Encuentro Milonguero Berkeley 2016!



Dear Jonathan and Olivia,
As someone who puts on events professionally,

I've seen what goes in to a 1-day festival, and you

pulled off yet another 3-day festival, seemingly with

absolute grace! 
Your spring 2016 Encuentro was perfectly located,

had sufficient free parking, had a lovely floor, and

'intimately' held our group. The food was thoughtfully

chosen for both carns/vegans and every dish was

delicious. The staff of volunteers was friendly and

efficient. The DJs were some of the best, and the

sound system ran without a hitch. And the dancers?

Everyone I spoke to said they were honored to be

invited and thrilled with the competency of the

dancers. The male/female ratio seemed just right,

and the spirit on the floor was better than any

milonga I've witnessed. The few moments I

reluctantly came off the floor to catch my breath

were rewarded with a glimpse into exceptional floor

The two of you made the whole thing look effortless,

and your generosity will be remembered. Thank you

both - and a big thank you to the wonderful DJs,

caterers and volunteers, as well as the beautiful

dancers. This was an exceptional weekend!
Suzanna Gratz,
Dear Jonathan and Olivia,
Thanks so much for a great weekend.   We thoroughly

enjoyed the company, the food and above all the

dancing.  We very much appreciate all of the effort

that you used in making this so successful and look

forward to seeing you both again in Port Townsend

and later in the year in Albuquerque.
Again, many thanks!
Garth (and Elaine)
Dear Jonathan and Olivia,

Thank you for an incredibly gorgeous experience

last weekend at Berkeley Encuentro 2016. 

Your generous output and seemingly inexhaustible

supply of energy created a warm, welcoming and

first class environment for sharing companionship,

wonderful food and beverages and most importantly--

The Dance!  I hope you are both getting some

well-deserved rest this week.

I am interested in knowing about future events,

including mini Encuentros.

Thank you,
Martie (and Robert) Leys
Dear Olivia and Jonathan,
I just arrived home and I’m still on a high from this past

week-end. It exceeded all of my expectations!
I can’t begin to thank you enough for organizing this

fabulous event. From the second I arrived, everything

was perfect. I can name all the material things like

the food and the wine (just superb) the music

(out of this world) and the hall itself (I really ‘bonded’

with that floor and I loved our sitting room.) But

most of all, it was the personal love and attention

that you gave to everything and helped create a

wonderful, warm, friendly ambiance. I did not

know a soul, other than Margaret and Natalie

– and came away feeling I made so many wonderful

friends and tango buddies.
This was my first major tango event and I loved

every second of it. You both did a stupendous job!!!
Sara (Melzer)
Dear Jonathan and Olivia:
From the bottom of my heart I want to thank you both

for this amazing weekend!!! I had a fabulous time and

wanted to thank you once again for taking such an

amazing, great care of us all!!!!
You guys are the very best; first class, indeed!!!!
Would you please let me know when your next

Encuentro will be? I have dear friends -- tango

teachers and Milonguero style -- fine dancers

from Canada that would love to join. 
Looking so forward to your next event!!!
Carmen Bujor

Lots of very nice dancers, great food, and good music.

Please let me know when the next Encuentro is

taking place.

Abrazos Ely (Gilliam)
Dear Olivia and Jonathan,
Just a quick THANK YOU note after a long flight

back to Durham NC (I left my hotel at 7 am and

arrived home at 10 pm), and I am now catching

up with lab work.
Alicia and I had a fantastic weekend in Berkeley.

We enjoyed every moment!!! I want to thank you

guys for inviting us to participate in this wonderful

Encuentro and for inviting me to DJ. I felt very

honored with that!!! And special thanks to you

for your hospitality and attentions.  And thank

you Olivia for the great tandas we danced!
Hoping to see you again, soon!
All the best and hasta pronto!

Eduardo and Alicia (Lazarowski)
Dear Jonathan and Olivia,
I just want to thank you both for all your hard

work in making this such a wonderful weekend.

Also a note of appreciation for everyone there

and how thoughtful and considerate everyone

was. Really the antithesis of the normal

tango “festival”.
Food was superb of course and Antoinette

really outdid herself. Just incredible.
Thank you for creating such a nice experience.
Bob Lansburg
Dear Jonathan and Olivia
Thank you so much for inviting me to DJ for

you, and for the wonderful feedback. Your

Encuentro was another wonderfully organized

event and all was taken care to perfection.
Ashvin (Iyer)
Dear Jonathan and Olivia,
I just wanted to thank you for all your hard work

putting together this wonderful Encuentro. I had

a superb time and the music was fabulous. I ran

into old and current friends, and made lots of

new ones too.
I had an especially nice milonga tanda with a

man named Illy. In any case, I also wanted to

thank you for having included Jeff in all the

meals. He felt very appreciated and part of the

Once again, thank you so much for all your

planning and organizing. You did an awesome job!
Hope to see you soon,
Brenda Barcelo
Dear Jonathan and Olivia,
Congratulations on the Berkeley Encuentro -

you are receiving rave reviews in the Northwest!
Ernie Baird (who was unable to attend)
Dear Jonathan and Olivia, 
You did it again! You created an incredible

Milonguero weekend with wonderful dancers,

friendly faces and embraces, great music and

really delicious meals. I have to say I've never

had better tandas anywhere! Can't wait for a

repeat performance  :)
Margaret Sacks