Welcome to the Urban Experiences Meetup!
This is a social group that provides members with opportunities to explore St. Louis' art, culture, history and architecture with like-minded urbanites. Examples of our events include: art gallery openings, museum exhibits, screenings of foreign and independent films, plays, concerts, wine tastings, fine dining, outdoor festivals, and historic and architectural tours.
How can you have the best possible urban experience?
• When you join the group, please upload a photo of yourself (not an avatar, picture of your pet, etc.) and answer the profile questions.
Your profile photo and answers help organizers and other members connect with you. Posting a photo allows us to recognize you when you attend an event, and the information you provide helps us start conversations with you. For instance, another member may speak the same foreign language that you do, or may have moved here from the state where you grew up, or be interested in the business you recently started, or live down the street from your favorite wine bar or art gallery. Also, knowing your interests and preferences helps me plan events that you'll enjoy.
• Visit the Urban Experiences web page periodically and see what's on the calendar.
• Always read the event description before you RSVP for an event.
You may need to know, or do, or bring something in order to participate. (Ex: buy a ticket in advance, call to reserve a seat, bring cash, bring a food item for a potluck, etc.) Don’t miss out!
• If you decide to attend an event, RSVP for it and keep your RSVP current.
If your plans change, update your RSVP right away. This is important.
For some events, we reserve a table, or the venue may accomodate a limited number of people, so we need an accurate headcount. It's not fair to the group or the venue for us to reserve seats for 20 people and have only 10 show up, or vice versa. If we reach maximum capacity and more people want to attend, they can opt to be placed on the waitlist. If someone RSVPs "yes" and then cancels, we can move someone up from the waitlist to take their place, but we need at least 24 hours' notice—preferably more.
• Read the event page one last time before leaving home or work
to see if any updates have been added recently. Print a copy of the page and bring it with you.
If you find that you need directions, parking information, the venue's phone number or the organizer's phone number, you'll be glad you did.
• When you arrive, if you don't see our group, ask for us.
I post my photo so you know what I look like. Whenever possible, I will make a reservation—or at least notify the venue that we're coming—and check in with the staff upon arrival so they know our group is there and can point us out to you. We make it as easy as possible for members to find us, but you may need to take some initiative, too.
• Come prepared to pay for your own expenses
(ticket, parking, food and beverage, etc.). If tickets are required, you may need to purchase it in advance on your own, or you may need to buy it at the venue the day of the event. When we dine out, we will usually receive separate checks, which makes it easier to sort out who owes what. In any event, each person is expected to pay for whatever he/she orders, unless two or more people arrange in advance to split a dish or a bottle of wine. Be sure to include local sales tax and at least 15% tip. (Some places assess an automatic 18% gratuity for large parties. In that case, we pay accordingly and don't quibble, so be prepared.)
• Social networking with fellow members is highly encouraged. Business networking is not.
Please do not use the group's events, web pages, member roster, etc. to market products and/or services, to collect contact information for business purposes, or for any kind of solicitation.
• Relax and enjoy yourself.
One of the primary reasons to attend Meetup events—besides the activity itself—is to meet people and chat with them. We have many fun, interesting members, and conversation is usually lively. Feel free to share your thoughts, experiences, ideas, etc. with your Meetup companions, and be a good audience when they share theirs, too.
• If you have a question or concern, bring it to me so I can address it.
I look forward to meeting you and introducing you to some of St. Louis most interesting venues and to some delightful fellow urbanites.