One of our best NECPS meetings is the December one with our Annual "Yankee Swap", and Awards meeting (Jeff - you bringing a suitcase this year to hold all the certificates?). So make plans now and we hope you'll join us Saturday, December 11.
What's a Yankee Swap? Participants bring a wrapped gift that relates to CPs, valued at around $10.00. Last year we had plants, coins, prints, soils, pottery, etc. OK, here's how it works. Folks who brought a gift draw numbers to see who goes first. Number 1 gets to choose anything on the table and opens it. Number 2 follows and opens another gift. If they choose to........they can take away #1's gift or happily keep their own - which may not be for long! #3 goes next and opens a gift - or they can take #1's or #2's. Get it? This madness continues until everything is opened. Then, #1 has a last shot at ANY of the gifts!
Last year Lauren unwrapped the MOST STUNNING Cephalotus (from the "Cephmaster", Jeff, who by the way mentioned it didn't cost him $10.00). The entire crowd GASPED in awe, and a few moments of silence followed. Everyone wanted it - but no one would Yankee Swap it away because they felt guilty about taking it away from a kid! Here is her Dad, Robert:
Another pic from last year's meeting, of Susan:
Sorry Susan........Dena swapped em away, Heh Heh Heh.
John & the "Cephmaster" himself:
Tony - are you going to take part in the swap 'in absentia'? This meeting should be a great time and if any of you have been pondering about coming to one of our get togethers, this would be one NOT to miss. For more Information visit www.NECPS.org
The January meeting will be interesting too. John has yours truly slated to speak about a recent trip to the UK, where Dena and I met up with "Langy" in Swansea from the CPUK forums, and our visit at Kew where we got a behind the scenes tour of the Tropical Propagation Greenhouses with Caroline and Paloma (Thanks Kath!!!!!!!!!!!!!)