person assigned with #1 picks out a gift and opens it so all can see what it is. On the second turn, the person assigned with #2 gets the choice of “stealing” #1’s unwrapped gift or choosing a wrapped one from the pile. If #2 steals #1’s gift, then #1 must choose and open a different wrapped gift.

As subsequent players take their turns, they either select a new gift or take any already opened gift from any of the other players. Have any player who has a gift taken away either choose a new gift or take an already-opened gift from another player.

The game continues with the following rules:

  • If someone steals your gift, you can steal someone else’s gift or choose and open a wrapped one.
  • Continue until everyone has had a turn for a gift. A turn is ended when an unopened gift has been opened.
  • A gift can only be “stolen” once during a turn. If a gift is taken from someone during one round, she cannot take it back during that same round. She can, however, take it back in a later round if she is in a position to select a gift.
  • A gift cannot be immediately stolen back from the player who just stole it.
  • Once a gift has 3 “owners,” the 3rd owner of a gift gets to keep it – it is retired and can’t be stolen again.
  • The gift exchange ends when the last wrapped gift is chosen and opened.

After the last turn, the person who started (since she didn’t get a chance at the beginning) can put back the gift and “steal” a gift according to the rules. This starts the gift exchange again (following the above rules) and ends when someone chooses or is forced to take the gift given up by the person with #1.

Ok, was that confusing or what?! LOL But those are the official rules I found on the website. It might be done differently at this party. However, that is the gist of it. Bring a nice photo print, or bring a gag photo print. It'll be fun however it's done.

We would like to thank Homestead Center of the Arts and the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs for the generous grant provided to the South Florida National Parks Camera Club.


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