I haven't been even remotely involved in the project for nine years, so none of this really has anything to do with me (and hosting their party would have only cost me money) but I still think it's pretty sad that the anniversary is going to go completely un-celebrated.
I kind of expected their response to be, "But we have a perfectly good cafeteria", or "Oh, we're just going to get a booth at the Tied House instead", but this is even lamer. Saying "We're not having an anniversary party because we're celebrating all year" is like saying "You don't get a birthday party because every day is equally special!"
Remember that time when you entered the science fair, and then they decided to give everybody first prize, even the kid who ate paste? It's like that.
I really shouldn't care about this. But, geez.
Update 2: Scratch that, they changed their minds again. No party for you.