December 9, 2017, Holiday Party




When: Saturday, December 9, 2017, 11 AM to 3 PM (The party replaces our regular meeting)christmas flamingos 10

Where: The Rusty Pelican, 2425 N. Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, FL  33607, 813-281-1943

Who: TARA members only. Dress: Holiday casual.

Cost: $30.00 per person (does not include alcoholic beverages)

Registration deadline is Monday, November 27 (no exceptions, per the restaurant’s schedule.) Registration for payment and entrée choice is required. You cannot change your menu choice or receive a refund after November 27. Please complete the form below and select a payment method before submitting.

Holiday Party

Included with the meal:


  • Spanakopita
  • Raw Vegetable Tray and dip
  • Fried Ravioli with Marinara Sauce


  • House Salad with dressing
  • Fresh Vegetable (not served with the pasta entree)
  • Garlic Mashed Potatoes (not served with the pasta entree)
  • Rolls and Butter


  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea (hot or iced)


  • Assorted Mini Desserts

Alcoholic drinks are NOT Included in the price of the meal but may be purchased at the restaurant bar


Book Challenge Awards: Don’t miss the drawing for the Book Challenge money!

Items to bring to the Holiday Party:

Books for The Spring of Tampa Bay: TARA cares. As authors, we want to encourage reading! Please bring an unwrapped book for The Spring of Tampa Bay,, a sanctuary for abused women and their children. Donated books can be for children, teens, and adults, and either non-fiction or fiction. Please, no hot or erotica books. Used books are acceptable if they are in good condition. If you donate a book you’ve published, we encourage you to sign it. A label stating, “This book was donated by Tampa Area Romance Authors” will be placed within each book.

Flamingo Filch Gift Exchange:

Tons of laughs and good cheer (aka scheming and thievery) will commence immediately following lunch!!! Please bring one gift, not tagged, but wrapped or concealed in a bag or basket for the gift swap. Your gift may contain more than one item, but to keep the exchange fun and fair, the combined cost of all items should not exceed $30.00. A TARA tradition is to include an ornament relating to your writing and/or writing life as part of your gift. It’s not necessary to give an ornament, but you’re welcome to honor the tradition. Please, do not spend more than you can afford. Some of the most treasured gifts are handcrafted!

Rules of the exchange: Members draw numbers as they arrive to set the order of the game. When the exchange begins, the person holding number one will select a gift from the pile, unwrap it, and show it to everyone. As the game continues, players can either “steal” a person’s opened gift or choose a wrapped one from the pile. If the player steals a gift, the person whose gift has been filched either steals another person’s gift (you cannot immediately steal back the gift that was just taken from you) or chooses another wrapped gift. The cycle of opening or stealing continues until everyone has a gift. There is a limit of two thefts from the same person before that person’s gift is out of play. The Rusty Pelican insist the room be vacated by 3:00 pm sharp, so come prepared for a fast-paced game!