We sure lucked out on the weather last Saturday – all geared up for rain and all of our layers a group of us drove out to a volunteer farm to help harvest vegetables for local food banks. We sorted potatoes and pulled carrots for the good part of the afternoon and although the crawling on the ground, and digging wasn’t the easiest of tasks the muscle aches were a small price to pay, knowing that we were helping others that aren’t as fortunate.
If that wasn’t a good enough work out for the day, some of us headed out to Circus West for a night of flying and jumping and team building exercises. We all got the chance to climb up 15 feet to a trapeze swing and conquer some fears of height. Swinging and then falling backwards to dangle by our feet before coming back down to the ground. Some of us mastered juggling and some super tricks on the trampoline and we all got a chance to try out the unicycles, and some new pyramid techniques. After we went out for a bite to eat and ended up watching an amazing belly dancing show. What a great end to an awesome day.
Ambrea Event Manager Vancouver
We went to the coolest little bar that specialized in Absinthe drinks. Yep, that incredibly strong, licorice flavored liquor that was banned for years because it supposedly caused people to go crazy. It of course doesn’t, but if you drink too many it sure will seem like it. Making and serving the drinks are a whole production. I think we spent more time gathered ‘round the bar watching the bartender light the sugar on fire and drip water on it from a special cool, old dispenser than anything else. Everyone got a different kind or a different drink and shared them. So we found out some Absinthes are more minty, others have a mellow flavor and still others are holy-licorice-batman! This joint totally encouraged the whole green fairy myth. We walked in and it was so dark compared to the bright light outside it felt like joining the group by them calling out was more accurate than finding them by sight. Most the lights were of the green string variety. The comfortable couches in a circle were perfect for us to crowd in and talk and tease as to who had the best drink – and best I-can’t-believe-I-drank-that story. Definitely something you need to try if you’ve never have!
Jacque Event Manager Dallas
There’s something about listening to live music that can get your feet a tap’in, hips a sway’in and head bouncing to the beat! Some of the most enjoyable moments with the Events & Adventures Crew have been made while enjoying live music!
Some of our favorite memories have been at Big Bang – where we’ve listened to amazing live piano performances, where we enjoyed singing our guts out, requesting our favorite songs and showing off our dance moves in front of large crowds! Another E & A favorite around here is when we head out to getting our “boot- scootin-boogie” on as we’ve enjoy several live bands and fun country dance instruction! We’re getting really good at these dance moves – keep an eye out for more country dancing coming up!
That’s why tonight; we’re excited to head over to Freestone Park to listen to “Hooked on a Feeling” – a cover band with amazing skills! They’ve got a huge repertoire, so you’re bound to enjoy what they’ll be playing! There’s no reason to be sitting at home, alone tonight – grab a blanket and head on over to enjoy some live music with the Events & Adventures Crew tonight where we’ll meet new faces and make new friends!
Courtney Event Manager Phoenix
Saturday was the day! The wedding of Jen & MJ or MJen, as they like to put it. I had such a good time surrounded by E&A’ers! It was festive and beautiful! I loved listening Kate’s maid of honor speech using the lessons you learn in E&A (specifically how trampoline dodgeball relates to a happy marriage). As expected, all the E&A’ers shut down the party. The last dance, we all surrounded MJen and danced together. It was so much fun! After, we headed to Bennigans to continue the party and to bring back memories of many after events there. Such a great evening filled with friends and festivities and the love between MJ & Jen shined bright for everyone to share!
Julie Event Manager Santa Clara
The smell of bonfire fills the air, the leaves start to change and then fall… hence the name of the season. And because of these changes, our events have to adapt and change too! We are on our last week of outdoor volleyball before we move it indoors! So no more cold toes from the wet, chilly sand and playing with bare feet, instead we are tying up our tennis shoes and hitting the hard courts! But no matter where we play, we have smiles on our faces, because we are among our E&A friends! So here’s to the outdoor sand courts… until we meet again… in spring (hopefully)! It is Minnesota after all!
Megan Event Manager Minneapolis
It was my first bike ride with the E&A crew and I didn’t know what to expect. Would this ride be too easy for the group? Too difficult? I gave them the option of taking the traditional route which means a 2 mile uphill climb on El Camino Real near the start of the ride. Not a single person looked worried. In fact, everyone was excited. Everybody mastered the hill, even the brave soul who took her mountain bike. After some water, deep breaths, and a little stretching at the top we sped down the winding decent. Then it was off to Tiburon (thus the name Tib loop) and incredible views of the bay and San Francisco. My worry melted into smiles and pride as the excellent riders came up to me and said, “This could be the most beautiful ride I have ever taken.” Now I can’t wait to do the next ride.
Bryan Event Manager San Francisco
Free cover & bottle service for E&A members brought out over 35 single folks to Whiskey River; one of Houston’s hottest venues. We toasted Roberto on his birthday & made sure we got our 8 seconds on the Mechanical Bull! Photobomb of the night goes to Dennis for this one!
Reid Event Manager Houston
Monday night Wallyball was awesome! It was all our first time playing so we were in the same boat. Wallyball combines the right amount of fun and exercise to keep you wanting more! It was awesome to see how much our skills progressed by the end of the evening. Heck, Kelli even invented her own serve where the ball disappears right before your eyes! It was a great way get rid of that Monday stress. I can’t count how many times I said “just one more game!” E&A brought us together and encouraged us to try this new, amazing sport which we will definitely see on the calendar again. The evening ended with laughs, sweat and salted caramel pumpkin ice cream. That’s normal, right?!
April Event Manager Chicago
Our favorite volleyball spot has added new nets & lights so we can enjoy outdoor volleyball action every Tuesday night for the rest of the year! The heat has finally broken so even if you don’t love volleyball you will love relaxing on the patio with a cool drink and good friends. Happy Hour is all day and you can watch your favorite channels on the new flat screen TV’s outside!
Reid Event Manager Houston
Have you ever been river rafting? WOW! What a thrill. We started off on a calm leg of the Umbra River in Peru. Most the water is from glacial runoff. Good thing because that sun is toasty at 10,000 feet. We learned to paddle together (which is very difficult when there’s a splash fight with the other boats!) and headed down to the class 3 rapids. Coolest thing ever. Our awesome guides knew just when we needed to give extra effort to stay off those sneaky rocks. A couple times my heart felt like it was going to stop when we hit the rushing rapids. We looked at each other and realized we all had the terror-thrill grins and started laughing as we slapped out paddles together over our heads for our congratulatory cheer. We did it! When can we do it again?
Jacque Event Manager Dallas