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Everything is coming together for the winter meet-up! It seems people are liking the idea of going ice skating, and I think it would be nice to be able to eat inside rather than outside in the winter cold ^^;. If I can get all the info I need this week, I'll make another journal around the 11th with more definitive details~! For now, I'll just point all you readers to the bottom of this journal to check out what info I gathered about the ice rink. Ciao for now! :iconciaoplz:

While I have a lot of info to share, there are still things to be decided, so please read up and tell me what you'd like~!
So I want to first bring up something that our group has been running into more and more. Back in the before times, I thought that we all could just meet up free of charge n' all, and as long as we didn't cause any damage to where we were staying at, other people wouldn't mind so much what we were playing. However, it turns out that buying a permit is necessary for the use of many outside venues, and of course its going to cost to rent out an indoor space, so now we have to look into creating a treasury for this group. Therefore, I want to ask if there is anyone of us who would be interested in becoming the treasurer of this group. KyuubiArashi said she would like to help out in this division, but she's usually overworked, and I don't want to bog down anyone who is already super busy. So if anyone is seriously into this position, I'll send 'em a note with some questions and see if you're cool with these responsibilities.
I've mulled over this idea a lot, and have contacted Mattsy about it, so I hope I can explain this to everyone in all clarity:
:bulletred: Not all places we go to will have an 'assembly fee', but after looking deeper into places like the Zoo website, we have to identify ourselves as a group at the front desk and stuff
:bulletorange: If the place we're staying at does want us to pay for a site ( outside, like a pavilion at Tower Grove Park www.towergrovepark.org/index.p… ) we'll split up the cost as even as we can get ( ex: on the link I posted, the Chinese pavilion costs $40 a day, so if 40 people want to go, they only have to pay a dollar a person )
:bulletyellow: For many indoor reservations I've looked at, the cost is hourly, so we'd have to decide beforehand how much time we'd like to hang out at that place and split the cost according to that
:bulletgreen: Some events cost per person, so the cost would be shouldered by the individual ( ex: laser tag this summer will cost $10 per person )
:bulletblue: If there are ( somehow ) some leftover funds, they will be used during the current meetup for supplies ( food, cups, band-aids )

I realize that there's still many more points I should elaborate on, but it's tough knowing what to explain when you don't know what everyone else wants an explanation of; so please ask, comment, share your thoughts, and tell me if you'd be into being a group treasurer~! I'll update this section as I get new info and ideas.
For those out there who might be mortified at the thought of spending money in order to go to some meetups, I just want to point out the red bullet point and share with all of you something about the last Hetalia day. How many people came the first time? Maybe 25-ish? The second? 35-ish. This year? I had around 50 people sign in, but the parents hanging out said that we had at least 70 people running around at one time! Because of that, the park's workers got a little weirded out at the sheer number of people that were using the parks grounds without a permit. So if everyone wants to continue meeting up at various sites ( outside of conventions ), this is something we'll be having to look into.

Winter Meet up!

Day/Time
I know I had asked for everyone's break times, but with celebrations n' all, I didn't want to intrude on anyone's winter celebrations ^^;
So I thought I'd choose a date at random, and see what everyone thought. The day I came up with was Jan. 26 ( Sunday ). I thought we could meet at 12:00pm and go somewhere towards 2pm or 3pm? Tell me what you guys think.

Location
The Crestwood Community Center is still on the table, and the cost for just two hours would be $80... after looking into this venue, it seems a little troublesome, as it costs $40 an hour, and it's so far south >.>"
But if we would chose this, it would be centered on video gaming and drawing. Someone suggested roleplaying World Meeting style, and that's cool as long as it doesn't involve running around so much. Everyone would bring their own lunches and supplies. Cosplay is totally optional, so you don't have to force yourself to wear Seychelles's dress in the freezing cold~
The second option suggested was the science Center! From what I gathered, the only cost would be parking, if you would parking the $10 parking lot. This would be a more active meet up, and it probably wouldn't be wise to bring a DS or something that can fall out somewhere while you run around. Cosplay might be interesting to wear, but it is not required. The only thing is that the Science Center doesn't allow people that bring lunches to eat inside... so we'd have to eat out in whatever weather late January provides... however, if you plan on buying a lunch inside the place, they'll let you eat in the eating areas in the entrance. Here's the FAQ: www.slsc.org/faqs
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The newest option suggested was going to the Steinberg ice skating rink in Forest Park! I visited up there to scout out the place, and it looks like it'd be great! There is indoor and outdoor seating, so we could bring some lunch to eat and sit around for a break. There isn't any fee for just sitting around and not skating, the $5 admission fee is if you want to go out onto the rink. If you don't have your own skates, but wanna go on the rink, you will have to pay the $5 admission and $6 skate rental. There were also a few bonfires around the rink. The parking lot close by is pretty small, so carpooling, dropping off, or parking across the way in the park might be necessary. The only issue I found was how crowded it was... true, the zamboni had scooted everyone off the ice during my visit, but it was packed!

So, regarding the treasury shindig, this is not just a flimsy, final decision that I'm making. Most everything about this issue is on the table for discussion, and if anyone has anything to add on to this, please share what you think~! I want to make this a fair policy for everyone in St-Louis-Hetalia, and not some group breaking rule. If we are still unsure of what should be done by the 11th of January, we might just have to cancel the Winter meetup and just go through with the Spring one down the road.
Hopefully I didn't discourage anyone out there, but please review what I have gone over and comment away! :iconciaoplz:
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:iconfeatherwings1638:
FeatherWings1638 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I like the idea of the Science Center!  Can't wait!
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NotASerialKiller Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Ah, Ice skating seems pretty swanky, and so does the science center :D (Big Grin) 
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LightningArora Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014  Student Digital Artist
This is gonna be so awesome!!! I can't wait!!
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srcpcsoha Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014  Student Digital Artist
ICE SKATINGGGGG omg I wanna gooooo :iconlazycryplz: 
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jetcrystal12 Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013  Hobbyist
I can't wait for the winter meetup, it'll be so much fun! :iconyayzplz:
Both the science center and ice skating sound awesome. I'm so excited to see all the cool people from last time :D
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vivthehedgehog Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
sweet~!
thanks fur the info! :iconitalyistoohappyplz:
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brittny2000 Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
 I'm really excited for a winter meetup! :iconhappykittyplz: :iconexcitedplz:
I think the 26th is fine but... the thing that kinda upsets me is the time range. I really enjoy spending time with all of the amazing people and it seemed like time flew at Hetalia day so I was wondering if we could increase the time range (it's fine if not).

 Anyways, the ice skating rink or science center ideas sound like loads of fun! Either way I'm hoping to come in my Italy cosplay with my sis as Romano, like last time.
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vivthehedgehog Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
well, the time span im putting out there would just be the approximate time that ill be hangin' around at the place. everyone is totally welcome to stay longer and derp around, or even arrive earlier if they wish~! ^w^
so if you wanna hang out with some peeps after the time i put out there, thats totally fine~
---as long as your ride or carpool is cool with that too~ :iconvenezianoplz:
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brittny2000 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ok, that sounds wonderful :D
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Coranthum Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2013
I should be able to make it :) I can get my casual Fem!America cosplay ready for once! ^^ Ice skating would be so much fun! Though, I think as long as we're together anything we do will be fun. 
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vivthehedgehog Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
awesome!
thanks for the info~! :iconitalysaluteplz:
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rinirika Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I don't think i'll be able to go on the 26th, my mom works that weekend ;A; Is there going to be a spring meetup, though? Or is that just for if this meetup doesn't work out? >_<
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vivthehedgehog Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
i see... but i am planning on having a spring meetup either way.
im not sure if everyone wants to do the zoo thing again,
but ill bring that up after this winter shindig is done~! :iconitalysaluteplz:
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rinirika Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yay! That works fine then for me! ^_^ I hope you all have a good time nonetheless! :3
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Mizububbles Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2013  Student General Artist
Unfortunately, my dad works until 3pm on Sundays. As far as I know I think Saturdays are cool for me.
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vivthehedgehog Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
like i had told NatalieCosplay,
unfortunately, i cannot use another Saturday for a meetup this time 'cause of my class,
but in the future ( if my Saturdays arent usurped by other random stuff ), i plan on using that day once more~
im sorry that that's what's up, but maybe something might work out down the road? :iconvenezianoplz:
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NatalieCosplay Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2013  Student General Artist
I won't be going because it's a Sunday, it's a church day which means I'll be at the church pretty much all day. Have fun though! If I do manage to slip out by some small miracle, then ice skating sounds the best :) Anywho, have fun!
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vivthehedgehog Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
ah, i getcha~
i was wondering how well a sunday would bode with everyone,
but this time i really cant schedule another Saturday... >.>"
ive missed a lot of my japanese classes this year already ^^;
but i really hope you can make it if everything goes well! :la:
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NatalieCosplay Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2013  Student General Artist
Heheh it's fine, I've started to fall out of the Hetalia fandom anyways, just too much drama lately :3 But, yeah, have fun! :)
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vivthehedgehog Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
well, even if you arent so much into the Hetalia stuff,
you are still very much welcome to our meetings and all~!
i think being introduced to diverse fandoms/interests alongside understanding worldly cultures is a big part of being a Hetalian~ ( well, perhaps a big part of being in any fandom out there i hope...? ^^; ) :iconvenezianoplz:
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NatalieCosplay Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014  Student General Artist
hehe, yeah! It's not so much as hetalia as the fandom I'm falling out of love with, really x3. But maybe next time~
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dasagoo Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I will hopefully be attending to any place we decide on~! (as america, japan, or spain of course~) Just to make some suggestions tho we can do things like bowling or even the city museum would be really fun too 
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vivthehedgehog Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
i think those are good suggestions,
but i think they might be better for other occasions, ya know?
the city museum would be more of a 'please dont wear cosplay' place,
but thats totally cool, 'cause one of our Germanys wanted to do a get together out of cosplay~
and bowling should probably be a thing that we can do alongside laser tag this summer? ( maybe? ^^; )
you have great ideas ( id really like to go bowling~! >w< ),
but perhaps we could save them for another season~? :iconvenezianoplz:
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dasagoo Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
that sounds good! (And a get together out of cosplay would be really fun actually!!) but yeah, i dont mind having them wait for another time for those suggestions to be considered! :D (Big Grin) anywhere is fine for me anyway! as long as i get to be in cosplay~!! >w<
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Hetaliadict Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2013
26th should work perfect for me. Also, is anyone else going to cosplay? Because I'd hate to be the only one...that'd be awkward... -_-
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TheRandomNekoPrussia Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2013  Student
The 26th should work ^^
I don't know how much time I have, but if you can find a treasurer I could maybe try? I would like to know the requirements for it first.
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vivthehedgehog Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
awesome~!
i'll be noting you the details and requirements a bit later then!  \( ^7^ )/
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TheRandomNekoPrussia Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2013  Student
Okay cool ^^
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ShiyoriPhantomhive Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2013
January should work for me and my friend!  Ice skating would be a lot of fun (not just because we cosplay Elsa from Frozen and Jack Frost but yeah) and Steinberg is a great ice rink to go to.  Although, I'm open to pretty much anywhere. 
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vivthehedgehog Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
cool~!
thanks fur the info! ( if we do end up going to the skating rink, are you guys planning on cosplaying elsa and jack? :meow: )
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ShiyoriPhantomhive Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2013

No problem!

(yepyep that's most likely what we would end up doing. We've been wanting to go skating as them again for a while now,  so it would be a great opportunity. If not we'll definitely be wearing them to Kawa Kon. =D)

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NadiaIdhen Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
January 26th Sounds like a great date~ It's a weekend date so I'll have the time~ Although I have to go pick up My friend from Illinois. She's been wanting to come to the winter meetup since Hetalia day~ And the Science center sounds awesome. ^J^
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vivthehedgehog Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
sweet!
thanks fur the info~! :la:
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NotASerialKiller Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
January the 26th works for me~ And If you guys need any extra help, I'm free~
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vivthehedgehog Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
alrighty~!
i'll note ya some stuff later then~ ^w^
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NotASerialKiller Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
thanks~Hug 
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FeatherWings1638 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Um...I'm still celebrating Christmas that day.  Make it the 28th or over.  I can't come 26 or 27.  I want so bad to go to this!:please: revamped 
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vivthehedgehog Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
???
Christmas in January? :?
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FeatherWings1638 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Uh, that's not exactly what I... sorry.
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vivthehedgehog Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
oh,
did you think i meant December?
--or are you actually busy in Jan? :meow:
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FeatherWings1638 Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I did think you meant December.  Sorry, I can make it! ^^
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vivthehedgehog Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
oki~! just making sure~ :iconchuuplz:
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srcpcsoha Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013  Student Digital Artist
January 26th! The day before my birthday! I'm gonna be in Canada, so I won't be able to make it. :c sorry. ohmygod the science center though that's a great idea.
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vivthehedgehog Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
whoa! happy early birthday! :iconfelicianoplz:
i hope you have a great time in Canada~!say hi to Kumajiro for me~~ :iconchibinitalyplz:
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srcpcsoha Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Thanks! 8D

Oh believe me, I will~ :)
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arseniccatscratch Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I have an idea! if someone of us are good with ice skating, we can go to steinberg's ice skating rink? it'll be fun to do casual cosplay and ice skate along one another v 7 v

and i think it'd be in the area for most people!
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vivthehedgehog Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
uuu! that sounds very cool!
ill look into it and add it to the suggestions~! :iconitalyistoohappyplz:
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arseniccatscratch Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013  Student Digital Artist
okay! and the prices are fairly cheap (5 dollars to get in, six dollars for skate rentals) so yeah v u v
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