Austin Pond Society May 2018 Meeting

The Austin Pond Society tried something different with this May Meeting and held it at one of our Sponsors Store, namely Aqua-Dome located just off Ben White in Austin, Texas. (more…)

Austin Pond Society April Meeting 2018

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The Austin Pond Society held it’s April Meeting at the same place and same time this past Monday, April 16, 6:30 pm at Zilker Botanical Gardens Clubhouse. It was attended by a little over forty members which was not surprising as this meeting was the Annual Plant Swap. This always nurtures a lot of interest as the members bring in their unwanted plants to exchange for others of a different variety. In theory, you had to bring in plants in order to be eligible to swap for other plants but in reality, there are always so many plants left over at the end of the meeting that it didn’t matter if you had plants of your own or not. The donating members didn’t care as they would have to take them back home if they didn’t exchange hands.

The food for the evening was the good old American staple, namely hot dogs with all of the fixin’s and deserts provided by the members. Yours truly made do with a bag of chips and several cookies as I don’t eat hot dogs. Following the meal, Jeannie, our President got right into announcements and the small bit of business that needed to be done. She was followed by Barb as the Special Events Organizer who explained to the group the rules of the Plant Swap. As usual, the volunteers who had arrived early and had helped with the set up all went early as they had have first dibs. They were given about five minutes to grab whatever they fancied before the rest of the ticket holders rushed out to fight over whatever remained. They were followed by those without tickets to hopefully grab all that was left to save the donators having to take them back home. Incidentally, the tickets signified that you actually had contributed something in the way of plants or fish. I opted to not donate anything this year as the few remaining plants that I have at home will be used in my own ponds. This did give me more time on taking the pictures and videos so it had some positives.

The swap went very quickly and the meeting was over by 7:30 pm with even the cleanup completed. This has to be one of the fastest meetings on record.

The next meeting will be held on May 21 at the Austin Aquadome. More details to follow. The three videos that I made are below.

The first is entitled 2018 April Business.

and the second is the Annual Plant Swap live.

The last is a slideshow to music of all of the pictures that I took

Written 4/25/2018

Austin Pond Society Meeting March 2018

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The third Monday of the month rolled around as it does on a regular basis which is also the day, actually evening, that the Austin Pond Society hold their monthly meeting. There were about forty two people that showed up and they were treated to a Chinese meal from one of our Sponsors, Bamboo Bistro. The food was absolutely delicious and there was none left at the end of the night. Thank You Bamboo Bistro. BTW, as a sponsor, they offer a 10% discount on all of their food by showing your APS Membership card.

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With the meal out of the way, the Speaker for the evening was Dr Geigel who spoke to us a couple of years ago. Dr Geigel is a travelling fish doctor although he treats any and all animals and birds no matter what type they are. For the evenings lecture, he focused on fish and fish ailments. At the end of his presentation he took many questions from the floor all related to fish illnesses.

Dr Geigel Video March Meeting 2018 from Francis Allcorn on Vimeo.

Following the Speaker, Jeannie, our President took over. There was very little official business, just a lot of general discussion. The evening ended with the drawing for the door prizes which always leads to much mirth and laughter as different and various people win the prizes. My apologies for the quality of this video. My original video camera that I had setup, the battery went dead so I grabbed a second camera and shot this without the use of a tripod. Again, my apologies.

APS Meeting March 2018 – Business from Francis Allcorn on Vimeo.

The next meeting will be on April 16, Income Tax Deadline Day. Hope you have filed yours in time. This meeting is our Annual Plant Swap when members bring in their surplus fish, garden and pond plants to swap or giveaway to anyone that either wants them or is willing to take them. However, at the end of the evening, any unswapped plants are the responsibility of the original owner who must take them home. If you are looking for plants (or fish) bargains, this meeting is for you. This is not restricted to just pond plants. Any form of garden plant can also be swapped, The one exception are any invasive species which also applies to pond plants. Hope to see you there.

This is not to be confused with the Annual Swap and Sell Meeting held later in the year which is more about material items such as used pond and garden equipment.

This is the view through the windows looking outside at the Zilker Garden.

Written 3/22/2018

APS Meeting February 2018

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The Austin Pond Society held it’s monthly meeting at the usual place, Zilker Botanical Gardens  in Austin. About thirty members showed up and were treated to a meal of Pulled Pork  with Coleslaw. There were a lot of deserts including a strawberry pie that was absolutely delicious. Thanks to the Members for supplying these wonderful treats.

The original Speaker for the evening, Kieran Docker, is a Pond Builder who had an emergency with one of the ponds he had built and had to attend to it causing him to miss the meeting. That left an empty space in the proceedings but Barb Lenhardt who is our Programs Director came up with a very innovative idea to fill the time. She presented to the group an idea she had to rebuild her pond and asked the group for opinions. It was like opening up a floodgate with some very interesting ideas and comments plus a lot of good humor. In no time flat, the hour had passed. (more…)

Sponsors for 2018

Listed below are the Sponsors for the Austin Pond Society. We encourage you to give them your business and support. You can reach them by clicking on the link to their email. If they have a website, you can reach that by clicking on their business card.

JP & Associates, Realtors

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Realtor Located in Austin
Barb Lenhardt with JP and Associates, Realtors
Cell: (512) 820-8210
Office: (972) 836-9295 ext 1418
barblenhardt@gmail.com

Hill Country Water Gardens

Hill Country Water Gardens

Located in Cedar Park
steve@hillcountrygardens.com
1407 N Bell Blvd, Cedar Park, Texas 78613
Phone: (512) 260-5050
10% discount by showing your APS Membership Card

Water Garden Gems

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Located in Marion, Texas
3230 Bolton Road, Marion, TX 78124
Phone:(210) 659-5841
Hours:9:00 am – 5:00 pm
10% discount by showing your APS Membership Card
You can contact them using this link.

DeVerna Remodeling, Inc

DeVerna Remodelling

Located in Round Rock, Texas
DeVerna Remodelling, Inc
Phone: (512) 585-5704
E-mail: jnkdeverna@gmail.com

Bamboo Bistro

Bamboo

Located in Austin (Two locations)
Bamboo Bistro 11101 Burnet Rd, Ste A-100
Austin, TX (512) 821-0022

and Bamboo Bistro West Gate
6818 W Gate Blvd,Austin, TX (512) 243-5588
10% discount by showing your APS Membership Card

Environmental Survey Consulting

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Located in Austin
(512) 458-8531
Mail: skelton@envirosurvey.com
Website:
www.envirosurvey.com

Jet's Pizza

Located at: 9001 Brodie Lane, Austin Texas, 78748
Phone: (512) 280-1010
Website: Jets Pizza

Brite Ideas

Brite

Two Locations in Austin www.bihydro.com
4201 S. Congress Ave. Ste. 310
Austin, TX 78745
Phone: (512).444.2100
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7010 Burnet Rd. Ste. A
Austin, TX 78757
Phone: (512).459.4353
25% discount above wholesale by showing your APS Membership card.

Taylor Made

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www.tmwaterscapes.com
taylor@taylormadewaterscapes.com.
We’ll get back to you within 24 hours.
Phone:(512) 225-4627 8-5, Monday through Friday.

Texas Land and Water Design

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Located in Cedar Park paullawrence4320@gmail.com for more details

Brigham Real Estate

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Brigham Real Estate. Contact charbrigham@gmail.com for more details.

Website: www.brighamre.com

(512) 423-5707

Austin Aqua Dome

Aqua-dome

Located in Austin
austinaquadome.com
1604 Fortview Road,Austin, TX 7870
Phone: (512) 442-1400
Tues-Sat: 11am-7pm, Sunday:12pm-5pm
Closed Mondays
10 – 20% discount by showing your APS Membership Card

Perry Aerial Photography

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Perry Aerial Photography
-serving Austin Metro area-
captainkdp@gmail.com
Tel: 512-909-6661

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YOU COULD BE ADVERTISING YOUR BUSINESS HERE. Contact webmaster@austinpondsociety.org for more details

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