I keep hearing about new community parties. They’re open, short, inexpensive, often intimate, and sometimes even kid friendly. I’m thrilled, in large part because they kick me out of social ruts I sometimes inhabit. Meet some new people, learn something, and then start one of your own.
2X2/Give & Take
Locus started 2X2 presentations in 2009, pairing people to discuss relationships, collaborations, and overlapping interests. We convene for an hour to chat over beer and wine before sitting down for an hour of presentation and discussion. We require plenty of visuals from presenters, so even if the talking runs aground, there’s still eye candy. We shoot for 3-per-year, with topics last year ranging from Creative Couples (Maren Kloppmann/Mark Wheat) to Local Food (Tracy Singleton/Greg Reynolds) to Public Art (Anna Tahinci/Wing Young Huie). If you crave a more interactive event, take a look at the monthly Give & Take gatherings at Intermedia Arts.
Friends Azin & Steve organize a monthly Saturday night cinema at the Locus Architecture studio. Films are nominated and selected by the membership via email instant-run-off-voting. The idea of membership may be anathema to you, but it sounds more formal than it is. You provide your email address, you’re a member. Potluck dinner/drinks at 6pm, movie at 7:30, cocktail-infused discussion afterwards. Add your name to the list by emailing [email protected]
Janna & Eric (Eric of Terra Vista Landscape Design) designed and built a pizza oven for their NE Minneapolis back yard, in part to host monthly pizza parties from spring to fall. You bring the toppings and your beverage of choice (say, a six-pack of Bell’s?) they supply the dough. Learn the steering wheel method of stretching dough, how much tomato sauce is too much, how to use the word peel properly, then enjoy your slightly browned creation by the koi pond. Be a good citizen and use the “dough for dough” can on the table.
Thursday Happy Hour/Flamingo
My friend Andra told me about a St. Paul couple who open their doors every other Thursday evening from May through August, “because there are just not enough opportunities nowadays to get together, hang out, and talk with interesting people… Invite other friends – the more the merrier.” No need to RSVP, kids are welcome, bring a favorite drink or appetizer. I’m in! Claire and David run a similar Thursday night series in my neighborhood, Pink Flamingo! The mobile party is hosted by a different family every week. Which house will it be this week, you ask? Let the flamingos in the front yard be your guide.