The Twestival experience 

Awkward social misanthrope dives into a lion's den of social media enthusiasts


- I'm on my way to Twestival, the second-ever Tweet-up event I've ever attended. Tweeting and talking makes for a weird social dynamic. #ohsnap

- Organizers are @amberturnau, social media strategist for @whistlerblckcmb, and @michelleleroux of Reine Communications

- Arrive @ Whistler Brewing Company at 7:30 p.m. Good, mid-sized crowd bucks Whistler trend of showing up two hours late to social events.

- Arrive @ door, realize I forgot to print my ticket. Please, door-lady, save me trouble of walking back to office to print it. #prettyplease

- Door-lady Heather Clifford has a guest list. No walking the length of function to get my ticket. #w00t

- Hashtag for the event, we're told, is #twestivalwhis. On my iPhone the word tries to autocorrect as "Tweety Alecia." Uh, not what I meant.

- Get a drink ticket from a lovely lady handing out candy on a carousel by @paintertainment. And an instruction sheet. #twyrrany?

- Candy-lady is @missboots22, better known as Tabetha Boot from @whistlrblackcomb. Other candy-lady is @laureneverest, also from @whistlerblckcmb.

- They're each geared head-to-toe in colourful get-ups, with massive pink wigs, striped leggings and doll-like makeup.

- Both hand out candy to guests, @missboots22 from atop a carousel, @laureneverest from a tray she's slung on her shoulders.

- I am halfway across the room before I realize who they are and I am far too ashamed to go back and say hello. #prideormisanthrope?

- Head straight to the bar. I'm craving a Powder Mountain lager from the time my sister took us on a brewery tour. Very popular item here.

- Pick up my beer from the bartender and the first thing I do is spill it. I pretend it didn't happen until bartender hands me a rag. #uncool

- Look around and realize I don't know anyone here. Thank goodness this is an event where Tweeting is socially acceptable, nay, encouraged.

- Big Mountain Rhythm plays an acoustic version of Michael Jackson's "Billie Jean." Strange, but it works. Like Maynard doing Joni Mitchell.

- I pull up Twitter, tell everyone I've arrived. I get an immediate response, saying I spilled beer all over their instruction sheet.

- My reply, since this isn't a place where you confront people face to face: "Most passive aggressive Tweet ever." #awkward

- Take a walk around, into the brewhouse where gracious hosts have laid out chips and hors d'oeuvres from Purebread across the street.

- Finally get to try Disfunctional Ale bread. Who knew that food made from discarded grain meant for alcohol could taste so good?

- In the brewhouse, organizers have set up snowboards you can draw and paint upon. I draw a Homer Simpson. It's eerily accurate. #yeahboy

- I check out the silent auction. Lots of cool items here. One interesting item up for bid is from the Re-Use-It Centre. Gift certificate.

- How much is something worth when it's essentially been donated twice? A $10 starting bid, apparently. They have some great stuff there, too.

- Back in the main room and at least one candy-lady looks a little tired. Big weight for @laureneverest on her head and shoulders.

- Spirited discussion rises up in middle of the room between @jacksoncrompton and @ralphforsyth. Asphalt, pay parking, bow-hunting come up.

- New CAO hire comes up too. For their sake I will not broadcast to the world the content of that conversation.

- Finally meet @michelleleroux, event co-organizer, in person for the first time. I choke on a piece of bread and pretend I'm not.

- @michelleleroux offers to slap the bread out of my throat. I decline. Bad idea. #Purebreadissogoodimchokingonit

- #itstshirttime 9:30 p.m. rolls around, time to head out. #twestivalwhis was fun but must get home in time for #JerseyShore.

- call co-organizer @amberturnau the next morning. #twestivalwhis raised $5,921, mostly from silent auction. Seems very happy with result.

- talk to co-organizer @michelleleroux, she says Whistler raised $0.59 per capita, the most of any #twestival organizer.

- Canada, seemingly a generous country, has raised the most of any country holding #twestival with $60,987.12




Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Readers also liked…

Latest in Arts

More by Jesse Ferreras


Demystifying the rules around renting out your Whistler home

From average price per night to acquiring the proper license, here’s what you need to know...more.

© 1994-2018 Pique Publishing Inc., Glacier Community Media

- Website powered by Foundation