EVENT SIGNUP: Western NY State Drupal MINI-CAMP, 4/27/2013. . . .

jpw1116's picture
2013-04-27 11:00 - 17:00 America/New_York
Event type: 
Drupalcamp or Regional Summit

The Western New York State Drupal User Group (WNYDUG) is holding its first mini-camp Saturday 4/27/2013 at Holiday Valley Resort, Ellicottville, NY 14731. Register now at http://wnydugminicamp2013.eventbrite.com

This a not-for-profit event by WNYDUG. Members of any Groups.drupal.org group and guests are welcome.

Full details, suggested donation and advance registration is open now at http://wnydugminicamp2013.eventbrite.com


Background info:

The Western New York State Drupal User Group knows about your dreary spring. . . .

How about a change of scenery?

Mark your calendars for Saturday, April 27, 2013 . . . our first MINI-CAMP.

Picture it being a little warmer, still pre-DrupalCon, and a prime time to get some Drupal people together in a casual setting. We received a great off-season rate on a conference facility, just built and complete with A/V and Wi-Fi.

Here is the plan:

    • One day only
    • Late morning start (to accommodate travelers—free parking!)
    • On-premises breakfast snack, lunch, and beverages
    • Sessions and BOFs, like any other camp. Post at http://groups.drupal.org/node/288213
    • Wrap up by dinnertime

On our own for post-event gatherings in Downtown Ellicottville—restaurants and bars make it easy to split off and continue conversations through the evening.

Outside the regional scope of our G.d.o group, this event will mix in attendees from neighboring Drupal groups around the Great Lakes circuit. Cleveland is exactly three hours away; Toronto, just under three; Rochester, two.

Contact the Inn at Holiday Valley (800-323-0020) for a WNYDUG conference group rate of US$98 for single/double occupancy. Included in this rate is a continental breakfast, use of the hot tub, indoor/outdoor heated pool and fitness room.

Questions? Pose them in the comments.

Once more: Full details, suggested donation and advance registration is open now at http://wnydugminicamp2013.eventbrite.com

Thanks in advance go out to our volunteers, Holiday Valley Resort and all participants from G.d.o!


Bars and Restaurants

GreenSkunk's picture

Site listing bars and restaurants in Ellicottville http://EnchantedMountains.com/eat?term_node_tid_depth=35&city=ellicottville
It is Drupal 6 too but as you can see it needs some TLC!

It is a damn poor day when you don't learn something.

Alright, I'm in! You can sign

dalin's picture

Alright, I'm in!

You can sign me up for a session too. Not quite sure what I'll talk about. Perhaps something about how to ensure that your sites are maintainable.

Dave Hansen-Lange
Technical Manager
Advomatic LLC
Great White North Office

Great! . . .

jpw1116's picture

People are responding to the miniCamp and that's a good thing.

When you have some idea of your session topic, please post it yourself at the following—that's all we're doing, simply, with no fussy COD site: http://groups.drupal.org/node/288213

Finally, please encourage your cohorts to register early so we can establish a head count for the catering: http://wnydugminicamp2013.eventbrite.com/

More updates to follow as details develop.

Thank you~

We're a week away from the WNYDUG mini-camp. . . .

jpw1116's picture


[] 1. REGISTER by 4/23/'13!

Please get to EventBrite before the end of the business day Tuesday, to help us plan: http://wnydugminicamp2013.eventbrite.com

[] 2. CHOOSE box lunch content (Chicken wrap -or- Veggie wrap -or- Deli sandwich)

Have a preference? Also by Tuesday, forward your choice to my contact form: http://drupal.org/user/721598

[] 3. POST YOUR TOPIC if you intend to present: http://groups.drupal.org/node/288213

Then show up at Holiday Valley's Lodge on the 27th. Look for signs to Birdie Room. Coffee at 10:30, program start 11 a.m.


Thanks again!


Driving from Niagara/Hamilton?

SoniaWilk's picture

Not sure if this is the place to ask, but wondering if anyone wants to car pool on Saturday. I can drive, or someone else, I don't mind. Just keep in mind I don't have a Nexis pass so I'd have to go across by regular means. Feel free to contact off list: http://drupal.org/user/234624.


SoniaWilk's picture

Reminder of my offer for carpooling. I could take up to 4 people in my car, or would be happy to sqeeze into someone's trunk. What ever works! :)

Just found this

tedbow's picture

Going to try to drive up from Ithaca. If anyone is interested in carpooling let me know.

Drupal Trainer and Developer

Got myself all booked, but I

LittleCoding's picture

Got myself all booked, but I did miss getting to jpw1116 about the boxed lunch this afternoon.

Don't worry, I think we have a handle on it. . . .

jpw1116's picture

We are ordering for everyone who has registered or otherwise confirmed they will attend. I had people message me to get an idea of the ratio between the three lunch choices, and it's become pretty clear.

If anyone has any further questions, please post them.

Thank to everyone for the great response—it should be a great mini-camp.


48 hours to go until the mini-camp. . . .

jpw1116's picture

We have a full slate of presentations and geographically diverse attendees signed up.

Remember, doors open at 10:30 Saturday for an a.m. snack and coffee. Plenary at 11 a.m.

Thanks to Jeremy Knab, here is your bird's eye view of the destination: http://binged.it/147wJrO

Don't forget to bring your business cards to exchange.

Box lunches and beverages have been ordered for all who signed up on EventBrite. If you have not, message us ASAP.

Post any last-minute questions here—thanks and see you soon.

Great work John

GreenSkunk's picture

Thank you John for keeping us all updated and informed.

It is a damn poor day when you don't learn something.

Carpooling from Toronto?

UTAN_dev's picture

Are there any Torontonians with an available spot in their vehicle? FYI, I don't have a Nexus pass.



Thank You!

User Advocate's picture

Hopefully this the best thread to put this - I just wanted say a BIG thank you to John and the other organizers for putting on this event. The people, the topics, the location were all great and I feel energized to do lots of Drupally things now.

Much appreciated.

Michael Keara
User Interface Systems Architect,
The User Advocate Group

Inaugural mini-camp is a wrap! . . .

jpw1116's picture

A big round of applause to everyone who participated, volunteered, or traveled in with attendees (yes, several family members made the best of the sunny day in Ellicottville while twenty-six of us filled the classroom in the new lodge at Holiday Valley).

Slidedecks are being posted here: http://groups.drupal.org/node/288213

Please post your ideas for future events/mini-camps here: http://groups.drupal.org/node/296158

Stay tuned for photos and the like.

And last, let's keep the conversation going—post your comments below—and be sure you're signed up for our group notifications here: http://eepurl.com/xrgG5 <-- updated link


ahem...working link for

SoniaWilk's picture

ahem...working link for notifications? ;)

While here, huge THANKS to all those who put this event together! It was an awesome day of learning and meeting great people. Well worth the drive (and organizing babysitters, ha!). Looking forward to future discussions/events. I have one topic for discussion in mind already, so let me know where I should start it, please, so I can pick who's ever brain is up for it.


Not everything could be perfect! . . .

jpw1116's picture

Thanks for spotting the problem. It's not the link as much as MailChimp—maybe we overloaded their server? ;-) We will have to shock that monkey.

UPDATED LINK: http://eepurl.com/xrgG5

Meantime, post ideas here: http://groups.drupal.org/node/296158

And, as a bonus, here is the PechaKucha "Twenty Slides, Twenty Seconds Each" site that Jeremy Knab informed us about . . . which could be good for us to shape into a Drupal module to help explain major (or esoteric) concepts: http://www.pechakucha.org/


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