Los Alamos–Yours to Discover Meet Up celebrated its first year anniversary Friday night at Creole Nouvelle / VFW on Deacon Street.
Co-organizer Anna Dillane explained how the group, now with 144 members, got its start.
“I had lived in Los Alamos for seven years when I met Kevin Holsapple, who started the Los Alamos – Yours to Discover Meet Up. While I had already fallen in love with the community, I felt that it was a little hard to meet people and make new friends – and I am really outgoing,” she said. “Also, as a single person it felt there was no where I could go and be surrounded by families. Meet up is perfect for this. Everyone is welcome with open arms, we have varied events, which attract folks with all sorts of interests, and the Friday night happy hours give me something to look forward to every single week.”
Los Alamos–Yours to Discover Meet Up members have gathered for happy hour every Friday night since Jan. 25, 2013, Dillane said. They celebrated that milestone last Friday night at the Creole Nouville restaurant and VFW with 23 members in attendance.
“Every week we meet 5:30-9 p.m. or 10 p.m. for drinks, dinner, relaxing, seeing old friends and making new ones,” she said. “Everyone is welcome to drop by but should join the group to see where we are meeting that week. Joining is free and easy – just go to http://www.meetup.com/Los-Alamos-Yours-to-Discover/ and click Join Us, fill out a very short profile and wallah – you will start receiving invitations (via email) from us for upcoming events.”
In addition to weekly happy hours, the group gathers to hike, attend concerts, take trips to Santa Fe, hold potlucks, game nights, camp outs and eat dinner and see a play. They’ve also held a Halloween party and a murder mystery luau.
“It is a great group if you are new in town because it is really hard to meet people here,” Prenny Chatfield said. “Most local people have already established their groups and they are not all that open to new people. In the meet ups, everyone is there to meet other people and have fun together on a regular basis. So it’s like joining a group of friends.”
The group met its first year in the back room of the Dixie Girl Restaurant but is now meeting at Creole Nouvelle / VFW.
“What a nice change of pace and environment. You can have easy conversations, great drinks and really good food,” Bryan Williamson.
Sue York describes the meet ups: “Best time in Los Alamos on a Friday night. It’s a great group of people and I have made a lot of great friends.”
“It’s a great way to meet new people within the community and build lasting friendships,” Gloria Brehm said.
“I have met the most wonderful people. It’s great to explore the area, hang out and relax,” Steve Whittemore said.
“Another great thing with the meet up is that anyone can schedule an event, so if local businesses and nonprofits join, they can hold events that could draw new customers and volunteers,” Dillane said. “RSVP to attend or ignore the invite when unable. It really is a hassle-free way to find out what is going on in the community and get out and have fun.
The next meet up is at 5:30 p.m. Friday, March 14 at Creole Nouvelle / VFW, 1793 Deacon St.