What’s a “typical” week like with Events & Adventures? Well, we started the week with an incredible hibachi dinner at Benihana. Then on Tuesday night over 20 of our members gathered for our weekly tradition of a little sand volleyball—with lot of eating, drinking and laughing out loud mixed in.
On Wednesday, we had an event at Vino Locale set up exclusively for our members. We call these events ‘Premier Club’ events. Our members had the entire Secret Garden patio to themselves as they sampled wine, and enjoyed the musical stylings of a live jazz guitarist.
Then, we celebrated Saint Patrick’s Day together by laughing until our sides hurt thanks to the antics of comedian Dana Carvey performed, who performed at a comedy club called The Improv. On Friday night we got a private room at Bowlmor, the most upscale bowling alley in the Silicon Valley, where we had exclusive access to a bocce ball court, ping-pong and a bar.
We christened the weekend by meeting celebrities and touring the incredible movie memorabilia at Steve Wozniak’s Comic Con on Saturday morning. Our members met and took pictures with Jeremy Renner (Avengers), Nathan Fillion (Castle), Michael J. Fox (Back to the Future), William Shatner (Star Trek), R2D2 and many other iconic characters and celebrities. We even got to sit in the actual DeLorean car used in the movie Back to The Future, see Wilson (Tom Hank’s Volleyball friend from Castaway), come within arm’s reach of Iron Man’s helmet and marvel at Wolverine’s adamantium claws.
But that was just the beginning of the day. We ended on Saturday night at Pure Lounge with our Young Professionals event, which is geared toward members under 40. Our members had a great time dancing and enjoying the nightlife together.
We ended the weekend by giving our members the choice between Skeet Shooting at a beautiful country club or going on a GPS scavenger hunt throughout Redwood City. During the scavenger hunt members performed hysterical challenges– like forming a chorus line with strangers, or standing in a lagoon while being forced to hold their shoes over their heads! At the end trophies were awarded to the winning group and a fantastic time was had by all. There isn’t anything comparable to a “typical” week with Events & Adventures.
Every year on March 17, the Irish and the Irish-at-heart across the globe observe St. Patrick’s Day. What began as a religious feast day for the patron saint of Ireland has become an international festival celebrating Irish culture with parades, dancing, special foods and a whole lot of green. Events & Adventures San Francisco is celebrating the entire week with fun filled events for everyone to participate in. You don’t need to be Irish to get together and enjoy some corned beef and cabbage, just make sure you wear green so you don’t get pinched.
This week started with The St. Patrick’s Day Parade in downtown San Francisco, complete with leprechauns, bagpipes and kilts. The performers marched down Market Street to celebrate and showcased the Irish community, Irish culture and character in all its forms. Then the real fun began when the Irish Bank, a local pub in San Francisco shut down the alley way for a giant block party with live music and of course green beer. Events & Adventures members kept the party going into the weekend; we all dressed up in green and got to try beer from over 30 local breweries including Anchor Steam, 21st Amendment, Lost Coast and many more. Members got to try beer, learn to dance to Irish jigs and listening to reels, hornpipes and polkas all at the Fairfax Brew Fest.
St. Patrick’s Day is a day most of us look forward to, and in the spirit of the holiday here are some traditions that go along with it—some are more familiar than others.
- Drinking – Since many Irish-Americans are Catholics, some may be required give up alcohol for Lent. However, they are allowed to break this fast during the St. Patrick’s Day celebrations. This is one reason why the day is so heavily associated with drinking.
- Dyeing water or beer green – Chicago dyes its river green for St. Patrick’s Day festivities, and many bars serve green beer. The White House also dyes the water in its fountain green. Lots of cities incorporate green in public displays in different ways. For example in Seattle, all the floats of the St. Patrick’s Day parade are painted green and observers are supposed to wear green or else risk being pinched.
- Pea planting – In the Northeast, many celebrate by planting peas. The color of the plants and the fact that this time of year makes for ideal growing conditions make it a perfect tradition for St. Patrick’s Day.
To Events & Adventures members new and old, find that lucky shamrock and follow the leprechaun to the end of the rainbow where you might find your pot of gold, or even better meet some new lads and lasses to celebrate with!
Happy Leap Year! Leap Day is a perfect day to meet, mingle, and take a leap of faith in the world of dating. To celebrate this special day (it only happens once every four years after all), Events & Adventures Vancouver went down to the Wolf & Hound — one of our city’s finest traditional Irish pubs.
According to an old Irish legend (or possibly history), Saint Brigid struck a deal with Saint Patrick that would allow women to propose to men—rather than the other way around—every four years. So what better way to spend leap day than by having fun with other singles from all over town who are also looking to build relationships with people in a way that isn’t boring and traditional? Our members enjoyed a cozy atmosphere, local craft beers on tap, and all in all, had good ‘craic’ thanks to the great company!
Speaking of Irish traditions, our Events & Adventures chapter kept with that theme and joined in on what is hands down the best St. Patrick’s Day celebration in the city: the Celtic festival, or Ceilidh. A ceilidh is a social event with folk music, singing, traditional dancing, and storytelling—and it’s always a blast! We will be bringing our crew down to the Imperial Theatre this Saturday night for an evening of live bands, traditional music, and Irish dancers. So don’t miss out on this legendary party!
As for the actual day of St Patrick’s Day on March 17th, what better way is there to celebrate that with an intimate group of friends at one of East Vancouver’s finest establishments? We’re going to be hosting an event at Fet’s Whisky Kitchen, where we’ll be sampling some of the finest Irish whiskeys. Fet’s has over 750 different bottlings—one of the largest selections in the world. So let’s hear a round of “Sláinte” for all these wonderful Irish traditions, and so many chances to celebrate while making new friends and meting great people!