Independent Publishers Association and Other Groups Meet to Munch

     Community groups are holding dinner parties these days, and Mike & I have gone to several of them recently. The Independent Publishers Association of Ontario (IPAO) hosted dinner at No Regrets in downtown Toronto. IPAO is a group for magazine publishers who are independent instead of with large media corporations. IPAO members seem to be passionate about their areas of expertise and niche markets and are happy to share entrepreneurial ideas and industry knowledge.

     The Halton Hills Camera Club met for dinner at one of our current advertisers, The St. George pub in Georgetown. The group filled a third of the space and spouses and partners were introduced to fellow enthusiasts of photography. One member is Alan McCord, whose moody, beautiful photograph is the centre and cover of our December issue.

     The Halton/North Peel Naturalist Club held their annual pot-luck dinner in the Limehouse Memorial Hall on the Escarpment. After dining on a feast of various delicious foods, members watched slide-show presentations of nature photography. Spiders, moths, butterflies, turtles, snakes, frogs, caves, manatees in Florida, a curious grouse and more were the stars of the evening.

     Mike also participated in the annual pub run of the runners’ group organized by the store Feet In Motion. This annual event features visits to several drinking spots in the old part of Georgetown, with jogging as the desired method of transportation. After pubbing until 2:00 a.m., Mike said it was agony getting up the next morning for his 8 a.m run.

     Tonight will be dinner in Oakville with the Halton-Peel Communications Association. Members and partners are invited to gather for networking, dinner and the distribution of door prizes.

     It’s a busy time of year, and anyone can take part simply by joining some interest groups. What are your favourite groups doing this month?


  • My, aren’t you the party girl! Looking forward to catching up with you tonight. HPCA’s dinner is my main seasonal “office” party. I always wish that more people would have events in January, when all the sparkle of Christmas is over and the long, cold winter stretches ahead.

  • Good idea. In fact you may have a great idea for marketing and promotion: host an event out of the regular season, when people are looking for something to light up the dark nights. This might be why our magazine launch party was well attended. We held it in the first week of last February. Maybe we should plan a one-year anniversary party for this winter.

  • Yes, you certainly should hold a one-year anniversary party! Good reason to celebrate, and a good time to do it.

  • I’m just roaming the blog today and noticed the suggestion to “lighten up the winter”.
    I think it’s a great idea; February can be so depressing. Would you please have a pot luck (the best kind) dinner anniversary? I’ll come!
    Barbara Jennings
    Erin ON

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