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I was an official potgohrapher and will be posting more water gun pics this morning! Like right now. My flickr link is above.This mission was so much fun. I loved going to Governor's Island for the first time and now I want to go back and visit for real! Looking over all the pics of smiling people always reminds me how much joy Improv Everywhere brings everyone always for free and always positive. I especially love taking photos of kids participating or observing, knowing these memories will be with them forever. I also loved this mission because getting shot with water guns cooled me off in the heat. :)QUESTION: Did anyone else get a rash from the grass? I have a weird little rash on my knees and the only thing I can think of is that I kneeled down for a minute or two to get photos from a low angle. So weird. I've never been allergic to grass. Just curious if anyone else has one. Maybe we can exchange hydrocortisone recommendations.
=== Photos ===
* [http://www.flickr.com/photos/austinimprov/sets/72157637709625706/ Brainstorming notes about the local improv scene] from the 2005 potluck.
* [http://www.facebook.com/hujhax/media_set?set=a.10152063720712265.1073741841.588952264&type=1 A photoset of the annual group photos from 2006 to the present.]
* [http://www.flickr.com/photos/austinimprov/sets/72157603231421564/ A photoset of the 2007 potluck].  
* [http://www.facebook.com/Jonbolden/media_set?set=a.511218956713.2022096.76200304&type=3 A photoset] by [[Jon Bolden]] of the 2008 potluck.
* [http://www.facebook.com/happywaffle/media_set?set=a.10150324901280324.562392.503270323&type=3 Photoset] by [[Kevin Miller]] of the 2010 potluck.
* [http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.223961494339204.53042.118587218209966&type=3 Photoset] by [[Roy Moore]] of the 2011 potluck.
* [http://www.steve-rogers-photography.com/Events/AIC2011/20191237_kpnsVB#!i=2223901020&k=HBbLV3r The 2011 and 2012 group photos], as shot by [[Steve Rogers]].
* [http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.637078753022311.1073741947.221927764537414&type=3 Photoset] by [[Steve Rogers]] from the photobooth at the 2013 potluck.
== More Information ==
== More Information ==
* Interviews conducted by ''[[Got Your Back]]'' at the 2014 potluck: [http://gybpodcast.libsyn.com/ep-25-the-aic-potluck-sessions-part-1of-3 1], [http://gybpodcast.libsyn.com/ep-26-the-aic-potluck-sessions-part-2-of-3 2], [http://gybpodcast.libsyn.com/the-aic-potluck-sessions-part-2-of-3 3].
* Interviews conducted by ''[[Got Your Back]]'' at the 2014 potluck: [http://gybpodcast.libsyn.com/ep-25-the-aic-potluck-sessions-part-1of-3 1], [http://gybpodcast.libsyn.com/ep-26-the-aic-potluck-sessions-part-2-of-3 2], [http://gybpodcast.libsyn.com/the-aic-potluck-sessions-part-2-of-3 3].

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The AIC group photo from the 2012 AIC Potluck.
The group photo from the 2012 Austin Improv Potluck.

The Austin Improv Potluck is an annual potluck for the Austin Improv community.


[edit] Summary

The potluck occurs every year on the Sunday before Thanskgiving. Everyone in the Austin-improv community is invited, and typically about a hundred people show up for the event. The potluck is one of the few events still under the aegis of The Austin Improv Collective. At some point during every potluck, all the improvisors gather together for a massive group photo.

[edit] Love Notes

"Love notes", a potluck tradition, are short affectionate notes exchanged among improvisors.

Every year at the potluck, the organizers provide a stack of manila envelopes and markers. Should you want to receive love notes that year, you take a manila envelope, write your name on it, and place it where everyone can access it. (Some years, there have been clotheslines strung up for this purpose; other years, manila envelopes were all masking-taped to a wall.) Then, anyone who wishes can write a short note about you, either anonymously or not, and leave it in your envelope. At the end of the night, you gather up your envelope, and with it, all the kind notes people have written about you.

[edit] History

The first annual potluck was held in 2005, upstairs at The Hideout. It was organized by Andy Crouch. At the time, nobody realized it would become an annual event, and no group photo was taken.

Starting in 2006, organized By Rachel Madorksy and Valerie Ward (acting under the auspices of the AIC),the Love Notes tradition was introduced. The same year included an awards ceremony as well. In 2009, the awards ceremony became more of a celebration of each theatre, with community members preparing humorous sketches as tribute to the theatres and various well-respected community members. The awards section or any idea of formal programming was abandoned after the 2010 potluck in favor of everyone just hanging out and having a good time.

Earlier potlucks were held at improvisors' houses, but the potluck has grown too large to be hosted by individuals, and now the Austin Improv Collective rents a sizable venue every year for the event.

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