At the 2011 SCGS Jamboree in Burbank, there were a lot of geneabloggers and we had a ton of fun. It's been great fun scrolling through my photos of this three-day event and laughing and remembering everything we experienced.
The next event on the crowded Geneabloggers agenda at the SCGS Genealogy Jamboree was the Pinata Party on Saturday night. This was an informal "come if you can" event with some planning and no guest list. I think that Sheri Fenley and Donna Pointkouski dreamed this up, and went out and bought a pinata in the form of a Parrot which they named Peter.
Being in a very respected and sedate mainline hotel, the issue became where could the assembled parrot lovers whack Peter, whoop it up, and reap the largesse of his innards. A site between the two hotel towers was chosen opposite the main swimming pool, and after ten p.m., the Peter whacking party assembled. Ron Arons provided a rope and a length of PVC pipe, and Sheri Fenley hung Peter from the overhang slat. Peter was wearing his hula skirt. Some photos from my camera:
1) The photo below shows Donna Pointkouski (with the Peter whacker) and Sheri Fenley (in the red fuzzy footie), and someone hiding behind Peter (I think it's Donna Wendt), getting ready:
Several erstwhile geneabloggers took their whacks, but Peter's thick skin resisted them. It fell to Dan Lynch to take a really big whack and relieve Peter of his goodies. Dan obviously knew how to do this! The rest of us whooped and hollered and woke somebody up on the 8th floor of the hotel.
2) Here are Sheri and Donna scooping up the largesse from the recently demised Peter the Parrot:
3) After the Peter whacking job, we took pictures in the walkway. Here is the group of Geneabloggers that "dressed up" in their PJs for the party (from left to right): Terri O'Connell (standing, in pink), Diana Ritchie (standing), Joan Miller (seated, in gray and black), Linda Seaver (standing in white t-shirt, an honorary genea-blogger), Elyse Doerflinger (seated, in green top), Randy Seaver (standing, in white t-shirt), Donna Pointkouski (seated, in purple top), Sheri Fenley (on ground, in red footie), Steven Danko (in black and white PJs), Kim Von Aspern (seated, in light blue PJs), Heather Rojo (standing on right), and the recently whacked Peter on the right:
4) The genea-parazzi were out in force while taking the picture above. I see Steve Morse, Ron Arons, Lisa Alzo, Donna Wendt, Vincent Rojo and Caroline Pointer taking photos, and that's Susan Kitchens on the right trying to escape from the photo::
This evening was really fun - a bonding experience if you will. The normally shy Thomas MacEntee sat on the sidelines with a look of amazement and amusement on his face, no doubt thinking "what hath Thomas wrought!"
5) On Sunday morning, we were greeted by a wonderful box of doughnuts and a reserved sign for geneabloggers on the Blogger Island table in the hallway. I think I had two of these for breakfast:
Of all of the Jamborees I've attended since 2008, this was the most fun and had the highest geneablogger attendance. There were even two "Blogger Summits" on the program, and I was on one panel.
Now I have to find more photos to share next week from another fun genealogy event!