Category Archives: Minneapolis

Halloween Bash in Minneapolis

 Imagine walking into a room, full of dressed up fellow E&A members, whether it is your first event or your fiftieth… it has got to put a smile on your face!  From super original to super heroes, from scary to humorous, and everything in between!  Some had masks where you had to guess who it was, but eventually they would laugh or say something, and you’d have it figured out!  If this is your first event, it might take you a little longer, but that is what’s great about these big parties that E&A has every year… it’s an ice breaker in itself!  You all have something in common tonight… you’re all dressed up as someone other than yourself!  Tonight… you can be anyone you want to be!  This is a night where “nerds” get along with Gangsters, and flappers get along with ghosts, and a devil can sit on an angel’s lap… tonight… anything goes!  So whether you met someone new (or will have to re-meet them again, when they are out of costume) or got to catch up with someone you already knew, then mission accomplished!  All of you super heroes did your job and saved the night!  Especially on the dance floor!  Two words:  DANCE-OFF!  So until next year….

Megan Event Manager Minneapolis

Haunted House Party Bus Tour Minneapolis

 Tis the season of Halloween and E&A celebrates in style!  For our thrill-seekers, we have a Haunted Houses Party Bus Tour… first of all, you have the party bus… seats lining the bus so everyone is facing one another, not one, but TWO light up dance poles in the center aisle, and a bathroom with wrap around mirrors (I don’t know the point of that, but it goes with the experience, I guess!)… so we start off with some dance music and pretty soon you see people cheers-ing and laughing and then, of course, dancing! Getting from the front of the bus to the back may be a challenge, but it didn’t stop most of us from mingling throughout the bus until we arrived at our first haunted house!  TerrorFest… and that it was… well done by these folks, even though I may have been the one who was the most reluctant to go in!  I’m glad I did… it was a blast!  And after the screams and the laughter, we were exiting and getting back on the bus, and onto the next haunted house experience.  This time to the “Halloween Capital of the World”:  Anoka, MN!  Held at the fairgrounds, we were able to donate some canned goods for the local food shelf for a discounted entry fee!  What a great idea!  So as we weaved through the gates, the laughter continued in anticipation of what was to come.  I was in the last group to enter… and I want to thank my members who told the actors my name… “Megan…. Meeeeegaaann….” was being screamed and shouted as we walked through… and after all of the scares and screams, the fog and cobwebs, and not to forget the chainsaws and electric chairs… we were once again free into the night and boarding back on the bus to laugh, drink, and dance again… now this is a way to have a party AND to enjoy the Halloween season!  

Megan Event Manager Minneapolis

Meeting New People in Minneapolis!

The best part about Events & Adventures is the opportunity to meet new people and make new friends…. not in a forced one-on-one kind of way, but a casual, group setting.  For us in Minneapolis, it was just last Friday at our New Member Ice Breaker and Cosmic Bowling event!  I think the scariest part for new members, is going to that first event… not sure who you will meet, wondering if you are wearing the right outfit, making sure you’re not late, looking for others who might be in your same boat… but guess what??  There ARE people in your same boat, wondering that same things that you are!  You may be a little tense when you first walk in, but after some chatting with the others, you realize that you have hobbies in common, or that you grew up in the same city, or that you live in the same city now… and your nerves ease a little bit.  Then we move into the bowling alley where current members are waiting to meet you… you may tense up again, but as soon as the lanes are chosen and the bowling gets rolling, it’s a no-brainer!  This was one of the best decisions you could have made!  So cheers to making new friends and to many more to come… this is just the beginning!

Megan Event Manager Minneapolis

​My favorite time of year is here in Minneapolis!

 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

Another Great Hike Minneapolis

I was thinking about how great our summer was and all we have done and accomplished together, and one of our August hikes came to mind.  A simple afternoon hike can turn difficult depending which path you choose.  If you hike in a park, there are usually maps and paths to guide you, but sometimes it’s fun to “off-road” and take the path less traveled.  We started out on a very wide, tarred path with many people surrounding us, then it slowly got more narrow with no one else in sight.   Boulders came to be an obstacle, so we started to climb.  I looked back, as I was leading the pack, and the looks of determination on the faces behind me, told me to keep going.  We went up and then we went down and then up again.  When we arrived at the landing overlooking the river, we all took in the view… as we all took a drink of water as well.  We took a victory picture then and as we headed back, I was thinking about how our lives are much like this hike was… may seem simple at first, but there are difficulties along the way.  What goes up, must come down, much like our climb on the boulders.  But the best part about it is that we learned something about ourselves as we did something we may have never done before… we pushed ourselves, where other times we might have just given up… and we did this because we first took a leap of faith and joined E&A.  This may be the first step, but it’s not the last… and I’m looking forward to sharing many more of these victory moments together!

Megan Event Manager Minneapolis

Adventurers and Thrill-Seekers

 I love seeing the Minneapolis adventurers and thrill-seekers test their guts!  Skydiving this weekend will be a first for many attending, and though the nerves are building up, the fear of heights, or maybe just the fact of jumping out of a plane, or just the thought of the ride up knowing what you have to do next!  And in a week or so, we will be taking a high rope Trapeze lesson… again, jumping off a perfectly good platform, hanging on for dear life to a bar attached by two wires to the ceiling, then swinging and flipping and eventually completing a transfer from one bar to another!  Why do we do these things?  To test our will?  To overcome some fears? To check something off of our bucket list?  Well, I say ALL OF THE ABOVE!  These are things that we will never forget and that is the opportunity we have by being a part of Events & Adventures!

Megan Spaulding Event Manager Minneapolis

My Favorite Events!

Some of my favorite events are centered around Minnesota themes:  Tailgating before a Twins game, eating peanuts at the stadium and cheering on our home team, or taking in a St. Paul Saints game while throwing around a football and tossing some bean bags…… Then we made the State Fair more fun with our own scavenger hunt – searching around the fairgrounds for various items, new foods, and of course SAMPLING any food that comes on a stick!  But my absolute favorite event is enjoying our beautiful outdoors with a bonfire and roasting s’mores!  Have you ever had a marshmallow with a rolo melted inside, sandwiched between a graham cracker and a fudge-stripe cookie?  I highly recommend it!  I’m looking forward to what our Minnesota Fall has to offer!

Megan Spaulding

Event Manager Minneapolis

 

We Volunteer…..

Events and Adventures Volunteers Spend a Day Building at Twin Cities Habitat’s First Ever Net-Zero Energy Home…

Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity invites a wide array of volunteer groups to help build community at Habitat build sites. Be it a group of co-workers, members of the same faith community, or even a family and friends celebrating a birthday together, there are few better ways to spend a day together than making a difference in the life of a well-deserving family.

On Saturday, November 9th, we Events & Adventures volunteers helped put the finishing touches on Twin Cities Habitat’s first ever net-zero energy home. This unique home will have solar panels for generating electricity and hot water. It will be the most efficient home Twin Cities Habitat has ever built. The family that is buying it is getting special training on all of the home’s green features. By the day’s end, our team of 8 Events & Adventures members equally agreed that “when you give to others, everyone wins!”

This is one of the charities that we volunteer with and what’s great about these events is that it’s a 2-4-1… you get to meet new people AND help out a family in need!  There is always an opportunity with E&A!

Megan Event Manager Minneapolis