Virtual Convention Social Events: 3 Nights of Fun


  Join Your Friends and Colleagues
for Three Nights of Virtual Fun!

This year marks the first time that OACB's Annual Convention will be all virtual. To help participants connect with one another from a distance, the OACB team—with help from several county board of DD volunteers—has planned three free, optional, after-hours social events! Each week will feature an event on Thursday evening, and all will take place over Zoom. Please note the RSVP requirements and deadlines for each event listed below.

Jump to Event Details:
Week 1: Virtual Pop Culture Trivia
Week 2: Zero-Proof Cocktail Hour
Week 3: Get to the Point!

Questions about Virtual Convention social events can be directed to Adam Herman at aherman@oacbdd.org. If you have trouble with this form, please contact Erich Hiner at ehiner@oacbdd.org.


 Week 1: Virtual Pop Culture Trivia
Thursday, November 19, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. via Zoom

About The Event
Do you know which television show wiped out the NYC sewer system? Or how many husbands Kim Kardashian has had? What about what Google was meant to be called? If you’re astute in the abstract, you’ll enjoy competing in our Virtual Pop Culture Trivia! Featuring fast-paced multiple-choice questions, participants will be quizzed on of all sorts of useless information about famous people, movies, music, TV, and general nostalgia. Sign up below to compete. Individual first, second, and third-place winners will receive gift cards to Amazon.com worth $100, $50, and $25, respectively!

How to Take Part
Space is limited to 50 participants, and a digital RSVP is required. To join in, just click the registration link below to sign up. You'll receive an automated email reminder with a link to the Zoom meeting. You will need 2 internet-connected devices to play—a device with a webcam and mic to join the Zoom call and a phone or tablet that you'll use to answer trivia questions. More instructions will be provided to registrants.

Photo: Travis Hoewischer

Meet Our Host
Travis Hoewischer is standup comedian, humor author, and virtual trivia host. After repeatedly letting down his friends on trivia nights by knowing too much about Saturday Night Live and too little about the shape of Hungary, he invented his own brand of digital trivia to level the playing field. His recent accomplishments include failing to win $25,000 on Hollywood Game Night with Jane Lynch.

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  Week 2: Zero-Proof Cocktail Demo
Thursday, December 3, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. via Zoom

About The Event
In Josh Gandee's experience behind the bar, "mocktails" have often been reduced to mimicry. They are meant to help someone look like they are drinking when they don’t feel like telling their group that they aren’t partaking that evening. Non-alcoholic cocktails, however, are thoughtful, crafted with purpose, and allow those who are taking a night off (or just don’t drink at all) the same complexity and fun and as those who peruse the cocktail list. In this live demonstration, our host—a nationally-recognized bartender from Columbus—will take participants through the step-by-step process of making three delicious, zero-proof concoctions in their own homes.

How to Take Part
A digital RSVP is required. To join in, just click the registration link below to sign up. You'll receive an automated email reminder with a link to the Zoom meeting. An ingredient list will be sent to registrants ahead of time. Please test your internet connection and (if you're planning to mix along with our host) set up your webcam and screen where you can see them from your mocktail mixing workspace.

Meet Our Host
Joshua Gandee is a Columbus-based bartender and creative who's worked in and around the restaurant industry for over a decade. Joshua quit drinking in 2017 and began creating a non-alcoholic sipping culture in his city and beyond through recipes, recommendations, and a penchant for any water that bubbles. Currently with Watershed Distillery, Joshua believes a change in mindset can produce a change in identity, and he works to be the best version of himself possible while helping to lift the "spirits" of those around him.



Week 3: Get to the Point
Thursday, December 10, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. via Zoom

About The Event
Get to the Point is a madcap take on stale PowerPoint presentations! Based on Columbus' own Drunk Powerpoint, an open-mic-style revue of hilarious and informative slideshows, Get to the Point will bring together some of the event's best regulars and their unexpected presentations for an evening of weird (and informative) fun. Convention participants will be invited to kick back at the conclusion of the Convention's second week and learn from our presenters on topics ranging from urban food foraging to Scandinavian heavy metal. Scroll down to meet our presenters and see the topics on deck!


Meet Our Emcee
Ryan Branch is host of Drunk PowerPoint and a regular Columbus voice-about-town. In his off-time, he can be found promoting the Cleveland Owlbears as a replacement for Cleveland's current baseball branding and commentating on Super Nintendo sports games on Twitch.

 

 

Meet Our Presenters

Presenter: Alexis Nelson
Topic:
Ohio is Full of Free Food, Dummies!
A lover of food and plants, Alexis Nelson is a social media manager, urban forager, and TikTok creator: the perfect trifecta of jobs that her Baby Boomer parents will never understand. In her TikTok videos, she demonstrates urban foraging techniques and know-how that turn everyday weeds and plants into Instagram-worthy dishes.

Presenter: James TW
Topic:
Mayhem—The Bizarre True Story of the Norwegian Black Metal Scene
The most famous YouTuber in the world, PewDiePie, says that James created "the best website on the internet." TMZ calls him a "zamboni hijacker." But of all his accomplishments, James is most proud of the entertainment and education he delivers through his riveting PowerPoint presentations.

Presenter: Kamal E. Kimball
Topic:
William S. Burroughs, Magic Man of the Beat Generation
Kamal E. Kimball is a poet, teacher, and graduate student at OSU. In her spare time, she pretends to read long novels and watches her neighbors go about their lives a la "Rear Window." Kamal will dive into the weird life of poet William S. Burroughs, who (among other things) once attempted to curse a cafe that served him bad cheesecake.

Presenter: Bianca Moore
Topic:
How "The Sims" Changed My Life: Simulated Encounters, Real Consequences
Bianca Moore is a Columbus comedian and performer whose presentations focus on tearing into the delicate social fabric holding us all together. In this presentation, she'll delve into the memorable and sometimes deeply weird lessons that tiny people who live in a video game can teach us.