The first ever
Regional Macintosh Gathering
for Southern California Mac users
        ~~ A non-profit event ~~
Exhibits & Seminars
Saturday & Sunday
April 5 & 6, 2003

Dinner & Dance Party
featuring a stroll down memory lane with a former
voice of the Platters
and the melodies of Teri Hitt.

Friday - Sunday
Taught by top pros: PeachPit authors & ACNs.

At the world-famous
Queen Mary
...has now come and gone. Smiling people thanked us after sessions, classes, and visits with vendors. Thank you notes are coming in. We're starting work on the next regional gathering. If you're like to attend as a user or vendor,

 The Regional Macintosh Gathering is a unique new concept —
                                a cross between a trade show and a user group meeting

What did you miss?

Free 2 hour Presentations where attendees learned, really learned the what, why & how of products in detail. Plenty of time to ask questions. A chance to really understand fonts, compression and how to keep your data safe. Not to mention iMovie. Or learn how to set up small business accounting.

Talk one-on-one with around 25 vendors in the Exhibit Hall.

Low-cost courses Friday, Sat, and Sunday — and general admission is on us with any paid class. Learn to set up an OS X Server, Color Managment, FileMaker Pro, AppleWorks, OS X, and how to shoot for digital video.

The free Help Desk.staffed by professional Mac consultants.

Mingling with other Mac users to share ideas and tips, or socialize with like-minded different-thinkers.

Swap meet, entertainment, and a social area Friday night & optional dinner party Saturday night featuring the live music of Teri Hitt followed by the classic voice of the Platter's hits & the tradition of The Mills Brothers.  

Excellent door prizes!
Ticket purchases enabled you to enter a drawing for these excellent Mac items and more.

Harman Multimedia's JBL Creature
self powered satellite speakers and subwoofer in white
(You must provide valid contact information to win.)

Why we started this
A personal message from Deborah Shadovitz

Once upon a time there was a Mac show at the Long Beach Convention Center. Unfortunately, in 1993 the owner of Macworld bought that show and closed it. Local feeling was that he wanted to push users up to Macworld SF. But the long trip, cost, and timing didn't work for many users. Left without a local show, users asked the Los Angeles Macintosh Group (LAMG) to host one. They did, and that small event evolved into MacFair LA, a full-fledged show hosting 12,000 Mac users. But the LAMG closed its doors after the 1998 show and with that, the energy behind MacFair LA was gone. Although not financially involved with MacFair LA and not a member of the event's board, I ran the LAMG's meetings and did a lot for MacFair LA. Since then, each time I speak at or attend a user group, or run into Mac users, people tell me they miss getting together with folks beyond their local user group — and ask me to start a new show. Meanwhile, vendors would like to come visit LA users, but simply don’t have the resources to attend all the great small groups in So Cal. So the time has come. I’ve joined forces with consultant, Paul Cartwright, who I met as we volunteered for MacFair LA and now sit with on the board of the San Gabriel Valley Mac Group. (He’s the President.) Together we’re developing my dream event — this gathering. Not only are we doing the show people have long asked me for, but since I’ve also been asked to hold user group-priced classes again, we’re holding some classes too!

So we hope you’ll join us. Get together, hang out, learn from other Mac folk, share ideas — and learn about a bunch of great Mac software and hardware first-hand.

Deborah Shadovitz, February 2003


Do we have a brochure?

We did.

This page was last updated on Saturday, July 8, 2006 at 2:15 AM.


Macintosh is a trademark of Apple Computer, Inc.
This is an independent event and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Apple Computer, Inc.