London & Northern Virginia/D.C. Meetups

London is meeting up December 12. The news from Kate:

Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, SE1 8XX near Waterloo station, 12th December, 11am onwards.

It will be our 3rd anniversary, and 37th meetup, believe it or not.

To celebrate our anniversary / Christmas / winter / festival of your choice, please bring food to share. Bring anything you like, whether Bake-Off standard or a packet of crisps, but please also bring the list of ingredients so that people can avoid foods if they need to.

If you’re bringing something messy please also bring paper plates / napkins!

This venue is working out really well.

They sell food in a cafe (standard sandwiches etc.), but they also don’t mind people bringing food in from outside. There are several other local places where you can buy stuff as well. The excellent food market outside has loads of different food options, which can fit most food requirements, or you can also bring a packed lunch.

Meet on the fourth floor, outside the Blue Bar (go up in the JCB lift, lift 7, which is bright yellow and quite musical).

Here is the internal map of the Royal Festival Hall:

I will have my Cthulhu with me, which looks like this:  One time I forgot it but I will do my best this time, however if I forget again I will put up a sign. I have long brown hair and glasses.

The venue is accessible via a lift, and has accessible toilets.  Waterloo tube station has step free access on the Jubilee line but not on the Northern line.

The London Awkward group has a Facebook page, which is here:  There is also a thread in the new forums for saying hello.

My email is Kate DOT Towner AT Gmail DOT com

(January meetup will be on the 16th.)


Can’t believe it’s been three years!

Northern Virginia Awkward folks are also meeting up, 12/15. Your host, Creative Cat, has this to say:

Dear Captain & Awkward Army,

I’m hosting an Awkwardeers meet-up in Northern Virginia. I realize it’s the holiday season and thus super busy, but I’m hoping other people want a break from faaaaamily or obligatory seasonal parties as well.

Time is crunched for everyone, so I’m picking what works for me. However I’m planning to do this again, so don’t worry if you can’t make it this time.

When: Tuesday, December 15 from 11 am to 2 pm
Where: Breeze Bakery and Cafe, Annandale, VA
RSVP: none required, but if you have questions you can reach me via @untonuggan on Twitter

We’ll be on the ground floor. Look for the person with knitting (or spinning or piles of yarn) and the sign that says “Awkwardeers Meet-up.” I will bring some coloring supplies. You are welcome to participate in coloring or whatnot, or do something more introverted like polishing up your NaNo draft.

Accessibility (for those who need to plan):

– the ground floor is wheelchair accessible via the parking lot (which has just added more space), and the bathroom I’ve been in was *clean* and also relatively accessible (it’s a small single-stall bathroom, and I don’t know why they didn’t just omit the stall doors and make life easier for everyone.)
– you can reach Breeze via I-495 if you travel from DC/MD by car; there are also certain 29 Metro Buses (Hummer/Heritage and Little River Turnpike Stop). It’s also super close to NVCC Annandale campus, and not far from GMU-Fairfax.
– some baked goods can be purchased for about $2, and they have gelato and sandwiches and coffee. Purchases under $5 require cash. If you have allergies, you may need to watch out for things like butter, nuts and gluten. There are some pre-packaged items, though, like San Pelligrino.
– if you bring electronics, be aware that there are NO plugs to charge them

Hope to see you there!

Have the best time!

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