Social Events

Monday, December 9, 2019 – MAPS Annual Holiday Party

A good time was had by all at the annual MAPS Holiday Party.

Several volunteers came in to set up everything and get the party rolling.  Red poinsettias adorned the Arbor Room – inside and out – and were also the centerpieces on each table.  Party goers brought in yummy dishes and filled up the tables in the Founders Room.  We had plenty to eat!  Our president, Tim O’Brien, held an uncontested Board election.  We watched Mary’s slideshow, “Vacation Photos”, and enjoyed seeing places around the world that our members have visited.  Our Scavenger Hunt had 20 happy winners.  We had fun playing the “Name That Holiday Song” game with Bill’s team winning it all.  Our centerpiece raffles of red poinsettias and our Grand Raffles had many happy winners.  It was a really fun night!

All this was made possible by the many volunteers that came in to set up the Arbor Room, put out drinks and food, greet our guests, sell raffle tickets, run the lights, sound and computer, bring in food, take photos and especially those who stayed to help clean up.  Thank you so much for all your help!  This event cannot be the success it is without you.

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Monday, December 10, 2018 – MAPS Annual Holiday Party

It was a wonderful night for our annual MAPS Holiday Party. Volunteers came early to set up everything and made the Arbor Room look so festive. Members arrived with loads of great smelling dishes that filled up the tables in the Founders Room. There was plenty of food for all!

Everyone appeared to enjoy the slideshow, “All Creatures Great and Small”.  Members sent in their favorite creature images with clever captions making for a funny show.

We played games, including a scavenger hunt that had 20 lucky winners. Our “ABC” game was quite competitive, but only Kate’s table would win in the end. Several members won the table centerpieces, and we had 6 grand prize raffle winners. Donna T. won the free Arboretum class.

Thanks to all the volunteers who set everything up. Thanks to all who helped out during the party with games, raffles, food, drinks, lighting, sound and video. Thanks to those who stayed and cleaned up. It took everyone’s help to make a great evening! Andy took pictures all night long. Click on the images to enlarge them.

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Monday, December 11, 2017 – MAPS Annual Holiday Party

Snow was coming down as MAPS members arrived for the annual MAPS Holiday Party. Lots of wet hugs were exchanged as friends greeted each other. Volunteers had worked hard to make everything look great. Partygoers arrived to see snowmen adorning every table.

Newly elected officers were introduced; Tim O’Brien, President and Steve Bush, Vice President. Plates were piled high at dinnertime with all the yummy food members brought to share. We enjoyed the slideshow “Through the Seasons” of members’ images. Competitive spirits showed during the scavenger hunt, but it was “no holds barred” when it came to winning the table dance. Raffle prizes were awarded and snowman centerpieces were won. Lots of prizes for lots of winners!

Everyone appeared to enjoy the evening. Thanks goes out to all the volunteers who pitched in to make the party a success, from decorators, to food and drink service, to directors, to game helpers, to AV/tech, to our photographer, to raffle ticket sellers and especially to cleaners!

Here is a selection of photos from Monday’s Holiday Party. We hope these pictures will be a reminder of the fun we all had as well as the hard work and attention to details from every volunteer.  Please click on a photo below to enlarge it and begin a slide show.

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Monday, December 12, 2016 – MAPS Annual Holiday Party

It was so wonderful to see everyone at our annual Holiday Party! The Arbor Room was transformed into party mode by the many hard-working volunteers who arrived early to help out. As everyone arrived they walked into a venue full of candy canes and gingerbread men. 

During the President’s business meeting, we re-elected current secretary, Bill Miotek, by unanimous vote. We heard about new audio-visual equipment coming to the Arbor Room, and about the wonderful speaker lineup next year, including a special weekend with internationally-renowned photographer, Bryan Peterson, in May.

Everyone brought in wonderful dishes to share, and we all had plenty to eat. We were treated to another wonderful slideshow of members’ images titled “Say Anything”. Our members were very clever with their captions! The “Gingerbread man Scavenger Hunt” had twenty happy gift bag winners. Fifteen lucky attendees won an edible table centerpiece. Cora Jacobs lead a wonderful special tribute to photographer, Walt Anderson, who is retiring from teaching at the Arboretum this year. The evening ended with six members winning the special raffle prizes, including a free class from The Morton Arboretum.

Many thanks to all the volunteers who arrived early and got everything set up. Thanks to those who helped out during the evening with games, raffles, contests, food, drinks, lighting, sound and video. Thanks also to those who stayed late and cleaned everything up. Without all your help, this wouldn’t have been the fantastic evening that it was! Happy Holidays!

Click on an image below for some images from the evening:

Monday, December 14, 2015 – MAPS Annual Holiday Party

It was so wonderful to see everyone at our annual Holiday Party – what a great turnout! Well over 100 MAPS members came out to have fun and celebrate the spirit of the season together. The Arbor Room was transformed into an elegant wintry venue by the many hard-working volunteers who arrived early to help out. 

During the President’s business meeting, we re-elected many current Board members and voted in our new Vice President, Tim O’Brien. We got to see the final graduating class of the Nature Photography Certificate Program, which included MAPS members Bill Schauert, Lydia Rindt, Connie Wolf, Bill Miotek, John Harris and Linda Haynes…Congratulations!

Everyone brought in wonderful dishes to share. It was a pleasure to fill our plates by the fire in the Founders Room. Our MAPS elves sold a record breaking number of raffle tickets. We were treated to another wonderful slideshow of members’ images titled “The Beauties and the Beasts”. The “Green Candy Cane Scavenger Hunt” had twenty happy gift bag winners. The “Distinctive Holiday Wear Contest” was a hit, and Mary Smith walked away with a Morton Arboretum gift certificate card for her wonderful Christmas tree costume. Fifteen lucky attendees won a table centerpiece. The evening ended with four members winning the special raffle gifts, including a free class awarded by Megan Dunning from The Morton Arboretum.

Many thanks to all the volunteers who arrived early and got everything set up. Thanks to those who helped out during the evening with games, raffles, contests, food, drinks, lighting, sound and video. Thanks also to those who stayed late and cleaned everything up. Without all your help, this wouldn’t have been the fantastic evening that it was! Happy Holidays!

Click on an image below for some candid shots of the evening:

  • Saturday, July 18, 2015 – MAPS Annual Picnic – Meadow Lake at The Morton Arboretum

We got lucky – the rain stopped Saturday afternoon just in time for us to start the picnic.  It was nice to see so many hardy MAPS members brave the hot weather to come out to our annual MAPS picnic. Thanks to everyone for bringing such great food and cool drinks. Thanks also for everyone who helped set up the picnic area and take down everything when the day was over. Many of us tried the macro challenge shooting water drops on CDs, and others walked around the lake to photograph the LEGO Exhibit installations. Good food, good friends, good fun!

Click here to see everyone’s photos.