It’s hard to believe, but it’s that time of year again. BRR is in the rearview, hats and gloves are coming off the shelves, and the Holiday Party is starting to come up in announcements after your workouts. This year’s party is brought to you by the SOB Board and many of the details are below. We will be adding to them/answering questions as they come up. Tickets are also available now (link below) along with an option to add on 1 or more donations to support the families of the Union County Community Shelter.
Before getting to all the details, we just want to ask you to please do whatever you can to try and make it to the party. There are few times in the year (if not just this one) when we have a chance to all come together from across the region and spend some quality time getting to know each other, and each other’s spouses, better. It is also a great opportunity to introduce your M to all these guys you come home talking about and hopefully give her a better idea of exactly why F3 means so much to us.
Tickets: You can reserve your tickets using button above (https://www.eventbrite.com/e/f3-sob-holiday-party-charity-collection-tickets-38582286658). Once you have reserved them, please pay via PayPal to the following e-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org. When you send the money, use the Friends & Family option and include your F3 Name as well as “Holiday Party” in the note. Thank you! If you don’t have access to PayPal, let one of us (listed below) know and we will find another way for you to pay.
Charity: When selecting your tickets, you will see an option to add-on $15 or $25 gift cards to benefit the Union County Community Shelter. For each one of these that you purchase, the board will be buying an actual gift card (dinner, bowling, movies) to deliver to the UCCS. The staff there will then hand these cards out to the members of the community in need so that they and their families can enjoy a special night out during the holiday season. This is a great cause, a great way to spread holiday cheer to those who may have less reason to celebrate than us, and a great way to support our F3 community in Western Union County.
When: Saturday, December 16th from 5 PM to Midnight (technically we can stay as late as we like but have to turn the music down at midnight)
Where: Red Barn Events (6012 Jeanne Dr, Waxhaw, NC 28173) – http://www.redbarnwaxhaw.com/
We wanted to find a place that was in a central location for all the SOB PAX whether you are coming from Ballantyne, Waxhaw, Indian Land or Western Union County. This is a really nice venue in a large rustic barn on a big, secluded piece of land. It’s a family-owned business and Doug, who owns it with his wife, is a long-time Stallings police officer and is excited about hosting the F3 SOB Holiday Party. The barn is open air so it may be a little chilly, but we will have a bonfire as well as many firepits going to keep everyone warm and provide some nice atmosphere.
Food/Drink: BYOB. Wine and beer are welcome, hard liquor is technically not allowed since we will not have a bartender present. Water and soda will be provided as well as a catered BBQ dinner. Exact details on the dinner will be forthcoming, but Madame Tussauds is the master of BBQ and promises to pick a great vendor.
Entertainment: Aside from the 2nd F, there will be plenty of entertainment available. The barn has a great built-in sound system and the plan at the moment is to play music from a playlist or service like Spotify. If anyone wants to volunteer their services creating a playlist or anyone wants to take a stab at playing some live music (looking at you Kid Rock and Wild Turkey), you are more than welcome to do so just let us know. We will also have access to cornhole, beer pong tables, plenty of space for tossing around footballs, etc, and even a large stocked fishing pond (you can even come earlier in the afternoon if you want to get some fishing in — we have the venue for the entire day).
Dress: Warm and casual. Recommend not wearing sweatpants, but whatever floats your boat is welcome. Can’t wait to see Mario’s sleeveless ugly Christmas sweater.
Cost: We tried our best to keep the cost low to encourage as much attendance as possible. $30 per person covers the venue, entertainment, your dinner, non-alcoholic refreshments and all the 2F you can handle.
Transportation: We looked into shuttle buses but it would have pushed the price up too high. There is tons of parking at the farm, so if you want to drive yourself go for it. For those who plan to drink, please please please plan for a designated driver. If that’s not an option, both Uber and Lyft now offer scheduled rides so you should be able to get picked up at a decent time even with it being a little ways out there. For those up in Ballantyne, carpooling from The Vine is a great option as well to reduce the number of necessary drivers. Fire Hazard alone can fit at least 8 people into that truck of his.
If you have any questions at all, please reach to any of us on the board (Madame Tussauds, Soft Pretzel, Argonaut, General_, Frehleys Comet, Wild Turkey, Thin Mint). Hope to see each and every one of you there on December 16th.
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