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injeanious Pamela
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Marlton, New Jersey
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Posted - 11/12/2006 :  10:12:04 PM  Visit injeanious Pamela's Homepage  Reply  Reply with Quote
I am the organizer for a social group of about 80 men and women, married and single, mostly in their 30's and 40s. We do about two social events a month. We eat a lot, but we have done a lot of typical and not so typical fun events. I am starting to run out of ideas. Does anyone have any fun group events they can think of, especially in the winter months when it's cold and depressing out?

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Donnabella
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Peoria, AZ
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Posted - 11/13/2006 :  06:09:29 AM  Reply  Reply with Quote
Hi Pam:

What about a service project of sorts. We just did a thing with our church for our adopted city where work groups went out and did projects for the community for people who couldn't do it for themselves. We teamed up and painted a house and did a bit of landscaping for an elderly couple.

Since you are in the cold times, maybe working at soup kitchens, visiting the elderly, working at the local food bank, going on a "shopping" trip for families you guys adopt for the holidays. One of my favorite things is caroling, but I know you don't celebrate Christmas....so I don't know if that one would work out.

After your projects, you could gather somewhere for hot chocolate and a potluck dessert?


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KellyBear
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Posted - 11/13/2006 :  07:26:11 AM  Send KellyBear an AOL message  Reply  Reply with Quote
The historic site I work at (as well as countless others in this area) has candlelight tours in December - just a neat, festive way to enjoy the Christmas season. We get a lot of groups out for those, so perhaps see if there's anything like that in your area!
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injeanious Pamela
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Marlton, New Jersey
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Posted - 11/13/2006 :  07:31:58 AM  Visit injeanious Pamela's Homepage  Reply  Reply with Quote
I should have specified, I'm looking for events in January, not the holidays. We did actually recently do a "Tippler's Tour" in Phila which was a tour of all the local historic watering holes which was great. We have also done community service but not as a whole group. We do smaller things on the side but I don't think that will be as popular for everyone. I try to stick with more popular yet unusual social events that will appeal to everyone but that they might not have done themselves.

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Mimi
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Posted - 11/13/2006 :  07:47:14 AM  Reply  Reply with Quote
Wow, Pam, a group of 80 is a tough one...hard to please all those personalities. Since you are talking about doing something in January, how about the obvious...a Super Bowl Party? You could make arrangements with a local, centrally located Sports Bar. We have done this before, and even people who did not like football came and had fun.

Mimi
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injeanious Pamela
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Posted - 11/13/2006 :  07:53:00 AM  Visit injeanious Pamela's Homepage  Reply  Reply with Quote
NOt all 80 come. We usually get about 20-25 people at each event. Actually, someone is having a Super Bowl party in Feb so that's a good idea. Sorry to nix all your ideas, we've just done so many fun things, I am trying to come up with something different possibly.

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GailGibbsYoung
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Posted - 11/13/2006 :  08:03:12 AM  Visit GailGibbsYoung's Homepage  Reply  Reply with Quote
Why not schedule a series of line or folk dancing classes (square, polka, & shottish) through out the winter? Dance lessons are great exercise, very aerobic, and can be followed by refreshments to complete the evening.

Also means you're off the hook 'til spring for event planning...LOL

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KellyBear
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Fairfax, VA
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Posted - 11/13/2006 :  08:17:04 AM  Send KellyBear an AOL message  Reply  Reply with Quote
I still say keep an eye on museums & historic sites - there's always something going on with them.

What about an improv comedy club?

A mid-winter gift exchange? We did this for band in high school once - a whole group of us, about 40, went to the mall with a certain amount of money. When we got to the mall, we drew someone's name with a list of their likes and dislikes, and had an hour to meet back up and exchange gifts. It was hilarious and fun!
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injeanious Pamela
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Marlton, New Jersey
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Posted - 11/13/2006 :  08:19:48 AM  Visit injeanious Pamela's Homepage  Reply  Reply with Quote
Kelly, love the mall exchange idea!! Actually, you are all coming up with great ideas but all have been done already!! I am on a million e-mail lists for upcoming events in the area. Right now I'm leaning towards a murder mystery for Jan. I think. Love the dance lesson idea but that may be more well suited to just a few interested people. I think people like the variety of different events that may interest different people each month (besides hubby is a CPA so I'd be dancing alone anyway early 2007!) I've been trying to find a country line dancing class for ages now, doesn't seem to be popular in this area.

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Mimi
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Posted - 11/13/2006 :  08:22:25 AM  Reply  Reply with Quote
Shows you how much I know about football!!! I thought the Super Bowl was in January!! DUH!!!

Okay, thinking cap back on...how about a progressive dinner...you go to three or four houses for each course starting with cocktails and appetizers and ending with dessert?

A costume party...everyone come as their favorite super hero, historical person, literary person...the list goes on...

Since it's winter, how about a chili cook off? Wine tasting party? Pajama party?

Since your group is fairly young, there must be many in the group who have relatives/friends in Iraq. How about a party where people bring items to box up for our service people?

Okay...I'm out of ideas, but I have personally been to all these parties so I know they are fun.

Mimi
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LauraLinDover
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Dover, NH
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Posted - 11/13/2006 :  09:00:57 AM  Reply  Reply with Quote
I don't know if they have them in your area, but in NH/ME there are several small scenic railroads that run throughout the summer. The the fall and parts of winter, you can rent out a few cars and have dinner parties on them. We went to a murder mystery type dinner/ride a few years ago and it was a blast. Kind of mini "Orient Express". It was a weekend thing, and if I remeber right, it was about $150 for the two us, meals included.

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MargeI
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Middletown, MD
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Posted - 11/13/2006 :  10:27:33 AM  Reply  Reply with Quote
Don't feel bad, Mimi...the Super Bowl USED to be in January.

Of course, the World Series USED to be in very late September, early October too!

How about a winery tour/tasting? Cooking classes with a local chef? (A lot of restaurants will do this)

Is bowling night too hokey? (Hmmm around here with all the VA Tech fans, some people think hokey is a compliment...)
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injeanious Pamela
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Marlton, New Jersey
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Posted - 11/13/2006 :  11:02:39 AM  Visit injeanious Pamela's Homepage  Reply  Reply with Quote
Would you believe we just did bowling this weekend, had a costume party and even did a dinner train last weekend? Now you know why I'm running out of ideas. It's only our first year and I've already exhausted so many of your good ideas. Of course we can repeat, just trying to think of new ones. I decided on the murder mystery in January, but hey, there is still the rest of the year so keep the ideas coming. Thanks!! Love the progressive dinner idea but I think we may be too spread out.

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Donnabella
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Peoria, AZ
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Posted - 11/13/2006 :  2:14:57 PM  Reply  Reply with Quote
Pam....have you guys ever had a bunco game night? Those are super fun!! I've always done bunco with a group of gals, but thought that it'd be fun to do couples. You could make it a bit more interesting and have everyone contribute $ and then either give the money as prizes or purchase prizes for people to choose from.

Along the game lines, you could do a World Poker Tournament or casino night?

How 'bout just a good old game night playing group games like Cranium, Balderdash, Pictionary??

Donna
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injeanious Pamela
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Marlton, New Jersey
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Posted - 11/13/2006 :  3:48:25 PM  Visit injeanious Pamela's Homepage  Reply  Reply with Quote
Done games night too already! That was a big hit! That's one I know we will do again. I have hard Bunco is fun, how do I find out how to play?

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Debra
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Colorado Springs, CO
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Posted - 11/13/2006 :  3:55:21 PM  Reply  Reply with Quote
Not for winter unless you have an indoor arena, but maybe paintball? My department did that once, it was a lot of fun. Or Laser Tag if you have a facility. Roller skating?

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Donnabella
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Peoria, AZ
USA
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Posted - 11/13/2006 :  4:05:04 PM  Reply  Reply with Quote
Here's a site that explains it pretty well. http://www.ehow.com/how_14930_play-bunco.html There is a little place to click on for scoring on the first page.

Basically you have three tables, four people at each table, the person you sit across from is your partner. The head table is the one that controls the play.

Each table has three dice. You start with trying to roll "1"s. The first player rolls and if they get a one or several ones, those count as a point each. That player keeps rolling until he has a roll with no 1s. Then it goes to the next player. And so on. The "teams" continue to roll until one team gets 21 points at the head table. When that happens, the head table rings the bell and play stops for that round. The other two tables just play and try to roll for as many "1"s as possible until the bell rings.

Then what happens is the the losers from the head table go to the last table. The winners from the middle table got to the head table. The winners from the last table go to the middle table. Then it starts all over again, but with 2s the next time.

That's the basics.


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SJones
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USA
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Posted - 11/13/2006 :  4:05:19 PM  Reply  Reply with Quote
Ice skating, a day to build snow figures (something more elaborate than a snowman), put on a kid's carnival, visit a nursing home and put on a show for the residents there, or a hospital. Ice cream social in the winter, or a "Gluehwein" (look it up, LOL) social, spaghetti dinner.....

It's no wonder that you guys are running out of ideas. Twice a month plus small group events....

A weekend getaway maybe to Vegas or Florida....

Quite frankly, I would put out a suggestion box and have everybody submit (anonymously), what they would like to do. It might give you some ideas.

Susanne
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Kelly130
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Tennessee
USA
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Posted - 11/14/2006 :  07:33:52 AM  Reply  Reply with Quote
WHEN is the Super Bowl? I must have lost a couple of decades somewhere. I thought it was in January, too.

Kelly
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Paula Kutka
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Houston, TX
USA
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Posted - 11/14/2006 :  07:57:32 AM  Reply  Reply with Quote
What about a Chef's Table at a hotel or restaurant kitchen?

Also what about taking a cooking class together? I think Whole Foods offers those or Williams Sonoma. Typically one night events from what I have seen.

Paula
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Debra
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Colorado Springs, CO
USA
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Posted - 11/14/2006 :  08:29:58 AM  Reply  Reply with Quote
Paula just reminded me of something else, how about a session at a Dream Dinners or Supper Solutions, if you have them? Kind of pricey but you get meals for almost a month. I tried Dream Dinners once and it was a lot of fun. I guess they do parties too, which would be interesting.

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