Monday, 26 October 2015

#Nipclub Star Wars Pawty

Join us as we travel to a galaxy far, far away
November 14 - 15

As soon as the family of @Petiethecat's Mama Louise asked for donations in her memory to be made to a wonderful charity called D'Arcy's ARC, the requests started coming in - could #NipClub choose it in her honor as the featured charity this month? 

Indeed we could. Petie and Mama Louise were well known to and loved by many at #NipClub, and were responsible for introducing many of us to each other, and all those of us who knew them are delighted to have this opportunity to pay tribute to them.  

There is one slight technical drawback, which I'm sure that none of Petie and Louise's pals will mind at all. D'Arcy's ARC does not collect their donations through PayPal, as our charities normally do, but uses a service called This means we can't set up our usual kind of widget, so we can't show you the donation level in our sidebar. You can donate just as usual by clicking on the Charity Tips Jar widget, which will take you straight to the page on and pay through PayPal or a credit card. Clicking on the Charity Tips Jar widget will also let you check on the progress of the appeal without donating, so please don't think this is an attempt to mug you! :D 

I hope you'll forgive the slight inconvenience and agree that it's a small price to pay for the opportunity to honor Mama Louise in the way her family have requested friends to do. 

P.S. @Pumpkinpuddy compiled a lovely book about the very first Summer At The Lake With Petie and in honor of Mama Louise she's donating part of the sale of every book during November to D'Arcy's ARC, so if you haven't yet got your copy now's the perfect time to check it out!

Friday, 9 October 2015

Welcome to NipClub Wine Harvest Weekend!

Hi, and a very warm welcome to our NipClub Wine Country Harvest weekend! The pawty starts on Twitter at 2pm EDT (7pm in the UK) on Saturday October 10 and runs for 24 hours. The hashtag is #NCWH and your formal invitation is right here.  

If you're a regular NipClub-goer you'll notice that the site looks rather different and the link has changed. That's because our usual site is experiencing some technical difficulties and at the moment isn't working properly. Annoyingly, it can't be fixed in time for this weekend, but I'm very grateful that two sharp-eyed NipClubbers, @RustytheKitty and @rockstarwalrus, found the problem in time for me to find a workaround! 

So, what are we getting up to this weekend?

Well, if you were at our Winery Harvest and Stomp last time, you'll already know how much fun it is to help to stomp the grapes (and some of you may even have got the grape-stains off your paws by now!). If you haven't experienced this event before, I can promise you that it's a lot of fun. Stomping the grapes in time to the music from our DJs, with a glass of wine in paw, is an adventure not to be missed!

Of course, at NipClub we also have our own Winery, and we have some of the very finest of our own wine for you to taste. Quality-checking is very important here at NipClub, so you are warmly encouraged to open a few bottles to make sure the produce reaches our high standards. 

Trains are very popular at NipClub, but I ought to warn you that this one isn't quite the luxury NipClub Express you may have ridden with us before. This one is... well, I guess you'd call it more a bar-on-wheels. Given the amount of chaos NipClub caused last time we thought we ought to try to put a bit of business the way of the local wine producers, so we've bought up quite a lot of cases of red, white and rosé and we're relying on you to help us empty them! 

This year we have an innovation. After hours and hours of design (well, OK, it might have been much easier before rather than after trying @WinstonTabby's wine selection!) the NipClub Estate Winery now has a Maze! It's quite a tough one, and several of the NipClub staff who've tried it have got hopelessly entangled and have had to yowl for help. Can you do any better? It's a lot of fun to try!