Picnic meet and greet!

  • June 20, 2014 · 5:30 PM
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UPDATE[masked]: The weather looks good LET'S PICNIC!!  See you on the Great Lawn. Bring your own food or drink or just come to chat. My blanket can seat about 5-7 people.


Let's relax, meet our fellow Chicago SummerDance Friends (CSDF), and share our 2014 SummerDance declaration.  You're welcome (but not obligated) to bring a picnic dinner for yourself (alcohol's permitted on the lawn, but not required). 

The most important thing is that you show up ready to share your "dance declaration" with your new dance floor friends: "My name is _____________ and this SD season I will _______________." (e.g. come 3 times; go to all the ballroom events; become a better leader, etc.) Make your declaration public so CSDF can encourage you to follow-through!  For those of you who can't make this event, please share your declaration in the comments section.

I'll reconfirm when I find out exactly when the lawn opens, but the plan is to begin as close to 5:30 as possible.  I'll have a quilt that can accommodate about 5-7 people (yes, it's big), first come, first seated.  Feel free to bring your own blanket.

At 6:30pm a performance of Handel's "Water Music" will begin.  This performance is part of the Grant Park Music Festival. 



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  • Joanna

    I, Joanna, declare that this SD season, I will come to at least 3 dances in the park. Have a nice beginning tonight - regretfully, I won't be able to join you.

    June 20, 2014

    • Kim

      With the help of other CSDF members, it's likely that Saturdays and Sundays will be added to the calendar. I hope you'll be able to make some of those dates. Fridays are the best for me, but I hope to make a few Saturdays and Sundays as well.

      June 23, 2014

    • Joanna

      Thanks

      June 23, 2014

  • Susan aka Sue the D.

    Way too much chatter on things not related. Too many emails. Removing myself from this conversation.

    June 22, 2014

  • Mary M.

    Sorry I can't make it tonight. Had a sudden death in the family. I look forward to next Friday.

    June 20, 2014

    • Kim

      My condolences and prayers go out to you and your family, Mary. I'm looking forward to meeting you Friday. All best, Kim

      June 21, 2014

  • Tushar

    Are u guys still there or left?

    June 20, 2014

    • Kim

      Sorry I missed your message Tushar. Hope you'll make it to event soon! All best, Kim

      1 · June 21, 2014

  • Leah

    I really enjoyed the first meetup. I'm looking forward to seeing familiar faces on the dance floor!

    1 · June 21, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great organization! !!! Thanks Kim

    1 · June 21, 2014

  • Carol

    Great meeting everyone. Thanks Kim for great direction and organizing it.

    1 · June 21, 2014

  • Roxanne

    I got there very late (8pm) and wasn't able to find the group, maybe they had left by then.

    June 20, 2014

    • Kim

      Sorry we missed you Iluv. We started wrapping things up around that time. I hope we'll see you at another event!

      June 21, 2014

  • william

    Way to go Kim! It was a terrific Meetup. Thank you for organizing this group. may very wonderful friendships form here. It's valuable to have a "core" group that will help us grow with your leadership

    1 · June 20, 2014

  • janis a.

    I could not find the group. We need to have a sign identifying the group

    June 20, 2014

    • Kim

      Sorry you could not find us Janis. There are no stakes allowed on the Great Lawn. It will be much easier to find us from now on. More before the next event. We decided to have a meet and greet picnic at the SD site before lessons begin, so I hope you'll be able to join us at one of those picnics.

      June 20, 2014

  • william

    terrific !

    1 · June 20, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    At the fence momma!!!

    June 20, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Were passing big faces

    June 20, 2014

    • Kim

      You're getting closer!

      June 20, 2014

  • Kim

    Walk down to millennium park at Madison and Michigan and turn right and go into the park (up the stairs) and walk east to the great lawn.

    June 20, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Were at Buckingham.

    June 20, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    No.....We're b the fountain!

    June 20, 2014

    • Kim

      The large one with the human faces?

      June 20, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    We cant find u guys. ...We're by the cafe....

    June 20, 2014

    • Kim

      On my way, is it the park grill?

      June 20, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Where are u in relation to the restroom and food stand

    June 20, 2014

  • william

    Kim is on her way.

    June 20, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      On vanburen and Michigan walking over

      June 20, 2014

    • Kim

      Great Tina. Look for us on the south east end of the lawn.

      June 20, 2014

  • william

    Where are you guys at? I'm at the park cafe area.

    June 20, 2014

    • Kim

      I'm standing at the last row of seats with a white t-shirt on. Do u see me?

      June 20, 2014

    • Anqi L.

      I'm between the seats and the lawn. Where can I find you?

      June 20, 2014

  • Kim

    We're here everybody! On the southeast side of the lawn.

    June 20, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Were heading out now from highland Rick works till 430

      June 20, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Coming from Indiana may be wee late!

    1 · June 20, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      R u down there already? ??

      June 20, 2014

    • william

      Yep

      June 20, 2014

  • Steve

    Running late. I will be there about 6 pm. Steve

    June 20, 2014

  • Andrea

    You all have fun tonight! Look forward to meeting you all next time on the dance floor.

    1 · June 20, 2014

  • Courtney

    Unfortunately something has come up and I can no longer make it, but I hope to meet everyone soon.

    1 · June 20, 2014

  • greg c.

    Go with your gut kid at the end of the day everyone will respect you for making the right call.

    1 · June 20, 2014

    • greg c.

      The sun is out come out with a friend.

      1 · June 20, 2014

    • Kim

      Mother Nature is Boss, and I think she's saying the picnic is ON...

      June 20, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Can't make picnic tonight but will attend many Summer Dance programs

    1 · June 20, 2014

    • Kim

      Looking forward to seeing you on the dance floor Tarshel!

      June 20, 2014

  • Carol

    My understanding is that we meet at the south lawn at the Millennium and if rain over takes us...meet at Cafe
    Baci.

    June 19, 2014

    • Kim

      Hi Carol! We are definitely starting on MP Great Lawn (south end). Baci won't be open after 5 tomorrow, so if we do get rained out, I'll post the rainout site here. Sorry for any confusion.

      June 20, 2014

    • Kim

      I meant "today" not "tomorrow"

      June 20, 2014

  • william

    Hello fellow dance addicts! We should be "Breaking Bad" the Dance Version :)

    1 · June 19, 2014

  • Alan Audrey Nicks - P.

    Hey there everyone; I've got a foot problem. Achilles inflames, Planter Factious irritated and my arch fell; I never knew I had flat feet. I'm take cortisone shots and therapy. I may come down sometimes and just watch, but for right now; outside of therapy I'm not suppose to do much; no golf, walking, just ice packs and rest. Whew, getting old ain't no punk! lol...Have a great time and God bless.

    1 · June 9, 2014

    • Kim

      Hi Alan Audrey, I'm so sorry to hear about your foot troubles. Please join us when you can, even if it's just to watch. I'm sure there will be tired dancers who may appreciate someone to talk to when they take a break from the dance floor. Get well soon.

      June 10, 2014

    • Alan Audrey Nicks - P.

      thanks...

      June 19, 2014

  • renee

    Since there is a 80% chance of thunder storms and we all like to dance, why not meet up at Willowbrook?

    1 · June 19, 2014

    • renee

      Good idea, Kim. I also just saw that the rain is due to decrease by eve. Baci is a good alternative spot with good food.

      June 19, 2014

    • janis a.

      Please no willowbrook!

      June 19, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I hope we keep the rain location centrally located for all.

    1 · June 19, 2014

    • Kim

      Hi Tina, the rain location is likely to be the one I sent in the email msg.: Cafe Baci at 20 N. Michigan Ave. it is within walking distance from the outdoor location listed with this event. My inclination is to begin outside and use Cafe Baci only if there's heavy rain. Pls. see my msg. to Janis below. Hope to see you tomorrow!

      June 19, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks Kim....and yes I see it!

      June 19, 2014

  • janis a.

    Hey fill me in on the location, Greg's msg comes up under Millennium Park

    1 · June 19, 2014

    • Kim

      Hi Janis, given the details of the forecast (morning rain then decreased chance of scattered showers), I think I am going to give the Millennium Park/Great Lawn location a try. I will send an update to all and change the event posting later.

      June 19, 2014

  • greg c.

    This is a must event due to the summer festivals have so much to offer. Please email the rain back up plan along place we are meeting at. Call me[masked] love to talk to you about some other ideas

    1 · June 19, 2014

    • Kim

      Will do Greg, thanks! I will be updating the event posting and emailing those who've RSVP'd "yes" with an update either later today or early Friday. I'd prefer to be outside, but if there's too much rain, I still hope folks will come to an indoor location.

      June 19, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Can't make it to this one and going out of town for a few weeks, but SURE DO LOOK FWD to DANCING!!!

    1 · June 18, 2014

    • Kim

      Me too Kaz! Enjoy your travels and make sure you come back with that enthusiasm on the dance floor.

      June 18, 2014

  • Laura P S.

    Not home from work until closer to 6... will be 6:30 before I can get there. Will this work or too late to join you?

    1 · June 17, 2014

    • Kim

      Welcome Laura! Come on by. You'll probably get there around the time the music starts, but we'll still be talking about dance, getting to know one another, and dodging raindrops. See you.

      June 18, 2014

  • Myrna V.

    Aw. I'm going out of town and won't be able to make it after all. I will have to meet people at the dances. Sorry Kim. Was looking forward to it.

    1 · June 16, 2014

    • Kim

      Enjoy your trip Myrna. We'll be looking for you and your husband on the dance floor.

      June 16, 2014

  • william

    I wont make this event but am excited to see you guys a the dance events. I have t prepare for my dance students and event.

    1 · June 13, 2014

  • ChitownCheryl(CherylP)

    I'm sorry! I have a meeting that I MUST attend....next time

    1 · June 13, 2014

  • Leah L.

    HI
    Please take me off for the Friday event. Sorry my plans changed.
    Leah

    June 11, 2014

    • Kim

      Hi Leah, I've noted that your plans have changed. Also, note that you can change your RSVP to "no" if you like. I am unable to do so. It's not necessary that you do it for this event, but I'd like you to know should you have to change your RSVP in the future. All best, Kim

      June 11, 2014

  • Jen

    Hello!
    I'm new to MeetUps but I'm excited to come and meet new people and enjoy dancing different styles. Thanks for putting this together and I look forward to meeting you June 20th!

    1 · June 9, 2014

    • Kim

      Hi Jen, welcome to CSDF! See you on the 20th. Be sure to consider the events I've scheduled so far. There will be plenty more to come. The events that are posted now are just a starter list.

      1 · June 10, 2014

  • Ala

    I'm really excited to meet all of you on the 20th! And to start dancing shortly thereafter. Can we get a contact cell number so we know who to call in case we can't find the group? Thanks!

    1 · June 9, 2014

    • Kim

      Hi Ala, you can communicate right here on the site in the comments section for the event if you're lost. That way more people than just me will see your post. I've done this in other Meetup groups and have been directed successfully by other meetup group members,while the organizer was busy. Also, I will have a white t-shirt with a Meetup logo and "Chicago SummerDance Friends" on the front and will try to position the quilt (see "Photos") as close to the perimeter of the Great Lawn as possible. Also, if you post a profile pic with your face, we can be on the look out for you :)

      June 10, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am so excited about this. I will probably come to every event. I love dancing but no one ever wants to go with me unless they've had loads of alcohol first. So glad I found this!

    1 · June 8, 2014

    • Kim

      You're not the only one excited Caroline! You're in the right place. There are plenty of dance enthusiasts here and those among us who need a little "liquid courage" to get on the dance floor probably don't need much :) Welcome!

      June 9, 2014

  • Carol

    My dance declaration is to enjoy and go with the rhythm. I unfortunately will not be at the dance the first week of June 27-29 but looking forward to meet everyone on the 20th and therefore afterwards.

    1 · June 8, 2014

    • Kim

      And "the rhythm is gonna get you"... Welcome Carol! We'll see you on the 20th and on the dance floor as soon as you can after that.

      June 9, 2014

  • Desiree

    My dance declaration is to get out there and get moving no matter what!

    1 · June 8, 2014

    • Kim

      We will let nothing stop us! Thanks for the declaration Desiree.

      June 9, 2014

  • Andrea

    My dance declaration: I will shake my booty all summer long.

    1 · June 5, 2014

    • Kim

      This will be outstanding, dear friend. :)

      June 6, 2014

  • ChitownCheryl(CherylP)

    Hey All!
    It's Cheryl!
    My goal/declaration is to get to as many as my schedule allows. I'm filming a doc now about animals lovers so if you are or know someone who is....let me know! I want to try the tango also and I can Salsa, but am a little rusty! I can step, but it's not my dance of choice!

    1 · June 4, 2014

    • Kim

      Thanks for the goal/declaration Cheryl. Let me know when you get to a doc. about plant lovers. ATTN CSDF: William's dance card is filling up quickly! Get in while you can.

      June 5, 2014

    • ChitownCheryl(CherylP)

      You're on!|

      June 5, 2014

  • greg c.

    Summer dance is always a blast. Let me know if you need another organizer.

    2 · June 5, 2014

  • Cheryl W.

    Greetimgs Everyone I have lived here all my life and I have a dance spirit that I want to revitalize. I have neber been to SD but I have seen thr news videos. Looks like a fun way to meet people.

    1 · June 5, 2014

    • Kim

      Thanks for joining us Cheryl W. As you can read in all the comments from SD veterans here, SD evokes a lot of positive emotion. I think your dance spirit will be very comfortable there.

      June 5, 2014

  • william

    My dance declaration is to come out to as many events as possible. Especially Argentine tango, salsa and maybe some other as my schedule allows. I will also help the newer dancers any way I can . New people are the future of dance. SD has been a mecca for me every year. . To have fun and share my love of dance with my fellow dancers. And yes It will be great as a single person having wonderful ladies to meet and dance with.

    2 · June 4, 2014

    • Kim

      Thanks for the dance declaration William! I hearby put in my reservation for a salsa or tango dance with you.

      June 5, 2014

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