Great Gatherings @ Mathews

Silent Auction @ Octoberama
Silent Auction @ Octoberama

Mathews Great Gatherings are events, parties, lessons or unique experiences donated and hosted by members of the Mathews community! They are open to parents, students, teachers and staff or, in some cases, all and are wonderful opportunities that act as both a fundraiser and community builder. Gatherings bring our community members together throughout the school year in smaller, casual settings.

NEW! 2016-17 Great Gathering Events

Sandy's Wine Great GatheringBlind Wine Tasting & Auction – March 4, 2017
Join other Mathews parents in a wonderful soiree of great hors d’oeuvres and hidden cellar gems as you taste and sample a flight of different wines with retails prices of $15 – $100 per bottle.  Then take part in an auction of bottles #2, #3 and #4 of each wine you’ve tasted.  Bid against each other using as an auction credit the amount of $ you contributed as a buy-in for the evening.  The trick?  But of course…it’s that all of the wines are blinded & only numbered.  Bid based on your palate and find out which wine you really prefer when everything but how it tastes is stripped away.  Min. buy-in:  $60.  No maximum buy in.  Contact Sandy Cartwright @ Cartwrightlaw@yahoo.com for more information / buy-in details.

Limited to 26 people.  Limited spaces remaining.  March 4, 2017.  Total value of all wines in tasting & auction:  $1300

Disco SandyDancing in the Park
Join Mathews and Clarksville parents as West Austin Park is turned into an evening outdoor ballroom.  Enjoy food and beverages donated by local restaurants & businesses and mingle and dance the night away in the magical evening ambiance and under the twinkling lights to the beat of big band, jazz, ballroom and pop music.  Or just hang out and socialize.  Last year’s flyer is attached – expect a similar event.  Free group dance instruction (waltz, swing) by a professional dance instructor earlier on the day of the event.

Cost:  $40/adult ; $10/child.  Family friendly.

tacobook66Austin Taco Tour!
Join Authors,Taco Journalists and Mathews Dads, Jarod Neece & Mando Rayo on a taco tour of Austin. We’ll hit 2-3 of Austin’s Best taco spots and drop some serious taco knowledge on you.
Hosts: Jarod Neece & Mando Rayo
Cost: $15 per person. Adults & Children welcome. Minimum: 4, Maximum: 20

 

McKinney Falls State ParkMcKinney Falls Family Campout – Saturday, March 31, 2017
Family camping at the McKinney Falls State Park group camping area and dining hall. Fire! Water! Booze! Wilderness! Closer to downtown Austin than an average commute! We’ve got the spot ready, just bring a tent and some food.
Hosts: Mathews Dads
Cost: $20 per family (+ park entry fee $6 per persons 13 years and older) Adults & Children welcome.  Minimum: 0, Maximum: 20

mckinnneysignMcKinney Falls Family Day Trip – – Saturday, March 31, 2017
Family camping at the McKinney Falls State Park group camping area and dining hall. Fire! Water! Booze! Wilderness! Closer to downtown Austin than an average commute! We’ve got the spot ready, just bring a tent and some food.
Hosts: Mathews Dads
Cost: $10 per family (+ park entry fee $6 per persons 13 years and older) Adults & Children welcome.  Minimum: 10, Maximum: 100

Learn to Knit!
If you’ve always wanted to know how to knit, join us! We’ll start from the very beginning. We’ll learn about the tools knitters use . We’ll learn the basic stitches. I’ll show you how to read a simple pattern and walk you through how to make a dishcloth or scarf. Each participant will receive a pair of needles and a skein of yarn.

Host: Lindsay Shillington
Cost: $20 per person Adults & Children welcome.  Minimum: 2, Maximum: 10

Thinking of hosting a gathering?

Hosting a Gathering means you (and maybe some friends?) are hosting an open event for members of the Mathews community. You come up with the concept, the date, the location, the cost and a display for the silent auction at Octoberama to help “sell” your gathering.

  • Deadline for Submitting a sign up is October 10th. Our online forms make hosting a new gathering a snap! You can also enter your ideas into the Great Gatherings folder in the front office.
  • Please keep other school events and holidays in mind when you are picking a date for your event. Check the Mathews PTA calendar for important upcoming school dates
  • Events can be held anytime between October 20, 2015 – Aug 31, 2016. Dates are “reserved” on a first-come, first served basis. We try our best to spread out events, but there may be more than one event on a given day.
  • Browse Great Gatherings ideas for inspiration below

During the year we will have the details about each Great Gathering in a binder in the front office with the sign-up sheet and an envelope for dropping off payments.  All of the funds go directly to Mathews PTA!  You may also sign up for a Great Gathering by emailing Jarod Neece –  jneece@gmail.com

 

Great Gathering IDEAS!

Go, Dog, Go! To a Dog Party! 
Bring your dog to play, scamper, and bark at a spacious, license-free, off-leash dog park. Gourmet coffee, drinks and donuts for the non-canines; baggies, water, and special treats for the dogs.
Hosts: Mathews Family
Cost: $15 for one dog; $20 for two. Adults, children, and dogs welcome. Owners are
free but must register. Minimum: 5, Maximum: 60 dogs.

Learn to Home Brew 
Have you ever wanted to brew your own beer? If so, please join us for our Great Gathering event. We will be brewing using a partial mash kit, and I will have another batch ready to bottle. We will go through all steps from boiling the water to bottling the finished product. The entire process takes roughly three hours, so we will provide some snacks to enjoy while we go through the process. When we are finished we will have about 48 bottles to split among the attendees.
Hosts: Mathews Family
Cost: $30 per person. Adults only. Maximum 8, minimum 2.

Ladies Only Breakfast for Dinner 
Why not? Our kids love it, you will too! An intimate space with fewer people, plenty of parking and, as always, there will be LOTS of food, drink and laughter!
Hosts: Mathews Family
Cost: $25 per person. Ladies only. Maximum 30, minimum 10.

Chinese New Year Party
Come help us celebrate and welcome the year of the Goat. We will have lots of Chinese food and we’ve got your Valentine’s Day covered! Plenty of beer & wine included.
Hosts: Mathews Family
Cost: $30 per person. Adults only. Maximum 12; minimum 6.

Wine and Cheese Social 
Join friends and meet new ones at a casual wine and cheese evening, hosted by parents of K-6th grade students.
Hosts:Mathews Family TBD
Cost: $25 per person. Adults only. Maximum 40 people; minimum 15

Potsticker Party
Learn how to make Grandma’s famous potstickers. Other Asian small plates will also be served along with beer and wine
Hosts: Mathews Family TBD
Cost: $40 per person. Adults only. Maximum 12; minimum 6.

Kindergarten Family Hike at Mount Bonnell
A fun family hike for kindergartners and their families. We will start at the bottom of Mount Bonnell and then hit the trails for a nature scavenger hunt. Will we provide trail mix and snacks, you provide your own water bottle.
Hosts: Mathews Family TBD
Cost: $20 per family. K students with parents only. Maximum 10; no minimum.

Backyard College Kegger 
Join us for a fun and casual backyard kegger. Relax and enjoy outdoor music, locally brewed beer on tap (wine & soft drinks too) and “college style” appetizers. Wear something from your college days – or whatever they wear now!
Hosts: Mathews Family TBD
Cost: $25 per person. Adults only. Maximum 50 people; minimum 15.