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Fort Lauderdale Meetups

What to Expect from Events & Adventures

We can all agree that 2020 has been a tough year for keeping any kind of social life. Fort Lauderdale has not been an exception to this rule. As we all struggle to adapt to new norms like working from home or masking up at the store, our social lives need some adjustments as well. More than ever, connecting with other people has become an essential, and somewhat tricky concept to navigate. Luckily, Fort Lauderdale meetups can help here!

Events & Adventures has been bringing singles together for over 30 years through casual, fun hangouts at hosted events where everyone is single. Fort Lauderdale meetups from Events & Adventure take full advantage of the amazing weather and local venues to treat single members to a truly unique calendar of events.

Taking the recent events into consideration, the events have been adjusted to keep everyone’s safety in mind. The addition of a full suite of virtual events has helped our singles stay connected during the worst of the pandemic, but there is light at the end of the tunnel! Things are returning back to normal! Now our singles get to enjoy the best of both virtual and in-person events, so you can stay social no matter what is happening outside.

The single members in each of our clubs are what give each city character. There are always new people to meet, new things to do, and a different dating perspective to find. When people relax and hang out as a group, connections form naturally, whether it is friendship or romance. To truly get an insider’s view on what Fort Lauderdale meetups look like, we’ve spoken with the Event Manager in Fort Lauderdale, for some insight on her club. The Event Manager plans all the fun and is one-on-one with the members on a daily basis. We did a quick Q&A with her to see what she had to say on Fort Lauderdale’s singles scene.

 

Q. What makes your city special?

A. Fort Lauderdale meetups are special because this city is the main meeting spot for all of our members and the most familiar to people in South Florida. We have members from West Palm Beach/Jupiter/Delray Beach and Miami/Kendall/South Beach, with Fort Lauderdale as the sweet spot. Everything is within walking distance in Fort Lauderdale which is a breath of fresh air because you know the party isn’t going to stop to re-park your car. Fort Lauderdale meetups carry on like a bar hop from one thing to another!

Q. If there was one word to describe what the single members in your group are like, what would it be and why?

A. Members here are open-minded. Single people as a whole want to continue to grow and experience life to the fullest! The only thing holding most people back is not having others to do it with. We have one member who continuously buries himself in his work and has never done much that Fort Lauderdale has to offer. Since joining the club, he targets events that he’s never done; such as going to open-mic nights, trying Indian food, rock climbing, and beach volleyball.

It’s funny, too, because he will sit back and watch at first but by the end of the event, he’s the expert! “You’re going to go from this rock, to that rock, to the other rock and you’ll be at the top. Watch!” And he’ll scale the hardest wall in the gym, effortlessly. It’s really thrilling watching people do something they’ve never done before and enjoy it. Regardless of if they’re naturals like he is, everyone beams when they are experiencing something with others. It’s human nature.

Q. What’s your personal favorite event out of all the Fort Lauderdale meetups?

A. A great night in Fort Lauderdale? It depends on what outfit you want to wear. If you’re coming from work – go to Las Olas. Start the night at the NSU Museum with 1-for-2 drinks and happy art, then walk down the street for dinner (at literally any restaurant, they’re all amazing). A little further down, there are great theme bars with live music and karaoke. If you want to let your hair down, I suggest night volleyball to watch the sunset, BYOB and unwind with some sandy competition!

Q. What are the most popular events attended by the members?

A. The most popular events are game nights! We always have them at a different location and games are a light-hearted, easy way of connecting with other people. Over games, there’s no forced small talk, which singles typically dislike. It’s just bonding over a game and enjoying the night in a very casual fun way.

Q. Have you witnessed love connections?

A. I see love connections all the time! But this is because we offer people such a unique way to meet people! When you’re doing something you love and just having fun, sparks are bound to fly. I’ve seen a lot of beautiful friendships blossom in the club. As most adults experience, making friends (outside of work) is very difficult. We put together events that bring out the best of people’s personalities and interests, which makes it really easy to form friendships – not just acquaintances.

This type of energy (friendship and comradery) is so attractive that it brings a lot of attention to our group when we’re in public places. If we’re playing volleyball – people will join us, if we’re rock climbing – people want to talk to us. A lot of what you’re going to find is dependent on the energy you’re putting out there, so the more a person joins in and gets involved, the more of a chance they will have to find that love connection or friendship that will actually last.

Whether you’re looking to get out of the house, make new friends, or to meet someone special, Events & Adventures offers something from everyone. If you’d like to check out our Fort Lauderdale meetups and meet some of it’s amazing singles, just visit eventsandadventures.com.

Singles Outdoor Fun

A Meetup in Minneapolis

What to Expect From Events & Adventures

Each Events & Adventures (E&A) location has unique characteristics that make it interesting and fun. A meetup in Minneapolis will look different than a meetup in San Francisco, not only because of the different activities available, but because of the incredible single members that make up each group.

Events & Adventures has been bringing singles together for over 30 years! It’s a casual way of meeting new people while doing things you love. It just so happens that everyone with you will also be single! Whether you’re looking for fun adventures and new friendships or for a true love connection, Events & Adventures handles all the planning and details so you can focus on having fun. Sparks are bound to fly when you gather eligible singles together. We help you make that happen.

We’ve gone straight to the source to get the details on what a meetup in Minneapolis really looks like by interviewing the Event Manager with E&A. Once you’re signed up, this Event Manager is going to be your contact for schedules, events, questions, and more. They are also the best person to give you an intimate view of what to expect, as they interact with our single members every week!

We asked Reid to comment on what people can expect from a meetup in Minneapolis:

Q: What makes a meetup in Minneapolis special?

A: With almost 7,000 acres of parkland and water, Minneapolis provides our members with daily opportunities to connect with one another in the beauty of nature without leaving the city.  Engaging with one another in outdoor activities creates strong bonds and lasting memories.  The winters may be cold, but Minneapolis members still thrive with an abundance of winter activities like skiing, snowshoeing, tubing, ice skating and more!

Q: If there was one word to describe what the single members in your group are like, what would it be and why?

A: Welcoming – Minneapolis members tend to be very active in a wide range of interests and activities that the city and its surroundings have to offer.  Food, culture, nightlife and the amazing art scene, all seem to be magnified by the serenity and peacefulness of a city which has embraced and amplified its green spaces during economic growth.  There’s not a lot to complain about here and in this spirit our members are very welcoming to one another and always eager to pull a chair over to include you in the group.

Q: What’s your personal favorite meetup at Events & Adventures?

A: My favorite meetups are when we are able to gather together in nature at local and even state parks.  Hiking, boating and getting to know one another outside is always a great recipe for forming strong bonds with one another.

Q: What are the most popular events attended by the members?

A: Members in Minneapolis love the outdoors and our volleyball but you will always find us in large groups year-round bowling turkeys and enjoying a pint together.

Q: Have you witnessed love connections?

A: We see romance all the time. It’s just so easy to connect with the people in Events & Adventures because you are creating bonds over shared activities. No one is pressuring you to make a connection or forcing you out on a date. You’re just hanging out, doing cool things, and meeting new people. It’s natural that someone hits it off with another club member and if not, that’s fine too because you’ve had an amazing time, experienced something new, and made new friends.

There’s never been a better time to sign up for Events & Adventures. The recent months have kept us cooped up in the house but summer is on the way.

If you’re single and looking to join our membership in Minneapolis, just sign up today to speak to our professional staff at www.eventsandadventures.com.

Dating App Experiment

The Dating App Experiment

The Dating App Experiment

As a single staff member of one of the Events & Adventures clubhouses, I decided to do a bit of an experiment with myself. Like a lot of people, I’m a dating app user; as a person dating in the 21st century it often feels like there aren’t many other options. As a simultaneous member of Events & Adventures, I started to compare and contrast my experiences with my online relationships and the ones I was seeing develop at Events & Adventures.

I’ve been on the classic apps like Tinder and Bumble and have tried some of the more obscure apps like Hinge and Coffee Meets Bagel. They each have different layouts and specialties that make them seem like lights at the end of a tunnel filled with fellow singles. In the end, each app seems to turn out to have a similar end: possible dates and little connection.

 

The Findings

Dating apps turned the very real and emotional experience of dating into a very numb and robotic game. I’ve found myself mindlessly swiping through people without even looking at them. The sensation of matching with someone seems to create more of an endorphin boost than an actual opportunity for a true connection.

I’ll never forget when I matched with a guy and mentioned meeting up for dinner with him pretty quickly, trying to bypass the small talk and make something out of a match that seemed promising. He agreed, we set a time and location. The next morning, he was gone. He deleted our match and seeing as that was the only form of contact I had with him, there was no way of getting in touch to see what happened.

The experience stung, but a part of me accepted it because we hadn’t even met. How could I hold this guy accountable when he was only a picture on a screen?

I’ve gone on my fair share of actual dates through these apps too. I’ve even been in short-term relationships with some of the men I’ve meet. The large majority of the time the connection I thought I had with these guys online didn’t come through in person. If we did actually have something in common, there seemed to be a pressure to put a definition on whatever we had right away, which ended up scaring one of us away. When you make dating the primary focus of any activity, there’s an expectation of trust and vulnerability almost instantly. How can you put that kind of pressure on someone you barely know?

Having heard friends express similar frustrations, I know I’m not alone in my dating app woes. I even hear us wondering aloud if there is something wrong with us because of our lack of success.

 

The Solution

Having experienced Events & Adventures for the last six months, I honestly believe it’s not us but the online dating system that’s to blame. Unlike the forced nature of online dating, Events & Adventures creates an organic environment for members to have fun being themselves.

Are you filled with random facts or a board game connoisseur? You can guarantee there’s a trivia or game night coming up with Events & Adventures. More of a sports fan? Every club has at least one viewing party or pickup game on the books. Are you a whitewater rafting, bungee jumping, or adrenaline junkie—or do you want to be? Events & Adventures has you covered there, too.

And the best part? Other people are doing all of these things with you. You’ll be able to build connections with people that have similar interests and have the opportunity to see these same people on a weekly, or even daily basis, without having to plan the get togethers yourself.

All of the romantic relationships I’ve seen develop between Events & Adventures members have come out of the weeks and months they have spent together at Events & Adventures events. When people have the chance to develop friendships, those friendships turn into trust, and that trust can very easily blossom into something more substantial like commitment and love.

Our members have the chance to cultivate relationships with each other without having to worry about defining their experiences, romantic or otherwise, because that’s not what Events & Adventures is about. Our goal is to help people live a life they love, and that definition is different for everyone.

As a self-proclaimed wallflower, I’ve really had the chance to soak up all of the wonderful benefits Events & Adventures provides its members. In a world so fueled by instant gratification, Events & Adventures slows things down and gives its members the change to enjoy their lives with friends, new and old. So why keep staring at a dating app filled with what-ifs and maybes and come have some promised fun with Events and Adventures? You never know where it might lead until you give it a try!

Spain trip with Events & Adventures

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.

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Events and Adventures Dallas Singles Poker Crawl!

Singles Poker Crawl with Events & Adventures Dallas
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Events and Adventures Dallas Poker Crawl

A poker run on a motorcycle has 5 stops where everyone gets a card to make a poker hand. A pub crawl is on foot and hits several bars. Mix them together with a group of singles and you get an Events and Adventures poker crawl! We don’t have as many people with motorcycles as with feet, so we hit Sundance Square on Saturday night. We were ready to play a game of poker and check out some of the local pubs. We started with appetizers and our first card. You really have no idea how things are going to until the third card. Then you know if you are in it or just there for the pub crawl the rest of the night. We hit some really cool places. Really nice and even a dive bar. How many people can you fit in an elevator? By our 5th stop everyone was impatient to get their card to see if they could make a hand or draw. Whew! So we all know most people cheat and trade cards right? Hmmm . .Who has the worst hand? The best hand? High card draw wins! Congrats Tanya, your very first event and you won!   FW Sundance Square Poker Crawl4

Just another day at the office with Events and Adventures Vancouver….Kayaking!

vancouver singles kayaking

Just another day at the office with Events and Adventures at a truly amazing kayaking event at a little lake in the middle of Vancouver.  Despite major traffic and transit delays somehow every single member always has a great attitude and can’t wait to kayak to the middle of the lake and sit and chat for an hour.  Of course we have little races and get some exercise but it is really about the chats and companionship no matter how hard the day was.  We laugh and joke and then go out for some more at a nearby pub. It was a beautiful day and a splendid way to end it..with all of our E&A friends. 

 

 

Flips, Jumps and Dives into the Cool Water here in Houston!

 

Houston Singles Party Barge

What a week…Unless you’ve been stuck in the vegetable room at Costco you know it’s hot outside here in Houston. When it’s this hot out we here at Events and Adventures love to get wet!  After a week of amazing events that included skeet shooting & a huge softball/kickball cookout; the party barge Sunday was a welcome escape from the flames.  Flips, jumps and dives into the cool water were a fun escape from the upper deck where the wild ones were gathered.  We’ve got an August loaded with fun events topped off by the big Labor Day Adventure at the end of the month.  August is an awesome month to join Events & Adventures, with so many fun events to look forward to. 

Have You Ever Been Paragliding?

Last Sunday marked a milestone for a small group of member’s from our Events and Adventures Vancouver when we went Paragliding.  Despite waiting for the clouds to dissipate while building anticipation, we all got to run off a perfectly good mountain, to soar like eagles.  It’s pretty amazing getting to see people burst through personal boundaries and see them do things they never thought they would ever be able to.  Standing atop Mt Woodside on the weekend, and waiting for those perfect winds, we all did just that.  The last two flights of the day weren’t the most perfect landings, but we made it, and flying over the Fraser river and taking in the sights, even doing some crazy aerobatics, made the day all worth it.  I can’t wait to fly again with my single friends at Events and Adventures! 

Trying Out Foot Golf With Events and Adventures Dallas!

I’m a big soccer fan. I watch, I play, all of it. So when I heard there is a new sport that is soccer based I was in! We played Foot Golf for the first time. I’d never even heard of it. It’s like golf but with soccer balls. We arrived at the golf course and everyone paid a nominal fee to get on the course. We had our own soccer balls (or you could rent them) got out score cards and headed to out T’s. We had 3 groups of 6. We teed off from the ladies line and aimed for the green. This a LOT harder than I thought it would be. In soccer we have to get it to another person or in the general direction of the goal. On the golf course it was way easier to aim way off from our target. Getting it into the 3 foot diameter hole was a hard!  We laughed and talked a little trash as to how everyone’s aim was at the beginning. Towards the end we were all aiming better (some better than others!) When all the groups gathered after out game we went out to recharge and decided we really like this new sport of Foot Golf!

 

Listening To Opera Outside With Friends!

Santana Row is a beautiful place on a summer afternoon. It’s especially beautiful while sitting on the grass listening to beautiful live opera! San Jose Opera came to The Row to give a free outdoor performance. We had a great group of people who brought blankets and snacks to hang out and have an opera picnic. The performers were amazing, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I only wished I would understand what they were saying! However, at one point the song “If I were a rich man” from Fiddler on the Roof came on as an example of America Musical Theater & I LOVED it. The audience really got into it! Our group started clapping along and singing the words! Afterwards we headed to the quaint little wine bar and got to know each other. The best part was at the wine bar where we discussed all the places we would like to travel and some of the weird paranormal places you could go… There are so many cool places to travel to! 

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