Welcome to Walkabout International’s 40th Anniversary year, with celebrations planned to commemorate this milestone all year long. Many of our events are grouped around our founding month — March — but we will celebrate all year long. Watch for walk leaders to lead 40th Anniversary walks celebrating the best of the best all year long. There may be special lectures during the year — stay tuned, but read on….
We have offered a spectacular promotion called “$40 for Forty” which gives you a $60 value by paying for our narrated bus tour (which includes lunch) on Saturday, Feb. 25, our 40th anniversary High Tea on Monday, March 13 and our Home and Garden Tour on Saturday, April 1. If you were to purchase these separately, they would cost $60, but you save $20 by taking advantage of the $40 for 40 promotion and sending your check to the WI office now. Only about a dozen spots remain for this promotion, and it’s one way to secure priority for the bus tour, which sold out five years ago. (It’s also possible to purchase each activity separately; prices below).
Sunday, January 29. 11:00 am
CONVERGENCE WALK! Let’s “converge” on Walkabout’s 40th anniversary with a vengeance. Convergence Walk January 29th We’ll have multiple walk leaders leading walks from several different points of origin to our destination. We leave the points of origin at 11:00 am and “converge” on the Stone Brewery at Liberty Station for our luncheon (cost is on your own). After we’re full of good food, we can have a post-meal walk around Liberty Station. We need your RSVP by January 21 for this walk so we can reserve space at the restaurant. Please call the office (619) 231-7463. Meet walk leaders at any of the following origins:
- Corner of Chatsworth Blvd. & Voltaire St. (near Pt. Loma High School) for a walk (mostly downhill) to Liberty Station; or
- Meet Donna & Jerry at Old Town Transit Center (by the antique clock near the train station building); or
- Meet Larry Forman at the Silver Gate Yacht Club at 2091 Shelter Island Drive, for the 3-mile walk to our Liberty Station destination.
You can walk back, grab a carpool, or take the #28 bus back to your starting point
A HAPPY LUNAR NEW YEAR CELEBRATION – CHINESE STYLE
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 11
10:45 am “Feet” Gather outside the Great Plaza Buffet in Pacific Beach at 1840 Garnet Avenue
Noon Feast Gather outside the restaurant entrance to pay Walkabout AND receive your admission ticket
Happy 4715! Time to crow with Walkabout about the start of the Lunar New Year…of the Fire Rooster! Officially beginning January 28th, this age-old celebration continues for 15 days with Walkabout joining in the fun on February 11th. Look for Larry to start things off on this festive Walkabout tradition with a flat and casual appetite-awaking, anecdote-filled amble at 10:45 am.
At noon, prepare to feast on over 150 (!) delectable dishes including many traditional Chinese delicacies. Savor a tantalizing assortment of crab, shrimp, beef, chicken, pork and fish items — and don’t forget to eat your veggies, too — along with desserts galore!
Enjoy the fabulous feast for the all-inclusive price of $13 per person for the all-you-can-eat buffet, beverage (non-alcoholic) plus tax and tip. If you are cock-sure about attending, then simply RSVP by Wednesday February 8 to the Walkabout Office at (619) 231-7463 AND indicate and number and names of the people in your party. After February 8th, the price flies up to $15 per person, if space is available. Plan to bring a check payable to Walkabout International in the amount of $13 per person in your group . . . Alas, no refunds for cancellations or chickening out.
Our captivating venue is the Great Plaza Buffet at 1840 Garnet Avenue by the corner of Lamont Street in Pacific Beach with amply parking. Gung Hay Fat Choy!
Monday, February 20. PRESIDENTS’ DAY RECEPTION. Let’s thank Walkabout’s eleven presidents (9 surviving) who have served over our 40 years. Our celebration will be a light luncheon served in our office’s Green Room at NOON, including sandwiches, fruit, cake and punch. Those past (and present presidents) who can attend will share memorable moments, and out come the photo albums! Please RSVP by Friday, February 17 at 2 pm so sufficient refreshments are available. No admission charge.
Saturday, February 25. $40-for-40 40th ANNIVERSARY BUS TOUR AND LUNCHEON. 9 am departure, returning around 3 pm. This tour, leaving from the Walkabout office at Liberty Station, will be a narrated bus tour of some of Walkabout’s favorite haunts over the years. You’ll see the locations of our various offices over a 40-year period, and perhaps watch a video presentation recapping our years. This will be a trip down memory lane, re-telling the contributions from so many Walkabout stand-outs (e.g. Kay Hughes, Larraine Marshall, Audrey Davis, Downtown Sam). We’ll have opportunities for restroom stops and short walk stops (do them if you want, or not), and we’ll enjoy a mid-way luncheon stop (included) along the way. This trip will sell out quickly, so make your reservation and payment early. Tickets now on sale. Cost $40 per person. ** See $40-for-40 bundle pricing!
Saturday, March 4. 40th ANNIVERSARY OPEN HOUSE 4 – 6 pm. Although this is not actually our founding day, we use it because of the “march forth” connotation! Enjoy a hosted cocktail party at our Green Room with wine, cheese, and hors d’oeuvres, with a media/slide show of 40 years of Walkabout activities. Official proclamations will be read with all sorts of anniversary surprises! RSVP deadline is Wednesday, March 1 at 2 pm. No admission charge.
Monday, March 13. $40-for-40 40th ANNIVERSARY TEA! This elegant event will be held at 1 p.m. in Walkabout’s Green Room which will be suitably decorated for the occasion. Walkabout men will serve! We hope to have a “high tea”, with musical guests and wonderful refreshments. Dress to impress — the surroundings will astound you! RSVP by March 1. Charge: $10 per person. ** See $40-for-40 bundle pricing!
Friday, March 17. 40th ANNIVERSARY RE-CREATION. Join Walkabout founder Larry Forman at 10 am on an almost-re-creation of the walk that started it all 40 years ago! Meet Larry at the corner of Scott and Emerson Sts. (near Pt. Loma Seafoods) for a moderate 2-hour amble.
Saturday, April 1. $40-for-40 40th ANNIVERSARY HOME AND GARDEN TOUR 1 pm – 4 pm. Join us for a rare peek into several fellow Walkabouters’ homes and gardens on this afternoon self-drive visit to various locations around San Diego. Pay the fee and receive a map to the “stars” homes, who will welcome you with refreshments at each location. Spring has sprung, and you should too, with a chance to learn how the other half (hey, it could be the bottom half) lives! We offer tour experiences — from “tiny” homes to mansions and gardens all decked out to impress! Tickets: $10 each or ** See $40-for-40 bundle pricing!
November 2017. 40th ANNIVERSARY BOAT TOUR. Join us on a date to be announced for a boat tour of the bay with a commercial tour operator. Date and time TBA, but don’t miss the boat! The cost for this tour is not a part of the bundled pricing.
December 2017. 40th ANNIVERSARY TRIP REUNION! This is a trip reunion experience to rival all others. Walkabout will publish every extended trip ever led over the years (there are 100+) and you make your own name tag with those trips you went on. Then come to our potluck at the Walkabout office Green Room and share your experiences. There will be prizes for most trips, best memories, best stories — this will be a fun reflection event not to be missed. Even if you haven’t travelled, you’ll want to come! It’s free!
**We have offered a spectacular promotion called “$40 for Forty” which gives you a $60 value by paying for our narrated bus tour (which includes lunch) on Saturday, Feb. 25, our 40th anniversary High Tea on Monday, March 13 and our Home and Garden Tour on Saturday, April 1. If you were to purchase these separately, they would cost $60, but you save $20 by taking advantage of the $40 for 40 promotion and sending your check to the WI office now. Only about a dozen spots remain for this promotion, and it’s one way to secure priority for the bus tour, which sold out five years ago. (It’s also possible to purchase each activity separately; prices below).