My apartment has felt like a revolving door lately — it's a four bedroom situation, but only two of have lived there since the lease began in June. Craigslist fun and flakiness meant we didn't finally get filled until this month — fortunately all with relatively normal people.
My most recent roommate is in her early 30s and moved to Boston from a rural-ish town a few hours away and most of her family and friends are in the Midwest anyway. Our paths don't cross too much except for the chitchat-over-cooking-dinner, but I was stunned when she said she had been going to different Meetups every Saturday so far this month and actually hung out with a couple folks from the group afterward. Meetup? You mean that website for "Minglers over 40" groups? And it's working out?
Okay, maybe I wasn't that astonished. When I was interning in another state, I signed up for a few Meetups and even got to go on a free bar crawl with my roommate because of it (the crawl company wanted more people to leave them good Yelp reviews). Meetup's website actually has a lot of variety and filtering to find the recurring event that works for you. (No, I'm not paid to say that.) I was just surprised that she, newly transplanted to the area, was brave enough to try it from day one in a new town.
I did a little perusing of Meetup myself and discovered that it happened to be the seventh birthday of BABES: the Boston Area Beer Enthusiast Society, what the Boston Globe described in 2014 as "one of Boston's newest niche social groups":
"Karen Miller, 38, is a full-time mother of two from Somerville and works in retail at 10,000 Villages while her kids are in school. Jennifer Shell, 40, is a sewing instructor at the Stitch House in Dorchester. Klara Junker, 29, came to Boston from Sweden to study microbiology. And Nicole Labrecque, 36, is an oncology nurse at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.
Once a month, this diverse group of women meets up with others for an activity that’s traditionally associated with men: beer drinking."
How do you build a Meetup into a robust, inclusive, not lame-o event year after year? I reached out to BABES' founder and head Meetup organizer Kristen on how Meetup has worked for her.
Stay cozy out there. 🍻