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Potluck Gathering

Park in the big lot on the NE corner of Lamar and Belleview. It has a big pay-slot thingy, but you don't have to pay. I guess you can if you really, really wanted to, but you seriously don't have to pay. Enter the South Side building through the front entrance on Lamar, up the elevators to loft 911.

 

I keep meeting people who've heard of the Weirdery and keep looking at our meetups, but not coming because they don't know anyone or they're not sure if it's open for everyone, or they're just not clear on what it's about. "Oh, I didn't know that was YOU! Okay, now I'll come to potluck/ craft day/ whatever because I'll know someone."

 

My original intention in starting the Weirdery was to start building a community of people who are creative, unusual, have odd beliefs, think outside of the box (to use a cliche to describe being un-cliche...). And by that I mean any one or all of the above list. When I worked at Hancock Fabrics during its pre-bankruptcy heyday, customers regularly struck up conversations with each other if one had crafting knowledge and the other needed it. I remember one time a jr. high school girl asked the cashier about a knitting stitch and the elderly woman behind her, instead of getting annoyed at the wait, jumped in with a better answer. Nowadays, they've gotten more business-oriented, and Joann's has never been that kind of environment to the degree that Hancock's was. And that stinks.

 

I imagine a lot of people are wondering what the Weirdery is, do we have some motive for setting this up? Is it a way for certain friends to organize their get-togethers? Or whatever else you're wondering that I can't even imagine. Here is what the Weirdery is: a place for complete strangers to come, hang out, say the things they've always been afraid to say in a group of "normal" people (we regularly have friendly discussions of politics AND religion!), and to make connections with like-minded folks that might also grow outside of the meetups.

 

I've been thinking about the things lacking in our current model of community since reading about Greek/Roman history in college--back then, the wealthy had a responsibility to put their resources back into the community, most people spent more time in groups than they did sitting around alone at home, people knew their neighbors. Why are these things unusual nowadays?

 

So anyway, we've got a handful of regulars who make it to nearly every meetup, and we keep getting new people who I hope will come back more often. It would be great for everyone else who's been checking us out online but was afraid to come alone to come on out!

 

I'll admit that when I started this, I was a little afraid that putting out a call to the weird would get, well, weird people. That some of the people who turned up would be the kind of scary weird where you shudder and back away, count your spoons, or put the cops on speed dial. WE HAVE NOT GOTTEN A SINGLE ONE OF THOSE. Everyone who's come in the past 2-ish years that the Weirdery has been going on has been awesome, and I've met a lot of people once at meetups who haven't made it back who I still remember and would like to see again. A LOT of people.

 

 

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  • A former member
    A former member

    I will be flying back from New YOrk while all of you are enjoying weird things

    August 12, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I hope we will meet some time in near future meetup event.

      August 24, 2013

  • Belle D.

    Darn...I didn't check my e mail soon enough.

    August 15, 2013

  • Joy

    Yes. All u weirdos were nice ;)

    1 · August 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I had an awesome time meeting everyone and spending the evening together!

    1 · August 14, 2013

  • David

    My sister and I enjoyed the conversations and new acquaintances. Look forward to the next one.

    1 · August 14, 2013

  • Amy P.

    Hi there. I am Amy. I am 50/50.

    August 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    What should I bring

    August 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Once again, childcare falls through. I'll make it to one of these someday.

    August 13, 2013

  • TS

    If my dinner plans fall through I'll come by.

    August 12, 2013

  • Jan N.

    I will be there after spending the afternoon about 10 minutes away.

    August 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am going to try to make it!

    July 30, 2013

  • Brian & T.

    my issue is I have two children who are going through a bit of a selfish, fit throwing phase. they are good, trustworthy kids, but they are making me crazy right now. get them a little excited (which is most of the time) and they run like clumsy gazelle.

    July 16, 2013

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