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    Default Rocky's Children's New Year's Gift Caravan

    We started this tradition many years before Rocky's ever existed, and
    it used to be a mobile champagne party, driving around Sosua with my 5 ton
    veggie truck.
    As the years went by, people actually phoned me ahead of time, to
    reserve a seat in the back, and the party got bigger & bigger each year, just
    driving around, blasting good music and sharing champagne with whomever we chose to.
    When I started Rocky's, I didn't want to commercialize the event, so I
    just dug deeper into my pockets to buy more champagne and gave it out for
    free, to the patrons, as well as on the "champagne runs".
    One of the things that struck me, was how many kids wanted to
    participate and have a drink, so it inspired me to start buying presents for the kids.
    I suppose that would have been 5 or 6 years ago.
    Anyhow, I would purchase toys and dolls, etc, and colour code the
    wrapping paper to identify which presents were for boys, girls or toddlers.
    As time went on, some friends & family offered to chip in.
    Last year, we had 125 bottles of champagne & 550 presents.
    Now, I got to tell you... When you pull up to a poor barrio, before
    midnight on New Year's Eve, and there's no electricity, so our convoy of
    vehicles lights up the area, and the kids come running out, knocking on their
    neighbours doors to come & join us, and we all stand around sharing
    champagne with our Dominican brethren, and giving gifts to the kids,
    there is nothing in the whole world that even starts to compare to it.
    As Apostropheman said,
    Quote Originally Posted by apostropheman
    ah, the "champagne run"! i was there for it last year and it was the highlight of my trip...my year really!
    If that's not something different, nothing is.
    You have to be there to believe it, and I would certainly be glad if
    any of you decided to join us.
    We have a supper first, that we call the "Last Supper", usually steak,
    potatoes & salad, along with home made pies & cakes, then as the evening
    progresses, we get the convoy going, and usually do a couple of runs.
    Although we now charge 20 bucks at the door, it includes the supper dessert, champagne and an open bar 'till 2 AM.
    The only reason we started charging, was that it was getting too big
    and we were attracting a bit of rifraf.
    It's by far the biggest party in Sosua, and IMHO, the best darn party
    on Earth.
    Regards, Marco.
    PS: For more on the subject, see http://dr1.com/forums/showthread.php?t=45978
    Anyone who would like to contribute to buying more Christmas presents for the kids, may PM or e-mail me.
    Thank you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rocky
    The only reason we started charging, was that it was getting too big
    and we were attracting a bit of rifraf.
    Every party needs a bit of rifraf, count me in.

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    Default Reservation confirmed.

    Quote Originally Posted by HOWMAR
    Every party needs a bit of rifraf, count me in.
    You can be our token rifraf....

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    Default Good Job...

    Quote Originally Posted by apostropheman
    Thanks, apostropheman.
    I couldn't get that pic in, for love or money.
    Anyhow, this is how many presents we have under the tree so far, although there are another 50 or so yet to be wrapped.
    Looks like we just might beat last year's record of 550.
    Thanks to everybody who contributed.
    Regards, Marco.

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    i can hardly wait to see it "live"!

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    I'll be there Marco with some presents, is it at your place? what time? Do you need extra help I can come earlier if you want help. Is HB going to be Father Christmas?

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    Default Christmas gifts

    I used to do something similiar down boca chica way. All year bought , begged and found presents for the children as well as baby formulas, etc for the mom's. We would use the lobby of a small hotel and all the children- hundreds and hundreds of them- would come for a gift and juice and a special food treat such as pizza or hot dog on a stick. It was amazing! But, after awhile I realized that in no time the toy was lost, broken, stolen, or forgotten and that the Semana de le Ninos the following week, where every piece of junk rejected by Taiwan was sold at top dollar on the streets, tended to dampen the attempt. So, now I give money to people like Diane and Tom , from The Brittania Pub where every $35.00 dollars sends a child to school for a year. Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day. Teach him to fish.......
    Still, a very nice thing to do. Sorry I will miss it. John

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    Default New Year's eEve

    Quote Originally Posted by Ladybird
    I'll be there Marco with some presents, is it at your place? what time? Do you need extra help I can come earlier if you want help. Is HB going to be Father Christmas?
    The party starts at 8 PM, and anyone who wants to drop off gifts can do so anytime, and we will wrap them.
    If you wrap them yourselves, please use blue for boys, red for girls and any other colour for toddlers.

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