When a Meet-up Turned Into a Mini Raincamp

Real Estate Agent with Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 REB.0759001

When a Meet-up Turned Into a Mini Raincamp

For so many of the new members of ActiveRain, the two main words of my post are unknowns except for an occasional reference within someone else's blog post.

Going back in time to 2013 there was always a special feeling of anticipation whenever Dagny Eason  announced a date ro a Meet-up at her house.  What she do to make this new event make the past one almost hum-drum by comparison?

As this particular date was within the Chrstmas time frame, the approaching Holiday added to the atmosphere.  For anyone with an additional curiosity, the date was Dec 2, 2013.


Twenty three people made the trek to Wilton CT to attend this event. It was exceptional again for the hospitality offered by Dagny, and extraordinary for what was offered in her main office area within her lower level.

creene projector had been set up and fellow AR member Debbie Gartner , the Flooring Girl demonstrated her expertise in making the Internet work to improve our personal branding and markerting.  Not at all unlike the presentations made so often in those early days at Raincamps around the country, Debbie Gartner  ah a kept audience with many scrambling for paper to write down the gems that were being offered by this very astute young lady.

When a Meet-up Turned Into a Mini Raincamp

When a Meet-up Turned Into a Mini Raincamp

Back in the day we all paid special attention to what ever information was offered to allow us to make our business marketing more effective and lucrative.  I'm sure there are still ways we can all learn something new, but 7 years ago we were a captured audience.

Of course as it was the Holdiay seaason, there was an additional guest that chose to attend Dagny's party looking for a chance to chat with all the good boys and girls.

When a Meet-up Turned Into a Mini RainCamp

There have not been any gatherins like this since then and with the current pandemic there will be very few similar this year.

When a Meet-up Turned Into a Mini Raincamp

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Comments (27)

Ed Silva
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

Rocky Dickerson   I do believe that Raincamps area  thing of the past and have been transitioned to Webinars

Debbie Gartner   You're so welcome, but I really didn't do much but revert to a little nostalgia

Dec 08, 2020 03:48 PM
Ed Silva
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

Anna Banana Kruchten CRS CRB, Phoenix Broker   In this period of the Pandemic, any reference to open gatherings is well appreciated.

Michael Jacobs   I am a stage of life where remembering can be a real challenge

Dec 08, 2020 03:50 PM
Ed Silva
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

Joan Cox   the were special.  I believe the best attended had almost 30 people

George Souto   I would like to be able to just walk into a store without a mask.  My glasses are always fogging..

Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP   They were fun gatherings and Dagny was an incredible hostess.  Thanks for stopping

Dec 08, 2020 03:53 PM
Elyse Berman, PA
Best Connections Realty, Inc. - Boca Raton, FL
Boca Raton FL (561) 716-7824 CRS, ABR, GRI,ePR

Ed Silva I remember these meet ups.  Although I never made it to CT, I remember hearing about Dagny's meetups.

I did have the pleasure of meeting Debbie Gartner along with many other Rainers in NYC in 2012.  There were a lot of people in attendance, I think 3 long tables worth.  Those were great times, along with the many meetups I attended in south Florida with the locals and the snowbirds. 

Dec 08, 2020 04:46 PM
Debbie Gartner

Yes, that was an awesome meetup.  Roger & I organized it and because it was in NYC, we got a lot of awesome people there from NY, NJ and elsewhere (e.g. Fl, OH).

Dec 09, 2020 03:16 AM
Elyse Berman, PA

It really was Debbie Gartner.  I think I still have a picture of us seated together.  You had your Flooring Girl tee shirt!  

Dec 09, 2020 05:12 PM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Ed- I too remember reading about Dagny Eason's meetups and wished I could have been there. I miss the mini-meetups we had in South Florida with Elyse Berman, PA, Eileen Burns, Donald Urschalitz and guests Grant Schneider and Wayne Martin and the late Lou Ludwig. 

Dec 08, 2020 06:44 PM
Elyse Berman, PA

They were always such fun Kathy Streib .  I still miss you in Delray.

Dec 09, 2020 05:12 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude


What a great meet-up/mini Raincamp that was. I would have loved to have been there at Dagny’s hous...as many of us would have! Thanks for sharing the memories!


Dec 08, 2020 09:33 PM
Brian England
Vacasa - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I have never been able to attend a RainCamp, but I have attended quite a few meetups and continue to host them when Rainers come to my area.

Dec 09, 2020 05:14 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker, eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

That must have been a great get-together! Thank you for sharing your overview and photos.

Dec 09, 2020 05:53 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Ed Silva,

Those were the days of lots of meaningful social interaction and learning combined. Webinars and Zoom meetings are good but there is nothing better than human face to face contact.

Dec 09, 2020 07:48 AM
Ed Silva
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

Elyse Berman, PA   If that was the Raincmp at the Marriott in Times Square I was also in attendance but missed the Meet-up gathering.  I will try to reach out to you in Feb as we will be there Covid permitting, to visit family.

Kathy Streib   I don't recall anyone posting of as many people at a Meet-up as Dagny would have had.  I do recall attending a Meet-up in CA with Jeff Dowler and while it was large, it still came up short both for attendance and also it was in a restaurant which would have limited the social part of the meet-up

Dec 09, 2020 08:01 AM
Elyse Berman, PA

Ed Silva I don't think so.  This one was in July 2012 in Grand Central Station in the city.  I remember because my parents had gotten sick and I was up there to meet a doctor.  I came late to the meetup but was so glad I made it.


Would love to meet you in February, Covid permitting, of course!  


Dec 09, 2020 05:14 PM
Ed Silva
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

Jeff Dowler, CRS   If you recall, we held a mini meet-up when you were in New England at a restaurant in New Haven.

Brian England   That opprotunity may have run it's course at least for a large RainCamp.  For a while the site tried to promote a webinar based Raincamp but it didn't get the attendance they may have hoped .

Dec 09, 2020 08:05 AM
Ed Silva
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

Kat Palmiotti   Entirely my pleasure.  I m cleaning up my computer and with the reorganizing am finding a lot of AR history.

Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR    I am so on board with your thoughts.  It's the reason I will try to reach out to Rainers when we are traveling even if it's for a cup of coffee.  It makes the connections stronger

Dec 09, 2020 08:08 AM
Joe Jackson
Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty - Columbus, OH
Clintonville and Central Ohio Real Estate Expert

Thank you for posting this

Dec 09, 2020 03:09 PM
Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

I remember Dagny Eason well from the Active Rain meet-up in Philly - She had wonderful meet-ups at her home - miss her presence here. Glad you have returned

Dec 09, 2020 04:18 PM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi Ed Silva - I remember that day!  And just recently I spoke to Dagny Eason .

Dec 10, 2020 03:55 AM
Mike McCann - Nebraska Farm Land Broker
Mike McCann - Broker, Mach1 Realty Farmland Broker-Auctioneer Serving Rural Nebraska - Kearney, NE
Farm Land For Sale 308-627-3700 or 800-241-3940

Never been to a meetup...with AR members anyway.  But it is on my bucket list!

Hopefully they will happen again soon!  I am ok with zoom but not  really!!

Dec 10, 2020 06:16 AM
Debra Leisek
Bay Realty,Inc Homer Alaska - Homer, AK

Its great to see these photos of past meet ups. I have never been to one but they always looked like fun. Seems like there used to be a meetup several times a year and enjoyed by all!

Dec 11, 2020 10:33 PM
Eva B. Liland Century 21 Doug Anderson
Century 21 Doug Anderson - Lancaster, CA
Glad to be of Service 661-714-1643

Never has a chance to attend a meet-up and it looks to have been so much fun! Today in this pandemic, at least AR has started using Zoom to connect and I had the pleasure to meet Debbie Gartner on a Zoom meeting a couple of weeks ago.

Dec 12, 2020 06:48 AM
Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

Eva B. Liland Century 21 Doug Anderson Yes, it's been a long time since I've done something like that. So glad we got to "meet."

Dec 12, 2020 10:29 AM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

No social distancing or masks used?  Oh, it was 2013 good old days.

If it was today it is unthinkable.

Thanks for sharing.

Dec 17, 2020 08:08 AM