Last year around this time I was moping around. I missed my best friend, reminisced about her and the good times we had. I thought about other good friends I had lost and all the ones we had left behind when we moved out of state.
I wanted to reach out to the city and the people. I was ready for a girl’s night out, or just some female companionship. I wanted to meet people other than neighbors and people we work for -or with.
One night, with the help of a glass of wine, I had the crazy idea and started a Meetup group that I named “Fabulous 50+ Women making new friends.” Within two weeks we were 20 members and six of us met for the first time. As of today, the group has 167 members and most of them are pretty active.
It was a busy summer. We went from one festival to the next, we enjoyed concerts, and open-air theater plays. We have a monthly “Ladies Night Out,” and enjoy good food and great company. We have a good time together and it shows.
While Meetup is free for the members, it cost $14,99 per month for the organizers. I was willing to pay the monthly fee alone -at least for a while -but it never came to it. So far I have gotten $247,82 in contributions -without asking for it. I haven’t paid a dime out of my own pocket. “Do we need more money,” the ladies ask every time we meet. We are already paid up until February 2018.
We went to almost every festival in town. Greek festival, Irish festival, Bacon festival, arts and craft shows and my personal favorite, the food truck festival. Wherever we are, there is laughter and fun and always good food.
We went to museums and art galleries; we enjoyed theater plays, music concerts, and picnics. We like each other and all get along. We had 60 Meetup evens in 10 months, there was something for everybody.
Soon I saw that I couldn’t do it alone anymore and now I have two co-organizers and six even planers. We are busy like bees.
We are out and about and now call us the “Funtastic 50+ women making new friends,” since other groups borrowed our original name.
Some of us connected more than others, and we call and text each other and meet outside the group as well.
Founding this group was one of the best ideas I ever had, and I am looking forward to all the fall and winter activities. There will be hiking and walking events, even a bike tour is planned and I am afraid they will make me sing and dance.
In December one of my secret wishes will come true. We will rent two party limousines for 3 hours, and 32 of us will enjoy a Holiday Light tour. Needless to say the bar in the limousines will be fully stocked and we all will wear Santa or Elf hats.