We just got back from Peru and Machu Picchu. Wow! What a trip. We visited the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu. We saw astounding Inca ruins. It’s truly amazing how exacting their workmanship is. They actually built their palaces and alters to withstand the regions earthquakes. All by hand, with no iron or metal tools! Perfect notched seams. They hauled those massive rocks up thousands of feet – with no tools. I can’t imagine how they did it. Machu Picchu is a beautiful and miraculous site. It definitely was a trip of a life time. I’m so happy that E&A gave me this opportunity!
Jacque- Event Manager Dallas
Although I had never been there despite my many trips tasting in Napa Valley, I was repeatedly surprised by the party, wines, and, best of all, great E&A group at the event. With our gold wristbands firmly fastened, we were given large wine glasses and told to roam the property. Want to enter the barrel room? Go ahead, and we’ll even have the winemaker meet you there to try barrel samples. We wiped the delicious grape juice from our chins and roamed out for some lunch. What a great spread, salads, Cuban sandwiches, and two types of tamales. Oh, and even more wine to sample. The salsa band started to play, and under the shade of the little grove we ate gourmet food, listened to great music and just soaked in the wonderful weather.
Then the competition began. Take off your shoes and socks, step into a barrel and you get 60 seconds to crush as many grapes as you can. The person with the most volume of juice wins. I didn’t realize grape stomping is a lot like dancing; everyone has their own method and rhythm. Super Stomper Richard from E&A even won 2nd place and a bottle of wine! Even better, Elizabeth grabbed Richard and turn the vineyard into a Salsa dancing machine. The band was so thrilled that they gave her a recording of their music.
Wine, food, perfect weather, an idyllic scene, uncontrollable smiles, and wonderful diverse E&A company. A perfect day in wine county.
Our Sept. Calendar has been packed with some really fun events.
It was a lot of fun doing a ghost tour in downtown Seattle on Friday the 13th . I found out about a lot of cool historical facts of old Seattle and some scandalous stuff as well that happened where I walk every day. We got to take a boat over to Blake Island and experience Tillicum Village (The Native American meal and show ) The baked Salmon was wonderful! I guess you could say we had a lot of fun enjoying Seattle History recently (if only school was this much fun).
But you can only linger so long in the past. Coming up it’s time to dust off your lederhosen as we have a reserved section at the 2nd Renton Oktoberfest on Sept 27th . This event is being put on Renton’s own Berliner Bar – the best beer hall in all of the Seattle area.
Looking for a more adrenaline filled event, Maybe skydiving is something you need to check off your bucket list. We are hitting that on the 28th of Sept. And here a little fun fact – The picture that is on the description for the skydiving event is ME! You can get your picture taken (or a DVD) while skydiving too.
Check out the October Calendar and all the upcoming fun events.
Curtis Event Manager Seattle
My favorite day of the year is September 19th. It’s International Talk Like a Pirate Day, and it is so much fun to get dressed up and come out to our event!! Where else would we meet but a bar called the Two Parrots!! We play trivia and games all about Pirates. It’s also the Harvest Moon tonight and we aren’t letting the summer get away from us that fast. We have a great weekend of Bowling, Pitch & Putt, a night at the Roxy and Kayaking. So much to look forward to! Come out and play!!
I’ll admit I worried a little during the day of the Hayes Valley Pub Crawl last week. I created this event and I know Hayes Valley so well, but, what if it didn’t work and no one had fun? Why did I worry? Not only was there a great group of people but everyplace we went was different and friendly. After our second stop we ran into a taping of a short film in Octavia park. That led us to the Noir Lounge with great seating, tasty food, and even a screening of “Some Like It Hot” in the back room. I thought we weren’t going to leave! It felt good to see satisfied but tired faces by the time we reached our final destination, Sugar lounge. It was a great night out.
Bryan- S.F. Event Manager
Last Saturday we started the night off with our New Member Icebreaker and the new members had a ball competing in the People Bingo game. All it took was one member whose birthday was in November for a brand new member to yell “BINGO”. Poor Brad thought one of the new members was getting fresh when she asked him if he’d ever been skinny dipping. He was disappointed when she quickly turned her attention to the next person. After our winner did her happy dance we hit the trampolines for an amazing evening of trampoline dodge-ball. Since we had the place to ourselves we took went to the back trampoline area and had a giant dodge ball game. Whew! Talk about tiring. But it was a great workout to get ready for the Peru trip that kicks off this Friday! Over 30 of us are going up to 11,000 ft to check out the ancient Inca ruins of Machu Picchu. This will be a once in a lifetime opportunity and I can hardly wait! Another item soon to be checked off of the bucket list.
Jacque Event Manager Dallas
Sometimes working for a singles club can be a wonderful thing. To have someone join the club and see their lives change can be so emotional. It is especially noticeable now. I received a wedding invitation not long ago to a wedding for my friends Jen & MJ who are in E&A. It is so nice to think back about the ride we have had in the club. Both MJ & Jen became hosts shortly after joining. From there we worked together, hung out together, and got to know each other and have had a wonderful friendship blossom. Just last week another good friend from the club asked me to be part of her wedding (this is the second E&A wedding I will be in). It is touching to know that relationships I have made in the club have turned into lifelong friendships! What a great experience this has been!
Julie Ott- Event Manager Santa Clara
Here in the Phoenix Events & Adventures we have to get creative during the summer in how we “beat the heat”. When the temperature rises into the triple digits, we don’t tend to stay in town on the weekends! You can usually find us up north, where the temperatures are much more tolerable and where you find some of the most gorgeous red rocks around! Sedona is just a hour and a half away, so going for a day trip is definitely doable. Not only do we ditch the sauna that is Phoenix, but we get to explore some of the most beautiful scenery, vivid red rocks against green forest!
Some of the places we’ve explored this summer were not only in Sedona, but the surrounding areas as well. There’s so much to discover here and it’s always more enjoyable going with a group of fun people! We’ve gone hiking and found some awesome swimming holes that have great cliff diving. We’ve been hot air ballooning, completed a ropes course and we usually find an awesome place for lunch and or dinner after all of this! But most importantly, we make some pretty awesome connections with other E & A Members that have turned into some pretty great lifelong friends, all while making fun memories!
Event Manager Phoenix
We began the week with Bocce Ball and $4 burgers. And no, they were not small dinky patties, but full size delicious juicy burgers that are regularly priced at $11. Our guys vs gals bocce battles were pretty intense! We all learned a thing or two about the game. The weather was beautiful on Wednesday for sand volleyball in Grant Park as well as Thursday outdoor movie night. The showing was a remake of the American classic, Footloose. It was a great movie to conclude our monthly summer “movies in the park” series. We all shared snacks, drinks and good company. Some of us even danced our way to the car! Come out soon to see what the rest of the month has in store for you!
Events Manager – Chicago
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!
Event Manager Minneapolis