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New Year's in Minneapolis

Events & Adventures Goes Back to the 20s

Events & Adventures Minneapolis started off 2017 with a bang!  More members came out for our New Year’s Eve Roaring ’20s Gala than any event we’ve put on before.  And everyone was dressed to the nines from flapper dresses to zoot suits! The food was amazing and offered a little of everything, including, of course, the cocktails.  The fabulous 514 Studios hosted the party, where the night kicked off with live music from a wonderful local duo who entertained everyone while they checked in before turning it over to the DJs to make sure everyone was able to dance the night away!  Here is what our members had to say:

“I cut my trip short just to come back for the party. The 18-hour non-stop drive from Texas was so worth it! Sorry fam, but I’ve already made my plans for next year! Loved getting dressed up in theme; everyone was looking fabulous! The dance floor was hopping and the people were great. It was an amazing night! Definitely one of the best New Year’s Eves I’ve had.”  – Amanda

It was an incredible night! Met many great people, with the gems in the women’s hair to their sparkle on their dresses, the men geared to the nines with their shiny shoes!” – Preston

“My favorite part of the night would have to be dancing. Seeing people so free and living it up is contagious! It was definitely a night to remember.” – Raquel

There were so many more great members in attendance, each with their own story to tell.  New Year’s Eve should always be a night to remember, and Events & Adventures puts on a party you’ll never forget.

New Year's Eve Party

New Year’s Eve Party How-to Guide

The Experts at Events & Adventures Share How to Throw a New Year’s Eve Party

  • Location. Where you choose to throw your party is almost as important as what you do at your New Year’s Eve party!  Are you going for a destination event, like hosting it at the beautiful and historic Hotel Galvez?  If your guests are going to travel you want to make sure you make it an all-day or two-day affair.  Planning meals and cocktail hours in the area makes for a complete experience your friends will enjoy.  If you want to stay in the city, look and feel is important.  A good planner can transform any space, but why spend the extra time if you don’t have to?  Book early if you can, but if you have to book late then make sure to negotiate.  Banquet/event coordinators will be willing to negotiate because an additional, unexpected end-of-the-year sale will bump their paycheck and year-to-date totals. So we recommend going private if you can.  Separating yourself from the party people who have a carefree spirit on New Year’s is a way for your guests to relax and get into the event.  If you book a room in a restaurant or bar hire security to keep out unwelcome guests and under-age explorers.
  • Theme?  Putting pressure on your guests to dress up or do work for your event must be taken seriously.  Am I really going to have more fun if I make a mask for a masquerade ball or a western theme?  If the answer is yes, make sure your guests know exactly what to expect.  To put it bluntly—don’t half-ass it.  Expect to put in some money to make it come to life in the space you are using.  Simple color scheme themes make it easy for people to participate without having to put in a lot of effort.
  • Food?  Start later and go lighter.  If you start around 9pm, most of your guests will have eaten dinner beforehand allowing you to have more fun with your food budget.  Finger foods only with light or no sauce—you don’t want there to literally be stain on your evening! Food is important if you plan on a night of drinking so think about serving lite bites that will soak up at least a couple Manhattans.
  • Drinks.  We’re talking booze for a New Year’s Eve party, so this is where you want to focus your budget.  Don’t cheap out.  Open bar at most venues will run you about $15-25 per hour per person depending on your options.  The perfect time to host a bar is from 9:30 pm to 12:30 am.  If you are running the bar yourself, try to focus on one or two signature cocktails, two wine choices, and a mix of quality beer and domestics.  If you are hosting the party you shouldn’t feel obligated to stock an entire bar.  Choose one or two of your favorites and stock up.  A fun bourbon drink and vodka will cover most of your bases. You can still serve bourbon on the rocks and shake up a martini for those guests who just have to have it their way.
  • Entertainment.  Friends and tasty cocktails should be all you need for a fun-filled evening.  If you must add on, keep it simple.  A photo booth and casino are easy.  You don’t want your guests to separate themselves from the party vibe or have to sit and think about anything else other than socializing.  If you must spend more money, consider upgrading your drinks or investing in drivers to take guests home at the end of the evening.
  • Champagne Toast.  This is a must have, but even though it’s a New Year’s Eve party, don’t overspend on champagne.  Get the cheap stuff and rip the label off or keep it in the kitchen, then pour and serve to your guests.  You’ve already given them drinks and no one needs more than a sip of champagne after their liquor or they will regret it the next day.  If you are hosting a house party, only people trying to look cool will splurge on fancy champagne glasses they will only use once, so use the plastic.  When half of your guests drop their glass they won’t have to feel bad for breaking your stemware.

Hopefully, these tips that we’ve learned over the years at Events & Adventures will help you throw some awesome New Year’s parties of your own.  And if you’re ever in doubt, or want to skip the work, joining Events & Adventures is a great way to take part in legendary bashes and meet new people without having to buy all the booze and handle all the planning!

Amazon tour with Events & Adventures

Amazon Tour with Events & Adventures

Amazing Amazon Tour with members of Events & Adventures

An Amazon tour is not something the average American gets to experience firsthand, but visiting the rainforest is something that has always been beyond my bucket list.  How awesome would it be to visit one of the most remote and spectacular places in the world?  But to actually do it…um, no thank you.  I wouldn’t say I’m a girly girl, but I really don’t like bugs.  I mean I really Don’t. Like. Bugs.  But as event manager with Events & Adventures, I’ve been fortunate enough to travel across the country and around the world with the club and its members, and I can tell you Events & Adventures does travel right.  So when I saw an Amazon tour was being planned my curiosity was immediately piqued.  We reserved the entire Amazon Clipper Premium boat, and Erik’s Adventures customized an eight day Amazon river trip just for us.  I had to ask myself, “When was I going to get this opportunity again?”

When I told my family and friends I was going on a trip to the Amazon River they either laughed or looked at me dumbfounded—but I am so glad I did it!  The Amazon Clipper was lovely. Our cabins were super clean and even had air conditioning, and the staffed visited two or three times a day to make the bed and tidy the room.  Even though I brought PB&J in case the food was weird (don’t judge), the food was amazing.  While we enjoyed all kinds of meat, fish, veggies and fruit from the area, the chefs prepared the meals with Western tastes in mind.  Sufficed to say, I never opened the peanut butter or jelly, and I ended up giving them to the head chef before we left.  I swear I’d not eaten that much the entire month before.  I definitely packed on a few pounds from the yummy and seemingly never-ending food we were so graciously served during our trip.

So now that I felt assured my creature comforts were not going to be uncomfortable, I felt safe enough to check out my surroundings. That’s when it really occurred to me—I was actually on a boat in the middle of the Amazon Rainforest, and it was spectacular!  Did you know that every 100 km there is a different ecosystem?  That means there are different species of trees and plant life, as well as different inhabitants and cultures, throughout the rainforest.  We traversed the Amazon River and then explored one of its main tributaries, the Rio Negro.  We took ‘canoes’ (a 16-seat long boat with an engine) every dawn and after sunset from the boat to tour smaller tributaries and explore the shorelines.  We saw variety of birds, snakes, and reptiles (like gator relative the caiman) on every ride. We even had flying fish land in our canoes—usually after ricocheting off someone’s leg or chest!

I was thrilled that all my insect repellent purchases were rarely needed.  A little bug spray and we were fine.  Back home in Texas seemed to have more mosquitos than we encountered on our Amazon tour.  During the trip, we drank bottled water and showered in filtered river water.  We were advised to get some vaccines prior to the trip.  The hepatitis A vaccine was a good idea, but I’d probably skip the malaria, typhoid and yellow fever vaccines if I did it again.  We walked through the rainforest with a guide that carried a machete to clear the path that is covered with overgrowth in days.  The naturalists showed us how the trees release rubber, milk and sap and how the native people remove the cyanide from the plant to use the fibrous root.  They even showed us how to protect ourselves from a jaguar and how to build a fire in an area that is always wet.

One day we planned to visit the ‘ruins’.  I was very excited because I love ancient history and super old stuff in general.  Well, these ruins were from the rubber baron era of the early 1900s, so they were not quite ancient as it turns out.  But the way the jungle has consumed them you’d think these ruins were at least 500 years old.  Besides the ruins, there are national parks that are world heritage sites.  These sites have the highest level of environmental protection in the world and are rarely visited except by scientists.  Visitors on an Amazon tour must leave anything that could be hunting or fishing gear with the park rangers upon entering (which is by boat).  These rangers work a month at a time since it takes eight to nine hours by speedboat just to get there.  We kept these hard working rangers entertained by trying to make conversation, but they spoke no English and we spoke almost no Portuguese.  So we just gave them candy!

We visited areas that are almost never encountered by humans.  We couldn’t even leave our canoes in the park, it was that pristine.  The sunsets over the Rio Negro (so named because the slow moving water contained so much decomposing vegetation it is almost black) were astounding.  And the stars?  WOW. I had no idea the southern hemisphere has different constellations. They were so bright; I wish they would have come out better in our photos.  Even the occasional downpour in the rainforest was impressive.  On our first night, I watched one for a few minutes from the comfort of the partially enclosed bar.  It was just me and Mother Nature at four in the morning.  One surprising highlight was when we met the most elusive and probably ugliest water mammal ever, the fresh water pink dolphin. There is a spot they are known to frequent because they are fed fish they don’t have to hunt.  But belly rubs were out of the question—a quick touch is all they would accept. Even the amount of food and how often they are fed by humans is strictly controlled to ensure preservation.

Our Amazon tour brought us as close to a truly native people as you will ever be.  Meeting a tribe and watching some of their ceremonial dances was incredible.  They were a very private people, but they like to have visitors so they can share their heritage and customs.  If they are accepting visitors, two white flags are hung by the river bank. If not, they hang black ones. The truly live in large huts made of the trees in the area. All the furniture is handmade too; their pots and cooking tools are made of metal.  No plastic, no glass.  Our naturalists translated for us and we even got to participate in one of the dances.  We bought crafts and jewelry they hand make; the blow dart guns were a huge favorite.  They were so friendly and the kids amazed by our clothes…and our height.

For our last travel day on the Amazon tour we had one final dawn canoe ride.  We took a small tributary from the Amazon to the Rio Negro. The trees were moving—and not moving because of wind.  As we got closer we could hear a chirping, squeaking sound.  Suddenly, we saw lots of little faces!  The canoe drivers and guides opened their sacks and started pulling out dozens of overripe bananas.  A few spider monkeys make a bee line for their treats.  Once the others figure out that there really is a snack and it’s safe, they make their way onto the boats, too; over, under, across, however they can get to the fingers that are offering a sweet treat.  We were inundated with 30 or 40 friendly little monkeys sitting on our shoulders, laps, even heads where they were enjoying the snacks we had to offer.  Naturally, when the bananas were gone the spider monkeys made their way back to the trees.

I still can’t believe I went on this trip.  Going as a member instead of staff was the best decision I could’ve made!  It was definitely a once in a lifetime experience, one everyone should try and I’m so glad I left my comfort zone (or at least thought I was going to) to take the chance to do something this amazing, astounding, spectacular…words really can’t do it justice.  If anyone ever has this opportunity, take it—with both hands!  I hope Events & Adventures offers this Amazon tour again so you can take advantage of it too!  The staff and members of all the clubs from around the country will make sure it’s an experience you will never forget.

~ Jacque C., Events & Adventures Dallas

world travel to spain

World Travel with Events & Adventures

The only way to sum it up our visit to Spain is to say that Events & Adventures really does world travel well.  This wasn’t a trip where we were on a clock throughout the experience; there was a great mixture of planned tours and free time.  We started our adventure at JFK in New York, getting some quick introductions to the over 40 people who were taking part in the trip.  And believe it or not, someone was sweet enough to bring everyone homemade cookies!

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Events & Adventures members from around the US and Canada visited Spain!

After landing in Madrid, we got to stretch our legs with a quick tour of some of the city’s most famous sights, before taking a break to enjoy a welcome lunch that offered a staggering amount of delicious traditional Spanish cuisine.  Our first full day started with a tour for the presidential palace, which was spectacular.  We then journeyed to the ancient city of Toledo, which is thousands of years old, and got the chance to get lost in the labyrinth of tiny streets that wind around the historic town.  Dinner was a casual five-course party with several small plates (tapas) before our entrees. We learned the hard way we would have to pace ourselves with the food here because they just keep bringing it out!

We headed to towns ancient towns of Avila and Segovia. The Roman aqueducts are still soaring over the town.  How can the residents just go on about their day when they have such spectacular history all around them?!   After we returned to Madrid we refreshed ourselves and headed out to a popular bar area for a Tapas crawl.  The bars here are more like pubs, not clubs—because those open way later.  Each bar we tried different luscious small dishes, and we loved how everyone shares!

We packed up from Madrid and headed to Bunol, where the residents were preparing for the Tomatina Festival the very next day.  It was such a cute little town. We spent our afternoon and evening touring and eating in this historical city by the sea.  The next morning was the beginning of the adventure that is the world famous Tomatina Festival—probably the world’s largest annual food fight.  Security was tight.  To make sure no one got hit with anything other than tomatoes we couldn’t bring anything in.  Twenty thousand people packed the long narrow streets before the dump trucks just started unloading as they drove down the street, and at the starting pistol—it was pure madness.  Goggles were the best idea ever—as long as you kept them on!  It was so exciting, and everyone was there for the fun of it, not to kill other with these little red bombs.  As much as we laughed, it was best to keep your mouth closed though!  After the ending pistol the fire department and locals brought out hoses to wash everyone off.  There is nothing like experiencing world travel by being involved in the local culture.  Getting smashed tomatoes out of hair proved to be the most challenging part of the whole trip.  Even playing in the warm and relaxing Mediterranean Sea didn’t get it out.

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Barcelona was the final hotel location for our world travel to Spain.

We took a tour of what is probably one of the biggest promenades you’ll ever see, and thousands of people were out for an evening stroll.  The shopping, food, bars, and views of the Gothic neighborhood were everything you’d expect it to be.  Small lanes that are no wider than one car have little bars and restaurants around each turn, with people spilling out into the lanes.

It wasn’t long before we got to witness La Sagrada Familia, one of the most incredible cathedrals in the world—and they are still building it!  Every tiny detail has a meaning, and the colors the stained glass creates and projects into the building are breathtaking.  Designed by several architects, the most influential being Gaudi, it has different styles in throughout the construction.  Afterwards, we had an amazing tour of Park Guell.  It was the original planned neighborhood.  At the time it was too far out of town and too expensive but for a handful of the super elite. Gaudi’s influence could be felt everywhere we went, and he managed to translate beauty even in the unusual, as everything he produced appeared to be curved and wavy.  His mosaics were everywhere and they were beautiful, even the monochromatic ones.  World travel can expose you to so many wonderful things you might have otherwise never seen.

Monserrat Benedictine monastery is a historical and religious jewel. Hidden up, up, way up in the mountains, disguised by the hills, how’d they build this gorgeous place?  There are still monks there and a school for boys!  So after our tram trip to the ‘top’ of the mountain (there’s a small chapel and alter up even higher if your legs can get you there), we went to the coolest place ever for another never-ending lunch—a traditional hacienda (ranch house) that was turned into a restaurant.  We learned the traditional Spanish way to drink wine and had never ending courses of family-style food (again).  People were stuffed before they brought out the chicken, traditional sausage (which tasted like Texas BBQ!), and meats.  We HAD to get to the winery so dessert was taken to go—Biscotti-like biscuits and fresh fruit!

Speaking of wine….  We had a tour of the most amazing winery I’ve ever seen, and I live in Northern California.  This was not a regular winery; it was a huge commercial business that makes great wine.  It was simply amazing.  The tram we rode had headset options for six languages, though we didn’t use them since it was a private tour.  Stories of the wineries founding and growth were projected on walls that lifted up so we could see the barrel storage.  We got to walk down the original storage cellars below ground. They told and showed us how they produce spectacular “healthy” wines that don’t harm the environment.  Using solar power the facility is almost entirely self-sustained!  Everyone was impressed before we even started the tasting and got to try four different delicious wines.  I imagine the wine drinkers were ready to move in.

Our last day of this world travel tour was spent visiting the ancient cities of Figueras and Girona.  Girona is a medieval city with narrow streets, castles and ramparts.  Figueras is another historical city that is such for a different reason—Salvador Dali.  The museum made of his birthplace was a trip in the madness of a truly brilliant artist.  The amount of art in so many different mediums was staggering.  Our farewell dinner was a little different since it was in the Catalonian style.  Less meat, meat, meat, more little flourishes on the dishes, but still way too much food.

The trip and tours were truly awesome, but getting to see people from the other E&A Clubs was like gathering of old friends while making new ones.  There were so many people I wanted to spend more time with but the time slipped away so fast. We’ll stay friends through social media until we meet again on our next world travel trip, maybe even on an in-between trip to visit friends!  We talked about the Amazon trip next month and Cuba and China trips already scheduled for next year.  I can’t wait to join my Events & Adventures world travel friends in our next exotic destination.

world travel to spain

Minneapolis Takes to the Wild With a Survival Class

Last Sunday, 16 brave Minneapolis members partook in a six hour Wilderness Survival Class conducted by Seekers Wild. Everyone showed up bright and early to Battle Creek Park in St. Paul and prepared to face the unknown. Before we started the survival class our instructor, Derek, broke everyone up into two teams for several activities.  The first activity we tried our hand at was starting fires using bow drills. It was a difficult task but most of us were able to produce smoke and an ember. A few even successfully started fires like some genuine pioneers.

The next task was to learn how to collect water from the wilderness. Our instructor took two jugs of water and poured them all over the grass to mimic rain. He handed each member a thin towel and had them race to see who could collect the most water in three minutes by soaking up what he had dumped out. We joked that the teams could receive 10 extra points if they drank the water they collected and surprisingly each team had one extreme member who actually did when dared!

After breaking for lunch we learned about wild plants and how to identify which are edible. After about 30 minutes we found over 17 types of edible plants. Some of them tasted like garlic, green beans and coconut. We hiked to the top of the bluffs and learned how to build a shelter. Despite only having 20 minutes to gather supplies and build the shelters, they came out pretty great! The last thing we did for the day was walk down to the basin of the park. We all grabbed foam sticks or bows with foam arrows and played a wild game where we had to tag each person hidden in the field to get more points for our teams. It was hilarious and everyone had fun pretending they were a part of the Hunger Games.

Everyone had a great time working, building and learning with one another. It was a fantastic way to spend a beautiful Sunday afternoon. This is what you have to look forward to when you’re a member of Events & Adventures!

The Minneapolis Club has Great Activities for the Summer

There is nothing Minnesotans love more than when the weather finally starts to warm up and they can enjoy hanging out on a patio, enjoying ice cold beverages and playing yard games. That’s why this summer Events & Adventures Minneapolis is having a Sunday Summer Patio Tour. We’re hitting up all the best places around the Twin Cities that fit the patio lounging theme.

We are kicking off our Summer Patio Tour at Forepaugh’s in May. Forepaugh’s Restaurant is a gorgeous, state-of-the-art venue located in a historic, Victorian mansion. The rooftop terrace overlooks Irvine Park and the quaint porch and patio offer views of the Ramsey House.

We will get to try a small tasting menu created just for Events & Adventures members, including great dishes like beef satay, lemon candy, shrimp caprese bites, and Malaysian chicken samosas. We will also have our own personal whiskey connoisseur who will be mixing personalized drinks for our guests and educating those who want to learn about whiskey. He’ll also be holding parlor games like trivia where our members can win great prizes.

Forepaugh’s is also known for being haunted so they will be hosting ghost tours through the mansion for the brave at heart. The paranormal activity in Forepaugh’s Restaurant seems to revolve around the original owner of the mansion, Joseph Lybrandt Forepaugh and his former maid and lover named Molly. Their apparitions have been seen on countless occasions within Forepaugh’s Restaurant.

Without a doubt there is something for everyone to enjoy at Forepaugh’s.  See you on the patio!

Our Minnesota Club is Getting Ready for Their Summer Adventure

Here in Minnesota the weather is starting to warm up and everyone is excited to get outside and enjoy the beautiful scenery. This summer Events & Adventures Minneapolis is going to get out and take advantage of the few months of bliss we get each year during these seasons! So get ready to check a few things off your bucket list because together we’re going to give you a summer adventure like nothing you’ve ever experienced before.

We’re heading out to Sandstone to try out Anchors Climbing Course, which is a rock climbing course built with top-rope anchor systems, and top-belaying anchors. We’ll also learn some aid climbing techniques, so if our members acquire a taste for rock climbing they’ll have the knowledge to be able to safely go on their next adventure. After that, our next stop is the Kettle River for white water rafting right in our own backyard! The rapids on the Hell’s Gate section of the Kettle River are action-packed with spectacular views. The three hour trip races through rapids that vary from intermediate to advanced in difficulty.

We also have our Memorial Day camping trip coming up; it’s one of the biggest events of the whole year! We’re meeting up with the Chicago club in the Wisconsin Dells for a weekend full of adventures and good times. Then, make sure to take the 4th of July off because we’ll be watching the fireworks on a private yacht on Lake Minnetonka! There’ll be breathtaking sights, a summer breeze, and delightful cuisine, so this event is sure to be a truly unforgettable night!

Later in the summer we’re hitting Ft. Snelling Base Camp, where we can all work together and inspire each other to face our fears head on conquer the 30 foot rope course. And for those who are not as brave but still want to join us, there’s a 15 foot indoor course that is much less intimidating. These are only a few of the awesome events we’ll be hosting in the next few months. We’ll also be making the most of the spring and summer with bonfires, drive-ins, sand volleyball, wine tasting, pickleball, and a lot of other exciting things! So get ready to have the time of your life, because with Events & Adventures Minneapolis, your social calendar is always filled!

Events & Adventures Minneapolis Can Make Your Next Hump Day Worthwhile

One thing Events & Adventures members love to do is get out and be active.  So if you’ve been thinking about getting more active—NOW is the time to take action and uncover the best version of you by joining Events & Adventures.

Events & Adventures teamed up with Sweat with Jess for an amazing hump day boot camp!  What better way to celebrate hump day than to sweat together and have a drink afterwards?  Fourteen brave Events & Adventures club members showed up for the boot camp session and we were all excited to get out there and get our summer bodies off to a great start!

We asked Jess why she was so passionate about helping her clients and this is what she had to say:

“Why do I do what I do? Because I love helping people see what they are capable of. I LOVE pushing people to their maximum. I love providing a great workout to help my clients achieve success and a sense of pride!”

Jess’s help alongside the great atmosphere created by our club members turned what might usually be an exhausting hump day into a chance to meet new people and better our lifestyles.

Our hump day boot camp consisted of box jumps, plank salutes, wall balls, sit-ups, overhead rev lunges, burpees and goblet squats! It was no easy task, but when you have a trainer as spunky as Jess and company as great as our members it makes the time fly and burn worth it! The great thing about working with Sweat with Jess is that she adapted the workout for all skill and ability levels. So whether they were an avid gym goer or this was their first time at a boot camp class, everyone was able to succeed!  Afterwards, once everyone was drained so we headed next door to one of our favorite breweries, Urban Growler for a drink and a mouthwatering burger!

Events & Adventures Minneapolis Goes Snorkeling

Last week 12 brave Events & Adventures members went snorkeling with all types of sea creatures at SEA LIFE located in the Mall of America. It was an hour-long surface snorkeling adventure, and our members were able to get up close and personal with over 75 types of tropical fish including puffer fish and shark. We were even able to bring our waterproof cameras underwater with us to take pictures with the fish and get the ultimate selfie. Those of us who were not quite brave enough to get in the water had a great time walking through the aquarium tunnel, where we got to watch the fish and our fellow members while they were snorkeling.

Once the snorkeling session was complete we had the privilege of getting a 45 minute guided behind-the-scenes tour. The tour took us up to the deck above the aquarium tunnel system where we were able to see animals that were currently off-exhibit. We were then able to explore the laboratory and learn how they maintain the 1.3 million gallon tanks that simulate the ocean and make up the aquarium. Finally, the tour guide took us into the food prep kitchen where we got to see how and what they feed the thousands of exotic creatures in their care. From sharks to sea turtles, and jellyfish to seahorses, SEA LIFE Aquarium showcases thousands of sea creatures underneath Mall of America. By allowing visitors to come face to face with animals rarely seen in Minnesota, SEA LIFE gave us a new level of excitement and understanding of the world’s oceans.

After the behind the scenes tour we were able to explore the rest of the aquarium.  SEA LIFE Minnesota is the only aquarium in the Midwest with an interactive stingray touch pool, where you can get up close and personal with real live stingrays, pet them and handfeed them shrimp. It was a fun and entertaining way for all of us to break out of our comfort zones.

All in all it was a fantastic way to spend a Sunday afternoon, and a great opportunity to mingle with fellow Events & Adventures members. Many of us have always wanted to go snorkeling with tropical fish, and finally got a chance to cross that off our bucket lists. We ended the day grabbing food to refuel and chatting about the amazing experiences we all shared that day.

Polar Plunge

Have Fun Meeting New People and Doing Good

We’re days away from Special Olympics Minnesota’s biggest event and fundraiser, and we want to be sure you know about all the great things going on. There’s something for everyone, so join your fellow E&A members for this weekend full of festivities.

On March 5th, we’re heading out to Lake Calhoon where we’re playing a snow volleyball tournament with over 30 co-ed teams on snow-covered courts, so be sure to wear your warmest winter gear—and your game face! There are still spots available to join our team so sign up now before they are all gone!

After the snow volleyball tournament, we will be doing the Polar Plunge with Team Events & Adventures, featuring Heather the Events Coordinator and Jesse the Sales Manager! We have pledged to raise over $500 for the Special Olympics, so please be sure to head over to our Events & Adventures Polar Plunge page to donate to this awesome foundation!

Now if plunging into freezing cold water is not for you, we still want you to come join in the fun and cheer on our snow volleyball team and the brave souls jumping into the lake. The Minneapolis Plunge is a fun-filled day of activities with something for everyone! Throughout the day there will be live entertainment at the Plunge stage, fire pits with free s’mores, blow-up igloos with free coffee, a DJ, food trucks, warming tents and more! We can’t wait to get out there and have lots of fun while raising money for a great cause. Don’t miss out on this event! See you at Thomas Beach!