23:3 (2008:09) 23rd Conference (2008): Opening Reception and Banquet

August 18, 2008 at 3:55 pm | Posted in Conference Reports | Leave a comment

OPENING RECEPTION AND BANQUET
Reported by Marla Chesler

The Conference opening reception and banquet was held at the Grotto Pool and Palm Terrace at the Tapitios Cliffs Resort in Phoenix, Arizona the evening of Thursday, June 5, 2008 from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m.  The weather was a bit warm in the sun, but very pleasant in the shade.  Unfortunately, at the beginning of the reception, the largest available area was in the sun and the chairs were limited.  The staff of the resort quickly provided more chairs and the sun set fairly quickly, making the weather near perfect.

The food was Southwestern and included chips, salsa, and appetizers as well as a variety of meats and vegetables.

Those who had planned ahead wore their new NASIG 2008 conference t-shirts ordered from Cafepress.com.  There were also many veteran attendees wearing t-shirts from past NASIG conferences.  As is typical at a NASIG conference, the dress was very casual, with most people wearing shorts or perhaps a sun dress.

Many attendees gathered around the lovely pool and dangled their feet in the water as a way of keeping cool while enjoying the food and chatting with friends.  The music, a variety of heavy metal bands, seemed a rather odd mix for the setting and if there was any dancing, it happened fairly late in the evening.

Many groups gathered, parted, and reshaped as old friends caught up and new acquaintances got to know each other better.  A very pleasant evening was spent with enjoyable company in a beautiful setting; a very successful event.

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