Hmmmm..... I believe I've enjoyed a few gatherings here and there.
Let's start with the Indy group, beginning just after I joined CM in Fall 2008: corn maze/pumpkin patch/dinner, Christmas party #1, Chili Cook Off #1 (I think I met YOU there, Lucy), March Madness, several dinners at restaurants, several summer outdoor concerts, game nights/pitch in meals, Farm Outing #1, Christmas #2, Chili Cook Off #2, repeat of dinners/concerts/game nights, Nashville TN one October, Farm Outing #2......shall I go on?
The indy folks just enjoyed our 5th Annual Christmas gathering, 5th Annual Chili Cook Off, and 5th Annual Farm Outing here in Indy. Next up: several summer outdoor concerts (on Saturday nights, and we do have room to put out-of-towners up for the night if you travel in for one), and our next Farm Camp Out is Oct 4-6, 2013 in Greencastle, IN. Look for the Event page in early summer - it's a blast! We generally have between 40-50 ppl spend the weekend at this camp out each year. Hayride, zip line, pumpkin carving contest, hiking, scavenger hunt, shooting, campfires, group rosary, 2 lakes, row boats, etc. MAJOR fun, I just can't say enough about it!
A few in Chicago: Snow Days January 2012, Tracy's going away party March of 09, a handful of smaller gatherings for overnight/game nights with delightful Chicago-area folks, including Janet from Wisconsin.
Traveled for a weekend to Denver to visit relatives on a January weekend about 4 years ago - didn't know a soul. Got in touch on CM before my trip and asked if anyone wanted to meet for a bite. Did a bit of back and forth promoting in the Forum - (THAT'S THE SECRET TO ANY SUCCESSFUL OUTING: TALK IT UP!) and we wound up with over 20 of us for mass, dinner and country dancing afterwards on a Saturday night. Wonderful folks, those Denver-ites. One of the gals met and became friends with is getting married this August!
ALSO - enjoyed a LOT of fun in the San Diego area
: several dinners, museums, beach outings, Flower Fields, Wild Animal Park, New Years Eve gatherings, Christmas Cookie Decorating party, Royal Wedding Slumber Party (lol that was a blast!), movie outings, a slumber-jewelry party combo evening, Irish restaurant outing a few times, San Juan Capistrano mission tour and dinner, a tailgate dinner and dancing lessons at Balboa Park......shall I go on? One couple who met for the first time at one of our informal 'let's meet at a restaurant' have been married for about 3 years now.
It's not rocket science - you need to actually MEET people IN REAL LIFE for any meaningful connection to happen. It's true - the more you put yourself OUT THERE and meet people, the more fun you will have, the more fellowship you will enjoy, the more chances you'll have to find that special someone. This site gives back exactly what you put into it. If you WANT to meet people, you have the ability to make it happen. It's honestly a choice. Don't wait for 'the other guy' to put an outing or event together - post something, get in touch with other locals in your area, and meet for mass and dinner some Saturday night. It's that simple, and it has to start with someone: might as well be you! My hat is off to ANYONE who puts an outing together - good for you!
(Lucy knows - I get kind of excited about events and outings. It's where all the cool folks meet. )