What: GSAS Holiday potluck, White Elephant gift exchange, BAP/HAP awards and FISHO
When: Tuesday, December 14th, 2021, doors open at 6:30pm
Where: SPU Student Union "Fireside Room", 315 West Bertona St, Seattle, WA 98119 (and online -- see details)
Bring: a dish to share, present for the white elephant gift exchange, your family/friend
Hello GSAS members,
It is time for our annual Holiday Party, mark your calendars for December 14th. The doors will open at 6.30pm, feel free to come a little early and help us set up. Please provide proof of vaccination and wear a mask when not eating.
We will be holding the party in the same building as the last few years (Student Union Building) but in a different room. Due to some recent tree damage we will be in the Fireside Room, next to the Gazebo.
We will have a potluck dinner, for which the club provides ham, rotisserie chickens and bean stew (vegetarian/vegan), drinks, paper plates and plastic utensils. PLEASE bring a dish to share, sweet or savory …. Your choice.
If you would like to participate in the White Elephant gift exchange, bring a gift wrapped, fish themed item and see what you can take home (value ~$10-$15).
We’ll also play FISH-O … a roaring game of fishy themed bingo where you can win great prizes. This year it will be a hybrid version, so you can play in-person at the party, but can also join us for that part via Zoom -- click the button above to access your card and Zoom link on the 14th.
Leslie, our BAP chairpersons, will award prizes to the top fish breeders in the club. Roy, our HAP chairperson, will award prizes to the most accomplished plant geeks.
We hope to see you there, and bring the family!! If you could drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org to let me know you are coming and how many will be in your party, that would be very much appreciated! We want to make sure to have enough utensils, drinks and ham/chicken/beans for all!
TL;DR: Saturday, November 13th, 11AM - 4PM. Seattle Pacific University, Demaray Hall 150. Proof of vaccination required for entry, face masks must be worn inside. Cards only, no cash accepted.
GSAS welcomes you back to our annual plant (and animal) auction! That's right, an entire day of nothing but fish, plants, shrimp and inverts for your bidding pleasure! Non-members are welcome to bid (we hold driver's licenses for non-members until checkout).
We've had to adapt a little: "Normal" locations like gyms are generally not rentable, but we've been able to secure the location of our past two in-person meetings, Demaray Hall at SPU. We've also gone "cashless" to ease the strain on check-out. Finally, you must present proof of vaccination on entry, and masks must be worn at all times while inside the building.
Parking is available in the nearby lots and on the streets. However, as this is likely an unfamiliar area to many, leave some extra time.
GSAS members may bring up to ten lots to sell (15 if you pre-register them. No more than three lots of the same item, live aquarium inhabitants only, no tanks or other drygoods please. No prohibited items. Please read our auction guidelines for more specifics. If you are selling, try to arrive in in the 10 AM hour while we're setting up. Hope to see you there!
Home Show 2022 is a "Go!" Registration opened on September 16th, and will be open until January 8th, 2022, to all current members on our website. We are shooting for in-person visits in March (TBD), hoping that going a little later in the year will give a more "normalcy". The presentation will be in May of 2022.
Tuesday October 12th, 7:30 PM (6:30 PM social).
SPU, Demaray Hall in-person
Face masks and proof of vaccination required for entry
GSAS’s very own Bentley Pascoe is not only a prolific plant breeder, but an aquarist with great technical expertise within our hobby. He has a notable social media presence with nearly 13,000 subscribers to his channel! His goal is to teach people how to master aquatic plants, have success with their fish, and get the best product information. Bentley is a Master Aquatic Horticulturalist, a Rainbowfish enthusiast and breeder, owner of the Blue Hawaiian Moscow guppy mansion, and all-around tropical fish hobbyist.
Following the presentation, we will have our traditional monthly auction.
This meeting is again being held (like the September meeting) at Demaray Hall, which is not our usual location. Please refer to the map for navigation (or look for the big clock tower!). Members reporting being able to park in the large lots nearby last month.
Please note that face masks are required to be worn at all times, and proof of vaccination must be presented to enter. A recording of the presentation will be available to GSAS members not able to make the in-person meeting.
Tuesday, September 13th (MONDAY!), 7:00 PM PDT
Livestream at gsas.org/stream
[Though we are planning on an in-person meeting for September, our speaker is presenting remotely, so we're going to it as a livestream like the last year and a half. Join us the next day at SPU for an in-person social meeting and small auction, details to follow.]
Bailin Shaw last visited Seattle when we hosted the Aquatic Gardeners Association (AGA) in 2019. Many of you may remember his hands on presentation for developing “Wabi Kusa”. Bailin currently serves as the president of the Chicago Aquatic Plant Society and is a board member of the AGA. A hobbyist for over 35 years, he has been keeping tanks on and off since he was young. He’s been involved in the planted tank hobby since 1997. He was one of the founding members of the Oklahoma Aquarium Association, the Dallas-Fort Worth Aquatic Plant club, and the New England Aquatic Plant Society.
Bailin has published in a number of tropical fish hobby publications (including Amazonas), and has chaired numerous aquascaping competitions. He works as a scientist when not playing in his fish tanks.
Bailin's presentation will be
The Easy CO2 Aquascape - Strategies for a Medium-Tech Planted Tank. We hope
you can join us in the livestream, and ask questions for Bailin in the chat.
GSAS is cautiously returning to in-person meetings and auctions this fall! We will be requiring proof of vaccination at all in-person events to help keep everyone as safe as possible. Members will be able to watch all presentations online eventually, so we will try to accommodate folks who are sick, unvaccinated or not comfortable with with in-person events yet. And of course, everything is subject to changes in pandemic state, state and local laws, as well as Seattle Pacific University's outside events policy.
Here is the upcoming tentative schedule: