my gaming group plays on three locations, one of those is in a conference room in a suburban part of our capital city, Ljubljana. I like the location as the only WGS in Slovenia is in the center and I just hate parking there. Plus, to be honest, the store kinda puts me off. So, to keep the space (and maybe get a bigger one!) we had to participate in local "meet the community" or something event. It was a picnic type of even where various associations and clubs represent themselves. It was also a good opportunity to make people aware of our hobby, new members are always a nice addition. We were representing Flames of war (my station :O) and Warhammer 40k and Fantasy, as those three systems are the most played. The club also plays Infinity more and more and few guys play Warmachine and Hordes. No love for Strange Aeons or zombies, but I'll work on that...especially SA, as zombie wargames require lots of models to be transported and I prefer doing it at home.
Apart from us, there was also a local voluntary fire brigade (we got limited professional fire brigades and every village and smaller city has its own voluntary one. As this part of the city used to be a village just some 30 years ago, it has retained its voluntary brigade). I didn't took my time to go and look around, but I saw pensioner's association, a rugby club (had no idea this is played here!), some random who-evers and even a police horse unit. They were just behind me and I got irritated by the way they treated their horses. They had two horses with them and both were in the trailer for the most of the day. I havent seen them outside once, but a mate of mine told be they were left out for few minutes. I understand there was a danger of horse doing harm to someone, but they might as well leave them in their base then...
So, back to us. 40k guys were playing the game, Fantasy had some miniatures displayed and we made two "dioramas". You can see pictures in the end of the topic. It was not supposed to be a game but youngsters got so annoying we made them play with some tanks so they could throw some dice. The public's opinion was quite pleasing (except for a mom asking "why can't the kids touch the miniatures"), it was nice to see people are interested in the hobby. The bad thing is, our target public doesn't go on such events. When I started playing FOW I was the youngest at 22. When they were on European Team Championship in Poland few months back, our 18 or 19 years old player was the youngest participant. And here the most interested public was 8-12 :D. We gave some leaflets away so maybe someone will find us!
For the tables, we used 2/3 of space we use in our normal games and we put just about everything on it, making a nice display pieces and that was about it. One half is supposed to be in North Africa, end of '42 where US forces got ambushed by soldati italiani. The second half was representing russian village and russian forces attacking the germans around '44.
Thanks for looking,